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29
JUL
2021

Listening to ‘This I Believe’ and Our Students in ESL Classes

However, finding authentic and compelling listening materials may prove challenging for many English teachers.  "This I Believe" remains a favorite resource and speaking skills activity. The eclectic collection of personal reflections encourages active learning too.What are your...
20
JUL
2017

Review: Balancing Fluency and Accuracy Activities in the Classroom

“Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud.”  —Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), German novelist and 1946 Nobel Prize winner   What’s the difference between speaking English fluently and speaking accurately? Which one takes priority in the classroom?...
28
JUL
2016
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Using Photography as a Conversation Topic – in English!

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what are they? How can we use photographs as a conversation tool in our English classrooms?
26
DEC
2017

Worksheet: Improve Critical Thinking with Consumer Product Reviews

We live – for worse or for better – in a consumer age. However, consumer product reviews can be valuable educational tools for ESL students. Here's how!
17
AUG
2016

Teaching Matters: Studying English Prefixes and Suffixes

Prefixes and suffixes are essential to the structure of the English language, and help expand student vocabulary. But how? Let's become word detectives!
12
JUL
2016
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Teaching Matters: Adding Student Voices to Class Discussions

For various reasons, many ESL students are reluctant to speak up in class. How can we better prepare them for American university class discussions?
29
DEC
2015

Hedging Language & Seeking Clarification in Our Arguments

In argumentative essays, it is crucial to acknowledge both sides of the discussion; a nearly impossible feat without using hedging language. Here's an interactive way to craft more conscientious arguments, and to make sure your audience is listening.
20
NOV
2015

Practicing Interview Skills: Mock Job Interviews and Self Evaluation

Finding work is not always an easy, and the job interview process can be quite intimidating. Fortunately, like most skills, practice makes progress.
26
AUG
2019

Explore Icebreakers Together in Your English Class

Sometimes simple, flexible questions can create compelling conversations. How can we integrate more icebreakers into our English lesson plans?
23
AUG
2019

Now Available: Creating Compelling Conversations Activity Sampler

Are you looking for free, fun and communicative activities to try in your English classes this fall? Check out our free activity sampler from Creating Compelling Conversations!
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