In the Classroom

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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The Dance of the English Verbs

May 17th, 2017 | By
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By STEVEN L. WEST —The single most challenging aspect of grammar for English learners (ELs) is the coordination of the verbs within a dialog, a paragraph, or an essay. For years many ELs have memorized the tenses and can even use them effectively in reading, but a consistent, appropriate flow of verbs in speaking or
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Using Verbpathy and Emotion-Based Associations in Vocabulary Pedagogy

May 17th, 2017 | By
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By PATRICK T. RANDOLPH —I. Introduction Learning vocabulary is about making connections with the soul of the word. To learn English lexical items (e.g., single-word terms, phrases, and idioms), students need to forge immediate and emotionally charged connections with the words. These connections should arouse the learners’ attention, lessen the abstract nature of the lexical
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PTE-IG Book Club Reviews Second Language Acquisition Myths

May 17th, 2017 | By
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By COREY HEGGER Does your classroom instruction need a boost? Do you ever wonder why some teaching techniques are preferred over others? Or do you just question if what you’re doing in the classroom is actually effective? At Glendale Community College, a group of adjunct instructors met over winter break to read, discuss, and critique
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Equanimity at a Glance

May 17th, 2017 | By
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(aka First Aid for Freaking Out) By LYNN FRANCIS, MA, MS —Equanimity Noun Mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation. Are you struggling with the political climate right now? Is it causing problems in your ability to concentrate, relate to others—left and/or right—in relationships at home and work? Are you
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Between the Pauses: Tools for Supporting
Balanced Student Participation

Mar 18th, 2017 | By
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By ROGERS WALKER —A familiar sight for many teachers is the “quiet” student who avoids eye contact to escape being called upon to talk. Also familiar is the student who talks constantly and seems to view the class as a private tutorial with the teacher to the detriment of less assertive classmates. These issues represent
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Observation Journals: Inspiring ELLs
to Embrace a Life Worth Living

Mar 18th, 2017 | By
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By PATRICK T. RANDOLPH —I. Introduction The Red Wheelbarrow so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens. —William Carlos Williams It is all about noticing, observing, being aware of the countless ordinary and extraordinary moments that make up a day. This magic is reflected in the refreshing
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