Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
All ESL teachers need quick memory games that can be pulled out with few materials when times call for it: a sleepy or frustrated or bored class, for instance. I loved the memory game I found here. An ESL teacher shares a tried and true method. This is a game that can reinforce grammar or vocabulary, and energize a drooping class.
I like to do it with a tense focus, for example, I remember very well playing this game to review the past tense after the winter holiday season one year. It started off with,Thanks for the tip! Good luck teachers!
“In the holidays, I visited my friend in Vienna.”
And the student to my left - all standing in a circle - said,
“In the holidays, the teacher visited her friend in Vienna and I ate a lot of chocolate.”
Each turn becomes a little bit harder as you have to remember all the phrases that came before, but it soon gets hilarious.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Scribd publishes entire books on-line and uses a friendly interface to search through books. I found a delightfully helpful 83-page book on phrasal verbs and idioms which included activities, worksheets, and crossword puzzles. That book is called Phrasal Words And Idioms.
Anyone can upload documents to Scribd, so there is a wide range of ESL materials. I encourage all teachers to contribute so that we can continue to gain insight and help with ESL lesson plans! A simple search for "ESL" resulted in 3992 results, however, specific grammar points will bring up more useful results. Good luck!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
There are from Boggles World ESL, a website that I can't get enough of!
As for finding valuable resources, this article articulates well the level of grammar and thoughtfulness required in university writing:
In it Purdue University author and educator Tony Cimasko recommends and gives advice in the following areas:
Along with completing the professor's assigned requirements, students must paid attention to a slew of other competency areas. I think this mentioned article really lays out the foundation well. Happy learning, university student!