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Advice and Resources for an ESL Librarian

Just got a job as a librarian at an international school in Mexico. I've been given time with each class from grade one through six for forty-five minutes each week. I have pretty much total freedom and sometimes freedom is a pain to plan for. I'll be teaching basic library skills and doing read alongs which will be good but I'm having trouble finding resources on the internet. Ironic, I know: a librarian asking for help finding things, but I'm not a librarian by training. The most basic information may be very helpful. Any advice on elementary ESL libraries or some good resources would be most welcome. Books are a fine recommendation, but the internet is better.
posted by pynchonesque on Sep 5, 2011 - 3 answers

Being forced to pass a failing student

Asking for a friend: My boss is pressuring me to adjust a failing student's grade upwards because the student is from overseas. I don't think it's fair to falsify grades. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by scruss on Aug 22, 2011 - 50 answers

Obtaining a Z Visa for China

Applying for a z-visa to teach English in China, what should I know/be aware of as I go through the process? [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Jul 22, 2011 - 2 answers

So, yeah...Erm...

I live and work in China and, in addition to my regular job, help a fierociously intelligent nineteen-year-old girl with her English twice a week. I don't so much teach her as talk to her and attempt to develop her debating skills. Though not perfect, her English is very good so discussion is often deep with a tendency to take unpredictable twists and turns. We've taken to reading thoughtful articles together and then discussing the main points in addition to noting down any unfamiliar vocabulary. I'd be grateful if Hivemind could suggest some provocative, not overly academic articles that could serve this purpose. I'm running out of ideas. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno on Jul 21, 2011 - 15 answers

Comic strip suggestion for an english language learner?

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]
posted by munichmaiden on Jul 19, 2011 - 19 answers

Help me spark discussion

Looking for controversial clips to spark discussion in a conversation ESL class. [more inside]
posted by piedmont on Jul 11, 2011 - 7 answers

Can a gringo or a laowai make it as a translator?

I'm sorta multilingual, in Spanish and Mandarin. I don't have many other skills. How good would I need to get before I can make a living from this ability? What jobs could I get if I were to improve in one or both languages? [more inside]
posted by skewed on Jun 24, 2011 - 11 answers

louder please

How to help pupils to sing ? [more inside]
posted by nicolin on May 19, 2011 - 15 answers

How can I help my master's student improve his English communication skills?

Sometimes I supervise graduate students who are not native speakers of English and their written and oral communication abilities are not that great. I can comment on drafts for things to be sent elsewhere, but the worst thing is that grammatical problems mean that it is sometimes impossible or difficult for me to understand one of these students. I think usually they don't understand the problem when I try to explain it. Are there any books I could suggest that they read? Can you suggest other things that I can do to improve this? [more inside]
posted by grouse on May 17, 2011 - 14 answers

Orbus sensualim pictus for the modern language learner

I'm trying to find public domain e-books of English language teaching material that I can adapt into online courses. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on May 13, 2011 - 3 answers

Is "What's your favorite lunch menu?" appropriate question for ESL textbook?

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]
posted by planetkyoto on May 9, 2011 - 37 answers

Taxonomy or list of English grammatical constructs?

Taxonomy (or just a list) of English grammatical constructs suitable for use as a checklist for a second language learner? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Apr 26, 2011 - 11 answers

Videos with easy to follow inter-personal interactions.

Looking for simple videos with easy-to-follow interpersonal interactions with a white/plain background, with limited camera angle changes. Use of sarcasm or other subtle social cues appreciated. [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on Apr 24, 2011 - 5 answers

Show, don't tell!

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]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Apr 19, 2011 - 10 answers

Getting off the advanced plateau

Given 4 months of free time, how can an advanced English learner take the biggest step toward full fluency? [more inside]
posted by mshrike on Apr 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Tasty

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]
posted by nicolin on Apr 14, 2011 - 79 answers

Three's a crowd?

Help me brainstorm groups of three words to help a student study for a test. [more inside]
posted by kathrynm on Apr 9, 2011 - 7 answers

Recent Grad Help! What to do next.

Recent graduate: What is going on with me!? Advice, suggestions, feedback welcome! [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Apr 8, 2011 - 5 answers

TEFL in Lithuania?

Advice on teaching English in Lithuania? [more inside]
posted by KMH on Apr 6, 2011 - 2 answers

easy on the bawdy

I'd like to find funny, slightly bawdy songs suitable for teenagers. [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Apr 4, 2011 - 31 answers

I need some software to animate my students.

I'm looking for a software that has "live avatar" or "real time lip sync" functionality for my students to use in my ESL classroom. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by sleepytako on Mar 7, 2011 - 2 answers

America on film

I teach ESL to new refugees and they have expressed a desire to see movies that tell them about or show America. They want to know about the different landscapes, accents, lifestyles, etc. I'm looking for suggestions for simple, visually descriptive films that feature a wide variety of geographical locations and Americans. Can you think of any? [more inside]
posted by swingbraid on Feb 24, 2011 - 26 answers

I want to go, but I'm afraid...

I want to go overseas. I'm terrified of the prospect. Um, help? [more inside]
posted by patheral on Feb 8, 2011 - 18 answers

ESL textbook for experienced academic in tutoring situation?

