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22

Apr'18

Discussion Question Slides Bank

Access this series of over 50 discussion questions in slides format to add more speaking opportunities to your ESL class.

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21

Apr'18

Three Steps to Better Pronunciation

This is a great activity to help English learners improve their pronunciation of English sentences by paying attention to phrases and stressed words.

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20

Apr'18

Become an Expert Language Learner

Are you learning a Language? Check out these strategies to help you be an expert language learner. Are you a teacher? Use this article in your class to help students develop their language learning strategies.

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15

Apr'18

Ways to Study Over Break

If you're learning English, read about different ways to study English to help your language skills improve. If you're a teacher, print the handout to give to your students or share this article with them to encourage them to study over the break.

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14

Apr'18

Making Inferences

Help your students improve their reading skills with this complete lesson on making inference. The post includes lesson slides and a group activity handout

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10

Apr'18

ESL Open House and Orientation

Do you coordinate an ESL program? You may consider hosting an ESL open house and orientation to boost enrollment and support your new students. Check out these ideas from an event we host at my school.

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07

Apr'18

Word Webs: Vocabulary Routine

Although we put a lot of effort into helping our students learn words, I would venture to guess we don’t often stop to reflect just how these words are stored our minds. What does research of the mental lexicon show and what classroom practices can come from this knowledge? Read to find out.

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03

Apr'18

SPUNKI Reading Response

You can use this collaborative sharing activity to get students to see their classmates' reflections on a particular class reading. It's a great way to start a discussion of a class reading.

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27

Mar'18

Five Introduction Icebreakers

Having students introduce themselves and learn a bit about each other is a first day of class staple. Of course, there are many different ways this can be done. This post shares a few of my favorites that I’ve heard about throughout the years.

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25

Mar'18

Position Posters Debate

The art of argument isn’t always easy to master, especially when you’re doing it in another language. This poster position debate is a fun and engaging way to scaffold this skills whether the end goal is an essay or an oral debate.

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24

Mar'18

How To Write a Paragraph: Lesson Slides

Use these lesson slides and accompanying collaborative group activities to make your students paragraph experts without even having to lecture on it.

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21

Mar'18

Oral Fluency Assignment

Helping students recognize and correct error patterns in their own speech can be a challenge. This assignment helps students gain an awareness of their own speech patterns by transcribing their own speech and then analyzing it.

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18

Mar'18

ESL Program Brochure Template

Improve your program's outreach with this program brochure template using Canva.

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14

Mar'18

Theme Based Reading/Writing Unit

The unit is based around the theme of Herd Mentality and Mob Behavior. At the end of the unit, students will work on an essay that applies the terms to a short story in the unit.

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12

Mar'18

5 Awesome Vocabulary Websites

The more I teach and study language, the more I believe in the power of words. There are many great websites that can help you when creating vocabulary activities for your class. Here are some of my favorites.

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04

Mar'18

Money and Shopping: For Sale Cards

Try these shopping cards to easily bring realia into your class without lugging in boxes of items. Each card has a picture of an item and price and will work great for any shopping/money related lesson.

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02

Mar'18

Fantastical Stories: Past Tense Fun

"How can grammatical knowledge be transferred to oral fluency?" I don't have all the answers, but this past tense activity will certainly get students chatting.

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24

Feb'18

Conversation Class: Wonders of the World Slides

In my last post, I shared conversation class material on the theme of travel and survival. In this post, you can access material for a conversation class centered around world wonders. This topic is always fun because it’s perfect for an activity that asks students to share information about some significant place in their own country.

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22

Feb'18

Conversation Class: Travel and Survival Slides

These ESL conversation class lesson plans (including beautifully designed slides and handouts) on travel and survival are sure to get your adult ESL learners engaged and learning.

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17

Feb'18

Simple Past Tense Quick Reference Handout

The simple past is a commonly used verb tense in English. It's also a tense that English learners often struggle to form and use correctly. This handout is a great resource for learners to keep with them in their notes to reference when they're using the past tense. 

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