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Teaching Argument Through the Writings of Martin Luther King – Education Article

by Stacia Levy 21,292 views For many instructors, studying the writings of Martin Luther King is confined to the month of January, perhaps to the week leading up to his birthday. In a way, this is good—at least Martin Luther King is actually remembered on the day bearing his name, unlike with some national heroes. But it is also a loss because King was a masterful rhetorician who knew how to use words to move his audience. Indeed, he had…

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What You Need to Know – Education Article

by ErikaGreen 28 views Many teachers, especially those new to WIDA and/or ESL teaching, are often overwhelmed and intimidated by the WIDA standards and ACCESS testing. In this article, we attempt to break down the main components in order to provide a conscise overview of WIDA and ACCESS. Throughout the article, you’ll find links to helpful resources and more in-depth explanations. Make sure to give them a look! What is WIDA? WIDA, or the World-class Instructional Design and Assessment, is…

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The Secret Recipe That Every Pro Knows – Education Article

by BUSYTEACHER_admin 32,409 views Qualities of a good teacher – what are they? This article attempts to look into the practical side of being a good teacher by reviewing the various aspects of a ‘successful teacher‘ strategy that contains both internal and external teaching tools. Happy teaching, and we hope after reading the article you’ll be one step closer to becoming the teacher of your learners’ dream! How Can You Be A Good Teacher? Voice – Speak in a normal…

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What do You do for Fun? Celebrating National Hobby Month (January) in Your ESL Classroom – Education Article

by Susan Verner 17,039 views  Are you a coin collector? Are you fascinated with stamps? Do you like video games or cooking or tennis? We all have something we like to do with our free time, our hobbies. January is national hobby month, and what better excuse do you need to bring the world of hobbies into the ESL classroom? Besides, as the cold mornings usher in colder afternoons, what better activity is there than submerging yourself in a hobby?…

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7 Ready to Use ESL Activities for Martin Luther King Day – Education Article

by BUSYTEACHER_admin 75,514 views This is a guest article by Sarah Fudin. Sarah Fudin currently works in community relations for the University of Southern California’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, which recently launched Teach.com, a website to help new teachers learn how to become a teacher and provide resources for veteran teachers. Outside of work Sarah enjoys running, reading and Pinkberry frozen yogurt.Interested in writing a guest article for us? Find out how! In the ESL classroom, your job…

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10 January Themed Language Building Activities – Education Article

by Susan Verner 12,160 views With a new year comes the opportunity to switch things up in your ESL classroom. When it’s time to change the calendars in your classroom, try one of the following January themed activities. You will be keeping with the times while keeping focused on your students’ language improvement. Try These 10 January Themed Language Building Activities 1 A New Year It’s traditional on New Year’s Day to decide on one or more New Year’s resolutions.…

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Jazzy January Lesson Ideas For Creative ESL Teachers – Education Article

by Tara Arntsen 25,443 views January is generally kind of a low point in the year for students because it follows a long school holiday. It is important to get students involved in fun activities and really engage them in lessons during this month. Doing different types of lessons and straying a bit from the textbook material every once in a while will force them to think on their feet. Here are some lesson ideas for the month of January.…

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5 (Not So) Surprising Factors that May Affect Your ESL Students’ Test Scores – Education Article

by Claudia Pesce 21,308 views When ESL students don’t do so well on the test, what do you think? That they didn’t study? It’s not that simple. Although no one questions the importance of preparing for a test, success in passing or getting good scores in an ESL test is determined by several factors, most of which come into play way before the actual moment students take the test. Here are the five factors you should keep in mind and…

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How to Teach a Christmas Lesson Adult Learners Will Never Forget – Education Article

by Claudia Pesce 250,421 views Christmas is a holiday that adults enjoy as much as children. The preparations, the shopping for gifts, the cooking, and the singing is not hard for a grown-up to get into the spirit of Christmas. So, with this in mind, why not give your adult ESL learners a Christmas lesson they’ll never forget? This is a great opportunity for students who come from different backgrounds to share things about their culture and learn from others.…

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7 Back to School Games And Activities To Help Your Students Bond – Education Article

by Claudia Pesce 157,768 views Whether you have a class full of antsy five-year-olds, shy teens, or busy adult learners, they all have one thing in common: they will be together for the duration of the ESL course, and they will work together to achieve their English-learning goals. What better way to start classes than to help them get to know each other? Here are some games and activities that are more than simple icebreakers; they will help your students…

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Six Things to Think about Before the First Day – Education Article

by Susan Verner 12,423 views I walked into an empty classroom. A teacher desk sat at the front of the room with twelve student desks before it. The walls were blank, intimidating white canvases, the bulletin boards brown ones. As a first year teacher, I wasn’t quite sure where to start. I looked through Mailbox Magazines, desperate for inspiration or at least direction. I agonized over writing a welcome letter to parents who most likely did not speak English. I…

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Ready To Use Holiday Crafts for the ESL Classroom [Part One] – Education Article

by BUSYTEACHER_admin 14,754 views December is in full force and your students are starting to get lost among dreams of sugarplums dancing in their heads. It is also a time when teachers may need to think about creative craft projects for their class to make, either for gifts or just because the semester’s material is almost completed. Creative expression is fun for your students, but if designed correctly, it can also be used to further your students’ language skills. These…

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10 December Themed Language Learning Activities – Education Article

by Susan Verner 12,136 views The year is nearing its close, but it’s not over yet. December is full of fun, and it’s the last chance to end the year strong in your ESL class. These language building activities designed just for December will help your ESL students finish their language learning year with a bang. Enjoy These End of Year Activities with Your Students 1 Read a New Book If your students haven’t already tried reading a book in…

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Tools for the Most Efficient Use of Your Online EFL Classroom – Education Article

by Busy Teacher 6,390 views Online EFL teachers love their jobs and the flexibility it allows them. For a short period of time, they get to talk to people from all around the world. Yet, the limited timeframe and distance learning are obstacles when teaching challenging English concepts. Fortunately, there are a variety of free resources to choose from in order to augment and enhance the online experience for our students. Additionally, the resources in this article are printable and…

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10 Ways to Give Thanks This November – Education Article

by BUSYTEACHER_admin 10,482 views When the crisp fall mornings make us think of turkey and mashed potatoes, our thoughts also turn to giving thanks. Being thankful for what we have is a healthy and beneficial attitude, so why is so far from most of our minds for the rest of the year? With the following ideas for giving thanks, you can encourage your students, and perhaps yourself, to be thankful on more than just the fourth Thursday in November. How…

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Technological Gadgets in the ESL Classroom – Education Article

by Claudia Pesce 21,772 views If you teach a student over 10, chances are they have a cell phone. At the very least. Some may show up to class with an assortment of gadgets, including iPods, PSPs, or iPhones just to name a few. So, how should you handle this? Issue a complete ban on any gadget or use them to your advantage? First comes acceptance. Like it or not, iPhones, iPods, iPads and the like, are here to stay.…

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