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by Eric18
Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:20 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Best places to teach - Soon-to-be-CELTA-grad
Replies: 1
Views: 1902

Safety matters

Excellent question and vivid warning about teaching in Quito. From my perspective, safety matters most. As a result, teaching in many American inner cities, parts of Mexico and Central America remains problematic. Likewise, I would think twice before working in any area with armed rebels, terrorists...
by Eric18
Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:12 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Interesting conversations
Replies: 1
Views: 1297

Helping Students Become Who They Already Are - in English!

Well said! We have to help students become who they already are - in English. By focusing on students desires, needs, and concerns, we create a more effective, humane and interesting classroom. Far too many adult education programs remain impersonal, bureaucratic, and test-driven. Teachers have to l...
by Eric18
Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:04 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Books for adult absolute beginners new to the Latin alphabet
Replies: 11
Views: 10492

Picture Dictionaries

Nice discussion, including those great detailed responses. In the United States, this sort of problem remains more common than one would suspect. Sometimes adult students can not read and write in their own language, complicating matters. Sometimes students can speak fine, but can not write at all. ...
by Eric18
Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:52 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Good English-English Dictionary?
Replies: 20
Views: 7446

Was that fun?

"All's well that ends well," claimed William Shakespeare.

Was that fun?

I'd just note that prepositions differ across the globe, some distinctions matter more than others, and skip the personal attacks.
by Eric18
Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:42 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Different education styles for adults.
Replies: 3
Views: 1550

A million ways to get things done

Become who you are - in English! I always suggest that students focus on what they want to learn and enjoy. If you like fashion, read fashion magazines in English. Watch the movies you like in English. Listen to your favorite books - in English - on audiotapes. Be true to yourself while studying thi...
by Eric18
Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:37 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Teaching illiterate students
Replies: 2
Views: 7310

Difficult, but noble assignment

Teaching true illiterates is a difficult, but noble assignment. Teaching adult education in Los Angeles at the beginning levels was never my favorite gig, but I had some satisfying experiences working with immigrants with almost zero reading ability or formal schooling. The best resources that I use...
by Eric18
Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:24 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Do you run a democratic classroom? Should you?
Replies: 9
Views: 4044

Healthy discussion!

Thank you for sharing your experiences, insights, and classroom techniques. One clarification. You can be a confident source of information and lecturer and still run a democratic classroom. Democratic doesn't mean anarchy; it means encouraging learner participation. I still set the tone, raise the ...
by Eric18
Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:11 am
Forum: Business English
Topic: Business and ESP conversation materials
Replies: 7
Views: 9434

Solid, topical suggestions!

Thanks for those timely, topical suggestions!

As the economic woes grow, our classroom conversations will begin - I suspect - to lose some of the naive corporatist flavor that often dominates in Business English classrooms.
by Eric18
Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:07 am
Forum: Texts
Topic: A list of ESL materials
Replies: 22
Views: 34870

A long list of quality ESL books by an ESL veteran teacher

Here is a quick list of quality ESL books for different audiences/levels. Academic ESL/intensive English programs Cambridge Vocabulary in Use series - An excellent supplemental text, especially for the more academically inclined. The self-contained two page format allows students, teachers, and tuto...
by Eric18
Tue Dec 02, 2008 3:00 pm
Forum: Secondary School Education
Topic: Teaching unmotivated students
Replies: 61
Views: 75391

Why do they need to learn English?

May I be a heretic? Immigrants need to learn the language of their new homeland. Business professionals selling, buying, and working with international audiences often need English. Artists and intellectuals find joy, possibility, and new concepts in English - and can reach a global audience in Engl...
by Eric18
Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:14 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Do you run a democratic classroom? Should you?
Replies: 9
Views: 4044

Good points - Context matters

Context, as ever, matters. I teach undergraduate and graduate international students in Los Angeles at an elite private university. Yet I've also used several techniques with adult education students, IEP students, and community college students. Assigning a topic (housing, tourist sights, elections...
by Eric18
Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:42 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: How important is learning vocabulary in an English lesson?
Replies: 13
Views: 3851

Encourage students to discover, use new vocabulary words

Good questions and interesting discussion. Encouraging students to find and create their own vocabulary logs is another useful technique. My standard homework assignment remains having students find, summarize, and present newspaper articles on a topic (elections, housing, job interviews). The works...
by Eric18
Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:32 pm
Forum: Video in the Classroom
Topic: Free video worksheets
Replies: 6
Views: 14852

Any controversy over showing "Life of Brian"?

Alex's collection of video resources is excellent, and includes one for using "Life of Brian" - the Monty Python classic. Has anybody else used "Life of Brian" in classes? Isn't the material a tad too controversial - at least for the more religious Christians? I don't think that I could show it in e...
by Eric18
Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:23 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Do you run a democratic classroom? Should you?
Replies: 9
Views: 4044

Do you run a democratic classroom? Should you?

Who gets to speak in class? Whose ideas count? Who chooses the assignments? How do students receive feedback? Do students have a chance to conference with their instructors? Can YouTube be a valuable source for homework assignment? Do you want your students to become self-directed - or autotelic - i...
by Eric18
Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:21 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: How Democratic is Your ESL classroom?
Replies: 0
Views: 1176

How Democratic is Your ESL classroom?

Do your students get a chance to participate, speak, and even co-create their classroom content? I hope so, but often - especially in larger classes - many ESL students listen and read far more than they speak or write. Here is a survey from a conference presentation that I recently gave at LA Regio...