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Baseball Idioms

During the presidential campaign of 2016 there was some confusion over a word or phrase that Donald Trump kept using. It was hard to discern whether he was saying the word “bigly” or the phrase “big league.” It was eventually confirmed that he was saying “big league”, but what does this term mean? Big league … Continue reading Baseball Idioms

5 Tips On Learning a New Language

Learning a new language is never easy, and some people go their whole lives only speaking one. But some people successfully learn and use multiple languages in their lifetimes. Sid Efromovich is one such polyglot who speaks seven languages. In a TED talk he gave in 2013 he shared some of his techniques.¹ 1. Make … Continue reading 5 Tips On Learning a New Language

Meet the Staff: Adam McConnell

Meet the Staff: Adam McConnell   I started my ESL career in Vienna, Austria, where I worked at a school for wine production for two years. It was an exciting experience because Vienna is so beautiful and working with those students was a lot of fun. I’ve worked at ICLS for 7 years, first as … Continue reading Meet the Staff: Adam McConnell

ESL Thanksgiving Writing Contest

What Are You Thankful For? In light of the Thanksgiving holiday, we have asked our current ESL students and alumni to share with us what they are thankful for this season. Today, we are proud to announce three winners whose essays we are excited to share with you! ICLS would like to thank all of our … Continue reading ESL Thanksgiving Writing Contest

Meet the Staff: Connie Lee

Meet the Staff: Connie Lee Connie Lee is the Director of the ESL Division at the International Center for Language Studies.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and holds a master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from … Continue reading Meet the Staff: Connie Lee

Community in the Virtual ESL Classroom

by: Shei Sanchez, ICLS ESL Teacher Building a strong and engaged community of students is a key ingredient in teaching. If learners feel excluded or left behind, the classroom environment can become disjointed and leaden. It just doesn’t feel right. Therefore, the classroom should feel like a second home – a place where students and … Continue reading Community in the Virtual ESL Classroom

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