Archives for March, 2012

Self Assessment of Discursive Writing

Student self assessment using rubrics and checklists is a powerful tool for all students.  It is especially helpful to English Language Learners (ELLs). ELLs do not necessarily come to the classroom with the same knowledge of texts types that their English proficient peers do.   English proficient students are more likely to understand through experience that certain registers, vocabulary […]

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The Benefits of Bi-lingualism

Ask the parents of our students why they have chosen to have their children educated in English and you’re likely to find as many nuances of response as people that you ask. Certainly, in a shrinking world where English (at least for now) is the lingua franca it makes sense to prepare your children to […]

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Seven Teaching Strategies for Classroom Teachers of ELLs

EverythingESL.net is an excellent resource for mainstream teachers who want advice on teaching English Language Learners in their mainstream classrooms.  The articles on the site range from full-on theory to hands-down practical, all written in a very accessible and friendly style.   This article on the seven key things every teacher should remember is a great […]

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What Matters in Grammar Teaching?

Grammarian, freelance writer and poet Michael Swan gives his take on what matters in teaching grammar in this sixty minute talk for the British Council. This informative and witty look at grammar teaching starts, in in the speaker’s own words, by ‘splashing around in the ill-defined middle ground between theory and practice’, before going on […]

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Myth Busting

We know  that there are a number of myths about second language acquisition that can obfuscate our approach to working with ELLs; such as the notion that different languages ‘interfere’ with each other, or that parents should speak only English language with their children at home, and so on. One commonly held belief about additional language acquisition […]

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