teachers’ blog feeds

Tips, plans, activities, info and worksheet/handouts posted from blog feeds oriented towards ESL teachers, including resources for teaching in any classroom.  Note: some feeds have discontinued, I am searching new sources to update.


How to teach reading skills Introduction

This article is concerned with how to teach reading skills. It includes two main parts. The first part presents a theoretical background that deals with a definition of reading and the skills involved in this activity. The second part describes the procedures, techniques, and strategies used before, while, and after the students read the text.

1 . Theoretical background to how to teach reading skills

Concept defining: what is reading? Schema theory Cognitive processing: Top-down vs bottom-up processing Intensive vs extensive reading

2. In the classroom: how to teach reading

How to teach reading – principles How to teach reading
Pre reading activities
While reading activities
Post reading activities Some reading procedures Theoretical background Concept defining

A dictionary definition of reading goes like this:

“[Reading is] the action or skill of reading written or printed matter silently or aloud.”

The above definition deficient. It does not mention that reading has a purpose. We usually read for a purpose. For example, people read to follow instructions, to find a specific information, to get the main idea of a text, to be entertained, etc.

Many things are involved in the reading process. To start with, we proceed to read a text, [...]

Sun, Sep 10, 2017, Continue reading at the source
ESL videos by private ESL tutor, Debra Garcia, show teachers how to conduct a Needs Assessment, what to do during the first meeting, and how to use an ESL tutoring contract to reduce cancellations. [...]
Tue, Aug 01, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Confidence in the Classroom

Schools and teachers must listen carefully to students, and then articulately communicate or institute change. When feedback gets turned into action, the relationship between businesses and customers is strengthened. Unfortunately, despite the best intentions of companies, nearly half of all consumers don't believe businesses work towards retaining their loyalty, and this includes language schools too. So what should schools do to improve customer loyalty?


Mon, Jul 24, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Confidence in the Classroom

Customization has become a mantra among many marketers, as customization provides one means for businesses to more effectively meet the specific needs and wants of their customers. And this proves ever more important in the language learning industry too. Gone should be the assembly line approach, where every student receives the same content and instruction. Instead, schools must assess the strengths, weaknesses, and needs of the students; organize course content that matches needs and goals; and personalize the lesson instead of blindly following textbooks.


Sun, Jul 16, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Instant Grammar Check
Grammarly review

Grammarly is an application for checking grammar, spelling, and punctuation. The application aims at improving students, bloggers, writers, and professionals' writing skills. Grammarly can be also used to check plagiarism.

How is Grammarly used?

One can use the application with:

A free account Or a premium account

The premium account has more features than the free version. In addition to services such as a thesaurus, reference guide sand community-driven forum, the application helps you spot more grammar errors and provides detailed information about each error in the form of flash cards.


The Grammarly premium account is priced at:

Monthly Subscription — $29.95 USD/month Quarterly Subscription — $19.98/month (Billed as one payment of $59.95 USD) Annual Subscription — $11.66/month (Billed as one payment of $139.95 USD) Is it worth the price?

Whether you are a professional or a student, Grammarly may be the best fit for you because it has many interesting features. It can be used on:

Microsoft Office Grammarly online dashboard Your favorite browser

We haven't tested the application on Microsoft office.

On the Grammarly online dashboard, the grammar checker can be used while writing or by pasting a text. Before asking Grammarly to review your document, you may want to decide on the genre of your writing by selecting [...]

Fri, Jul 07, 2017, Continue reading at the source