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In this section there are 1,575 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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Predi-what? How To Help Your ESL Students Understand Predicates

Predi-what? How To Help Your ESL Students Understand Predicates

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Predicate. It’s a big word to refer to everything from the verb to the period in a sentence. Sometimes, the predicate is simple, just one word. Other times it contains vast amounts of infor ...
3 All levels
'English Only' Policy Could Be Hurting Your Students: Here Are 4 Reasons Why

'English Only' Policy Could Be Hurting Your Students: Here Are 4 Reasons Why

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When I first tell people that I am an English as a second language teacher, inevitably, they ask, “Oh, what languages do you speak?” I have taught students from all over the world, sp ...
8 All levels
It May Not Be The Words At All: 7 Tips For Teachers Of Spelling Strugglers

It May Not Be The Words At All: 7 Tips For Teachers Of Spelling Strugglers

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You are standing in front of your ESL class, looking out at eager faces and minds ready to absorb everything you have to share about the English language. You see faces filled with hope and expec ...
4 All levels
Get Rid Of Those Lists! How To Teach Vocabulary Without Your Students Even Realizing It

Get Rid Of Those Lists! How To Teach Vocabulary Without Your Students Even Realizing It

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One of the never-ending questions ESL teachers ask themselves is, “How do I increase my students’ vocabulary?” Learning a language and becoming fluent in that language is a long ...
10 All levels
7 Benefits of Teaching ESL Abroad

7 Benefits of Teaching ESL Abroad

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“I really enjoy teaching ESL, but I feel I need a change of scenery. A friend suggested I look into teaching abroad, but I’m not sure I want to be far away from my family and friends f ...
5 All levels
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5 Types of Abbreviations Your Students Need to Know (And Why They Aren’t Acronyms)

5 Types of Abbreviations Your Students Need to Know (And Why They Aren’t Acronyms)

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The English language is rife with abbreviations. I’ll never forget the moment I learned how true this is. I was teaching at a university ESL program, instructing business students one on on ...
6 All levels
5 Simple Steps for Teaching and Practicing Reported Verbs

5 Simple Steps for Teaching and Practicing Reported Verbs

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Reported verbs are like second hand verbs; speakers use them to say what someone else has already said. Quite often, we use quoted speech to repeat what someone has said. However, quotations requ ...
3 All levels
Little Words Can Be Big Trouble: 5 Types Of Determiners Your ESL Students Need To Know

Little Words Can Be Big Trouble: 5 Types Of Determiners Your ESL Students Need To Know

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Rarely does a noun hang around on its own. Besides the comfortable companionship of adjectives, nouns tend to keep certain words close to them. These words, which you and your students know as ar ...
7 All levels
Coordinate or Subordinate? Making Sense of English Conjunctions

Coordinate or Subordinate? Making Sense of English Conjunctions

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“Conjunction junction, what’s your function…?” If you every watched School House Rock, these words should sound familiar. Conjunctions are an important part of the Englis ...
5 All levels
All the Exercises Your Students Need To Learn and Practice English Nouns

All the Exercises Your Students Need To Learn and Practice English Nouns

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If you have read Everything Your Students Need to Know About Nouns, you have already set them a strong foundation for learning the English language. Nouns, after all, are an essential part of the ...
4 All levels
From the Wisp of an Idea to a Polished Story: How to Teach Creative Writing

From the Wisp of an Idea to a Polished Story: How to Teach Creative Writing

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One of the perennial questions writers get asked is “Where do you get your ideas?” And indeed even writers, especially novice ones, seem to think that there is some shortage of writin ...
3 All levels
7 Writing Tasks That Use Video

7 Writing Tasks That Use Video

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“My students are not very keen on writing. They love watching videos, however. How can I combine video and writing tasks so that my students find writing a little more enjoyable?” * T ...
6 All levels
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Speaking of the Capitalist Economy, Let Me Tell You about My Vacation: Teaching Transitions in Writing

Speaking of the Capitalist Economy, Let Me Tell You about My Vacation: Teaching Transitions in Writing

