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by [email protected]
Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:46 pm
Forum: Secondary School Education
Topic: Listening Skills
Replies: 1
Views: 2278

Listening Skills

Hello. I have been studying listening skills lately, both in relationship to my ELL's and for myself. I have read about eight different factors that influence the processing of speech: clustering, redundancy, reduced forms, performance variables, colloquial language, rate of delivery, stress, rhythm...
by [email protected]
Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:48 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Removing tonality
Replies: 4
Views: 5166

Hello. I teach ESL to Chinese and Korean students, ages 8-20, in a private school in the USA. I recently read something I believe is applicable here. The author is H. D. Brown and this quote is from page 340 of his Teaching by Principles: An Interactive Approach to Language Pedagogy . He states: "Wi...
by [email protected]
Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:53 am
Forum: Secondary School Education
Topic: Making writing meaningful
Replies: 1
Views: 2310

Making writing meaningful

I teach English to Chinese and Korean internationals in a private school in the USA. I've read some differing opinions lately about the value of teaching academic writing (as in essays and research papers). The reasoning was that this type of writing is rarely used in life and is only for display as...
by [email protected]
Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:06 pm
Forum: Literature
Topic: Teaching Lit to ELL's in a English Language Support Class
Replies: 1
Views: 2629

Just found a method that I think I'll try out as I support my ELL's in their content area reading classes this coming year. I will be supporting their reading of works such as: Frankenstein, An Iliad, A Separate Peace , and The Wave right at the beginning of the year, and I read (in H.D. Brown's Tea...
by [email protected]
Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:18 pm
Forum: Secondary School Education
Topic: How to deal with the errors students make in their study?
Replies: 5
Views: 5284

A further note on this subject: As I have been reading H.D. Brown's (2007) Teaching by Principles: An Interactive Approach to Language Pedagogy , I came across Brown's "Figure 19.9. A model for treatment of classroom speech errors ." I like how he takes the teacher through the process of analyzing a...
by [email protected]
Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:17 pm
Forum: Secondary School Education
Topic: Collaborating with other teachers
Replies: 2
Views: 2236

Hi, Satter06, I currently teach ESL, and I am in a graduate TESOL program as well. It has been my desire to support my students more in their difficult content area classes. It so happens that one of my graduate class assignments was to interview a content area instructor to find how I could best su...
by [email protected]
Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:31 pm
Forum: Literature
Topic: Teaching Lit to ELL's in a English Language Support Class
Replies: 1
Views: 2629

Teaching Lit to ELL's in a English Language Support Class

I am planning on changing my curricuculum next year in order to support my ELLs' in their regular ed. college prep English classes. These classes are rigorous with a lot of reading of and writing about classic literature. I have found that my students really struggle to comprehend Western literature...
by [email protected]
Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:53 pm
Forum: Literature
Topic: How do I make reading lessons more effective?
Replies: 4
Views: 5329

Hi, Dalene, I teach and tutor Korean and Chinese ELL's. I think tutoring them really allows for more in-depth discussion and understanding of any subject, which makes this kind of instruction interesting and a lot of fun; and, in itself, allows for more substance and purpose simply through the one-o...
by [email protected]
Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:03 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Teaching Adolescents
Replies: 1
Views: 1559

I like those ideas a lot. I think something else that my help lower the affective filter that ELL's may feel is familiarization with a text before reading aloud. I often use this with my students at the beginning of the year when they are feeling most shy. We do a choral reading of the text before s...
by [email protected]
Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:12 pm
Forum: Material Writing
Topic: What mistakes do ESL teachers make in writing materials?
Replies: 2
Views: 4848

Hi, Eric, I feel like the most common "good" mistake I make when I am writing curriculum for my ELL's is stuffing too much material into small periods of time. Either I am trying to keep the pace moving and interesting, or at other times, I am surprised by how long I need to teach a concept. I have ...
by [email protected]
Sun May 27, 2012 6:29 pm
Forum: Material Writing
Topic: What is the effective way to revise students' composition?
Replies: 6
Views: 7075

I love these ideas on how to effectively edit students' writing. I especially like and employ three of these techniques quite regularly. I use rubrics for each writing genre (students know exactly what they need to do to achieve a good mark), I model my own writing for my students on an overhead pro...
by [email protected]
Sun May 27, 2012 6:04 pm
Forum: Material Writing
Topic: how many ways we can use in class to teach writing? Urgent
Replies: 7
Views: 7249

I'm a middle school Language Arts teacher (for both native English speakers and ELL's), and I also teach ESL to 4th through 12th graders. As a teacher and a graduate of English Writing, Literature, and Education, I clearly see great value in writing. I love the use of journals (which can be used as ...
by [email protected]
Sun May 27, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Good Icebreaker for first class?
Replies: 12
Views: 6746

Sounds like yet another fun way to get students talking and realizing that English is useful in their lives! I appreciate the input and look forward to trying it out in the classroom. :)
by [email protected]
Sun May 27, 2012 4:52 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: present/past perfect??
Replies: 9
Views: 6178

Wow! Thank you so much for your detailed response! I am looking froward to being able to explain even to my students better. So modals are quite complicated, I see. I'll need to put a little more time into understanding them in order to explain them better. Your input is very helpful, and comprehens...
by [email protected]
Thu May 24, 2012 2:25 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: present/past perfect??
Replies: 9
Views: 6178

Thank you, Fluffyhamster, for sharing Taylor's information about modals. It is the most helpful that I've seen. I have had such a tough time over the years explaining modals to my ELL's. I didn't realize that these words are simply not used in the grammatical way I expected. I will have an easier ti...