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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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Great Grammar Websites for Adult ELLs

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

My recent blog post, “Unearthing the Secrets of Successful Adult ELLs (Part 2),” explored some of the secrets of successful language learners. Two things are clear: (1) successful language learners don’t depend exclusively on their classroom teacher to master English … Continue reading

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Unearthing the Secrets of Successful Adult ELLs (Part 2)

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

In a recent blog post, I described a class project in which my intermediate-level adult ESL students interviewed relatives and friends who had successfully made the leap to fluency in English as adults.  Their assignment was to unearth the secrets … Continue reading

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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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