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Speed Sharing: ESL Game For Reading Comprehension

“Speed sharing” is a game I came up with inspired by speed dating. It is by far my student’s favorite game, and I use it in class at least once a week, usually more. It engages students and it is fun. Because we are constantly switching partners, students are convivial, laughing, and always on their

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ESL Pronunciation Exercises Part 1: Warm Ups

ESL pronunciation exercises are a key component to any ESL class. My specialty is pronunciation, and every semester pronunciation ends up being my student’s favorite part of class. Pronunciation is one tool that builds the ESL student’s confidence immensely. When students learn to sound more like native speakers they are motivated to be a part

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ESL Book Review “The Future: English For Results” Series

Here is an ESL Book Review on The Future: English for Results Series published by Pearson Education, Inc. This book is broken in to six levels for students of varying English abilities. The Intro level is for beginners in English language. The Student book for this level is written by Yvonne Wong Nishio, and aims

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English Language Learners and Building Background Knowledge

Here are some key guidepoints from the socio-psycholinguistic approach to learning in the ESL classroom. The overall guide from the socio-psycholinguistic approach to learning is to remember as teachers we want to guide students from the familiar to the unfamiliar. English Language Learners must have background knowledge to become engaged. Below highlights different ways teachers

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Teaching ESL Speaking Activites

Here are some good points to remember when teaching speaking to ESL students. Principles For Teaching Speaking Be aware of the differences between second language and foreign language learning contexts Give students practice with both fluency and accuracy Provide opportunities for students to talk by using group work or pair work, and limiting teacher talk

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Teaching ESL Pronunciation

Pronunciation is the number one thing my intermediate to advanced students request help with. My students often tell stories about how they are treated poorly by native English speakers because of their pronunciation. This in turn makes the students more self conscious and less adjusted to their lives here in the U.S. Therefore, I always

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Grammar In The ESL Classroom

Here is a fun Prezi I put together with my colleague Michelle Bagwell while we were in the Master’s program at USC. It’s a look at what’s hot and what’s not in grammar. This presentation spans: general grammar rules prescriptive versus descriptive grammarians separating grammar from syntax and morphology corpus approach to language learning in

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Coginitive Learning Theory

Let’s talk theories! As a teacher it’s always important to go have a strong background in learning theories. This article will review cognitive theories and how to teach using cognitive theories based on Ormrod’s Educational Psychology. Cognitive Theories define learning as being influenced by cognitive processes; learners construct meaning by connecting new ideas to what

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How To Teach ESL: Strategies For Teachers #05

This is a series of How To Teach Strategies for The ESL Classroom. This Article will focus on visualizing the action, getting students active, and encouraging creativity to help ESL students with reading and writing. Visualizing The Action Visualizing The Action is a teaching strategy based on cognitive theories. Visualizing the action is a mental

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ESL Video Lesson Plans: Mystery Movie

One of my ESL student’s favorite video activities is what I call Mystery Movie. I use mystery movie at the end of a lecture to check for student’s understanding, reinforce vocabulary/grammar rules, practice speaking, and create a fun atmosphere. You can use this lesson plan for any topic, the important thing is to find a

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