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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. 8 Perfect Activities for Practicing the Present Perfect
  2. How to Teach the Passive Voice – While Being Active!
  3. Get Your Act Together: 7 Mistakes That Make You Look Unprofessional
  4. How To Teach Directions
  5. Eight Simple Activities for Teaching the Simple Past
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8 Perfect Activities for Practicing the Present Perfect

8 Perfect Activities for Practicing the Present Perfect

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Try These 8 Perfect Activities for Practicing the Present Perfect 1 Great Accomplishments What are some of the things your students have already accomplished at this time in their live ...
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How to Teach the Passive Voice – While Being Active!

How to Teach the Passive Voice – While Being Active!

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It may seem like a contradiction, but there’s nothing “passive” about learning the passive voice. Students need to be as “active” as ever and fully engaged in their ...
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Get Your Act Together: 7 Mistakes That Make You Look Unprofessional

Get Your Act Together: 7 Mistakes That Make You Look Unprofessional

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There are teachers who are new to this ESL teaching gig and there are those who’ve been doing it for years. But no matter if you’re a novice or an old-timer, nobody wants to look unpr ...
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How To Teach Directions

How To Teach Directions

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You might not think so, but giving and asking for directions is a basic language skill that is essential for your students. Directions can be challenging to teach, however, its practical uses ...
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Eight Simple Activities for Teaching the Simple Past

Eight Simple Activities for Teaching the Simple Past

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Try These Simple Activities for Teaching the Simple Past Simple Past tense: What is it? When speaking or writing English, we use verbs in the simple past tense to talk about actions, states ...
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ESL Teachers Beware: Are You Making These Mistakes in Class?

ESL Teachers Beware: Are You Making These Mistakes in Class?

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No ESL teacher is perfect, no matter if you’ve been teaching for 20 minutes or 20 years (present company included!) Anyone can make mistakes, most of which are the results of our trying too ...
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6 New Fun Ways to Teach Grammar to ESL Students

6 New Fun Ways to Teach Grammar to ESL Students

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Mention the word "grammar" and students cringe. In fact, most teachers will cringe, too.
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No, It's Not Arbitrary and Does Make Sense: How to Teach the English Punctuation System

No, It's Not Arbitrary and Does Make Sense: How to Teach the English Punctuation System

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Did you know that you put in a comma in your writing whenever you take a breath? (I assume that means while reading aloud.) How about a period? Well, I guess that’s a deeper breath. You mig ...
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12 June Themed Language Building Activities

12 June Themed Language Building Activities

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June is a great time to enjoy fresh air and sunshine. While getting out is great for teachers and students alike, don’t forget to keep language learning moving forward. Here are some activi ...
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How To Motivate Students: Top 10 Ways

How To Motivate Students: Top 10 Ways

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Even the best students have days when they are not motivated for classroom learning. With a little nudge from you, you can turn those dreary days into successful classes in their ESL careers. We ...
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Do You Hear What I Hear?: 8 Activities to Improve Listening Skills

Do You Hear What I Hear?: 8 Activities to Improve Listening Skills

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Listening is the gateway to understanding and communicating and, therefore, is absolutely critical for language learners of all levels. If students struggle to listen carefully, they will miss ...
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5 Things You Should Say to Your Class Every Day

5 Things You Should Say to Your Class Every Day

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The way you talk to your class is extremely important for your success as a teacher and your students’. As young children they remember more about their surroundings; what was said or done ...
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Essential Tips for Conducting a Class Debate

Essential Tips for Conducting a Class Debate

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Your students have better things to debate than whether Ariana Grande is a better singer than Rhianna. By introducing structured, formal debate to your ESL classroom, your students will benefit w ...
Views 695,901 All
Past, Present, Future: Teaching the Verb Tense System

Past, Present, Future: Teaching the Verb Tense System

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Verb tenses receive a lot of attention in English instruction—in fact, they receive perhaps more attention than any other aspect of grammar. And with good reason: there are 13 verb ten ...
Views 784,100 All
Top 12 Time Fillers For Your Classroom

Top 12 Time Fillers For Your Classroom

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Try as you might, careful as you are with your planning, sometimes what you plan to cover in class does not work with the clock. When you are ready for the bell but the bell is not quite ready ...
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7 Excellent Activities for Using Comparatives and Superlatives: The Best and the Brightest

7 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 ...
Views 744,856
How to Teach Past Simple – Regular/Irregular Verbs

How to Teach Past Simple – Regular/Irregular Verbs

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We're often told we should put the past behind us, not dwell in the past, etc…However, ESL students must do just that…to learn the simple past tense. As they learn that regular ve ...
Views 791,039 All
What You Can Do With a Whiteboard: 10 Creative ESL Games

What You Can Do With a Whiteboard: 10 Creative ESL Games

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All the technology available at our fingertips and the way information travels at lightning speed on the Internet is great to have, but let’s not forget the basic tools like our trusty wh ...
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ESL Worksheets for Sharing Opinions

ESL Worksheets for Sharing Opinions

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Being able to distinguish between fact and opinion is an important skill for both reading and listening comprehension, especially as students delve into the complexities of a new language. As stu ...
Views 27,194
Foolproof Fun Lesson Activities for April Fool's Day

Foolproof Fun Lesson Activities for April Fool's Day

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Celebrated on 1 April every year, April Fool's Day is a tradition enjoyed by many around the world. And nothing helps an ESL class relax more than some good old-fashioned laughter. And isn't tha ...
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ESL Emergency Worksheets and Lessons

ESL Emergency Worksheets and Lessons

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As an ESL teacher, one of your many functions is to equip your students with language skills for navigating daily life. One of these unpleasant but highly important parts of life is an emerg ...
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A St. Patrick's Day ESL Lesson That Shines Like a Pot o' Gold!

A St. Patrick's Day ESL Lesson That Shines Like a Pot o' Gold!

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Maybe at some point in our youth we wondered, 'Is there really a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?' Although pots of gold are hard to come by these days, we can offer our ESL students a les ...
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St. Patrick’s Day: Lesson Ideas and Activities

St. Patrick’s Day: Lesson Ideas and Activities

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Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17 is a holiday celebrated around the world. It's also a fun way to explore Irish culture through activities and lessons. When you think of St. Patrick's Day, t ...
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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 unequaled opportunity to foster discussion in the classroom. Th ...
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4 Easy Ways to Prepare Students for Reading Whole Books

4 Easy Ways to Prepare Students for Reading Whole Books

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Students begin with reading short paragraphs and stories. We offer tips to motivate them for whole books.
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