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Critical Thinking About Technology: An ELT Activity

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

Our world is awash in new technology. New electronic gadgets, new smartphone apps, and new forms of social media abound. But which of these will stand the test of time? And how do these dazzling technology innovations compare in significance … Continue reading

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5 Icebreakers for English Interaction

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

In the United States, it’s that time of year again, when students and teachers excitedly (reluctantly?) return to the classroom after summer vacation. First and foremost, you’ll want to get your students talking to you and to each other! In … Continue reading

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Getting to Know Each Other Through a Single Word

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

During the first week of classes, it is important to establish a warm and collaborative atmosphere in the classroom and help students to get to know each other. Surely, there are a lot of “getting-to-know-you” activities and icebreakers that teachers … Continue reading

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Readers Theater: A Superfood for Oral Skills

Karen Taylor de Caballero
Karen Taylor de Caballero

When it comes to preparing courses and lessons, we all know we need to provide learners with a healthy diet of nutritious classroom activities that promote practice, improvement, and achievement. In this sense, Readers Theater (RT) is a superfood, an activity chock … Continue reading

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Connectivity With Google’s Cultural Institute

Kristen Lindahl
Kristen Lindahl

One of the greatest benefits of being online is the global connectivity it brings—connection to other people, other places, other perspectives, and, of course, other languages. Language teachers have been long aware of the connection between language learning and cultural … Continue reading

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Discussing Same-Sex Marriage in ELT: A Survey Approach

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

One of my goals as an instructor in an intensive English program (IEP) has been to encourage my students to pay more attention to the news in the United States. (See “Producing Newscasts for the ESL Classroom“) When students watch the … Continue reading

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Taking Learning out of the Classroom in EFL Contexts: Part II

Sherry Blok
Sherry Blok

I recently blogged on creating meaningful and authentic opportunities to apply student learning to real-life experiences. Most of the activities I suggested related to an ESL teaching context in which students are living in an English-speaking environment. Finding authentic opportunities … Continue reading

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Teaching Short Stories

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

At the recent TESOL International convention in Toronto, I was privileged to attend an outstanding workshop entitled “10 Tips for Teaching Short Stories” by Sybil Marcus, an inspiring teacher from the University of California, Berkeley. Presenting excerpts from two short … Continue reading

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Teaching Idioms to Young English Learners

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes

Well-chosen children’s literature can provide an excellent opportunity to explicitly teach the concept of idiomatic language to young English learners.  Thematic units on friendship or feelings are an especially good way to introduce idioms and tie them to the lesson … Continue reading

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Using Journals and Magazines to Teach About Audience

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Today I’d like to share two simple activities that can help second language writers apply the concept of audience. The first activity is suitable for students of intermediate and higher levels of proficiency; the second one is designed for beginners … Continue reading

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