Tag Archives: ESL

Writing and Music

Lately, I’ve been think a lot about music. I’ve also been thinking a lot about writing; I’m teaching students the writing section of the TOEFL exam. Music can be a useful teaching tool for writing. For example, sometimes students have … Continue reading

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I’m Having Soup For Breakfast

Teaching ESL teaches me many different things. You quickly learn that the world you see and know is colored by your culture’s norms. Food is a perfect example. What people eat and when they eat it varies from culture to … Continue reading

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Silence – The Key to teaching ESL

Many years ago when I was studying music, I read that it is not the notes that count, but the silence. It made sense. The silent pauses between notes adds drama, tension, suspense, etc. Silence can also be a great … Continue reading

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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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The Best of Classrooms Without Walls – 1

Enjoy some of my favorite posts in this blog since it started on Aug. 4, 2007. The best of_classrooms_without_walls_1 http://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/8241378 View more presentations from Alan Cohen

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