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In this section there are 1,804 articles that cover essential ESL topics such as how to teach grammar, use realia, and teach young learners. There are also a lot of lesson ideas and fun activities included in the articles. This ESL article, for example, is about teaching grammar and describes five great activities. It has been given five stars by other busy teachers so it obviously has useful content. Check it out for yourself or take a look at other articles that relate better to your questions or teaching situation.

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Keep Their Eye on the Prize: 5 Visual Aids You Should Be Using in Your ESL Classroom

Keep Their Eye on the Prize: 5 Visual Aids You Should Be Using in Your ESL Classroom

ESL Essentials
No other class benefits from visual aids more than a language class. If a picture is worth a thousand words, including the right visuals for your students to look at can be the avenue to thousand ...
4 All levels
How to Nitpick Your Own Work: Self-Editing for 10 Common Errors

How to Nitpick Your Own Work: Self-Editing for 10 Common Errors

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Teachers spend a lot of time marking students’ work. Indeed, some would say teachers “nitpick" work, or look at work too closely for errors. However, students cannot depend on their t ...
2 All levels
Not All Responses Are Equal: Teaching Students to Wrap Up Unproductive Discussions (and Move Forward)

Not All Responses Are Equal: Teaching Students to Wrap Up Unproductive Discussions (and Move Forward)

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Some classes are so quiet and unresponsive to each other that the teacher will greet any form of interaction with relief and encouragement. Certainly when students begin to open up with each othe ...
3 All levels
Uh, D’yuh Wannuh Cupuh Coffee? The “Schwa” Sound and Common Phrases

Uh, D’yuh Wannuh Cupuh Coffee? The “Schwa” Sound and Common Phrases

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You can’t speak American English without knowing the schwa sound. The schwa sounds approximately like “uh” in the phrases “uh-huh” and “huh-uh.” It is tr ...
2 All levels
This Class ####%!$ Stinks! Relating to Students Who Show Blatant Disrespect

This Class ####%!$ Stinks! Relating to Students Who Show Blatant Disrespect

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Most students, especially adult students, make at least a pretense of civility in the classroom, even if they don’t feel it. The least enthusiastic students usually come into class, take ou ...
3 All levels
Creating a Happy, Healthy Classroom: 7 Tips to Make It Work

Creating a Happy, Healthy Classroom: 7 Tips to Make It Work

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Every teacher wants a pleasant, enjoyable classroom. Students do, too. But the perfect classroom doesn’t come without a little work. Here are seven ways you can make sure your classroom is ...
5 All levels
Survival English: 5 Tips on Where to Start with Absolute Beginners

Survival English: 5 Tips on Where to Start with Absolute Beginners

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I remember going into a level one classroom one semester with certain expectations in mind. Every time I had taught that class, students had some knowledge of English vocabulary even if they didn ...
6 All levels
More Than Multiple Choice: 5 Out of the Notebook Activities to Check How Well They Read

More Than Multiple Choice: 5 Out of the Notebook Activities to Check How Well They Read

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Paper. It fills our text books, our lesson plans, and even our trash cans. So many activities we do are dependent on paper. It’s true in all classes, but perhaps even more so in reading cla ...
5 All levels
Now Playing: How to Develop Language Learning Activities Based on Popular Movies

Now Playing: How to Develop Language Learning Activities Based on Popular Movies

ESL Essentials
Do your students love American movies? My students always do. They often watch movies in either the theater or on television, either way expecting a double benefit. The first is that movies are e ...
4 All levels
10 Questions to Ask before Deciding on English Only vs. Bilingual Instruction

10 Questions to Ask before Deciding on English Only vs. Bilingual Instruction

ESL Essentials
When you are an English teacher and particularly when your students are absolute beginners, you may find that teaching in English is a real challenge. How can you teach in one language when your ...
6 All levels
There’s Strength in Numbers: 4 No-fail Tips for Increasing TOEIC Scores

There’s Strength in Numbers: 4 No-fail Tips for Increasing TOEIC Scores

ESL Essentials
They put in hours of studying. They take practice tests. They ask questions and diligently memorize English grammar. Your students do all these things for one reason: to get a good score on their ...
3 All levels
Calm Amid the Storms: 6 Tips for Dealing with Emotional Students

