Review of Touchstone 4-Skills ESL Textbook for Adults

A Review of Touchstone 4-Skills ESL Textbook Touchstone is a 4-skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) ESL textbook for adults published by Cambridge. There are 4 levels, ranging from 1-4.  is reasonably easy and would generally be suitable for an average freshman English class in Korea. is much harder and even third …

Teaching Writing Skills-It Just Got Easier

Teaching Writing Skills Just Got a Whole Lot Easier During my decade teaching in South Korean universities, I taught a whole lot of writing. Beginners, intermediate, advanced. Everything from how to write a basic sentence to 5-paragraph academic essays. For all the details about that, check out these posts: Teaching …

Great Writing 4 by Keith Folse: A Book Review

The Great Writing Series Great writing 4 is an excellent book that I’ve been using this semester to teach Advanced Writing to English majors, who are mostly 3rd and 4th year university students. I was given this book to teach and didn’t choose it myself, but thankfully, it’s the best writing …

Public Speaking for ESL Students

First Things First, Buy Speaking of Speech If you teach public speaking or presentations to middle school, high school, or university students, the first thing you should do it get yourself this textbook: Speaking of Speech: Basic Presentation Skills for Beginners. Speaking of Speech is an excellent public speaking book for …

An A-Z of ELT by Scott Thornbury

Bought it for the CELTA/DELTA. Now: Use if for Everything I bought An A-Z of ELTwhen I was doing the CELTA and DELTA courses and found it invaluable. There are entries for essentially all English as a second language, or English as a foreign language terms. Some random examples are: …

Syllabus for teaching in a Korean University

Syllabus for Teaching in a Korean University: an Introduction A common question I get from those new to teaching in a Korean university is what kind of syllabus they should make for their classes. A standard one is sometimes provided by the university but most often, it’s up to the …

Reading and Vocabulary Textbook Review

Two Reading and Vocab Textbooks Thoughts & Notionsand Cause & Effect are designed for adult ESL/EFL learners to work on reading and vocabulary skills. There are also some optional writing exercises which can be useful in assigning students for homework. How I Used Them These reading and vocabulary textbooks were …

Breakthrough ESL Textbook: A Review

Review of Breakthrough ESL Textbook Series I recently used Breakthrough Plus Student’s Book + Digibook Pack Level 2 by Miles Craven for one of my advanced conversation classes. Breakthrough is a 5 level ESL textbook series, ranging from into to level 5. There is all the standard stuff you can …