Teaching Reading and Writing in STEM Classes


English teacher challenges students to plug in to the world by Magdalena Osumi in Japan Times, 28 Jan. 2018:
To help her students step outside of the box of rote language learning, Mio Horio, an English teacher from Japan, is encouraging her students to take a more global approach to learning English. Among other strategies, her students have the opportunity to engage in discussion with other English language students and native English speakers around the world.

Reading and Writing in STEM by Emily A. Thrush, Teresa Dalle, and Angela Thevenot in TESOL Connections, March 2018:
The integration of literacy skills across the curriculum has been a focus in American education in recent years. The authors focus on specific strategies and activities for teaching reading and writing in STEM classes.  

Teacher professional development should get personal. by Nicole Regan in Education Dive, 12 Feb. 2018:
The author talks about how her school system uses technology to manage and analyze teacher data and their professional development needs.

Watch these 5 movies to help learn the English language better by Briana Perez in Study Breaks, 31 Jan. 2018:
For an engaging way to use technology in the ESL classroom, what can be better than movies? The author selected these five films because they have useful vocabulary that is fairly easy to understand and they show various aspects of American culture.

Using wordless books with English learners by Erick Herrmann in MultiBriefs: Exclusive, 17 Jan. 2018:
Hermann promotes the use of wordless books to promote language learning and offers a variety of strategies. Although he doesn’t mention them, some of these strategies can also be used with “silent films.” In recent years there have been a number of silent shorts, many of them animated, that could be used in the classroom. Oktopodi, an animated short produced by graduate students at Gobelins L’Ecole de L’Image in 2007, is about the adventures of two love-struck octopi and could be used with any age group. Pigeon Impossible, written by Lucas Martel in 2009, would spark lively dialog and discussion with teens or adults. This Pinterest link has many other ideas. https://www.pinterest.com/dragonlocke/wordless-short-films/

Video Feedback for Multilingual Learners in Higher Ed by Lee Friedrich in TESOL Connections, April 2018:
The author focuses on research that supports the idea that video feedback can be more effective than written feedback for many students, native speakers of English as well as those for whom English is not their first language. The author suggests adding value through the sound and scrolling functions of video. She also outlines best practices for making a screencast video.

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