Tuesday Tip: Taking Attendance

Taking attendance is one of those classroom tasks that just “must get done”. Consequently, as teachers we often don’t take it seriously. However, taking attendance can be a vital way to get a sense of the class and build community. From the teacher’s perspective, taking attendance helps establish a baseline awareness of who is coming […]

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Tuesday Tip: Listening Practice

Does your student need extra listening practice? Check out this great resource: http://www.cbc.ca/edmonton/learning-english/newscasts.html Each week this Canadian website makes three lessons with audio files and transcripts available. These news stories are read more slowly than on regular radio. You can download  both lessons and the audio files for free.

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Tuesday Tip: Very Easy Short Stories Online

Do your students need more reading practice? You can find easy-to-read illustrated stories for your students to read online at this website http://www.really-learn-english.com/english-short-stories.htm There are also videos for listening practice. Check them out at http://www.really-learn-english.com/learn-english-video-lesson-01.html

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Tuesday Tip: He and She

Even our advanced students struggle with the distinction between “he” and “she”. At the beginning levels, resist the urge to gloss over the topic. And, when you hear gender mistakes at advanced classes, make it a point to to provide a few minutes of formal instruction. Here’s a fun activity to help with work on […]

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Tuesday Tip: Taking a Brain Break

We all know that sometimes our students need a bit of a “brain break”. Here’s a great activity to give your students a chance to do that. Ask students a series of random “Would you rather” questions (examples below – some silly, some thought provoking). Would you rather be 3 feet tall or 8 feet […]

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