“My Fake Boyfriend”: A New Graded Reader for ESL Students

My book is here! It's a graded reader for English language learners—a short novel for students to read to provide them with compelling, comprehensible input in English. You can use it as a whole-class novel, a read-aloud, or as an option to offer students during independent reading time. The book is aimed at lower-level English …

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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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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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The Legend of Betsy Ross and the First American Flag

The Fourth of July is coming up! It’s the perfect chance to tell your students one (or more) interesting stories about the founding of the United States. Last week, I told the legend of Betsy Ross and the making of the first American flag to one of my classes, and I’m planning on doing it …

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The Joy of Teaching with Stories

My curriculum for all of my ESL classes is largely based around stories, no matter what level. I didn’t intentionally set out to focus on stories. When I first started trying to focus on providing more comprehensible input to my students, I did it because of what the research on second language acquisition shows and …

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