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Teaching Empathy to Children Through Storytelling

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

As English learners enter school this year, one of our most important jobs as teachers is to help them adjust to the American classroom. It is important to make our ELs feel welcome and accepted. With all of the anti-immigrant and … Continue reading

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4 Icebreakers to Make Conversations Flow in ESL Classrooms

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

Another school year is about to begin, but even though it’s still summer your classroom may be a cold place. Your new students won’t know who you are or how the school works, and the returning students may not know … Continue reading

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Creating a Classroom Community: 5 First Day Activities for ELLs

Shannon Tanghe
Shannon Tanghe

How long does it take learners to form a first impression of a new class? One study found that students rated professors after attending just two weeks of class roughly the same as their final course evaluations (Buchert, Laws, Apperson, & … Continue reading

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8 Flag Day Activities for Elementary-Age ELs

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

One of my favorite June lessons is based around Flag Day, which is celebrated in the United States on June 14th. Flag day is an opportunity to teach ELs about the U.S. flag at the end of the school year.  The … Continue reading

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4 Ways Art Can Make Your Activities More Interesting

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

The neat thing about visual art is that it’s hard not to have an opinion when you see it. What makes it good or bad? How does it make you feel? What does it remind you of? Anyone who sees a … Continue reading

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Movie Day: 3 Ways for ELLs to Get the Most Out of Films

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

Anyone who grew up in the American school system has memories of watching movies in class. Maybe the teacher wanted you to see a different historic period or understand a play or novel the class was reading a little better, … Continue reading

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3 New Year’s Activities

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Happy New Year! It’s a great time to start a new semester with a holiday-related activity that would help your students to get to know each other and practice English. I thought I would share a few activities that you … Continue reading

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Emoji as a Second Language?

Robert Sheppard
Rob Sheppard

Depending on who you ask, the emergence of emoji might be a sign of a burgeoning new language or else harbinger of a coming linguistic dark age, or maybe just. Although 40% of Instagram posts now contain emoji; and though Emoji … Continue reading

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Teaching Culture: Festivals of Light Around the World

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

The diversity in many classrooms provides a starting point for children to begin to understand and value the many distinct cultures of the world. What better way to do that than to feature a unit on light festivals from around … Continue reading

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Literature in ELT: Integrating Literature into Language Learning

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Guest Author

A Guest Post by Sybil Marcus Sybil Marcus has lived and worked on four continents.  She taught ESL at the University of California at Berkeley Extension and at the Summer English Language Studies on the Berkeley campus.  She has presented at … Continue reading

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