Featuring: In the Classroom

Tapping Into Discoveries From Neuroscience to Help ELLs in the Prewriting Process

Sep 12th, 2017 | By
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By PATRICK T. RANDOLPH —Introduction Getting English language learners (ELLs) to write, let alone write well, and feel comfortable and confident in the process is no easy task. Teaching writing and getting students to enjoy it is perhaps one of the most challenging and complex realities of the English language teacher’s world. And yet, there
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Inspiring the Critical Mind: Introducing the One-Point Multiskills Analysis

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By PATRICK T. RANDOLPH —Editor’s Note: A version of this article was first published in TESOL’s SLWIS News (February 2016): http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolslwis/issues/2016-02-26/2.html. Modified and reprinted with permission. English language learners (ELLs) often struggle with writing university-level research papers because of a lack of analytical tools and techniques to probe the inner complexities of a topic. This
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Anytune Slows Down Sound Tracks for Language Practice

Sep 12th, 2017 | By
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By MARSHA J. CHAN —Editor’s Note: A version of this article was first published as Chan, M. J. (2017). Anytune slows down sound tracks for language practice. In M. O’Brien & J. Levis (Eds), Proceedings of the 8th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference (pp. 191-194). Ames: Iowa State University. This version has
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Have Native Speakers on Campus? Then Get Your ESL Students Out of the Classroom

Sep 12th, 2017 | By

By CHRISTINE SO —Whether you are teaching vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, speaking, culture, history, or composition, send your students out on campus to approach at least one American student for a quick one-question interview. A positive experience using the target language generates confidence in using it, which in turn creates more motivation to learn it (Clement,
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Introducing a Hybrid ESL Class

Sep 12th, 2017 | By

By PAULETTE KOUBEK-YAO —Our Hybrid ESL 33B, which is an advanced reading and writing class, has one face-to-face class per week and one asynchronous online class per week focusing on academic language. The ESL Department at Pasadena City College began offering the Hybrid ESL 33B in the fall semester of 2015. I have taught it
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The Well-Being Room at Work

Sep 12th, 2017 | By
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By LYNN FRANCIS, MA, MS —A magical room at Mid City, the site where I work, is increasingly capturing my interest and imagination. Surrounded by walls with no windows, it sits on the first floor of a three-story building. It has been organically, naturally growing through time with kindness and beautiful intentions to become the
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The Vibrant English Verb:
A Review

Sep 12th, 2017 | By

By DANIEL HALFORD —I have been teaching ESL for 37 years, first in Germany and now in California at the City College of San Francisco. I try to be creative in finding ways to make grammar, especially verb meaning and usage, comprehensible for my students, and giving them visuals goes a long way to help.
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Embracing the Sound of Words:
Evoking the Inner Experience

May 10th, 2016 | By
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By PATRICK T. RANDOLPH — “As soon as we have the thing before our eyes, and in our hearts an ear for the word, thinking prospers.” —Martin Heidegger I. Introduction The wisdom of the ears knows the magic of words. The memory is as vivid as they come: I was 4 years old, rolling in
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Keep Students Talking After Class

May 10th, 2016 | By
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By BRENT WARNER —One of the biggest challenges facing teachers of ESL students is getting them to use English outside the classroom. It’s a blessing and a curse to be in such a diverse community, where our students feel empowered by the support of people from their own community but have little incentive to use
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Disillusionment

May 10th, 2016 | By
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By LYNN FRANCIS —A story tells of a man walking down the beach and he sees thousands of starfish on the shore. A woman is picking them up one at a time and putting them back in the water. The man says to her, “There are so many starfish here, how do you think you
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