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Mar 13th, 2015 | By

Longtime ESL teacher, life coach, and marriage family therapist Lynn Francis is interested in the inner life of the teacher. She writes, “Because the tools of our trade—methods, techniques, theories, activities—are so well covered at workshops, in-services, and conferences, I felt there was a need to address other aspects of the teacher that are not
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Giving A Nod to Gestures and Facial Expressions

Dec 20th, 2014 | By
Patrick T. Randolph new for winter 2014

Giving a Nod to Gestures and Facial Expressions: Helping ELLs Encode Lexical Items By PATRICK T. RANDOLPH —I. Background “Gestures are like thoughts themselves.” —David McNeill Can an ELL instructor ever teach a class—at a beginning or advanced level—without gesturing or using facial expressions? Whether one’s teaching career consists of a day or a decade,
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Teaching Simple Present Tense in Third-Person Singular

Dec 20th, 2014 | By
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By BO JIN, GULDEN ODABASI, AND JINA KIM —Rationale This lesson plan aims at teaching students the third-person singular ‘-s’ in simple present tense and follows Batstone and Ellis’s (2009) principled grammar teaching, which involves knowledge-building, awareness-raising, and practice-enhancing conditions that help connect form to meaning. Topic-based interactive activities support these conditions and demonstrate the
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The Vocabulary Spiraler

Dec 20th, 2014 | By
Adam McGarity

By ADAM MCGARITY —I’ve spent a lot of time in language classrooms, some as a language teacher, and a lot more as a student. In my experience (and I think most teachers and students will agree), repetition and recycling of vocabulary is an important element of language learning. Why else would flash-card apps such as
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Mindfulness in Education

Dec 20th, 2014 | By
Lynn Francis

By LYNN FRANCIS, MA, MS —Mindfulness is becoming increasingly mainstream and it is now enhancing education. Why? Because it makes sense. Giving as much attention to our inner world—our thoughts, feelings, sensations—as to the outer leads to increased well-being. Increased well-being of the educator trickles down to the students, colleagues, and the institutions. “Collectively we
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Tech in the Classroom: Augmented Reality and Smartphones!

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By
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By IXCHELL REYES —What Augmented Reality Is The term “augmented reality” sounds futuristic to many and the introduction of Google Glass last year made it conceivable. However, what many educators don’t realize is that this technology is already available on their smartphones! Augmented reality blends a physical environment with a virtual one by adding layers
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Employing the Five-E System of Teaching and Learning

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By
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By PATRICK T. RANDOLPH —Introduction The dream is not impossible. I have always believed that the best education we can offer our English language learners (ELLs) is one that inspires them to pursue an enthusiastic yearning to learn while simultaneously encouraging them to engage in a lifelong journey of self-enrichment. In addition, my own teaching
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All About Stress: A Lesson Plan

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By

By STEPHANIE MIKAMO —Stephanie Mikamo was chosen by the Torrance Sister City Association to teach at the Kashiwa Municipal Senior High School in Kashiwa, Japan. Kashiwa is Torrance’s sister city and has a program that sends teachers to the high school to enhance its English program. Stephanie began teaching in the spring. At her interview
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Check Out TELL-IG’s New Site! And 3 Great Teaching Sites

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By
Blair Roy

By BLAIR ROY —CATESOL TELL-IG (Technology Enhanced Language Learning Interest Group) has a new web address: tellig.info. CATESOL TELL-IG is a professional organization that provides instructional strategies to California and Nevada Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages as they incorporate technology into their language-learning classrooms. Hope to see you there! ReadWriteThink ReadWriteThink is
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Seeking Inner Peace

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By
Lynn Francis

By LYNN FRANCIS, MA, MS I never know where I will find inspiration to write this column. This one comes from Inner Peas. No, I did not misspell this. Jan Forstrom, our EL Civics coordinator, brought me a package of Inner Peas one day that she had bought at Trader Joe’s. We had fun with
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