Conversation Partners: A Friendship from Across the Pond

Conversation Partners: A Friendship from Across the Pond

by Matt Raudsep, WAL Student Nearly ten years ago, I signed up at WAL (Washington Academy of Languages) for a Japanese conversation partner. I was 40 years old, and my conversation partner was to soon be 20! I thought, “Ok,…

Using technology to help learners develop listening skills on their own

Using technology to help learners develop listening skills on their own

by Richard West, TESOL Instructor Listening can be one of the hardest skills to help your students develop, especially as many materials and curricula focus on a fairly narrow set of tasks and methods. Luckily, there are a wide number…

Teaching English through Music, A Practical Guide for Teachers

Teaching English through Music, A Practical Guide for Teachers

by Christie Cassel, ELP Instructor Do you love music? Most people do, at least to some degree. We connect with music on an emotional level and the lyrics can become imprinted our brain (for better or worse). Can you think…

Going Full Circle:  Reconnecting with Former Students Abroad - as Friends

Going Full Circle: Reconnecting with Former Students Abroad – as Friends

Featured image: Stanley Yen (middle; WAL, 2007) with Debbie Chan (R) and her husband Gordon. by Debbie Chan, Washington Academy of Languages (WAL), Student Activities and Services Sometimes it just takes a year or two (or how about a decade…

TESOL at CityU: Innovation, Creativity, and Teamwork

TESOL at CityU: Innovation, Creativity, and Teamwork

by Christine Knorr, Director of Washington Academy of Languages It has indeed been a very exciting year for the TESOL Certificate Program.  In just a short year, we have redesigned five courses to meet exemplary standard and introduced a third…

Freezer Burn on Your Words

Freezer Burn on Your Words

by Adam McGarity, World Language Program Manager So, you’ve been studying a language for a bit…going to classes, doing homework, watching videos, maybe listening to podcasts, or using your flash card app.  Then, there you are, in a restaurant, at a…