1,812 FREE ESL Essentials - What Every English Teacher Needs To Know!
BusyTeacher Home » ESL Essentials
About Our ESL Essentials

ESL Essentials – Important Teaching Tips

In this section there are 1,812 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.
At the moment we have 1,812 ESL Essentials.
Sometimes that is the best way to learn but the experiences of others can also help you develop your teaching skills without having to make the same mistakes. If you have a great story or activity, feel free to submit your own article so that you can share your knowledge with others. We would love to hear from you!
Get the Entire BusyTeacher Library for Only $99.99!

Make A Word Search:

Create awesome-looking custom word searches in seconds!

Make A Word Scramble:

Instantly create custom word/sentence scrambles for your class!

Make A Double Puzzle:

Generate double puzzles your students will love - hours of fun!

ESL Essentials for Busy Teachers
Rate this Category
4.6 out of 5, rated by 23 teachers

1,812 FREE ESL Essentials

Sort by: Date | Rating | Views | Comments | ABC
We Should Talk: More Difficult Conversations with Students and Strategies to Address Them

We Should Talk: More Difficult Conversations with Students and Strategies to Address Them

ESL Essentials
Most of us hate the phrase “We should talk,” both saying and hearing it, as it signals the opening of a difficult conversation. Most of us would do anything to avoid the conversation, ...
3 All levels
She Was Succeeded? She Was Successful? Teaching Self-Editing for Word Form

She Was Succeeded? She Was Successful? Teaching Self-Editing for Word Form

ESL Essentials
One of the most troublesome issues I’ve found in teaching English as a Second Language is addressing mistakes in word form. By “word form,” as I’m using it here, I mean mis ...
3 All levels
Being the Best You: 4 Tips for Harnessing Your True Teacher Potential

Being the Best You: 4 Tips for Harnessing Your True Teacher Potential

ESL Essentials
Let’s face it. None of us become a teacher because we have nothing better to do. We become teachers because we love working with students, because we get a thrill from seeing people learn a ...
7 All levels
Keeping It Real: 7 Places to Start in Choosing the Right Realia for Your Students

Keeping It Real: 7 Places to Start in Choosing the Right Realia for Your Students

ESL Essentials
There is no doubt that every ESL class is different. Different students. Different skills. Different backgrounds. Different interests. But there is also no doubt that all ESL classes have one thi ...
3 All levels
Sustainability in the ESL Classroom: The Antarctic Development Debate

Sustainability in the ESL Classroom: The Antarctic Development Debate

ESL Essentials
Are your students as environmentally aware as mine? Media attention and formal education has ensured that the groups I work with are, at the very least, fairly well aware of the world’s key ...
3 All levels
How Do I Grade “Attendance and Participation”? Assessing Classroom Behavior

How Do I Grade “Attendance and Participation”? Assessing Classroom Behavior

ESL Essentials
A part of the assessment of almost any class is “attendance and participation,” or similar wording, referring, in general, to how often the student attended class and how he or she beh ...
5 All levels
Beyond “I Went to the Store. I Bought Bread”: Teaching Writing and Self-editing for Advanced Sentence Structure

Beyond “I Went to the Store. I Bought Bread”: Teaching Writing and Self-editing for Advanced Sentence Structure

ESL Essentials
There are a number of issues in teaching academic writing and how it differs from the conversational register, or variety, of English which students are more used to. Academic writing has differe ...
3 All levels
We Changed the Name, Didn’t We? That’s Progress! Education and Bureaucracy

We Changed the Name, Didn’t We? That’s Progress! Education and Bureaucracy

ESL Essentials
Over the past decade or so, corporations or corporate cultures have become increasingly involved in nonprofit entities, such as public education. There is a belief corporations must know somethin ...
3 All levels
Keep Their Eye on the Prize: 5 Visual Aids You Should Be Using in Your ESL Classroom

Keep Their Eye on the Prize: 5 Visual Aids You Should Be Using in Your ESL Classroom

ESL Essentials
No other class benefits from visual aids more than a language class. If a picture is worth a thousand words, including the right visuals for your students to look at can be the avenue to thousand ...
4 All levels
How to Nitpick Your Own Work: Self-Editing for 10 Common Errors

How to Nitpick Your Own Work: Self-Editing for 10 Common Errors

ESL Essentials
Teachers spend a lot of time marking students’ work. Indeed, some would say teachers “nitpick" work, or look at work too closely for errors. However, students cannot depend on their t ...
3 All levels
Not All Responses Are Equal: Teaching Students to Wrap Up Unproductive Discussions (and Move Forward)

Not All Responses Are Equal: Teaching Students to Wrap Up Unproductive Discussions (and Move Forward)

ESL Essentials
Some classes are so quiet and unresponsive to each other that the teacher will greet any form of interaction with relief and encouragement. Certainly when students begin to open up with each othe ...
3 All levels
Uh, D’yuh Wannuh Cupuh Coffee? The “Schwa” Sound and Common Phrases

Uh, D’yuh Wannuh Cupuh Coffee? The “Schwa” Sound and Common Phrases

ESL Essentials
You can’t speak American English without knowing the schwa sound. The schwa sounds approximately like “uh” in the phrases “uh-huh” and “huh-uh.” It is tr ...
4 All levels
This Class ####%!$ Stinks! Relating to Students Who Show Blatant Disrespect

This Class ####%!$ Stinks! Relating to Students Who Show Blatant Disrespect

ESL Essentials
Most students, especially adult students, make at least a pretense of civility in the classroom, even if they don’t feel it. The least enthusiastic students usually come into class, take ou ...
4 All levels
Creating a Happy, Healthy Classroom: 7 Tips to Make It Work

Creating a Happy, Healthy Classroom: 7 Tips to Make It Work

ESL Essentials
Every teacher wants a pleasant, enjoyable classroom. Students do, too. But the perfect classroom doesn’t come without a little work. Here are seven ways you can make sure your classroom is ...
5 All levels
Survival English: 5 Tips on Where to Start with Absolute Beginners

Survival English: 5 Tips on Where to Start with Absolute Beginners

ESL Essentials
I remember going into a level one classroom one semester with certain expectations in mind. Every time I had taught that class, students had some knowledge of English vocabulary even if they didn ...
7 All levels

Got a great worksheet on ESL Essentials? Tell us about it and become a BusyTeacher contributor!

Submit a Worksheet
 
find worksheets