What do I mean when I say Interpretive ESL?

I used to call it Improvisational ESL when I was referring to the actual classes. This was probably because I was teaching my students the fine art of improvising in English. Interpreting: Finding alternatives to traditional thought I didn’t want to feel trapped by the accepted interpretations of my work as an ESL teacher. I was not … More What do I mean when I say Interpretive ESL?

Listening to the Universe of Discourse: 04: Black, White and Red

A friend sent me this link to a video. Before you click on that link, read these instructions:           Don’t read the description and don’t look at the video image. As you click the link, close your eyes and don’t open them while you listen Listen and figure out what you … More Listening to the Universe of Discourse: 04: Black, White and Red

Listening, then Speaking (then Reading, then Writing): Part three: Method becomes Madness

A long time ago (when the Earth was green), I heard a language-teaching nightmare story about a particular “method” that I want to share. Since I can’t find any references that confirm this story, I won’t slander the “method” by naming it directly. Let’s call this the “Quince Method”. The “Quince Method” (QM) was developed … More Listening, then Speaking (then Reading, then Writing): Part three: Method becomes Madness

Listening, Speaking (then Reading, Writing): Part two: Madness Behind the “Method”

Let’s look, first, at several explanations of the word “method”, then we’ll get into the madness. Webster’s Dictionary: 1:  a procedure or process for attaining an object: as a (1) :  a systematic procedure, technique, or mode of inquiry employed by or proper to a particular discipline or art (2) :  a systematic plan followed in presenting material for … More Listening, Speaking (then Reading, Writing): Part two: Madness Behind the “Method”

Listening, Speaking (then Reading, Writing): The life, near death and hidden life of the Audio Lingual Method: Part one

We were at war. We had to send troupes over to that far away place. In that far away place, most people did not speak American. Our brave boys would have to be able to communicate, to buy bread, to interrogate prisoners, to give orders, to meet girls. They had to learn languages, and fast. … More Listening, Speaking (then Reading, Writing): The life, near death and hidden life of the Audio Lingual Method: Part one

To Pair or not to Pair: Part Six: Pair-work Alone or with the Curriculum

  Finally, some general, concluding thoughts on how to fit pair-work into your class. Pair-work as a stand-alone activity Pair-work is an excellent activity within a structure of class where students spend time in formal “grammar” classes, then spend another period of time in so-called “listening / speaking” classes. If your school or academy divides … More To Pair or not to Pair: Part Six: Pair-work Alone or with the Curriculum