Featuring: In the Classroom

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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