Office 2016 Now Available

Microsoft’s Office Suite is a mature and much-used product. According to the Verge, there are approximately 1.2 billion Office users worldwide. Being a mature set of programs, Office 2016 doesn’t have many new features, but there are a few key changes and additions. The most visual change in Office is the new look and feel … Continue reading Office 2016 Now Available

President Obama Gets the Ball Rolling on Free Education

President Obama is working to gain support for his efforts to make community colleges free for qualifying students. At an event at Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan, Obama announced the creation of a national advisory board to promote the idea that education should be free for any student willing to work hard to achieve … Continue reading President Obama Gets the Ball Rolling on Free Education

Four Ways to Motivate Students

The fall semester is beginning, and students are preparing to return to the routine of homework, all-nighters, and cramming for exams. The feeling of a fresh start that a new semester brings increases the motivation many students feel to apply themselves to their studies and succeed in their education. There are two types of motivation: … Continue reading Four Ways to Motivate Students

The Benefits of Web Use for ESL Students

As internet usage has become so pervasive during the 21st century, it is highly beneficial to incorporate skills in navigating the World Wide Web into ESL courses. In additional to developing technology skills that will be critical to their success of ESL students in school and/or the workplace, the web is an excellent tool for … Continue reading The Benefits of Web Use for ESL Students

Tips for Teaching Older Learners in ESL Classes

A small but significant number of immigrants who arrive to this country are elderly. Older learners can be defined chronologically, as between the ages 40-65, or by status, as midlife career changers, retirees returning to the labor force, displaced workers, and homemakers. While, contrary to popular belief, adults can learn language in the early stages … Continue reading Tips for Teaching Older Learners in ESL Classes

Increasing Retention in ESL Programs

Retaining Adult ESL Learners in Class One challenge many ESL instructors face is retaining students in their classes. Throughout the semester, you may see your class size dwindle as students attend class irregularly, or disappear altogether. Some factors for this are beyond the instructor’s control; changing work schedules, family responsibilities, and transportation issues are some … Continue reading Increasing Retention in ESL Programs

Tips for Teaching Computer Skills to ESL Students

One of the best ways to teach skills and information and ensure that students retain it is to connect the teachings to their lives. This can be especially beneficial for adult ESL students, who are often juggling work and families in addition to school. Teaching various computer skills that are useful for performing personal and … Continue reading Tips for Teaching Computer Skills to ESL Students

Improving the Study Skills of ESL Students

Adult ESL students have unique needs and challenges in learning the English language. Many work and support families which may make it difficult to find time to study, and some may have not gotten much formal education in their home countries, thus not developing good study habits. Following are a few tips for improving ESL … Continue reading Improving the Study Skills of ESL Students

Digital Literacy in ESL Education

As technology in the classroom and digital education become more common, the transition to digital teaching and learning means instructors need to develop the necessary skillset to effectively teach digitally. This is particularly true for ESL instructors teaching computer skills to English language learners. “Electracy” is computer literacy. Using electracy in combination with traditional instruction … Continue reading Digital Literacy in ESL Education

Using PowerPoint in the Classroom

One method of classroom instruction that has become widespread in recent years is the use of PowerPoint presentations. Using PowerPoint presentations as a tool to enhance your lectures can be beneficial to students because it can improve audience focus by breaking down and highlighting important information through a combination of text, graphics, and multimedia. Here … Continue reading Using PowerPoint in the Classroom