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ESL teachers’ frustrations. Is there a way out?

07

Dec 2015

ESL teachers’ frustrations. Is there a way out?

Monday. 8:30 in the morning. A mixed-level group of unresponsive adult learners. Is it me? At least it’s only three of them. Or maybe that’s the problem. Is it their personalities? Perhaps it’s that they’re not interested in the activities. But everything played out so well in my mind last night… questions and answers, role-plays, no fill-in-the-gap activities, detailed situations for them to produce sound…

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controversial-topics in the ESL classroom

18

Sep 2015

Controversial Topics: How to Approach Them in the ESL Classroom

Every one of us has at one time, in the classroom or outside of it, felt that sinking feeling – somebody in the group says a controversial topic, and that point is met by a wall of uncomfortable silence. Or worse, by a thunder of bristled opposition. Discussing hot-button issues can often be tricky, but it is important not to skirt away from doing it….

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Classroom atmosphere

28

Apr 2015

Classroom atmosphere

In the blog I wrote before this one (which you can read about, here) I talked about how student attitude is an important factor of success in learning a foreign language and went on to talk about one contributing influence, the ‘student/teacher relationship’. In this blog, I will be talking about the second influence, ‘classroom atmosphere’ Although there are no specific teaching techniques to make…

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13

Feb 2015

ESL error correction techniques for the classroom

As any experienced ESL teacher knows, the type of language errors students make are as diverse as the students themselves & their attitude toward learning.  This in turn will dictate which of the ESL error correction techniques will be most applicable (if any should be used).  Today we will consider techniques to increase students accuracy & improve their awareness in order to promote self-correction.  In order to illustrate the different techniques…

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06

Feb 2015

Setting effective boundaries in the classroom

ESL teachers could face disruptive behaviour from their students on a daily basis and this can lead to distress, tension and/or anxiety.  For this reason it is important for teachers to take charge to ensure that they are setting effective boundaries because by simply ignoring it, it will get worse. Robin Booth proposes that a boundary is something that the teacher puts in place in…

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