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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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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 130 BegElemPre-IntInt
How to Use E-Learning and Educational Innovation Effectively

How to Use E-Learning and Educational Innovation Effectively

Mark Delarika
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 Teachers are not only expected to teach. They must be lifelong learners, who always have a timely response to the constant changes in the educational system. The requirements of students are ...
Views 1,967 All
Building an ESL Classroom Library

Building an ESL Classroom Library

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A key component of ESL instruction is getting students to read and comprehend texts in English. In the classroom, students encounter texts in the form of articles and stories and textbook and hand ...
Views 2,320 All
How to Use Online Lessons in the Classroom

How to Use Online Lessons in the Classroom

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A simple YouTube search will reveal thousands, if not millions, of free online video lessons for language users. These lessons are designed to help students learn English on their own, but they al ...
Views 4,360
3 Ways to Reinforce Speaking Skills in the Classroom

3 Ways to Reinforce Speaking Skills in the Classroom

Mohamed Naseb
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For English language learners, the ability to speak English confidently is a must. It's the desired output of all students have learned and the information they have acquired in the classro ...
Views 7,685 All
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8 Ways to Remember Vocab: Classroom Activities and Tips to Help Students Retain the Words They Learn

8 Ways to Remember Vocab: Classroom Activities and Tips to Help Students Retain the Words They Learn

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The cornerstone of learning a language is knowing more words. The more vocabulary items your students know, the better their English will be, but committing words to memory is not always easy. Th ...
Views 11,050
Saint Patrick's Day Idioms and Phrases

Saint Patrick's Day Idioms and Phrases

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In the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day, here are some idioms to work on with your students for the month of March! Green with envy. To be jealous wishing that you could have something that s ...
Views 8,546 All
Teaching the -ed Endings for Past Simple (From Grammar and Spelling to Pronunciation)

Teaching the -ed Endings for Past Simple (From Grammar and Spelling to Pronunciation)

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There are so many layers to teaching English that it can be overwhelming for both the student and the teacher. English has many “if this, then that” rules and so many special circ ...
Views 10,791 BegElemPre-IntInt
Using Cloze Activities in the ESL and ELL Classroom

Using Cloze Activities in the ESL and ELL Classroom

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Whether you're testing reading comprehension, helping students learn new vocabulary words, or improving listening skills, cloze activities may help. These fill-in-the-blank passages work for stude ...
Views 7,037 BegElemPre-Int
5 Ways to Use Picture Books to Teach Grammar and Vocabulary

5 Ways to Use Picture Books to Teach Grammar and Vocabulary

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When it comes to teaching grammar and vocabulary, it's important to have models for students to follow. Unfortunately, finding models can be difficult. Sentences taken from standard worksheet ofte ...
Views 10,476 All
Diagramming Sentences with English Language Learners

Diagramming Sentences with English Language Learners

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To many, diagramming sentences is an outdated practice that offers few benefits for students. To others, however, diagramming sentences is a way to help improve students' understanding of the Engl ...
Views 8,832 All
Ways To Say “I Love You” (With Valentine’s Day Activities)

Ways To Say “I Love You” (With Valentine’s Day Activities)

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 With Valentine’s day coming, why not get your students thinking about how they can express themselves to the ones they love. Keep reading to get some fun ideas on how to incorporate ...
Views 10,229 BegElemPre-IntInt
From Americans to Zimbabweans: How to Form Nationalities

From Americans to Zimbabweans: How to Form Nationalities

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One question your students are likely to answer many times throughout their lives is "Where are you from?" Another might be, "What is your nationality?" Knowing how to answer this question in Engl ...
Views 5,112 All
How To Be A Better Teacher In 2018

How To Be A Better Teacher In 2018

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Goodbye 2017. It’s time to start a new year fresh! If you’ve been stuck in a teaching slump because of the busyness of the holidays, read on to learn how to become a better teacher in ...
Views 13,570 All
Looking into a Crystal Ball: Strategies for Teaching Future Tense

Looking into a Crystal Ball: Strategies for Teaching Future Tense

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Whether your students celebrate the new year on January 1 or during the Lunar New Year, the new year is a great time to talk to students about the future tense. When using the future tense, studen ...
Views 5,366 ElemInt
Teaching the Difference Between Dependent and Independent Clauses

Teaching the Difference Between Dependent and Independent Clauses

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A clause is a group of related words that contains a subject and a verb, but it does not necessarily contain a complete thought. When it comes to teaching students about clauses, most teachers beg ...
Views 6,307 Int
New Year's Resolutions For ELLs

New Year's Resolutions For ELLs

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We’re in our last month of 2017 and about to enter 2018. With this transition into the new year, a lot of people begin to think about setting resolutions. Most resolutions are goals to impro ...
Views 13,426 All
17 Best Articles and Resources for Language Teachers and Learners in 2017

17 Best Articles and Resources for Language Teachers and Learners in 2017

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This year, we at Busy Teacher have had the opportunity to bring you a wealth of articles, worksheets, and other resources to help make make your experience as a language teacher or learner much mo ...
Views 11,586
4 Christmas Activities to Use with Your ELL Students

4 Christmas Activities to Use with Your ELL Students

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Christmas is a perfect topic to use when teaching your students English in December. Even if they don’t celebrate Christmas, most of your students will find it fascinating to learn about a n ...
Views 16,828
Fun and Easy Word Association Games for Students

Fun and Easy Word Association Games for Students

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Whether you want students to learn new vocabulary words or just encourage them to think outside of the box, word association games can help. The main goal of a word association game is to help stu ...
Views 25,162 All
Top Gifts for English Language Learners

Top Gifts for English Language Learners

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Formal instruction is not the only component of a quality language learning program. People who are working hard to learn English can benefit from other products and resources designed to help the ...
Views 9,692
Tools for Your Students' Creativity Toolboxes

Tools for Your Students' Creativity Toolboxes

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Creativity is not just an art - it takes place within policy making, game strategizing, problem solving and lesson planning. It’s a long process that comes in many forms, starting from the r ...
Views 7,286
Tips for Teaching American Culture to ESL Students

Tips for Teaching American Culture to ESL Students

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While the United States is not the only place English is spoken, it contains a culture that many English language learners find intriguing. Students may be exposed to American companies, such as M ...
Views 9,624 All
Strategies to Improve Student Confidence in Writing

Strategies to Improve Student Confidence in Writing

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Writing can pose unique challenges for students who are learning English. Often, the processes involved with writing differ from the processes involved with thinking. Students have to stop and thi ...
Views 9,870 All
Give Your ESL Students a BOOst with These Halloween Themed Language Activities

Give Your ESL Students a BOOst with These Halloween Themed Language Activities

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Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s a great excuse to share some American culture with your ESL students. Here are some fun ways to bring the celebration of all hallows eve into y ...
Views 12,720 All

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