Top 5 Email Rules

Here’s a great list – generated by Intercambio Teacher Extraordinaire, Mary King – to use as a guide for helping students learn how to use email effectively. (It may even be useful information for you and your colleagues!) — 1. Subject line — clear, short, to the point. CHANGE it if the topic changes.  (It […]

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Student Presentations

Getting students to present to their classmates is a great way for them to practice public speaking and take the pressure off of your lesson plans! Regularly scheduled presentations make for a fun way to start or end a class. The key to successful presentations is setting expectations for what the students will do – […]

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Reading Activities: Dictionary

Getting students to understand vocabulary through context is an important skill. Prepare by choosing a passage for your student(s) to read. Underline words that you think will be challenging for the them and create a list of these words on a separate piece of paper or on the board. Tell them to read it quickly […]

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Reading Questions

Asking questions of students that force them to look both at the big and little picture is important. Here are some general questions to help you do that: What is the author’s purpose? What is the author doing in this paragraph? How do you think the author felt when s/he wrote this part? Why did […]

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Reading Strategies

Teaching advanced learners how to read is not as easy as it sounds and many students have advanced as learners without strong reading skills. For starters, it’s important to consider that comprehension does not necessarily equal the ability to read and understand a text. A reading task – no matter how long the passage – […]

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General Pre-Reading Actitivities

Previewing a text involves skimming over a passage to get the general idea of its content and to help focus the reader’s mind on the topic. It is a valuable skill for ELL’s to learn – forcing them to focus on the “big picture” rather than getting bogged down by too many details at first. […]

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