Thanksgiving Lesson Idea

Thanksgiving is coming up on November 23rd! If you’re looking for a Thanksgiving-themed lesson for ESL students, I created a plan and materials that I’m going to use with my students this Thanksgiving. I’m going to use this cute video called “Salt,” about a boy who makes a pumpkin pie for his family for Thanksgiving …

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Book Review: “While We’re on the Topic”

I just finished reading Bill VanPatten’s newest book, While We’re on the Topic: BVP on Language, Acquisition, and Classroom Practice, and I thought I would write a review. The book is available on the ACTFL website. For those who aren’t familiar with him, Bill VanPatten is a prominent researcher in the field of Second Language …

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Resources for Teaching about the Solar Eclipse

Next Monday, there will be a total solar eclipse happening in the U.S. I think it's an interesting topic that my students will be eager to hear about, so I made a PowerPoint presentation to give them a little information. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation if you would like to use it with your …

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Reflections from My Students on Story Listening, Whole-Class Novel Reading, and FVR

At one of the two programs where I teach, we just finished a term, and I gave my students a survey to help me know what kind of class activities they liked the most and found the most helpful. I think it’s really important to do these kinds of surveys because it’s a way of …

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