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Top 10 Tongue Twisters: True Teacher's Treasure?

Top 10 Tongue Twisters: True Teacher's Treasure?

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Tongue twisters in the ESL classroom – yes or no? Although most don't make any sense at all, they can certainly help your students improve their pronunciation skills.
74 Views 457,535
5 New Fun Ways to Teach Grammar to ESL Students

5 New Fun Ways to Teach Grammar to ESL Students

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Mention the word "grammar" and students will cringe. In fact, most teachers will cringe, too.
129 Views 397,992 All
ESL Teachers Beware: Are You Making These Mistakes in Class?

ESL Teachers Beware: Are You Making These Mistakes in Class?

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No ESL teacher is perfect, no matter if you’ve been teaching for 20 minutes or 20 years (present company included!) Anyone can make mistakes, most of which are results of our trying too hard ...
128 Views 92,371 All
Top 10 Time Fillers For Your Classroom

Top 10 Time Fillers For Your Classroom

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Try as you might, careful as you are with your planning, sometimes what you plan to cover in class does not work with the clock. When you are ready for the bell but the bell is not quite ready fo ...
95 Views 362,840 All
From ESL Zero to Hero: How to Teach Absolute Beginners

From ESL Zero to Hero: How to Teach Absolute Beginners

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In today’s globalized world, most beginner ESL students have had some contact with the English language, usually through the Internet, movies or TV. They have most likely studied English at ...
62 Views 197,251 All
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Back to School: What Every New Teacher Should Know About the First Day of Class

Back to School: What Every New Teacher Should Know About the First Day of Class

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Going into a new class on the first day can be exciting and intimidating for new teachers and experienced teachers alike. Depending on your teaching situation there are a lot of variables to take ...
47 Views 95,680 All
10 Best Pieces of Advice You Could Ever Give Your ESL Students

10 Best Pieces of Advice You Could Ever Give Your ESL Students

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ESL students come in all shapes and sizes, from adorable little preschoolers to senior citizens who want to learn another language in their free time. In the middle, we have all sorts of students, ...
33 Views 45,931 All
7 Most Common ESL Problems and How to Solve Them

7 Most Common ESL Problems and How to Solve Them

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As far as your ESL class is concerned, you could face a multitude or problems – or none at all. A typical ESL class, anywhere in the world, has its own set of typical problems and challenge ...
20 Views 54,758 All
How to Be a Successful ESL Teacher

How to Be a Successful ESL Teacher

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Congratulations! You’ve chosen to become an ESL teacher, and it’s one of the most rewarding professions around. Yet, you must be warned – though tremendously satisfying on a pers ...
19 Views 19,419 All
6 Ways to Make Presentation Tasks Work in Your Classroom

6 Ways to Make Presentation Tasks Work in Your Classroom

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A lone student stands self-consciously at the front of the class, hiding behind a sheet of notes. She almost has to shout to be heard over the fragmented conversations of the rest of the class. Ev ...
12 Views 29,653 All
The 9 Best Mobile Apps for Your ESL Students

The 9 Best Mobile Apps for Your ESL Students

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If you haven’t witnessed the explosion of Smartphone popularity, you have been living under a rock. Thousands upon thousands of applications are available from Apple’s App Store, Andr ...
34 Views 212,993 All
Beginning at the Beginning: What You Need to Know if You Teach Absolute Beginners

Beginning at the Beginning: What You Need to Know if You Teach Absolute Beginners

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Almost without exception, when I tell people that I teach English as a Second Language, they ask, “Oh, what languages do you speak?” Though I would like to answer with polylingual aut ...
12 Views 22,127 Beg
The Tricked Out Classroom: 10 Things Every ESL Teacher Wants

The Tricked Out Classroom: 10 Things Every ESL Teacher Wants

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No classroom is perfect. If we try, we could probably list hundreds of improvements we would like to see in our classrooms. Unfortunately, budgets are often our biggest enemies when it comes to cl ...
2 Views 11,546 All
The 10 Commandments of the Ethical ESL Teacher

The 10 Commandments of the Ethical ESL Teacher

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Not long ago, I was having lunch at a local cafe, and I witnessed an interesting conversation between a woman and her parents. In all fairness, I wasn’t deliberately eavesdropping—the ...
17 Views 17,192 All
6 Tips for Staying Fresh as a Teacher

6 Tips for Staying Fresh as a Teacher

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Teaching is not the same today as it was even 10 years ago, much less four decades ago, which is when many of today's retiring teachers first entered the classroom as an instructor. In the midst ...
9 Views 29,494 All
7 Terrific Telephone English Activities for Adult ESL Learners

7 Terrific Telephone English Activities for Adult ESL Learners

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For those who speak English as a second language, speaking English on the telephone can be one of the most challenging and frustrating tasks. On one hand, listening comprehension proves to be mor ...
29 Views 130,516 All
Are You Boring Your Students? How to Turn a Snore Fest into a Barrel of Fun!

Are You Boring Your Students? How to Turn a Snore Fest into a Barrel of Fun!

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You ask your ESL class a question, and you’re met with a room full of blank stares. You call out a student’s name, but getting an answer from him is like pulling teeth. You notice that ...
8 Views 18,926 All
Tired of PPTs? We Know You Are. Time to Try Prezi!

Tired of PPTs? We Know You Are. Time to Try Prezi!

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Not every teacher is able to show digital presentations like PowerPoints (PPTs) in their classroom. However, those that are might have discovered that these presentations can be rather uninspirin ...
5 Views 10,654 All
Too Tired to Teach? 7 Tips to Detox, De-stress and Regain Your Energy

Too Tired to Teach? 7 Tips to Detox, De-stress and Regain Your Energy

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The alarm goes off, and you groan. Getting out of bed is a feat of sheer will. You love teaching, and you enjoy the time you spend with your ESL students – most of the time. But they are no ...
13 Views 61,767 All
Real World Approaches to Reading: 10 Simple Strategies You Can Use Today

Real World Approaches to Reading: 10 Simple Strategies You Can Use Today

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Very few would argue that in today’s world, reading is important. For ESL students, reading can provide grammatical instruction and vocabulary development even as it confers information on t ...
9 Views 15,017 All
The 3 Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig: Teaching Opposites

The 3 Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig: Teaching Opposites

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What would you do if a big, bad pig tried to blow down your little brick house? Run away as the bricks tumbled, just like the three little wolves did in Eugene Trivizas’ story The Three Lit ...
6 Views 25,345 All
10 Essential English Skills Your Students Need for the Business World

10 Essential English Skills Your Students Need for the Business World

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Many students travel overseas to study English, and though they may be in a scholastic setting their real goal is advancement in the business world. Many ESL programs offer classes and courses of ...
6 Views 16,113 All
End with a Bang! 10 Ideas for Mind-Blowing Last Lessons

End with a Bang! 10 Ideas for Mind-Blowing Last Lessons

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The end of the year is a special time for any class. Students may have a tough time focusing on getting through the final days of school, but there is a lot you can do to keep them engaged. End y ...
22 Views 120,783 All
Top 25 Online Learning Resources for Students

Top 25 Online Learning Resources for Students

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As a teacher, sometimes you want to give your students access to more than just the run of the mill Wikipedia and Google search results for out of class education. This is true whether you're tea ...
8 Views 13,979 All
Excuse Me, Teacher, Can I Go to the Bathroom: Managing Interruptions

Excuse Me, Teacher, Can I Go to the Bathroom: Managing Interruptions

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You are probably familiar with the scenario: you at the front of the room, in the middle of lecturing on some important grammar point, when someone raises his hand. “Excuse me, Teacher?&rdq ...
14 Views 41,314 All