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Six years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention.


Also, check out A Collection Of My Best Resources On Teaching English Language Learners.

In addition, look for our new book on teaching ELLs, which was published in the Spring of 2018 and learn about our next book.

Here are this week’s choices:

COMING UP! Sometime later this week, I’m hoping to get a chance to write about a new teaching/learning activity I’ve been using in class. I call it “Critical Thinking Dialogues.” Stay-tuned!

Here are some excerpts from an article headlined “The Wrestlers Fighting to Build a Chinese WWE”:

In the center of a brightly lit wrestling ring, a middle-aged American teacher dressed in a sleeveless button-down shirt is losing patience with his Chinese student.

“Burger, burrr-gerrr!” repeats the English language instructor, throwing a picture of a hamburger to the floor in frustration. Then, he leaps forward and smashes his unsuspecting student with an elbow slam.

“Cowardly attack here by Steve the ESL Teacher,” the commentator quips. “Letting issues from his personal life creep into his business life again.”

Steve the ESL Teacher chokes and strikes his student — a topless fighter in dark leggings known as Black Mamba — but the young Chinese recovers and throws him out of the ring. After trading more blows, Black Mamba traps the American in a painful-looking submission hold, winning the fight to whoops from the gathered spectators….The villain, Steve the ESL (English as a Second Language) Teacher, cements his bad-guy status by bringing textbooks for the IELTS — an English exam loathed by Chinese students — into the ring.


Considerations for English Language Development Programs is from Seidlitz Education.

10 Things Educators Need to Know about Unaccompanied Minors is the best thing I’ve seen written on the topic. It’s from Immigrant Connections.

Why Pronouncing Names Correctly Is More Than Common Courtesy is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Importance Of Correctly Pronouncing Student Names.

We know how to say our names; you should, too. is a student-written essay appearing in The Seattle Times. I’m adding it to the same list.

This would be a fun video to show ELL students and then have them talk and write about what they saw: