My motto is "Be the best you can be"—in big things as well as small. I have been teaching English second language learners all my professional teaching career— which spans more than 30 years. I am a big fan of the hybrid or flipped classroom in which I mix classroom teaching with online teaching. So I teach language as well as digital literacy, using tools like Moodle with ESL learners.

Academic Writing in the Blended Classroom

  A blended learning approach (sometimes referred to as hybrid teaching) to academic writing seems to be the best of both worlds. This approach combines online instruction with face-to-face classroom interaction. Many report that the blended classroom–regardless of which model is used–is flexible and convenient, as it offers access to lots of resources. Using online tools …

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5 Reasons to Self-Publish Online

Self-publish English-language Teaching Materials Online If you are like me, you probably have a creative drive to self-publish your own language teaching materials online. Plus, you probably want to make a little extra income. For over 30 years, I’ve been an English-language educational writer and classroom teacher.  I written nine commercial textbooks with major publishers. I’ve …

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Topic Sentence: Key to Effective Paragraphs

Introduction Good paragraph organization is a key part of an outstanding text in a business or academic context. Well-crafted paragraphs include a topic sentence. What is an effective paragraph? Good paragraphs usually have three parts: a topic sentence with a controlling idea supporting details a concluding sentence Let’s look briefly at these three parts of …

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