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Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16, 2019. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

Tags: collection, list, web 2.0, resources, websites

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Amelia Meirizka Jun 20, 2019. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

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Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27, 2019. 0 Replies

I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

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EAP Grammar Course Designing Headaches

I've just finished my first semester as a teacher of writing for an English for Academic Purposes program in China. As part of a group of 5 teachers here, our goals are to prepare students in China for transitioning to an American university after one year of study. Like many ESL teachers, I experienced groups of students in my classes whose English abilities cover a wide range of levels. Knowing that they need so much improvement before the enter the U.S. university system this fall, I feel almost an overwhelming sense of urgency.

Because China has such a long break between the fall and spring semesters, I have close to two weeks to travel and prepare for the courses I will be teaching next semester. In light of the many problems I witnessed with student's grammar and writing, I've asked my dean to allow me to teach a special course that will focus mostly on grammar for speaking and writing purposes. Having never taught such a course before, I've been busy purchasing textbooks and researching.

I'm considering using Azar's most recent textbook, which is geared toward an advance level of students. But I think that there are certain number of students who I'll be teaching who need some more familiarization with more intermediate level activities and grammar points (I have some students who still struggle when composing a simple sentence, while others are writing compound-complex sentences with ease). Does anyone have any recommendations?? I'd also like to have a grammar text that does help prepare them for academic related tasks/topics. Hopefully I'm not expecting too much out of a text.

Another aspect of the grammar class I'm considering is to have it connect to the academic writing class that I'm also teaching. My thoughts are that I can have students work on error correction of their essays in the grammar class. I tried to start implementing this during my introductory writing course this semester,but didn't have the time to fit into my course schedule. Have other teachers worked with grammar courses where they linked a writing or speaking class? If so, I wonder if these proved successful.

Another goal I have for this class is trying to create a fun and more interactive class environment. I'm still trying to break these students out of the mold of a teacher-centered environment, which they've gotten used to through their Chinese education experiences. I'm hesitant to use games sometimes, but it seems that they can help get the class more interactive than many of the traditional workbook exercises can.

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Comment by Ellen Pham on January 8, 2010 at 8:51pm
How big are your classes, Randy?

Another aspect of the grammar class I'm considering is to have it connect to the academic writing class that I'm also teaching. My thoughts are that I can have students work on error correction of their essays in the grammar class.

I think this is not only a good idea, it is the essential element in what they need to know and be able to do by next fall. My instinct is saying to use as much of their own writing as possible for the basis of instruction. Show them how to use a good text as a reference. Maybe assign them grammar homework, but use the precious class time for them to practice what they are going to be required to do- write in response to a real assignment, and help each other pass their courses.

I would incorporate a method where they correct each other's work, and then maybe explain why they corrected as they did. This gets at two key areas:

I. We learn best what we try to teach to another (there's lots of research supporting this)

2. Offers practice in doing what is going to get them through the American university experience, namely helping each other write coherently enough to be understood.

Another idea is to contact the writing center (where students go to get help with their writing in college) at some of the universities they will be attending next fall, and ask them what they think is most necessary/would be most helpful.

Good luck, Randy! Your sincerity about the well-being of your students comes shining through!

Comment by Roselink on January 9, 2010 at 2:21am
That's a great and ambitious task. I agree with you that your students do need more interactive activities (not only on the Inet) because they obviously must learn how to act autonomously by using tools interactively and the teacher should be able (at least try) to make it all function in heterogeneous groups (easy, ha!)
I'm an enthusiast of the use and integration of ICT and multimedia in EFL classrooms since it helps generate some curiosity and interest among students in doing things with the new media.

It can be used as a rich medium to stimulate students’ thinking. It can provide vivid visual and sound display of events and examples.
The multimedia capability of ITC also offers expressive power beyond the conventional paper and pencil media allowing for more room for personal creativity.
Multimedia capability also renders particular advantages to certain subjects since the network can be a rich source to provide a wide range of materials so that each group can work on sthg quite unique. This diversity helps generate a wider space that increases the feeling of self-initiative, originality, creativity and ownership.

The sharing of IT resources in a group, for example, the use of a single computer among 2 or 3 students also naturally helps the group members get together and work collaboratively. They have to discuss and find some consensus before things can be input.
As for academic writing and test taking you should take into consideration the following sites:

EAP (Academic English) writing exercises
Academic Essay Writing: eslflow webguide -
The OWL at Purdue
English Online France - Resources for students and teachers of Engl...
Please look into the syllabi below, I hope they might help you find what you are looking for.


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