Be lavish and specific with your praise

“Good job”, “well done”, and “nice work” are phrases that I regularly use with my learners for positive reinforcement. I really believe that praising learners on a regular basis is a good strategy. I have always been a firm believer that recognizing my learners’ efforts and contributions to class can certainly help the student grow […]

Possible Educational Benefits of Pokemon Go

A guest post by Alisa Abrasaldo Pokemon Go is the latest craze that got everybody’s attention nowadays. It is a mobile game that allows its players to capture adorable pet monsters in the real world. They can then use these pets to fight other monsters, players or capture locations. This is a rare moment when technology, […]

Death by PowerPoint or can PowerPoint bring a class to life?

It’s around this time of the semester that I get feedback from student evaluations from the previous semester. I always like to read the comments that students have written about my classes. The questions on the evaluation form are not 100% relevant to my classes because they are written for lecture classes and I teach […]

What is and how can I use it?

What is is a free website where learners can practice and improve their English reading skill. What materials are there on There are now more than 500 free reading lessons on a wide variety of topics and skill levels. What kind of lessons are on the site? The site has five different kinds […]

3 Amazing Videos to Raise Awareness and Get Your Learners Talking!

3 Amazing Videos to Raise Awareness and Get Your Learners Talking!

I recently posted a blog post on Language Teaching Professionals about three awesome videos to inspire your learners. It was very well received so I thought I would do another post about videos. Click here if you haven’t read that post.   Today I have chosen three more of my favorite videos that I show to […]

Are you driving disconnection with learners without realizing it?

  I recently watched this awesome video by Dr. Brene Brown on the difference between empathy and sympathy.     I really enjoyed her approach to a very sensitive and delicate topic and started to think how this could be applied to my teaching and how I interact with my learners. I started to reflect […]

Dreamreader's most popular lessons of 2016

Most popular lessons of 2016…so far!

The journey We now have more than 500 lessons up on the site and it’s still growing. That’s not bad when you consider that we started the site in September 2014 with only 25 lessons. It has been a struggle to research, write, edit, and proof read all these lessons, not to mention the fact […]

Favorite students

There was a recent post on Reddit Japan that asked what kinds of students do teachers like teaching. It was an interesting post and provoked some interesting discussion. If you are interested you can read it here. It made me not only think about the kinds of students I most enjoy teaching but what were my thoughts […]