I get to share some of the things I learned as an ESL teacher. There have been some hard lessons, but after more than 20 years in this line of work, there are some realizations I wish I had known in the beginning. I share 7 of this bits of ELL teacher wisdom in the article published in Colorín Colorado. Take a look and if you want to add any of your own advice, feel free to leave a comment. Click HERE to read the article.
Here is a short lesson on prepositional phrases. This is part one of a series that will be produced featuring prepositional phrases. It focuses on comprehension and articulation using visual cues and repetition exercises. Please share this with educators and students learning English.
For beginner English learners, telling time can be a bit of a challenge. For this reason, I made a short lesson video and will make more to help learners practice their English skills. Have a look and share it with your students.
This video lesson corresponds with Section 10 of the “I Want To Learn English” textbook. More videos are in the works that teachers and students can use that align with the lesson within the textbook. Feel free to share it with others.
In 2016, I went to the TESOL Convention in Baltimore, Maryland because it was in my neck of the woods and there was much networking to do. For all intents and purposes, my time there was well spent. And though I met so many people and made some very good connections, a part of me longed to be included in the presenters circle. Well, this year, I get my chance.
I put the notice out a few months ago that I will be presenting my research at TESOL 2017 and certainly I am quite excited about that. Just having my proposal accepted is an honor in itself, but I know there is a lot of more work that needs to be done. The interest in furthering research into the effects of infusing phonics with contextual instruction for adult and secondary learners is growing. This presentation is something I hope will generate even more interest from other professionals in the field and join me in collecting more data and adding to the conversation. If you are going to the TESOL International Convention in Seattle, please come to my session. Thank you.
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IWTLE will host all of its audio contents on PodBean. This will make access to the audio tracks that correspond to the textbook much easier with phone apps and free download options. We are nearing the official launch of the textbook. Check out this sample.
Do you know how many days are in each month? Well, here’s a fun way to remember. Sing along.
30 days has September, April, June and November.
The rest have 31 days, you see, except February.
We wanted the book to be released by the end of summer, but due to financial setbacks (and logistical challenges) it was concluded the best thing to do would be to wait to release the I Want To Learn English textbook around the holidays 2015. Even though there were grants to help fund the project, the amount of money was insufficient to get everything in order for a late summer release. Therefore, more time to use the textbook on another sample of students to get more accurate data is clearly the silver lining here.
One of the trickiest digraphs to teach new English Learners is the “Th” sound. This is because it isn’t a common sound produced in non-Latin based languages. In fact, with some exceptions like Arabic, Greek, Albanian and Burmese (for example), many languages do not have voiced or voiceless fricative “Th” sounds in their language at all. For Spanish speaking students, for example, learning words with the “Th” sound is very difficult. Most English Language Learners in my classes have expressed their frustrations in learning words with these voiced and voiceless “Th” sounds. What I always recommend to my students is their dedication to practicing words and sentences with these sounds in them to help them produce the sounds a little more fluidly. This is the primary reason I spend a great deal of time going over digraphs in the first place, especially when working with low beginner students and even all the way up to intermediate level students. An entire unit in the “I Want To Learn English” textbook is dedicated to practicing digraphs. I produced the following video for students to practice the voiced and voiceless “Th” sounds and give some examples to practice with. Please feel free to share this video with as many people as you like. Stay focused and practice as much as possible.