Tag Archives: ESL grammar

Student-Generated Grammar Rules

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

As ESL instructors, we often learn at least as much from our students as they do from us. But that truism was borne out in an unexpected way recently in my beginners’ evening ESL class as we wrestled, in time-honored … 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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Learning English With Steve Jobs

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

The commencement speech that Steve Jobs gave at Stanford University in 2005 has been watched more than 11 million times on the TED Talks website, and it is a perennial favorite in my classroom.  Students from all over the world are … Continue reading

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Great Grammar Websites for Adult ELLs

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

My recent blog post, “Unearthing the Secrets of Successful Adult ELLs (Part 2),” explored some of the secrets of successful language learners. Two things are clear: (1) successful language learners don’t depend exclusively on their classroom teacher to master English … Continue reading

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