Should grammar be taught in L2?


This is part of an answer I provided @Enotes.com  Should you teach grammar with L2, or just "go with the flow?" That is the question! The universal consensus is that you should teach any foreign language completely, along with its rules, meanings, proper and ethical usage. The rationale behind this is that language is never... Continue Reading →

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Deductive, Inductive, Implicit and Explicit Instruction in TESOL


This is part of an answer to a question I provided @ Enotes.com  Deductive and inductive teaching of grammar In TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) there are two theoretical models of teaching: inductive and deductive. As theoretical models, they basically mean one thing: neither of them is better than the other, and the... Continue Reading →

Who is your ELL student?


English Language Learners are just that: learners. They will get there with the right input.  What makes them different is that they will enjoy the added benefit of speaking in two systems of codes, which will enhance the rest of their cognitive and academic performance, unless there are any hindering pre-existing factors that may prevent... Continue Reading →

Teaching Spanish by batch words


We used batches of related words connected by colors to teach fast-paced Spanish K-6. These walls will become bigger as the year goes. Pink Words- Survival Spanish Green Words- Interview words/ Orange- Answers to common questions Blue- Unit words- These are the word walls that will grow on and on as the unit progresses. We... Continue Reading →

Free TOEFL Test Practice Sites


The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is given to students who have not graduated from a US High School, or have attended a non-US college, and are interested in pursuing Higher Ed studies in the United States.  This is the breakdown of the test Listening 30 to 50 40 to 60 minutes adaptive short... Continue Reading →

More Spanish Lesson Ideas


Piggbacking on how to ask interview and personal questions in Spanish, my students continued to come up with creative ideas as to how to divide them into "pieces of me". I must say they impressed me. Maquina de Jugetes "The Claw" *** I did a "VEO VEO" or "I SPY" game with this one where... Continue Reading →

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