Solidarity: Creating Connections to Uplift Communities

Intercambio stands in solidarity with the Black community against racial discrimination, violence, and injustice.  The fight against racism is inextricably linked with  our efforts to create safe and uplifting communities and bonds for immigrants and refugees.  We have seen how racism and systemic oppression unjustly impact our immigrant students, and how COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted […]

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Teacher Tip – Setting Goals

A new term is about to start and we encourage our students to set goals. Some of our students may not see the value in this, and that may be because they aren’t choosing a goal that is personally important to them. Encourage them to choose a goal that they feel excited about accomplishing, and […]

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Teacher Tip: Prepositions

Preposition use is difficult for all students, no matter if they are beginners or advanced. Sometimes all we can do as teachers is tell them, “that’s just the way it is.” There are however a few simple rules that might help your students.   IN/ON/AT for Location and Time We can think of this being […]

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Teacher Tip – Making It Easier for Busy Teachers

  We love our volunteers and know how valuable your time is. With that in mind, we have links to several useful resources on our website. Check them out: Reproducibles https://intercambio.org/curriculum-and-resources/admin-teacher-tools/ The Activity Cards and strips at the end of your book are available for you to print out. There are also expansion ideas for […]

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Teacher Tip – Conversation time

Students need a chance to practice informal conversations during class. This is especially true for students at level 3 and above. Try to set aside five or ten minutes during class to have a real conversation with your student(s). Here are a couple of ideas to get you started Chat informally with your student at […]

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Teacher Tip – Starting Class

Many teachers and students will be starting up this January, so here are some tips to ensure you get off to a great start in 2017! In a student’s home Introduce yourself and provide a contact number. This way your student can text or call you if they need to cancel. Make sure your student […]

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Teacher Tip – Realia: it’s not just for vocabulary

Making and Using Realia and Visual Aids Realia  (real objects) and visuals aren’t just for teaching vocabulary. They can even be great for illustrating grammatical patterns.  Here are ideas on how to use objects: A variety of interesting objects (these can be things you grab out of the kitchen and bathroom and throw into a […]

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Teacher Tip: Let’s Play a Game

At the CoTESOL conference last weekend, Constance Leonard shared several games. Here are some of them for you to try out in class or with your individual student. Mime an adverb Brainstorm about 10-15 adverbs (such as happily, sadly, etc.) and write them down. Have a student go to the front of the class and […]

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