I have taught English to language learners since the 1980s. My first teaching position was part-time with Broward County School where I spent around 10 years teaching English to newly arrived immigrants. I so loved this position that I returned to school taking 18 graduate courses in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and received my ESOL Certificate which allowed me to teach full-time English Language Learners at Deerfield Beach High School. At DBHS I taught ESOL classes for about 10 years and eventually became Department Head and ESOL Coordinator as well as teaching Social and Cultural Anthropology for 12 years. I retired position this past June.I absolutely love teaching ELL students. My methods include using visuals, gestures, and having stimulating conversation. Of course, all this is embedded in teaching the standard pronunciation, grammatical structures, and vocabulary. Before I do any of this, however, I assess my students to get an idea of their wants and needs. Therefore it is a two-way approach of part teacher-centered, but more student-centered. My former students have commented that I am a very patient teacher who makes learning fun. I use games, stories, and multi-media, so the lessons are never boring. I use oral assignments but also like to incorporate reading and writing into the lessons. In this way, students learn the full range of the language experience.