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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. 9 Ways To Bring Real Life Into The Classroom
  2. 6 Splendid Spring Crafts for the ESL Classroom
  3. St. Patrick’s Day: Last-Minute Lesson Ideas
  4. How to Use Popular Music to Teach ESL
  5. 3 Most Essential Reading Skills Your Students Need
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9 Ways To Bring Real Life Into The Classroom

9 Ways To Bring Real Life Into The Classroom

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What do we usually do when we have to teach fruits and vegetables in English? We use flashcards and illustrations, right? But what if we were to bring a basket full of fruits and not only have st ...
Views 238,263 All
6 Splendid Spring Crafts for the ESL Classroom

6 Splendid Spring Crafts for the ESL Classroom

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Nothing says “spring” more than pastel colors, flowers, and baby animals, right? And why? Because spring is the season of rebirth, a time of year marked by new beginnings, when everyt ...
Views 36,818 All
St. Patrick’s Day: Last-Minute Lesson Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day: Last-Minute Lesson Ideas

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Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17th is a holiday celebrated around the world. Although it was originally created as a religious holiday, it has evolved into more of a celebration of Irish cul ...
Views 33,003 All
How to Use Popular Music to Teach ESL

How to Use Popular Music to Teach ESL

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I spend a lot of time listening to popular music—not originally by choice. But I have an adolescent daughter, hence I spend a lot of time shuttling her to music and basketball practice and ...
Views 121,851
3 Most Essential Reading Skills Your Students Need

3 Most Essential Reading Skills Your Students Need

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Reading is so much more than starting with the first word on the page and moving along each line till you get to the end. Reading is an essential skill for academic success, and we all know how i ...
Views 105,558 All
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Controversial Discussion Topics And How To Teach Them

Controversial Discussion Topics And How To Teach Them

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Controversial topics make many teachers want to run away from the curriculum screaming, but for ESL teachers they offer an unequalled opportunity to foster discussion in the classroom. Though you ...
Views 1,500,842 All
Love Activities for the ESL Classroom that will Melt Your Students' Hearts

Love Activities for the ESL Classroom that will Melt Your Students' Hearts

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When February rolls around a young man’s fancy turns to love, at least, his girlfriend hopes he starts to think about Valentine’s Day. There are many things traditionally associated ...
Views 67,522 All
Fantastic February Lesson Ideas

Fantastic February Lesson Ideas

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Now that everyone has recovered from the holidays and had time to settle back into the routine, take advantage of the fact that your students are a bit refreshed from the time off and start the mo ...
Views 23,214 All
Teaching Kids English: 10 Things to Consider

Teaching Kids English: 10 Things to Consider

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Teaching children can be immensely rewarding, anyone who has taught children can tell you that. But it’s not fun and games all the time, and sometimes it’s just not that easy. English ...
Views 351,010 All
When is the Best Time to Assess?

When is the Best Time to Assess?

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When and how often to assess students has long been a controversial topic in education. Some argue that students are tested too much and that too much time is spent “teaching to the test.&rd ...
Views 3,445 All
Ways to Make Spelling Exciting

Ways to Make Spelling Exciting

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Contrary to the belief of many students, the existence of spellcheck does not negate the need to learn how to spell. If you don’t know how to begin to spell words like antidisestablishmentar ...
Views 7,218 All
Heading on Virtual Field Trips

Heading on Virtual Field Trips

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When you teach in a small, rural school district or in a district with little funding, finding places to visit and money for fields trips can be a challenge.  At the same time, teachers know ...
Views 3,578 All
Learn Popular Christmas and Holiday Expressions

Learn Popular Christmas and Holiday Expressions

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Not all countries celebrate Christmas, but if you're teacing your students English, it's important to teach them about the holidays celebrated in English-speaking countries. One of those holidays ...
Views 7,834
Ways to Make Classic Literature Exciting

Ways to Make Classic Literature Exciting

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Mention that you are going to read a play by Shakespeare or one of Charles Dickens’ classics and many students groan. These are some of the greatest literary works of all time, but students ...
Views 5,100 AdvExam
Ways to Use Slideshows in the Classroom

Ways to Use Slideshows in the Classroom

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Slideshows have been around for a while, but in most classrooms they are only used as a way for presenting small amounts of information. Teachers may use a slideshow to give an overview of a topic ...
Views 5,443 All
10 Habits of a Good Student

10 Habits of a Good Student

Margaret Jones
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A good student has certain qualities that make him a success in the studies. From being punctual and eating a healthy diet to doing exercise and making friends, a good student has everything that ...
Views 8,644 All
Christmas Games for your ESL class

Christmas Games for your ESL class

Helen
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Looking for Christmas games to play with you class? Look no further! These games work well with beginning learners with virtually no English ability to more advanced students. IF you have a mixed ...
Views 17,419 All
ESL and the College Admissions Process

ESL and the College Admissions Process

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Every year, millions of teens begin the college application process. They meticulously fill out applications, craft thoughtful essays, try one last time to improve their ACT/SAT scores, and hope t ...
Views 4,202 AdvExam
Activities to Spark Discussion in the Classroom

Activities to Spark Discussion in the Classroom

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Teachers often spend a lot of time in front of the classroom talking to students, but students need a chance to talk too. Bring some fun discussion activities into the classroom to give students a ...
Views 13,205 All
Bringing STEM to the ESL/ELL Classroom

Bringing STEM to the ESL/ELL Classroom

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A recent study from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine found that English language learners lack access to STEM instruction. This defiicit oftem stems from underfunded sc ...
Views 6,152
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 8,550 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 6,677 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 7,533 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 8,212 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 12,071 All

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