Teaching Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal Verbs

I found this great post about alternate ways to teach phrasal verbs that build connections upon the meanings of the phrases. This is an awesome and effective way to teach phrasal verbs, which can already be quite confusing to ESL/EFL students. The best part about this post is that it lists great resources as well. While many of us already use some of these techniques of teaching phrasal verbs, this post is a comprehensive list of both alternative teaching ideas as well as resources.

Check it out! Useful Tips and Resources for Teaching Phrasal Verbs

Intensive Reading for ESL Students

I absolutely must share this post about an ESL technique an Indonesian teacher writes about. This can be a great reading activity for ESL students everywhere!

Reading in English as a second or foreign language can become a daunting task for language learners. In fact, they need to deal with a bundle of complex linguistic resources such as lexicogrammar which is different from their mother tongue to enable them to make meaning of the texts they read. In addition to this, teachers need to consider suitable pedagogical approach particularly in an intensive reading program that works best to help develop the ability of the learners to construe meaning, identify text organization and function, and draw inference. To fill the void, I employ collaborative text – based teaching in my intensive reading class to engage the first-year undergraduate students in a university in Indonesia in meaningful reading activities. The course requires students to develop their reading comprehension in Islamic contemporary issues related topics. Pedagogically speaking, text-based teaching begins with observing and understanding texts, responding to the texts, analyzing the texts, and ends with composing the texts (Mickan, 2017).

Read the complete article here: Engaging Students in an Intensive Reading Class

EdTech as a Disruptor in ELT

I recently came across a blog entry about ELT from a couple of years ago that made me step back and take a look at the changes in the industry. “Edtech” certainly has become the buzzword, and ELT is no exception. While the tech wizards are furiously working on AI to algorithmize everything, can they one day really replace teachers? We already know of many apps that aid and even attempt to teach language, altogether removing the middleman, i.e., us teachers. Is that where ELT is headed?

Here’s the blog entry that brought on all these questions: Is this the End? Disruption in ELT

What do you think? How far away are we from being replaced? Can we be completely replaced?