Tag Archives: adult ESL

Lowering Affective Filter to Teach Adults Pronunciation

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

Rob Sheppard, director of adult education at Quincy Asian Resources, member of the community advisory council at First Literacy, and curriculum consultant at Boston Global Institute, has joined the TESOL Blog. Rob will be blogging biweekly on adult education. ___________________ Twice a … Continue reading

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Playing With Pronunciation

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

In many intermediate and advanced ESL classes, it’s common to assign a novel for students to read for class.  Less common is the assignment of a work of nonfiction. And rare indeed, in my experience, is the assignment of a … Continue reading

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Guest Writer: Technology in an Adult Ed ESL Program

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

Realizing that readers of the TESOL Blog teach in a wide variety of contexts, I invited a colleague, Darrin Hetrick, whose students are very different from my own, to share his experiences with technology in the classroom. For those of … Continue reading

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Speed Paraphrasing

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

Learning how to paraphrase is a crucial academic writing skill. Teaching paraphrasing is also a great way to teach critical thinking skills, because the struggle to write a succinct paraphrase forces students to wrestle with the underlying meaning of a writer’s … 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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USA Learns: A Web-Based Tool for Self-Directed Learning

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

Many students like to be able to log into a computer program on their laptop, tablet, or smart phone to practice their English online outside of class. Here’s a free resource that every ESL teacher should know about: USA Learns, … Continue reading

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ESPers as Active Learners

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! As an ESP practitioner, how often do you find yourself in the role of a student? In this TESOL Blog post, I will focus on the ESPer’s role as a learner based on some of my own … Continue reading

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A Roomful of Quotes: A Communicative Activity

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

I often find that changing what’s on the walls of my classroom changes the energy in the class. Recently, I decided to challenge my intermediate-level adult students to a new speaking activity by posting 24 quotes about taking risks around … Continue reading

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Smartphone Addicts: A Project-Based Learning Activity

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

In an earlier blog post, I challenged my students to turn an online quiz about technology into a series of questions they could pose to their classmates to gauge the extent of their obsession with their smartphones and other electronic … Continue reading

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Business English and an American Football Star: Focus on Improvement

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! What is the connection between the learners in a business English class in Japan and the accomplishment of an American football star? In this TESOL Blog post, I will tell you that story. My story begins in … Continue reading

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