Dorothy Zemach

Dorothy is an author, editor, teacher trainer, and educational consultant. If it involves words, language, or teaching, she's interested! Areas of specialty and interest include teaching writing, teaching reading, business English, academic English, testing, and humor. She's a frequent plenary speaker at international conferences and founder of Wayzgoose Press. Contact Dorothy through her personal website ( or find her on Facebook, where she talks (mostly!) about learning, teaching, language, and travel.

Posts by Dorothy

Young ESL Learners

Engaging Sample CLIL Lesson Plans for the ESL/EFL Classroom

The good news about formulating a strong lesson plan for a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) class is that it will contain many of the same features of a good lesson plan for any class. That is, it will include transitions from and to the previous class and the next one, it will warm […]

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What’s It Like to Teach English for the US Department of State? Voices from the Field

The purview of the United States Department of State, more commonly referred to as the State Department, is vast. Broadly responsible for international relations and foreign diplomacy, this executive department was established in 1789 and is headed by the Secretary of State. A successful State Department operation results not only in smoother operations for America […]

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What Is the Current State of English Teaching in Afghanistan?

Freshta Noori was 11 years old when she started studying English in the fourth grade. She was 19 when she began teaching English while simultaneously working on her teaching certification. And then at age 20, the Taliban took over the governing of Afghanistan, and her world changed. Now she can no longer leave the house […]

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Are Machine Translation Tools a Threat to English Teaching?

If you have long passages, DeepL does come up with language that is more natural overall. But DeepL often mistranslates words and shorter phrases.  When Google Translate first launched in 2006, the implications for foreign language classrooms seemed small. It was useful for translating single words, the way a bilingual dictionary is, and short sentences […]

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What Are the Benefits of CLIL in Bilingual Education?

Find out the cognitive and social benefits of CLIL – Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) – a teaching method in which a core subject is taught in the students’ target language.

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Going Viral – Can English Language Educators Monetize Their Teaching Through YouTube?

Last month, BridgeUniverse explored the ways English language teachers and learners are using Instagram and TikTok. In this article, we’ll continue looking at English teaching outside the classroom by profiling several YouTube teachers who discuss their challenges and successes teaching on this social media giant. English Language Education on YouTube Given YouTube’s size, it’s no […]

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What Is CLIL? The Global Trend in Bilingual Education Explained

What is CLIL in language learning, and who is this method best suited for? Take a look at the origins, features, and benefits of CLIL, or Content and Language Integrated Learning, and see how this innovative method differs from similar approaches.

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Teaching English With TikTok? How Social Media Is Making Microlearning Big Business

Microlearning — instruction delivered in short, bite-sized chunks — has become increasingly popular in the corporate world for in-service training. Although the term was coined back in 1963 by Hector Correa in his book “The Economics of Human Resources,” microlearning didn’t really catch on in education until the 1990s, when the internet brought education online. […]

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