The past three days (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), I was attending the Computer Assisted Language Consortium (CALICO) conference in Tempe, Arizona. It’s the first time that I’ve attended CALICO, although I’ve been interested in it for a while. It’s also the largest conference that I’ve ever presented at or attended – there were about 350 […]
Happy new year! Something I want to do this year is post here more regularly, especially to share the interesting educational tools I find. So, here’s the first one, although I may be a bit late to the party on it: Visuwords™ is an online (English-only) dictionary that graphically displays the relationships between words. The […]
I finally had some free time to work on getting some more content up here, and here’s the result: one complete online ESL course is up! I’d be happy to hear your comments on it. But please be kind–this was my first attempt at such a course, so it definitely is rough around the edges. […]
I’ve been really busy writing my first draft of my scholarly paper–that’s the final paper I have to write to get my MA in second language studies. So I haven’t had much time to worry about updating this site. I am more or less done with that draft now, so I can slowly start adding […]
Over the last couple of days, I’ve started putting up files from my favorite class to teach, Joy of Math. I am proud of this class above any other because I conceived of, developed, and taught it. I also spent a semester improving the materials with the help of my advisor in second language studies […]
Going through these lessons I made for a class about international travel brought back some less pleasant memories. I taught this particular class twice. The first time, I had only four or five students, and everything went really smoothly. So, the second time I taught it, I was expecting a similar situation–only to find that […]
I’m happy to report that most of my false-beginner materials are posted here. Going through these materials really took me back to when I was teaching low-proficiency-level courses, which I enjoyed and found quite rewarding. I found it especially interesting to have discussions about American holidays and the holidays in my students’ countries. In fact, […]
Well, it’s not much, but it’s one step toward getting all of my ESL lessons online. “Pick It Up!”, a lesson about litter, is now available here.
I’ve finally decided to do it. I Everyone has a blog, right? Well, I never had a purpose for one that I could see. But I want to be able to share my ESL teaching materials and self-publish other random stuff, so Betsy’s Eclection is born.