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Culture Box with ESL Students

As the summer semester is getting started, a great way to get to know your students is by making culture boxes. A culture box is a collection of small items that represent various aspects of your life. They are very easy to put together and quite fun to share. I usually bring in an example to share with students to model what I want them to do. I ask everyone to sit in a circle on the floor of the classroom. I work with university students, so it might be odd for them to sit on the floor, but I think…

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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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Bouncy Ball Toss in ESL Classroom

One of my favorite icebreakers to use with my students is tossing a ball back and forth while asking them questions about themselves. I love it because it’s dead simple, and it gets everyone’s immediate attention while smiles spread across the room. Most ESL teachers have tossed a ball with students before, and I feel like it usually gets pigeonholed as an activity for younger learners, but it’s adaptable to every level & age group. I work with graduate level university students, and I think it works just as well if not better. Throwing a ball back and forth with my students…

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