Volume 41 Number 4

Review: The Cobuild Learner's Illustrated Dictionary of American English

William Stone

To cut to the chase, this is undoubtedly the best dictionary available for low and intermediate learners of English. The dictionary is absolutely laden with information, yet it is presented in such a way that it is inviting rather than intimidating to the reader. 


Review: CourseSites by Blackboard

Tim Wagner

CourseSites by Blackboard is a free course management system (CMS) that is very similar to the institutional Blackboard commonly found in universities. Individual teachers can have up to five active CourseSites at any time. Teachers create an account with CourseSites and then build a course. 


Survey Opportunity: PK-12 Teachers

We are collecting responses about teachers' and administrators' experiences with students who speak a language other than English at home and to get an idea of how familiar school professionals are with heritage language/ethnic community programs in their areas. If you have about 10 minutes, we'd like to invite you to participate in the short survey. 


Convention Notes

Read some of the highlights from ITBE's 2014 convention, held February 28-March 1, including Jessica William's session on academic vocabulary and Kristin Lem's session on humor.


Implementing the R.E.S.T. Method to Break the Ebbinghaus Curse

Patrick T. Randolph

This article is the fifth in a multi-article series based on “What Every Teacher Needs to Know About the Brain,” a presentation given at the 2013 ITBE Convention in Lisle, IL.


A Deceiving Counting System

Michael Bahi

Imagine yourself stranded in a random location somewhere on this planet. You walk endlessly to find any sign or form of communication, when you suddenly come across strange symbols. The purpose of this paper is to recognize a fraction of the difficulties emergent English language learners face when coming to this country. 


From ESL to the Oscars: Former ESL Students Make It BIG with Big Mama's & Papa's Pizzeria

Gevik Anbarchian

Pride is a deadly sin, I know, but admittedly, in this case I can’t help myself: 
My cousins, Ararat (Aro) and Allen Agakhanyan, are the proud owners of the Los Angeles-based pizzeria chain, Big Mama's & Papa's Pizzeria (BMPP), that delivered the three now famous pizzas to Ellen DeGeneres at this year’s Oscars.


Teaching Tip: Expressing Fact + Feeling: Using Images in Teaching - Always + Progressive Tense

Lin Cui

As L2 learners begin to expand their repertoire of language use beyond the basic level, they often feel the need to express accurately not only facts but also their feelings.  The structure “always + progressive tense” is a good starting point.  From the idea of  Astorga (1999), who has examined the role which images play in language learning and meaning making, I have tried using images in teaching this structure and found that they help foster students’ imagination and thus motivate them to use English (Van de Werff, 2003).


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