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May'18

Writing Partners: Contextualizing Written Communication

Add this collaborative activity to your class to give your students engaging and authentic writing practice.

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May'18

Redesigning Peer Review

Do you have conflict or struggle with peer reviews in your course? Check out this post to learn two new …

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30

Apr'18

Vocab Building Flashcards

Help your students grow their English vocabulary with these flashcards designed to help them grow their word knowledge in a collaborative way.

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25

Apr'18

The Affective Side of Things

Learn about effective classroom routines to support students' affective needs and promote retention and success.

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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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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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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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01

Feb'18

Flash Card Vocabulary Exchange

This is a semester-long assignment that helps boost students vocabulary a lot. I've been doing it in my class this semester with great success and plan to keep it as a norm in all of my future classes.

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17

Jan'18

Becoming Multilingual: Study Strategies for the Language Learner

Even though there are many benefits, the question many people have is how? Learning another language can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. This article tells about some great strategies to help you learn another language.  

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26

Sep'17

2 Great Ways to Let Google Lighten Your Load

There’s no doubt that technology has changed education. One of my favorite technology providers for education is Google. They’re an innovative and user-friendly company that has a lot of great services to offer that can make your job a bit easier. 

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24

Sep'17

The Sunday Review is Back

If you are learning English, the Sunday Review is a resource that can help you with this process. After a summer break, the Sunday Review is back for the fall semester with a weekly list of sentences with common mistakes for you to analyze and correct. Plan to take 20 minutes each week to sit down with a cup of coffee and teach your brain to recognize common mistakes in English.

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26

Jul'17

Syllabus Makeover: Five Ideas to Upgrade Your Syllabus

As teachers, it's our goal to create a great syllabus and then to encourage our students to become familiar with all the information it has to offer. Check out these five great syllabus upgrades that I've developed over semesters of trial and error.

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26

Jul'17

Five Great First Day of Class Activities

As August approaches, and with it the start of school, it's a great time to look at ways we can lower the affective filter in our language classes and create a strong positive classroom rapport where learning can thrive. Check out these five first day community building activities to get your class off on the right foot. 

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25

Mar'17

ESL Reading Log

Help your ESL students dig deeper into a book with this reading log. Students will write reflections, consider reading strategies, dig deeper into vocabulary, and write a summary.

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05

Mar'17

The Sunday Review

This week, TESOL Planner is releasing the first in a series of grammar practice slide shares to offer English learners the opportunity to study and review on their own. If you’ve ever found yourself asking "How can I improve my English?” then The Sunday Review is a great resource to add to your study routine.

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25

Feb'17

Color Cards Discussion

Whether it's a discussion about a book students are reading in class or a first week community building activity, these cards are great.

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23

Feb'17

Things In Common

This activity is a staple of my first-week routine. Students spend time discussing in groups trying to find things they all have in common. It's a great way to start the semester on a note of connection.

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