Using Pictures in the ESL Classroom

Greg Kessler
Greg Kessler

Pictures are one of the most obvious and common resources for teaching English as a second or foreign language. After all, as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. If we can get our students to respond to a single image with a thousand of their own words, or a hundred, or ten or even one, under certain circumstances, that can be a significant step toward language production. In this post, I discuss some ways to use photos in the your classroom. Continue reading

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ESP Project Leader Profile: Gina Mikel Petrie

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

In this ESP project leader profile, we meet Dr. Gina Mikel Petrie from Eastern Washington University, and she shares with us her ESP work in Nicaragua. I was introduced to Gina by another ESP project leader, Mike Ennis, who is located in Italy. The world is indeed a small place when our friends and colleagues are not only living next to us but also living halfway around the world away from us! Please read Gina’s bio: Continue reading

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Exploring a Local Community Through Writing: Examples of Writing Assignments

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In my June blog, I described several writing projects that teachers can implement to help students become familiar with their local academic environment (campus, institution, or program). In this post, I will expand the list of writing tasks aimed at helping students socialize in their local communities by adding writing assignments that will give students a chance to become involved in their local social environment (i.e., city or town). Continue reading

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Exploring Campus Through Writing: Examples of Writing Assignments

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

In my April blog, I shared an activity that can help students explore their campus environment through a writing project. Today I’d like to describe other ideas teachers can implement in a writing course to help students socialize in their academic community. Continue reading

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Teachers as Learning Partners: Implementing TESOL’s Principle 6

Linda New Levine
Linda New Levine

Editor’s Note:  TESOL International Association has defined a core set of principles for the exemplary teaching and learning of English as a new language. The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners are foundational, universal guidelines drawn from decades of research. They are for all educators who work with English learners, and should undergird any program of English language instruction.

In this post, Linda New Levine, a member of The 6 Principles writing team, discusses how teachers can implement Principle 6: Engage and Collaborate Within a Community of Practice. Visit www.the6principles.org to learn more about The 6 Principles. Continue reading

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