O Me ! Oh Life

by eslwriter on August 4, 2014

in ESL STUFF

Here is an ESL writing exercise that begins with a poem and asks English students to write a considered response. Exercise Structure 1  Read the poem O Me! Oh Life! by Walt Whitman. 2  Students write a response piece by briefly discussing their interpretation of the poem. 3  Students answer this question, based on the […]

Language Affects Thought?

by eslwriter on August 1, 2014

in ESL STUFF

Does language change the way people think and see the world? Get the answer with this podcast by Lexicon Valley.  

Writing With an Engine

by eslwriter on July 28, 2014

in ESL STUFF

Here is a writing style tip that helps ESL students write well. This style tip is about engines and comes from Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer. WRITING STORIES WITH QUESTIONS Part 1 An engine is a source of energy that keeps something moving. In writing, the engine is a question which the reader finds interesting. Because […]

Writing Style Tips

by eslwriter on July 28, 2014

in ESL STUFF

Teaching ESL students how to write English stories and essays with style can be a challenge. What is style, anyway? LEARN WRITING STYLE Here are a few examples of how to write English with style. These come from Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer. This style tip encourages writers to use four numbers to improve their […]

A Writer Talks About Teaching Writing

by eslwriter on July 15, 2014

in ESL STUFF

Here is an interview with an author who also happens to teach writing at a university in New York. He also wrote a book about his perspectives on teaching writing .Unless It Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing.

Write a Summary

by eslwriter on July 13, 2014

in ESL STUFF, Writing Class

Summarize a Story Here is a lesson that teaches students how to write a one paragraph summary. In a previous lesson (click here), I showed you how to write a summary with a template called FACT. In this lesson, use the same style to write a summary about the story in another video. FACT Summary Writing […]

Learn About The Brain

by eslwriter on July 13, 2014

in Cool Videos

Do you know how the brain works? Do you know what a brain looks like? Here is an English video lesson which provides a fascinating look at the brain and how it works. This video lesson answers these questions … with a twist. Jill Bolte Taylor is a brain scientist who had a stroke. In […]