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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Active Ways to Check Answers in Class

Checking answers to activities is a must in the classroom setting. Here are three seven tips to keep students engaged during the process: 1. As students finish the activity, assign pairs to do a check first. This allows students to confirm and/or discuss their answers. The peer might benefit from explaining why she believes she […]

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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 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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