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Adult Literacy / Teaching moms with children's books
« on: May 02, 2017, 12:51:21 AM »
I've been living in a campus town in the US for a while and have seen some people in town who have little English skills and are raising their children while their spouses pursue a higher degree or work. I thought maybe they can learn to read English using children's books--they can learn English by reading the books first and read the books for their children :)

I found a great website for that, too:
For this particular e-book, you can flip though the pages and listen to the audio, too.

Hope this helps!

I developed a handout for a grammar workshop on prepositions and wanted to share it with you.
Basically, after (or before) discussing prepositions, have students describe pictures that they have to their partners.
It's designed as a pair activity and each student in a pair gets different pictures and describes the pictures that they have to their partners using prepositions.
For more information, see the attached file :)

Hope this helps!

Grammar - Error Correction / The Punctuation Guide
« on: May 02, 2017, 12:21:48 AM »
I just wanted to share a good website for a punctuation lesson!
It's called the Punctuation Guide ( I like it because it's visually well-organized and it provides not too much information about punctuations.

If your students struggle with punctuations and/or if you feed the need to teach punctuations, you can develop mini lessons based on the website or you can develop a worksheet and have students discover the knowledge on the website.

Hope this helps!

Feedback--Peer Review / Peer Review Report as Part of Group Assignment
« on: April 12, 2017, 12:09:50 AM »
I'm currently a graduate student and taking courses that require me to work in groups for final projects.
One of my professors--a statistics professor--gave me an interesting assignment about peer review, so I wanted to share with you.

So, this is a graduate-level statistics course, so I wasn't expecting any peer review (even though it involves a final project and a final paper).
But as part of the final report (a group assignment), the professor required each student to write a one-page evaluation of their group members as they work with them. We're asked to write down what each member did for the project, how well they complete the assignment and how well they communicated with other members.

At first, I thought it was just interesting that he was using this kind of approach, but later I realized that this could be used in ESL writing and reading classrooms. When we assign students a group project, we see that some dominant students lead the group while other people don't participate much. I think by requiring this short peer-review report, we can encourage more equal participation of each student and also have them practice evaluating others' work in writing, which could be a good skill to have as students or future employees and employers.


Read the title of the article, "Discovery of 7 Earth-Size Exoplanets a 'Giant Leap' Forward in Alien-Life Hunt," and discuss in groups of 2-3 what the article would be about. On a big piece of paper provided, create a mind map and present it to the rest of the class.

Extensive Reading / Extensive Reading Using Wikepedia
« on: February 19, 2017, 02:13:30 PM »
I haven't really used Wikepedia for teaching yet, but I thought some of you might be able to give it a try based on my idea.

I think browsing Wikepedia could be an interesting task for English language learners as they could find all kinds of topics that are interesting to them and read related topics with just few clicks.

If you think that your students could benefit from this (based on their proficiency level, motivation, etc.), you could have them spend an hour or so every week reading Wikepedia pages of their interest. You could have them write a journal about what they read and what they thought about the reading or have them present what they learned by reading Wikepedia entries to the class!


Getting to Know You Activities / Ask questions when you take attendance
« on: February 19, 2017, 02:07:35 PM »
Some of you might already know this, but I still wanted to share with you just in case! I just learned this trick from a fellow instructor and am having fun with this, so I hope you find this helpful, too.

When you take attendance, do you just call your students' names (and they say "yes" or "here")? Instead, you could pick a fun question for the day and ask them answer the question when you call on them. For example, I asked "what's your favorite restaurant in town?" or "what did you do this weekend?" and instead of just learning who's absent or not, I learned so much about their personality and characteristics :)

At first, I was worried that my students might find this childish and uninteresting (they are international graduate students here in the US), but they actually liked the change a lot!

Hope this helps and you give it a try, too.


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