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Which Continuous Is It? Top 5 Exercises for Practicing Past, Present, and Future Continuous Tenses

Which Continuous Is It? Top 5 Exercises for Practicing Past, Present, and Future Continuous Tenses

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Any grammar teacher knows that continuous tenses, also known as progressive tenses, describe an action in progress at a certain point in time. If the point in time in question is in the past, the ...
6 All levels
Station Break: How to Put Your Whole Classroom to Use in Your English Lessons

Station Break: How to Put Your Whole Classroom to Use in Your English Lessons

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If you have four walls, you have what you need to play this game that gets your students up and moving and also gets them listening for whatever language aspect you are targeting. How to Play ...
4 All levels
Loaded Learning: 8 Ways Smart Phones Can Help You and Your Students in the Classroom

Loaded Learning: 8 Ways Smart Phones Can Help You and Your Students in the Classroom

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Maybe everyone doesn’t have a smart phone these days, but more do than don’t. You’ll find that true in your ESL class, too, if you teach internationals in the U.S. And even if y ...
6 All levels
You Can Count on Me: 11 Fun Games for Practicing Countable and Noncountable Nouns

You Can Count on Me: 11 Fun Games for Practicing Countable and Noncountable Nouns

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If you are looking for some fun reviews of count and noncount nouns with your ESL students, try these simple games. You can count on your students having a great time and learning, too. 11 Fun ...
2 All levels
Getting Ready for the TOEFL? Top 9 Tips for Making Preparation Fun

Getting Ready for the TOEFL? Top 9 Tips for Making Preparation Fun

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Exam preparation, though important, can be extremely boring for your students. Here are some tips you can use when preparing for standardized tests that make activities fun for you and your stude ...
3 All levels
Don’t Be Fooled by Great Grammar! Your Students Need This for Great English, Too

Don’t Be Fooled by Great Grammar! Your Students Need This for Great English, Too

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I have always found it fascinating how different language structures are valued in different cultures. Take something as simple as how to write well. In English, we value a variety of sentence le ...
5 All levels
Make Mine a Double: Why You Should Double Dip When Teaching Content in English (and How to Do It Right)

Make Mine a Double: Why You Should Double Dip When Teaching Content in English (and How to Do It Right)

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The days of isolating grammar from speaking from reading in ESL classes are waning. Language learning does not happen so compartmentalized, and teachers who realize this and teach multiple aspect ...
5 All levels
Top 10 Tips for Teaching Pronunciation in ESL classes

Top 10 Tips for Teaching Pronunciation in ESL classes

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Teaching pronunciation can be intimidating, especially if you are technically teaching other areas of the English language. But every ESL teacher should make pronunciation instruction a part of t ...
6 All levels
5 Great Ideas to Use Social Media in Your ESL Classroom

5 Great Ideas to Use Social Media in Your ESL Classroom

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As we all know, social media is here to stay. Can you name someone who hasn't used it in one way or another? These computer-mediated tools are simply incredible. They allow people to create, shar ...
4 All levels
Great Techniques for Creative Writing in the ESL Classroom

Great Techniques for Creative Writing in the ESL Classroom

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I'm sure you would all agree that teaching our ESL students writing skills is undoubtedly necessary. After all, it goes without saying that writing is a way to communicate as well. Business stude ...
3 All levels
How to Make Your ESL Lessons Irresistible for Kids: 7 Tips on What to Do and Not to Do

How to Make Your ESL Lessons Irresistible for Kids: 7 Tips on What to Do and Not to Do

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I'd like all of you to think about the following question and if possible answer it truthfully. Do your kids enjoy the lessons you provide? Are they anxious for you to start the lessons and get th ...
5 All levels
Get Your Students Flipping: 10 Fun Ways to Use Reversi to Teach Grammar

Get Your Students Flipping: 10 Fun Ways to Use Reversi to Teach Grammar

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Have you ever used the game Reversi or Othello, which is similar to the Japanese game Go, to teach grammar? This simple game has players flip tiles repeatedly to show either the black or white si ...
5 All levels
Isn’t That the Rub? 8 Simple Games You Can Play with Just an Eraser

