Starting Online Lessons With Your New Students: Where to Begin?

Starting Online Lessons_ Where to begin?-2

Your first few online lessons with a new student are crucial. Within a short period of time you will need to establish a number of things which will help to plan your lessons effectively, tailor your lessons accordingly and most importantly achieve expected results, for both your student and yourself. This blog post is for new online tutors and covers essential information you will need to elicit during your first few lessons.

Skype Tips for Online Teachers


Skype Tips for Online Teachers-2

It’s not surprising that Skype has become the #1 tool for online teaching. It is easy to use and has great features. This blog post will take you through the important things all teachers need to know when using Skype for online lessons.

How to Scaffold Writing with Your Adult ESL Learners

How to scaffold Writing

The following post is written for beginning ESL teachers who are looking for clarity and understanding on how to approach writing with adult ESL/literacy learners.

‘Scaffolding writing’ is a collaborative, learning-centred teaching process involving the teacher, students and their peers (in the classroom setting) with the purpose of creating written texts. This process includes studying various examples of texts, discussing the language, doing practical activities and following structured outlines. The main idea is to ‘model’ good writing practices so students can create similar text independently. Scaffolding involves a number of activities that accompany three stages of writing: before, during and after.

8 Key Ingredients for Writing Instruction ESL/EAL Teachers Need to Address

Writing for EsL

There are a number of things for ESL/EAL teacher to consider when teaching writing:
1. Letter & Word Formation
Helping learners develop legible writing through appropriate letter and word formation.
2. Constructing Sentences
Teaching learners how to put words together into meaningful sentences and develop grammar sense.

My Week at a Glance 2

ESL Teacher s Week at a Glance 2

What I’ve read/re-read:

Curtis, M. The Role of Vocabulary Instruction in Adult Basic Education

Well, J. Goals in teaching English pronunciation

My Week at a Glance


New Tools I Have Discovered:

MoveNote: an online video presentation tool that can also be used on mobile devices. It will be useful for assessing presentations CSWE 2 and CSWE 3.

Feedient: a promising tool for keeping your social life in one simple overview. Feedient connects seamlessly with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and your YouTube subscriptions. The universal notification centregathers all your account notifications in one place.

Tips on Creating ESL Resources to Reinforce Students’ Learning Part 4

Custom Designed ESL Resources  part 4

This part is includes:

  • Word processing features every ESL teacher needs to know how to use
  • examples of activities
  • other considerations

Word Processing Software features to know and use effectively:

Tips on Creating ESL Resources to Reinforce Students’ Learning Part 3

creating your own resources part 3

Design Considerations:

  • Headings (Headings are a must on every piece of text or worksheet and should guide learners as to the content/topic/unit of the material. Be consistent with formatting so that your students can clearly distinguish between headings and subheadings and can use them as guides to tasks/reading and understanding the material.)
  • Text (Do not block text – as it is harder to read when block text is used throughout the worksheet. For emphasis use bold print, not italics.)
  • Text alignment (Do not fully justify text – it is best to left align text instead of centering. When text is centered, the spacing between words becomes uneven. As a result, the eye stops tracking and needs to readjust to the spacing.)

Conversations with ESL Teachers Part 2


I’m delighted to share an interview with Heather Naylor, another inspiring educator.

1. What is your definition of an effective Distance Learning teacher?

One who engages their student and develops a team-based relationship with their student so that the student is as involved in driving their learning as their teacher – an educated and confident learner is needed to do this.