Author Archives: geraldvonbourdeau

Howdy Folks, I Need Your Help

Sorry, I haven’t been able to post lately. I’ve been extremely busy with various projects and preparing for the upcoming semester which is why I need your help. I need your help gathering authentic texts for an introductory academic/practical writing … Continue reading

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Collaborative writing Some teachers tend to avoid writing in class, perhaps feeling that as it is something which learners do individually and in silence, it is better done for homework. However, when writing is done as…

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“We Real Cool” in the Classroom

“We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon. Gwendolyn Brooks’ “We Real Cool” is a fantastic poem for … Continue reading

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A Better Place for Womyn

 This is a conversation lesson adapted from “The Perfect School” on page 46 in Meddings’ and Thornbury’s book Teaching Unplugged: Dogme in English language teaching. Earlier in the semester we adapted “The Perfect School” to our English department. The learners … Continue reading

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Sexy or Cutie? A Matter of Opinion

This lesson comes from the world of K Pop but don’t worry. There will be absolutely no horsey dances and I am the only chubby guy involved in this post. If your fears are assuaged, please…

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A Gentlemanly Definition

Learning to define a term is necessary in academic writing and an important skill for EFL learners especially when it comes to speaking strategies like circumlocution or ‘talking around the word.’ I have mixed feelings about having students write an … Continue reading

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Oldie but a Goodie From a Friend

This is an oldie but a goodie my friend posted on her blog. I suggest leaving the box at home and doing a pecha kucha. See page 53 in Medding’s and Thornbury’s book Teaching Unplugged. Have the students use their smartphone … Continue reading

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