My students using fortune-teller origami to generate discussions. Notice how much space there is in the room to allow for movement. In a recent blog titled “Teaching (VERY) Young Learners”, we promised a list of activities you can use not only with young learners, but also young adults and even adults. Without further ado, check … Continue reading Activities for Young Learners and Young Adults
Are young learners difficult to teach or is this a myth begging to be busted? A part of me wants to say it’s an exaggeration, but having taught young learners for a while, I’m inclined to say it’s not terribly difficult, but you “must know” what keeps them excited. The young learners I’m referring to … Continue reading Teaching (VERY) Young Learners
While many students ask this, what they fail to understand is that learning a language does not mean only learning how to speak that language. Of course, it depends on your goal as a language learner; what are you hoping to achieve? If fluency is the focal point, then you should definitely focus on the … Continue reading Practicing Speaking English
One of the questions I get a lot as an ESL teacher is: what do you find to be the most challenging aspect of teaching? Such a naive question, right? I was on maternity leave for over a year (we’re blessed here in Canada) and decided to come back to teaching with a new approach. … Continue reading One Strategy to Boost Motivation
I recently started working in a new college and I must admit, the experience has been great. I was reassured of what I already believed to be a very powerful but underestimated practice: asking for help. Many might see it as weakness, and oftentimes ego or insecurities hinder us from accepting that we could be … Continue reading To Ask or Not to Ask?
If you want to expand your vocabulary, a specific word list might be the answer:Academic Word List (AWL) - This is perfect for academic vocabulary in ANY subject!Business Service List - This one provides thousands of words that are commonly used in newspapers, business materials, etc.TOEIC Service List - this includes millions of words extracted … Continue reading Quick tip: Word Lists
I never thought I’d be a teacher, but it is clear now that if I wasn’t teaching, then I would be missing out on the best job in the world! But… even the best job in the world can be better! This is how Vertices was born. When teaching English as a second language (and … Continue reading Hello, Vertices!