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In this section there are 2,117 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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Tools for Your Students' Creativity Toolboxes

Tools for Your Students' Creativity Toolboxes

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Creativity is not just an art - it takes place within policy making, game strategizing, problem solving and lesson planning. It’s a long process that comes in many forms, starting from the r ...
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Tips for Teaching American Culture to ESL Students

Tips for Teaching American Culture to ESL Students

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While the United States is not the only place English is spoken, it contains a culture that many English language learners find intriguing. Students may be exposed to American companies, such as M ...
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Strategies to Improve Student Confidence in Writing

Strategies to Improve Student Confidence in Writing

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Writing can pose unique challenges for students who are learning English. Often, the processes involved with writing differ from the processes involved with thinking. Students have to stop and thi ...
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Give Your ESL Students a BOOst with These Halloween Themed Language Activities

Give Your ESL Students a BOOst with These Halloween Themed Language Activities

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Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s a great excuse to share some American culture with your ESL students. Here are some fun ways to bring the celebration of all hallows eve into y ...
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Using GIFs and Memes in the ESL Classroom

Using GIFs and Memes in the ESL Classroom

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If you use any sort of social media sites these days, you're probably very familiar with GIFs and memes. Memes are constantly being shared on Twitter and Facebook, while GIFs now crowd the comment ...
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Using Audio as a Teaching Tool

Using Audio as a Teaching Tool

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Want to spice up the lessons in your classroom? Try incorporating some audio. From listening to music and spoken word pieces to recording their own voices, their many ways to help students learn ...
Views 8,783
6 Lessons Using Smartphone Cameras

6 Lessons Using Smartphone Cameras

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Almost everyone has a smartphone these days, so why not start using this technology to help you teach? The best ways to get started is to use the camera feature. Getting your students talking abou ...
Views 10,502 Int
10 Puzzle Stories for your Language Class

10 Puzzle Stories for your Language Class

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Puzzle stories and riddles make great classroom activities. You can use them as warmups, fillers or cool downs. Puzzle stories help develop speaking skills and serve as a great way to practice ask ...
Views 19,747
8 Great Ways to Use Dictation with ESL Students

8 Great Ways to Use Dictation with ESL Students

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Dictation might feel a bit old-fashioned but it’s a great, interactive way to get students writing and talking. It doesn’t take a lot of preparation time or complex feedback and it can ...
Views 14,074 All
Making Films on Smartphone Cameras: 5 Language Lessons Utilizing Smartphones and Film

Making Films on Smartphone Cameras: 5 Language Lessons Utilizing Smartphones and Film

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Making films with smartphones is easy and fun. Here are five simple ways to exploit this pocket technology in your English classes. 1. Conduct a Simple Interview You could use this as part of an ...
Views 12,780
Using Traditional Games with Language Learners

Using Traditional Games with Language Learners

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Sick of technology? Why not try some more traditional games? Traditional games, such as board and card games, have a lot to offer your classroom. Here are 10 great traditional games you can use ...
Views 14,226 All
6 Ways to Use Google Maps and Smartphones in Your Classroom

6 Ways to Use Google Maps and Smartphones in Your Classroom

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With Google maps and Street View you can get your students to explore the world without ever leaving the classroom.  Here are some ways you can incorporate the technology into your lessons. ...
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Dealing with Difficult Students

Dealing with Difficult Students

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At times, we all encounter students who we find it difficult to deal with. It's easy to let those students get to you, but we have some tips to help you handle the students before they get the bes ...
Views 15,982
You've Got Talent! Using Talent Shows to Learn English

You've Got Talent! Using Talent Shows to Learn English

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We’ve all seen "America’s got Talent," "Britain’s got Talent,” or one of the many talent shows that appear on television or have viral clips on YouTube these days. But have ...
Views 12,155 ElemInt
Talking Heads: Role-Play Using Masks

Talking Heads: Role-Play Using Masks

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Role-play activities are a fun way for students to practice vital speaking skills. Give students some masks and assign them characters to play and they can "be" someone else while practicing the ...
Views 10,557 ElemInt
What's Math Got To Do With It? 5 Strategies to Connect Math and ESL

What's Math Got To Do With It? 5 Strategies to Connect Math and ESL

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Try these strategies to help students learn to speak the language of math in English. It has been said that math is a universal language. Whether you’re in China, Brazil, or the United Stat ...
Views 11,106
Mini Whiteboards: Old Fashioned Technology That Works Perfectly Today

Mini Whiteboards: Old Fashioned Technology That Works Perfectly Today

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A few weeks ago, I spent ages setting up https://getkahoot.com/ so my students could interact with an interactive whiteboard using their phones. It’s awesome, fun technology that engages th ...
Views 12,568 All
Teaching Using Anecdotes and Stories

Teaching Using Anecdotes and Stories

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An anecdote (to quote OALD) is ‘a short, interesting or amusing story about a real person or event’. They are a great way of learning English, they are fun, entertaining and whether y ...
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8 Instant No Resource Warmers and Fillers

8 Instant No Resource Warmers and Fillers

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Finished all the material for your class and have ten minutes left to spare? Need a warmer to fill up the first ten minutes and get your class engaged? Sometimes the old tricks are the best and ...
Views 18,019 All
The Illiterate Teacher: First Hand Tips for Navigating a Culture That Doesn’t Speak English

The Illiterate Teacher: First Hand Tips for Navigating a Culture That Doesn’t Speak English

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Have you ever been illiterate? That’s a crazy question, you might think. How on earth would I be reading a blog if I couldn’t read? It’s easier than you think. After completing ...
Views 7,690 All
Packing for an Overseas Classroom: Five Things You Should Make Room to Pack

Packing for an Overseas Classroom: Five Things You Should Make Room to Pack

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I will never forget lugging a briefcase packed with teaching books, seriously the thing must have weighed fifty pounds, through the airport in Newark, NJ to LAX to Tokyo to Shanghai to Beijing. I ...
Views 5,880 All
What Do Beer and Vocabulary Have in Common? Teacher Trusted Tips for Making ESL Class Practical for Career Professionals

What Do Beer and Vocabulary Have in Common? Teacher Trusted Tips for Making ESL Class Practical for Career Professionals

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How many years have you been teaching? If you’re in your first or second year, you probably remember a lot of what you have done in the classroom. Everything is fresh and new. But picture y ...
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Blessed Are the Flexible: Five Productive Activities for Unprepared Students

Blessed Are the Flexible: Five Productive Activities for Unprepared Students

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Teaching ESL isn’t your average, everyday teaching kind of gig. When someone is a math teacher, for example, you probably picture them in front of a classroom full of twenty to thirty stude ...
Views 8,700 All
9 Ways to Develop as a Listening Teacher

9 Ways to Develop as a Listening Teacher

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Professional development refers to the various ways people can improve their skills and knowledge related to their field of expertise. In ELT, there are numerous options for pursuing professional ...
Views 6,113 All
How to Talk to Your Students: Ten Tips from a Retiring ESL Professional

How to Talk to Your Students: Ten Tips from a Retiring ESL Professional

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I’ve heard it said that teachers never truly retire. The lessons of their profession lends themselves to so many others walks of life, and emerges in such a variety of ways, that they remai ...
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