How to Add a Little History and Culture to Class Every Day

One of my plans for the new year is to start integrating more information related to U.S. culture and history into my classes. At the end of last semester, as I talked with my classes about what they liked and didn’t like, several students mentioned that they liked learning about U.S. history, culture, the news, …

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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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Where to Find Videos for English Class

It can be hard to find good-quality, engaging videos to use in class or for students to watch on their own. There are a ton of videos aimed at English learners on YouTube, but most of them are simply explanations about grammar points or lists of words/phrases  (“Learn 10 English idioms about food!”). It’s hard …

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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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