(1) they focus on combined skills rather than individual skllls of reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.
(2) they infuse content (key concepts and vocabulary) from academic disciplines/themes such as psychology, business, and health care (created through collaborations with faculty who teach in those disciplines).
(3) they emphasize project-based assessment and critical thinking.
Also on the blog are lessons based on TED talks, songs that I use in grammar and listening, and writing prompts based on short readings.
Use the 'labels' menu (on the right of the screen) to choose a lesson for a specific skill (all the lesson plans use at least two skills, and those listed under combined skills include all skills.) Or you can choose 'anecdotes' for stories and thoughts about teaching.
If you want to read more about me and my awesome colleagues, here's a link to Valencia's EAP web page.
If you like these lesson materials, use and share them, and check back regularly for new ones. Get in touch if you have any comments or questions.
One of my favorite quotes about education inspires the design of my lesson materials:
'Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.' From 'The Pedagogy of the Oppressed' by Paulo Freire