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In this section there are 1,584 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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Our ESL Essentials section will help you master the basics of teaching English and will help you start teaching like a 'pro'. Every ESL Essentials article provides clear, to-the-point instructions that can be used with the students right away.
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TeflGuy’s Top 10 Teaching Tips

TeflGuy’s Top 10 Teaching Tips

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To teach is to be educated. During my time as a teacher, I’ve learned as much as my students have, perhaps much more. Fourteen years in classrooms has given me rewarding insights into the t ...
4 All levels
Munchkins in the Classroom? Top 5 Tips for Teaching Young ESL Students

Munchkins in the Classroom? Top 5 Tips for Teaching Young ESL Students

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It take a special person to teach English as a second language. It takes an even more special person to teach English as a second language to very young children. Besides the sticky fingers and m ...
3 All levels
10 November Themed Language Building Activities

10 November Themed Language Building Activities

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Fall is here in full swing. The weather is getting brisk and the days are getting shorter for ESL students in North America. Everyone has lots of activity and fun to look forward to as the holida ...
3 All levels
All about Adverbs: Every Level Review with Exercises Part 2

All about Adverbs: Every Level Review with Exercises Part 2

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Your students have come beyond the basics and are ready to tackle some more challenging aspects of adverbs in English. Part two of All about Adverbs: Every Level Review with Exercises  will ...
2 All levels
All about Adverbs: Every Level Review with Exercises Part 1

All about Adverbs: Every Level Review with Exercises Part 1

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Adverbs, adverbs everywhere. No matter what level students you teach in your ESL classes, you likely touch on the topic of adverbs. Beginning students are just learning how to use the descriptive ...
3 All levels
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Don’t Throw That Smart Phone out the Window! 7 Spiffy Ways to Use Technology to HELP ESL Students Learn

Don’t Throw That Smart Phone out the Window! 7 Spiffy Ways to Use Technology to HELP ESL Students Learn

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Have you ever found yourself frustrated by students who just won’t stay off their phones in class? Well maybe instead of getting frustrated you should put them to work. We live in an age of ...
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Falling Is Great with These Autumn Themed Discussion Activities

Falling Is Great with These Autumn Themed Discussion Activities

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Are you looking for some discussion activities that embrace the spirit of the season? Here are some great fall themed speaking activities to get your English students talking. Use These Fall A ...
4 All levels
4 Types of Sentences Your Students Need to Know (and How to Teach Them)

4 Types of Sentences Your Students Need to Know (and How to Teach Them)

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Not every scholar likes grammar, but if you teach ESL students hopefully they at least have a tolerance for the complexities of the English language. Still….If they have yet to develop thi ...
3 All levels
7 Easy Ways to Inject Humor into Your ESL Classroom

7 Easy Ways to Inject Humor into Your ESL Classroom

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“I hear students roaring with laughter in other ESL classrooms as I walk down the hall. I’d love to make my students laugh like that, but I’m not good at making jokes or clowning ...
7 All levels
Predi-what? How To Help Your ESL Students Understand Predicates

Predi-what? How To Help Your ESL Students Understand Predicates

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Predicate. It’s a big word to refer to everything from the verb to the period in a sentence. Sometimes, the predicate is simple, just one word. Other times it contains vast amounts of infor ...
4 All levels
'English Only' Policy Could Be Hurting Your Students: Here Are 4 Reasons Why

'English Only' Policy Could Be Hurting Your Students: Here Are 4 Reasons Why

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When I first tell people that I am an English as a second language teacher, inevitably, they ask, “Oh, what languages do you speak?” I have taught students from all over the world, sp ...
10 All levels
It May Not Be The Words At All: 7 Tips For Teachers Of Spelling Strugglers

It May Not Be The Words At All: 7 Tips For Teachers Of Spelling Strugglers

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You are standing in front of your ESL class, looking out at eager faces and minds ready to absorb everything you have to share about the English language. You see faces filled with hope and expec ...
4 All levels
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Get Rid Of Those Lists! How To Teach Vocabulary Without Your Students Even Realizing It

