I’m not a football fan, but I always like watching the best Super Bowl commercials. This year, there were some great commercials, and I decided to use them for some little MovieTalks in class with my students today. I say “little” MovieTalks because I didn’t spend as much time on these as I usually do…… Continue reading MovieTalking the Super Bowl Commercials
Groundhog Day is tomorrow (February 2nd). I’ve never taught my students about Groundhog Day in the past, but I decided that I will this year. I’m guessing that most of them don’t know much about the holiday, so I think they might be intrigued to hear about such a strange tradition. I made a PowerPoint presentation…… Continue reading Groundhog Day!
Valentine’s Day is coming up soon! It’s always one of my favorite holidays to teach about since there are a lot of topics to talk about and a pretty good amount of resources. Pretty much anything related to love will work as a Valentine’s Day activity! Here are some of my ideas for this year:…… Continue reading Valentine’s Day Ideas
This is the third part in a series of blog posts on how to use TPRS in the adult ESL classroom. The first post in the series focused on age, and the second post focused on translation. Most adult ESL programs emphasize teaching students “life skills” or “survival skills” that they will need to get…… Continue reading TPRS in the Adult ESL Classroom: Part 3—The “Life Skills” Focus of Most Adult ESL Classes
This is the second part in a series of blog posts on how to use TPRS in the adult ESL classroom. The first post in the series focused on age. Traditional TPRS, as it is typically used in a K-12 foreign language classroom, relies pretty heavily on translation. TPRS emphasizes the importance of making sure…… Continue reading TPRS in the Adult ESL Classroom: Part 2—Translation
When I first started using TPRS with my adult ESL students, I was a little worried about whether it would work and how it would be received by the students. And I didn’t have many examples to go off of; when I googled “TPRS in adult ESL,” I only found one, sole article. That article…… Continue reading TPRS in the Adult ESL Classroom: Part 1—Age
For many teachers who are new to the idea of teaching with a focus on comprehensible input (CI), it’s difficult to figure out how exactly to implement it in the classroom. Many of us are so used to the Skill-Building mindset of language learning that it’s really, really difficult to escape from that mentality. I…… Continue reading How Do I Teach with Comprehensible Input?