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Harvard research shows that our brains are more active when we talk about ourselves.
Hence it is probably the most engaging way to have students practice conversation. We obviously do it naturally when we are teaching one-on-one, but it can be boring to listen to others talk about themselves, and students often lose interest when one-on-one conversation is employed in a group conversation class. So how ...
One of the trickiest challenges for the EFL teacher is helping non-native learners understand verb tenses that do not have translatable equivalents in the host language.
In fact, most languages structure verb tenses differently than English. Hence, teachers cannot rely on comparisons to the host language to explain these concepts, and they have to develop original, cross-cultural methods to explain. Her ...
Language should be communicative. That means the more your ESL students use English to communicate, with you and with one another, the better their language skills will be.
Communicative language is also creative; speakers use the language that they know to share their ideas and opinions, even if they make mistakes in the finer points of grammar or vocabulary. The point is that communicative language us ...
Outsourcing ESL/EFL has become extremely popular internationally, and many ESL teachers, especially native speakers that want to work from home, are finding it lucrative to make a move to Skype© lessons.
How do we prepare ourselves to teach over the computer though, even with video? Whether you are planning on teaching one-on-one or in groups, here are some essential “dos and don’ts&rdq ...
English language learners need to know how to report emergencies, no matter what their ability level.
Therefore, it is important to teach about emergencies even in a beginner’s class. Everyone can learn enough to be able to report the most necessary information. The following activities will help you teach your students how to report emergencies in English.
Consider Using These Activities for R ...
Everybody has the right to learn and be well-educated and like in any classroom we can find people from a number of different backgrounds in an ESL classroom.
Often people are quick to pre-judge others with dyslexia and often they’re cruelly labeled with ‘lazy’, ‘unwilling’ or sometimes even ‘stupid’. Many others are quick to dismiss students with dyslexia and b ...
If you teach EFL south of the Equator or near it, you are probably trying to explain Christmas trees, wreaths, and Frosty in places where there is no pine or snow!
To understand English words that are culturally derived and make them stick in students’ heads, it is a good learning tool to share the culture with them. EFL instructors often try to replicate Christmas for their students, but how do w ...
If you are teaching ESL/EFL to 5-10 year old children in a developing country, or to immigrant children in a developed one, you might find that they are functionally illiterate.
Most children globally do not learn to read until a few years later than developed country kids, and immigrant children or children of immigrants have probably been moved around quite often and have received little to no formal ...
One of the first things ESL students, particularly adults, want to learn is the vocabulary for everyday routines.
This pertains especially to routines in which they may encounter others who only speak English. One of these routines is doing laundry. Some people may do theirs in a laundromat, where it is likely they will meet others who speak English and will need this vocabulary to communicate. Even tho ...
Advanced students have practiced English for years probably, and, as a result, they often view themselves as experts.
Also, they have enough language in their toolkit that they circumvent English concepts that are tricky for them. They obviously know they do not speak perfectly because they have contracted you, a native or more skilled speaker, to help them with their trouble spots and fix the nuances t ...