by Allen Mendler
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Early Year Teaching Keys For Effective Classroom Discipline

It’s just the second day of school and already the honeymoon is fading.  Matthew is late, Juanita comes unprepared and strange noises are coming from Carson.  You can feel yourself struggling to keep your cool, not to mention the attention of your students.  Summer vacation is starting to feel like it never happened.

In an era of pressure to produce achievement, nothing can undermine a classroom climate conducive to learning more quickly than a host of minor irritating behaviors that by themselves aren’t worthy of reading the riot act, but collectively erode the positive energy we and our students need to attain success.  Although effectively managing student behavior is multi-faceted, there are a few especially important things to do very early in the school year to set the proper tone.

Make your first words and actions enthusiastic & welcoming 

Let your [...]

by Marc Anderson
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What are the Hardest Languages to Learn and Why are they the Hardest to Learn?

Most people in the world are multilingual, and everybody could be; no one is rigorously excluded from another’s language community except through lack of time and effort. Different languages protect and nourish the growth of different cultures, where different pathways of human knowledge can be discovered. They certainly make life richer for those who know more than one of [...]

by Alysia Bartley
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5 Pronunciation Tips to Get You Started on Changing Your Accent and Increase Your English Speaking Ability

Are people concerned about accents?

Overall, it appears so based on the Internet searches and firsthand experience teaching ESL to learners of varied ages.

Accents reveal the background of a person and their unique characteristics. Lots of people are proud of their accents and really like hearing other people’s accents, too. But, sometimes accents interfere with understanding and communicating. It might [...]

by Alysia Bartley
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Casual Conversation in ESL – The Inside Scoop Part III

So what exactly is casual conversation?

Casual conversation means blabber, chatter, chitchat, gab, gossip, table talk, trivial conversation, jesting, joking, kidding, ribbing, dialoguing, and small talk. – Roget’s Thesaurus 2014.

The more social actions, the more activities you participate in, and the more time you spend with these actions and activities, the more opportunities you have to speak casual English. The [...]

by Marc Anderson
Woman running on the beach. Vacation.

Be a DREAM CHASER not a Dream Killer – Ignite Your MOTIVATION to Learn ESL

So many people think that those people who are successful at learning a second language have…

high cognitive abilities
a special talent
a unique skill

Research shows otherwise. The number one factor that is a predictor for successful ESL learning is MOTIVATION. And the number one word to help justify an excuse is the word BUT.

Check out this video and see how “BUT” [...]

by Marc Anderson
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A Review of VocabMonk.com – an Innovative Vocabulary building tool that Boosts ESL Skills

Words are the only things that last forever. – William Hazlitt (1778-1830), English critic and essayist. 

These words and many other pertinent quotes fill the pages of VocabMonk.com. Co-Founded by Vidhatanand, Deepasha, and Vaibhav Kakkar – and newly-released, it is advertised as a one-stop shop for personalized vocabulary building. Short-term benefits include helping with the vocabulary sections of competitive exams [...]

by Allen Mendler
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Keeping Teachers Healthy and Balanced In Trying Times

At the end of a conference on resilience I gave to a group of first year teachers, one of the participants told me her abbreviated story of the great stress she had been experiencing for months and what she did to end the slide.  Paula taught in an inner-city charter school traveling an hour and a half each way [...]