To Pair or Not to Pair: Part Five — Class Structure

Now that you’ve got the basic things prepared (classroom, characters, props and student attitude), you’ll want to make very clear to your students that this is not a random activity. “Art loves order,” Stanislavsky told us in his work with actors. Make sure you have order in the basic structure of your class to allow the … More To Pair or Not to Pair: Part Five — Class Structure

To Pair or Not to Pair: Part Four: The Bag of Props

This will probably be the most useful and fun object you have for the pair-work exercises. The bag of props The word “prop” in theatrical lingo actually is a shortened form of the word “property”, that is, something that belongs to someone. Despite this origin of the word, a prop also has the meaning of … More To Pair or Not to Pair: Part Four: The Bag of Props

To Pair or Not to Pair: Part Three: Stock Characters

  In this part I concentrate on the development of characters that your students can (and should!) pretend to be, so that it is not them speaking but someone else, an important step towards developing their target language personality. The stock characters Stock characters have been the basis of improvised drama for centuries. From the 3rd … More To Pair or Not to Pair: Part Three: Stock Characters

To Pair or Not to Pair: Part Two: Setting Up

Second part of that long blog post on working in pairs. It begins with the physical setup of your classroom, then continues with the first of several materials you’ll want to have on hand. Setting up a pair-work classroom Arrange the semi-circle Classrooms can seem pretty boring places. Desks lined up in rows, students looking at … More To Pair or Not to Pair: Part Two: Setting Up

To Pair or not to Pair: Pair-work in the ESL Classroom: Part One

  Here’s a series I tried to guest post elsewhere; however, it was just too long and involved for the needs of that blog. So, I’m posting the work here for now, as I think it can be some pretty useful material (and it does no one any good simply saved on my hard drive!) … More To Pair or not to Pair: Pair-work in the ESL Classroom: Part One

An Innocent (¿?) English Only Question Posed…. How Was It Answered?

Hey all! Okay, English Only rears its ugly head again (seems to occur about once every four to six months in the forums I follow!), this time in a seemingly innocent question about how to get students to use English in the classroom instead of their native language. If you’ve read my earlier thoughts on … More An Innocent (¿?) English Only Question Posed…. How Was It Answered?

Missing In Action?

I kind of feel like I owe someone (out there) a quick explanation of why three months passed without any posting on the blog. Actually, this blog resided somewhere else. It was one of those blogs that no one bothered to look at besides friends, mainly because I was loath to spend time on social … More Missing In Action?

English Pronunciation for the ESL Learner

By using a comprehensive approach towards teaching English pronunciation, the teacher can create a basis for many of the tasks in the ESL class. Pronunciation can become not only an alternative to daily grammar and structure lessons and exercises, it can also support activities such as listening comprehension and word order. Though improving pronunciation is … More English Pronunciation for the ESL Learner