Teaching ESL / EFL

By ESL Expat | This is a collection of recommended articles for teachers who are teaching English as a second language / foreign language. For more information about teaching English abroad, please visit our website: www.ESLexpat.com

5 Fun Reading Activities for ESL Students

“Sometimes I don’t like the books that I’m reading.”<p>— Charlie Kaufman<p>Creating reading lessons for your class doesn’t always have to be a chore like …

Teaching

Using Digital Games — And Empathy — As Teaching Tools

Dr. Matt Farber, a social studies teacher at Valleyview Middle School in Denville, New Jersey, uses digital games in the classroom as a way to take his kids on impossible field trips, to back-in-time revolutions or to current, far away conflicts.<p>But his 11- and 12-year-old students aren't expected …

Empathy

Why Grades Are Not Paramount to Achievement

The intrinsic love of learning supplants the drive for high marks in the long run.<p>At the beginning of this school year, my colleagues and I decided to avoid giving the sophomores in our English classes any grades for six weeks. Research shows that providing students with a number or letter in …

Education

How Do Our Students Learn? An Outline of a Cognitive Psychological Model for Information Literacy Instruction

Dani Brecher Cook (dani_cook@cuc.claremont.edu) Information Literacy and Learning Technologies Coordinator, The Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont …

Pedagogy

The Top 10 Grammar Mistakes, According To Microsoft

Even smart people make stupid mistakes in their writing. Sometimes it’s laziness or impatience; sometimes they’re genuinely confused. Using data from …

Grammar

3 Advanced Ways to Craft Better Sentences

While the goal of “improving your content writing” may seem complex, it’s not necessarily more complicated than improving each sentence you …

Writing

When the Words Won't Come: Word Explorer

Do you love your thesaurus and your dictionary? Do your online thesaurus and dictionary of choice get plenty of daily use?<p>If you've formed a deep and …

Language

Quick Guide on the Most Important Commas

Did you know that some commas could be more “important” than others? Ok, that’s not strictly true. A properly placed comma is usually essential for …

Grammar

This tool will catch your grammar mistakes (and harass you about Oxford commas)

Did you spell that word right? Is that an independent clause? That's not a dangling participle, is it? This week, we explore a tool that can help you …

Grammar

Here are 100 PowerPoint shortcuts that'll make your life a lot easier

So you think you’re fancy, huh? Just because you know how to copy and paste without the click of the mouse in PowerPoint.<p>Well, get ready to be even fancier (and more productive) because we've curated 100 of the best PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts.<p><i>Courtesy of GoSkills.</i>

Lifehacks

A neuroscientist explains how being bilingual makes your brain more robust

Marian Sigman, a neuroscientist and author of "The Secret Life of the Mind: How Your Brain Thinks, Feels, and Decides," explains how babies that grow up bilingual will have brain functions that might be superior to those children that only speak one language. Following is a transcript of the</i> …

The Brain

How to Empower Students with One Simple Phrase (that can boost student effort by 40%)

Daniel Coyle, the author of The Talent Code, recently looked at a study on feedback from teachers. This study showed that one simple phrase could …

5 Ways to Learn Faster

To become a high performer, you have to learn faster. How do you do that?<p>Let me tell you first what <i>not</i> to do, because a lot of people just jump in …

Self-improvement

Student-Driven Differentiation: Putting Student Voice Behind The Wheel

Asking different questions isn't enough if teachers aren't listening to the answers students provide. Here are 3 ways to have authentic …

Teaching

Deeper Learning Is By Discovery, Not Delivery

We've been talking about Bloom's Taxonomy and critical thinking for as long as I've been an educator. And yet we still have work to do to get kids …

Critical Thinking

Lost Dictionary of A Clockwork Orange Slang Discovered

If you’ve read Anthony Burgess’ 1962 dystopian masterpiece <i>A Clockwork Orange</i>, then you’re probably familiar with Nadsat: a futuristic fictional slang …

Literature

Learning How To Learn

This figure starts with motivation. A student must be motivated (intrinsically and/or extrinsically) in order to have attention in class. Motivation …

Learning

10 Strategies for Teachers: How to Deal with a Disruptive Class

10 Strategies for Teachers: How to Deal with a Disruptive Class<p>Classroom Management Strategies<p>I am getting ready to start my 25th year of teaching. I …

Parenting

Using “Google Story Builder” To Encourage Students To Study English Over The Summer

I’ve previously posted some of the activities I’ll be doing with my class of Beginning ELLs over the last two weeks of school:<p>Today, I thought I’d …

Teaching

Welcoming Your New Class

What does your first lesson with a new class look like? Mine always features a paired games activity. You can tell so much from observing the …

8 terrific learning podcasts for students

Bring fresh voices into the classroom with free, high-quality podcasts.<p>When podcasts first gained popularity in the early 2000s, they seemed to be a quaint throwback to radio. But that changed quickly as more and more people jumped in and started experimenting with the medium. Now, hits like Serial …

Delaying the Grade: How to Get Students to Read Feedback

<b>I have a confession to make: I am terrible at handing back papers.</b> That sounds silly, right? I mean, you literally just hand the paper to the kid …

Teaching

Creating a conducive learning environment

<b>Despite the fact that socio-economic conditions, gender and culture influence students’ learning for good or bad, teachers can play a vital role in</b> …

Linguistics

Nine Features of High-Quality Language Immersion Programs

Language immersion education is a relatively new field, so how can educators know if a program is effective? Here are nine features of high-quality …

Education

Learn a new language on your phone

Use your commute to pick up a foreign lingo.<p>We think of our phones as time wasters. But you might be surprised at how much you can gain from the apps on this pocket computer. With five minutes here and five minutes there, you can even pick up a new language, or polish up your existing knowledge. …

Language Learning

English Learners Were Hurt The Most When Texas Limited Special Education

Angel Vazquez is 9 years old, has hearing loss in both ears, has trouble speaking and struggles to concentrate in class. He's a year behind in school, just learned how to read and is still learning English. For nearly two years, his mom, Angeles Garcia, tried to get him evaluated for special …

Education

Can you learn a foreign language online?

Apps and web tutors claim to offer a cheap way to gain fluency - but are they effective?<p>Tue, May 30, 2017, 00:00<p>There was a time when having a …

Language Learning

When Schools Meet Trauma With Understanding, Not Discipline

If you know anything about New Orleans public schools, you probably know this: Hurricane Katrina wiped them out and almost all the schools became privately run charters.<p>Many of those schools subscribed to the <i>no excuses</i> discipline model — the idea that if you crack down on slight misbehavior, you …

Education

How Finland Created One of the Best Educational Systems in the World (by Doing the Opposite of U.S.)

Every conversation about education in the U.S. takes place in a minefield. Unless you’re a billionaire who bought the job of Secretary of Education, …

Education