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Running Dictations: A Runaway Success

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

Back in May, my fellow TESOL blogger Tara Arnsten wrote a thought-provoking blog post about running dictations. As she succinctly explained it: For Running Dictations in its simplest form, the teacher has to prepare just two short paragraphs, each taped … Continue reading

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Getting Ahead in English Outside of Class – Day 1

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

On college campuses all across the United States, adult ESL classes are getting underway for the fall semester.  Ever since I began teaching, I have devoted a substantial portion of the first day of class to laying the groundwork for … Continue reading

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I Have a Dream Speech: Teaching Adult ELLs Parallelism

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

August 28th marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech.  This speech, by one of America’s greatest orators, is a perfect vehicle for introducing advanced adult ELLs to both the history of the civil … Continue reading

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College Lectures for Advanced ELLs: Academic Earth

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

This summer, I was fortunate to co-teach an English for Academic Purposes class with the head of the English Language Institute at my college.  This gave me a welcome opportunity to learn from an experienced colleague about a whole new … Continue reading

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Master Classes: ESL Reflections From the Keyboard

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

At the height of the heat wave last month, I bought a 1-day pass to the International Keyboard Institute & Festival at Mannes College of Music in New York City. I wasn’t exactly sure what I would learn from a … Continue reading

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A Speaking Activity: Road Trip!

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

It’s the dog days of summer and, for lots of Americans, that means it’s time to jump in the car and head out of town.   In my classes, it’s an opportunity to help my students learn more about the different … Continue reading

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A 4th of July Paraphrasing and Interviewing Activity for ESL

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

It is America’s birthday tomorrow, and in my advanced level summer ESL classes, we sometimes celebrate with an activity based on the language of the Declaration of Independence. While this activity is excellent for the Fourth of July, it’s also … Continue reading

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Check It Out! Resources for Adult ELLs at the Library

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

For well over a century, American public libraries have offered a gateway to immigrants learning English.  In some cities, free library-based ESL classes are so over-subscribed that lotteries are held to determine who gets in.  Countless additional ELLs participate in … Continue reading

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Using Smartphones in Class to Improve Speaking Skills

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

For better or for worse, smartphones and tablets are here to stay in the ESL classroom.  At worst, they are an annoying distraction, with students furtively texting family and friends and disengaging from class.  But at best, they can be … Continue reading

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Great Grammar & Academic Writing Resources for Advanced ELLs

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

In my last blog post, I offered a quick overview of six grammar websites that I have found consistently helpful to high-beginners and intermediate students looking for additional grammar practice outside of class. This week, we’ll look at several websites … Continue reading

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