Interview with Education Week: Blogging for English Language Learners

My interview with Larry Ferlazzo for Education Week: LF: You write about the concept of "communicative pedagogy."  Can you elaborate on it here and share some specific examples of what it might look like in the classroom? Rusul Alrubail: Communicative pedagogy is the practice in the classroom that centers the importance of interaction as one … Continue reading Interview with Education Week: Blogging for English Language Learners

Book: Digital Writing for English Language Learners

Digital Writing for English Language learners looks at practical ways educators can implement the use of technology in their English and Language Arts classroom for English Language Learners. The book provides a variety of classroom activities and assignments that can be completed with English Language Learners using social media and other digital writing tools. The … Continue reading Book: Digital Writing for English Language Learners

Equity for English Language Learners

This post was originally published on Edutopia as a part of the #EduColor series on race, equity and social justice. To understand English-language learners' need for equitable education, we must first look at the dramatic increase in the numbers of ELLs in U.S. public schools. Between 1997-1998 and 2008-2009, the number of ELLs in public schools … Continue reading Equity for English Language Learners

Teaching Inquiry Strategies to Improve Students’ Writing

My favourite part of teaching English has always been the freedom that comes with teaching it. As an educator, I never feel like I am bound to specific rules or instructional strategies when it comes to teaching writing to students. As explained in Reading & Writing in the Disciplines, writing is a process that students … Continue reading Teaching Inquiry Strategies to Improve Students’ Writing

“Why is your point important?” On the importance of Analysis in Writing

This post was originally published on The Writing Project's Blog. When we write, it’s important that we try and think about the reason why you’re writing your point. This helps us to stay focused on making our point clear to the reader, and helps to push our thinking to the next level. Instead of focusing … Continue reading “Why is your point important?” On the importance of Analysis in Writing

How to Give Constructive Feedback to Students

This is a guest post by Ethan Miller. Ethan is a dedicated private ESL teacher. Apart from his passion for teaching, Ethan loves to write and holds a degree in creative writing. When he is not teaching or writing his book, Ethan loves to blog and is a huge fan of educational technology. You can check out his blog Essay Writing Tips … Continue reading How to Give Constructive Feedback to Students

Teaching Students to Analyze Sources of Information

As a result of the civil war in Syria, more than 4 million people have fled Syria since the conflict started. This situation, along with war and injustice in other countries such as Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, Sudan and many more, has resulted in a global refugee crisis. As refugees seek to move to safer places, … Continue reading Teaching Students to Analyze Sources of Information

Using Poetry to Facilitate Discussions

This post was originally published on Annenberg Learner Blog. “If you present poetry as if it were castor oil, no one will be interested. Instead, teachers can approach it as something fun, and also explore poetry that connects to the students and their lives (as opposed to choosing poetry that they feel “should” be studied).” … Continue reading Using Poetry to Facilitate Discussions