“My Fake Boyfriend”: A New Graded Reader for ESL Students

My book is here! It's a graded reader for English language learners—a short novel for students to read to provide them with compelling, comprehensible input in English. You can use it as a whole-class novel, a read-aloud, or as an option to offer students during independent reading time. The book is aimed at lower-level English …

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Video and Task Idea: “Top 10 List” Videos

This is a quick idea for a task you can use with a video that gives some kind of “top 10” or “top 5” (or whatever number) list. It works best with students at the intermediate level or higher, but I think it could be adapted if you want to use it with lower-level students. …

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Book Review: Activities for Task-Based Learning

I recently read the book Activities for Task-Based Learning by Neil Anderson and Neil McCutcheon. I first heard about it from this episode of the Teacher Talking Time podcast, where you can listen to an interview with one of the authors about the book. I’ve been wanting to learn more about task-based language teaching, so …

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How to Use Whole-Class Novels Without Killing the Joy of Reading

When we require our students to read a certain novel or other book together as a class, we are always at risk of committing readicide. The term “readicide” comes from Kelly Gallagher’s book, Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It. The author argues that many of the practices used …

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