Engaging Class Debate

A while back, I taught a lesson on expressing one’s opinion. I gave students a nice ‘lil handout that included words and phrases to use when giving one’s opinion, making a point, and agreeing/disagreeing with someone else. To reinforce this, I decided to do a class debate. I first split the class into two groups, then I…

My Grandpa

This weekend was my grandpa’s birthday and we went out to celebrate with extended family. As always, we went to a Chinese restaurant and had lobster, fish, Chinese water spinach with mushrooms, sweet and sour pork (I still can’t believe that’s actually an authentic dish!), lo mai fan, and other dishes that I can’t remember. I…

Learning a New Language is Like…

I was having one of my random bouts of nostalgia last night and was flipping through my 2009 day planner from my study abroad semester in France. I spotted a quote that I had written down and remember why I had liked it so much! Here it is: “Si on vous met un ballon entre…

Happy Chinese New Year!

Way back in December, my girlfriends and I had our yearly Christmas get together and spent the day over brunch and painting pottery. I haven’t gotten around to it until today, but I finally took pictures of my spoon rest that I had so lovingly added an Asian touch to. Can you guess which vegetable…

Spelling Mistake

Today I gave out a vocabulary quiz on places to live. As I was marking papers, this particular one caught my eye: Not the same thing, my friend. Not the same thing.

Learning Vocabulary from Blogs

I have been teaching an extra class everyday on vocabulary for lower-intermediate students. At first, I absolutely blanked on what to teach because vocabulary is so extensive! But then I finally decided to do a course on “real-life” vocabulary. I want to show students vocabulary used in natural speech by looking at blogs, songs, magazines…

For Anyone Who Loves Word Games…

I tried this game with my students today for the first time and they LOVED it! Originally, this game has nothing to do with words, but instead with numbers. The idea of using words instead of numbers suddenly came to me yesterday, so I tweaked a few things here and there and that’s how this…