Musings from class today…

Dreamer Mom My name is Maria. I came here in February of 1994. The reason I came was to look for the American dream. What does the American dream mean? It may have different meanings for every one of us. I have three kids, two daughters and a boy. My purpose in life is to…

TESOL Idea for the Classroom

Recently, in our classroom, we have been studying English while we have been exploring different cultures. Last week in class, we watched a short documentary on the Mosuo people of China. The video is approximately 25 minutes long. Here is a link to the video by Vice, “Inside China’s Last Matriarchy.” This week our topic…

Lesson Plan on Seabirds

Hello again! This is what we have been up to in the classroom. Yes, it’s a hot topic- plastics! Here is the skinny on what you need to create this lesson. 1. You will need the Breaking News English article: Balloons Deadliest Plastic for Seabirds 2. You will need videos to pique your students’ interest…

Which carbon offset should I buy?

Do you travel a lot? I do and I want to reduce my carbon footprint. The biggest environmental impact I have on our planet are the emissions that are released because of my driving habits. As you may have read in my previous post, The Traveling Teacher, I drive a lot for work. My yearly…

Lucky

I must admit that I am incredibly lucky. I am not sure why. It may be karma, or it may be chance. I am not stating that my life is perfect, nor am I bragging. I too have had my share of tragedy. However, I am still somehow lucky. I work hard, I teach. I…

6 Free Websites For Learning English

There are a plethora (a lot) of free English resources and websites available to you. I have listed 6 of my students’ favorites. Do you have a favorite language learning website? learnenglishfeelgood.com This website has online exercises for: grammar, vocabulary, travel English, and listening. It is better than learn English feel bad! ello.org Learning with…

Look Who Hit 10 Followers

Yep, I am in the double digits. I think this blog is going somewhere. Wait, are you laughing? That’s okay! I am laughing, too. Well, it has been awhile. I began this blog in 2011, so it has been active for 7 years. At this rate, I will hit triple digits when I am dead….

Lesson Plan #1: Endangered Animals

Hello fellow teachers, I have included links to the documents and videos that you would need to replicate this lesson. The lesson is for intermediate ESOL/EFL students and the lesson would last for approximately three hours. I have tried my best to include exercises and activities for reading, writing, listening, and speaking. What would you…