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In this section there are 2,038 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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Creative Current Events: 5 New Ways to Use Todays’ News in Class

Creative Current Events: 5 New Ways to Use Todays’ News in Class

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If you have ever taught an ESL reading class, you have probably used articles from the news for your typical reading activities, activities like writing summaries and answering comprehension quest ...
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"To Bear Arms": A Gun Debate Primer for ESL Teachers

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If you teach ESL, wherever that may be, and your curriculum encourages a focus on current events, then a discussion of guns is inevitable. Much like race, politics and inequality, firearms owners ...
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Brexit Time: How to Help Your ESL Students Understand Brexit

Brexit Time: How to Help Your ESL Students Understand Brexit

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You probably already know that Europe suffered something of a political earthquake on June 23, 2016. Against expectations, a majority of British voters expressed a desire to leave the European Un ...
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From Pokémon to Picasso: 5 Simple Ways to Encourage Friendships Between EAL Students and Native Speakers

From Pokémon to Picasso: 5 Simple Ways to Encourage Friendships Between EAL Students and Native Speakers

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Learning English isn’t just about the words. Do I have your attention? I hope I do. It’s not every day you read an ESL blog that downplays the importance of words. But really, when yo ...
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Democracy in Action? How to Help ESL Students Understand the 2016 Election

Democracy in Action? How to Help ESL Students Understand the 2016 Election

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In less than a month from now, everything will have calmed down. Now we have a new president and members of congress, and  soon the dust will finally settle after one of the most extraordina ...
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Analyze This: How to Use Student Critical Analysis for Language Development in the ESL Classroom

Analyze This: How to Use Student Critical Analysis for Language Development in the ESL Classroom

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Remember. Understand. Apply. Remember the rules of grammar. Understand what a certain tense means. Apply that knowledge by using that tense to express your experiences or hopes. That’s the ...
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3 Ready to Go ESL Lessons Based on Disney’s Movie Inside Out

3 Ready to Go ESL Lessons Based on Disney’s Movie Inside Out

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Whether or not you are ready to talk about how you feel, emotions can be a great starting point for some interesting ESL lessons. Watch the movie with your class, and then follow up the screening ...
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Let the Little Ones Speak: 6 Fun Activities for Coaxing Young Learners out of Their Shells

Let the Little Ones Speak: 6 Fun Activities for Coaxing Young Learners out of Their Shells

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Communication is key when it comes to language learning. Language is a tool, something we use to make connections with other people around us. And a big part of that connection comes through talk ...
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Is Teaching Online Right for You? 6 Perks to Virtual Teaching

Is Teaching Online Right for You? 6 Perks to Virtual Teaching

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In this virtual world that we live in, jobs aren’t what they used to be. Even teaching jobs. In the past you set up your classroom, decorated the walls, arranged the desks, and made photoco ...
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Inviting Technology without Forcing out Communication: 3 Great Activities

Inviting Technology without Forcing out Communication: 3 Great Activities

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“Here’s your new family portrait,” you say. She looks down at the picture. She and her husband and her two children, each holding a phone or tablet, all looking down at the scre ...
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Open Lines Open Hearts: 4 Activities for Teaching about Diversity and Social Justice

Open Lines Open Hearts: 4 Activities for Teaching about Diversity and Social Justice

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We are all different. Odds are that if you are teaching English as a second language, you have pretty obvious evidence sitting right in front of you every day. And everyone in your class has prob ...
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Creating a Room that Connects: 5 Ways toBring Your Classroom into the 21st Century

Creating a Room that Connects: 5 Ways toBring Your Classroom into the 21st Century

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A teacher desk at the front of the classroom with rows and columns of student desks just doesn’t cut it anymore. The geometric arrangement that teachers have followed for generations was a ...
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When the Teacher Needs an Attitude Check: 4 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Teaching Self

When the Teacher Needs an Attitude Check: 4 Easy Ways to Refresh Your Teaching Self

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I hope you're not having one of THOSE days. You know the kind of day I’m talking about – when you spill coffee on your new shirt as you’re driving to work, when your books fall ...
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Invitation to Fail: 4 Big Reasons You Should Encourage Your Students to Reach for the Unreachable (and Why It Will Benefit Them)

Invitation to Fail: 4 Big Reasons You Should Encourage Your Students to Reach for the Unreachable (and Why It Will Benefit Them)

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Failure. It’s a word that strikes terror into the A students among us. Teachers included. So why encourage failure in the ESL classroom? There are actually several positive things that come ...
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What Is SEL and Why Your Young Students Need It

What Is SEL and Why Your Young Students Need It

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ESL. ELA. EAL. TOEFL. TOEIC. L1L2. The English as a second language field is full of acronyms. If you’re like me, you have days when you feel you just can’t cram another one into your ...
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Using YouTube to Teach ESL: 6 Instructor-Proven Strategies

Using YouTube to Teach ESL: 6 Instructor-Proven Strategies

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Whether you consider your classroom high-tech or not, odds are you have at least a little modern technology in your midst. One of the easiest and most flexible technology tools for ESL teachers a ...
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Bringing Technology to Life for Your ESL Students in Four Simple Steps

Bringing Technology to Life for Your ESL Students in Four Simple Steps

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Do you remember the excitement that filled the classroom when the teacher dragged out that great little gadget that would silence the teacher like nothing else? Film strip day! Okay, I may be dat ...
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Breaks and Holidays: Helping ESL Students Maintain Strong Language Skills Year-Round

Breaks and Holidays: Helping ESL Students Maintain Strong Language Skills Year-Round

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Whether it is the end of the school year with summer knocking on the door or a visit back to their home country for several weeks, sometimes we have to let our students go. It’s hard. We po ...
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Six Teacher-Tested Strategies for Keeping Student Stress Out of the Classroom

Six Teacher-Tested Strategies for Keeping Student Stress Out of the Classroom

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Imagine this: you step off of an airplane, your bag packed as tightly as it can be. You carry gifts from home, a bilingual dictionary, some clothes (and you can tell by looking around you will be ...
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When it’s Time to Leave the Nest: 8 Tips for Helping ESL Students Transition into Mainstream Classes

When it’s Time to Leave the Nest: 8 Tips for Helping ESL Students Transition into Mainstream Classes

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Sometimes being an ESL teacher is kind of like being a parent. We take pride in our students’ accomplishments. We feel a vicarious thrill when we see them learning and becoming more profici ...
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Top 10 Ways to Teach Vowel Pronunciation in English

Top 10 Ways to Teach Vowel Pronunciation in English

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Every ESL student should have a pronunciation element to his language studies. Sometimes, though, a student may need more than one strategy for tackling English pronunciation. By making sure you ...
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How to Teach the Present Continuous Tense

How to Teach the Present Continuous Tense

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When teaching the present continuous tense, one thing usually comes to mind. This tense is taught for the first time to students who are complete beginners, and who have had exposure to a small qu ...
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How To Teach Directions

How To Teach Directions

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Directions can be challenging to teach however its practical uses are readily understood by students and there are many fun activities you can incorporate into your lessons to make them more enjoy ...
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How to Teach Modal Verbs: 4 Simple Steps

How to Teach Modal Verbs: 4 Simple Steps

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English language learners are often confused by modal verbs because they are used differently than other verbs and in a wide variety of situations such as asking for permission and giving advice. ...
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4 Excellent Activities for Using Comparatives and Superlatives: The Best and the Brightest

4 Excellent Activities for Using Comparatives and Superlatives: The Best and the Brightest

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Bigger, brighter, better, best…comparative and superlative adjectives are all around us in English. We use these adjectives to compare items, express preferences and give value judgments. ...
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