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Speed Speaking

I made a collection of slides that are designed for TOEFL-style speaking.  They can be used as a pair warmup activity in class, and optionally in an interview test, according to the teacher’s interests. Download the files from Archive.org. There … Continue reading

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Homework Objectives

What is the point of homework? I was chatting with my coworkers the other day and learned they were spending long hours grading homework. I asked them why, and we had a fascinating conversation. It turns out they were spending … Continue reading

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Aesop’s Fables

Here are a collection of one-page short stories and questions suitable for ninth grade Japanese students studying English.  These are a part of Aesop’s Fables. It is all bundled together with MP3s on Archive.org. The Ant and the Grasshopper. ODT … Continue reading

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Organizing Files

As teachers, we have a lot of data, and how we organize our files impacts whether we can easily share them with other teachers in the future. Here are some organizational tips I’ve learned over the past decade that I … Continue reading

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Three Letter Words

We teach phonics to help students learn to read and pronounce English words correctly. It is reasonable to start with standalone letters, quickly transition to consonant-vowel and vowel-consonant pairs, and then move to three-letter words.  Here are three sets of … Continue reading

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Sports

Sports come up in textbooks all over the place, and with good reason: many people either do or did play sports, many sports have a strong cultural like, and watching sports on TV or YouTube is incredibly popular.  Here is … Continue reading

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Holiday Presentations

Here are some slide shows and information sheets on seven U.S. holidays.  Students are placed in groups of three or four, each group gets a holiday, and they write and deliver a presentation to the class introducing it.  The materials … Continue reading

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