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In this section there are 1,542 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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7 Ways To Energize Your Students Through Motion

7 Ways To Energize Your Students Through Motion

ESL Essentials
Think of any truly boring experience you’ve had. How do we describe those moments? A long wait at the airport: “We just had to sit there for three hours while they tried to fix the pl ...
2 All levels
3 Reasons You Need A Pig In A Box For Your ESL Reading Students

3 Reasons You Need A Pig In A Box For Your ESL Reading Students

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When your reading students are ready to put aside the ESL text book and tackle a novel, whether it’s full length or abridged, reading gets a little more challenging. Texts created specifica ...
4 All levels
12 Simple Tricks To Make Writing Fun

12 Simple Tricks To Make Writing Fun

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If your students are struggling to write or they just lack inspiration, maybe it’s time to inject your writing lessons with a little fun. These activities are great for getting students exci ...
2 All levels
Native Speakers Are Told To Avoid This In Their Writing, But Your Students Need To Know And Practice It Anyway

Native Speakers Are Told To Avoid This In Their Writing, But Your Students Need To Know And Practice It Anyway

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The passive voice may be something native speakers are told to avoid in their writing, but it’s an area of grammar ESL students need to study and practice. Here are some exercises that you ...
2 All levels
'Adjective Dance Revolution' And 5 Other Activities For Practicing Adjectives And Adverbs

'Adjective Dance Revolution' And 5 Other Activities For Practicing Adjectives And Adverbs

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Are you teaching beginning level students how to speak with style, that is, how to include adjectives and adverbs in their speech and writing? Here are some fun and sometimes fanciful activities ...
5 All levels
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'Letter Me This' And 5 Other Reading Response Activities For Your ESL Students

'Letter Me This' And 5 Other Reading Response Activities For Your ESL Students

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If your students have turned the last page in their book, they are bound to have a great sense of accomplishment. After all, learning a second language well enough to read fifty or more pages rea ...
2 All levels
Please Have A Seat: How To Set Boundaries In Your Classroom

Please Have A Seat: How To Set Boundaries In Your Classroom

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Boundaries can be defined as where I leave off and others begin. A boundary is where I can claim some personal item, space or mental process as mine. Boundaries have long been a problem in the hi ...
4 All levels
6 Types Of Pronouns And How To Teach Them To Your Students

6 Types Of Pronouns And How To Teach Them To Your Students

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He, she, it, you, we, they…for good or ill, pronouns in English are far more complicated than these basics. Pronouns change depending on person, number, and function in a sentence. We use ...
6 All levels
Drama Queens/Kings and Masters of Crisis: How To Minimize Their Effects

Drama Queens/Kings and Masters of Crisis: How To Minimize Their Effects

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We’ve all encountered at least one: the “drama queen” (or “king”), capable of taking the most minor of annoyance—e.g., the full wastepaper basket—and turn ...
3 All levels
Colleagues: Your Best Untapped Teaching Resource

Colleagues: Your Best Untapped Teaching Resource

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As teachers, we frequently think about professional development and ongoing education, but how often do we look to the room next door? While conferences and classes are great, and you should go t ...
2 All levels
9 Ways to Grab Your Students’ Attention

9 Ways to Grab Your Students’ Attention

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“I often find students checking their phones during class or simply staring out into space. I can tell when their minds wander. How can I get students to really pay attention?” * As t ...
7 All levels
This Isn’t the Right Time: How To Set And Enforce Limits in Your Classroom

This Isn’t the Right Time: How To Set And Enforce Limits in Your Classroom

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Teachers are routinely pushed past their limits—that line that separates what individuals can and will do from what they can’t and won’t. In fact, pushing teachers to the line h ...
2 All levels
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10 Print and Go Worksheets on Adjectives and Adverbs

10 Print and Go Worksheets on Adjectives and Adverbs

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Are your students successful in their adjective and adverb use? These little words that describe the objects around us and say how, why, how often, and in what way something happens can add so mu ...
3 All levels
4 Simple Retention Tricks That Will Help Your Students Remember 90% Of What You Teach In Class

