Tag: EFL

Game your sentence skill

“Think in English,” we say to our lower level multi-lingual writers. However, to really support them in avoiding translation errors, we need to give them lots of practice. The following prewriting refresher is structured as a game in which teams compete to create target sentence types. The first team to […]

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 […]

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 […]

See y’all in Baltimore!

We are looking forward to another wonderful conference in Baltimore next week, and quite excited it’s also celebrating TESOL’s 50th Anniversary.  Alice and I will be giving a couple of presentations this year.  Hope to see you @ the conference!  #TESOL16 Thinking Outside the Paragraph Wednesday, April 6, […]