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Hello colleagues, In case you missed it, here are a couple of interesting recent discussion threads you may want to check out.

Problem-based learning with English learners

  • This thread highlights an article in the LINCS resource collection on problem-based learning (PBL).
  • One member asked a great question about how to support teachers to implement problem- or project-based learning.
  • What advice can you offer for how teachers can integrate PBL into their curriculum?

Vocabulary myths

  • This discussion outlines 8 myths about teaching and learning new vocabulary. Some things on the list might be surprising, including the myth that studying vocabulary from lists is not effective --in fact, studying from word lists is effective!  Another myth that might be surprising is that teaching vocabulary in semantic sets (e.g., color words, weather words, etc.) is effective-- in fact, presenting vocabulary in semantic sets is NOT effective! The myth about semantic sets is especially counter-intuitive since most ESL textbooks present vocabulary in semantic sets. Check out the discussion for ideas on what teachers can do to address the issue and to learn about the other 6 myths.
  • You are invited to share your thoughts and questions about these myths.

Cheers, Susan Finn Miller

Moderator, English Language Acquisition CoP