Tag Archives: classroom practice

Adapting Folktales for ELL Learning Activities

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

We content-based teachers often struggle with how to make students focus on the specific reading skills we want them to learn without being distracted or overwhelmed by the language. This gets more difficult when my activity focuses on fiction, especially … Continue reading

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Teaching Second Conditionals Through Absurd Sentences

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

The second conditional (e.g., If I were, I would…) often causes difficulties even for advanced English learners. This fun and interactive activity will help learners practice this structure. The first part of the activity gives learners a chance to interact … 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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Infographics for ELT: Content Knowledge and Language Development

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Guest Author

A Guest Post by Gabriela Kleckova Gabriela Kleckova, chair of the Department of English at the Faculty of Education, University of West Bohemia in Plzen, the Czech Republic, is a university professor, language teacher, teacher trainer, researcher, consultant, and materials developer. She is … Continue reading

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Fluency and Accuracy Activities: Striking a Balance

Robert Sheppard
Rob Sheppard

In everyday usage, fluent is often used interchangeably with proficient, as in, He’s pretty fluent in Arabic. But in language teaching, fluency is a bit more technical and just one component of language proficiency, often discussed in tandem with accuracy: … 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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Discussing Global Warming and Climate Change in ELT

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

Several recent posts have explored the theme of how best to broach controversial news topics in ESL classes: “Controversy in Adult Conversation” and  “Discussing Same-Sex Marriage in ELT: A Survey Approach.” Despite warnings from a colleague that ESL students, in his … 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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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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House Wheat This Hound!: The Problem of Listening

Karen Taylor de Caballero
Karen Taylor de Caballero

If you’re baffled by the title, don’t fret: “House Wheat This Hound!” means nothing in its printed form. When said out loud, however, a listener can find meaning: How sweet the sound! Here’s what’s interesting: the listener must be a … Continue reading

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