Vocabulary Activity Ideas

One of our teachers was awarded a scholarship to attend the 2012 CAEPA (Colorado Adult Education Professional Association) conference. Per the scholarship requirements, she compiled her notes from the very best sessions for our teachers! Jigsaw Activity: Break students into groups and give each group a list of words. The students have to define each […]

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Teaching Prepositions of Location

Teaching prepositions of place can be tricky! Students need ample opportunity to practice what they have learned. Use the activity below as a way for students to show you that they understand. 1. Pair students, or work with your student. Choose one person to draw and one to describe. 2. Hand out pictures of different […]

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Teacher Tip – Making Wise Corrections

Students want to be corrected. In fact, they feel they aren’t learning much if their teachers aren’t finding errors in their work. Correcting students’ English, however, isn’t always easy. Below are some tips to make effective corrections. Always give the student a chance to correct his/her error first. If the student says “ He walk […]

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Learning Styles

Taking your students’ learning styles into consideration is a crucial part of effective lessons. Most language learners tend to learn visually or kinesthetically (see definitions below), though most teachers tend to teach in an auditory way. Culture, class, gender, and age often factor into learning styles. There are a variety of different learning styles (six […]

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Teacher Tip: Motivating Students and Setting Goals

Motivating your student or students is no easy task; yet, motivation level is often the difference between short-term and long-term students. Help keep your students motivated by: 1) making sure that the class environment is fun and interactive. 2) focusing on lessons that are relevant to your student’s life. 3) helping them set and achieve […]

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8 Ways to Use Index Cards

1. Sentence Halves: Put half a sentence on each card. The goal is for students match the two parts in order to make a complete sentence. You can vary the difficulty of this activity by making some sentence halves interchangeable with others. Encourage students to explain why they made each particular match. For beginning level […]

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Developing Critical Reading and Thinking Skills Using Metaphors

One of our teachers was awarded a scholarship to attend the 2012 CAEPA (Colorado Adult Education Professional Association) conference. Per the scholarship requirements, she compiled her notes from the very best sessions for the rest of you!   Developing Critical Reading & Thinking Skills Using Metaphors It’s important to develop critical thinking skills in order […]

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