How to Do a MovieTalk with Full-Length Movies

In my first few years of teaching ESL, I always thought that movies and videos in English would be great resources to use in class. But whenever I tried to use them, it never worked well. The students could barely understand anything, and the whole experience just ended up being frustrating for both my students …

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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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