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In this section there are 1,517 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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The Discovery Technique For Teaching Grammar: Just Get Out Of The Way And See How Much Your Students Can Learn

The Discovery Technique For Teaching Grammar: Just Get Out Of The Way And See How Much Your Students Can Learn

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Have you heard of the discovery technique for teaching grammar? Have you tried it? If your answer to either of these questions is no, read on to learn everything you need to know about this simpl ...
7 All levels
ESL Teachers Ask: How Can I Gamify My ESL Classroom?

ESL Teachers Ask: How Can I Gamify My ESL Classroom?

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“I’ve read about this recent trend called gamification, which seems to involve a lot more than simply “playing games” in the classroom. Can you explain what gamification is ...
2 All levels
How To Plan A Task Based Grammar Lesson: 6 Easy Steps

How To Plan A Task Based Grammar Lesson: 6 Easy Steps

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I’m sure it’s not true in your case, but when most people think of a foreign language classroom, they imagine rows of students reciting verb conjugations in rote. I go. You go. He goe ...
4 All levels
How To Create Your Own Classroom Cable News Show: 6 Simple Steps

How To Create Your Own Classroom Cable News Show: 6 Simple Steps

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Have you ever watched cable TV news and thought to yourself, “I could do better myself!” You’re not alone, of course. Our younger students have grown up with cable news, and are ...
2 All levels
10 September Themed Language Building Activities

10 September Themed Language Building Activities

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Whether school started in August or September marks the beginning of the semester, school is now back in full swing. It’s the start of new classes, new students, new challenges, and new joy ...
4 All levels
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Move Over: How To Address Bullying in the Classroom

Move Over: How To Address Bullying in the Classroom

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A lot has been written on the topic of “bullying,” which seems to be a kind of terrorism at the interpersonal level, the bully controlling the bullied through instilling fear. Most of ...
3 All levels
Call My Bluff: 5 Simple Steps To Adapting A Classic Word Game For Your ESL Classroom

Call My Bluff: 5 Simple Steps To Adapting A Classic Word Game For Your ESL Classroom

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Call My Bluff was a tremendously popular BBC TV quiz show in the 1960s. After a long run, it was resurrected in the 1990s and has since spawned similar shows, board games and radio versions in th ...
2 All levels
ESL Teachers Ask: What Are Some Good Ways to Connect with My New ESL Students?

ESL Teachers Ask: What Are Some Good Ways to Connect with My New ESL Students?

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“I often find it hard to connect with students once they come back from their summer vacation. It takes them a while to get their heads into the classroom. What are some good ways to connect ...
5 All levels
Squish And Learn: 9 Fun & Simple Ways To Use Play Dough To Teach English

Squish And Learn: 9 Fun & Simple Ways To Use Play Dough To Teach English

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Are you looking for something different to engage your students? Have you tried play dough in your classroom? This squishy fun is extremely flexible when it comes to teaching English. Here are 9 ...
5 All levels
Top 5 Ways to Make Pronunciation Fun for Young ESL Students

Top 5 Ways to Make Pronunciation Fun for Young ESL Students

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If you teach young learners, you know that language learning often comes naturally for children. That doesn’t mean, however, that language learning comes without work. But “work&rdquo ...
1 All levels
Putting it Together: Everything a Busy Teacher Needs to Know about Phrasal Verbs (and How to Practice Them)

Putting it Together: Everything a Busy Teacher Needs to Know about Phrasal Verbs (and How to Practice Them)

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Are you teaching beginning students? Intermediate students? Advanced or beyond students? Then it’s the perfect time to introduce or reintroduce phrasal verbs. Here’s just what you ...
6 All levels
Top 4 Spelling Tricks for English Language Learners

Top 4 Spelling Tricks for English Language Learners

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Spelling in English is tough, at least it was for me as a student. And although I have spell check to rescue me these days, that is not always the case with students. (That is until they invent a ...
7 All levels
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Get Them Involved: Teach Your Students How To Cooperate And Collaborate

