The necessity to prepare online classes amid this unexpected coronavirus shutdown has put a lot of pressure on teachers and administrators. It certainly has created new stresses for students as well.  It’s normal to feel helpless and frustrated … and unprepared. That feeling is a normal human response. The current situation of uncertainty reminds me of...
“Intensive listening”, the focus on individual words and attention to the details of sound, is usually not given much explicit practice in typical language classrooms. Why not? Because it seems kind of boring…at least it seems to be boring to the teacher! But the students, on the other hand, often find this type of practice...
Contemporary Topics (Levels 1-3) (published by Pearson) is now in its fourth edition. I’ve been series editor since the series inception in 1991, and I’m proud of the progress that the series has made over the years. I’d like to share an overview of the framework I’ve used to develop the series, in terms of...
There are several active listening strategies that we can teach to our students. I’ve grouped them into 8 categories:   Planning   Focusing attention Monitoring Evaluating Inferencing Elaborating  Collaborating Reviewing All are important!  Consider concrete ways to teach, discuss, practice, and review these strategies!  Group 2:  Focusing attention Focusing attention means concentrating on the input and task at hand....
There are several active listening strategies that we can teach to our students. I’ve grouped them into 8 categories:   Planning Focusing attention Monitoring Evaluating Inferencing Elaborating  Collaborating Reviewing All are important!  Consider concrete ways to teach, discuss, practice, and review these strategies!  Group 1:  Planning Planning means:  developing an awareness of the steps needed to accomplish a...