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In this section there are 1,608 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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Want to Know What Your Students REALLY Think of Your Lessons? Ask Them These 10 Questions.

Want to Know What Your Students REALLY Think of Your Lessons? Ask Them These 10 Questions.

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What is the real purpose of student surveys? Have you ever given thought to this? Well, it depends on the point of view. For students, surveys are important because they are a great means to comm ...
3 All levels
Much or Many? Few or a Few? Clearing up the Confusion between Commonly Misused Adjectives in English

Much or Many? Few or a Few? Clearing up the Confusion between Commonly Misused Adjectives in English

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English vocabulary is a beautiful thing, but it can be confusing when two words seem so similar. Help your students get their ideas and their words straight by pointing out the difference in thes ...
3 All levels
7 Secret Pronunciation Rules Your Teachers Never Taught You (but You Should Teach Your ESL Students)

7 Secret Pronunciation Rules Your Teachers Never Taught You (but You Should Teach Your ESL Students)

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English spelling is at best confusing and at worst a hot mess. It is no wonder so many ESL students struggle with making the connection between written words in English and how they are pronounce ...
4 All levels
7 Ways to Ensure Against L1 Enclaves among ESL Students

7 Ways to Ensure Against L1 Enclaves among ESL Students

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The journey from beginner to proficiency is a long one, but I’ve always felt that, once students begin to make friends from countries other than their own, they’re making a giant strid ...
2 All levels
10 Terrific Language Activities to Celebrate Turkey Day!

10 Terrific Language Activities to Celebrate Turkey Day!

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Turkey day is just around the corner, and many ESL students get a kick out of their first celebration of an American Thanksgiving. The following activities will give them a chance to learn about ...
2 All levels
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6 Great Techniques to Discuss Issues with Parents

6 Great Techniques to Discuss Issues with Parents

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Disciplinary issues are not uncommon in any classroom. There are many things that can cause unruly behavior in children and most of the time, these causes are not originated in the classroom. How ...
3 All levels
How to Teach Your Students Reduction of Adverb Clauses in 6 Easy Steps

How to Teach Your Students Reduction of Adverb Clauses in 6 Easy Steps

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Are you teaching advanced grammar? Are you looking for a challenge for your students? Once your students have learned how to use adverb clauses in their writing and speech, move them on to this n ...
5 All levels
My Country, Right or Wrong: 5 Ways of Understanding Nationalism in the ESL Classroom

My Country, Right or Wrong: 5 Ways of Understanding Nationalism in the ESL Classroom

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Teaching English abroad is a profession which frequently pits the teacher against local idiosyncracies and frustrations. Our reactions to these peculiarities - matters of dress or speech, food an ...
4 All levels
Getting Hijacked: 5 Tactics for Going with the Flow When Plans Change

Getting Hijacked: 5 Tactics for Going with the Flow When Plans Change

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If you work abroad, the chances are you’ll be invited to local schools, celebrations and other special events. You might be asked to give prizes at an English competition, to give a model l ...
2 All levels
Filling Time, Not Killing Time: 8 Great Games for the Last Minutes of an ESL Class

Filling Time, Not Killing Time: 8 Great Games for the Last Minutes of an ESL Class

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If I could give one piece of advice to every new teacher, it would be this: Have in your back pocket a few exercises which are very light and fun, which don’t take much time, which work with ...
16 All levels
Top 6 Absolutely Must Have Classroom Resources for ESL Teachers

Top 6 Absolutely Must Have Classroom Resources for ESL Teachers

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Everyone sets up their classroom a little different. Just like any other teacher, ESL teacher like to share a little bit of their personalities with what they keep in their classroom. For some, g ...
5 All levels
In, At, To, and Through: 5 Super Fun Activities for Teaching Prepositions

