Tag Archives: adult education

Teaching Cohesion

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

We all want our students to produce coherent, cohesive writing. Since I first started teaching, I’ve asked my students to produce “coherent, cohesive writing.” Thing was, back then I could have clearly defined neither coherent nor cohesive, nor could I have … Continue reading

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ELT: Teach to the Test!

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

Alright, so if you balked at the title, I admit that I’m not really going to suggest that you teach to the test. That can undermine your pedagogy and compromise your values. But in adult ed and other ESOL settings, we … Continue reading

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Graffiti Grammar: A Four Skills Activity

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

I recently read that “sitting is the new smoking,” or, in other words, that a sedentary lifestyle is a serious and under-appreciated health hazard. With this in mind, I have recently made a conscious effort to incorporate activities that regularly … Continue reading

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On the Tip of My Tongue: Articulatory Awareness to Teach Pronunciation

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

Most of us can give students accurate and functional definitions of, say, verb, semicolon, and syllable, yet we may feel out of our depth when it comes to describing the workings of pronunciation. But pronunciation need not be so daunting … Continue reading

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Fluency and Accuracy Activities: Striking a Balance

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

In everyday usage, fluent is often used interchangeably with proficient, as in, He’s pretty fluent in Arabic. But in language teaching, fluency is a bit more technical and just one component of language proficiency, often discussed in tandem with accuracy: … Continue reading

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Are Your ELLs Getting Enough of This Crucial Source of Language Input?

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

Pardon the clickbait phrasing of the title, but it seems to have gotten you reading, and this post is all about just that: getting students to read. Below, I’ll be talking about extensive reading (ER), a practice that researchers and theorists … Continue reading

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How to Make American History Easier for ELLs

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

After I earned my MA in TESOL, I took a job teaching American history through a college’s ESL program. I’ve always been interested in history, and I couldn’t understand why all of the other teachers preferred to teach grammar or … Continue reading

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Video Self-Modeling: 5 Ideas for Adult ESOL

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

In a recent TESOL Journal article, Boisvert and Rao (2015) discuss a fascinating classroom technique called video self-modeling (VSM). Although VSM has its roots in psychology, and Boisvert and Rao’s article focuses on its use with K–12 ELLs, this technique … Continue reading

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Sky-High Attendance in 6 Quick Steps

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

Study after study has proven what we teachers know instinctively: Empty chairs can’t learn English. Early findings suggest something to do with neuroplasticity. I kid, but really, before we can even begin to talk about methodology or outcomes or any … Continue reading

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Critical Thinking About Technology: An ELT Activity

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

Our world is awash in new technology. New electronic gadgets, new smartphone apps, and new forms of social media abound. But which of these will stand the test of time? And how do these dazzling technology innovations compare in significance … Continue reading

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