Featuring: In the Classroom

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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Getting Physical: Making Connections Between the Body and Vocabulary

Dec 22nd, 2015 | By
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By PATRICK T. RANDOLPH —I. Introduction: The Problem and The Body as a Solution How many of the lexical items that we teach our students are abstract in nature and lack any sense of immediate emotional or physical connection? Assuming there are a great number of these, is there any way we can make them
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Two Sides of the Coin

Dec 22nd, 2015 | By
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By ELLEN LANGE with JENNIFER HSU —What happens when a student abruptly leaves an educational system that puts the teacher on a pedestal and suddenly confronts the American school system—without being fluent in English to boot? Asian ESL students feel as if they are trying to open a locked door with the wrong key because
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Two Ideas for Teaching Basic Computer Skills to ESL Students

Dec 22nd, 2015 | By
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By IXCHELL REYES —In an age in which our students use mobile devices and gadgets daily, it is critical that instructors take time to teach basic computer skills, especially to students who are university bound. Simply because students are familiar with using gadgets or mobile devices often does not mean that those skills transfer to
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Don’t Turn Off Your Cell Phone: The Value of Using Media Technology in Teaching English

Dec 22nd, 2015 | By

By GUOHUA ANGELA FU —In his recent book Language, Literacy, and Technology, Richard Kern points out that “language is changing around us, and so is our culture of literacy” (Kern, 2015, p. 231). Kern’s main point is that texts are multimodal. According to Kern’s “communication by design” theory, speakers use several semiotic resources, including language,
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