Monday, March 11, 2013

{FREE PDF}: Cultural Observation Activity: Seeing with new eyes

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This is a cultural observation activity to encourage pre-service ESL teachers to reflect on the experience of their students.  It could also be easily adapted for English language learners.


Imagine you are a newcomer to the US. Pick a setting (such as your dorm, the DC, or a chapel service), and observe for 30 minutes with the eyes of someone who has little cultural context for this setting. Use the following table to help describe your observations.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Great Websites for English Learners

  Learn English!

English Central: Videos for learning English
English with Jennifer: Videos for learning English
GCF Learn English: Practice everyday tasks in simple English
Starfall: Excellent to learn the alphabet, basic vocabulary, and phonics
USA Learns: Website for adults to learn English.
Ventures Student Arcade: Practice website for Ventures

Information about US
State Symbols USA: Information about US states
US Government:  children's guide to government in simple English
Voice of America:  News for English learners 


Vocabulary Practice

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

{FREE PDF} Ventures Arcade Instructions for beginner English Language Learners

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I'm currently teaching non-credit Adult ESL at a community college in California.  This is a computer activity I created to accompany the Ventures Series (Cambridge) which shows beginning level EL students step-by-step how to access the website associated with the Ventures textbook.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Level-appropriate songs for beginning adult ELLs

This is the PDF for a presentation on using level-appropriate songs for beginner adult English language learners that I gave at CATESOL's Regional Conference at University of Southern California on March 2, 2013.

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For best viewing and navigating results, download the file from Google Docs as a PDF and view with Adobe Acrobat Reader.