Using Infographics

Infographics are easy to make and a fun way to spice up your lessons. In the January professional development workshop, we discussed ways to use infographics in the English language classroom and practiced making our own infographics with an easy-to-use website. I will go over some quick and easy tips from this workshop that you…

Planning Authentic Tasks for Authentic Reading and Listening Texts

SIT Certificate Course Alumni Event Free Professional Development Workshop In this workshop, we will explore how to exploit a real-world connection between an authentic text and the tasks that we plan for our students to build receptive skills. Ideas will be presented to develop both reading and listening skills authentically with real-world materials. Please contact…

TESOL Teaching Ideas -Using Theater Games

At times it can be challenging to come up with fun, interesting, motivating and communicative activities for students to practice language. I have found that using theater games (activities typically used in acting classes to warm up the students) is a great way to get students thinking on their feet in a creative way. The…

Sentence correction idea

Here’s a sentence correction activity to try:  have your students write sentences using the target language on separate pieces of paper.  Then collect them all and redistribute so the students have new sentences, but don’t know whose they are.  The students then write those sentences on the whiteboard and you can do whole class correction. …

Common English mistakes and mix-ups: CLIMACTIC, CLIMATIC

‘Climactic’ is derived from ‘climax’, the point of greatest intensity in a series or progression of events. ‘Climatic’ is derived from ‘climate’; it refers to meteorological conditions.  The CLIMACTIC period in the dinosaurs’ reign was reached just before severe CLIMATIC conditions brought on the ice age.

Using authentic tasks

A lot has been said about using authentic texts in the classroom to teach reading and listening.  This makes a bridge between the classroom and the real world.  It is often said to grade the task not the text, so that (within reason) you can use the same text for different levels.  Something else to…

Advice for Teachers

We were recently asked by eCollegeFinder & Language Magazine for the greatest advice we could give to teachers.  All of the trainers in the TESOL Department love teaching, even though teaching ESL is an often under-appreciated job.  I read a blog entry recently about someone vilifying the industry and teachers, claiming that ESL teachers were…

Taking the Mystery out of Teaching

Sometimes teachers think they can’t or shouldn’t tell their students why they are doing something.  Maybe this is because they don’t want to give away a ‘secret’, or maybe because they don’t think the students need to know, or maybe there is another reason.  But I always think that teaching shouldn’t be a mystery.  I’m…