David Kehe at home overlooking Bellingham Bay
I’ve taught ESL for over 35 years at colleges and universities in four countries including in Africa with the Peace Corps . I’ve co-authored nine textbooks, including the award-winning Conversation Strategies. I have an MAT from The School for International Training, in Brattleboro, Vermont. Currently, I’m a Coordinator and Academic ESL Instructor at Whatcom Community College, in Bellingham, Washington.
Below is a list of the posts in the order that they have been posted starting at the top with the most recent. You can click on the title to link to the post. I’ll be updating this list each time I enter another post.
Fun & Student-Centered Speaking/Listening Activity: Truth or Lie
Approaching Grammar with Generation 1.5 Students and Other Ear-Learners
Argumentation Essay: Tapping into Creativity
Best Subject for an ESL Integrated-Skills Class (Parts 3 & 4: Discussion and Writing aspects)
Best Subject for an ESL Integrated-Skills Class (Part 2 of 4: Reading aspect)
Best Subject for an ESL Integrated-Skills Class (Part 1 Overview)
Great Self-Study Conversation Technique: Not an Oxymoron
Integrated vs Discrete-Skills ESL Courses: Advantages of Discrete Skills
Conversation class: Two most important conversation techniques (Part 1)
Conversation class: Two most important techniques. (Part 2)
How to lead ESL Students to Discover their Grammar Mistakes on Writing Assignments
Conversation class: Necessary ingredients for successful pair work (from research)
Introduction to Teaching Academic ESL Writing: A Proven Approach for Success (Part 1: Logical organization)
Introduction to Teaching Academic ESL Writing: A Proven Approach for Success (Part 2 Connecting ideas & Grammar)
Introduction to Teaching ESL Conversation: Effective Pair/Group Activities
Grammar class: Confusion about when to use “where” vs “which” (exercise handout)
Introduction to Teaching ESL: Student-Centered Approach
Inductive Grammar: Why are there commas in these sentences? Here are some clues. What’s the rule?
Fluency writing: reading, speaking in triads, and listening culminating in a writing task (including handout activity.)
Pronunciation practice: Easy and Effective One-on-One Technique
Purposeful Reading: Read faster and create a tolerance for ambiguity (sample unit included)
Engaging grammar group activities (even for hesitant students)
Conversation class: What if they make mistakes in pairs? Myths about pair work.
Writing class: Dealing with plagiarism (Don’t take it personally)
Purposeful reading: Students read faster if they know what they are looking for.
ESL Culture: You worked hard for your students, but on their course evaluations, they said that you didn’t. How come?
Writing class: Easy, focused, POSITVE feedback on essays.
ESL Teaching: Giving your course credibility in the eyes of your students
Writing class: How many drafts should ESL students write? Three!
No need to show anger/frustration at ESL students