Teaching Tuesday Tips 4-1-14 ESL Conversation Ideas

ESL Conversation Ideas: Have a party! Have student pretend they are at a party where they must: – Introduce themselves – One thing about themselves that people may not know Start this activity by brainstorming interesting questions that they can ask. This is a good opportunity to discuss ideas about small talk and appropriate/inappropriate conversation […]

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Teaching Tuesday Tips 7-1-14 Helpful Hints for Communicative Language Instruction

Helpful Hints: (Courtesy of Dieter Bruhn) 1. Create a meaningful context 2. Avoid translation whenever possible 3. Use words, pictures, gestures, mine, etc. to describe vocabulary 4. Use simpler vocabulary to describe more complicated vocabulary 5. Adapt your speech (rate of speech, level, etc.) to the level of your students 6. Utilize repetition 7. Use […]

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Teaching Tuesday Tips 6-17-14 Stative Verbs

Often grammar books communicate to students to “not use stative verbs in the present progressive”. Stative verbs often indicate a long-term condition. But, there are many contradicting instances of this occurring every day. For instance, the fast food empire that claims “I’m loving it”. This phrase relates to an enjoyable moment of eating a burger […]

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Teaching Tuesday Tips 5-20-14 Persistence: Focus on "Take-Aways"

Persistence: Focus on “Take-Aways” After class have students say what they can NOW do after the class session. This helps students have real life relevant take-aways and reiterate what they have learned in a positive way. This also helps boost confidence in students and their abilities, as well as stresses the significance of class time.

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