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10
AUG
2016
Camera and photos

Seeing the World Through Photographs (again): Photo Exercises for the English Classroom

“When you look at my pictures you are seeing my life.” ―Douglas Kirkland (1934-), American photographer Photographs capture moments, inform viewers, and start conversations. In last week’s blog post, we discussed how street photography documents moments and events without the...
28
JUL
2016
Man shooting photograph

Seeing the World Through Photographs: Using Photography as a Conversation Tool in English Class

“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” —Ansel Adams (1902–1984), American photographer and environmentalist If a picture is worth a thousand words, what are they? How can we use photographs as a conversation tool in our English...
12
JUL
2016
Students in discussion

Teaching Matters: How to Add Student Voices to Classroom Discussions

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” -Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author and Nobel laureate This Teacher Edition Tuesday post, a weekly series based on ten teaching tips from the recently released Compelling American Conversations –...
05
JUL
2016
Man tired and frustrated

Teaching Matters: Discussing Stress in the Classroom

“People who want to do everything all at once generally don’t get anything done.” —Jerry Brown, Governor of California This Teacher Edition Tuesday post, a weekly series based on ten teaching tips from the recently released Compelling American Conversations – Teacher Edition,...
28
JUN
2016
Policeman with driver

Talking About Fun with Phrasal Verbs

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962), American politician, activist and chairman of the drafting committee for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights  This Teacher Edition...
21
JUN
2016
Teacher in front of students at an adult education class

Teaching Matters: Preparing Student-Centered Materials for the Classroom

  “If it is language that makes us human, one half of language is to listen.” – Jacob Trapp (1899-1992), American religious leader   Part 3 of Teacher Edition Tuesday, a weekly series based on ten teaching tips from the recently released Compelling American...
14
JUN
2016
Hands of young potter

Teaching Phrasal Verbs – Fun with Take and Make

“Make change your friend.” – Bill Clinton (1946-), 42nd President of the United States Part of Teacher Edition Tuesday, a weekly series based on ten teaching tips from the recently released Compelling American Conversations – Teacher Edition! “Take” and “make”...
19
FEB
2016
Older student frustrated with books

Teaching Matters: Do Our Students Need to Swim in English or Pass Grammar Tests?

Here is a short list of important questions for our English language learners.Can they order food in a nice restaurant? Can students fill in government forms? Can they understand classified ads - online or in a paper? Can they negotiate prices at a yard...
04
SEP
2015
Happy Friends Studying Together

How do you flip your English class? What homework activities do you use to spark lively small group discussions in class?

How do you create lively small group discussions in your English class? What homework do you find most likely to spark student-led conversations? Are you interested in flipping your ESL class so English language learners collect information outside of class and share the...
15
JUN
2008

What should every (college) ESL student know?

What should every ESL student know? Beats me. One size fits all philosophies often seem a bit strange to me. Can anybody really answer this question for every international student and ESL (English as a Second Language) college student? Really? Don’t circumstances, needs, and...
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