English Speaking

This is the last week of our advanced level university English conversation class. Let’s quickly review the class objectives contained in syllabus The objectives were: students will expand their vocabulary by developing a working knowledge of at least 300 new words through reading and self study; students will improve fluency through regular pair work practice on […]

Update Last Monday, we completed the analysis of the climate change argument. Time was short so today I would like to do a debrief. I am especially interested in hearing your ideas about the causes and effects of global warming. Here are a few discussion questions. What is the climate change argument? Briefly summarize the greenhouse […]

Last week, we looked at analogies. Let’s finish analogies this week. We will watch a few videos that make arguments with analogies. This will show us how analogies can be used to make very strong arguments. Then we will finish the analogy worksheets. CLASS SCHEDULE Here is the schedule for the rest of the semester: […]

Exams are done. Now it’s time for the ESL students learn English again. Here is the plan for this week. ESL Advanced Class Activities Students have an oral presentation to deliver. Remember the syllabus? Each student will need to do an in-class 10-15 minute presentation. It is worth 10%. Do research, collect and analyze some data. Submit a written […]

Learning, Forgetting and Words

by eslwriter on October 20, 2014


Here are odd bits of trivia about language learning, words and forgetting. My hope is to inspire and motivate students to learn English and consider the benefits of extensive reading. The information about learning words comes from this useful site. LEARNING WORDS ESL students need to know about 2000 word families to read and understand 85% of […]

This is week seven of the semester. Next week the ESL students will demonstrate what they learned with a written English mid term exam. Mid Term Exam Here are the review questions for the mid term exam. Learning Objectives Here is the general plan of objectives for this week: continue our critical thinking skills project […]

Teacher Training Writing Class: Week 6

by eslwriter on October 8, 2014

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It’s week 6 of the semester and time for the ESL students to learn abbot English po Writing Objectives Improve paraphrasing skills by learning how to use appositives in sentences. Improve descriptive and persuasive writing skills by finishing at least one self-reflective story. Improve free thinking skills by writing an interpretative analysis of a poem.

This is week 6 of the class that helps ESL students learn advanced English speaking. Here is the general plan of objectives for this week: continue our critical thinking skills project by learning six finds of fallacies that are used in arguments improve reading and discussion skills by completing the next chapter in the book assess […]

Teacher Training Writing Class: Week 5

by eslwriter on September 29, 2014

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This week will start a few exercise that help ESL students learn English paraphrase writing. This will involve several writing and knowledge skills including nominalisations, synonyms and appositives. What is Paraphrase Writing? Paraphrasing is a reading and writing skill. Read a sentence or paragraph and then write the same ideas using your words. Paraphrasing is not […]

Homework Today we will have a small group discuss exercise. You read the assigned article and prepared answers for these questions. Summarize the writer’s main ideas. What is the argument? What are the claims and the premises? Describe two or three hypotheses. Write down 5-7 comprehension questions. We will discuss this article in the next Monday […]