Isn’t That the Rub? 8 Simple Games You Can Play with Just an Eraser

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Everyone knows you’re a busy teacher. If you weren’t, you wouldn’t be here looking for easy ideas to teach language to your ESL students. But just because you are busy doesn&rsq ...
5 All levels
Those Are Such Excellent Ideas, but Let’s Hear from Someone Else Now: Getting Students to Share the Floor

Those Are Such Excellent Ideas, but Let’s Hear from Someone Else Now: Getting Students to Share the Floor

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There’s one in every class: that “eager beaver” who always has his hand in the air, who is always the first to speak, who goes on at length on the topic, and who tends to dominat ...
4 All levels
Tell Me All about It: 6 Fun Business English Activities for Talking about Your Job

Tell Me All about It: 6 Fun Business English Activities for Talking about Your Job

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All English students have similar needs, but if you are teaching a business English class, your students will have more. Not only will they have the needs that come with language learning, they w ...
4 All levels
Agreeing to Disagree: 6 Activities for Tackling Cultural Differences

Agreeing to Disagree: 6 Activities for Tackling Cultural Differences

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Culture permeates everything we think and do. Everyone is influenced by culture. The thing is, not everyone can pinpoint what beliefs, assumptions, and values come from their culture. In fact, if ...
2 All levels
Turnitin Isn’t Working, I Lost Your Email, and I Forgot My Password: Dealing with Electronic “Excuses”

Turnitin Isn’t Working, I Lost Your Email, and I Forgot My Password: Dealing with Electronic “Excuses”

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I hate to sound cynical, but my students, all “digital natives”—that is, those who have grown up with technology and have never known a world without the internet—become cu ...
2 All levels
I Handwrote the Paper, Changed the Topic, and Posted It on Facebook: Managing Students Who Can’t Follow Directions

I Handwrote the Paper, Changed the Topic, and Posted It on Facebook: Managing Students Who Can’t Follow Directions

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There has always been at least one student in class who seems to have enormous problems following directions. If you ask for an essay, she writes a poem. If you ask for it submitted to the class ...
5 All levels
What Do You Mean, You Don’t Have an Email Account? Helping the “Nonwired” Student Navigate the Electronic World

What Do You Mean, You Don’t Have an Email Account? Helping the “Nonwired” Student Navigate the Electronic World

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There are, believe it or not, those students who still don’t have a home computer. There are also those who don’t have an email account, don’t post on Facebook, or own a smart p ...
3 All levels
TOEFL Success: 8 Easy Tips for Getting Test Conditions Right for Practice Tests

TOEFL Success: 8 Easy Tips for Getting Test Conditions Right for Practice Tests

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Whether you are teaching a class specifically to prepare for the TOEFL or TOIC or you simply include some element of test preparation in your classes, simulating test conditions is important for g ...
2 All levels
How Much Did He Participate? Individual Grades for Group Discussion

How Much Did He Participate? Individual Grades for Group Discussion

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One of the most difficult grading concerns is assigning a grade for “participation” or “group discussion.” Accurate and fair grading for participation and discussion is im ...
2 All levels
Do Student Papers Breed in Your Briefcase? 4 Methods of Managing the Paper Load

Do Student Papers Breed in Your Briefcase? 4 Methods of Managing the Paper Load

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Papers tend to pile up when you’re a teacher. This is especially true for the English teacher or other teachers in the habit of assigning multipage essays throughout the term. Just when you ...
2 All levels
Contractions Are Coming: 10 Simple Tips to Teaching Great Pronunciation with Contractions

Contractions Are Coming: 10 Simple Tips to Teaching Great Pronunciation with Contractions

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Believe it or not, nonnative speakers whose English is nearly impeccable can still stand out because of their speech. Grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary…all of these can be perfect, but you ...
4 All levels
Do We Really Have to Move? Getting Students out of Their Seats

Do We Really Have to Move? Getting Students out of Their Seats

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Many teaching strategies today involve having students get up from their desks, circulate, and interact with their peers. This trend is due to a change in teaching philosophy and recognition that ...
3 All levels
Classroom Management 101: Moving the Group

Classroom Management 101: Moving the Group "Discussion" from the Party Back to the Course Content

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It can be surprising to laypeople, those outside of education, that adults can have behavioral problems in the classroom. There is, however, a generic “student” behavior that even adu ...
3 All levels

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