4 Key Lessons I’ve Learned About Online Teaching

Like many others, I've been teaching online for about three months now. I'm definitely not an expert, but I'm slowly learning how to adapt to distance learning. These are four of the big things I've learned in teaching my adult ESL classes online: Simplify I learned pretty quickly how important it is to simplify things …

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“A Quarantine Love Story”: A True Story from the News to Share with Students

I ran across this true story in the news a few days ago, and I knew I needed to share it with my students! It's a cute, romantic, and funny story about a young man who asked a woman out on a date while they were both quarantined at home. The short version of the …

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Teaching in the Time of Coronavirus: How Should We Talk About It In Class?

The only thing people are talking about right now is coronavirus. And it seems pretty much the same with my students. Many of them want to share the latest news they heard or talk about what it was like when they went grocery shopping and couldn't find any toilet paper or discuss any of the …

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My Reflections on Barcroft’s “Input-Based Incremental Vocabulary Instruction”

I recently read Joe Barcroft’s book, Input-Based Incremental Vocabulary Instruction. I first heard about it from this episode of the We Teach Languages podcast. I recommend listening to the episode if you want to get a quick overview of Barcroft’s ideas. And if you want to learn more about the approach, Barcroft’s book explains a …

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Talking with Students about Writing

The idea of formal writing—whether it's a long essay or just a short piece—is intimidating for a lot of people, but it's especially intimidating for English language learners, who are still developing in their language abilities and often feel like they're bad writers. In the fall, I started teaching an advanced-level ESL class with a …

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