On May 7th, I wrote a post detailing concerns I was having about the activities that my ESL students were engaged in during our class time. I surveyed the class and got some interesting responses about what was going well and what changes we could make to improve these assignments. What follows are some of… Continue reading ESL Ruminations, Take #2
Ever since I can remember I have loved to read, and I still do. I have fond childhood memories of visiting my neighborhood library in Brooklyn, on the corner of Ocean Ave and Kings Highway, many times as I was growing up. On a recent visit to NY, I was saddened to see how rundown… Continue reading Books, books, books!
I am currently in Boston for my daughter’s graduation from BU. As I searched for an image about Boston to embed into this post, I discovered that just about all of the images I came across on google were of the destruction caused by the Boston Marathon bombings. So, just for the record, Boston is… Continue reading Boston Commencent 2013
OK, I am beginning to realize that I am an email junky. Extreme, you say? Hmmm…How do I know I’m addicted? Well, I check my messages numerous times a day, too many to count, on my iPhone and on my personal and work laptops as if the email coming through on each of these devices… Continue reading Email Junky
Monolingual VS Bilingual Infographic http://visual.ly/embeder/embed.js This is interesting infographic about the benefits of knowing more than one language. Do you agree with the premises stated here? What has been your experience as a speaker of more than one language or as a teacher of students learning a second or other language?
I have been using the Daily5 with my beginner to intermediate middle school students and have been fairly happy with the results: children who like to read and write. They are finding authors and series they enjoy and are discovering that writing can be a powerful way to communicate with others. I work with my students in… Continue reading ESL Class Ruminations
On Thursday of this week, my 5th and 6th grade beginner ESL students and I participated in a Mystery Skype session with a class in Connecticut, USA. This was my first Mystery Skype and I was nervous. In fact, the day before our scheduled session, I emailed my partner teacher to say that I was getting… Continue reading Mystery Skype!