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In this section there are 2,110 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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 12,476
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 9,578 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 8,954 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 9,770
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 ...
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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 ...
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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 6,774 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 5,075 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 7,635 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 ...
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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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Flashpoint: The South China Sea

Flashpoint: The South China Sea

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An in-depth foreign policy class for Advanced ESL learners John Lennon begins one of his 1967 masterpieces with, “I read the news today, oh boy…” If you have a TV, or internet ...
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This Is What Democracy Looks Like: An ESL Class on Protest Culture

This Is What Democracy Looks Like: An ESL Class on Protest Culture

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I knew it was a bit risky, but I did it anyway. After greeting my class one Friday morning, I wrote on the board, in large letters: What are you angry about? My current class is a young, advance ...
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An Orange on the Desk and Slippers at the Door: What to Do When You Encounter Cultural Differences

An Orange on the Desk and Slippers at the Door: What to Do When You Encounter Cultural Differences

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Everybody knows people in China don’t wear shoes in the house, don’t they? I knew it before I went overseas to teach, so it wasn’t a surprise to me when I saw it in person. Gran ...
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3 Instant and Emergency Classes with (Almost) No Resources

3 Instant and Emergency Classes with (Almost) No Resources

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Every teacher has a situation where they have nothing prepared to teach. You may have been asked to cover a lesson at short notice, there may be an emergency, your new born baby kept you awake al ...
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Getting the Year in Place: Six Things to Think about Before the First Day

Getting the Year in Place: Six Things to Think about Before the First Day

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I walked into an empty classroom. A teacher desk sat at the front of the room with twelve student desks before it. The walls were blank, intimidating white canvases, the bulletin boards brown one ...
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Ten Easy Homework Tasks to Set

Ten Easy Homework Tasks to Set

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Homework doesn’t always have to be something that a teacher has to mark or that students hate doing. Used correctly, it’s the springboard to a great class with students doing most of ...
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Pushy Parents: How to Help Your Students When the Parents Are the Real Challenge

Pushy Parents: How to Help Your Students When the Parents Are the Real Challenge

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Have you heard the term “canned essay?” I remember learning about them in my foreign language testing methods class back in grad school. We were talking about standardized testing. My ...
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