Classroom Community Builders

Classroom Community Builders is a collection of flexible community-building exercises for the classroom. Community-building classroom exercises directly affect student success, especially when combined with class content. The over 70 activities in this book help your students succeed while teaching teamwork skills and increasing their understanding.

Publisher: Alphabet Publishing

Skills: Writing, Editing, Book Design, Cover Design.

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On the Board

On the Board is an ebook containing 200 simple and successful do-now activities. Each do-now involves writing a proverb, quotation, brain-teaser, or joke on the board and setting students to interpret, analyze, and solve the do-now. One of the top most downloaded books on Smashwords in the categories of education and brainteasers.

Publisher: Alphabet Publishing

Skills: Converting and Publishing e-book. Book Design.
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Thirty-one Mysteries to Solve Clue by Clue

Thirty One Mysteries to Solve Clue by Clue is a collection of short mysteries that encourage students to talk, while also practicing critical thinking skills and close reading. Each mystery consists of a situation and 4-10 photocopiable cards.

Students read or listen to a puzzle or mystery to solve. Then they are given the first clue card. They start discussing it, sharing theories and defending their ideas. They get a second clue card. More discussion and thinking. Finally, after they have all the clues, they can try to solve the mystery!

Publisher: ProLingua

Skills: Authoring, revising, working with a publisher’s requirements.

Hang Out! 1 2 and 3

Hang Out is a series of fun textbooks for learners in primary school, going from level A1 to B1. I authored units for the first three books in the series. For each unit, I wrote a series of vocabulary recognition and practice activities tailored to younger students–lots of songs and chants and sticker activities and drawing. I also worked on reading comprehension activities, building basic reading skills such as recognizing organization patterns and linking sentences to paragraphs.

Each unit also featured a cartoon and lots of commissioned illustrations. One of the most fun projects I’ve worked on.

Publisher: Compass Publishing
Skills:Adapting directions, readings, and dialogues to low level English speakers. Designing creative tasks that were both fun for primary school children and cognitively appropriate. Choosing illustrations that helped students comprehend the readings.

 

 

 

Inside Writing Into

Inside Writing is an academic English textbook that teaches writing using the genre-approach to writing. Each unit required writing a model text in a different genre, from a short narrative to a PSA to a cause and effect essay, that used words from the Academic Word List, exercises to draw student attention to the features of that genre, vocabulary exercises, grammar exercises, a guided group writing exercise, and a final writing exercise for the student.

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ESL Language Centers

As a member of the Test Development Committee, I worked with Second Language Testing Institute and the ELS Language Centers to develop and edit items for end-of-level proficiency exams.

ELS is an intensive academic English language program with month-long sessions. At the end of each, students are given a final exam on the unit just studied. My role was to write vocabulary and grammar items matched to the content of each session, strictly correlated to the syllabus and textbook of each level.

Publisher: 2LTI/Berlitz

Skills: Test item writing, including multiple-choice grammar and vocabulary questions, listening scripts, and reading texts.

Grammar Editor for MasterMind

As grammar editor, I was asked by Macmillan to review the grammar lessons and exercises of the second edition of Mastermind, levels 1 and 2.

My task was to go through every grammar lesson and exercise in the Student Books and Work Books to check for clarity of explanations and use of sample texts to illustrate the grammar point. I also looked for consistency between explanations and exercises and from exercise to exercise.

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Publisher: Macmillan

Skills: copy-editing, suggesting content-revisions, editing between Student Book and Workbook

Online Lesson Plans for Reallyenglish/New Horizons

I was hired by the ELTJam team to work on a project for Reallyenglish and New Horizons language schools. The assignment involved creating a series of speaking lesson plans to review grammar and vocabulary lessons students would do online as self-study via Adobe Connect, as well as a series of complementary face-to-face lessons. I created or curated all visual content and handouts, as well as writing extensive teacher’s notes to guide instructors in teaching the lesson with a minimum of preparation.

Publisher: Reallyenglish

Skills: Writing scripted lesson plans, writing for online delivery as well as face-to-face modules, creating PowerPoint slides, writing handouts and printables, creating teacher notes, finding artwork

New Ways in Teaching with Humor

 New Ways in Teaching with Humor John Rucynski, Jr., Editor New Ways in Teaching With Humor from TESOL Press explores the whole gamut of possibilities for using humor in English language teaching. These lessons use humor to enhance the English learning experience and provide English language learners with the linguistic and cultural knowledge they need to become more proficient users of the language.

I contributed an activity on using humor to draw attention to mistakes in using the passive tense.

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