Listening and Reading with the “Sentence Detectives” Activity

I tried a new activity with my students today that I wanted to share. I like it because it requires students to process both oral and written input. I was inspired by an idea from Gianfranco Conti, who does an activity called “Sentence Detectives.” I deviated a bit from Gianfranco’s directions and adapted the activity …

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“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 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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