4 Simple Retention Tricks That Will Help Your Students Remember 90% Of What You Teach In Class

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Imagine a pyramid. At the bottom are all the students who kind of get it, who remember some information from class. At the top of the pyramid are those few students who seem to retain almost ever ...
5 All levels
Gradable And Nongradable Adjectives: Everything A Busy Teacher Needs To Know (Step By Step Explanation)

Gradable And Nongradable Adjectives: Everything A Busy Teacher Needs To Know (Step By Step Explanation)

ESL Essentials
Are your students familiar with the difference between gradable and nongradable adjectives? If you haven’t tackled that subject with your ESL class, here is a step by step explanation of th ...
3 All levels
It’s Not A Secret Code: The Simple System That Can Help Your Students Achieve Perfect Pronunciation

It’s Not A Secret Code: The Simple System That Can Help Your Students Achieve Perfect Pronunciation

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If you had a trick you could use in class that wasn’t complicated, was free, and didn’t violate any moral or educational codes and would be a huge help to your ESL students, would you ...
8 All levels
Parent Teacher Conference: Don't Get Worried, Get Ready (6-Step Checklist)

Parent Teacher Conference: Don't Get Worried, Get Ready (6-Step Checklist)

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When working with kids we all know that holding meetings or conferences with parents is inevitable. The reason for this is, meetings are simply necessary. They are the key to dealing with a varie ...
2 All levels
7 Ways To Use Social Media in the ESL Classroom

7 Ways To Use Social Media in the ESL Classroom

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“Social media is a big part of my students’ lives. They’re always checking Facebook updates or Tweeting to each other inside and outside the classroom. So the big question is: sh ...
4 All levels
7 Turn-taking Strategies That Will Boost Student Speaking Time

7 Turn-taking Strategies That Will Boost Student Speaking Time

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“Although most of my students have no trouble answering or even asking questions, I find they struggle with the ability to carry a simple conversation. What are some turn-taking strategies I ...
6 All levels
Cut It, Grow It, Build It, Roll It: 4 Fantastic Hands On Activities For Teaching Prefixes And Suffixes

Cut It, Grow It, Build It, Roll It: 4 Fantastic Hands On Activities For Teaching Prefixes And Suffixes

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I love teaching affixes to my ESL students. Doing so not only increases their vocabulary, it gives them tools to understand words they have never encountered before. These activities are designed ...
4 All levels
Clothes Pins For Grammar? Organization? Spelling? Yes, Yes, Yes, And More! 10 Ways To Use Clothespins In The ESL Classroom

Clothes Pins For Grammar? Organization? Spelling? Yes, Yes, Yes, And More! 10 Ways To Use Clothespins In The ESL Classroom

ESL Essentials
What can you get at the dollar store for pennies a piece that can serve multiple purposes in your classroom? Clothespins! These versatile pieces of wood and metal can make possible all sorts of t ...
6 All levels
Their, There, Or They're? 6 Fun Activities You Can Use To Teach Homophones And Minimal Pairs

Their, There, Or They're? 6 Fun Activities You Can Use To Teach Homophones And Minimal Pairs

ESL Essentials
English grammar can be complicated. Pronunciation can be a struggle. As for comma rules, even native speakers struggle with those. As your students advance in their language studies, they will be ...
2 All levels
Don't Know Where To Draw The Line With Kids? 5 Tricks That Will Instantly Improve Behavior In Your Class

Don't Know Where To Draw The Line With Kids? 5 Tricks That Will Instantly Improve Behavior In Your Class

ESL Essentials
Many teachers agree that working with kids is amazing. Their innocence, energy and natural curiosity make them irresistible to the many, many teachers who value and cherish these qualities among ...
6 All levels
Only 5 Minutes A Day Required: 5 Simple Things That Will Make You A Better Teacher

Only 5 Minutes A Day Required: 5 Simple Things That Will Make You A Better Teacher

ESL Essentials
A teacher’s work is never done, and that’s especially true for ESL teachers whose class needs change from semester to semester and from year to year. For as many years as I have taugh ...
7 All levels
ESL Teachers Ask: How Can I Help Advanced Learners Overcome a Language Plateau?

ESL Teachers Ask: How Can I Help Advanced Learners Overcome a Language Plateau?

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“I teach intermediate to advanced learners most of the time, and I keep seeing the same trend. Once they reach a plateau, they get discouraged and eventually abandon their studies. What can ...
2 All levels

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