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
When you begin an online course, you often start with high spirits and a lot of enthusiasm. Perhaps the course will help you move up in your job towards better pay. Maybe you’re simply interested in the subject of the course and want to expand your horizons. Once the course is underway, though, you … More Studying Online: Obstacles and Motivation
Most languages have a basic structure that can be recognized, learned and taken advantage of when learning to speak them. This structure is often diagrammed into grammatical components, such as nouns, verbs, subjects and predicates. However, at any level of language learning, you can take advantage of the most simple of sentence structures and develop … More Sentence Structure and Substitution Techniques in Language Learning
A language learning journal is a study tool that is helpful in developing habits and keeping record of your achievements while studying a new language. It is an addition to the text, notebooks and binder of homework assignments. It serves as a day-to-day reminder of what you have learned, what you should remember, where you were … More How to Create a Useful Language Learning Journal
The ways in which we learn languages are always at debate within the linguistic community. Some of the ideas put forth become unchangeable obstacles to learning. It is important to compare other aspects of learning that differ between adults and children, aspects that can be controlled by the adult learner. These would include motivation, time … More Is it Really Harder for Adults?
An adult learner of ESL will be in the classroom for a variety of reasons. In order to make the learning experience the most fulfilling and productive for all of the members of the class, clear objectives should be outlined from the outset, common denominators should be found among the learners and a variety of … More Adult Learners in the ESL Classroom
Hey all. This is an “article” I wrote years ago for a content farm. The title was given (I certainly didn’t make it up!). The style was determined by “standards” of the platform (which I later reworked for them and will post here at a later date), not at all blog-style and certainly not my … More How traditional memorization and recitation techniques help students develop strong cognitive abilities
I used the “four Rs” for a good number of years. People seem to like it when a set of rules contains a cute alliteration. Funny, looking at ESL books on Amazon, I’ve found others using “r-words” to alliterate their own cute lists. Anyway, this list is mine and despite the cheesy name, I thought … More Cheesy Named Blog Post: The Four Rs of Good Practice Habits