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Getting Ready for Page One: 9 Things You Can Do Before Your Students Read

Getting Ready for Page One: 9 Things You Can Do Before Your Students Read

Don’t lead your ESL students into page-one panic. Help them get ready to read that long or longer passage with one of these nine pre-reading strategies. They won’t take a lot of effort on your part, but they will make a huge difference in how well your students understand what they are reading. 4 Things You Can Do before Your Students Read with No Preparation 1 Chart A K/W/L chart ...
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The Best Things Come in Small Packages: 9 Best Reasons to Teach a Small Class

The Best Things Come in Small Packages: 9 Best Reasons to Teach a Small Class

I’ve never really been able to determine my own class size, and I think that’s pretty typical among ESL teachers. Some classes have been larger, and others smaller, but all of them have been assigned by my supervisors. And if I’m honest, at times, my smaller classes didn’t give me the same sense of accomplishment as my larger classes did. After all, a class of three false beginne ...
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Once the Book Is Closed: 9 Follow-up Activities for Reading Passages

Once the Book Is Closed: 9 Follow-up Activities for Reading Passages

We all know how important it is to get our students ready to read. If we don’t prepare them for what they will find between the pages, their comprehension will decrease and their stress will increase. But as important as it is to do activities before reading, it is also important to do follow-up activities with your ESL students. Follow-up activities give you a chance to check comprehension, revie ...
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10 Ways to Make Your Lesson Planning Easier by Using Worksheets in Class

10 Ways to Make Your Lesson Planning Easier by Using Worksheets in Class

When it comes to worksheets, opinions run the gamut. Some teachers love them and use them in class and for homework every day. Other teachers are not so keen on copies, and they prefer to use more organic strategies for teaching. But like everything in teaching (and in the world) there is a time and a place for worksheets. In particular, these ideas are for how to use worksheets in class. Some are for f ...
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Choose Your Own Vocabulary: 3 Simple Ways to Give Students Input on What They Learn

Choose Your Own Vocabulary: 3 Simple Ways to Give Students Input on What They Learn

Vocabulary is one of the most useful parts of the English language. Even if someone knows all the rules of pronunciation and grammar, without knowing what individual words mean, they will not be able to communicate with other English speakers. Perhaps that is why vocabulary is such a big part of any ESL class. Or perhaps it is because there is always new vocabulary to learn. Even native English speakers ...
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Yet and Already: 7 Classroom Activities for ESL Students

Yet and Already: 7 Classroom Activities for ESL Students

Are we there yet? Have you already finished? Yet and already are words that can be confusing to ESL students, and it’s worth spending some class time practicing them. Already refers to events in the near past while yet is used to check if something has happened as of the present moment. While used similarly in questions, they are different when used in answers. Since both words refer to events nea ...
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Phonics in a Flash: 4 Simple Ways to Use Flashcards When Teaching Phonics

Phonics in a Flash: 4 Simple Ways to Use Flashcards When Teaching Phonics

How can ghoti spell fish? The sometimes crazy rules of English phonics make it possible. This classic example combines gh as in enough, o as in women, and ti as in nation to creatively spell the common word referring to our fin finned friends. And while you probably won’t tackle this example in any of your ESL classes, odds are you will be teaching phonics in some form or other. When you do, you&r ...
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