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Lorain ESL

March 26th, 2011 by Kathleen Thompson · Uncategorized

I teach Advanced ESL every Wednesday in Lorain, and it has been fantastic! Every week I have about 8 students, and it’s one of the most enthusiastic group of students I’ve taught.

Every class I learn more and more about the level of my students, but overall I want to work on writing throughout the semester. Every class I start the class off with a writing prompt, such as “Tell me about what you did last week.” Anything really to get them to write. Then I have them read their sentences aloud.

Another thing I’m working on doing this semester is practicing defining and describing words by only using English. In order to do this, we played a great game where I printed off a lot of pictures of random items (plant, tornado, golf, Jell-O, etc.) then one person described the picture in English so that the other people had to guess the word. We split into two teams and kept score. They loved it. Sometimes I forget that adults also enjoy playing games. Since then I’ve been playing a lot more games.

Another game they really enjoy playing is Hangman–and it works on spelling! We played it with both advanced and beginner students and they really enjoyed it! This is something I would like to do often, possibly at the end of class.

Recently I tried to do a pronunciation lesson and it went well, although I would like to think of better activities to practice pronunciation. During that lesson, we practiced minimal pairs then we played an activity where I wrote minimal pairs on the board and had them point at the word I said. We then went over some tongue twisters, which I asked to have them memorize one perfectly by the next lesson. So overall I was blah blah about the lesson.

Can’t wait to return!

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March 21st, 2011 by Kathleen Thompson · Uncategorized

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