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Krause, Tim – ORTESOL Journal, 2018
Vocabulary acquisition is central to language learning, and many instructors believe that technology can facilitate this core activity. While numerous websites and apps offer language-learning activities and games, not all provide evidence that their content and techniques are effective. VocabularySpellingCity (VSC), however, commissioned a study…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Twenge-Jinings, Fidelia; Sullivan, Joanna – ORTESOL Journal, 2016
Realizing that ESOL students often do not integrate naturally into their new communities, we developed a reading class that focuses only on topics such as history, culture, arts, nature and entertainment that pertain to Portland or Oregon. In addition to readings, we asked that students go out and "live" what they learned through a…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Place Based Education, Curriculum Development, English (Second Language)
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Mull, Jaci; Conrad, Susan – ORTESOL Journal, 2013
Concordancers are software programs that allow users to search for all occurrences of a word or sequences of words. Early descriptions of the potential for student concordancing were given by Tim Johns, who called it Data Driven Learning (DDL). Johns (1991) explains DDL as an investigation allowing students to form their own questions about the…
Descriptors: Grammar, Error Correction, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning