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Whether your students are reading texts designed for ESL classes or are tackling full length novels, you might find that sticky notes are a great asset to them as they read.
With a little direction and a few fun colors, sticky notes can make a big difference in your students’ comprehension no matter what they are reading. Here are some ways you can incorporate these fun slips of paper into your re ...
I’ve been known to fall asleep over student essays for an hour.
At first I thought it was simply fatigue. It is tiring and requires reading hundreds of papers to teach several composition classes in a term. Then I thought it was boredom. Reading, over and over again, that technology has improved our lives immensely is pretty boring. Then I realized it was escape. Going to sleep is actually a prett ...
“I’ve been an ESL teacher for several years, but this year, I will be teaching children for the first time. I feel confident in my ability to teach young learners, but I have zero experience in dealing with parents, and the thought of talking to them fills me with anxiety. I’d appreciate some tips!” *
Students’ parents should never be feared. Fear will get you nowhere; howe ...
Some students just aren’t born readers.
It doesn’t matter what their native language is for kids who just don’t like to read. But just because someone isn’t born a reader doesn’t mean they can’t become someone who loves turning the pages. Some young people, ESL students included, need a little help to foster a love for reading and to make it flourish, especially when ...
Dollar stores are great resources for teachers.
You can find all sorts of materials there that make your classroom more interesting and effective. One such material is a magnetic alphabet. For just a dollar you get 26 building blocks for language that your students will love using and will learn from every time they do. Plus you get great versatility. If you aren’t sure what to do with these great ...
Speaking is a core component of the FCE for schools exam and many a teacher (especially those more inexperienced ones) will dismiss practicing speaking if they believe that they have strong speakers in the class.
However, this could be detrimental to your learners, no matter how good they are in speaking, they also need to know the exam format and what to expect and just because your student is almost f ...
The topic of calendars is a very important one for ESL students.
Everyone needs to be able to discuss the date or the year, no matter what their age. An added challenge for some is that they may usually put the date before the month, but now need to adjust to the month and then the date. Of course, there are also ordinal numerals to work with as well. Here are some simple, fun strategies to teach readin ...
Getting students to read can be difficult enough but getting them to read books in English can be a real challenge.
Many students may not read much in their own language and the thought of reading in English seems like an impossible task. Even keen readers who read for pleasure don’t see reading in a language which is not their first language a pleasurable thing to do. Getting them to re-think the ...
Many classes, even those that are traditional “on site” classes and are not online, now have an online “learning management system” course website (sometimes called the “course shell” or simply “course website.”)
These course shells generally feature a place to post announcements and documents, a way to email the entire class or individual students, and an ...
Have you ever experienced the frustration of not being able to make your students speak English in class? Have you ever had to waste valuable time on telling them not to use their L1, or speak in sentences instead of chunks?
Well, there are various reasons for this, such as they aren’t motivated enough, they’re afraid of making mistakes, you as a teacher are scary, they are always corrected, ...
Are you new to teaching ESL? Are you starting out in your first classroom or a new school? Are you worried that you aren’t giving your students everything they need in the way of language instruction? Are you haunted by the fear that you may have made a mistake in taking this job or choosing this career?
I’m here to tell you that your worries are perfectly normal.
Teaching ESL isn’t l ...
Beginning students often get the short end of the stick when it comes to fun classroom reading activities.
They’re not ready to read a book. Even short stories are too complex. Forget about traditional vocabulary and reading games. But just because their skill levels are at the start doesn’t mean their fun level has to be, too. Here are 5 games you can play with beginning reading students th ...
How complex are your students’ vocabularies? Are your habits increasing their lexicons or limiting them? Do you know just how much influence you have on how much your students learn?
If you have been an ESL teacher for a while or if you’re still new to the field, these simple habits can make the difference in how fluent your students are in the language they are learning. And they will certa ...
Digital revolution is changing rapidly and becoming popular to all ages. Not only youngsters are now only immersed in technology but lots of educators as well.
Many educators nowadays are widely using newest and most useful online tools to advance their classroom environment and make their job, teaching and connecting with students, easier and more fun. Incorporating digital technology to education has ...
Did you know that President Obama was once a gang member and even served time in prison before rising to the presidency?
That vegetarianism kills? That more people die by violence from knives than guns in the U.S.? That the U.S. spends five bazillion dollars on foreign aid every year? I didn’t know any of that either, but these are just some of the claims I’ve read in student papers over the ...
Projects are awesome!
I mean they can be a lot of work, but they are a great time for the kids and usually result in some laughs, or at least warm and fuzzy feelings, for the teachers. Of course part of why they are so awesome is the fact that students learn so much more from applying what they have learned in a different setting. It helps them get comfortable with the language, as well as to learn to u ...
It was only a couple of days into the semester of my community college freshman English class that I began to notice something a little off.
On the face it, it was a typical community college class for California: diverse students from a variety of cultural and economic backgrounds and a variety of ages, from traditional freshman age to mature students who were homemakers, displaced workers, and veteran ...
Are you looking for a way to incorporate listening and speaking learning centers into your ESL classroom?
Try one of the following with your class and give students some ownership in their own language learning process.
Apply These 10 Ideas for Listening and Speaking Centers
If you have the resources (tape player/recorder or some digital recording method) you won’t ne ...
I hate those classes where all I can see is the top of my students’ heads because they’re all looking down at the cellphones in their lap.
Why don’t students pay attention? Is it all this new technology that you just can’t compete with? Is it the fact that kids today just can’t pay attention? Do you need to gamify your classroom? Or did you just get stuck with the worst stu ...
Some interesting things happen when students are asked to use quotations, paraphrases, or source material in their work.
Papers start off with “To be or not to be, that is the question…” and make no other reference to Shakespeare, Hamlet, suicide, etc. References to cell phones and the internet are attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt or Abraham Lincoln, people who were almost certainly no ...
Moving to a new country can be both intimidating and exciting.
One of the trickiest parts is trying to decide what to drag half-way around the world and what you can just buy when you arrive.
Of course, these things vary depending on what country you are teaching in, and even what area of a given country you will live in. On that note, here are five things I wish I had brought (or had brought more of) ...