Author Archive | ariadneweinberg

Teaching English Vowels: AEIOU, but Why?

Ask the average person what the most difficult kind of English to understand is and they’ll say “Scottish.” (Unless they happen to be Scottish, of course.) This isn’t a coincidence. The difference in vowel sounds between English speakers and Scots …

Go Digital with These 6 ESL Email Writing Lesson Plan Exercises

Emailz! Did anyone else watch Homestar Runner as a kid? One of the characters, Strong Bad, used to answer emails by providing Dear Abby-esque advice or hilarious anecdotes. While funny, Homestar Runner isn’t an accurate representation of email etiquette.…

How to Teach ESL Modal Verbs in Real-life Contexts

Imagine that you’ve just gotten off the plane in a new city for a much-needed vacation. You want to see all the landmarks. Go to all the great museums. Maybe take a nap eventually. But first—you’re starving. You …