Flipping Bloom: What Flipped Learning Can Mean for ESL Students

susan_gaerSusan Gaer

I have thought about writing this for quite some time. What is flipped learning? In 1948 Benjamin Bloom developed Bloom’s Taxonomy. This taxonomy determined learning. There were six tiers to get through and students needed to progress through the first tier before moving on to the second, and so on. Continue reading

New Year’s Resolutions:
Grammar, Resources, and Culture

Bill.Bliss.photo Bill Bliss

Through the ages, people around the world have approached the start of a new year as a time to reflect and make promises to improve themselves, to do something better, or to do good deeds.  In our classrooms, the approaching celebration offers a great opportunity for students to share their plans, predictions, hopes, and resolutions for the year ahead.


Hitting the Right Note:
Extending the Theme of Your Song

Author of the popular True Stories seriesSandra Heyer

One way to extend the lessons in True Stories Behind the Songs and More True Stories Behind the Songs is to follow up each unit with a supplemental song that connects to the theme of the unit, plus an activity to go with the supplemental song. Each month I’ll share a song-based activity that has worked well with my beginning and high-beginning students.

This month, let’s look at some examples of song choices and the targeted cloze exercise. Continue reading

What the World Needs Now:
Practice with embedded questions as subjects

J_LebedevJennifer Lebedev

In Jennifer Lebedev’s post, she writes, “I realize that the title of my post can be read more than one way. I actually meant the title to follow the pattern of many of my other posts: title of activity + targeted language point. What resulted was an unintended proclamation that the world needs more grammar, specifically practice with embedded questions! Well, that’s not wholly inaccurate. Many people do indeed need more grammar practice.” Continue reading

Penguin Readers Site: Improved for Easy Navigation


Welcome to Penguin

Graded readers play a key role in learning English. Penguin Readers and Penguin Active Reading are a carefully graded
of adapted literature and original stories written for learners at every level.

Reading high-interest material at the appropriate language level can help
your students improve:

  • Reading skills to become faster, more fluent readers
  • Grammar, vocabulary, and spelling
  • Writing, speaking, and listening skills
  • Confidence in reading

With a wide range of titles, subjects, and levels, there is always a perfect reader
for your student. Visit the Penguin Reader website to start your search.