The Game: Finders Keepers – Scavenger Hunt! is a fun way to reinforce vocabulary. The teacher helps create a list of what needs to be “found.” Finders Keepers – Scavenger Hunt! builds on comprehension and encourages players to learn more about their surroundings.
Research Says: The benefits of using games in the classroom are various. they “range from cognitive aspects of language learning to more cooperative group dynamics.” Games also lower the affective filter and encourage “creative and spontaneous use of language,” promote “communicative competence.” What’s more—games are fun. (“Index Cards: A Natural Resource for Teachers“in Forum, Lengeling & Malarcher, October-December 1997). Continue reading
English learners (ELs) are a heterogeneous group with differences in ethnic background, first language, socioeconomic status, quality of prior schooling, and levels of English language proficiency. They are also the fastest growing population in K-12 schools in the United States, where 1 in 10 students is an English learner. By 2015, 10 million ELs will be enrolled in K-12 schools, and by 2025, ELs will make up 25% of the student population. To learn how best to serve this growing population, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently invited 11 executives representing key stakeholder groups to share their thoughts. TESOL International Association was among those invited.
Three questions were presented to the participants: Continue reading
Group oral presentations are a staple of many ESL classes. While students get a lot of speaking and listening practice during these projects because they are working in and outside of class with partners to prepare their presentations, it dawned on me last semester that these assignments, paradoxically, do not necessarily require them to speak in order to gather the information they present. Most of the information my students have presented in the past was something they could find by browsing the Web—data about their country’s economy, current news stories, interesting facts about famous historical figures, etc. While this may be helpful for their reading skills, I wanted the students in my high-intermediate IEP speaking & listening class to actually use their speaking skills to gather the information they would need for their presentation.
Hence, our “Learning the Ropes” project. I challenged my students to get out into the surrounding community to find out information that could only be unearthed by having a conversation in English with a local “expert.” Continue reading
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Hello, ESPers worldwide!
One thing that I have really enjoyed about my career in ESP has been the opportunity to work in academic and occupational settings. In other words, I have been able to create and/or teach ESP courses in academic institutions (e.g., universities, vocational schools, language schools, etc.) and in public and private sector organizations (e.g., company headquarters, factories, government offices, etc.).
I have also been able to teach English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English for Occupational Purposes (EOP). In this case, I do not necessarily mean academic or occupational settings. Continue reading
The TESOL President’s Blog
One of the most challenging tasks for language teachers when working with English language learners is to engage students in critical thinking and encourage them to ask questions that go beyond factual information. In this blog, I’d like to share a few simple questioning techniques that I have been using to engage students in the learning process.
Asking the right questions and engaging learners in inquiry-based learning are important steps to help students develop critical thinking skills and metacognitive skills. Continue reading
As World Cup 2014 is about to start, we, teachers, can create interesting and motivating activities to make this popular event a part of our courses. Like many people in Russia (and Europe), I enjoy watching soccer games, and in today’s blog, I will share a few World Cup–related activities that you can incorporate in your writing classes. Continue reading
The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has more 21,000 members, representing 10,000 organizations. On 2–3 June, the Executive Committee of TESOL International Association (Yilin Sun, Andy Curtis, Deena Boraie, and Rosa Aronson) attended, together with around 100 participants from different associations, two days of ASAE talks and presentations. One of the recurring themes was the tremendous importance of strategic plans and planning. Continue reading
It has been a while since I have shared anything new about using Google+ for education, but I would like to add Flubaroo to the series (which has so far covered Google Hangouts, Sites, and Drive). Flubaroo is this handy little add-on that works with Google Drive, specifically Forms and Sheets, to grade assignments. It is so easy to use and—even better—free! Continue reading