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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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View our latest knowledgebase articles that will help you become a better English teacher. Learn from professional teachers and put a bit of your own creativity into it!
  1. 10 Ways to Give Thanks This November
  2. Creative November Lesson Ideas
  3. 10 Fun Halloween Games for English Practice
  4. How to Teach Comparatives and Superlatives
  5. How to Teach Conversational English: 9 Best Practices
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10 Ways to Give Thanks This November

10 Ways to Give Thanks This November

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When the crisp fall mornings make us think of turkey and mashed potatoes, our thoughts also turn to giving thanks. Being thankful for what we have is a healthy and beneficial attitude, so why is ...
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Creative November Lesson Ideas

Creative November Lesson Ideas

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It’s always nice to theme a class. This is especially true if you are teaching a particular type of English, such as business English. By working on a specific theme, the students can get ...
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10 Fun Halloween Games for English Practice

10 Fun Halloween Games for English Practice

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If your classes are anything like mine have been, Halloween is an unfamiliar yet intriguing holiday. Most ESL students know very little about the spooky holiday at the end of October, and even ...
Views 233,084 All
How to Teach Comparatives and Superlatives

How to Teach Comparatives and Superlatives

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“Comparisons are odious” says the old proverb, but in an ESL class they are also very necessary. And as there is not set rule for all adjectives, we must make sure students learn ever ...
Views 276,469 All
How to Teach Conversational English: 9 Best Practices

How to Teach Conversational English: 9 Best Practices

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When other teachers, even other ESL teachers, hear I’m teaching an ESL conversation class, they often say it sounds “relaxing,” or “fun” or “easy.” Most ...
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Teaching English Tenses through Teaching the Way of Thinking

Teaching English Tenses through Teaching the Way of Thinking

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This article deals with teaching grammar, the tense forms in particular, from the point of view of of their contrast in meaning with the native tense forms. It concentrates on the differences of ...
Views 39,252 Exam
How to Teach the Verb

How to Teach the Verb "To Be" to Beginners

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The verb “to be” is the first verb students learn in their English studies. It is used extensively in the English language and will allow students to create simple sentences with the ...
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Top 10 Fun Alphabet Games for Your Students

Top 10 Fun Alphabet Games for Your Students

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Learning a second language is challenging. You need to learn new sound patterns, new rules of grammar, and sometimes you even have to learn a new alphabet to boot. Of all of my ESL students over ...
Views 233,420 All
Fabulous Ideas for the First Day of Class

Fabulous Ideas for the First Day of Class

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On the first day of class, the halls buzz with excitement. Teachers get ready to greet their students, anxious to get started, and our young, or not-so-young, learners are nervous, wondering wha ...
Views 608,935 All
Using Pictorial Representations To Teach Rules Of Grammar, Punctuation, and Word Usage

Using Pictorial Representations To Teach Rules Of Grammar, Punctuation, and Word Usage

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Amused by the misplaced modifiers in your students’ writing? Frustrated that your students omit commas in direct address? Tired of explaining the difference between your and you’re to ...
Views 49,647 All
Making Phonics Fun

Making Phonics Fun

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In many schools, phonics instruction is limited to flash cards and circling pictures on worksheets. While this type of phonics instruction can be beneficial to students, it can also be boring. In ...
Views 6,006 BegElemPre-Int
Back to School Dilemma: Technological Gadgets in the ESL Classroom

Back to School Dilemma: Technological Gadgets in the ESL Classroom

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If you teach a student over 10, chances are they have a cell phone. At the very least. Some may show up to class with an assortment of gadgets, including iPods, PSPs, or iPhones just to name a fe ...
Views 21,813 All
Tools for the Most Efficient Use of Your Online EFL Classroom

Tools for the Most Efficient Use of Your Online EFL Classroom

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Online EFL teachers love their jobs and the flexibility it allows them. For a short period of time, they get to talk to people from all around the world. Yet, the limited timeframe and distan ...
Views 6,353 All
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 on ...
Views 12,261 All
7 Back to School Games And Activities To Help Your Students Bond

7 Back to School Games And Activities To Help Your Students Bond

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Whether you have a class full of antsy five-year-olds, shy teens, or busy adult learners, they all have one thing in common: they will be together for the duration of the ESL course, and they wil ...
Views 157,222 All
5 (Not So) Surprising Factors that May Affect Your ESL Students’ Test Scores

5 (Not So) Surprising Factors that May Affect Your ESL Students’ Test Scores

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When ESL students don’t do so well on the test, what do you think? That they didn’t study? It’s not that simple. Although no one questions the importance of preparing for a tes ...
Views 20,673 All
What To Do With Reading Texts: 10 Creative Ways

What To Do With Reading Texts: 10 Creative Ways

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This list of 10 creative ways to work with reading texts was kindly shared by Churchill House, and is available for public download on their website www.churchillhouse.co.uk.   The web is ...
Views 143,109 All
Play Ball! Bringing Summer Sports into the ESL Classroom

Play Ball! Bringing Summer Sports into the ESL Classroom

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With summer weather steadily approaching, now is a perfect time to use sports as a vehicle for your ESL lessons. Not only will it be fun for you, your students will have a ball learning a little ...
Views 33,760 All
3 Classroom Management Strategies Top Teachers Use

3 Classroom Management Strategies Top Teachers Use

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Implementing proper classroom management techniques is important. A teacher who knows how to control his or her classroom will have far fewer “crazy days” than one who does not. The ...
Views 24,365 Beg
Pronunciation 101: 7 Things Your Students Need to Hear You Explain

Pronunciation 101: 7 Things Your Students Need to Hear You Explain

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Bad pronunciation is bad news for ESL students. It negatively affects comprehension and so, negatively impacts communication. The problem is compounded by the fact that good pronunciation is o ...
Views 75,239 All
Business English Lessons: Successful Activities

Business English Lessons: Successful Activities

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Students from across the globe are taking Business English lessons and the reasons are obvious. In today’s globalized world, English is the language of choice when it comes to conduct ...
Views 184,527 All
6 Tips to Help Students Pass the FCE for Schools Reading

6 Tips to Help Students Pass the FCE for Schools Reading

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It’s becoming more and more popular for young English learners to sit English measuring exams. There is continued pressure for youngsters (some young as 13) to take these exams – the ...
Views 18,733 All
Juicy June Lesson Ideas

Juicy June Lesson Ideas

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Summer’s almost here, but some ESL teachers are busier than ever. Some of us in the northern hemisphere may be enjoying a long-awaited break, but there are others who still have plenty of t ...
Views 14,368 All
ESL Teachers Ask: How Do I Teach a Special One-Week Summer Class?

ESL Teachers Ask: How Do I Teach a Special One-Week Summer Class?

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"Somehow I ended up recruited to teach a summer ESL class even though I have NO IDEA what I'm doing! The class is going to be for Chinese students ages 10-16. It's only a week long - I have no clu ...
Views 22,918 All
What Every Job-Seeking ESL Teacher Needs to Know

What Every Job-Seeking ESL Teacher Needs to Know

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You want to teach English as a Second language, but where do you start? You are a teacher of ESL, but you are looking for a change. What now? These articles look at many of the options open to th ...
Views 28,366 All

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