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In this section there are 2,064 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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Inside Outside Upside Down: Everything You Need to Know about Internal and External Motivation

Inside Outside Upside Down: Everything You Need to Know about Internal and External Motivation

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What motivates you? Is it the spark of comprehension on your students’ faces when they finally “get” something? Is it a sense of accomplishment you feel within yourself when you ...
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Wired for Story: 5 Fantastic Ways to Teach Listening through Story

Wired for Story: 5 Fantastic Ways to Teach Listening through Story

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As author Lisa Cron puts it, human beings are wired for story. We like stories. We know what makes a good story just by our human nature. And we love them. The publishing industry and success of ...
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Teaching ESL Presentation Skills: Preparation, Rehearsal and Feedback

Teaching ESL Presentation Skills: Preparation, Rehearsal and Feedback

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When working with foreign students who are preparing for college or a career, it makes good sense to help them gain public speaking skills. This work needn’t be restricted to improving the ...
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Turning on All the Lightbulbs: 4 Easy Ways to Prepare Students for Reading

Turning on All the Lightbulbs: 4 Easy Ways to Prepare Students for Reading

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Whether your students are about to read Charlotte’s Web or War in Peace, it’s always a good idea to prepare them before reading. It’s difficult to go into a new piece of literat ...
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An Occasion to Celebrate: 3 Special Occasions That Will Get Students Talking

An Occasion to Celebrate: 3 Special Occasions That Will Get Students Talking

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We all love special occasions. They give us a reason to get together with the people we love and celebrate. Sometimes we celebrate a birthday. Other days we celebrate a holiday. Still other times ...
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The Echo Chamber: An ESL Lesson on 21st Century News Media

The Echo Chamber: An ESL Lesson on 21st Century News Media

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Here’s a great way to begin a class with ESL students: ask them where, in their opinion, the impact of the Internet has been felt the most. Some will tell you that email and instant messagi ...
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The ABCs of A B C: Reading Comprehension Strategies That Work

The ABCs of A B C: Reading Comprehension Strategies That Work

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Reading. It’s a little word that encompasses so much. As one of the core skills in learning English as a second language, you know it’s important. But exactly what elements of reading ...
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Skynet or Utopia: Challenging AI Discussions for ESL Students

Skynet or Utopia: Challenging AI Discussions for ESL Students

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If someone mentions ‘Artificial Intelligence’, what does that make you think of? Perhaps you recall the Spielberg movie of the same name, or an article you read about Stephen Hawking ...
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There’s No Place Like…Class?: 7 Ways to Help Students Feel at Home in the Classroom

There’s No Place Like…Class?: 7 Ways to Help Students Feel at Home in the Classroom

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How homey is your class? I only ask because sometimes making a class feel more like home is just what your ESL students need to relax and prepare to learn. If your room is feeling a bit too insti ...
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Playing the Phonics Game: 7 Games for Practicing Pronunciation

Playing the Phonics Game: 7 Games for Practicing Pronunciation

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If you are looking for some fun ways to practice pronunciation with your ESL students, try one of the following games that puts the fun in phonology. 7 Games for Practicing Pronunciation 1 ...
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Crisis Point: An ESL Class on Police Shootings and Black Lives Matter

Crisis Point: An ESL Class on Police Shootings and Black Lives Matter

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Students who take ESL courses in the US and Britain come from a variety of backgrounds, but once they arrive, they tend to need help navigating the same group of controversies and themes. The US ...
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How Affective Is Your Teaching? All You Need to Know about the Affective Filter and ESL Students

How Affective Is Your Teaching? All You Need to Know about the Affective Filter and ESL Students

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Big teacher word time: Affective Filter. If you’re like a lot of others who have been teaching for a while, the term probably evokes memories of teaching methods classes where you may or ma ...
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All Ears Up Here: Listening Practice for Every Level