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I used to fall asleep over student papers a lot or take up five minutes reading and rereading the same short paragraph. I used to think it was sleep disorder and Attention Deficit (ADD) problems, ...
3 All levels
More Abstractions to Avoid in Writing: Moving from Saying Nothing to Saying Something

More Abstractions to Avoid in Writing: Moving from Saying Nothing to Saying Something

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Having taught writing college writing for many years, I’ve really come to abhor certain words: “society.” “Issue.” “The media.” “The government.&rdq ...
2 All levels
A Rainbow of Cultures – 7 Steps to Organizing an International Day

A Rainbow of Cultures – 7 Steps to Organizing an International Day

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It’s a wonderful thing to celebrate the diversity of our ESL classes. Often, our students are abroad for the first time, and have the experience of meeting people from continents and countr ...
3 All levels
6 Awesome Ways to Use Photos for Writing Tasks

6 Awesome Ways to Use Photos for Writing Tasks

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“I really loved your article called 'What You Can Do with Photos: 10 Creative ESL Games/Activities'. Any ideas for more ways to use photos specifically for writing tasks?” * Photos ar ...
4 All levels
Rice or Lice? 7 Tips for Teaching Pronunciation and the IPA

Rice or Lice? 7 Tips for Teaching Pronunciation and the IPA

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I’ve found that a lot of textbooks lack thorough pronunciation practice, so here are some tips for identifying, correcting and reviewing your students’ pronunciation, and for integrati ...
6 All levels
Future Time Clauses: A Quick Summary Of What Your Students Need To Know

Future Time Clauses: A Quick Summary Of What Your Students Need To Know

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English is full of different types of clauses, and learning them all at one time can be overwhelming for ESL students. Perhaps that’s why so many teachers choose to cover just one specific ...
2 All levels
Cover All Four Skills With This Simple, 4-Step Activity Your Students Will Love

Cover All Four Skills With This Simple, 4-Step Activity Your Students Will Love

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A teacher’s work is never done, and the more we can multitask with our class activities, the better off both we and our students will be. This simple activity is perfect for the teacher who ...
5 All levels
Everything Your ESL Students Need to Know about Nouns

Everything Your ESL Students Need to Know about Nouns

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Nouns – one of the basic building blocks of language, and one of the first bits of grammar students learn in any language. The English language contains more nouns than any other type of wo ...
4 All levels
What Do You Want Us to Do, Exactly? Tolerance of Ambiguity and Lack Thereof in Students

What Do You Want Us to Do, Exactly? Tolerance of Ambiguity and Lack Thereof in Students

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I hate to sound like an old, irascible professor, but I’m finding an increasing generation gap between college students today and those of my generation. Most notable today is the tendency ...
4 All levels
What Does That Mean, Who Said It, and Why: Teaching Critical Thinking

What Does That Mean, Who Said It, and Why: Teaching Critical Thinking

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Sometimes I’ll be reading student research papers, going along as smoothly as possible with the work of beginning college-level writers, and I’ll be pulled up short by some observation ...
3 All levels
How to Host Your Own English Language Olympics

How to Host Your Own English Language Olympics

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Even though the big games only come around every two to four years, you don’t have to wait that long before hosting your own Olympic Games. As the year comes to a close, celebrate everythin ...
5 All levels
A Simple Strategy That Makes Writing Class A Breeze: You’ll Never Hear 'I Don’t Know What To Write About' Again)

A Simple Strategy That Makes Writing Class A Breeze: You’ll Never Hear 'I Don’t Know What To Write About' Again)

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It’s time for your students to write something. They sit at their desks, a blank page in front of them, the pencil twirling between their fingers, they eyes searching the room for some kind ...
4 All levels
Speaking to Your Future Self: 4 Methods for Encouraging Note-taking

Speaking to Your Future Self: 4 Methods for Encouraging Note-taking

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Why should our students make notes? My students seem to regard note-taking as a chore, and frequently make fragmented notes which are of little use. They rely too often on memory, which might be ...
6 All levels

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