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"Verb Charades, Easy Verbs One" contains 100 cards which give students (EFL, ESL, children, etc.) the opportunity to practice verbs enjoyably. Each card contains a verb with an image. Partner A does a gesture; partner B guesses by asking, "Are you
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"Verb Charades" contains 100 cards which give students (EFL, ESL, children, etc.) the opportunity to practice verbs. Each card contains a verb, an image of that verb in action, and a hint that will aid students during the activity. The student
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"Adjective Cards" consist of 200 pairs of opposite adjectives that English language learners and children can use to play a guessing game in order to learn vocabulary in general and adjectives in particular. The cards are roughly arranged in order
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"Verb Charades, Easy Verbs Two" contains 100 cards which give students (EFL, ESL, children, etc.) the opportunity to practice verbs enjoyably. Each card contains a verb with an image. Partner A does a gesture; partner B guesses by asking, "Are you
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Introduce facts about various endangered animals to English language learners. Learners listen, and fill out a blank chart about each animal. There are seven categories of facts: region, habitat, diet, reproduction, size, (endangered) status, and
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"Adjective Cards" consist of 200 pairs of opposite adjectives that English language learners can use to play a guessing game in order to learn vocabulary in general and adjectives in particular. The cards are roughly arranged in order of frequency.
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"Verb Charades" contains 100 cards which give students (EFL, ESL, children, etc.) the opportunity to practice verbs. Each card contains a verb, an image of that verb in action, and a hint that will aid students during the activity. The student
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Along the lines of "Adjective Cards" and "Verb Charades," these cards give learners the chance to practice nouns. Cards are distributed to students who describe a noun to a partner, doing gestures or saying hints written on the card. Their partner
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Along the lines of my best-selling items "Adjective Cards" and "Verb Charades," these cards give learners the chance to practice nouns. Cards are distributed to students who describe a noun to a partner, doing gestures or saying hints written on the
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Do you ever have trouble remembering your students' names? This B5 sized paper can be folded into a triangular shape when printed and then placed on a student's desk with the student's name and picture facing the teacher. The picture--which the
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Description: Once set up, this activity takes minimal work from teacher to keep running smoothly. Students choose a frequency word vocabulary quiz to take based on the previous week's result (quiz 1 is easiest, and each subsequent quiz gets a little
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Provide your own pocket-sized vocabulary notebooks for students! The notebook, which is printable into an A5 sized booklet (half A5 size when folded), provides spaces for 12 new vocabulary a week (with definitions or translations) for 14 weeks, with
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Provide your own pocket-sized vocabulary notebooks for students! The notebook, which is printable onto an A4 sized paper then made into a booklet, provides spaces for 12 new vocabulary a week for 14 weeks, with suggested fun activities at the bottom
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Provide your own pocket-sized vocabulary notebooks for students! The notebook provides spaces for 12 new vocabulary words a week (with space for definitions or translations) for 14 weeks, with suggested fun activities at the bottom of each page to
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This zip folder contains both sets of verb charade cards (easier 100 and more difficult 100 verbs) in two styles, with and without reasons. When playing charades, learners guess the verb by asking, for example, 'Are you (jogging)?' A reason such as
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Each set of these "Adjective Cards" consists of 200 pairs of opposite adjectives that English language learners can use to play a guessing game in order to learn vocabulary in general and adjectives in particular. The cards are roughly arranged in
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Like best-selling items "Adjective Cards" and "Verb Charades," these cards give learners the chance to practice English vocabulary, in this case nouns. Cards are distributed to students who describe a noun to a partner, doing gestures or saying
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Critical thinking is acknowledged to be an integral aspect of an education. But how to cultivate critical thinking? These activities ask students to think deeply about important social problems, and solutions, of the day. With no right answers,
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Critical thinking is acknowledged to be an integral aspect of an education. But how to cultivate critical thinking? These activities ask students to think deeply about important social issues of the day. With no right answers, learners are free to
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I started my teaching career as an ESL instructor in Taiwan. In Vermont I taught English Composition, among other courses, at Champlain College and the Community College of Vermont. Since 1997 I have been teaching in Japan at universities such as Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and Gifu Shotoku Gakuen University.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I often use content based learning so my university students in Japan have the opportunity to learn content while learning English.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have won two small awards as a presenter at conferences, and won a local Toastmaster Humorous Speech Contest.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

M.A. in Early Childhood Education from the College of Saint Rose. While my B.S. is in Accounting, I earned the equivalent of a B.A. in English from Sienna College, but they wouldn't award a second bachelor's. Since then I've taken courses such as a David Paul teaching workshop, a Paul Nation vocabulary course, and education courses from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell (online).

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I enjoy bicycling and hiking and, when time allows, the Japanese game "go." I am also a freelance writer and enjoy photography. I live in Japan with my wife and two sons.

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