Grammar Across the Sentence

As language teachers, we often have our students write sentences to practice the grammar they are learning.  This is a sound approach, as it can help students to both internalize the structure and use it to express their own ideas. Unfortunately, while their sentences are often complete, the […]

Save the grammar, swap the vocabulary

Students rely on models to help them communicate accurately and effectively.   How often do you see a student’s thesis statement modeled after one in the textbook?   Words are swapped out, but the pattern of the sentence essentially remains the same. Swapping is a useful learning strategy, and one […]

The double-edged sword of Test & Punish

Making tests that push our students enough but not too far can feel like one of the biggest challenges for teachers.  Tests that are too easy may lead to a false assessment of proficiency. Those that are too hard can be discouraging to students, and challenging for teachers to grade. What we want […]

Thinking Outside the Paragraph in Baltimore

Below is a slideshow of one of the presentations we gave at Baltimore TESOL, “Thinking Outside the Paragraph,” where we outline three key principles that inform our teaching of academic writing at lower levels and helped formulate the pedagogy behind our new writing series, Trio Writing, by Oxford University Press. Beginning […]