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Make Sure Your Students Are Getting What They Bargained for: 5 Tips for Teaching What Students Really Need

Make Sure Your Students Are Getting What They Bargained for: 5 Tips for Teaching What Students Really Need

Whether you have a curriculum you follow for the semester or you make class up as you go along, you need to know what to teach. Sometimes including the right content in class is tough. How do you know what your students really need to know? How do you make sure you cover those things in class? If you are wondering these things or just don’t know where to start when planning class content, here are ...
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Teacher Appreciation: 5 Ways to Boost Your Attitude When You Need Some TLC

Teacher Appreciation: 5 Ways to Boost Your Attitude When You Need Some TLC

We all have those not so great days. Even the most enthusiastic of teachers needs a little TLC from time to time. But sometimes we feel like taking care of our teacher selves means short changing our students, so we put ourselves last on the list. That doesn’t have to be the case. Teachers can take care of themselves and still give their students what they deserve in class. In fact, teachers who p ...
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Tuning in the Feedback: 6 Strategies for Giving Students Feedback on Speaking

Tuning in the Feedback: 6 Strategies for Giving Students Feedback on Speaking

It can be awkward to interrupt your students as they are speaking, whether it’s to give them good or bad feedback on their spoken language. Here are six more subtle ways to offer feedback on spoken English without interrupting your students in the middle of their sentences. 6 Strategies for Giving Students Feedback on Speaking 1 Make a Note It can be discouraging and disruptive if you tr ...
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Play at Work: 5 Ways to Make Text Book Exercises Fun

Play at Work: 5 Ways to Make Text Book Exercises Fun

Text book activities are an easy go to in class. They target the specific skills students are learning, and they are right there ready to go, just open to the right page. But sometimes doing exercises from the book can be just plain boring. Students go through the motions, but how much effort are they really putting into what they do? You can help motivate your students when they are doing textbook exer ...
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We Are Family: 5 Tips for Helping International Students Form Strong Friendships

We Are Family: 5 Tips for Helping International Students Form Strong Friendships

For your ESL students, friendships are essential. Many of them have travelled from home, friends, and family to study the English language in a completely different country, away from all they know. And no matter who you are, you need a support system around you. Especially when you are undertaking a large task such as learning English. That’s why your students’ classmates are so important i ...
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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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