Video: My Students’ Favorite Part of Class

It’s important to ask our students for feedback about our class. What do they like about our class? What do they not like? How did our class make them feel? I typically give my students a paper survey to fill out at the end of the semester. I tell them not to write their names …

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How to Add a Little History and Culture to Class Every Day

One of my plans for the new year is to start integrating more information related to U.S. culture and history into my classes. At the end of last semester, as I talked with my classes about what they liked and didn’t like, several students mentioned that they liked learning about U.S. history, culture, the news, …

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More Picture Books for ESL Class

I’ve written before about how I use children’s picture books in class with my ESL students, but I've discovered some more great picture books, and I really wanted to share them! You can read my original post to find out how exactly I use the books in class and to see some of my recommendations. …

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In Defense of Reading Aloud to Students

Sitting back and listening to a story is wonderful. Not only is it an enjoyable experience, but it’s also good for language acquisition. We know that students need to listen to a lot of oral input in order to acquire a new language, and listening to the teacher read aloud is a great way to …

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My Experience at the Story Listening Workshop

I finally got to attend a Story Listening Workshop! Beniko Mason and Stephen Krashen came to Chicago this week and gave a two-day workshop for language teachers on how to do Story Listening in their classes. I’ve been using Dr. Mason’s Story Listening method some (though not exclusively) in my adult ESL classes for more …

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