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In this section there are 2,124 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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  1. Using Game Shows in ESL Instruction
  2. Tips and Strategies for Teaching Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
  3. 9 Rights All Students Have
  4. Getting English Language Learners to Put Down the Books and Have Some Fun
  5. Top TV Shows for English Language Learners
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Using Game Shows in ESL Instruction

Using Game Shows in ESL Instruction

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Game shows have long been a staple of English culture. Shows such as Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and The Price is Right have been on television for decades. These shows provide a lot of ent ...
Views 11 All
Tips and Strategies for Teaching Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

Tips and Strategies for Teaching Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

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A pronoun must agree with its antecedent in person, gender, and number. Sounds easy, right? Unfortunately, it's not always such an easy concept for students to grasp, especially in a world where " ...
Views 1,840 ElemIntExam
9 Rights All Students Have

9 Rights All Students Have

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The state of education varies by country. In some countries, all students receive a high-quality education and are surrounded by individuals (teachers, parents, government officials) who put a hig ...
Views 2,359 All
Getting English Language Learners to Put Down the Books and Have Some Fun

Getting English Language Learners to Put Down the Books and Have Some Fun

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It's no surprise to learn that countries like America put a much stronger emphasis on free time and having fun than some of their Eastern counterparts. Some students come from countries where educ ...
Views 3,884 All
Top TV Shows for English Language Learners

Top TV Shows for English Language Learners

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One goal of English language instruction is to help learners gain the skills to use English confidently in every day conversations. To build that confidence, it helps to hear lots of English conve ...
Views 5,866 All
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Tips for Hosting an English Language Learner

Tips for Hosting an English Language Learner

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English language learners come in many forms. Some learn English in their home countries. Some study the language online. Others head to an English-speaking country to build their skills and put t ...
Views 2,832 All
6 Tips for Teaching Teenagers

6 Tips for Teaching Teenagers

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Teenagers can be the most demanding group of students to teach but with their mix of enthusiasm and ability to learn quickly, they can also be the most rewarding. 1. Setting Ground Rules In the ...
Views 7,933 IntAdvExam
Teaching The Pronunciation of C and G

Teaching The Pronunciation of C and G

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In English, there are letters that represent more than just one sound. Two  examples of this are the letters C and G. Both of these letters represent two  sounds that can be referred to ...
Views 5,649 BegElemPre-Int
How to Teach Fluency and Comprehension Side-by-Side

How to Teach Fluency and Comprehension Side-by-Side

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As teachers, we strive to create strong readers. We want students who can read a text aloud accurately and with appropriate expression. Sometimes, however, the development of fluency comes at the ...
Views 6,750 BegElem
How to Make English Language Learners Feel Welcome in the Classroom

How to Make English Language Learners Feel Welcome in the Classroom

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Particularly in the United States, English language learners may feel out of place in the English classroom. Not only do they not speak the language, but their culture and traditions are often vas ...
Views 8,309
10 Reasons to Learn English

10 Reasons to Learn English

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Although many of your students may already recognize the benefits of knowing English, some may still be on the fence and question the necessity of what you're trying to teach them. And when bogged ...
Views 6,680 All
4 Simple Listening Activities - No Prep Required

4 Simple Listening Activities - No Prep Required

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Listening tasks don’t always need a lot of preparation, asking students to note down the main points or creating generic questions that you can use for a range of different material can help ...
Views 12,142 All
How to Teach Kids English Online

How to Teach Kids English Online

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With the recent popularity of sites such as VIPKID and ALO7, more teachers than ever have started teaching kids English online. While the job might seem easy, teaching kids comes with its own set ...
Views 6,243 BegElemPre-IntInt
No Prep Grammar: The Future Tenses - The Difference Between Going To and Will

No Prep Grammar: The Future Tenses - The Difference Between Going To and Will

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For your lowest level learners, explaining that going to and will mean the same thing is probably okay  - they do both express the future,  but as your students progress you’ll nee ...
Views 6,990 BegElemInt
6 Activities to Improve Pronunciation: Simple, Effective Tasks to Help Your Students

6 Activities to Improve Pronunciation: Simple, Effective Tasks to Help Your Students

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Pronunciation can often be complex, especially the phonetic script, but you don’t have to be an expert to teach pronunciation well.   1. Find out what your students can’t do Yo ...
Views 10,244
Grammar Rules Students Can Break

Grammar Rules Students Can Break

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Once students have mastered the basics of English grammar, it becomes time for you to flip the script. Not all of the rules that you taught them to meticulously follow must be adhered to 100% of t ...
Views 7,250 AdvExam
Ways to Say Father and Grandfather in Different Languages

Ways to Say Father and Grandfather in Different Languages

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Every year, on the third Sunday in June, people in the United States celebrate Father's Day. It's a day to honor men for the work they do in raising their children. Just like we shared Ways to Say ...
Views 4,286
Why Read Aloud? Strategies to Improve Reading Comprehension and Language Skills

Why Read Aloud? Strategies to Improve Reading Comprehension and Language Skills

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Is reading a loud currently part of your classroom routine? If not, it should be. Reading aloud involves the oral reading of a text by a teacher or a student. In the classroom, it takes many forms ...
Views 7,957 All
No Prep Grammar: 7 Past Simple Exercises

No Prep Grammar: 7 Past Simple Exercises

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You’ve looked at the big list of irregular verbs and done all the worksheets, but your students still say,"I go yesterday." Here are ten, fun ways to practise the past simple and help your ...
Views 8,030
Pronunciation of Long and Short Vowel Sounds and Minimal Pairs

Pronunciation of Long and Short Vowel Sounds and Minimal Pairs

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All vowels have at least two main sounds that they make depending on surrounding letters and sounds. These are usually referred to as the long and short sound of a vowel. This article shows some c ...
Views 8,204 BegElem
Ways to Bring the Royal Wedding into the English Language Classroom

Ways to Bring the Royal Wedding into the English Language Classroom

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Recently Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said "I will" becoming the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Thanks to technology, they said their vows in front of millions of people around the world. The Royal ...
Views 7,471 All
How to Use Quotes and Sayings in the English Language Classroom

How to Use Quotes and Sayings in the English Language Classroom

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"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."   "It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light."   "'Tis better to have loved and lost than never t ...
Views 8,733 All
Ways to Say Mother and Grandmother in Different Languages

Ways to Say Mother and Grandmother in Different Languages

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On the second Sunday in May every year, people in the United States celebrate Mother's Day. It's a time to stop and honor mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and like-a-mothers for everything t ...
Views 5,049 All
25 Reasons Why We Love English Language Teachers

25 Reasons Why We Love English Language Teachers

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Every year in the United States, Teacher Appreciation Week is held during the second week of May. It's a time to stop and recognize teacher for all of the hard work they do. In honor of Teacher Ap ...
Views 8,252 All
No Prep Grammar: The Difference Between Present Simple and Present Continuous

No Prep Grammar: The Difference Between Present Simple and Present Continuous

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English has two main present tenses: the present simple and the present continuous. The present simple expresses something that happens all the time or is always true. For example, I speak Japanes ...
Views 8,829 BegElemPre-IntInt

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