Monthly Archives: November 2013

Using the Internet in TEFL

The internet allows ESL teachers to skip boring and outdated textbooks. Teachers can find  a wide variety of resources that are current, meaningful, and free. The internet has advanced so much that teachers can now find authentic material in text, audio, and video to teach integrated skills. Oftentimes, teachers can find all formats embedded in one news article!  This blog by Ontesol explains how ESL teachers can plan a class around a video, apply task-based learning, use class blogs, and maximize the use of the English language around internet activities.

Social media, in particular, is increasingly becoming an essential part of our daily life. As social media sites proliferate, companies that were once popular, like MySpace, are made obsolete by new ones, like Facebook.  Now Twitter is rapidly taking Facebook’s market share, especially among teenagers. This means that teachers have to constantly adapt to new sites and learn how to apply them in the ESL classroom. This article shows 60 ways to use Twitter in the ESL classroom.

Furthermore, the devices that we use to interact online are also evolving. Mobile devices and tablets are making it more affordable for teachers to apply technology in their classroom as students carry cellphones that can easily become WIFI hotspots and affordable tablets can be used to both access material and produce it. As a result, old methods that were previously discarded are being re-einforced and many others are being integrated into one lesson thanks to new technologies. For example,  iPads are an example of how teachers are using Project Based Learning (PBL) to teach English effectively. This article explains how using iPads in the ESL classroom motivates students to improve their language skills.







Teaching Reading Skills

A new book by Dr. Deutsch argues that ESL students lack the skills to cope with reading comprehension tests. For this reason, we will explore what the TESOL experts have to say about teaching reading comprehension skills.

Colorin Colorado has over 12 articles and resources that explain how you can implement reading comprehension strategies in the ESL classroom and motivate your students to read on their own.

Many new teachers are placed in public school programs where they have to face more than 30 students per class. Such settings create a very challenging environment for teaching a second language.  Ontesol’s  latest blog article shows a few reading comprehension activities for large classes.

Teaching reading skills does not have to be boring! The Castaway game is an interactive  app that allows ESL students to choose their own story. If students have access to computers in the class, they can play this game in pairs to integrate speaking in the class or you can assign the game for homework and ask your students to recount the path they followed for integrating writing in the lesson.