All Ears Up Here: Listening Practice for Every Level

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If you teach listening class, you probably have a good staple of materials you use with your students. Most text books come with recorded files or cds, and you have your favorite websites to go t ...
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Teaching ESL Presentation Skills: How to Engage an Audience like the Professionals

Teaching ESL Presentation Skills: How to Engage an Audience like the Professionals

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You know that expression, “It’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it”? Well, I’d contest that the truth is somewhere in the middle. We do listen to the con ...
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Looking at the Bigger Picture: 7 Tips for Using Project Based Learning in the ESL Classroom

Looking at the Bigger Picture: 7 Tips for Using Project Based Learning in the ESL Classroom

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Not everything we do in school is for the end result. Sometimes the process of getting there is more valuable than the final project itself. That’s the idea behind project based learning. I ...
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Step-by-step Guide to Teach Assignment Writing in Classroom

Step-by-step Guide to Teach Assignment Writing in Classroom

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Teaching writing to a classroom of green scribes is a stressful undertaking indeed – in fact, after my first failed attempt during my inaugural teaching year, I was tempted to cut this entir ...
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Right Turn: Helping ESL Students Understand the New Power of the Alt-Right

Right Turn: Helping ESL Students Understand the New Power of the Alt-Right

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I tried an experiment yesterday morning, one which left me feeling deeply uncomfortable. Instead of reading my usual news sources with breakfast, I tried out the advice of a friend who told me th ...
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Easy, Breezy Reading Comprehension: 6 Simple Solutions to Boost Student Performance

Easy, Breezy Reading Comprehension: 6 Simple Solutions to Boost Student Performance

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Comprehension. It is arguably the most important aspect of language learning. If you don’t understand what you hear and read, how can you act upon that information? But thankfully increasin ...
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Listen Up!: Seven Mistakes to Avoid When Teaching Listening

Listen Up!: Seven Mistakes to Avoid When Teaching Listening

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Teaching listening is a challenging process. It’s vital to understand the key principles behind teaching this crucial skill. In this short article, I will describe several things you should ...
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Are You Sure This Is School? 3 Out of the Box Ways to Get Students Writing Better

Are You Sure This Is School? 3 Out of the Box Ways to Get Students Writing Better

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Do you have pen and paper on you? More likely, you have a smart phone, tablet, or computer in easier reach. That’s because writing for the average person isn’t what it used to be. Pen ...
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Love Thy Neighbor: Teaching Love, Kindness and Compassion for ESL Classes

Love Thy Neighbor: Teaching Love, Kindness and Compassion for ESL Classes

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Let’s start with some food for thought from one of the wisest people alive in the world today: “Whenever possible, be kind. It is always possible.” Perhaps more than anyone, ...
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Predicting POTUS: 6 Ideas for Initial Discussions and Analysis of the Trump Presidency

Predicting POTUS: 6 Ideas for Initial Discussions and Analysis of the Trump Presidency

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It’s not every day that a hundred million people wake up to discover that the sky is falling. This was the horrified, shocked reaction from American democrats on the morning of 9th November ...
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Dragon Rising: Five ESL Topics for Understanding China’s Growing Influence

Dragon Rising: Five ESL Topics for Understanding China’s Growing Influence

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This is China’s century. We’re just along for the ride. We’ve all heard sentiments like this. Though they are expressed with varying degrees of expertise, it’s not diffic ...
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After Snowden: 6 Discussion and Essay Ideas for an ESL Class on Cyber-Security and Privacy

After Snowden: 6 Discussion and Essay Ideas for an ESL Class on Cyber-Security and Privacy

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I’ll begin with a question I asked my students, one which is well worth considering: Do you feel safe online? I clarified that I wasn’t really asking about stalkers or identify thieve ...
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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: 3 Key Ways Reflection Can Help Your Students Become Better Learners

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: 3 Key Ways Reflection Can Help Your Students Become Better Learners

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What do you think of at the mention of self-help books? They tend to have a stigma about them. Only people with real problems need them. But in fact, those who read self-help books tend to be mor ...
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