BIG.gifIrina Marchenko
(bi-cultural, bi-lingual)BIG.jpgexternal image zeroth3.jpg
teaching Engaged Smart Learners

Virtual spaces:
Twitter -; ESL Blog -
Physical space:
Room 222
Period 1 - ESLPeriod 2 – English 2APeriod 3 - ConferencePeriod 4 - English 1BPeriod 5 - ADV ESOLPeriod 6 - English 2APeriod 7 – ADV ESOLPeriod 8 - ADV ESOL
MONDAY, THURSDAY 4:20 - 5:20,
or by appointment

You can also schedule a virtual tutoring session with me.
We will collaborate via Google docs.

Writing Workshop: higher order thinking skills

Nimitz HS clips:
ID Badge: ID_FL.wmv

ESL Blog -
Advanced ESL classes started on-line collaboration on the blogosphere in September 2007.
The blog is a virtual extension of Room 219 at Nimitz HS. In 2008, the blog became a platform for exchanging ideas between English language learners in Irving,Texas, and Polyarnye Zori, Russia.

For information about my career in education and selected research activites please read my CV:

Teaching English composition with film:
These shorts were created by Level 1 ESL students with the purpose of contributing to the Nimitz Lore. After studying various tall tales (Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill), Greek myths and Native American legends, students came up with their own stories explaining how Viking became our mascot.
The Viking Tale

Links to films release fot the Viking Film Festival sponsored by the ESL Department (May - 2009) are available on the Right Angle page of this Wiki.

To Carolyn Graham, the creator of Jazz Chants
Etiquette: School Rules interpreted by I. Marchenko
Discipline Ditties*Do you want to be cool?Bring your ID badge to school.*This rule applies to all:You MUST walk in the hall.*No standing and talking;Keep walking, walking, walking.*Observing the dress codePromotes the learning mode.*May I have your attention? -Tardies stand for detention.*Memorize this rhyme:You MUST be on time.*A phone ringing in class?Office referral, alas!*MP3 players spell trouble –You will be fined and pay double.*Do you hear me, dude?Never be rude. *Follow the etiquette.You'd be glad you didn't forget. *Whether you are a lad or lass,Stay on task in class.*You will not buy principals’ affectionIf they find you short of perfection.*Remember to bring your laptopAnd jump with technology to the top.*Complete your homework.You will get a perk!*Reading is a known virtue:Library has literature.A kid with a bookHas a smart look.*Hard work, focus, and creativityWill take you out of captivity.*Axiom im Greek is "axioma."Be worthy and get your diploma.*We believe in you and we profess:You will be a huge success

Reader's Theater

Links to projects are available on the Right Angle page of this Wiki under THE BRICK WALL THEATER

The Global Game: Writers on Soccer
Reading The Global Game

Reading The Global Game
The special guest John Turnbull teaches a master class on reading poetry.
Soccer with words:
Audition #1 May 21 2009 - VID00015.AVI

World's English Mania
Jay Walker's TED lecture: ( )

Lexicography The dictionary according to Erin McKean


TESOL 2009 Convention Poem captures the spirit of teaching ESL.
To listen to it, go to the convention site and scroll down to audio controls: