In the Classroom

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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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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Phonetic Spelling Alphabet—
A Pronunciation
Lesson Plan

Mar 18th, 2017 | By
Ana Wu

By ANA WU —Level: Low and High-Beginning Time: 30-40 minutes Topic: Spelling Your Name Rationale: As students need to interact with native speakers of English and speakers of other languages, it is important that they spell out their names clearly, especially when dealing with law-enforcement officers, financial-institution customer services, and medical front-desk clerks. Learning Objectives:
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Call for Lesson Plan Submissions

Dec 22nd, 2016 | By
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Book Editors Seek Ideas for New Ways in Teaching Creative Writing for the ELL Community —We are seeking contributors with exciting and effective lesson plan ideas for using creative writing in the English language classroom. Our book, New Ways in Teaching Creative Writing for the ELL Community, will be published in the TESOL Press New
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Applying Elements of Embodied Cognition to ELL Poetry Read-a-Thons

Dec 22nd, 2016 | By
Patrick T. Randolph

—By PATRICK T. RANDOLPH I. Introduction One of the inspiring aspects of English language teaching is that the pedagogy is in a constant state of evolution in an attempt to make the teaching methods more effective, creative, and useful for all levels of learners. This article will focus on one such method—applying ideas in embodied
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The 300Gardens Project: Teaching Business English, Benefiting Public Gardens Worldwide

Dec 22nd, 2016 | By
Deb Grove

By DEB GROVE —Ample pedagogical literature suggests and concludes that real-world projects to solve real-world problems result in higher-quality assignments from students. Not surprisingly, after international students in my class visited public gardens in the San Francisco Bay Area, they wanted to support plant conservation. That was part of the impetus behind the creation of
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Why Use Digital Class Games in Teaching ESL?

Dec 22nd, 2016 | By
Christine So

By CHRISTINE SO —From neuroscience we know now that arousing emotions increases memory. Dopamine, that neurochemical released when people laugh—or do drugs—is the key. John Medina, director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research at Seattle Pacific University, writes, “Emotionally arousing events tend to be better remembered than neutral events. … When the brain
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