Making Group Work Work

Truthfully, sometimes it is easier to just lecture. The default mode of the traditional classroom is that the teacher is standing, sometimes pacing, while students are sitting, watching, listening, and taking notes. These roles are still easy to fall into, especially when teachers are entertaining. Still, no matter […]

Films as Community Builders

The students in our ESOL program have busy lives. The majority of them have jobs, many have children, and several are full-time students and part-time workers.   They have very little time to socialize at school, and few have the opportunity practice their English outside of class. As a […]

Grammar Journals: The continuum at work

   Last year, our department did some soul-searching about our grammar classes. We had become increasingly concerned that students were learning grammar in a way that trapped it in tidy little boxes. They could do discrete item exercises and tests, but in writing in particular grammar control was […]