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Yoga ESL TPR: A Means of Overcoming ESL Learner Challenges For L1 Spanish Speakers

Language transfer, or L1 interference, is common with learners of English, occurring when a learner applies knowledge from L1 to L2. English word order or syntax is a challenge for L1 Spanish speakers due to L1 interference caused by flexible syntax rules in Spanish. Based on research and the author’s personal experience as a yoga

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Motivation and Autonomy In The Classroom

Motivation and Autonomy go hand in hand. Self motivation is a crucial factor of autonomy. Both motivation and autonomy are concerned with the learners’ active involvement in learning. Autonomy is the ability to take charge of one’s own learning… Autonomy’s Goal = Learn to Liberate!! Freedom in learning is necessary for learners to develop autonomy…

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Supplemental Materials For Teaching Middle School A Midsummer Nights Dream Lesson

Here is a breakdown of fun supplemental materials teachers can use when teaching Middle School A Midsummer Nights Dream lesson. Supplemental Instructional Item 1 King of Shadows by Susan Cooper This supplemental material is intended to introduce students to reading Shakespeare in a fun way. The book follows an orphan named Nat who is chosen

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Curriculum Content Area Literacy An Interdisciplinary Approach

Curriculum Content area literacy is defined as “the ability to use reading and writing for the acquisition of new content in a given discipline” (McKenna and Robinson, p. 184) . Content area literacy goes beyond simply having a child open a book and read; instead it prepares students to develop “a set of interrelated skills

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Constructivism In The Classroom

Constructivism views learning as a process in which the learner actively constructs or builds new ideas or concepts based upon current and past knowledge (Ormrod 2009). In other words, learning involves constructing one’s own knowledge from one’s own experiences (Ormrod 2009). Constructivism is a framework under cognitive theory, and therefore has close connections to cognitive

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How To: Create A Positive Learning Environment In The ESL Classroom

How To Teaching Tips At the beginning of the semester do a needs assessment so you can get to know your students and tie in things you learn about them into the class lessons. Create lessons that encourage the students to talk and about their lives, where they are from, their family, their hopes, and

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Standards Based Assessment and Performance Based Assessment

The validity and reliability of Standards Based Assessments continue to be a questioned in public education. While a graduate student at USC, I wrote a paper comparing standards based assessment to performance based assessment based on observations and teaching at a public elementary school and a private Montessori school. I changed the names of the

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Books For English Language Learners

It is so important for English Language Learners to develop consistent reading habits. This is an important step in building vocabulary, developing familiarity with the language, and understanding grammar and sentence structure. Each semester, I have my students keep a reading journal in their portfolios. At the beginning of the semester we take weekly trips

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Inspiration For Promoting Autonomy In The Classroom

Mr. Bedley is an inspiration of mine for promoting classroom autonomy. He takes learner autonomy to a whole new level in his “day without the teacher” aka “the teacher dropped dead” classes. Watch below for some inspiration from Mr. Bedley. An Autonomous Class A Day Without The Teacher For even more inspiration from Mr. Bedley,

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Assessing Listening: A Review of Communicative Stimulus-Response Tests and Alternatives

The intent of this review it to evaluate and offer alternatives to the Communicative Stimulus-Response Tests (CSRT) used to assess ESL students in listening.  Communicative Stimulus-Response Tests is a very popular genre used in ESL classrooms for assessing listening.  In a CSRT, the test taker is “presented with a stimulus monologue or conversation and then

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