Tuesday Teaching Tips 7-29-14 Using Audio tracks for Listening Comprehension

Listening comprehension is a challenging skill to build! While constant exposure to English (through radio, TV, listening to people in the grocery store) will help students train their ears to become attuned to the sounds of language, another extremely important skill a teacher can help build is the ability to hear “context”, not just specific […]

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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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Opinion Starters

We use many different opinion starters in US English! Work with your students to recognize some of these more common forms. Have them try a new one! 1. I think This is the most common and general way of giving an opinion. You can use it both informally and formally I think this homework is […]

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