November 14, 2018

One of the best tools I use for vocabulary development when teaching English as a second language are picture books. This includes older children! 

Picture books, like all books, enrich vocabulary. More than television or listening to speech. One reason is that books ar...

October 24, 2018

I want to share a really fun lesson plan I used a few weeks ago. This was my opening class for a multi-level classroom. I have fluent native English speakers along with weak English speakers and one high level Hebrew speaking student. Every lesson is a challenge, but t...

October 17, 2018

About a month ago we shared a fascinating article with you about how teachers are not being trained to teach reading!

The article rightly points out that all the brain research that has been done regarding reading too often does not match up to how teachers are taught t...

July 25, 2018

Some children - people - enjoy mysteries and figuring out the whodunit part. Others enjoy the thrill of it. Here are the most popular Mystery series I know:

1) A-Z Mysteries - 26 early chapter books of three quirky friends solving mysteries in the alphabetical order....

July 18, 2018

What is the difference between slang and idioms?

Yael

Dear Yael,

It is true that in many ways slang and idioms are similar. Both are expressions that reveal an awareness of the nuances in a language. They make you understood better, conveying a feeling to the listener tha...

July 12, 2018

Last week you mentioned reading newspapers as precursors to professional articles. Could you expand some more on the value of reading professional articles?

Sure!

Professional articles are articles with information regarding ones fields of interest, studies or profession...

July 5, 2018

The other day we got a phone call from a newspaper company trying to sell us a subscription. In my childhood home, I remember my parents enjoying the thick stack of papers full of news when it came and we would sometimes read it too. Nowadays newspapers are on their wa...

June 6, 2018

Are you a non-fiction enthusiast? Or maybe after reading this column, you are looking for non-fiction books to entice your son. Here are our top non-fiction picks for all ages:

1) National Geographic Readers Series are fantastic for early readers! Books on all sorts of...

May 30, 2018

Dear Gaila,

How do I read a text? It is not only hard to read, but is dense with information. How do I get through it?

A Student

Dear Student,

I don't know if English is your mother tongue or not, but I will talk about both cases. First of all we assume that texts have sev...

May 23, 2018

What can you, as a parent, do at home to enrich your child's vocabulary?

First of all, all the games we mentioned in the previous column can be also played at home. Besides giving their vocabulary a boost, the games are good for quality, non-screen, family time and an o...

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