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I have over five years of experience teaching ESOL abroad. As I wrote in an earlier blog, English is the language of the world. I can illustrate "go" by walking or moving a toy car across a table. Or I may use the word "progress" to speakers of Romance languages. I teach ESOL using the Berlitz method which is highly successful. English is easy! Nouns do not... read more

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I have tutored several adults in English as a Second Language through WyzAnt. Over the past year, I have also led an enjoyable, weekly, two-hour adult ESL conversation group at the Brooklyn Public Library. These experiences have some things in common, two of which I'll share here. The best ESL activities ask students to use more than one of the “Four Skills”: listening, speaking, reading,... read more

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Dear ESL student: Perhaps you would like my help to improve your English. You have learned to read and write English in your home country. Perhaps you have a solid foundation with a good knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary. I am guessing that you want to be able to speak more naturally and be understood easily in your daily life in America. I am guessing that you would like to "fit... read more

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Have you ever stared at a word for so long that its meaning disappeared? Have you ever tried to write backwards across a page? If so, you can begin to understand the task facing English language learners, for whom everything about English is strange and new. Some may even have to learn a new alphabet before beginning to understand the sounds we make and the words we write. I am filled with admiration... read more

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Students often come to us with expectations that we will teach them how to write and speak correctly. Why correctly? Because they know it produces rewards: money, jobs, status. Although the scientific linguist says that correctness is just based on the preferences of the cultural group with the most status, and has no intrinsic merit by itself, still the popular attitude has it right: Correctness... read more

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Many students get confused with the present and present continuous tense. Here is an example of how to use both. I work every day. I am working now. So they both can be used. It depends on what you want to say. The present is used 90% of the time. The reason we use the present continuous infrequently is that it only answers what you are doing now. Remember to use the present... read more

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It is essential to provide students with multiple opportunities to practice activities and connect their learning to their personal and cultural experiences. My lesson plans are designed to tap students' background knowledge, and use visuals, think-alouds and other ways to keep them involved. I modify my instruction to engage ESL/ESOL students with various strategies that include the following:... read more

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When I came to this new city in February of 2001, I was full of confidence and eager anticipation about the new place I was going to live. Indeed I went on to perform as a "DJ" at the little AM radio station I relocated to help at a very high level. I was proud of myself when management at the station showed me a paper with ratings in my time period (7pm – midnight) as number one on... read more

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