Using colored cards for sentence formation activities

Using colored index cards (or writing in different colored markers on white paper) can be extremely helpful in illustrating grammatical concepts. The color coding of the cards helps with keeping the parts of the sentences identifiable. For more complicated concepts, start by simply working on phrases until the student is comfortable. Then, add additional words […]

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Exit Ticket Strategies

Providing a meaningful way to end each class isn’t easy. One solid strategy is implementing exit tickets – questions related to the day’s lesson that students answer as a “ticket” out the door. Exit tickets allow students time to reflect upon what they’ve learned that lesson and give you a simple, straight-forward opportunity to analyze […]

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Teaching Future Tenses to Intermediate Learners

The following article comes directly from the Cambridge Grammar and Beyond Newsletter. Sign up for the monthly newsletter here. One challenge of teaching intermediate grammar is that students have seen it before.  In particular, students have knowledge and experience with the basic tenses. The goal for intermediate levels, then, is not to start at the […]

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Using Picture Books with Adult Language Learners

Laura Houston has been volunteering with Intercambio for several years. She has found great success using picture books with her adult learners. Attached you’ll find a summary of how to incorporate children’s books into your classes, as well as suggested texts divided by level. How to Incorporate Children’s Literature into Adult Classes  Picture Books for […]

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