ESL Writing Lesson: Analyze a Concept

This is a different writing lesson. It does not teach how to write a paragraph. Instead, this ESL writing lesson teaches English students a framework to analyze an idea.

I have used this framework in an advanced English conversation class. Now I am taking the same learning model and using it in a composition class.

ESL Writing Activity: Group Intelligence

The writing activity has four parts.

  1. Make a small group with 2 or three people.
  2. Choose a topic.
  3. Discuss the questions and answers together. Help each other find the answers.
  4. When the group has made answers for each question, each person writes their own assignment.

Analyze a Concept

Below is the framework which students follow when discussing answers and writing their compositions.

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Learning English: What makes learning possible and efficient?

My advanced level ESL students are a great bunch of people. They seem interested in learning the English language. They also want to learn new ideas. In my view they have a great desire to learn what they need to be successful in life. So, I try to feed that desire for knowledge in many different ways.

Here is a blog post which provides some useful ideas. It is a list of 16 ideas about how to use the mind to learn well. The list comes from a Integrating the 16 Habits of Mind from www.edutopia.org. You can read the original article. Below, I have summarized and paraphrased the main ideas for my students.

Integrating the 16 Habits of Mind

1. Persist

Keep going. Don’t give up. Ask for help when you need it.

2. Don’t be impulsive

Be patient in the classroom.

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Practice English: Speaking Opportunities in Busan

Some of my students want to find places in Busan to learn more English. They want to practice and improve their English speaking skills. Here in Busan, Korea there are not lots of places to practice English.

Here is a list of some places to improve English speaking skills.

Toastmasters

Toastmasters is an internal club which helps people speak better. In Busan, there are three Toastmaster clubs.

The Centum club meets Tuesdays at 7.30 pm.

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