Tag: Teaching

  • A Langauge Learning Framework

    As a linguist, language learner, and language teacher I am often asked questions similar to the following: So how do you actually learn a language? What can I do to learn a language more easily? How can I learn a language more quickly? What’s the trick to learning a new language? In your experience, what […]

  • How do I teach Listening?

    I gave a presentation at the annual I-TESOL conference yesterday. The topic was on how to teach listening. I’ve linked my presentation and handouts below. More to come later . . . How do I teach listening? PowerPoint Listening Strategies

  • Waterfall Lesson Planning

    [Adapted from a post I made on another blog a few years ago.] I often have the opportunity to sit on a panel of experienced teachers [1].  Being on panels like this where novice teachers [2] ask questions about teaching is always an enlightening experience. It makes me reflect a lot on my past teaching […]

  • Using Siri in the Classroom

    This isn’t really a post about how to use Siri in the classroom. Well, it could be. This semester I have a deaf student in my class. He’s fluent in Russian, Uzbek, American Sign Language, and Russian Sign Language. He’s here to learn English. Communication with him involves an interpreter or a series of notes […]

  • Dana Ferris at BYU

    The Linguistics and English Language Department at BYU is sponsoring a lecture series on second language literacy. Today, Dana Ferris was the speaker. It was great to here her speak. She is a very intelligent person with a clear perception of the field. She provided some very helpful insights about teaching. She listed 10 things […]

  • Great Lifehacker Post

    I have not been a great blogger lately. I can’t believe that my last post was on May 31st. This week I saw a great post on lifehacker.com. Lifehacker is an awesome blog with loads of posts about interesting tips about life. This week they had a post on some language tools. Click here to […]

  • iLife, ESL, and the Past Tense

    I recently did a Poster Session at an Apple Education Conference: AcademiX. It was a lot of fun. I thought that I would share what what I did. For more information you can look at the Poster Session PDF. Overview For starters, this is something that I did with my intermediate ESL students.  In order […]

  • My Profession

    I recently recieved and email from a former student. He is taking a class that is helping students explore various careers. One of the assignments is to interview someone in a profession you might be interested in. He asked me a few questions, and I thought it might make for an interesting post. 1. What […]

  • Video Feedback with Viddler

    For the last three weeks I have been using Viddler in my Listening & Speaking classes. We went to our wonderful computer lab and I helped them all set up accounts. We made a group for the class and did some practice recordings. I have had them do three assignments so far.Our current curriculum for […]