4 Resources for Cleverly Teaching Grammar to ESL Students

With the shift from teacher-directed instruction to a hands-on, student-directed contextualized approach, you can teach the building blocks of the English language in a way that appeals to your learners. http://www.fluentu.com/blog/educator-english/teaching-grammar-esl/


Functional Grammar

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Grammar often gets such a bad name.  Among educators and students alike, it is the most dreaded topic in the language arts class.  Many of us remember the days of DOLs and papers laden with red ink.  Regardless, grammar is important not only to our writing, but also our oral language.  Grammar is the organization that gives our words meaning.

Functional Grammar is a fairly new method of looking at grammar (within the past 40 years).  Check out this short video for an introduction on teaching functional grammar.

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Top 10 Ways to Introduce Culture


topic-image_culture.jpgGreat site to get the conversations rolling when wanting to form a culturally responsive classroom!

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Sometimes I think, “Where do I even start?” when introducing a culture I may no nothing about. The awesome thing about this is that it becomes a learning opportunity for me, the teacher! The website shares some simply ideas of topics or cultural concepts to bring up and discuss. It is a great opportunity to have the culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) student share his or her experiences, background, culture, and interests. This is a way for them to communicate with peers, open up questions, and for us to celebrate a culture we are unfamiliar with.


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