How can college writing classes turn
into an active learning environment?
In my writing classes, I try to provide
my students with various opportunities to read, write, and receive
feedback. One challenge, however, is
when students are asked to write individually; they might not be motivated
enough to work on their own. On the
other hand, when assigning an activity to a group, there is often one student who
seems to be working on the activity while the other students don’t get as
involved as required.
I believe writing is a complicated topic
to teach and asking students to produce written work can be a challenging process.
To address these individual and group challenges, I have come up with a neat
strategy that I would love to share with the rest of the educators dealing with
It was a cold day in January,
2017. I was standing in front of a class of about twenty students from Panama
who had come to Canada as part of the Panama Bilingue Program. I was trudging
my way through my lesson, clicking through slide after slide of my rigorously-prepared
Power Point presentation, when suddenly something happened that changed my
outlook on teaching ESL forever: it started snowing.
I came to Canada as an immigrant from Bosnia – a war-torn country – which, to this day, is difficult to return to when I want to visit family. Not only do I remember things no child should, but physical remnants remain at every corner of the country itself. My family was one of those that escaped with a random truck driver in hopes of getting out and not being denied entry into Croatia, which was safe.
When I teach
pronunciation, a feeling of unease claws at my chest. I scan the expectant
faces from Iran, Turkey, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, China, Korea, Columbia and
Cameroon. How do I respond to the needs of such an internationally diverse
For years, I have
been fascinated with the work of Nel Noddings and her themes on care. In one of
her (2010) articles, she presses educators to become role models who shape healthy
and caring students. The students in my class were feeling stressed and
overwhelmed by being constantly assessed on their performance, so I decided to
create a set of lessons on the theme of stress. These lessons were prepared for
a high-intermediate level and each day represents a period of 50 minutes.
Happy Canada Day! Even though we celebrate Canada on one
special day, there are so many lesson ideas you could use to continue to learn
about Canada throughout the month of July. Here are a few ideas I’ve come up
If you’re on Twitter, join the next #CdnELTchat on Tuesday, June 25th. Here is a summary of the June 4th chat compiled by Bonnie Nicholas
On June 4, 2019, the #CdnELTchat community brought their best and briefest words to talk about good practice in teaching vocabulary. We chose good practice over best practice because what is best can change and can depend on context. Agree? Disagree? Tweet your comments using the #CdnELTchat hashtag.
I recently completed an assignment as part of an interview process
for an ESL teaching position. This is the first time I was asked to do something
like this and I enjoyed completing the assignment immensely because it put my
teaching to good use and also demonstrated my abilities. It really gave me a
chance to shine.