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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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eduCanon: For Making Videos Interactive

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

Videos can really be a good addition to any class, especially for students who may be struggling readers or those who are visual learners. Additionally, there are so many to choose from online that you can find videos for every … Continue reading

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Demystifying Audience and Genre: A Classroom Activity

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

The concepts of audience and genre tend to be challenging for second language writers. Even when students seem to understand them theoretically, they struggle applying their knowledge to practice. We can help them demystify these concepts through simple classroom activities. … Continue reading

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ESL Games: ESL – Tic Tac Toe

Marc Anderson
Marc Anderson

The Game: ESL – Tic Tac Toe is a quick, fun way to review any number of grammar forms or vocabulary words. It builds on higher level thinking skills and provides language practice in various skills—primarily listening, speaking, and reading.

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ESL Games: It’s All in the Description—A Speaking and Listening Game

Marc Anderson
Marc Anderson

The Game: It’s All in the Description is a great way to strengthen speaking and listening skills. In addition, it focuses on the present continuous verb tense and essential vocabulary to expand ESL fluency and overall language learning. It also … Continue reading

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