Online ESL Videos and Workshops

While I was working at the University of North Carolina, I made a series of online workshops for ESL students who didn’t have time to attend the face-to-face sessions we offered. (I call them the bobble-head videos, for reasons which will be obvious if you watch one!) Since then, the Writing Center has reorganized their website (looks slick, guys!), and many of the links I’ve posted on the blog previously don’t work. So, here are the direct links to all the videos:

Update 1/22/13: The video links are not working — either there’s a problem with the server, or UNC has canceled its account with Panopto. I’m working on a solution, but in the meantime, please use the PDFs, and you can just imagine my talking head …

  • Paraphrasing and plagiarism 1: Using sources (video) (pdf)
  • Paraphrasing and plagiarism 2: Preparing a paraphrase (video) (pdf)
  • Paraphrasing and plagiarism 3: Writing a summary (video) (pdf)
  • Ten principles for writing email (video) (pdf)
  • Corpus tools part 1 (video) (pdf)
  • Corpus tools part 2 (video) (pdf)
  • Vocabulary development strategies (video)
  • Academic Word List introduction (video) (pdf)
  • Making the most of your learner’s dictionary (video) (pdf)
  • Using a thesaurus (video) (pdf)
  • Culture shock (video) (pfd)

Please feel free to use and share these with students and colleagues. Please note that the links mentioned in the workshops might not still be active.

What is your greatest advice for ESL students?

I’ve been invited to accept a nomination for eCollege Finder/Language Magazine’s Best ESL Blogs award (fame! fame! at last!) by writing a post with my “greatest advice for ESL students.” So here goes …

The words I most enjoy hearing from my students are “I have a question about …”

I’ve been teaching ESL for more than decade, and in that time, I’ve had the pleasure to teach some truly talented linguists — students who seem to effortlessly absorb the language, it structure, and its rhythms. But most of us aren’t like that. So, what makes some students successful at learning academic English, while others aren’t?

Curiosity. Continue reading “What is your greatest advice for ESL students?”