Category: Colin Ward

Learning Word Forms through Phrases

Word forms are notoriously difficult for ESOL students to master.  This is especially true for those whose native languages are non-inflected, meaning adjectives, nouns, and adjectives share the same form, as in Vietnamese.  It is therefore not uncommon to see our Vietnamese students make errors such as these: […]

Color-Coding for Grammar Awareness

Power points are great for lectures, but for classrooms with projectors, nothing beats a word doc for interacting with  students’ in-the-moment learning. The beauty of being able to work with a word doc on a screen is that you can be more responsive to what comes from the […]

TESOL Chicago: Ideas and Inspiration

At a drama presentation given by Kathleen McGovern at the Chicago TESOL last week, participants created and performed skits that were meant to advocate for a change we’d like to see at the TESOL convention. Many of the groups did skits about the long walking distances. Others advocated […]

Pragmatics as the Art of Conversation

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 […]