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Professional development training for English language teachers

Attention: English Language Department Heads and Administrators Do your English language teachers want to improve their skills and techniques in teaching academic writing? Do your teachers need graduate level professional development credit for professional advancement? My name is Dr. Frank...

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Get 3 Graduate Credits from Brandman University

Teaching Writing to Intermediate and Advanced English Language Learners English Learner Portal.com Get 3 Graduate Credits: Brandman University Enroll Now in Online Course

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What is successful language teaching?

In my second language classroom, I am always looking for ways to improve my teaching and student learning. In today’s post, I am going to paint a broad picture of effective English language teaching and learning. I’ll address these three questions: How can I help students learn successfully...

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Teaching Writing: Problems Students Face

In today’s post I want to introduce you to a new three-credit graduate course in teaching writing. I’ll give you a peek into one of the lectures in Module 1, “Problems students face in learning.” JOIN me on June 28 for a 2-hour online writing workshop New online professional development...

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How to Teach Academic Writing

Hard writing makes easy reading - an old adage In Teaching by Principles, Brown compares swimming and writing. You might wonder, what does swimming have to do with academic writing? I am a swimmer, so I know how hard it is to swim well. I am a writer too, and it is just as difficult for me to...

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Teaching literature in the Second-Language Classroom: How? Part 2

Welcome to my series on teaching literature in the English second-language classroom with film: Activity 2 - The Film Festival. In today’s post, I will review the four steps of the first activity: literary / film analysis. Then I’ll describe activity 2: what I call "The Film...

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Teaching Literature in the Second-Language Classroom: How? Part 1

Welcome to my series on teaching literature in the second-language classroom: using film to teach literature, part 1. In today’s episode, I will review the why and what of teaching literature. Then, I will look at how to teach literature using film. I’ll give an overview of three activities...

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Teaching Strategies for the Dyslexia-Friendly ESL Classroom

Dyslexia, just like ADD, is no longer a dirty word in the English-language classroom. Educational professionals and ESL teachers are beginning to realize that there are more students with reading and spelling problems than we think. We as teachers should not see dyslexia as a deficit. We...

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Teaching Literature in the Second-Language Classroom: What? Part 2

Welcome to part 2 in this series on teaching literature in the second-language classroom: what literature to teach. Today's Agenda In today’s post, I will review the previous post on the topic. I will look at some American, British, Irish and Canadian writers I use in my teaching, and talk...

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Academic Writing in the Blended Classroom

A blended learning approach (sometimes referred to as hybrid teaching) to academic writing seems to be the best of both worlds. This approach combines online instruction with face-to-face classroom interaction. Many report that the blended classroom–regardless of which model is used–is flexible...

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