Get Rid Of Those Lists! How To Teach Vocabulary Without Your Students Even Realizing It

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One of the never-ending questions ESL teachers ask themselves is, “How do I increase my students’ vocabulary?” Learning a language and becoming fluent in that language is a long ...
16 All levels
7 Benefits of Teaching ESL Abroad

7 Benefits of Teaching ESL Abroad

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“I really enjoy teaching ESL, but I feel I need a change of scenery. A friend suggested I look into teaching abroad, but I’m not sure I want to be far away from my family and friends f ...
5 All levels
5 Types of Abbreviations Your Students Need to Know (And Why They Aren’t Acronyms)

5 Types of Abbreviations Your Students Need to Know (And Why They Aren’t Acronyms)

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The English language is rife with abbreviations. I’ll never forget the moment I learned how true this is. I was teaching at a university ESL program, instructing business students one on on ...
6 All levels
5 Simple Steps for Teaching and Practicing Reported Verbs

5 Simple Steps for Teaching and Practicing Reported Verbs

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Reported verbs are like second hand verbs; speakers use them to say what someone else has already said. Quite often, we use quoted speech to repeat what someone has said. However, quotations requ ...
3 All levels
Little Words Can Be Big Trouble: 5 Types Of Determiners Your ESL Students Need To Know

Little Words Can Be Big Trouble: 5 Types Of Determiners Your ESL Students Need To Know

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Rarely does a noun hang around on its own. Besides the comfortable companionship of adjectives, nouns tend to keep certain words close to them. These words, which you and your students know as ar ...
7 All levels
Coordinate or Subordinate? Making Sense of English Conjunctions

Coordinate or Subordinate? Making Sense of English Conjunctions

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“Conjunction junction, what’s your function…?” If you every watched School House Rock, these words should sound familiar. Conjunctions are an important part of the Englis ...
5 All levels
All the Exercises Your Students Need To Learn and Practice English Nouns

All the Exercises Your Students Need To Learn and Practice English Nouns

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If you have read Everything Your Students Need to Know About Nouns, you have already set them a strong foundation for learning the English language. Nouns, after all, are an essential part of the ...
4 All levels
From the Wisp of an Idea to a Polished Story: How to Teach Creative Writing

From the Wisp of an Idea to a Polished Story: How to Teach Creative Writing

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One of the perennial questions writers get asked is “Where do you get your ideas?” And indeed even writers, especially novice ones, seem to think that there is some shortage of writin ...
3 All levels
7 Writing Tasks That Use Video

7 Writing Tasks That Use Video

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“My students are not very keen on writing. They love watching videos, however. How can I combine video and writing tasks so that my students find writing a little more enjoyable?” * T ...
6 All levels
Speaking of the Capitalist Economy, Let Me Tell You about My Vacation: Teaching Transitions in Writing

Speaking of the Capitalist Economy, Let Me Tell You about My Vacation: Teaching Transitions in Writing

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I used to fall asleep over student papers a lot or take up five minutes reading and rereading the same short paragraph. I used to think it was sleep disorder and Attention Deficit (ADD) problems, ...
3 All levels
More Abstractions to Avoid in Writing: Moving from Saying Nothing to Saying Something

More Abstractions to Avoid in Writing: Moving from Saying Nothing to Saying Something

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Having taught writing college writing for many years, I’ve really come to abhor certain words: “society.” “Issue.” “The media.” “The government.&rdq ...
2 All levels
A Rainbow of Cultures – 7 Steps to Organizing an International Day

A Rainbow of Cultures – 7 Steps to Organizing an International Day

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It’s a wonderful thing to celebrate the diversity of our ESL classes. Often, our students are abroad for the first time, and have the experience of meeting people from continents and countr ...
3 All levels
6 Awesome Ways to Use Photos for Writing Tasks

6 Awesome Ways to Use Photos for Writing Tasks

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“I really loved your article called 'What You Can Do with Photos: 10 Creative ESL Games/Activities'. Any ideas for more ways to use photos specifically for writing tasks?” * Photos ar ...
4 All levels

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