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How I’m Reclaiming My Life From My Phone

Do you ever find yourself walking down a busy sidewalk while typing messages on your phone? Do you ever use your phone while crossing the street? I used to do both of these things. Over the past couple years, I’ve been thinking a lot about my phone usage, and how I spend too much time staring at its screen. I realized that I need to rein in my phone usage and reclaim my life. While I began thinking about how to do this, I came across several others sharing helpful ideas about the same thing. This quick 3 minute TED…

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ESL Pronunciation Practice with Google Voice

I have used several Google products in my classroom for the past few years. I started out slowly with Google Drive, and I’ve been slowly testing out other services to see what works in my ESL classroom setting. I started using Google Voice at the beginning of this Spring Semester, and now that we’re at the halfway point, I want to reflect on how I’m using it and how it’s working for me and my students. Initially, I was looking for a way to visually show my students their pronunciation errors. I looked into various services and apps that would allow my students to…

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Facebook Groups for ESL Classes

I love Facebook. I use it a lot, and Facebook Groups are an easy way to share links, pictures, and videos with an entire class. Plus, they serve as an excellent practicing ground for ESL students to post and leave comments in English. However, they don’t work as well as they did a few years ago. On the first day of my class, I suggested that we create a Facebook Group for our class. I wanted a frictionless way to share interesting websites with my students. Adding students as ‘friends’ can be dicey, so a group is a perfect way to connect. Everyone keeps a bit of personal privacy…

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WeChat in the ESL Classroom

The most effective way to communicate with an entire class of mostly Asian students is WeChat. WeChat is a messaging app that is very like Facebook Messenger, but WeChat is much more popular in Asia communities. If I see a student using their phone in class, they’re usually using WeChat. On the first day of my ESL class, I asked the students what would be the best way to communicate with them outside of class, and without hesitation, they said WeChat. I was expecting this answer, so I downloaded the app to my phone and setup a profile ahead of time, but I’d never used it…

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