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New member
Mar 17, 2008
Member Type
English Teacher
I'm looking for suggestions - there is an ESL (ELL)
position open at our local middle school. BUT, although I'm endorsed in
ESL, I only have 1 year of teaching ESL under my belt (as
opposed to my 5 years of teaching H.S. Spanish). I've
been out of the ESL loop for 10 years. I am a good
teacher and I've got a good reputation in our district as
I've been subbing lots. BUT, getting through the
interview might be hard after being out of touch w/ ESL
for so long. I've been online reading all I can about ELL
teaching/theories, etc. and it's all coming back to me.
But what else would you suggest I do? Have things changed lots in the past 10 years? BTW, we have mostly
Russian and Spanish-speaking ESL students here. Thanks for
your help! Kat


Senior Member
Jul 22, 2007
Member Type
English Teacher
There have been no major changes over the last 10 years. The general move have been to communicative competencies but that's not really new. You should check out Michael Lewis - The Communicative Approach, Teaching Collocation. There is a bit more emphasis on vocabulary these days.

If you can, take a look at Learner English by Swan and Smith from CUP. If you don't know the book it describes learner problems by nationality/first language.
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