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16 Fantastic Ways to Start a Preschool English Class

16 Fantastic Ways to Start a Preschool English Class

Preschool English as a second language classes can be the most fun of classes to teach while at the same time being the most challenging. Not only do preschool ESL teachers have to teach language, they also have to teach general knowledge and appropriate social behavior to their students. The good news is that almost any activity a preschool teacher would do in an English only classroom will also teach ...
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Uh…Oh…Um…: How to Teach Students to Hesitate the Right Way

Uh…Oh…Um…: How to Teach Students to Hesitate the Right Way

Native speakers know just the right words to say whenever they want to say them, right? Wrong! It’s not just second language speakers that hesitate in their speech, trying to figure out just what they want to say when they want to say it. If all of our brains worked as fast as our mouths do, there would be no need for hesitation devices in any language. The truth of the matter is that every langua ...
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Treat Me Right: 13 Clever Ways to Reward Your Students

Treat Me Right: 13 Clever Ways to Reward Your Students

After a tough week of grappling with the conditional forms, or the intricacies of the past perfect progressive, it’s always nice to reward your students for their hard work and diligence. I tend to mix up my rewards, and sometimes to advertise their availability in advance, as I find it forms a useful incentive. In each case, I consider what the students might enjoy, what seems appropriate given t ...
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7 Steps to Creating Awesome Error Correction Sheets

7 Steps to Creating Awesome Error Correction Sheets

There are a host of ways to correct your students’ mistakes, and you probably have your preferred methods. We’re always aiming not to disrupt fluency too much, nor to single out individuals or make students feel bad for having tried something ambitious. But we’re also keenly aware of the importance of accuracy, and of not letting too many mistakes go past without being corrected. One ...
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Where Are You From? 10 Fantastic Activities for Talking about the World

Where Are You From? 10 Fantastic Activities for Talking about the World

One of the most exciting parts of teaching a class of internationals is that you get to touch the entire world without leaving your classroom. It’s easy to learn about places all over the world. Students always have something to say when you encourage them to share about their homes. The following activities go global: they give you and your students a chance to talk, read, and write about differen ...
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A Tall, Dark Stranger: Using Palm Reading in Your ESL Classroom

A Tall, Dark Stranger: Using Palm Reading in Your ESL Classroom

Palm reading is a terrific ESL exercise. It’s familiar to almost all of our students and offers practice of the grammar of future forms, conditionals and modals, all at once. The predictions are highly personalized, something to which students respond well, and the exercises can be integrated, with speaking, listening, reading and writing all combining into a seamless activity. Even those who dism ...
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The Enlightened Classroom: Why Every Teacher Should Meditate

The Enlightened Classroom: Why Every Teacher Should Meditate

There’s a lot of buzz about meditation at the moment. I’m sure you’ve noticed the torrent of articles, documentaries, medical studies and guide books which have flooded the Internet and bookstore shelves in recent years. For some people, meditation remains an untested ‘relaxation method’, but a growing number of people - self included - are convinced that a regular meditati ...
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