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In this section there are 2,085 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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Oh No! I Forgot the Bulletin Boards: Four Tricks to Using Your Bulletin Boards for Good (without Causing Yourself Stress)

Oh No! I Forgot the Bulletin Boards: Four Tricks to Using Your Bulletin Boards for Good (without Causing Yourself Stress)

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I had it all planned out. Every month a new theme, and with every new theme a new bulletin board. Not only would my students be fluent in English in no time, but our classroom would be a happy, w ...
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Read It, Don’t Weep: Four Tips for Using Scaffolding in Reading Class

Read It, Don’t Weep: Four Tips for Using Scaffolding in Reading Class

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What do window washers, construction workers, and teachers have in common? They all use scaffolding. I’ve talked about how scaffolding in ESL class is like scaffolding in construction class ...
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Reaching the Unreachable, Motivating the Unmotivated: 8 Ideas to Find Better Ways to Connect with Your Students

Reaching the Unreachable, Motivating the Unmotivated: 8 Ideas to Find Better Ways to Connect with Your Students

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Back in the dim and distant past, I used to be a performer with the English Teaching Theatre, a company that did stage shows for learners of English all over the world. I learned a lot from worki ...
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When Coffee Talk Is Off the Table: Tips for Communicating with Non-English Speaking Parents

When Coffee Talk Is Off the Table: Tips for Communicating with Non-English Speaking Parents

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Have you ever been stressed as a teacher? No, not you! Stress? Well, if you’re like me you may have had one or two isolated instances of stress in your teaching career. Here was one of my ...
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Share and Share Alike: How to Class Share to Get Students Ready for Mainstreaming

Share and Share Alike: How to Class Share to Get Students Ready for Mainstreaming

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When I taught overseas, the expectation was that each of my elementary ESL students would be mainstreamed after one school year. Depending on where you teach, your administration may have differe ...
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ADHD in the ESL Classroom: Practical Tips for the ESL Teacher

ADHD in the ESL Classroom: Practical Tips for the ESL Teacher

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I’ll never forget Paul. He was one of the most charming kids in my elementary ESL class and also one of the most challenging. He was a third grader at the time, and I was an inexperienced t ...
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Teaching with How-to Videos: Adapting Authentic Tutorials into Listening Lessons

Teaching with How-to Videos: Adapting Authentic Tutorials into Listening Lessons

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Practical, “how-to” tutorials are everywhere on the Internet. YouTube, as well as websites such as wikihow.com, instructables.com, and soyouwanna.com, have an incredible assortment of ...
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Flashpoint: An ESL Class on ‘Cold War 2.0’

Flashpoint: An ESL Class on ‘Cold War 2.0’

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There’s something very familiar, and very scary, about the tone of the news at the moment. It took me a while to pin it down, but then I remembered where I’d first heard these worries ...
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Flashpoint Korea: An ESL Class on the Korean Conflict

Flashpoint Korea: An ESL Class on the Korean Conflict

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I walked straight into the classroom and announced, “I’m thinking of a country. Ask me questions, and figure out which country I’m thinking of.” We quite often begin class ...
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Classroom of Dread: Get Your Students Pulse Thumping with These Six Speaking Activities

Classroom of Dread: Get Your Students Pulse Thumping with These Six Speaking Activities

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Halloween is not exactly around the corner. But you don’t have to put spooky language learning on the backburner and wait to embrace this holiday. Here are six great speaking activities you ...
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Beyond Counting: An ESL Class on Population Change

Beyond Counting: An ESL Class on Population Change

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The old adage reminds us that, “You can bring a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” Well, that sounds true enough, but I’ve always thought we were selling oursel ...
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Playing in the Mud: An ESL Class on Cheating in Sport

Playing in the Mud: An ESL Class on Cheating in Sport

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How often do you put your pedagogical beliefs to the test? A few weeks ago, I found myself dragged into an online discussion related to an article which claimed that a teacher’s responsibil ...
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Safe Havens: Studying the European Migrant Crisis with an ESL Class

Safe Havens: Studying the European Migrant Crisis with an ESL Class

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I guess I’m one of the luckiest teachers I know. My academic director is an enlightened pedagogical superstar, my students are bright, curious young people from all over the world, and I&rs ...
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Out of the Cave: An ESL Class on Internet Trolls

Out of the Cave: An ESL Class on Internet Trolls

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I’m going to guess there’s hardly an ESL teacher in the world who has never played the game ‘Taboo’. It’s fast-paced fun, and more importantly from the teacher&rsquo ...
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First to Fall: An ESL Class on the First Casualties of Climate Change

First to Fall: An ESL Class on the First Casualties of Climate Change

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One of the most beautiful places in the world is a little island group you may never have heard of. Kiribati is a group of 34 islands and reefs, populated by around 100,000 people. It islands are ...
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The Abyss: Helping ESL Students Understand the Syrian Civil War

The Abyss: Helping ESL Students Understand the Syrian Civil War

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Like a lot of people, I’m concerned that our media isn’t depicting complex issues carefully enough. The coverage often seems to rush along as though concerned that we’ll lose in ...
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Teaching ESL Presentation Skills: How to Structure an Excellent Presentation

Teaching ESL Presentation Skills: How to Structure an Excellent Presentation

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Watching our students become passionate about a subject, and work hard to research and learn about it, is one of the real pleasures of teaching. As an ESL specialist, I often require my students ...
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Putting the Puzzle Together: 6 Tips for Helping Your Students See the Full Picture One Piece at a Time

Putting the Puzzle Together: 6 Tips for Helping Your Students See the Full Picture One Piece at a Time

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Have you ever had a student who just wants to know everything there is to know about English all at once? Or how about students who feel that because they can’t speak as fluently as they wo ...
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Beyond Top-Down and Bottom-Up: Nine Different Ways to Explore Listening

Beyond Top-Down and Bottom-Up: Nine Different Ways to Explore Listening

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Consult several books about teaching listening and you will come across some of the same types of listening: top-down, bottom-up, listening for gist, listening for main idea, and listening for inf ...
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The Interconnected World: An Advanced ESL Class on Globalization

The Interconnected World: An Advanced ESL Class on Globalization

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Before we begin, I’m going to invite you to think about tea. I started my morning with a pot of Anxi Tie Guan Yin, a tea from eastern China. It’s aromatic and energizing, and I can sc ...
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What Came First the Book or the Movie? Great Pairings That Work for ESL Students at Any Level

What Came First the Book or the Movie? Great Pairings That Work for ESL Students at Any Level

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Have you ever noticed that if you read the book before seeing the movie, the book is always better? I think that’s because, as we read, we picture the characters and events in a certain way ...
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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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