Greetings from New York! Two years ago, I embarked on my “encore career” as an ESL instructor at SUNY Westchester Community College. It’s an honor to have been invited to contribute to TESOL’s blog. In my blog posts, I will be focusing on practical teaching tips as well as self-directed learning strategies adult students can use outside of class to improve their speaking and listening skills.
Last weekend, I attended NYS TESOL’s remarkable 34th Annual Applied Linguistics Winter Conference at Columbia University’s Teachers College. The Conference was chock-full of workshops that offered excellent teaching suggestions that could be immediately put to use in the classroom. I’m busy trying out what I learned and as I do so, I will be keeping you informed.
For starters, James Chang’s workshop on Using Technology to Maximize Brain-Based Learning provided a timely reminder that nothing beats real life photographs to stimulate class discussion and debate.