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To Correct or Not To Correct… That is the Question! (Articles on ESL by Marianne Raynaud)

In this article, Marianne Raynaud explains why teachers must correct their students’ oral mistakes, preferably in real-time. "Marianne’s ESL Teacher Tips" give ESL/EFL/ELT teachers advice about teaching important aspects of the English language: grammar, tenses, spelling, reviewing numbers, asking questions, posing conditions, using indirect speech, etc.

The Missing Element: Someone Who Listens (Articles on ESL by Marianne Raynaud)

A link is missing in our educational system: "People who listen." By this, I mean either teachers or assistants working privately with one student at a time or classmate showing real interest in what their partners are saying.

ESL Solutions: IT plus Intensive Pairwork Techniques (Articles on ESL by Marianne Raynaud)

Ways to use ICT and traditional paper techniques to enhance speaking and promote concentration during language learning. Ideas from "QualityTime-ESL: The Digital Resource Book 2.0" with 1,500 files (DOC, PDF, MP3, video).

The Best Way to Learn to Speak English (Articles on ESL by Marianne Raynaud)

Suggestions as to how to learn correct spoken English.

Your Students Don’t Speak English… And What to Do (Articles on ESL by Marianne Raynaud)

Marianne Raynaud explains why ESL/EFL students don’t learn to speak English… and tells teachers what to do to get the students/learners speaking. The latter need practice through oral exercises, lab work, listening comprehension, cloze exercises, guided presentations, intensive pair work, tutorials, worksheets with easy-to-understand keys. She says students can “teach each other” from keys, information sheets, or prepared exercises. Also assign speaking activities like the interactive drills in the "QualityTime-ESL Podcasts" and "Your English Podcasts" and give "oral" tests. If possible get a simple audio lab with voice amplifying microphones or at least iPods for the class..

What Do Students Expect From Their Teachers? (Articles on ESL by Marianne Raynaud)

Generally, we know what we expect from our students. We use these criteria to evaluate their work, their participation, and often their behavior too. But do we ask the students what they expect from our courses? I have done so—especially when I felt the course was not going well. And this (...)

Why Teaching Grammar IS Important (Articles on ESL by Marianne Raynaud)

Marianne Raynaud talks about why grammar is important in ESL teaching and how acquisition of correct English usage is sure to make students more eager to discuss or debate subjects in class. To feel at ease speaking students need to acquire the right linguistic tools. In class discussions it is not so much the topic that counts but rather the means the students have at their disposal to express themselves.

New Trend - Language Snobbism (Articles on ESL by Marianne Raynaud)

Marianne Raynaud suggests we turn to "language or linguistic snobbism" to help conquer barriers in language learning. Why not become "snobs" (we say this facetiously!) and pronounce borrowed words according to their authentic original pronunciation instead of adapting them to other sets of phonetics? We would create a more respectful attitude towards all languages and help young people become bilingual speakers or even polyglots.

Using Podcasts in ESL Teaching (PPT to be used with students) (Articles on ESL by Marianne Raynaud)

Here is a PowerPoint slide-show to use with your students when you are talking about podcasts. If your students are very good at English and are already familiar with iTunes, you can show them the slides and ask them to explain to YOU how they navigate through iTunes. How to Find and Use (...)

Podcasts in English Teaching (Articles on ESL by Marianne Raynaud)

"Podcasts in English Teaching" - TESOL Spain 2012 ESL/ELT/EFL How to get students to listen to podcasts that will improve both listening and speaking skills. With Marianne Raynaud of QualityTime-ESL. Instructions about finding and using podcasts. Pictures giving step-by-step instructions particularly about the iTunes platform.

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