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Podcast #23 – Working Online and a Job Interview Activity

July 15th, 2008 · 2 Comments

mp3 In this podcast I talk about what I’ve been doing for the past several months. I talk a bit about my time at Dancing Rabbit, a community based around environmental sustainability with a website full of photos and articles. I also talk about two online jobs, as a tutor for TalkBean.com and as a […]

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Tags: blog · climate change · consumerism · food and hunger · global issues resources · natural building · podcasts · speaking · teaching online · the environment

Podcast #22 – Doing Debates

November 8th, 2007 · 3 Comments

mp3 In this podcast I talk about how I’m doing debates with my classes. I broke it into three main parts: finding a group and choosing a topic brainstorming pros and cons presenting the debate I also talk briefly about a photograph based activity that I’m planning to do where my students will take each […]

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Tags: blog · ESL activity · lesson plans · listening · podcasts · speaking

Podcast #21 – A Critical Roleplay and 4 Global Issues Textbooks

October 24th, 2007 · 2 Comments

mp3 I start by introducing a roleplay in which students were asked to imagine what they would do if their boss pressured them to do something illegal or dishonest. As an example, I told them a story about a student at another university who worked as a tour guide over the summer. His boss asked […]

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Tags: blog · ESL activity · global issues resources · lesson plans · podcasts · textbooks

Podcast #20 – K12 Online Conference and Issues in Chinese Education

October 10th, 2007 · No Comments

mp3 This week, I talk about the K12 Online Conference, primarily giving some of my thoughts on the pre-conference keynote. Keynote speaker David Warlick talks about how Web 2.0-type technology is changing how we should approach our students, and I reflect on how this applies to language teaching. I also make some comments about the […]

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Tags: blog · China · conferences · ESL resources · k12online07 · podcasts · professional organizations · theory

Podcast #19 – Four Reviews of Global Issues Video Games

October 5th, 2007 · No Comments

mp3 This week I discuss four global issues video games: Stop Disasters, What Would You Do?, Food Force, and Darfur is Dying. I reviewed Stop Disasters a few days ago and plan to review the others in more detail soon. In the meantime, here’s a brief rundown: Stop Disasters – Students attempt to protect a […]

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Tags: blog · ESL activity · global issues activities · global issues resources · listening · natural disasters · podcasts · reading · speaking · the environment · video games

Podcast #18 – Critical Thinking, Giving Advice and Intonation

September 25th, 2007 · 1 Comment

mp3 I start by talking about how last week’s headline activity ended up going differently than I’d planned. I discuss some of the difficulties of looking critically at current events here in China and also talk about some of the uncomfortable issues that came up. In doing so, I refer to this article from Beijing […]

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Tags: blog · China · ESL activity · lesson plans · listening · podcasts · speaking

Podcast #17 – Headline Activity and My Week 3 Lesson Plan

September 18th, 2007 · No Comments

mp3 I start right off talking about my teaching. I discuss how last week’s classes went, and then I describe what I’m doing this week. I explain the headline activity (see below) and talk about how my new approach focuses more on doing a variety of tasks than covering a lot of content. Check out […]

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Tags: blog · ESL activity · grammar · lesson plans · listening · podcasts · speaking

Podcast #16 – Ideas for Large Classes and Different Ways to Approach Content

September 12th, 2007 · No Comments

mp3 First, I answer a listener’s request for ideas on getting larger classes to speak. Specifically, I talk about a pronunciation activity, pair/groupwork and roleplays. Next, I talk about week two of my sophomore English for Tourism conversation classes. I’m trying to improve students acquisition of vocabulary and sentence patterns by covering the same content […]

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Tags: audio · blog · ESL activity · ESL resources · grammar · lesson plans · podcasts · speaking

Podcast #15 – Planning the First Day of Class

September 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

mp3 I spend most of this podcast talking about my plans for the first day of class. Feel free to look at my notes if you’d like. I briefly mention roleplays, which I talked about at length in podcast #2. I then mention a couple of new email lists: Larry Ferlazzo offers a subscription to […]

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Tags: blog · lesson plans · listservs · podcasts

Podcast #14 – The New Semester, Website Updates and a New Discussion Activity

August 26th, 2007 · No Comments

mp3 This week, I begin by talking about some of my plans for the upcoming semester. While doing so, I refer to this earlier podcast about planning a project based course. I also talk about the new features on the website, including the blog, the collection of article excerpts and the page of China links. […]

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Tags: blog · ESL activity · listening · listservs · podcasts · speaking