Flipping: A Learning and Teaching Shift

2014_Christina_CavageChristina Cavage

Have you been flipping?  Have you found more Flexibility (the F in Flip) with offering some instruction outside of the classroom?  In this month’s newsletter I’d like to focus on the L in FLIP—Learning Culture, as well as give you a little preview of what I will be presenting at TESOL 2014! Continue reading

Are you going to TESOL in Portland?


If you are going to International TESOL in Portland plan your days with us! Visit our booth (#238) and see how technology is integrated into everything we do!

At our exhibitor sessions, our authors will show you new tools to be more effective in the classroom.

You will also have the opportunity for small group discussions with key authors including: Allen Ascher. H. Douglas Brown, Linda Butler, Susan Gaer, Tammy LeRoi Gilbert, Sarah Lynn, Sybil Marcus, Joan Saslow and Dorothy Zemach!

Thursday, March 27: Booth #238

  • 2:00 pm Sybil Marcus discusses Ten Tips for Teaching Short Stories
  • 3:00 pm Joan Saslow & Allen Ascher discuss Effective Techniques for Developing Fluency

Not to be missed…
On Thursday, at 4:00 pm in Room C123, Meet Stacy Hagen, co-author of the Azar-Hagen Grammar series. Drawing on skill acquisition theory, Stacy will look at effective practice and relate it to material from the just-released new edition of Basic English Grammar. Betty Azar and Stacy Hagen will be available to sign copies.

Friday, March 28:  Booth #238

  • 10:30 am Susan Gaer & Sarah Lynn, use Project Success to demonstrate Tips for Teaching with Video in the Classroom
  • 11:30 am Linda Butler, explains, “From building sentences to writing research papers – the Longman Academic Writing Series gives students what they need to succeed”
  • 12:30 pm Dorothy Zemach and Tammy LeRoi Gilbert, Take the Express for TOEFL iBT Success
  •  3:00 pm H.Douglas Brown, takes a fascinating look at the major theories that have driven significant shifts in the ESL classroom

Stop by the booth and see what all the excitement is about! Mention this article for a free gift!

If you can’t join us, you can still get a taste of the experience. Sign up now to see the latest from Pearson ELT.


Teaching Transition Skills with Video Vignettes

SarahLynn1Sarah Lynn

In adult education today, we need to teach English and foster transition skills so our students can be successful in their work and post-secondary studies. Our students need to be able communicate on diverse teams, think creatively and flexibly about a variety of situations, and think critically to solve problems in work and academic settings.

How can we teach English and also develop these essential transition skills?  A technique I’ve found to be effective is using video vignettes in the classroom. You can exploit a short (1-2 minute) video vignette of a social or workplace encounter for many levels of learning and skill development. Continue reading

Crowd-Sourcing Superstitions and the Grammar of Four Leaf Clovers


The three leaf shamrock might be a symbol of St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s the four leaf clover that will bring you good luck if you’re fortunate to find one and make a wish on it.  This enchanting superstition from Ireland is part of a rich mosaic of worldwide traditions and customs for making wishes.  It is also a wonderful context for practicing the grammar of conditionals and for stimulating some fun cross-cultural sharing as students crowd-source superstitions from their countries and traditions. READ MORE



Hitting the Right Note:
Extending the Theme of Your Song Activity #4

2013_Heyer_Sandra Sandra 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 building a lesson around a repeated phrase. Continue reading