In the Classroom

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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ELL Read-a-Thons: Feeling the Language and Performing the Written Word

Sep 29th, 2015 | By
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By PATRICK T. RANDOLPH, JOSEPH I. RUPPERT, and LAURA RAMM —I. Introduction, Definitions, and Background When our students read, their minds penetrate multiple dimensions. If we were to ask you to close your eyes and imagine a typical ELL reading class, you would most likely picture a room where the instructor is asking the students
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Dual Language/ELD Certificates Help Educators
Fill a Critical Need

Sep 29th, 2015 | By
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By STEVE DOLAN —Dual language programs are flourishing in elementary schools across the country. Also known as two-way immersion, they give English language learners (ELLs) and English-proficient students instruction in English and a target language in the same classroom, starting in kindergarten for a minimum of six years. Students develop proficiency in both languages while
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Emotions—“Inside Out”

Sep 29th, 2015 | By
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By LYNN FRANCIS, MA, MS Inside Out is a powerful, animated movie about the effect of emotions on our behaviors and, in general, our lives. In the movie, we bear witness to the inner workings of a young girl, Riley, and her emotions of joy, sadness, anger, fear, and disgust. Our emotional states also affect
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My Word: An Exploration of Word Personification in Debate

May 19th, 2015 | By
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Part III on Word Personality and Vocabulary By PATRICK T. RANDOLPH —I. Introduction and Background When a word takes on human qualities, the possibilities are endless. What happens when you ask your students to write about words, phrasal verbs, or idioms as if they were friends, family members, colleagues, or acquaintances? If you are lucky,
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Interview Survey of Random ESL Students Generates Interesting Responses

May 19th, 2015 | By
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By ELIZABETH OSMUN —These answers come from a survey distributed to ESL students who volunteered their responses in an anonymous fashion to the questions posed on the survey. As an ESL teacher, I have always found their perceptions most insightful in ascertaining and understanding their mind-set for learning. I tend to give surveys to students
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The Poignancy of Death

May 19th, 2015 | By
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By LYNN FRANCIS, MA, MS —The death of a colleague (or family member or friend) is an invitation for self-reflection and contemplation about our own being and place in the world. It is a reminder of our own mortality. Along with the myriad of feelings that surface for weeks and months down the road, death
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Promoting Poetry as a Productive Paradigm for Paraphrasing

Mar 13th, 2015 | By
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By PATRICK T. RANDOLPH —Introduction Our lives are a continuous tapestry of paraphrases. We cheerfully paraphrase every day: Students chatter away retelling stories they recently heard from various friends, adding, of course, their own special tones and personal touches to the original; colleagues relate news events and intriguing developments in the world of English-language pedagogy—all
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A Grammar Workshop Lesson Plan

Mar 13th, 2015 | By
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By TIFFANY INGLE —Introduction This lesson focuses on using connectives of cause and effect to connect ideas meaningfully. I have recently received some training in Reading Apprenticeship, and I developed this lesson to practice one of the routines called “think aloud.” This routine asks students to read aloud and question, clarify, or connect outside examples
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Balance of Content and Process

Mar 13th, 2015 | By
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By LYNN FRANCIS —A wonderful article appeared recently in the newspaper about a math teacher who taught algebra by creating rap songs and his process in doing so. According to the article, he had a difficult time getting the students’ attention. He created a rap song to help them learn the concepts. The next day,
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