Posts by nondas

3 chances and 3 failures

Learning, Teaching
This past week I had three evenings of social meetings with Polish friends and neighbors. Three opportunities to practice my Polish speaking skills Numerous individuals Ample time A wide range of topics. What could any language student ask for? (sound of toilet flushing) I let all of it fly away…

Running on fumes learning Polish

I finished the exercise book I have spent months on the index cards and doing recall I’ve done grammar I’ve studied I’ve read I’ve listened I’ve matched, filled out and conjugated. bleh What’s next? The Second winter is coming – Polish blues And I literally don’t know what I got…

My exercise book escape

I’ve gotten it recently and I’m working through the units like a freight train steaming on. Nothing is stopping this Polish-learning machine from chugging along. This thing has grammar, vocabulary, reading, listening. This thing has got tables, sentences with missing words, images, matching tasks, writing and even an application on…

Listening my way out of trouble

Learning, mindset
So I’ve been listening to short podcasts with a tapescript to help. This hasn’t had the magical affects I’d been hoping for. However, it has highlighted a weakness in my Polish that I had ignored for too long, so that’s a positive. I see how much I miss on the…

Polish is trying to knock me out

I can confirm, that I am still standing even after some quite big hits to the ears, and ego. Learning Polish. Each day, beginning again, and again and AGAIN. Sharp redirect The grammar method and focus on exercises almost took me out (or knocked me out). I closed the cases…

Language for resolving conflict

This episode(90) is related to soft skills in the office but can also relate to personal conflicts with relatives, friends, neighbors etc.The language here is for how to approach conflict diplomatically to allow for a return to normalcy and productivity. How we say something, and the language we use can…

Culture Lesson: Greetings

This week’s episode focuses on culture and specifically ‘Greetings’. These are my favorite kind of episodes because culture is such an integral part of learning a language and most language courses don’t cover it properly. There is not much language in this episode and that is on purpose. With culture…

Teaching quality in English – ESL lesson idea

This episode covers language and lesson tips for ESL teachers to adapt in their classroom. Versatile, flexible and for many different levels this topic is easy to discuss and teach and also incredibly fast to prepare. If you need additional info on this lesson idea you can find a written…

Speaking about the future: ESL lesson ideas and language

Living in the information age, makes this lesson idea a no-brainer. It means that every ESL teacher should be doing it and just adapting it for their class accordingly. All students will want to contribute and have something to say about this and teachers can cover numerous areas regarding technology,…

Security and Privacy lesson

This episode(98) covers vocabulary that can be used for an ESL lesson idea. The topic is incredibly relevant and current while also providing plenty of opportunity for speaking practice expressing personal preferences, justifying opinions and debating issues.

Extra tips for online learning

This post accompanies episode 97 of the ESL Trailblazer series on ESL teaching online. You can find complimentary tips and tricks there too. Emoticons for communication They are available on most communication platforms so it doesn’t really matter which you use. They are useful though for getting feedback from your…