Walton Burns

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Flashcards are a great way to learn new vocabulary. This set of 6 activities, demonstrated in the video, help students go from their first exposure to new words to recognition and defining. Students create their own flashcards as part of a sequence
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Students need to practice critical thinking skills. Mysteries are a great way to do that. While students are solving mysteries, they are collecting and evaluating information, putting information together from different sources, applying logic, and
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Teaching new vocabulary words is hard, especially in the ESL / EFL classroom. You need to make sure students get the meaning right from the beginning. But just telling them or having them just read the definition in the book is boring. And not
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This video introduces single point rubrics: Unlike traditional rubrics, A single-point rubric only contains what the student is expected to do to succeed. That makes it faster to write, faster to use, and easier for students to read and understand.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Walton Burns is a teacher and award-winning materials writer from Connecticut who began his career in 2001, teaching in the Peace Corps in the South Pacific. Since then, he has taught in Central Asia and in his native country. His students have been a diverse group, including Russian oil executives, Afghan high school students, and Chinese video game champions. As a writer, he has been on the author team of two textbooks and written lesson plans and activities for private language schools. He is currently chair of the Materials Writing Interest Section of the TESOL Association, the international association for English language professionals. For more information, including projects he has worked on, go to his blog at English Advantage and his portfolio site.

Editorial Work

  • Co-author, Hang Out! by Compass Publishing. General ESL textbook for primary school students
  • Author, Inside Writing, a genre-based writing course book for Oxford University Press.
  • Grammar Editor, MasterMind series by Macmillian
  • Extensive materials development and course design for online schools, including Really English/New Horizons.
  • Assessment writing for OUP, Pearson, and SLTI.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I truly believe that communication is the goal of language teaching. Grammar is a toolbox to help students express themselves, not rules that need to be memorized. Vocabulary is a palette for students to work with creatively, not a list of words to be memorized. That's not to say that drilling and grammar banging don't have their place, but I teach for those moments when a student spontaneously expresses him or herself using new language and doesn't even realize it because he or she is so caught up in the conversation.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

  • 3rd place, BESIG and Cambridge University Press Lesson Plan Contest.
  • Winner, One Stop English Lesson Share.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

  • BA from Sarah Lawrence College.
  • MA in International Development from The Heller School, Brandeis University
  • TESOL Core Certificate, TESOL, Inc.
  • 12 Credits toward an MA in TESOL from Adelphi University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

  • Chair of the Materials Writer Interest Section of TESOL, Inc.
  • Freelance materials writer and editor for Pearson, Macmillan, OUP, Compass Publishing, and several international online schools.
  • Frequent Co-Moderator of the EVO: Creating the ePerfect eBook, a Massive Open Online Course on publishing educational materials online.
  • Blog at:English Advantage

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