Singular “They” & Latinx: Talking to Students About Gender-Inclusive Language

I try to use gender-inclusive language when possible in my own speech (though I'm definitely still working on it!), but, until recently, I had never talked with my students very directly about the topic or taught an entire lesson about it. Over the last couple of years, I’ve been more intentional about using gender-inclusive language …

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Calendar Talk with Adult ESL Students

Do you remember when you were in elementary school and you got to sit down on the floor with your classmates and gather around your teacher while they talked to you about the calendar and dates? Photo from Wikimedia Commons That's what Calendar Talk is based on, but it's adapted to the cognitive level of …

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Book Recommendation: “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You”

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests, I’m trying to do more to explore how I can become more anti-racist in my teaching. I’m hoping to write more about this topic in future posts, but I wanted to start off with a book recommendation. I recently read the book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by …

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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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