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The Evolution of Teacher Improvement

Language teachers often feel pressure or a desire to improve themselves. But the questions are: improve how and improve what? The answers are not simple.

Look at the evolution of teacher improvement. According to Jack Richards, an ESL teacher with 30 years’ experience, teaching improvement has changed. Today’s vision of how teachers improve and what teachers need to improve is different from the past.

In the past, the emphasis was on Teacher Training …

  • Focused on how to use one method.
  • Equated teacher competency with the application of a skill.
  • Emphasized technical aspects of teaching.
  • Teachers learn from experts.


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Learn English Writing, Basic Class: Week 14

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To help ESL students learn English vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, sentence and paragraph structure and prepare for the final exam, here is the plan for this week.

For the Wednesday class (EGL 106-13):

This is our last week of classes. There are no make up classes next week.

The final exam will be on June 17 at our normal Wednesday class time and in the usual classroom (9am in d433).

  1. review exam questions
  2. review old and new descriptions about a place
  3. finish edit practice
  4. finish writing the contrast story


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Learn English Conversation: Week 14



These test questions will help my ESL students learn English and prepare for the final exam. The exam will contain four parts to assess elements of fluency and language learning:

  1. critical thinking and persuasion
  2. cohesive story telling
  3. recall of vocabulary
  4. effective descriptions by making clear distinctions

Part 1 Agree or Disagree? (2-4 minutes)

Each student will be given one of these random quotes. The task will be to:

  1. define the meaning of the quote
  2. state clearly if you agree or disagree
  3. explain why with reasons and evidence

Respond to one of these quotes.

  1. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde
  2. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
  3. “To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.” – Albert Camus
  4. “It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime…” Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
  5. “Everything people did seemed so silly, because they only died in the end.”-  Sylvia Plath


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