5 Invaluable Online ESL Teaching Resources You Can’t Live Without We all know that class. The one that never listens unless you have just the right activity or lesson. Or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, that special class that does well with everything—but really thrives when given a truly engaging activity, the one you work extra hard to please. Whether you have the former or latter class (or both, as usually is the case), it’s important to have a collection of tried and true go-to online resources for your ESL lesson planning. If you’ve ever googled “ESL teaching resources,” you know that there’s no shortage of resources online. But how do you know what works?
Adrienne Gear Reading Power homepage Adrienne Gear has been a teacher in the Vancouver School district for over 18 years working as a classroom teacher, ESL teacher, teacher librarian and District Literacy Mentor. She is currently teaching two days a week at Sexsmith Elementary. Adrienne developed Reading Power almost 10 years ago and has been since working with teachers in many districts throughout the province presenting workshops, giving demonstration lessons and facilitating Reading Power leadership teams. She has also presented workshops in the United States in Atlanta, Kansas and Pennsylvania. She is the author of two books, Reading Power – Teaching Students How to Think While They Read (Pembroke, 2006) and Nonfiction Reading Power – Teaching Students How to Think While They Read All Kinds of Information (Pembroke, 2008) and has just completed her third book Writing Power.
18 must-try apps for the new academic year. – EDTECH 4 BEGINNERS I am currently on the last day of my summer holiday and have started thinking about new technology I can use in the upcoming year. I have found 18 apps / websites that I am definitely going to try. 1) Evernote. Fun ways to teach English collocations Do your students have difficulty deciding which words go together in English? Tim Warre, who won our most recent Teaching English blog award for his Mr Bean video lesson plan, lists his most effective tips for making learning collocations fun. Students frequently have problems with collocations for a number of reasons; the most common being direct translations from their native tongue. An example I come across regularly while teaching in Spain is problems with do/make collocations due to the fact that, in Spanish, the verb ‘hacer’ is used for both. However, if you were to ask anyone teaching English as a foreign language, the most common mistake they hear while teaching Spanish speakers, I’d bet my house it’d be this one: ‘I have sixteen years old.’ Even though use of the verb ‘to be’ when referring to age is standard English stuff, you’ll find students up to proficiency level still have the odd lapse with this particular collocation.