“Crazy Socks at a Funeral”: A Reading Passage for Intermediate-Level Students

Why did President George H.W. Bush wear colorful patterned socks to his wife's funeral? I made a one-page reading passage for intermediate-level English language learners that is accompanied by previewing and post-reading questions. It's a fun news article that talks about President George H.W. Bush and his connection to John Cronin, a 22-year-old man with …

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The Grammar Syllabus and Students’ Expectations

Scott Thornbury recently wrote an article titled “The Persistence of Grammar,” which was published in the TESOL Applied Linguistics Interest Section Newsletter. In the article, he questions why the grammar syllabus has persisted in language teaching, despite the research evidence showing its ineffectiveness. “The grammar syllabus” refers to the practice of breaking apart the grammar …

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The Best 2018 Super Bowl Commercials for Class

I didn’t watch the Super Bowl last night, but I was excited to see the lists of the best commercials online today. There are two commercials in particular that I think will work well in my ESL classes, and I’m planning on using them tomorrow. I’m going to use both videos as a MovieTalk. MovieTalk …

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