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Plagiarism / Slides for Intro to Plagiarism
« on: May 10, 2021, 10:37:24 PM »
I created some slides to provide a brief intro to plagiarism to beginning and intermediate adult ESL students. They utilize simple reading passages, images, and sentence starters to help students start conceptualizing plagiarism and appropriate citation. However, the slides are meant to serve as a brief, "bite-size" introduction to plagiarism and citations; they are in no way a comprehensive citation resource.

Here is the citation for the article used in the slides:

ReadWorks. (n.d.). Food in Kenya.!articleTab:content/   

Prewriting / Using infographics in pre-writing
« on: May 10, 2021, 06:45:22 PM »
My colleagues and I recently attended the 2021 TESOL conference, and one idea presented at the conference by Undraa Maamuujav from UC Irvine was to incorporate infographics into the ESL classroom. One suggestion regarding how to use infographics was to use them in outlining. For example, students could use different colors and shapes for text boxes, as well as integrate images into their infographics. The presenter suggested that teachers could provide feedback on the infographic, then students could revise it, and then use it to write the first draft of their writing assignment.

The presenter surveyed a small group of ESL students whose teacher had used infographics with them, and the students were overall positive about using them, saying they were helpful in organizing their ideas and lifting their affective barrier. Students also liked the visual aspect of the infographics and found them fun to make and use.

Maamuujav, U. (2021). The Utility of Infographics: Scaffolding Students' Writing Development [online lecture]. TESOL 2021 International

     Convention & English Language Expo:

When working with adults, I have found it's very important to provide materials that are age-appropriate and of interest to them. One great resource that covers a wide range of reading levels and still provides adult-appropriate content is You can find news articles that have been adapted all the way to a second grade level there. Newsela also provides quizzes and vocabulary exercises to go with the articles, and you can create a free teacher account, sign your students up, and then assign articles and activities within Newsela's platform.

Another good, albeit less extensive, reading website for adults is This website has a variety of leveled passages written for adults with pre- and post- reading questions. I have used these in the past as basic assessments, since the readings are relatively short and the comprehension questions are simple and straightforward.

Post-reading activity for Sara, Mengjia, and Marianne

Student group: 15 freshmen in an ESL college writing class

After the students have revisited and revised their lists of words, the class will debrief and discuss how they were able to distinguish between words that were absolutely necessary to know and words that they felt ok just guessing the meaning of.

Once they have finished with this debrief, the students will complete a creative writing assignment imagining that they landed on Proxima b. To assess students' comprehension of the article, they should include a description of and details about the planet from the article. For example, they might mention a sun, as the article suggests that some of the stars near Proxima b are "sun-like." They might also encounter aliens or exotic plants, as of course, the article says it could be habitable.

During reading:

Fables, Fairytales, and Myths / Two fables assignments
« on: March 01, 2021, 09:25:53 PM »
1. I like this resource because it highlights some different literary devices often found in folktales and fables. Although the website doesn't explicitly recommend this, depending on the level of your students, you could teach the literary devices and have students read a variety of fables; then you could have the students categorize the fables based on literary devices used. You could also have students itentionally use one of the literary devices in their own fable, as this website recommends.

2. I thought this activity idea was interesting, as it asks students to transform traditional fairy tales into stories with darker elements for Halloween. However, as we know, many of these fairy tales originated with very dark/gruesome elements and have been lightened up throughout the years. So this could be interesting, depending on whether students are aware of this. Also, many international students do not celebrate Halloween and some find it inappropriate, due to their religion, so I liked that this activity provided an alternative where students could modernize the problems encountered by the characters in the fairy tales, instead of making them darker.

Fables, Fairytales, and Myths / Fables Websites
« on: February 11, 2021, 08:39:11 PM » - interesting Mexican fables. I noticed that many of them feature ghosts. - a government-run website containing many of Aesop's fables with illustrations - a photocopy of a 1901 book of Avianus's fables provided by the UIUC Classics department

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