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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. Ways to Make Spelling Exciting
  2. Heading on Virtual Field Trips
  3. Learn Popular Christmas and Holiday Expressions
  4. Ways to Make Classic Literature Exciting
  5. Ways to Use Slideshows in the Classroom
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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 2,138 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 1,808 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 6,469
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 3,508 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 ...
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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 7,027 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 16,578 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 3,563 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 10,809 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 5,258
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 7,732 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 5,792 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 6,694 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 7,596 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 10,375 All
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 4,274 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 10,928 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 7,197 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 8,863 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 9,608
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 8,092 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 14,499 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 7,316 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 7,944 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 11,610

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