Get Them Involved: Teach Your Students How To Cooperate And Collaborate

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Cooperation and collaboration are key, not only in second language learning but in any classroom and household for that matter. It is one the first things kids learn to do in kindergarten and pre ...
5 All levels
Conspiracy Theory: A Universal Activity That Covers All The Bases (Creativity, Fluency and Grammar Practice)

Conspiracy Theory: A Universal Activity That Covers All The Bases (Creativity, Fluency and Grammar Practice)

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Have you ever considered these questions with your class? - Did aliens land in New Mexico in 1947? - What really happened to Princess Diana? - Can we be sure we didn’t misinterpret the Ma ...
4 All levels
Teaching the Art of Prewriting in Composition

Teaching the Art of Prewriting in Composition

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Often students don’t have anything to say on a given topic, or think they don’t. The conventional remedy has been to teach a series of “brainstorming strategies” such as & ...
3 All levels
Teaching the Art of Revision in Composition

Teaching the Art of Revision in Composition

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Often when a writing instructor suggests revising a work, a collective groan goes up. “You’re making us write it again? Why?” Or alternately the teacher is met with a blank star ...
2 All levels
Being Wrong Is The Best Thing That Can Happen: 8 Methods for Compassionate Error Correction

Being Wrong Is The Best Thing That Can Happen: 8 Methods for Compassionate Error Correction

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My father taught me a venerable but valuable maxim: It’s not a mistake... it’s a learning opportunity. I’ve taken this advice to heart, and I apply it in my classroom to help st ...
13 All levels
‘Just a Minute’: 5 Steps to Making Fluency Fun

‘Just a Minute’: 5 Steps to Making Fluency Fun

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Some games have the most curious origin. Legend has it that, back in the school days of the BBC radio quiz show creator Ian Messiter, he was caught daydreaming in class by a particularly stern te ...
6 All levels
The Bridge: How To Generate Noisy But Light-hearted Debate With Any Levels And Class Sizes Using An ESL Classic You Are Probably Already Familiar With

The Bridge: How To Generate Noisy But Light-hearted Debate With Any Levels And Class Sizes Using An ESL Classic You Are Probably Already Familiar With

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ESL classes are often at their most talkative when faced with a moral dilemma. Whether the class is monolingual or multi-national, exercises which pose ethical quandaries tend to give accessible ...
9 All levels
Respect My Authority: 9 Concepts for Firm but Fair ESL Classroom Discipline

Respect My Authority: 9 Concepts for Firm but Fair ESL Classroom Discipline

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The Chinese have a saying: If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow. Without control of our emotions, it is said, we are apt to behave in ways which ha ...
7 All levels
Entering the Middle Kingdom: 4 Hard-Won Tips for Teaching Chinese Students

Entering the Middle Kingdom: 4 Hard-Won Tips for Teaching Chinese Students

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If you teach ESL in Britain or the United States, the chances are you’ve already encountered a big increase in the number of students arriving from China, and especially from the increasingl ...
6 All levels
ESL Teachers Ask: What Are Some Ways to Improve Student Questions?

ESL Teachers Ask: What Are Some Ways to Improve Student Questions?

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“I have a group of students who do quite well in class, except when it comes to asking questions. This is when they make most of their mistakes. How can I help them ask questions more accura ...
3 All levels
Teaching the Art of Development of Ideas in Composition

Teaching the Art of Development of Ideas in Composition

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One of the first questions a composition teacher gets when assigning a new essay, one that causes the teeth to grind, is “How long does it have to be?” I usually answer “Until y ...
2 All levels
Teaching the Art of Outlining in Composition

Teaching the Art of Outlining in Composition

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Outlining is an often a step in writing that students feel they can skip. After all, they have their notes and their research; why not just jump without further delay into the essay introduction ...
2 All levels
It’s One of the Hardest Pieces of English, and It’s As Easy As One, Two, Three: Are You Helping Your Students with This Important Language Element?

It’s One of the Hardest Pieces of English, and It’s As Easy As One, Two, Three: Are You Helping Your Students with This Important Language Element?

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Numbers! They are one of the first things children learn, and we use them every day. Why then are they so difficult for ESL students to master? Perhaps using numbers correctly and fluently is a s ...
6 All levels

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