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In this section there are 1,996 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.

There are a lot of dos and don’ts and tips and tricks that many teachers learn through teaching.

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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How to Teach Past Simple – Regular/Irregular Verbs

How to Teach Past Simple – Regular/Irregular Verbs

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We're often told we should put the past behind us, not dwell in the past, etc…However, ESL students must do just that…to learn the simple past tense. As they learn that regular verbs ...
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Speak Up: 6 Fabulous Games to Get Your Students Speaking

Speak Up: 6 Fabulous Games to Get Your Students Speaking

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Many ESL teachers find that their students are timid speakers or reluctant to participate in class discussions. It’s only natural. After all, they are trying to talk in a language they are ...
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5 New Fun Ways to Teach Grammar to ESL Students

5 New Fun Ways to Teach Grammar to ESL Students

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Mention the word "grammar" and students will cringe. In fact, most teachers will cringe, too.
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How to Teach the Verb

How to Teach the Verb "To Be" to Beginners

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The verb “to be” is the first verb students learn in their English studies. It is used extensively in the English language and will allow students to create simple sentences with the ...
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Self-care for Teachers: 5 Simple Ways to Help You Avoid Burnout

Self-care for Teachers: 5 Simple Ways to Help You Avoid Burnout

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We all get tired. I’m not talking about the stayed-up-too-late-binge-watching-the-Walking-Dead kind of tired. I’m talking the I-love-my-job-but-I-just-really-need-some-time-away-from- ...
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Just “Yes” or “No” Is Not Allowed: Rules of Discussion to Promote Higher-Level Thinking

Just “Yes” or “No” Is Not Allowed: Rules of Discussion to Promote Higher-Level Thinking

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Class discussions can be rewarding, lively, resulting in changed perspectives. This, however, takes planning. Too often, however, class discussions fizzle into boredom and students chatting on no ...
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Shut the Door behind You: 5 Benefits of Getting Your Class Outside and How to Do It Right

Shut the Door behind You: 5 Benefits of Getting Your Class Outside and How to Do It Right

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The sun is shining. The sky is blue. You hear birds outside your window calling you…come outside. Come outside. But you’re the teacher. You can’t just blow off your responsibil ...
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When it’s Time to Ditch ESL: How to Teach Advanced ESL Students in their Last Days in Class

When it’s Time to Ditch ESL: How to Teach Advanced ESL Students in their Last Days in Class

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Advanced students aren’t your typical ESL students. They have been studying the language long enough that they are probably quite proficient at it by now. That presents a special challenge ...
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Traditional Teaching with Nontraditional Students: 7 Tips to Make Learning Easier for Your EAL Students

Traditional Teaching with Nontraditional Students: 7 Tips to Make Learning Easier for Your EAL Students

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Not all classrooms are created equal. Every teacher has challenges and advantages particular to their situation. One such challenge is integrating nonnative English speakers into a standard class ...
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Teaching without Teaching: How a Flipped Classroom Might be Just What Your Students Need

Teaching without Teaching: How a Flipped Classroom Might be Just What Your Students Need

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Have you heard of the relatively new concept of flipped classrooms? They are a break from the traditional instructional model, and they can be quite effective for students in the postmodern era. ...
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Getting Ready for the TOEFL: 6 Steps to Preparing for the Written Essay Portion

Getting Ready for the TOEFL: 6 Steps to Preparing for the Written Essay Portion

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If your students are planning on taking an English proficiency test such as the TOEFL, they will want to do everything they can to get ready for test day. Your students can spend lots of time stu ...
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Avoiding Heads-on-Desk: How to Enliven the Writing Class

Avoiding Heads-on-Desk: How to Enliven the Writing Class

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A perennial problem of writing—and writers—is its solitariness. It is an interaction of a writer’s thoughts and the paper. Many people don’t enjoy it—indeed even pro ...
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Getting Ready for Your Best Year Ever: Start Now to Make a Difference Once School Starts

