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by Sally Olsen
Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: New student in Elementary classroom.
Replies: 6
Views: 3035

I have never found a book that is completely right for my students. Take pictures or let the students take pictures of everything in the classroom, hall, bathroom, gym etc. Have the students name them and drill the new student. Then add questions, small sentences, stories. People often want full sen...
by Sally Olsen
Sun Feb 28, 2016 11:07 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Help with conversation classes
Replies: 3
Views: 1401

I imagine they will speak enough English to tell you what they want and need. I always found they were interested in what other people thought about them. I'm sure you can find news items on the medical situation in India written by journalists from other countries. Then you can discuss the views an...
by Sally Olsen
Fri Feb 26, 2016 4:35 pm
Forum: Secondary School Education
Topic: ESL/ELT activities which are effective with boys, esp ES/MS
Replies: 1
Views: 859

Star Wars games. Just adapt games you know with Star Wars characters and places. We made a game with names of planets like Dagoba spread out on the floor. They got to move to another planet on a signal but couldn't have more than two on a planet so essentially like musical chairs, taking out a plane...
by Sally Olsen
Wed Nov 04, 2015 6:50 pm
Forum: Software
Topic: Tracking topics covered in lessons
Replies: 1
Views: 881

British Columbia and Ontaro, Canada have special programs for teachers. You could contact their ministries of education to see if they would allow you to use the programs.
by Sally Olsen
Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:10 am
Forum: English for Specific Purposes
Topic: Using technical blueprints in an ESL class
Replies: 2
Views: 1047

There is a course at study.com on Technical English. You can access the lessons free for five days. It should give you some ideas of what to cover. There is also a YouTube video in grammar for Technical English. The courses would go too fast for people just learning English but you could use them as...
by Sally Olsen
Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:32 pm
Forum: English for Specific Purposes
Topic: Teaching Shy ESL Students
Replies: 7
Views: 3463

Sounds ideal then. I used to make sure I structured the pairs activities so they had to explain something to each other - the instruction for a game, the way to a certain store, a recipe, depending on the theme for the lesson. If she is explaining in her own language then have her partner coach her ...
by Sally Olsen
Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:25 am
Forum: English for Specific Purposes
Topic: Teaching Shy ESL Students
Replies: 7
Views: 3463

Go easy on her. Shy people often clam up when pressured. Does she speak a lot in her own language? No? Then she won't speak much in English. If she has to explain things to her partner she might speak a bit more so questionnaires and asking her to explain games or procedures such as how to do someth...
by Sally Olsen
Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:24 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: ROLE PLAYS
Replies: 1
Views: 1676

I added screens that pulled across on laundry lines out of cheap bedsheets. If the noise got too high I flicked the lights and that brought the noise down.
by Sally Olsen
Tue Dec 30, 2014 3:30 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Personal name expansion
Replies: 3
Views: 1403

It is called the International Spelling Code and is A for Alpha, B for Bravo, C for Charlie, etc. it is used for pilots and others to spell necessary words.
by Sally Olsen
Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:07 am
Forum: Business English
Topic: Business English One-to-One... any tips?
Replies: 5
Views: 6953

All my business students wanted to know slang and swear words so they could deal with the after hours meetings.
by Sally Olsen
Sun Oct 26, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Fluency activities
Replies: 1
Views: 1287

What age?
by Sally Olsen
Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:23 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: COLLOCATION BOARD GAME
Replies: 1
Views: 1238

You could write the answers and on the board and then cover them up. I used to write the answers in white wax from a candle so the students couldn't see them on a piece of white paper. Then you take a strong paint or ink and paint over the answers one by one and it seems like magic to younger studen...
by Sally Olsen
Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:31 am
Forum: Business English
Topic: The different English accents
Replies: 4
Views: 1796

I used to invite people to my class to give a small talk about their business. As they talked, I would summarize it on the board behind them with key words and phrases and any new vocabulary the speaker brought up. The speakers were all from different countries and had a variety of English accents. ...
by Sally Olsen
Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:12 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Children's Story that shows a Creative Solution?
Replies: 1
Views: 1250

Hansel and Gretal?
Jack and the Bean Stalk?
Rapunzel?
Frozen?
Beauty and the Beast?
The Poky Little Puppy - my favourite
One Thousand Paper Cranes from Japan
by Sally Olsen
Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:46 am
Forum: English for Specific Purposes
Topic: Flipping your class to free up some quality teaching time
Replies: 1
Views: 1212

You could check on Coo-operative learning as it has many of the same ideas and tons of learning materials.