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Crime and Punishment Debates: Super Engaging Speaking Activities for Your ESL Students

Crime and Punishment Debates: Super Engaging Speaking Activities for Your ESL Students

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I’ve always found that ESL students contribute more in class when we’re discussing issues which apply to everyone. Debates on the environment, education and taxation tend to work well ...
3 All levels
Fuel My Fire: 10 Ways to Re-energize Your Teaching Today

Fuel My Fire: 10 Ways to Re-energize Your Teaching Today

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We’ve all felt it. Oftentimes, it strikes on a Monday morning. That slow, lethargic response to the very idea of dragging ourselves to the classroom yet again. Perhaps you’ve worked w ...
6 All levels
A Guess Isn’t Good Enough: How to Help Your Students with Easily Confused Words

A Guess Isn’t Good Enough: How to Help Your Students with Easily Confused Words

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Don’t let your ESL students get tripped up by these easily confused word pairs in English. Here’s why they can get confusing and what your students need to know to keep them straight. ...
4 All levels
Hello, How Can I Help You? 3 Fun Telephone Role-plays

Hello, How Can I Help You? 3 Fun Telephone Role-plays

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Telephone role-plays are a great activity to do in your ESL class. Most of the time, they take little to no time to prepare, and they challenge both your students’ listening and speaking sk ...
3 All levels
Making Friends and Influencing People: 8 Ways to Foster Good Relations with Your ESL Department When Abroad

Making Friends and Influencing People: 8 Ways to Foster Good Relations with Your ESL Department When Abroad

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If you teach abroad, you’ll often need to find ways of working with your local ESL department or school. This is sometimes difficult and occasionally very challenging; cultural and language ...
2 All levels
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Out and About: 4 Terrific Field Trip Ideas for Your ESL Students

Out and About: 4 Terrific Field Trip Ideas for Your ESL Students

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Everyone enjoys a change of scenery, especially during a long semester spent largely in the same classroom. Field trips break can helpfully break up routines and inject a new enthusiasm into your ...
4 All levels
6 Not So Common Tips for Building Better Vocabularies in Your ESL Students

6 Not So Common Tips for Building Better Vocabularies in Your ESL Students

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If you are looking for a fun way to slip new words into your students’ vocabularies but are tired of the same old same old, why not try one or all of these not so typical strategies for uppi ...
8 All levels
3 Simple Steps to Create Your Own Box of Random Fun

3 Simple Steps to Create Your Own Box of Random Fun

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As ESL teachers, it makes sense to have a good plan. We need to plan each day’s activities well in advance and anticipate all kinds of setbacks. Without a solid lesson plan in place, our cl ...
13 All levels
A Meeting of Like Minds: 4 Easy Steps to Running an English Corner

A Meeting of Like Minds: 4 Easy Steps to Running an English Corner

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Every language learner needs practice, and once the rigors of a degree or diploma course are over, many seek less formal ways of using what they have learned. A great method, and one which is bec ...
2 All levels
Stand Up and Be Counted: 5 Reasons to Stay on Your Feet While Teaching ESL

Stand Up and Be Counted: 5 Reasons to Stay on Your Feet While Teaching ESL

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Think of the classic image of a classroom full of bored students. They’re slumped over their desks, leaning on elbows, half asleep, or causing trouble at the back. And where, in all this un ...
9 All levels
Connectives: How To Help Your Students Put Their Thoughts Together

Connectives: How To Help Your Students Put Their Thoughts Together

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English grammar can be complicated, especially to second language learners. And some students struggle with sentence structure so much that they opt to use the most simple construction they can t ...
8 All levels
Record and Review: 4 Methods for Achieving More Natural Intonation

Record and Review: 4 Methods for Achieving More Natural Intonation

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In our hurry to ensure that our students can say more of what they want to, we sometimes forget to encourage them to think about how they are saying it. Many of the textbooks I’ve worked wi ...
6 All levels
The Art Of Teaching Grammar:
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3 Steps to Running an Intensive Course for ESL Students

