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16 Fantastic Ways to Start a Preschool English Class

16 Fantastic Ways to Start a Preschool English Class

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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 ...
5 All levels
Uh…Oh…Um…: How to Teach Students to Hesitate the Right Way

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

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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 jus ...
7 All levels
Treat Me Right: 13 Clever Ways to Reward Your Students

Treat Me Right: 13 Clever Ways to Reward Your Students

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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 ...
6 All levels
7 Steps to Creating Awesome Error Correction Sheets

7 Steps to Creating Awesome Error Correction Sheets

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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 indiv ...
7 All levels
Where Are You From? 10 Fantastic Activities for Talking about the World

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

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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 wo ...
5 All levels
A Tall, Dark Stranger: Using Palm Reading in Your ESL Classroom

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

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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 prediction ...
4 All levels
The Enlightened Classroom: Why Every Teacher Should Meditate

The Enlightened Classroom: Why Every Teacher Should Meditate

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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 Inter ...
11 All levels
Rinse and Repeat: 4 Ways to Establish Great ESL Classroom Routines

Rinse and Repeat: 4 Ways to Establish Great ESL Classroom Routines

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I’ve always found that my students learn better when they know what’s coming up next. The establishing of classroom routines helps speed things along and provides a familiar structure ...
9 All levels
Staying on Track: How to Monitor Your Students’ Practice Time

Staying on Track: How to Monitor Your Students’ Practice Time

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Once you’ve set your students going on an exercise, what do you normally do next? Some teachers prefer to take this time to grade assignments, catch up on paperwork, read the news or check ...
4 All levels
There Is, There Are, There Was, There Were…6 Fabulous Activities for Getting Your Verb Right

There Is, There Are, There Was, There Were…6 Fabulous Activities for Getting Your Verb Right

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Whether you are introducing verb tenses to your students for the first time or you are reviewing them at the end of your English program, these activities will give your students a chance to use m ...
9 All levels
Taking It to the Max: 5 Methods of Exploiting ESL Material

Taking It to the Max: 5 Methods of Exploiting ESL Material

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Most exercises that we do in the ESL classroom seem to have a fixed longevity; they begin, they help create practice opportunities, and they end. I’ve been trying, in recent years, to maxim ...
4 All levels
Putting the Pieces Together: a Puzzle Solving Lesson Plan on Thinking and Speaking Clearly

Putting the Pieces Together: a Puzzle Solving Lesson Plan on Thinking and Speaking Clearly

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I remember being a freshman in college, sitting around the dorms throwing mental puzzles at my floormates. Some would call them riddles. They weren’t scientific or academic. They were just ...
3 All levels
ADDicted to Distraction: How to Deal with Attention Issues in ESL

ADDicted to Distraction: How to Deal with Attention Issues in ESL

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If you teach in the 21 century, you will inevitably encounter the challenges which stem from distractibility and Attention Deficit Disorder. As a society, we’re finding ways to cope with th ...
2 All levels
Observations Regarding English Language Teaching in Russia

Observations Regarding English Language Teaching in Russia

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For those Native English teachers who live and work abroad, I feel that it is important to illustrate the cultural context of the classroom, as well as focus on instilling excellence in our teachi ...
10 All levels
A Good First Day: 13 Steps to Ensuring a Great Start with a New ESL Class

A Good First Day: 13 Steps to Ensuring a Great Start with a New ESL Class

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First days can be scary. There are many unknowns and we must be ready to be adaptable and roll with the punches. Some simple steps can make this nerve-wracking day much more manageable, and less ...
10 All levels
Furry Friends Welcome: 6 Language Areas You Can Teach with Animals

Furry Friends Welcome: 6 Language Areas You Can Teach with Animals

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Animals are great, and kids love to learn about them no matter what language they are speaking. And while spending some time teaching about animals in an ESL class is good, there is only so much ...
8 All levels
For Their Own Good: Discussing Censorship in the ESL Classroom

For Their Own Good: Discussing Censorship in the ESL Classroom

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The issues of censorship and media freedom are complex and instructive. Studying them in an ESL context can be very rewarding and, if handled with sensitivity and balance, such discussions can en ...
3 All levels
Be Bold & Talk: 5 Simple Strategies to Practice Talking to Strangers

Be Bold & Talk: 5 Simple Strategies to Practice Talking to Strangers

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Talking to strangers is hard for almost anyone. It doesn’t matter if English is your first language or not. Walking up to a person you have never met before is intimidating. But it’s ...
5 All levels
Let’s Get Started…15 Strategies for Getting Your Classes Started

Let’s Get Started…15 Strategies for Getting Your Classes Started

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Getting class started is sometimes the toughest part of the day. Here are some ideas you can use with your adult (and kid) classes to get things started today. Try Movement Activities 1 ...
9 All levels
You’re Like Family to Me! 6 Simple Activities about Families

You’re Like Family to Me! 6 Simple Activities about Families

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Family! We have one. Some are big and loud; others are small and reserved. And family is one of the most basic vocabulary units most ESL students study. But what are some easy, go to activities t ...
3 All levels
In, At, or On? 6 Simple Activities for Practicing Prepositions of Time

In, At, or On? 6 Simple Activities for Practicing Prepositions of Time

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Prepositions, prepositions everywhere! Simply teaching your students all of the prepositions in English is overwhelming for everyone involved and not usually a good idea. I suppose that is why we ...
5 All levels
Press Here To Send: 13 Ways To Use Email in Your ESL classroom

Press Here To Send: 13 Ways To Use Email in Your ESL classroom

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I don’t know how old you are, but when I was in school we didn’t use email. Perhaps the technology was too new for teachers and students to put to practical use. Perhaps it was for ot ...
5 All levels
Which Present Is It? 10 Simple Activities for Practicing the Simple Present and the Present Continuous

Which Present Is It? 10 Simple Activities for Practicing the Simple Present and the Present Continuous

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If you are teaching beginning level students, try these ten activities that require the use of the simple present and the present continuous. Try These 6 Simple Activities About Families 1 ...
3 All levels
8 Steps to Creating Awesome ESL Reading Tasks

8 Steps to Creating Awesome ESL Reading Tasks

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Have you ever had this experience when preparing for a class? You open the textbook and glance through the material, only to find that the reading exercise is just not up to scratch. Maybe it&rsq ...
7 All levels
Mixing It Up The Right Way: 3 Strategies You Should Know If You Teach A Mixed Level Class

Mixing It Up The Right Way: 3 Strategies You Should Know If You Teach A Mixed Level Class

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Ah, the dreaded mixed level class. What can an ESL teacher do with a room full of students who are just starting their language studies sitting next to others who could probably teach the class f ...
9 All levels

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