Calm Amid the Storms: 6 Tips for Dealing with Emotional Students

ESL Essentials
A classroom can be an intense and challenging place in which to work. ESL classrooms, in particular, often bring into sharp focus the kind of cultural issues and socio-economic differences which ...
2 All levels
Two by Two: Top 13 Go to Activities for Pairwork in Speaking Class

Two by Two: Top 13 Go to Activities for Pairwork in Speaking Class

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Are you looking for a go to list of activities you can use in speaking class? Here are thirteen in-class discussion starters just right for two students at a time. Try These Top 13 Go to Activ ...
3 All levels
Tailor Made: 5 Tips for Designing a Curriculum from Scratch

Tailor Made: 5 Tips for Designing a Curriculum from Scratch

ESL Essentials
Whether you are teaching at a large language school or you are offering English classes independent of a language program, you have to decide what you will teach your students. Sometimes you can ...
5 All levels
Write or Wrong? Creating Outstanding Error Corrections for Writing Students

Write or Wrong? Creating Outstanding Error Corrections for Writing Students

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Nobody likes making mistakes, but as a teacher, it’s great to remind your students that mistakes are an opportunity to learn, not to be embarrassed or regretful. After all, they’ve em ...
5 All levels
Are Your Students Ready to Read? 6 Tips for Making Material More Accessible to Your Students

Are Your Students Ready to Read? 6 Tips for Making Material More Accessible to Your Students

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I am a strong proponent of using authentic materials in the classroom at every level of instruction. On a typical day you can find me carrying items such as magazines, books, menus, and letters t ...
4 All levels
What Do We Say About This? Teaching How to Respond to a Topic

What Do We Say About This? Teaching How to Respond to a Topic

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Often teachers and students alike cringe at the notion of a group discussion. It can be difficult to introduce the topic and get students organized into groups. And once that happens, the convers ...
3 All levels
Finding the Rose in the Rubble: Dangerous Topics and Teachable Moments

Finding the Rose in the Rubble: Dangerous Topics and Teachable Moments

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There are some topics that make most teachers cringe at the idea of introducing in class. The topic is too “dangerous” for a number of reasons: it is too controversial, at the more gl ...
3 All levels
The Online Student Lifestyle: How to Practice L1 in an L2 Environment

The Online Student Lifestyle: How to Practice L1 in an L2 Environment

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What do our students need in order to be successful language learners? Good language acquisition begins and ends with practice, but how can a student make progress if nobody else around them spea ...
2 All levels
Any Thoughts on This, Elizabeth? Teaching Students to Encourage Peers to Speak

Any Thoughts on This, Elizabeth? Teaching Students to Encourage Peers to Speak

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Students bring varying experiences to topics as well as varying personalities and predispositions toward extroversion or introversion. This can be seen in class discussion, where typically there ...
2 All levels
The More The Merrier: 8 Reasons Big Classes Are A Blessing

The More The Merrier: 8 Reasons Big Classes Are A Blessing

ESL Essentials
Are you feeling down because you have a larger class and that means more work? Are you trembling at the thought that you might get the biggest class this semester? Large ESL classes have a lot to ...
2 All levels
“Shut Up” Isn’t Allowed: Teaching Discussion Etiquette

“Shut Up” Isn’t Allowed: Teaching Discussion Etiquette

ESL Essentials
Discussion groups are an integral part of most classes that are above the basic level in middle school and beyond. Students are expected to discuss the course material, wrestle with it, and bring ...
2 All levels
5 Reasons to Incorporate Drama in Your ESL Classroom

5 Reasons to Incorporate Drama in Your ESL Classroom

ESL Essentials
Drama is the most under rated genre in today's English curriculum. With so much time and effort spent on critical analysis and evaluations of selections, drama has been put in the back burner. Dra ...
5 All levels
What Should We Talk About, Anyway? Picking the Right Topics

What Should We Talk About, Anyway? Picking the Right Topics

ESL Essentials
Class discussion can often evoke groans from students. It is often rife with pitfalls: difficulties getting along with peers, students feeling they have little in common with their classmates, is ...
3 All levels
Navigating Difficult Issues: Avoiding Pitfalls While Moving Forward

Navigating Difficult Issues: Avoiding Pitfalls While Moving Forward

ESL Essentials
Some topics invite more discussion than others and even conflict. This is actually good for discussion, that students have strong opinions on the topic and that they are willing to engage in defe ...
3 All levels

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