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'Standard' American Pronunciation Model

What celebrities (living or dead) do you consider to speak with a "standard" American accent? I'm developing a pronunciation model for use in ESL teaching. [more inside]
posted by strangeguitars on Sep 4, 2007 - 30 answers

What are the funniest-sounding English words to speakers of other languages?

What are the funniest-sounding English words to speakers of other languages? If you grew up speaking another language (for some weird reason) what English words still make you giggle?
posted by paul_smatatoes on Aug 23, 2007 - 45 answers

ESL Writing: What are the best ways to improve my ESL Writing?

ESL Writing: What are the best ways to improve my ESL Writing? [more inside]
posted by clsubmit on Jul 16, 2007 - 19 answers

How much should I charge to write an ESL textbook?

How much should I charge to author a textbook for a Taiwanese company? A Taiwanese publishing company has asked me to author a short English textbook (the final edit should have around 35,000 words). I have a good amount of experience with ESL (teaching, creating new material, worked on multi-media stuff, etc) and I'm doing my PhD in linguistics now - but I'm no expert. They've asked me tell them how much I'd like to earn. What is a fair price for this? (Either per word or for the entire project.) Should my first offer be a bit higher than what I expect, or is that sleazy somehow? I'd appreciate any advice - Thanks!
posted by mateuslee on Jun 9, 2007 - 8 answers

Help me find wicked fun resources to use with my esl students.

Help me find wicked fun resources to use with my esl students. I am making new training material for my school, and I get to have a lot of fun with this project. There are a few things that I am looking for: [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Jun 3, 2007 - 12 answers

ESL material for children

Where can I find material for young (7-9 yo) ESL students online? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on May 30, 2007 - 4 answers

826Indonesia?

What activities can I suggest during a workshop on designing awesome creative writing assignments for overworked ESL teachers to use in class? (In Indonesia?) (With learners across many levels?) (For little/no money?) (Without Powerpoint?) [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Jan 18, 2007 - 5 answers

Matters to tend to or Matters to attend to?

EnglishAsASecondLanguageFilter: Does one have matters to attend to or matters to tend to? Justify your answer for extra credit.
posted by falameufilho on Jan 3, 2007 - 22 answers

What books would be good for learning English?

What recreational reading books would you recommend for a Spanish-speaking adult to work on her English? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp on Dec 21, 2006 - 17 answers

Hand writing and note-taking

I am an ESL teacher, and I have several types of classes; however, I have one problem, my handwriting looks as if I were a five year old scribbling with a crayon. So I am curious if anyone might have any suggestions on getting better at handwriting and printing for someone who doesn't have time to go to a course. Also, a second related question, are there any ideas for making conversation corrections? When my students are speaking, I write down various things that they are saying, and make various corrections, or simply offer alternatives, or local dialect. What are some of the most effective and useful ways to do this? If there are any people who have spent any time learning other languages, what ahs helped you most? Thank you all in advance.
posted by Knigel on Oct 24, 2006 - 12 answers

Help me stop my friend from dropping out and moving to Thailand.

A friend of mine, who is 19 (in college), is planning on taking some money he's saved up (apparently a couple of grand) and moving to Thailand with the intent of teaching English. What are the flaws in his argument, and how can I dissuade him? [more inside]
posted by matkline on Oct 15, 2006 - 38 answers

English books needed in Bhutan.

How can my wife and I arrange for some graded readers for students of English to be sent to a junior high school in central Bhutan? [more inside]
posted by zootramp on Aug 15, 2006 - 3 answers

How do I get started in tutoring?

I'm thinking about trying to get into tutoring, particularly English tutoring. I've worked with ESL students via the internet before, but that has been on a mutual basis: I've helped them improve their English while they helped me improve my German. What steps would I need to take to get started in my area? Do I need any particular qualifications? Should I go to the schools, or perhaps to the University in town? How does one get started in tutoring as a part-time job?
posted by JoshTeeters on Jul 31, 2006 - 4 answers

The more you know ...

