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Grit, Resilience, and Conation in Adult ESOL: Part 2

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

It was Gatlinburg in mid-July… In the classic country song “A Boy Named Sue,” popularized by Johnny Cash but penned by Shel Silverstein, the titular toughguy roams the west in determined pursuit of his sworn goal: to kill the absentee … 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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Craigslist and the Art of Asking Questions

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

In a blog post last summer, I described a mnemonic device one of my students invented to help her classmates master the ability to pose grammatically accurate questions in the simple past. Here’s another fun way to practice questioning skills with … Continue reading

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Culture Shock: A Mixed-Level Speaking Activity

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

If you are teaching English as a second language (ESL) rather than English as a foreign language (EFL),  it’s likely that a significant portion of your adult students are currently experiencing some degree of culture shock as a result of … Continue reading

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Learning the Ropes: A Project-Based Speaking Activity

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

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 … Continue reading

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Are You a Tech Addict? A Writing & Speaking Activity

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

Smartphones are now so ubiquitous in adult ESL classrooms that the relationship between students and their phones is always an engaging conversation topic.  Even more important, it’s a great way to help student practice one of the most challenging speaking … Continue reading

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Learning English With William Shakespeare

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

In honor of U.S. National Poetry Month, I wanted to share with you an activity I did with my Level 6 IEP Speaking & Listening students last semester that drew its inspiration from the words of the most exalted poet … Continue reading

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ESL Games: Proverbial Wisdom

Marc Anderson
Marc Anderson

The Game: The object of Proverbial Wisdom is to introduce students to well-known sayings that either refer to common knowledge or give advice. Proverbs contain truth and can be applied to events and activities in our daily lives. The goal … Continue reading

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Role-Playing the Present Perfect: A Speaking Activity

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

In a recent post, I described having my students “eavesdrop” on how the present perfect tense is actually used in the world they live in: at work, on TV, on the Internet, and by their children as they speak English with … Continue reading

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Untitled Skull: A Speaking and Writing Activity Using Art

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

Some time ago, I attended a professional development seminar presented by Patricia Lannes, Project Director of CALTA21, an innovative partnership between museums and community colleges that uses art as a catalyst for enhancing adult ELLs’ language and critical thinking skills. Patricia kicked … Continue reading

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