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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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Navigating Difficult Issues: Avoiding Pitfalls While Moving Forward

Navigating Difficult Issues: Avoiding Pitfalls While Moving Forward

Some topics invite more discussion than others and even conflict. This is actually good for discussion, that students have strong opinions on the topic and that they are willing to engage in defending their ideas. However, just because an issue is controversial and a discussion heated and even emotional does not mean it is a good discussion. A discussion should evoke interest and willingness to engage, ...
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Do We Really Have to Work Together? Discussion Groups and Dynamics

Do We Really Have to Work Together? Discussion Groups and Dynamics

Discussion groups and group work in general has become important and gained an increasingly dominant position in education over the past thirty years, especially in language classes. In ESL classes in particular it is very hard to conceive of a class being conducted in the more traditional language class manner of students sitting in rows, waiting to be called upon by the teacher to “perform,&rdqu ...
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