I've been tutoring a new student from the beautiful land of Cuba. She is 14 and her parents want me to teach her English. I think she is going through the natural process of culture shock and is overwhelmed by the US in general. To complicate things even more, the high school she just started with has thrown her mercilessly into an advanced Speech & Debate class. The poor kid is so frustrated by everything at this point that she's just giving up on learning English. How can I help inspire her to learn? [more inside]
One of my pupils is visually impaired. I need to brush up on my teaching skills. [more inside]
With a long-enough sample of written or spoken* English from someone whose first language is not English, can linguists identify what that person's first language is? If so, what are the tell-tale signs for various languages? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend any places/people (universities/community colleges, private teachers, nonprofit organizations, etc) that do ESL lessons in the Atlanta metro area and that do a good job for their students? [more inside]
I'd like to read stories in English with my daughter. [more inside]
Would successful completion of this course be sufficient to find a job teaching English as a second language or is it more akin to a degree from an infamous shady on-line university?
Can anyone recommend a beginner level English language tutorial series for Spanish speakers who cannot read or write in either language?
I'm looking for songs that involve dancing or related kinds of kinesthetic learning. [more inside]
Help me make arguments against cultural education programs in Korean schools. [more inside]
I'm getting my CELTA in July in Germany, and I'd like to teach English there afterwards. Help me be a good applicant for teaching jobs and an attractive tutor for freelance work! [more inside]
How much help is too much help when it comes to a friend's application to an accountancy training programme? [more inside]
I'm looking for a fully online MA program in TESOL or a related field like Applied Linguistics, that is NOT meant for K-12 public school teaching, with the aim of professionalizing myself as an English tutor. I found the New School's program here, that would certainly cover all my bases, but I simply wouldn't be able to afford the cost. Can you help me find other options? [more inside]
Please point me to excellent ESL beginner resources for a really motivated Chinese pupil... [more inside]
Can you help me explain how and when to use articles (a/an/the) to a non-native English speaker? [more inside]
I've been thinking about improving my (received) pronunciation by reading out loud in English. Need help finding materials online. [more inside]
My german friend loves reading Calvin and Hobbes (in english). What would be a good comic strip to get her into? What strips are still funny to ESL readers? [more inside]
How to help pupils to sing ? [more inside]
I'm trying to find public domain e-books of English language teaching material that I can adapt into online courses. [more inside]
ELT-filter: I'm arguing that "What's your favorite lunch menu?" is Japanese-English phrasing that shouldn't be included in an English textbook. [more inside]
Tutoring two 2nd-grade students in writing more creatively. I'm a creative writing grad student, so no sweat right? Wrong. Their first language isn't English. [more inside]
American cooking : If someone from Europe was your guest, someone with a sweet tooth, and you really wanted to treat that person to a special dish representing a genuine sample of your State's cooking, what would it be ? [more inside]
Help me brainstorm groups of three words to help a student study for a test. [more inside]
I'd like to find funny, slightly bawdy songs suitable for teenagers. [more inside]
I want to go overseas. I'm terrified of the prospect. Um, help? [more inside]
I only speak English and I live in a country where much of the English spoken is devoid of plurals and tenses and has a very limited vocabulary. In order to communicate most effectively, would I be better off speaking in technically correct sentences or simplifying my speech similarly? [more inside]
I'm looking for book recommendations for teenagers learning English. [more inside]
I'd like to use rap to get some kids into writing / performing. [more inside]
I'd like to introduce some kids to the RPG realm, as part of an ESL class. [more inside]
What are your favorite Halloween themed songs, suitable for an esl class ? [more inside]
I'd like to learn and sing traditional English songs with a twist. I mean funny songs. [more inside]
Do you know any tried and true methods of outreach to adult ESL program prospects? We need ideas for spreading the word about this program and hopefully, enrolling new participants. What has worked for your organization? [more inside]
Teaching English to a class of university-aged students. There will be one laptop and one projector in the classroom. I've never used technology in the classroom before. Help! [more inside]
I'm putting together a GED class for ESL adults. How many 3-4 hour sessions would you imagine it would take to prepare them (there will probably be ~10 people)? Since I will have no funding for the class (books, worksheets, etc.), would anyone happen to know of any online instructional resources? Does anyone have any other tips?
I'd like to sing some good Irish songs with a bunch of kids (I play the guitar) to have them learn something about Irish culture. Could you point at some meaningful, beautiful, traditional Irish songs ? (Tabs, melody, lyrics and background resources welcomed).
I'm considering going to Korea to teach English, but am having some doubts. Should I still do this? [more inside]
Help me be a better writer in English (as a second language) [more inside]
I have an essay due. I have to write to what extent I agree or disagree with the following sentence: "In The Descent of Man, Darwin noted that human beings, for all their sensibilities and “god-like intellect”, still bear in their bodily frame the indelible stamp of their lowly origin." I'm having ESL problems, because I understand (I think) what each word means, but I don't understand what the sentence put together is saying. Can anyone explain it to me?