We are teachers, teacher trainers, and materials writers. To us, the English language is a living, breathing creature, always on the move, elusive, and endlessly fascinating. The purpose of this website is to share our journey as explorers in the worlds of English language teaching. We will be […]
In a recent post, “S is for Substitution Tables,” Scott Thornbury notes that substitution tables have been around for over 500 years, and that they are just as relevant today as they were then, depending on how they are designed and used. In Trio Writing, we call them Builder […]
Two audio articles in one unit explore psychology in different ways.
Last year, Stanford professor and AI researcher Andrew Ng told Harvard Business Review that if a typical person can do a mental task with less than one second of thought, it can probably be automated by using artificial intelligence. With this in mind, perhaps we should be thankful […]
After teaching with TRIO writing at all three levels, I’ve observed several characteristics of the developing multi-lingual writer. One observation is that there is no one type of developing writer. Depending on the country, educational history, and other life experiences, each writer has an absolutely unique voice […]
“Lexis is the core or heart of language”, wrote Michael Lewis (Lewis, 1993, p. 89). Yes, but which lexis? Given the hundreds of thousands of words that there are, which ones should we be teaching soonest? Is there a ‘core’ vocabulary? If so, where can we find it? […]
Our recent presentation at the state TexTESOL was a blast! Here’s a link to the handout: Aligning OC & Pragmatics. We talked about pragmatics, grammar, vocabulary, and lexicogrammatical chunks. We laughed a lot too. The audience role-played two colleagues meeting for dinner at a TESOL conference, under slightly uncomfortable […]
While traveling for a sabbatical, Alice has had a chance to talk to students and teachers at various language programs across the U.S. This post was inspired by an encounter she had with a student at a community college program in the northeast. Riata suddenly had hives. The […]