Tag Archives: adult language learners

Unearthing the Secrets of Successful Adult ELLs

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

Years ago, a social worker friend taught me that the best way to help people tackle difficult challenges was to focus on past instances of success rather than on failure. Success, he told me, was worthy of detailed investigation: What … Continue reading

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TED Talks as Authentic Listening Materials: Turning Points and Near-Death Experiences

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

Last month, NYS-TESOL’s Applied Linguistics Winter Conference included an excellent workshop led by Samar Aal of CUNY’s LaGuardia Community College on developing content-based lessons using authentic materials from the Internet.  Near the top of Samar’s list were TED Talks, a … Continue reading

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The Language Pill, Perpetual Toothbrushes, and Other Whimsical Inventions

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

Do you have certain communicative activities that you find work no matter what level you are teaching? Are there activities that you can always turn to when the energy in the classroom starts to flag? In this regard, I wanted … Continue reading

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Front Page News Photos Stimulate Lively Debates in Adult ELL Classes

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

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 … Continue reading

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Global Resources in ESP: Focus on Self-Directed Learning

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! One of my favorite things to tell my students is that they should study English 24/7 (24 hours a day, seven days a week).  Of course, my students understand that I am exaggerating to a certain extent.  … Continue reading

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