EFL / ESL Teaching Tip: Parts of Speech Hotseat

This week’s video features Meghan Killeen, an ESL teacher here at Rennert in New York. She is sharing a quick activity idea to practice parts of speech in a fun and controlled way. Here are the steps: 1. Elicit different parts of speech from the students and write them with examples on the board. 2….

Quick Activity Idea: Race for the Truth!

For this week’s activity idea, I would like to share with you a fun activity that you can do on the first day of class to help your students get to know each other a little.  It’s called Race for the Truth!   Steps: Teacher designates and area as the starting line and an area…

EFL / ESL Teaching Tip: Ideas for Effective Group work

This week’s teaching tip video focuses on ideas for effective group work. Some students love group work, but others aren’t so crazy about it. So what can we do to gain more buy in and get students to hop on the group work train? Here is a synthesis of James’ ideas: • Create the groups…

Alumni Update: Heidi Rausch

We are going to try to post more about the great work that our WL-SIT TESOL grads from Rennert are doing out there in the world. I thought I would start with Heidi because she is working on raising money for a great cause to help the local women in the area of Cusco, Peru…

The Inside Scoop: Teaching English in Poland

We often interview colleagues and graduates of our TESOL program about what life is like abroad. This month for The Inside Scoop we will hear from Simon about living in Poland. He has lived there for about 5 years. If you live abroad and have information you would like to share, feel free to contact me…

EFL/ESL Teaching Tip: Things Teachers Should know about Pronunciation

This week’s video features James, the Head of Teacher Training here at Rennert, sharing some information about pronunciation that every language teacher should be aware of. James discusses 3 points: • Rising intonation for Wh-questions • 5 different ways that we pronounce /t/ • The relationship between voiced/unvoiced consonants and the length of the vowel…

Common English Mistakes and Mix-ups: lend and borrow

  Some students find these two words confusing while others have no problem. However, I figured that it couldn’t hurt to write a short explanation :). Lend is a verb that means to allow someone to have something (like money) or use something (like a book) for a certain amount of time with the knowledge…

EFL / ESL Teaching Tip: Two Helpful Websites for your Students

This week’s video features yours truly introducing two cool websites that students can use outside of class to work on their English. They are wordreference.com and lyricstraining.com. Wordreference.com is basically a dictionary site, but it’s very comprehensive. It has a lot of different languages—it’s not just English. Now, I know that you might feel a…

Quick Activity Idea: Student-Generated Questionnaires

The following activity is from James’s poster presentation from the November 2013 NYS TESOL Convention on student-generated learning. There are multiple advantages to having the students prepare the materials you use in class.  In addition to minimizing teachers’ preparation, it also maximizes students’ learning by creating more learning opportunities; helping to develop important critical thinking…

How To Motivate People: 4 Steps Backed By Science

Originally posted on TIME:
Employees, spouses, kids — what does it take to get people motivated so you don’t have to nag them? Motivation is powerful. It predicts success better than intelligence, ability, or salary. Via The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People: When tested in national surveys against such seemingly crucial factors as intelligence,…

The Inside Scoop: Teaching English in Hungary

We often interview colleagues and graduates of our TESOL program about what life is like abroad. This month for The Inside Scoop we will hear from Peter about living in Hungary. If you live abroad and have information you would like to share, feel free to contact me or leave a comment on the blog!…

TESOL 2014 Highlights: Stop Animation

Originally posted on English with Jennifer:
The hunger for more uses of technology in language instruction has certainly not decreased since Dallas. If anything, we teachers seemed to be even more eager in 2014. There were a good number of sessions focusing on technology every day of the convention, and the number of teachers in…