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Give a Quick Listen: Six Quick Activities to Fill 5 Minutes in Listening Class

Give a Quick Listen: Six Quick Activities to Fill 5 Minutes in Listening Class

Even the best planners in the teaching world find themselves with five minutes to fill from time to time. Be prepared for these small gaps with these simple listening games that require no special equipment and can be done in the few minutes you need to fill. 6 Quick Activities to Fill 5 Minutes in Listening Class 1 Two Truths and a Lie This is a classic ice-breaker, but it is fun for students w ...
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Making Group Work Work: 10 Tips for Getting Group Activities Right

Making Group Work Work: 10 Tips for Getting Group Activities Right

One of the most important elements of a good English class is getting students talking. There is no better (or easier) way to make this happen than group work. Group work is flexible, communicative, and can take as little or as much time as you want it to. Here are some tips to keep in mind to make sure you are making the most out of your group work activities. 10 Tips for Getting Group Activities Ri ...
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Immersion without Drowning: Tips for Helping Students Thrive in English Only Classrooms

Immersion without Drowning: Tips for Helping Students Thrive in English Only Classrooms

Immersion English classes are common for ESL students studying overseas. However, not every immersion English class is in an English speaking country. Some teachers choose to have a classroom in which only English is spoken regardless of the country in which they teach or their students’ first language. Whether the immersion classroom is in an English speaking country or not, the key characteristi ...
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Starting at the Very Beginning: 7 Activities You Can Do with False Beginners

Starting at the Very Beginning: 7 Activities You Can Do with False Beginners

Perhaps labeling a class “beginning” is a bit of a misnomer. Rarely do students enter a beginning level ESL class in the United States that have no knowledge of English. Note I said rarely. Because it does happen. I have had a handful of students travel overseas to study English with no previous knowledge of the language. They couldn’t count. They couldn’t order a meal. Nothing. ...
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Up Close and Personal: 5 Keys to Success for One-on-One Teaching

Up Close and Personal: 5 Keys to Success for One-on-One Teaching

I have taught ESL in many different contexts – an ESL class in an international school overseas, classes at a university in the U.S., university level classes for a corporation, and one on one both in a tutoring center and with business clients. I appreciate different aspects of each of my teaching positions; they have all been memorable in their own ways. But one of my most interesting experience ...
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More Than Beginner"s Luck: Must Know Strategies for Successful Reading for ESL Students

More Than Beginners Luck: Must Know Strategies for Successful Reading for ESL Students

If you are teaching beginning ESL students, it’s important to teach them but also to encourage them on their English learning journey. It is easy for new learners to become discouraged, especially when they look at all they have left to learn rather than what they have already accomplished on their English learning journeys. As teachers, it’s then part of our job to prime our students for su ...
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Music for the Masses: How to Bring Classical Music to ESL Students

Music for the Masses: How to Bring Classical Music to ESL Students

I can’t be the only to have noticed that there’s a distinct lack of interest, especially among our younger students, in ‘classical’ music. By this, I think we generally mean the music of Europe and North America, from ancient times until the present, particularly pre-1900, but including almost anything written for a choir, orchestra, chamber ensemble or soloist. It’s one of ...
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