Tag Archives: English as a Second Language

The Writing Blues

Most of my ESL students hate to write. Writing is difficult whether it is in their native language or in a second language. However, they need to write well to pass the TOEFL exam to study at an American university. … Continue reading

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Using Music to Teach ESL

Many people use lyrics to teach English as a Second Language. That method works well. Students learn new vocabulary and it is a more interesting way to illustrate grammar points. You can also use lyrics for writing practice. Have your … Continue reading

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Teaching ESL – Random Thoughts

I’m began writing this post on an iTouch at a Starbucks in Cambridge. Technogy and free wireless is great. Starbucks is called a “third place” for work in addition to the office and the home. Places like this plus technology … Continue reading

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Rewired-Rewriting the textbook?

Listening to lectures and learning from reading books is boring. My students were practicing their speaking today. I asked them the following question – “Some people like to read books, others would rather watch the movie based on the book. … Continue reading

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Rewired: Rewire the teacher/student relationship?

From my Books I Am Reading blog. What I enjoy most about Rewired is that it forces me to think about the issue of technology and learning. I face this issue daily as do many teachers with students texting in class. Yesterday, … Continue reading

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Women are better students

Women are better students than men. Last summer, in one of my classes, the male students were either absent or skipped. All of my female students attended. There was no goofing off, no behavior problems, just a group of serious … Continue reading

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Rewired

The following excerpt is from another blog of mine. I’m in the process of reading Rewired. While we know that children are wired to technology, this book brings up an interesting fact – many of today’s grammar school students have … Continue reading

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