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09

Dec'18

CATESOL Conference Reflections: Part I

The annual CATESOL conference is a professional development event for ESL educators in California and Nevada. I attended this weekend and will summarize some tidbits I learned about critical thinking and also vocabulary strategies.

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30

Nov'18

Error Correction Telephone

Here’s another way you can structure error correction to liven up your class and put the fun in grammar.

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21

Nov'18

Quote Search Posters

Use this post-reading poster activity to help students dig into readings and prepare for a synthesis essay.

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19

Nov'18

Close Reading Folders

Get your students to work together to unpack and better understand key passages from a text you’re working on in class with this close reading group activity.

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15

Nov'18

Participation Stations

This activity structure is a great way to get all students in your class engaged and working, even the shy ones. I piloted it in my class today, and my students enjoyed it. I used it for a post-reading activity, but it could also work well for other topics as well.

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01

Nov'18

Grammar Baseball

Error correction activities are a useful way to help students learn to analyze language and fix common errors. Try grammar baseball to engage your class with this fun game format.

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09

Sep'18

A Lesson on Topic Sentences

If you teach a class where writing is a focus, then you’ll most likely be covering topic sentences at some point. This post has a slide presentation that can help you introduce and your students learn all about writing clear topic sentences.

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06

Sep'18

Common Errors: Examples and Handout

Learning to self-correct is an important skill language learners must develop. Check out this list of common errors I’ve been collecting. Share it with your students to help them review the mistakes they make the most.

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30

Aug'18

Book Group Roles

Group work is a wonderful way to get students to collaborate and learn together. The best way to assure that everyone actively participates is to assign everyone in the group a specific task to be responsible for. If you put your students into book groups, check out these roles.

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22

Aug'18

Vocabulary Knowledge Share

Here’s an activity to help you introduce a new topic and get students to grow their vocabulary on it. It will get your students to activate their own schema about the topic and then share what they know with their classmates, helping everyone to expand their knowledge.

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10

Aug'18

Collaborative Knowledge Base with Google Sheets

Yesterday at my college’s convocation, we did a group discussion activity that had us using Google Sheets as a place …

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08

Aug'18

Poster Presentations: A Scaffold to Public Speaking

Speaking is an essential part of learning a language, and public speaking is a needed skill in school and life. Check out this poster presentation format to help scaffold academic presentations skills for your students.

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01

Aug'18

The True/False Grid

Check out this True/False grid community building activity. It's a great way to help the class get to know you in a fun and competitive way. It also gets them talking, so that's an added bonus.

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13

Jul'18

Annotating Together: An Activity for Building Reading Strategies

Do you have students who are hesitant to write on a text? Use this classroom activity to help emphasize the importance of annotating while reading and help students build a repertoire of annotation strategies.

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20

Jun'18

Language and Identity Unit

This unit is based around the theme of Language and Identity. There are two readings that are the basis of the essay at the end of the unit.

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19

Jun'18

A Dinner Party: Creative Analysis Activity

Help your students build analysis of multiple sources with this engaging activity that uses art to help students draw connections between multiple readings.

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15

Jun'18

The Accelerated Instructional Cycle

The accelerated instructional cycle is a way to approach an integrated reading and writing course to help students gain a deep understanding of texts and work to write complex and rich writing assignments.

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14

Jun'18

Learning is Confusion Figured Out

How can we design ESL curriculum that is relevant and engaging to students? Check out this post for some ideas.

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12

Jun'18

5 Collaborative Class Routines

Are you looking for some engaging ways to get your ESL students to work collaboratively? Check out these five ways to get students working and talking together.

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22

May'18

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