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by Eric18
Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:14 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Conversation lesson on politics
Replies: 1
Views: 1303

Tip for election conversation

Nice site with good selections from YouTube on Obama and McCain. Thanks for sharing. Perhaps the election of Senator Obama will dispel some of the ugly, false, and negative misperceptions about the United States. Could a racial minority be elected prime minister in France? Germany? Netherlands? Engl...
by Eric18
Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:46 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: which university is best for learning TESOL or TEFL in UK?
Replies: 11
Views: 9002

Who rates TESOL programs anyway?

You've asked a great question. While many governments provide accreditation, I'm unaware of a ranking of TESOL programs in England, the United Kingdom, Canada, or the US. TESOL provides a directory listing, and the British Council lists qualified schools, but does anybody rank the programs? I'm very...
by Eric18
Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:40 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: LA CATESOL Conference Highlights Practical Teaching Tips
Replies: 0
Views: 2000

LA CATESOL Conference Highlights Practical Teaching Tips

Are you looking to share practical techniques with your fellow English teachers? What works in your ESL classroom? What tends to work in ESL classrooms in Southern California? Why? The Los Angeles Regional CATESOL conference, titled “WWW. What Works and Why” at Biola University on October 25 feature...
by Eric18
Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:54 am
Forum: Material Writing
Topic: What is the effective way to revise students' composition?
Replies: 6
Views: 7895

Nice links - You might like the OWL from Purdue Uni. too!

Those links provide solid, detailed worksheets and a strong review of writing principles. You might also find the Online Writing Lab (OWL) from Purdue University helpful. Whether teaching undergraduates the basics of writing, ESL students grammar, or business executives a few tips for their professi...
by Eric18
Wed Aug 20, 2008 5:00 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Adult ESL as a career choice?
Replies: 9
Views: 6378

Four day work week - a good idea ignored for too long

Santa Monica, as so often, is far more green than most of the U.S. The local government has had a rotating 9 day workweek for city employees since the early 1990s. The four-day work week - with 10 hour work schedules - has been floated for decades. Unfortunately, business leaders tend to look askew ...
by Eric18
Wed Aug 20, 2008 4:51 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Adult ESL as a career choice?
Replies: 9
Views: 6378

Mixed outlook with budget woes

Donna - Good questions. California, as you may know, has a huge state budget deficit of at least $15 billion. While some compromise seems likely to raise $6 billion in upper income taxes and sales tax increases, that will leave a considerable gap - and the state has used every accounting trick in th...
by Eric18
Tue Aug 19, 2008 2:05 pm
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Activities for those 'too cool' advanced teenagers
Replies: 21
Views: 11459

Restaurant reviews work!

Your experience sounds rather delicious! Thank you for sharing that idea! I may add it to the list since many international students tend to eat at a relatively narrow range of local restaurants. It will be a good way to learn more about Los Angeles too! By the way, your links were quite nice. In br...
by Eric18
Tue Aug 19, 2008 5:24 am
Forum: Video in the Classroom
Topic: Free video worksheets
Replies: 6
Views: 14852

Outstanding worksheets for video reveiws

Thanks for sharing those outstanding worksheets. I often just have students write down the speaker, topic, and date on a piece of paper. Then students can draw a line with two columns: what I liked and What could be improved. The loose format sometimes evokes more information from students on peer p...
by Eric18
Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:59 am
Forum: TOEFL
Topic: TOEFL Speaking Topics?
Replies: 18
Views: 74356

Excellent critique!

You wrote an outstanding critique of ibt! Although we work on different continents and work with different students at different stages of their academic careers, we have encountered the same situations and reached the same reluctant conclusions! By the way, I subscribed to your blog. We seem to be ...
by Eric18
Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:44 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: Activities for those 'too cool' advanced teenagers
Replies: 21
Views: 11459

Product reviews!

Do you let your students write and deliver product reviews? Students, especially young, hip, and wealthy teenagers who have bought into - literally - the odd belief that "you are what you have" - love to share their "insights" about consumer products. I use both movie and product reviews to teach th...
by Eric18
Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:33 am
Forum: Refugee Issues
Topic: Advice from a long term teacher of refugees
Replies: 2
Views: 7127

Absolutely!

Well said! Context always counts, but sometimes the driving force behind the micro-specialization of materials seems to be the promotion of particular materials - by government agencies or textbook publishers. Our students have far more interests and many more concerns than the usual "sensitive" cur...
by Eric18
Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:22 am
Forum: TOEFL
Topic: TOEFL Speaking Topics?
Replies: 18
Views: 74356

Solid tips and fine links - despite the odd tone!

Thanks for sharing those solid TOEFL tips and fine links. You might the conversation lessons on my website Creating Compelling Conversations of interest too. Visit http://www.compellingconversations.com/ Although the new TOEFL is far better and more practical than the old one, I would still like to ...
by Eric18
Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:14 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: What do you think of the Headway series - Good or bad?
Replies: 5
Views: 1959

Not my cup of tea, but Russian immigrants loved it!

While the Headway series is not my cup of tea, I vividly recall that three English teachers - all from the former Soviet Union - loved the series. As the academic director of an adult education center, I listened to their recommendations with interest. They were adamant that the series was far super...
by Eric18
Tue Aug 19, 2008 3:59 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: sites for downloading lesson plans
Replies: 9
Views: 3279

Free conversation lesson plans

You can also download several free, five part conversation lessons for high intermediate and advanced English language students at my website called Compelling Conversations. http://www.CompellingConversations.com I rotate the topics every month so feel free to bookmark the site and frequently visit...
by Eric18
Tue Aug 19, 2008 3:53 am
Forum: Business English
Topic: politically explosive
Replies: 2
Views: 4468

Would a ruler like to censor it? It's Politically Explosive!

Here's a quick test. Would a corrupt ruler, dictator, or dishonest politician like to censor the information?

If so, that is politically explosive!