Intensive English Programs

Happy New Year! From the IEP Level

Dec 20th, 2014 | By
Maria Allan

By MARIA ALLAN —“Happy New Year!” may seem a strange title for an article being written in the fall, but the fall feels like a new beginning for many of us teachers. This past October’s CATESOL Annual Conference in Santa Clara provided inspiration and new ideas to support the work we do every day. One
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Mr. Bean Speaks American English:
Dynamic Grammar with Silent Video

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By
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By KATHERINE C. GUEVARA —Motivate your students to practice and successfully produce target structures by giving a famous, silent, British comic a grammatically correct, American English voice. This article explains how to use Mr. Bean videos, and other silent videos, to get students to write, speak, and discuss before, during, and after watching. Most Mr.
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Incorporating Music Into the ESL Classroom

May 16th, 2014 | By
Grace Reece

By GRACE REECE —In an IEP classroom, time and delivery of content is precious. We have agendas, calendars, and set curriculum. As useful as textbooks are, though, students are in need of integration of real social interaction, relevant media, and useful communicative strategies. The most ubiquitous medium is music. No matter what country my students
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IEPs Help Transition to Graduate School

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By
Sonja Lovelace

By SONJA LOVELACE —Ten years ago, many Intensive English Programs (IEPs) had a curriculum in place for language learners whose goals were to improve their English proficiency but not necessarily to prepare themselves for graduate programs. Now, more students expect a rigorous curriculum designed to equip them for success in master’s programs at top-tier universities
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Stay Connected: Celly and English Learners

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By
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By IXCHELL REYES and DELIA RACINES  —Ixchell: Generally, it can be challenging to get students to stop texting or checking social networks on their phones during class, resulting in one’s wanting to ban cell phone use and even to resist the idea of using cell phones as learning tools. This is not only self-serving, but
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A QR Code Grammar Activity for the ESL Classroom

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By
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By IXCHELL REYES —Book drills can make class time boring and monotonous, especially when practicing grammar concepts. Creating fresh and engaging activities for English learners helps students find meaningful connection to the concepts learned in class (Jensen, 2000). Thankfully, as technological advances bring about a myriad of educational web and mobile applications, teachers can incorporate
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