Hi! Anyone else out there who doesn't understand how it can possibly be the end of April?! I am currently recovering from an appendectomy/extra bonus surgery for a surprise post-surgery internal bleed, and won't actually even be back at work until the first of May. MAY! Two months left for me to fill my little munchkins' brains with as much as I possibly can! #cuepanicattack This time of year is so bittersweet. Not quite the end, but so very close. I am never ready for my students to move on to grade one (Heck, last year I even followed some of them to grade one and taught them twice! And believe me, I've thought about doing it again next year haha). I spend all year getting them to this fabulous point where they basically run the show themselves and I can spend all my time actually TEACHING, rather than explaining routines and procedures, reminding them of my expectations, etc. etc. And then I have to send them on their way. I may be a bit biased, but I really th...
Hi guys! I was evaluating my students last week on oral communication for their report cards - specifically about whether or not they use new vocabulary and expressions in both structured and spontaneous situations. I thought that sharing some of the strategies I use every day to help them assimilate new vocabulary may be useful to my fellow second-language teachers! (Although technically I teach at a French first-language school...but let's be real, expectations are often far different from reality ;). Plus, even first-language students should be learning and using new words and expressions!) So, without further ado, here are five  ways to help your second-language students assimilate new vocabulary! 1. Teach new vocabulary and expressions explicitly. Don't just expect your students to pick up on what you or others are saying, and what they read in books. If you want them to use new words and expressions, it is important that you specifically tell them your ex...