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Student-Generated Grammar Rules

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

As ESL instructors, we often learn at least as much from our students as they do from us. But that truism was borne out in an unexpected way recently in my beginners’ evening ESL class as we wrestled, in time-honored … 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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What Does It REALLY Take to Succeed? A Speaking Activity

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

At the NYS TESOL Applied Linguistics Conference at Columbia’s Teachers College earlier this year, much was made of Bloom’s Taxonomy and the importance of giving ESL students ample opportunities to practice “higher order thinking skills” (HOTS). This caused me to … 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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Film English: An Online Resource for ELT

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

Watching movies is a time-honored way for students to hone their listening skills, improve their pronunciation, and expand their vocabulary.  I consistently encourage my students to watch movies in English at home, with and without English subtitles, and ask them … 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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Speaking English Outside of Class: When Students Need More Help

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

In several blog posts in 2013, I explored the ways I have worked with my students to encourage them to speak, read, and listen to more English outside of class and documented their success in doing so. But what if … Continue reading

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How to Cook A Camel: Giving Instructions

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

Explaining to someone how to do something is a fundamental communicative skill in any language.  If you are looking for ways to teach this skill to your ESL students, my favorite vehicle is the website Howcast.com, a perennially popular source … Continue reading

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