Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Speaking Club Week 5

We had the last session of this semester last week. I did not have to do much. It was the students who did a lot of preparation because they gave presentations on their favorite books and movies.

One week before the session, I let them know that they were going to give a short presentation on their favorite book or movie, so they needed to prepare a mini presentation.

I gave them the following guidelines to make it clear what they were expected to talk about.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Making up new words with prefixes

A friend of mine suggested this creative idea that she had seen in an article. In this activity, students make up new words using a list of prefixes and a list of random, simple words and write a definition for the new word.

Before doing this activity, I used this handout to make sure that the students remember (because they were already familiar with prefixes and suffixes) what each prefix means.

one/same                   not (opposite)              many                        between                three
after                   before                   negative / opposite                 against
Prefix
Meaning
Examples
non-

non-alcoholic
anti-

antisocial
poly-

polyphonic
post-

post-graduate
inter-

international
uni-

uniform
tri-

tricycle
dis-

dislike
pre-

preschool

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Speaking Club Week 4

Jeon Heon-Kyun/European Pressphoto Agency
In week 4 of the speaking club, the students did two different tasks both of which included photos or pictures.

The first task was inspired by The New York Times' Learning Network. As part of a section called "What's going on in these pictures?", they publish a Times photo every Monday without a caption, headline or other information about its origins. Then, readers join the conversation by commenting on what they see and why. A live discussion is offered that day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern. On Friday mornings, they reveal at the bottom of each post more information about the photo.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Top MA TESOL programs in the United States

I have put together some information about M.A TESOL (Masters of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) programs in the United States. The list is certainly not exhaustive, but it might help you get started especially if you're new to the whole process of applying to graduate school. I have intentionally excluded Applied Linguistics programs since I am planning to apply for programs that concentrate more on pedagogy rather than theory.

Also note that the list is not in order of quality or recognition. It's randomly ordered.

I'll try to update the list and include more programs whenever I can.

What's the difference between the TESOL and Applied Linguistics?

TESOL concentrates more on pedagogy and Applied Linguistics is more focused on theory and language research. These, of course, are interrelated and that is often reflected in the course requirements for both programs.