In, At, To, and Through: 5 Super Fun Activities for Teaching Prepositions

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Prepositions are primed with potential! You can do lots of in class activities that review prepositions and engage your students at the same time. They don’t have to be complicated, either, ...
5 All levels
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To Be in Good Standing: 6 Ways to Gain Trust and Respect from Your ESL Students

To Be in Good Standing: 6 Ways to Gain Trust and Respect from Your ESL Students

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In my experience, the best language practice happens when students respect the learning process itself. Having faith in the models and examples, the methods of practice, and the different exercis ...
9 All levels
Little and Often: 8 Reasons for Using Continuous Assessment in ESL

Little and Often: 8 Reasons for Using Continuous Assessment in ESL

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I’m going to guess that the least enjoyable days of your whole time as a student were the exam days. Perhaps you sat in silent rows with your classmates, or were interviewed one-on-one, but ...
2 All levels
Don’t Leave Home without These Essential Tips for Teaching Overseas

Don’t Leave Home without These Essential Tips for Teaching Overseas

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One of the hardest things I have done in my life was travel to east Asia to teach English as a second language. As it turns out, that difficult experience was also one of the most rewarding. What ...
3 All levels
The Balloon Debate: An Integrated ESL Classic in 6 Easy Steps

The Balloon Debate: An Integrated ESL Classic in 6 Easy Steps

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At the end of a tough week of grammar or test preparation, it’s nice to allow a class to let off some steam while still practicing a good range of language skills. My favorite way to reward ...
4 All levels
14 Great ESL Topics for Your Young Learners

14 Great ESL Topics for Your Young Learners

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Working with kids is an awesome experience, one I recommend all teachers try, provided you are comfortable being around children in general terms. Though there are many challenges when teaching k ...
4 All levels
Word by Word: 5 Fun and Easy Strategies for Helping Students Build Better Sentences

Word by Word: 5 Fun and Easy Strategies for Helping Students Build Better Sentences

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Whether your students are just beginning their English studies or have been students of the language for several years, chances are they can improve their spoken and written language. Sometimes w ...
7 All levels
Lesson Planning for Beginners: How I Learned to Stop Panicking and Love My Plan

Lesson Planning for Beginners: How I Learned to Stop Panicking and Love My Plan

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Did you ever have a teacher who was a bit scatty or hare-brained, who never seemed to know what was coming next? Someone who was well-meaning, and probably very smart, but whose classes seemed to ...
6 All levels
The Battle Against ‘Maybe’ – 5 Methods for Genuine Modal Verb Practice

The Battle Against ‘Maybe’ – 5 Methods for Genuine Modal Verb Practice

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Think of those words which appear too often in your classroom. For me, it’s ‘like’, that approximate, short-cut word which has become so popular, ‘fine’, which reall ...
7 All levels
How To Review Parts Of Speech: 5 Quick and Easy Games

How To Review Parts Of Speech: 5 Quick and Easy Games

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Are you ready to review parts of speech with your ESL class? Try one of these fun and competitive games to get their minds working and their spirits revved up. Check Out These Games to Practic ...
5 All levels
5 Super-simple Strategies For Helping Your ESL Students Succeed

5 Super-simple Strategies For Helping Your ESL Students Succeed

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As ESL teachers, we sometimes go out of our way to make students feel comfortable and to help them in language learning, as we should. And those extra miles that we walk are worth every step. But ...
6 All levels
Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? Review of Subject-Verb Agreement with Exercises Part 2

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? Review of Subject-Verb Agreement with Exercises Part 2

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Part Two of Why Can’t We All Just Get Along- A Review of Subject-Verb Agreement with Exercises walks you and your students through more sticky situations when it comes to correct subject-ver ...
3 All levels
Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? A Review of Subject-Verb Agreement with Exercises Part 1

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? A Review of Subject-Verb Agreement with Exercises Part 1

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A new class of novice language learners enters the classroom to begin their journey to fluency in English. With a whole new world and its lexicon in front of them, where does a teacher and an ESL ...
3 All levels
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 ...
15 All levels

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