How to Get Students to Do Homework

As a 7th grade English Language Arts teacher part of my vision for students at the beginning of the year was to learn to be professional. One key aspect of professionalism was completing homework assignments on time and according to my expectations. Just a few weeks into the school year I began to notice an ...

Teach for America – From Interview to Institute

I recently joined Teach for America. It was something I had to do. From the moment I read about the Teach for America mission on craigslist, I was hooked. No matter where you are coming from politically or otherwise, it is hard to argue with the claim that “one day” all children in the United ...

Speak English at Work: Don’t Worry, You can do it

Yes, you can speak English at work.  Why do so many non-native English speakers underestimate their English ability? If you have been studying English for a year, it is highly likely that you can speak English at work successfully. The real issue is confidence. ESl students often believe that speaking English at work is somehow ...

Going to College in America 1

Making the decision to go to college in America is not easy. The United States is a large country with many options in higher education to choose from. The following is an activity I used in my ESL class to help students get a better idea of what going to college in America might be ...

The Perfect Tense: The Most Difficult Verb Form 3

The perfect tense in English continues to be the most difficult verb tense to master. Just about every grammar class I teach, a student requests a special lesson on the various perfect tenses. Why is the perfect tense “perfect”? The perfect tense is known as perfect because it often refers to something that is¬†completed. (In ...