Hello Teachers!! This is our blog! It’s just for instructors! We will post new information about ESL resources such as websites, new publications, technology in the classroom, worksheets, and creative ideas for use in your classrooms. This blog is also a forum for our ESL curriculum and sample lesson plans.
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A recent professional development seminar stressed the importance of writing in our classes. Please check out our newest section of links “Writing” on the right hand side of the English blog. There are some great links you can use in your classroom. Of special note
- Writing Den Tips – describes sentence, paragraph and essay structures.
- LEO Writing Aids – numerous entries on common writing questions or problems. Be sure to take a look at “My native language is not English”.
- Grammar and Writing – navigate through the various sections for some good tips. Be sure to look at the PowerPoint presentations ; they may be useful to present a specific writing grammar point.
- Resume Generator -a way to give students a starting point in creating a resume.
If you have a writing website you particularly like, please write a comment and let me know.
Need ideas to enliven your food, nutrition, health or medicine lessons?
Look at our new page that lists valuable resources from the US Food and Drug website and the US Department of Agriculture website. It’s listed under “Teaching Ideas” on the right column.
Check out our new page under Great Workshops on the right column that has information on the recent Writing and Adult Learner sessions. The page includes copies of the presentations given as well as related links to materials discussed in the class.
Teachers! If you need some ideas for weather lessons be sure to check out the resources in the English Blog. There are videos showing sample weather forecasts, online games students can use to practice weather vocabulary, and interesting videos to introduce weather terms.
Read this post on the English blog for directions on how to those activities. You can also use that post to guide students to the activity you want to use.
Teachers: Don’t miss this upcoming Professional Development session!
As a teacher, you need to keep yourself and your students informed of events that can affect class safety. It’s a good idea to sign up for official alerts from Wake Tech regarding emergencies and inclement weather. You can receive alerts via email, text or voicemail.
Sign up at the Wake Tech Warn page.
During our fall Convocation, Ellen Overington and Edith Cowper gave an interesting presentation of the importance of writing in our classes. They discussed that surveys indicated that writing is underutilized and is an area that teachers could focus more on..
Please take a look at their presentation here: Ready to Write
If you are using the Great Writing series of books in your classroom, be sure to check out the new set of links to web exercises that have been added to the English Language blog.
We are proud to announce that our entire Wake Tech ESL Curriculum, Levels 1-6, is now available here on the ESL Teachers’ Blog. A huge “thank you” goes out to all the members of the ESL curriculum team, particularly Kim Saunders, for the enormous amount of time and effort that they have spent on this project over the last two years — and especially to Carrie Cargile, who created all of the Level 4,5,6 lesson plans and initial curriculum for these three levels.
We welcome helpful feedback on this curriculum and the accompanying lesson plans. To leave a comment, idea, question, or suggestion, click on “Leave a comment“. Please reference the specific level, module/unit, strand and lesson plan, if applicable.
To access the entire curriculum, click on “Wake Tech ESL Curriculum” in the blue menu bar, above — or on the specific level, to the right.