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Which Continuous Is It? Top 5 Exercises for Practicing Past, Present, and Future Continuous Tenses

Which Continuous Is It? Top 5 Exercises for Practicing Past, Present, and Future Continuous Tenses

Any grammar teacher knows that continuous tenses, also known as progressive tenses, describe an action in progress at a certain point in time. If the point in time in question is in the past, then the past progressive tense is used. If the point in time in question is in the future, the future progressive is used. And if the point in time in question is right now, the present progressive is used. Though ...
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Station Break: How to Put Your Whole Classroom to Use in Your English Lessons

Station Break: How to Put Your Whole Classroom to Use in Your English Lessons

If you have four walls, you have what you need to play this game that gets your students up and moving and also gets them listening for whatever language aspect you are targeting. How to Play In this game, students listen to you for target words and sounds and then race to one of the four walls in your classroom. The last person to touch the correct wall is eliminated. Play continues until only one p ...
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Loaded Learning: 8 Ways Smart Phones Can Help You and Your Students in the Classroom

Loaded Learning: 8 Ways Smart Phones Can Help You and Your Students in the Classroom

Maybe everyone doesn’t have a smart phone these days, but more do than don’t. You’ll find that true in your ESL class, too, if you teach internationals in the U.S. And even if you don’t, your students might still be wired in. Instead of yelling at students to put their phones away, why not use them to your advantage? You can use smart phones and tablets lots of different ways in ...
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You Can Count on Me: 11 Fun Games for Practicing Countable and Noncountable Nouns

You Can Count on Me: 11 Fun Games for Practicing Countable and Noncountable Nouns

If you are looking for some fun reviews of count and noncount nouns with your ESL students, try these simple games. You can count on your students having a great time and learning, too. 11 Fun Games for Practicing Countable and Noncountable Nouns 1 Picture Perfect Pictures are a great way to get your ESL students talking. Learners use visual input to access vocabulary and use grammar to expres ...
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Getting Ready for the TOEFL? Top 9 Tips for Making Preparation Fun

Getting Ready for the TOEFL? Top 9 Tips for Making Preparation Fun

Exam preparation, though important, can be extremely boring for your students. Here are some tips you can use when preparing for standardized tests that make activities fun for you and your students while still being effective. Top 9 Tips for Making Preparation Fun 1 Make It a Competition Everything is more fun when it’s a competition. Put your students into two teams and let them choose ...
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Don"t Be Fooled by Great Grammar! Your Students Need This for Great English, Too

Don’t Be Fooled by Great Grammar! Your Students Need This for Great English, Too

I have always found it fascinating how different language structures are valued in different cultures. Take something as simple as how to write well. In English, we value a variety of sentence length. Writing all short sentences or all long ones is boring for the reader. And run on sentences? They are a big taboo. However in Spanish, writing one long sentence that goes on and on, for pages at times, is ...
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Make Mine a Double: Why You Should Double Dip When Teaching Content in English (and How to Do It Right)

Make Mine a Double: Why You Should Double Dip When Teaching Content in English (and How to Do It Right)

The days of isolating grammar from speaking from reading in ESL classes are waning. Language learning does not happen so compartmentalized, and teachers who realize this and teach multiple aspects of language simultaneously will see the positive effect it has on their students. I have taught straight grammar classes and I have taught classes that encompass multiple aspects of language. Personally, I fin ...
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