3 Steps to Running an Intensive Course for ESL Students

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In some colleges or language schools, there is the opportunity to create a week-long ‘Intensive Course’ course for new students. This challenging and enjoyable course has the aim of q ...
2 All levels
10 December Themed Language Learning Activities

10 December Themed Language Learning Activities

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The year is nearing its close, but it’s not over yet. December is full of fun, and it’s the last chance to end the year strong in your ESL class. These language building activities de ...
9 All levels
The Calm, Consummate Professional: 10 Life-Hacks for Any Teacher

The Calm, Consummate Professional: 10 Life-Hacks for Any Teacher

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What would you say is the difference between someone’s ‘work’, their ‘job’ and their ‘profession’? If you teach, which of these words describes your teac ...
10 All levels
13 Great Ways to Simply Explain Even The Most Complicated Grammar Points

13 Great Ways to Simply Explain Even The Most Complicated Grammar Points

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The best way to lay a solid foundation for your students’ understanding of grammar points, from the simple to the most complex, is to provide a clear and well-organized model, right at the b ...
12 All levels
10 Methods for Being Alive and Alert for Those Early Classes

10 Methods for Being Alive and Alert for Those Early Classes

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Few professions can claim to be as demanding as teaching, especially first thing in the morning. Whether I the Public Schools system or working for a private language school, we’re often re ...
7 All levels
7 Classroom Management Challenges and How to Overcome Them

7 Classroom Management Challenges and How to Overcome Them

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Picture what your perfect ESL classroom would be like. My perfect classroom is learner-centered, a place where students develop the communication skills that will enable them to become increasing ...
3 All levels
Want to Know What Your Students REALLY Think of Your Lessons? Ask Them These 10 Questions.

Want to Know What Your Students REALLY Think of Your Lessons? Ask Them These 10 Questions.

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What is the real purpose of student surveys? Have you ever given thought to this? Well, it depends on the point of view. For students, surveys are important because they are a great means to comm ...
6 All levels
Much or Many? Few or a Few? Clearing up the Confusion between Commonly Misused Adjectives in English

Much or Many? Few or a Few? Clearing up the Confusion between Commonly Misused Adjectives in English

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English vocabulary is a beautiful thing, but it can be confusing when two words seem so similar. Help your students get their ideas and their words straight by pointing out the difference in thes ...
6 All levels
7 Secret Pronunciation Rules Your Teachers Never Taught You (but You Should Teach Your ESL Students)

7 Secret Pronunciation Rules Your Teachers Never Taught You (but You Should Teach Your ESL Students)

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English spelling is at best confusing and at worst a hot mess. It is no wonder so many ESL students struggle with making the connection between written words in English and how they are pronounce ...
14 All levels
7 Ways to Ensure Against L1 Enclaves among ESL Students

7 Ways to Ensure Against L1 Enclaves among ESL Students

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The journey from beginner to proficiency is a long one, but I’ve always felt that, once students begin to make friends from countries other than their own, they’re making a giant strid ...
2 All levels
10 Terrific Language Activities to Celebrate Turkey Day!

10 Terrific Language Activities to Celebrate Turkey Day!

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Turkey day is just around the corner, and many ESL students get a kick out of their first celebration of an American Thanksgiving. The following activities will give them a chance to learn about ...
2 All levels
6 Great Techniques to Discuss Issues with Parents

6 Great Techniques to Discuss Issues with Parents

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Disciplinary issues are not uncommon in any classroom. There are many things that can cause unruly behavior in children and most of the time, these causes are not originated in the classroom. How ...
3 All levels
How to Teach Your Students Reduction of Adverb Clauses in 6 Easy Steps

How to Teach Your Students Reduction of Adverb Clauses in 6 Easy Steps

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Are you teaching advanced grammar? Are you looking for a challenge for your students? Once your students have learned how to use adverb clauses in their writing and speech, move them on to this n ...
6 All levels

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