Teaching Basic English: A Second Chance

It’s been seven years since I last decided to create a series of online lessons for beginners, and I clearly remember the challenges I faced the first time. (See 2012 post.) Apart from the physical challenge of trying to find a place with a board to write on, I had to decide how to teach…

Getting Reluctant Readers to Read

Not every student loves to read, but there are benefits missed by not including any reading in one’s studies. Of course, some degree of reading is unavoidable, for example, one has to read a homework assignment or a short email announcement. But extended reading? That has to be a conscious choice. Let’s see if we…

More than Just Going with the Flow: An ESL Story

Every so often I look at a particular teacher’s professional experience and see a lesson or two that can be learned. That’s mostly why I choose to do interviews here. I hope you share my interest in hearing about other paths teachers take and events that guided their decisions. In my last post  I mentioned a project that has…

YouTube’s “On the Rise” Contest: Vote for JenniferESL!

Dear Readers: I’m very excited to tell you that I was selected as a “featured rising partner” on YouTube for December. A number of small channels (each with fewer than 100 thousand subscribers) have shown enough growth to receive this kind of recognition. Our channels are being highlighted in the monthly YouTube blog post On…

ESL/ EFL Videomaking: The past, present, and future

Almost one year ago I was approached by EnglishCafé, and I was asked to create a video series titled How to Make EFL Instructional Videos. This week I’m wrapping up production on the final video for the series. Reaching the conclusion of a project often triggers a reflective mood. This is true whether the project…