Seeking: an excellent ESL textbook, with exercises and answers in the back, plus useful grammar reference, for tutoring an individual adult academic learner. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jan 31, 2011 - 6 answers

Elementary School Science Experiments

I teach a group of 4-6th grade ESL upper intermediate level students in Korea. Once a month, we do a science lesson. I have approximately 40 minutes. I'm looking for tried and true experiments I can do within that time restriction. These have to be something that has a testable hypothesis, not just a demonstration. [more inside]
posted by kathrynm on Jan 30, 2011 - 8 answers

Where would be the best place to start teaching English?

Where would be the best place to start teaching English? [more inside]
posted by saul wright on Jan 19, 2011 - 11 answers

What is the most effective technique for making oneself understood by non-native English speakers?

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]
posted by m1ndsurfer on Jan 17, 2011 - 20 answers

War on the Korean Peninsula, Who Benifits

Which countries would benifit from a war on the Korean peninsula? My students want to know. [more inside]
posted by manwoo on Dec 22, 2010 - 36 answers

Do you like Maple Story?

I'm looking for tips, advice, and resources on creating conversational ESL lessons for a third grade Korean boy. [more inside]
posted by Shesthefastest on Dec 20, 2010 - 3 answers

How to learn English through reading ?

I'm looking for book recommendations for teenagers learning English. [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Dec 14, 2010 - 5 answers

Teaching English/ESL Online?

Teaching English Online? So I hear about people making okay money teaching English online through Skype or Google Chat, etc and taking payments through PayPal. Anyone have experience with this? I'm considering a transition to becoming an ESL teacher and wanted to know if this was a good way to get my feet wet or a waste of time.
posted by caveatz on Dec 14, 2010 - 2 answers

Let it flow

I'd like to use rap to get some kids into writing / performing. [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Dec 7, 2010 - 4 answers

teenage RPG suggestions

I'd like to introduce some kids to the RPG realm, as part of an ESL class. [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Nov 28, 2010 - 12 answers

Halloween songs

What are your favorite Halloween themed songs, suitable for an esl class ? [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Oct 20, 2010 - 15 answers

Poem illuminating count and non-count/mass nouns

Is there a short, lovely, simple poem I can give to ESL students that contains significant examples of English 'count' nouns (basic stuff you can count) and 'non-count' or 'mass' (concepts, feelings, liquids) nouns? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Oct 17, 2010 - 12 answers

Classroom games?

Looking for classroom game resources (Especially for kids ages 5-7) [more inside]
posted by sdis on Oct 10, 2010 - 4 answers

do they make you smile ?

I'd like to learn and sing traditional English songs with a twist. I mean funny songs. [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Oct 5, 2010 - 7 answers

How to outreach to adult ESL program prospects?

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]
posted by tamitang on Sep 21, 2010 - 7 answers

Blah blah blah web 2.0

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]
posted by mammary16 on Sep 20, 2010 - 16 answers

Free online EFL resources?

Looking for online and ideally free resources for adult EFL/ESL students. [more inside]
posted by people? I ain't people! on Sep 19, 2010 - 6 answers

English teaching pre-made curriculum

Curriculum recommendations for teaching English (ESL kids, ages 3-5, 6-7, and 10-11) [more inside]
posted by sdis on Sep 7, 2010 - 4 answers

Visa company loses passport, what now?

My friend is in a tough situation. They are moving to China to teach English but have been beset by issues that crop up constantly. The latest major issue, with a flight only three days away is the loss of their passport by Same Day Passports. Advice desperately needed! More inside... [more inside]
posted by occidental on Aug 23, 2010 - 7 answers

Can I plan around teaching English abroad?

Is teaching English abroad a feasible and realistic career plan? [more inside]
posted by gacxllr9 on Jul 16, 2010 - 14 answers

Can you help me put my GED class together?

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?
posted by tomtheblackbear on Jul 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Marking essays with a red pen -- on the computer?!

Is there any quick, easy way to mark essays in a word processor so that they end resulted is again to a handwritten paper, torn apart by a red pen??? [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine on Jul 5, 2010 - 13 answers

creatively extend and speechify tefl/esl coursebook material?

I'm using textbooks for my tefl/esl classes (teaching English to adults). I'm looking for ways to use the coursebook material more creatively and extend practise time, and how to create speaking material from it. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Jun 23, 2010 - 3 answers

I need some phonics resources for an ESL student.

I have to help a Korean ESL student get his English in shape. I'm looking for resources pertaining to speech, particularly in phonics and pronunciation. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Jun 16, 2010 - 8 answers

I know what I know but I don't know how I know it.

I've been asked to give private English tuition to a twenty-something Brazilian acquaintance who currently has nothing more than a most basic grasp of the language. Essentially, we would be starting at zero. I'm a native English speaker but, although I have had brief stints teaching English as a second language to groups, I have no idea where to begin when it comes to teaching privately. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno on Jun 16, 2010 - 6 answers

Irish Songbook

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).
posted by nicolin on May 5, 2010 - 11 answers

My poor English ability will continue to hold me back professionally and life in general if I don't find a way to improve it.

Poor English is holding my American Dream hostage. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2010 - 58 answers

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