This cultural unit incorporates literature, music, history, video, and plenty of opportunities for interactivity. 
Teaching ELLs specific strategies to better communicate in English helps them become more effective students. Learn to focus on strategic learning in your classroom. 
This lesson plan is an exercise in cultural awareness and allows students to choose and present on the worldwide holidays of their choice.

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Peer editing of written work can be a trial for both teachers and students. These tips, for university students of all proficiency levels, can help address students' reluctance to correct another students' work, a lack of student confidence in his or her criticism, and a lack of motivation. 

The New Ways series is a collection of activities and exercises for classroom practice. Get three free activities from New Ways in Teaching Vocabulary here. These activities will help students individualize the revision of vocab, focus on a particular type of vocab, and extend the range of meanings for known words. 

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