Can you recommend a program on DVD or PC for learning English as a second language? [more inside]
posted by Could it be, El Guapo ... on Jul 20, 2006 - 4 answers

Give me your modals, your prepositions, your phrasal verbs yearning to breathe free

How do I teach 10 or so Indonesian academics and postgraduate students how to "ace" their US Embassy visa interviews and "prep" for life in the US? Personal experiences with the US immigration process? What are some interview strategies you can pass on to my students? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Jun 2, 2006 - 2 answers

Tell me about Incheon, Seouth Korea

I'm moving to Incheon, South Korea and I have some questions (and I'm soliciting generic Korea advice). [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on May 25, 2006 - 12 answers

How do I get a work visa if I don't have a job?

Working in Europe: Visa Conundrum. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on May 17, 2006 - 6 answers

Recommended reading for a new ESL teacher?

I'd like some book recommendations for ESL/EFL teachers. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Apr 18, 2006 - 6 answers

Teaching English in Germany?

Teaching English in Germany, or other jobs for English speakers for a non-German speaker: possible? how? [more inside]
posted by ori on Apr 17, 2006 - 7 answers

rocking my ESL lessons

What songs can you recommend that lend themselves to teaching English? [more inside]
posted by creeky on Feb 8, 2006 - 18 answers

Talking with an ESL student...

Boundaries in conversation with an ESL student? [more inside]
posted by drezdn on Oct 24, 2005 - 6 answers

Good ESL workbooks?

Can you recommend a good workbook for teaching ESL? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Sep 20, 2005 - 4 answers

moving to Latin America, languages galore

I am seriously considering moving to somewhere in Latin America to teach English and learn Spanish. [more inside]
posted by jetskiaccidents on Sep 7, 2005 - 10 answers

Why shouldn't I move to South Korea?

I'm told I'm a shoo-in for an ESL job in South Korea. When I graduate with a BA in English next May, I could move down to South Korea and teach English for a year. Known pros are the mobile tech, friendly people, and first chance to see a radically different culture. The pay's supposed to be good ($3k a month) and the program sets my housing up. So what could the cons be? And am I missing any pros? I'd especially appreciate advice from former SK residents.
posted by NickDouglas on Jul 26, 2005 - 14 answers

About Russia and English as a Second Language?

Questions about learning Russian and SIT-TESOL/CELTA certification... [more inside]
posted by fake on Jun 27, 2005 - 5 answers

First ESL Lesson Nerves

Any ESL 'graduates' out there? What did you love or hate about your tutors? What should I attempt, or avoid, in our first few meetings? [more inside]
posted by pants on Mar 28, 2005 - 7 answers

How can I teach English articles to foreigners?

What's the best way to teach adult ESL students (Polish engineers) how to use articles ("a" or "the" or nothing)?
posted by pracowity on Mar 10, 2005 - 7 answers

What should a foreign visitor know about human rights in Canada?

So, you're an ESL Student from Mexico, Korea or China. You're fairly new to Canada (specifically, British Columbia). What would be important for you to know about your human rights in your new location? What's the best way to bridge the language gap between you, and the person explaining your rights to you?
posted by stray on Feb 1, 2005 - 10 answers

Overcoming Lack of College Degree in Landing GOOD Teaching English as Foreign Language Position?

Teaching English as a Foreign Language question inside, sort of a follow-up to this post. [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report on Jan 13, 2005 - 4 answers

Teaching English in Vietnam

Teaching English in Vietnam: Have you or has someone you know ever worked in Vietnam? I'm teaching EFL in Chiang Mai, Thailand now, and considering a move to Hanoi, where I hear the pay is better. I've visited Hanoi before and loved it. I'm seeking your experiences and informed advice.
posted by squirrel on Aug 4, 2004 - 2 answers

Sci-fi books for non-readers?

I need to recommend a book for a male, teenage, esl student. Which book would you recommend to a person who says he's kind of interested in science fiction but doesn't like to read? [more inside]
posted by Zetetics on Jul 9, 2004 - 25 answers

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