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by Eric18
Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:49 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Thoughts on Reading
Replies: 13
Views: 2624

Reading tastes and pleasure differ

Perhaps literature is considered passe by many of today's youth and young ESL teachers, but dismissing the value of quality literature is a terrible mistake. I often settle for introducing short excerpts of great writers or using vivid quotations to gently encourage reading literature. I also use a ...
by Eric18
Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:38 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Author of ESL book seeking teachers
Replies: 4
Views: 1590

Practical topic for English language learners

Your book and chapter topic sound very interesting. You've focused on a practical problem facing many English language learners. When I taught adult ESL students, I often had them read articles on scams and create list of "top ten scams" and "ways to avoid being ripped off" in groups. The discussion...
by Eric18
Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:33 pm
Forum: Assessment
Topic: ESOL Placement Testing
Replies: 2
Views: 3972

Excellent discussion!

Thank you for sharing this excellent discussion on a topic that has puzzled, even frustrated me. The CASAS, TOEIC, and Accuplacer all have advantages and disadvantages - and none really meets the actual needs for many employers. Focusing on a needs assessment and communication skills makes sense - a...
by Eric18
Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:25 pm
Forum: Assessment
Topic: how to help students to have a possitive attitude
Replies: 8
Views: 8867

Encouraging students by expecting "good mistakes"

Context, teaching philosophy, and classroom atmosphere all play a key role. One effective technique is encouraging English students to “make good mistakes” as they expand their vocabulary, experiment with new sentence structures, and use English more in their daily lives. A good mistake, as I explai...
by Eric18
Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:16 pm
Forum: Assessment
Topic: Comparing scores/bands in IELTS, CAEL, TOEFL
Replies: 4
Views: 6464

Thanks!

Harmony - Thanks for the link and suggestions. I keep wondering if students shop for a standardized exam depending on their weakness.

Have you seen any study on that consumer aspect of the higher education business?
by Eric18
Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:13 pm
Forum: Assessment
Topic: Anyone Unhappy with the Level Test Used at their School?
Replies: 7
Views: 6796

Yes!

Everybody has this problem. Perhaps your poll should have asked "Is anybody happy with the accuracy of their school's placement test?" Seriously, different placement tests produce different results and different problems. At least from the half-dozen I've seen used, none actually delivers what it pr...
by Eric18
Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:06 pm
Forum: English for Specific Purposes
Topic: What can you realistically cover in an 18 hour workshop?
Replies: 1
Views: 2429

What can you realistically cover in an 18 hour workshop?

Recently a friend asked me for my suggestions for three 18-hour workplace workshops on "vital workplace communication skills" for ESL students. The workshops have to also be open to native English speakers. Does anybody have some practical tips on what should be included? How would you structure it ...
by Eric18
Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:00 pm
Forum: English for Specific Purposes
Topic: English for Journalism/Poly Sci
Replies: 3
Views: 4146

Good question!

While designed for intermediate-advanced ESL students, I found Dr. Petersen's book called Reading the News on the Internet quite helpful even for my international graduate students trying to decipher news articles. It includes a fantastic summary of common news idioms, an extensive collection of web...
by Eric18
Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:54 pm
Forum: English for Specific Purposes
Topic: Why do you encourage "good mistakes" in your ESL c
Replies: 0
Views: 2226

Why do you encourage "good mistakes" in your ESL c

One effective technique is encouraging English students, especially ESL students, to “make good mistakes” as they expand their vocabulary, experiment with new sentence structures, and use English more in their daily lives. A good mistake, as I explain on the first day of class, is a logical error th...
by Eric18
Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:52 pm
Forum: English for Specific Purposes
Topic: What good mistakes do ESL teachers make?
Replies: 5
Views: 5554

What are good mistakes?

Perhaps I was less than clear. Let me see if I can clarify what constitutes a "good mistake", and why I consider making good mistakes essential to learning English. Let's take a common "good mistake" like using the word "he" for a woman. Now, the speaker recognizes that the correct pronoun for a wom...
by Eric18
Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:39 pm
Forum: Material Writing
Topic: What is the effective way to revise students' composition?
Replies: 6
Views: 7895

Set clear guidelines; follow a rubric

As someone who has spent many long evenings reading and grading student papers, I can completely sympathize. When I started teaching writing classes, crammed with too many students, at Santa Monica Community College, I discovered the benefits of setting clear guidelines and following a rubric. I han...
by Eric18
Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:07 pm
Forum: Material Writing
Topic: Going pay rate for TOEFL reading essays and questions
Replies: 1
Views: 3765

Good question!

And how does one become a writer for TOEFL?? Both questions interest me.
by Eric18
Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:05 pm
Forum: Material Writing
Topic: Writing textbook
Replies: 2
Views: 4393

Some possible choices

Good question. While I have never taught students younger than high school, and currently teach writing to undergraduate and international graduate students, I would suggest looking at Writing Great Paragraphs and Writing Great Essays. These practical, step by step books - which I used for intermedi...
by Eric18
Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:44 am
Forum: ESL Management
Topic: How Can We Better Help ESL Students Get In, Survive College?
Replies: 0
Views: 5096

How Can We Better Help ESL Students Get In, Survive College?

What do English language learners need to succeed at work, in college, and in life? That's a tough question with few easy answers. How many adult ESL students want to improve their academic English language skills? How many ESL students need to improve their English skills to enter community college...
by Eric18
Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:34 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: How Can We Help Adult ESL Students Get In, Survive College?
Replies: 0
Views: 1738

How Can We Help Adult ESL Students Get In, Survive College?

What do English language learners need to succeed at work, in college, and in life? That's a tough question with few easy answers. How many adult immigrants want to improve their English language skills? How many adult immigrants need to improve their English? Do current adult education programs pro...