Power point presentations were never meant for English language teaching, but they lend themselves to lesson plans in myriad ways and are a great way to get one’s feet wet in the waters of technology A very simple power point can be a reusable answer key, a worksheet, a game, or […]
Students love games. A little competition can often bring out the best in them. A Grammar Throwdown is a very simple yet effective game you can bring to any class to reinforce the grammar your students are studying or need to review. The concept comes from the television […]
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 […]
When can we say we know the meaning of a word? After looking it up in the dictionary? After experiencing it in discourse seven times? In fact, some might argue that we never stop learning a word because it is constantly changing, evolving, and taking on new meanings. Our job as teachers, […]
In honor of summer break, it’s a good time for a little pleasure reading. We’ve been collecting Quotables from our students for years now. Some of them come to us in a first, second, or final draft. Others show up in our students’ journals or on their writing finals. […]
On Wednesday, April 22, Colin will be presenting a TESOL Virtual Seminar titled Teaching Modals Across the Levels. This webinar will: show how modals and related structures are used in written and spoken language; describe how to level modals from beginner to advanced levels; explain how to take students from more controlled […]
How can we help our students engage in pre-writing actively and collaboratively?