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How to Help Struggling English Language Learners

Learning problems and how Off2Class can overcome them At the college where I teach in Montréal, each term more and more English language learners enter with different kinds of learning issues. How can classroom teachers deal with these seemingly overwhelming problems without burning themselves out? This blog post will focus on how Off2Class can help


Five Tips on Getting Language Learners to Write a Family Story

Introduction Ever since I started creating and publishing “communicative” learning materials back in the 80s, I have been a big fan of project learning, both in my classroom teaching and writing. In this post, I will describe a family story project that I recently created for young-adult intermediate to advanced English language learners. What is


10 Reasons Why You Should Like Online Learning

Introduction I have to admit I’m biased.  I’ve been involved in distance education and online learning for over 25 years, first at TELUQ, a distance-education university, and more recently in online teaching at CÉGEP de Saint-Laurent, a francophone college.   As a teacher, author and learner, it is no surprise I’m a big fan of


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


Making Sense of the Revising Process

A Systematic Writing Approach to Revising, Editing, Proofreading if you have upper-intermediate to advanced English language learners, you probably teach some form of writing.  I would suspect also that you teach the revising process.  Or do you? Whenever I ask my upper-level ESL students to define the revising process, they look at me as if



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