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 […]
Not long ago, I was subbing for a reading class. They were using Read This 3, which starts with a text about ice hotels. The students were to have read it before class, but they hadn’t, and I was on the spot. Having just spent several hours with […]
Why do English learners still travel to physical classrooms? After all, they can get plenty of information, practice grammar drills and even listen to graded lectures online. Perhaps the answer lies in something that computers cannot provide: a safe space to learn and practice conversation. Conversation is actually […]
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? […]