Getting Ready for Your Best Year Ever: Start Now to Make a Difference Once School Starts

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The sooner you get behind, the more time you have to catch up. While it may make logical sense, there’s still something not quite right about that way of thinking. And while I have done my ...
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Better than Group Work: One Simple Strategy that can Boost Language Success for Your EAL Students

Better than Group Work: One Simple Strategy that can Boost Language Success for Your EAL Students

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When you hear the words cooperative learning, you might be excited to implement it for your EAL students. After all, working in groups requires communication and language use. It also builds rela ...
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8 Simple Ways to Encourage Your Students

8 Simple Ways to Encourage Your Students

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They say they will never be able to get it right. They may put so much pressure on themselves that they become paralyzed in the English classroom. They may be so frustrated they may be on the verg ...
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Lesson Planning 101: 6 Easy Steps for Effective Lesson Planning

Lesson Planning 101: 6 Easy Steps for Effective Lesson Planning

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Planning lessons for my ESL class has not always been an easy one. Although formal training provided me with the basic tools of teaching, I have found that understanding the needs of my students ...
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ESL Teachers Ask: How Do I Make Grammar Lessons More FUN?

ESL Teachers Ask: How Do I Make Grammar Lessons More FUN?

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"I am a new teacher, and I need advice on how to teach Grade 1 grammar in a fun way like other teachers". Let’s clarify one big important point. No ESL teacher should aim to teach like oth ...
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R-E-S-P-E-C-T: How to Build an Effective Classroom Environment in a Multilingual Classroom

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: How to Build an Effective Classroom Environment in a Multilingual Classroom

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Rapport between the teacher and students is important, but equally important is rapport between students. In a classroom with students from many cultures, this can often be a difficult feat. Many ...
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ESL Teachers Beware: Are You Making These Mistakes in Class?

ESL Teachers Beware: Are You Making These Mistakes in Class?

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No ESL teacher is perfect, no matter if you’ve been teaching for 20 minutes or 20 years (present company included!) Anyone can make mistakes, most of which are results of our trying too hard ...
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Top 10 Time Fillers For Your Classroom

Top 10 Time Fillers For Your Classroom

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Try as you might, careful as you are with your planning, sometimes what you plan to cover in class does not work with the clock. When you are ready for the bell but the bell is not quite ready fo ...
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9 Ways to Correct Students Without Correcting Them

9 Ways to Correct Students Without Correcting Them

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When we as teachers correct students, we discourage them from trying! It is hard enough to get EFL students to practice speaking and writing without adding barriers. Try correcting them in disgui ...
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From ESL Zero to Hero: How to Teach Absolute Beginners

From ESL Zero to Hero: How to Teach Absolute Beginners

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In today’s globalized world, most beginner ESL students have had some contact with the English language, usually through the Internet, movies or TV. They have most likely studied English at ...
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No More Waiting for Most of the Class to Show Up: 6 Classroom Filler Activities for Adult Education

No More Waiting for Most of the Class to Show Up: 6 Classroom Filler Activities for Adult Education

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It’s happened again. You are in the middle of a class discussion, and students are engaged, raising their hands, and volunteering ideas. Or you have the lights dimmed, a film clip showing, ...
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The Easy Way To Get Them Chatting: 13 Classroom Discussion Prompts and Strategies for Multilevel ESL

The Easy Way To Get Them Chatting: 13 Classroom Discussion Prompts and Strategies for Multilevel ESL

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Classroom discussions can be difficult in general: getting the students’ attention, engaging them in the topic, getting them to work together… the problems are multiple. These proble ...
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Everyone Can Participate: 10 Computer Activities for the Multi-level ESL Classroom

Everyone Can Participate: 10 Computer Activities for the Multi-level ESL Classroom

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One of the perennial problems of an ESL class is their multilevel nature. ESL classes are diverse in every sense of the word—not only in the students’ cultural and language background ...
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