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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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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The Grammar Syllabus and Students’ Expectations

Scott Thornbury recently wrote an article titled “The Persistence of Grammar,” which was published in the TESOL Applied Linguistics Interest Section Newsletter. In the article, he questions why the grammar syllabus has persisted in language teaching, despite the research evidence showing its ineffectiveness. “The grammar syllabus” refers to the practice of breaking apart the grammar …

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