Tag: language

A fun, talk-show activity for fluency

As a teacher, it’s sometimes difficult to  investigate students’ progress in a productive (holistic) way. Simulations can help by providing a culturally familiar scaffolding that can guide a fluency experience. They are also a lot of fun! While the talk show simulation described below can be done outside […]

Pragmatics as a roadmap for English learners

What is pragmatics? Like the highways, roads, and trails that guide our travel, language-oriented patterns  scaffold our conversations. The existence of patterns does not mean there is not variation. Every time we get on a freeway literally or figuratively, it’s a new experience because we bring a different mood […]

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 […]

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, […]