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Finding the Rose in the Rubble: Dangerous Topics and Teachable Moments

Finding the Rose in the Rubble: Dangerous Topics and Teachable Moments

There are some topics that make most teachers cringe at the idea of introducing in class. The topic is too “dangerous” for a number of reasons: it is too controversial, at the more global or at the local level; it is highly charged emotionally; it challenges deeply held political, philosophical, or religious beliefs. Indeed, such topics are uncomfortable to discuss. They may cause conflict i ...
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The Online Student Lifestyle: How to Practice L1 in an L2 Environment

The Online Student Lifestyle: How to Practice L1 in an L2 Environment

What do our students need in order to be successful language learners? Good language acquisition begins and ends with practice, but how can a student make progress if nobody else around them speaks English? Learning online might seem like a lonely task, leaving the student isolated in an environment where they’re the only budding English speaker. Thankfully, there are plenty of methods our remote- ...
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Any Thoughts on This, Elizabeth? Teaching Students to Encourage Peers to Speak

Any Thoughts on This, Elizabeth? Teaching Students to Encourage Peers to Speak

Students bring varying experiences to topics as well as varying personalities and predispositions toward extroversion or introversion. This can be seen in class discussion, where typically there is at least one very outspoken student who dominates the discussion and one other who barely participates. It is expected behavior, seen in all walks of life, that some people will talk more than others. However ...
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The More The Merrier: 8 Reasons Big Classes Are A Blessing

The More The Merrier: 8 Reasons Big Classes Are A Blessing

Are you feeling down because you have a larger class and that means more work? Are you trembling at the thought that you might get the biggest class this semester? Large ESL classes have a lot to offer if you just look past the numbers. Here are some of the perks of teaching large classes. 8 Benefits of Teaching a Large Class 1 Pump up the Energy The more students you have in class, the more e ...
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“Shut Up” Isn"t Allowed: Teaching Discussion Etiquette

“Shut Up” Isn’t Allowed: Teaching Discussion Etiquette

Discussion groups are an integral part of most classes that are above the basic level in middle school and beyond. Students are expected to discuss the course material, wrestle with it, and bring different opinions to it, arriving at some shared consensus or at least understanding of the different perspectives on the topic. Is this an easy task that comes “naturally”? Absolutely not, and in ...
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5 Reasons to Incorporate Drama in Your ESL Classroom

5 Reasons to Incorporate Drama in Your ESL Classroom

Drama is the most under rated genre in today's English curriculum. With so much time and effort spent on critical analysis and evaluations of selections, drama has been put in the back burner. Drama however has much more to offer, so why should drama be the 'go to' project especially in ESL classrooms? Simply put, ESL teachers and students alike love drama! Here are 5 reasons why: 1 Increases se ...
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What Should We Talk About, Anyway? Picking the Right Topics

What Should We Talk About, Anyway? Picking the Right Topics

Class discussion can often evoke groans from students. It is often rife with pitfalls: difficulties getting along with peers, students feeling they have little in common with their classmates, is one. Not knowing how to engage with and respond to one another secondary on an academic topic is secondary to that. But a third, not often raised, issue is simply not having anything to say because the topic it ...
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