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Write in the active voice. We have heard it from our teachers time and time again, and we have taught it nearly as much.
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ESL teachers have lots of options when it comes to aiding and assessing reading comprehension in their students.
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I’ve begun to reach a conclusion: enthusiasm is overrated.
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“I’m having a problem with a student who is a terribly slow learner. This student is an eight-year-old boy who seems to grasp very little and speaks even less. He does not remember half of the new words I teach the class and gives mostly one-word answers (yes/no). What can I do to help him?” *
Every ESL teacher has to deal with slow learners at one point or another.
Slow learners come ...
“I have a pretty good idea of ways to start class on the very first day of school. But where do I go from there? How do I begin each subsequent lesson? I don’t want to simply jump into the day’s material.” *
This person is absolutely right. You don’t want to dive in headfirst into your lesson without some sort of warm-up activity.
Lots of ESL teachers simply resort to smal ...
There came a point last semester in my intermediate ESL class when I was shocked to hear my students using conditional “if” clauses with a fair amount of accuracy and fluency: “If I have time this weekend, I’ll clean my house” and even the more complex “I wouldn’t do that if I were you.”
I was really impressed. How did they do that? These intermediate stud ...
These days there are many learners wishing to apply to colleges and universities abroad or to emigrate to an English speaking country and to do so they need to prove their level of English.
The most common method of proving your level of English outside of the US is through the IELTS exam which is measured by a bands system. It depends on the proposed course of study as to what band the student is requi ...
Bingo is one of my favorite games to play in ESL classes.
It is versatile, simple, and fun. I have played many different versions of Bingo depending on what I happen to be teaching, and Bingo is flexible enough that I can tailor it to just about anything. Here are ten twists on the classic game that you can include in your ESL class, too.
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Puzzles are always a good time.
OK, not always, but most of the time, and logic puzzles are a great way to challenge your students. You can find various logic puzzles on the internet or can make your own. Making your own logic puzzles can be a very time consuming and difficult process, especially if you are not overly familiar with how these usually work. Modelling them after the Einstein Puzzle is prob ...
The IELTs Academic Writing Paper 1 is one that students often worry about.
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If you are looking for a fun and creative way to review asking and answering questions with your ESL students, here are some activities you might want to try.
Tell Me About Yourself
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Every ESL teacher working in a foreign country eventually realizes that one of the greatest obstacles facing their students is a lack of opportunities to speak English.
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International students studying in the United States or other Western countries often come from cultures where academic integrity is understood differently.
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Peer Review is perhaps one of the most challenging methods of teaching in the English as a Second Language writing classroom; on one hand, when it goes well, the benefits of it students are tremendous and impactful.
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