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Film English: An Online Resource for ELT

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

Watching movies is a time-honored way for students to hone their listening skills, improve their pronunciation, and expand their vocabulary.  I consistently encourage my students to watch movies in English at home, with and without English subtitles, and ask them … Continue reading

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Tech-Break: Slash Reading

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen

After so many months of tech-related posts, it is time for another tech-break! This one is called slash reading, and I am always happy to explain it to people. It even made it into one of the articles I did … Continue reading

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ESL Games: Words of Fortune

Marc Anderson
Marc Anderson

Please welcome Marc Anderson as the newest TESOL blogger. Marc’s biweekly blogs will focus on sharing fun, interactive games for you to use and adapt in your English language classes. Marc’s previous blogs with TESOL as a guest blogger include … Continue reading

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Untitled Skull: A Speaking and Writing Activity Using Art

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

Some time ago, I attended a professional development seminar presented by Patricia Lannes, Project Director of CALTA21, an innovative partnership between museums and community colleges that uses art as a catalyst for enhancing adult ELLs’ language and critical thinking skills. Patricia kicked … Continue reading

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Helping Students Write for a Real Audience: Travel Blogs

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

As I mentioned in one of my previous blogs, the concept of audience seems to be quite challenging to grasp for second language writers. One of these challenges may be rooted in the lack of ability to link their knowledge … Continue reading

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How to Cook A Camel: Giving Instructions

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

Explaining to someone how to do something is a fundamental communicative skill in any language.  If you are looking for ways to teach this skill to your ESL students, my favorite vehicle is the website Howcast.com, a perennially popular source … Continue reading

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Writing-to-Learn Activities

Elena Shvidko
Elena Shvidko

Many of you are probably familiar with writing-to-learn (WTL) activities—“Short, impromptu or otherwise informal writing tasks that help students think through key concepts or ideas presented in a course. Often, these writing tasks are limited to less than five minutes … Continue reading

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Eavesdropping on the Present Perfect

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

Perhaps no frequently used tense in the English language is as bedeviling as the present perfect tense. Many advanced ESL students still struggle to use it correctly. And plenty of instructors—myself included—have struggled to teach it well. This fall, after … Continue reading

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Look Into My Eyes…and Learn Unforgettable Vocabulary!

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

Sometimes, you get lucky.  A planned activity that you hope will be moderately interesting and instructive turns into a runaway success.  Here’s one: Inspired by a recent article in the New York Times that reported that reading Chekhov was the best … Continue reading

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Getting Ahead in English Outside of Class: Next Steps

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

In a recent blog post, I described how—from the very first day of class—I introduce my students to the idea of pushing themselves to speak, read, and listen to substantially more English outside of class.  In that blog post, I … Continue reading

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