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Advanced ESL Students Can Drastically Increase English Fluency Watching Television Programs

If you have been studying English for a while you are probably pretty serious about really getting the language down.  You have taken ESL classes and you most likely practice English at home with books and maybe even tapes.  The television is a great tool for English language learners too.  If done correctly, I think the TV can increase your English fluency drastically.


Homework: What To Do When Students DON'T Do It

There is a form on my website where I ask people to tell me their greatest concerns/challenges regarding homework.   It is probably no surprise that a significant number of teachers have responded with comments like this:

"No motivation."
"Students don’t do it."

If you are like me, then you probably don’t have fond memories of homework yourself, but you likely did it. 

It was not because you liked it. 

ESL English Listening Comprehension Activity for the Classroom

An ESL teacher always needs to get his students speaking and listening to English.  As we all know, our students many times don’t hear English outside of class.  Many immigrants work and live with people who don’t speak English.   Classroom activities that challenge a student’s listening and speaking skills are essential.  You need to find activities that are fun and not intimidating so even the shy and reserved students will get on board.  Try the following activity to get your students interacting and practicing Englis

Guidelines to be a Good Tutor

It is essential to ensure that every child ifs given the necessary support regardess his/her social background in terms of education and other co-curricular activities. It is here that one to one private tuition becomes significant. It delivers additional support to the pupils who are not able to achieve their potential with classroom teaching. This is because the level of support required varies from child to child. Some needs to be coached in smaller groups or individually to make the progress needed to achieve their full potential.

Gifted and learning disabled: Students who are twice exceptional

Parents may suspect that their child is gifted, yet be baffled when their smart child has difficulty learning in certain areas. Some intellectually gifted students also have special learning needs such as a learning disability. Gifted students may also have other special educational needs such as auditory processing problems, dyslexia, ADHD or emotional problems.

Effective reading comprehension techniques: F.A.C.T. Mnemonic

A mnemonic, (pronounced ni-mon’-ik) is a device used as a memory aid.

The F.A.C.T. mnemonic helps students organize and remember important comprehension strategies. The letters in F.A.C.T. stand for effective, research supported strategies that support comprehension:  Focus, Ask questions, Connect, and Turn on the visuals.