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Lessons and Books for Teaching at Home

Lessons and Books for Teaching at Home

There is almost no other news. In this time of planet-wide pandemic, fearful anxiety, shut-downs, (self-)imposed isolation, economic loss, and reasonable + irrational reactivity, there’s a constant flow of constantly updated advice through the airwaves and digital media. And for less urgent messages, there’s whatever streams through our (electronic/digital) devices—our smart and non-so-intelligent cell phones, our hand-held screens, and any informational, mechanical, automated, visual, auditory, tactile, or other applicable output that people can see, hear, feel, perceive, sense, or otherwise take into their (sub)consciousness.
How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: Vocabulary Competencies Part 2.

How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: Vocabulary Competencies Part 2.

To use vocabulary effectively in real-life situations, students first need the ability 1. to Pronounce & Spell New Vocabulary and 2. to Get Wor...
How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: Vocabulary Competencies Part 1.

How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: Vocabulary Competencies Part 1.

If English is regarded as a jigsaw puzzle—a complex set of components that work in coordination with one another, how can we best identify and asse...
How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: Grammar Competencies Part 1

How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: Grammar Competencies Part 1

How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: Grammar Competencies by Arthur & Elaine Rubin In any sequence of English-l...
How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: Phonics & Spelling Competencies Part II

How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: Phonics & Spelling Competencies Part II

This article covers the second half of Parts & Pieces B: Do Phonics & Spelling. To see all the “Parts & Pieces” available for each of t...
How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: B = Phonics & Spelling

How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: B = Phonics & Spelling

If the English language is regarded as a puzzle (a complex set of components that work best in coordination with one another), here’s a categorizat...
How to Teach Your ESL Students Integrated Language Skills

How to Teach Your ESL Students Integrated Language Skills

Sometime in the 20th Century, teachers, administrators, materials developers, and publishers got the idea that English instruction could be divided...
Find an Alphabet Lesson for Adults

How to Put Together the Parts & Pieces That Make Language Work: A = Know the Alphabet

(Part A = Know the Alphabet) Like so many subjects of study or interest, the English language can be regarded as a puzzle—a complex set of compon...
Hate to Write? Two Simple Ways to Relieve the Pain

Hate to Write? Two Simple Ways to Relieve the Pain

Look up “Learn to Write” online and you’ll be treated to handwriting models and steps in creating calligraphy—one letter or character at a time. T...
How to Teach Writing by Using Letters, Numbers, Words, Phrases & Sentences

How to Teach Writing by Using Letters, Numbers, Words, Phrases & Sentences

Just as in acquisition of other language skills, in writing (printing, cursive, typing, texting) it makes sense to start with the smallest pieces o...
Literacy though Advanced reading for ESL and English Improvement

How to Teach "Text Literacy" with Different Kinds of Printed Material

Usually, “literacy” means competency in reading & writing print matter. Even so, much of the reading people do in everyday life is either visua...
How to Teach "Visual Literacy" with Images

How to Teach "Visual Literacy" with Images

Usually, “literacy” means competency in reading & writing print matter. "Visual literacy" means the ability to look at and understand types of ...