Examination of Aptitude & Vocabulary on L2 Writing in Chinese College Students Highlights the Importance of Receptive Vocabulary

The article "Exploring the Relationship between Language Aptitude, Vocabulary Size, and EFL Graduate Students' L2 Writing Performance" in TESOL Quarterly by Yingli Yang, Ya Sun et al. of the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China examines the relationship between language aptitude and L2 writing performance. The study tested sixty-seven Chinese grad students... Continue Reading →

Email Etiquette

Observing appropriate email etiquette is a perennial problem at the International Academy. Teach students to write effective emails with Grammarly's post on best practices for writing effective emails: Every email has the same basic structure: Subject line, greeting, email body, and closing. But as with every written form of professional communication, there’s a right way... Continue Reading →

Engage Your Students’ Critical Thinking Faculties with the Trolley Problem

The trolley problem comes from the philosophical field of ethics, and it presents an excellent impetus for discussion in communication classes or topic for critical thinking in writing classes. Below are two short videos to get the lesson started. https://youtu.be/bOpf6KcWYyw https://youtu.be/yg16u_bzjPE via An Animated Introduction to the Famous Thought Experiment, the "Trolley Problem," Narrated by... Continue Reading →

Poetry Applications for TESOL

I attended the presentation The Uses of Poetry in the ESL Classroom: Ways to Integrate Poetry in a Reading Class on March 15th by Janusz Solarz of Indiana University at the TESOL 2019 International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Professor Solarz provided three capacities in which an educator might implement poetry in her English lessons. Introductions... Continue Reading →

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