Embarrassment in the Language Classroom

“Embarrassment is a true enemy of learning,” writes Thomas Newkirk.  I just finished reading Newkirk’s book, Embarrassment: And the Emotional Underlife of Learning. It’s a book about how feelings of embarrassment and shame often hold learners back in the classroom. In order to learn anything new, we all go through a period of incompetence, which …

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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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