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Reflections, TESOL/EFL/ESL

“Teacher, Why Do English Speakers Speak So Fast?”

This past week, I overheard some Korean teachers I had the pleasure of spending time with talking. One older gentleman says, "They speak so fast!" So I asked if he meant English speakers. He said he did. I suggested he just needed to get used to the language with practice, it does get easier. He… Continue reading “Teacher, Why Do English Speakers Speak So Fast?”

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Lesson Planning, Teaching Tips, Uncategorized

Why I Don’t Give Study Guides (and What I Do Instead)

Back in the day, I vaguely remember the night before a test (or the thirty minutes prior somewhere near the classroom), eyes furiously scanning over a single note card or a well-handled stack of papers, trying to cram every detail I could into my mind just to regurgitate it on the test and never have… Continue reading Why I Don’t Give Study Guides (and What I Do Instead)

Games/Activities, Teaching Tips

Teaching Practical Skills | Bonus: Context Clues Activity

It's been quite a few months since I have updated this thing! Life gets busy and sometimes we get into reflection slumps (or is this just me?)- which are just as frustrating as reading slumps are to readers. I feel I am slowly coming out of this slump and ready to start exploring my teaching (and sharing… Continue reading Teaching Practical Skills | Bonus: Context Clues Activity

Games/Activities, Inside the Classroom, TESOL/EFL/ESL

Reading Quiz Challenge! Activity | Four Skills

Normally, reading is a somewhat solitary activity. Students may answer comprehension questions from a book or teacher about the contents of the reading. They may also encounter it again on the test, but this is usually about it. I love reading and as a teacher, I want to make it more fun and interactive for… Continue reading Reading Quiz Challenge! Activity | Four Skills