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.
5th Free Reading Unit. Scarcity: Not Having Enough of Something (can effect mental capacity)
Challenge Your Teaching Assumptions: Become an L2 Student for a Few Hours
4th Free (short) Reading Unit. Click: The Power of Similarities (Names)
Personalized Vocabulary Exercise
Innovative Approach to Writing: Introduce Mode with Listening
3nd Free Reading Unit. Parents or Peers: Who Affects Us More?
Grammar point: “Before going to sleep, I always check under my bed for monsters.” What is “going”?
Customized Speaking/Listening “Game” (Actually, more than just a game.)
2nd Free Reading Unit. Reading for Insight: The Candy Test: Controlling Impulses
Most Important Tool for Classroom Management (Case two and Caveat)
Most Important Tool for Classroom Management (First Case)
1st FREE Reading Unit. Reading for Insights: “Does Social Media Make People Sadder?”
FREE Reading Units: Reading for Insights (Introduction)
Don’t Wastes Students’ Energy Teaching Certain Types of Vocabulary Words in Reading Class
Writing Class Person Description Activity: Fun, Lively and Productive
Effective Approach to a Student Cheating (from Outside Research)
Guaranteed Active Whole-Class Discussions (3rd Technique: Redirecting a question to a classmate when you don’t know what to say)
The Most Effective Classroom Organization for Reading Skills Development
Saving Mental Energy: Give Two Grades on Essays
Discussion Technique to Get Quiet Students Involved (Part 2)
Teaching the Most Interesting Type of Essay Introduction (an Inductive Approach)
Guaranteed Active Whole-Class Discussions (2nd Technique: Volunteering)
Guaranteed Active Whole-Class Discussions (First Technique: Responding to Others)
Online discussion: You don’t have to be a grammar expert to help your students with the grammar in their writing.
Want Your Students to Seem More Likeable? Research Says: Teach Them Follow-up Questions
Most Effective Technique for Marking Grammar on Essays to Develop Self-Editing Skills
Pleasure of teaching ESL (Part 1)
A True Story to Motivate Students to Read More
For Large-Class Conversation Instructors, You Can “See” if Students are Using Techniques
Give the Writer not the Editor Control during Peer Editing in Writing Class
Discussion Technique to Get Quiet Students Involved (Part 1)
Pleasures of “Marking” a Stack of Essays (Flow)
Discouraging Smartphones from Disrupting Students’ Focus in Class
“Wow” is not Necessarily the Goal in Students’ Essays
Amazing Technique to Customize Listening to Movies, Podcasts etc. for any Level of Ability
Making the Perfect Mixture of Structure and Autonomy in Conversation Activities (Customizing Exercises)
Is the Hokey Pokey Really What It’s All About? No, Subordination Is. (Part 1)
Playing Computer Games until 2 a.m. or Lack of Awareness (Subordination Part 2)
Yes! Fun Learning Subordintion Inductively (Subordination Part 3)
Writing Outstanding First Sentences on Essays (Applying Critical Think Techniques)
Advice to a Student Who Needs to Repeat a Course (Using Peer Examples)
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 magic: Two most important conversation techniques (Part 1)
Conversation magic: 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