Tag Archives: classroom practice

Finding Common Ground in Multicultural Classrooms

Nathan Hall
Nathan Hall

Nathan Hall, ELL specialist at Achievement House Cyber Charter School in Exton, Pennsylvania, USA, has joined the TESOL Blog. Nathan will be blogging biweekly on secondary education.  ___________________ Think back to the first day of a new school year. It’s late summer, but … Continue reading

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Learn, Think, Act: Implementing Global Citizenship One Coffee at a Time

Sherry Blok
Sherry Blok

Ah, coffee! If you’re like me, you need a good ol’ cup of java to start your day. Everyone is thirsty for coffee in North America, so it’s a great topic to tackle in the ELT classroom. It’s universal, yet … Continue reading

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David Kertzner’s Two Cents on Technology in ESP

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! As an ESPer, I listen to David Kertzner when he talks. Why? I expect to learn something. David’s company, Proactive English, is described on its website as “a web-integrated, English language and communication training provider serving multinational … Continue reading

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A Great Grammar Resource: Learn American English Online

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

Last year, one of my students introduced our class to Learn American English Online, a website that he liked to use on his smartphone to practice his grammar during breaks at work and at home. As I explained in an earlier … Continue reading

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A Writing Activity: Describing a Fruit

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

When I was a student in an intensive English program, one of my teachers used this activity to help us be more specific and precise in our descriptions.  And as easy as this activity looks, it required reaching beyond our … Continue reading

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A Conference Call Simulation for Advanced Learners

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight

Hello, ESPers worldwide! Sometimes, you get lucky! Or maybe I should say, sometimes things come together in just the right way. In this TESOL Blog post, I am going to focus on how such things came together to produce a … Continue reading

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Learning the Ropes: A Project-Based Speaking Activity

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

Group oral presentations are a staple of many ESL classes. While students get a lot of speaking and listening practice during these projects because they are working in and outside of class with partners to prepare their presentations, it dawned … Continue reading

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What Does It REALLY Take to Succeed? A Speaking Activity

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

At the NYS TESOL Applied Linguistics Conference at Columbia’s Teachers College earlier this year, much was made of Bloom’s Taxonomy and the importance of giving ESL students ample opportunities to practice “higher order thinking skills” (HOTS). This caused me to … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Stop the Music! Using Music in a Writing Class

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

As many of us know, music is a great tool for teaching English.  It provides wonderful grammar exercises, opportunities for practicing listening skills, and topics for class discussions.  Moreover, reflecting social values, ideologies, daily life, and human relationships, music provides … Continue reading

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Using Proverbs in a Writing Class

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

When I was little, I used to have a book with a collection of Russian proverbs and sayings.  I remember being absolutely fascinated by the depth of knowledge and wisdom that I discovered on the pages of that book.  Those … Continue reading

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