Tag: TESOL

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 […]

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, […]

First Day of Class Community Building

The first day of class can be a bit scary. New students shuffle in, nervously clutching registration papers.  After a quick glance at the room number, they take a seat, often far from each other.  Occasionally, a returning student will recognize a pal from the past, and after a joyful greeting, the friends sit close together. The new ones, […]