Titles of all Posts to Date (Postings on 1st and 15th of each month)

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.

Teachers: How To Sleep Well After a Class With a Couple of Troublesome Students

Conversation Technique: Don’t Kill the Conversation. What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say.

Simple Technique ESL Students can use to Impress Their Academic Instructors

Stimulating Small-Group Discussion Activity 3: “Does Social Media Make People Sadder?”

The Eyes Have It: Keeping Students Focused During Group Work

A Question From a Reader: “Mario is supposed to study.” What is the Verb? Is “to study” an Infinitive?

One of Best Uses of an ESL Program’s Funds—And a Giant Help to Teachers.

Stimulating Small-Group Discussion Activity 2: Loneliness Might Not Be What You Think

Conversation Activity: Getting Students to Say More Than the Minimum

Stimulating Small-Group Discussion Activity 1: Which Is More Effective– I’m Calm or I’m Excited?

Tools for Describing Someone with Details: Inductive Writing Exercises (Low-Intermediate to Intermediate Level)

One of the Worst Mistakes Conversation Teachers Make

Common Teacher Myth: Students Don’t Like to See Red Marks on Their Papers.

Another Conversation Activity: Listen to Partner and Ask Questions to Complete Information-Gap Chart 

Advice: Don’t Say These 4 Things to Your Students

Most Important Motivator of Students: How You Can Use It

Conversation Activity: Stimulating Students to Listen and Respond to Each Other

“Finally I now Understand What Nouns, Subjects and Verbs are.” (And it took only 30 minutes to learn inductively.)

Teaching Gerunds (a discussion from LINCS)

The Huge Advantage International Student Writers Have Over Their American Classmates

“Finally I now Understand What Nouns, Subjects and Verbs are.” (And it took only 30 minutes to learn inductively.)

Teaching Gerunds (a discussion from LINCS)

Taking TPR to Another Level of Engagement: Two Fun Lower-Level Activities (Part 2: Movie Directors)

Taking TPR to Another Level of Involvement: Two Fun Lower-Level Activities (Part 1)

7th  Reading Unit.  Animal Empathy

Most Stimulating and Engaging but Often Over-Looked Essay Mode

EASY Needs Analysis for What ESL Teachers Should Teach (Needs Analysis) Part 2

Free Reading Unit.  Science of Shopping

Most Important Process that You can do for Yourself, Your Students, Your Program  (Part 1)

Non-Credible Rationale for What Teachers Teach

Students’ Positive Responses to this Teacher Technique

Challenge Your Teaching Assumptions: Become an L2 Student for a Few Hours

Personalized Vocabulary Exercise

Innovative Approach to Writing: Introduce Mode with Listening

3nd 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 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 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