This ESL Pop Culture Class Project Was a ‘Big Hit’

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My level 3 Pop Culture class was a lot of fun. I got the opportunity to introduce my students, who were from six different countries, to American pop culture. This gives the students topics to talk about when assimilating into the American university. It helps the students to not be left out of conversations between future classmates. These topics are now¬†familiar to the students. Also, it lets us practice and improve English skills in a fun manner. Continue reading This ESL Pop Culture Class Project Was a ‘Big Hit’

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Super Students: Using Super Powers to Teach ESL

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Cooperative work and peer assessment is a very large part of my ESL classes. I like the students to work together to build their understanding of English as a team. A group can be more successful than separate individuals trying to find their way. Group work also lets me move about the classroom and see what the students are working on and if there are issues arising.

This past semester at the university, I had level 3 speakers, students who were finally building a confidence with their command of the English language. These students were a little raw, but just needed that time to actually use the language. This is my favorite part of teaching, seeing the students begin to use the skills that that have learned in a way that impresses themselves.

I was teaching a pop culture class. In the class, we covered topics from movies, music, food, Furbies, and so on. One topic that the students seemed to gravitate to was super heroes and comic books. This lead to an idea that ended up paying big dividends. Continue reading Super Students: Using Super Powers to Teach ESL

Building Unity to Promote Learning in an ESL Classroom

One of the keys to a classroom like mine is that there will be a lot of group work. Peer cooperation plays a big role in my style.

My teaching style is communicative. That is that my style is focused on getting students to use the language. I like to have a loud class. Quiet does not mean learning to me. I focus my lessons on getting students to speak to each other. I hear myself speak a lot, so I like to hear the many accents of my classroom. Continue reading Building Unity to Promote Learning in an ESL Classroom