Monthly Archives: January 2011

Managing the Multilevel Classroom

By Cathy Sunshine Does this sound familiar? You assign a written exercise in the Ventures textbook to your class of 10 students. Students A and B finish in 3 minutes flat. Students C through H need 5 to 10 minutes. … Continue reading

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U.S. Should Prioritize English-Language Promotion

By Frankie Sturm Frankie Sturm, a volunteer teacher at Language ETC, is a fellow with the Truman National Security Project. He taught English in France from 2004 to 2006. A longer version of this essay appeared on August 1, 2010, … Continue reading

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Musical Chairs: Seating Arrangements for the ESL Classroom

By Cathy Sunshine When we arrive in our classrooms, we usually find the chairs in rows, facing front. This traditional setup is familiar to most of our students, and it works okay for teacher-focused instruction and for testing. But it … Continue reading

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Latinos in the US, Latinos in DC

If you listened to pollsters and product marketers, you might think there’s a vast, monolithic population group in this country called “Hispanics,” who share a common language, culture, lifestyle, and set of political and social views. As we know, that’s … Continue reading

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Hidden Resources: The Ventures Workbook and Add Ventures

For the first two years I taught at LETC, I pretty much ignored the Ventures Workbook. It wasn’t on the syllabus, so I wasn’t sure how, or if, we were supposed to use it. And I didn’t even know there … Continue reading

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