Tag Archives: adult ESL

The Positive Effects of Pretesting

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending an exceptional PD workshop in Boston put on by First Literacy. The presenter was Sarah Lynn, and her topic was Brain-Based ESOL Instructional Techniques. It was a fascinating talk, rich with practical, … Continue reading

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In Defense of My Defense of the 5-Paragraph Essay

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

I posted last month on what I see to be the value of the five-paragraph essay. Though I was responding to another author’s post, I thought I was making a fairly innocuous and common-sense point: basically, don’t throw the baby … Continue reading

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Helping Language Learners Learn How to Learn Language

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

Last time I posted about orientation in adult ESOL, and it got me thinking about some of the notions that I try to impress upon my students at the very beginning of a course. I’m not just talking about baseline … Continue reading

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Orientation in Adult Ed

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

If you’re like me, and surely you are, the word orientation still triggers posttraumatic flashbacks to August 2002: trustfalls on the quad when Sharon Yakomoto didn’t catch you when you trustfell to treat the ensuing concussion you had to wear … Continue reading

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Speaking More English Outside of Class: Meetup.com

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

If you teach English in an English-speaking country, how often have you asked your students to tell you who they practice their English with, only to discover that many of your students have virtually no English-speaking friends, and typically largely … 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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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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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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Guest Writer: Independent Online Reading Practice

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

Rebecca Palmer, a colleague of mine at Northern State University, has the unenviable task of teaching beginner reading to a very mixed level group of adults in the Academic English Program. While many of the materials we have dug up … Continue reading

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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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