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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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Our ESL Essentials section will help you master the basics of teaching English and will help you start teaching like a 'pro'. Every ESL Essentials article provides clear, to-the-point instructions that can be used with the students right away.
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  1. What Were You Doing When? 4 Great Activities for Past Continuous Tense
  2. How to Evaluate Speaking
  3. Top 12 Board Games for Your ESL Classroom
  4. 6 Best Ways to Introduce New Vocabulary
  5. Less is More? How to Teach Summary Writing
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What Were You Doing When? 4 Great Activities for Past Continuous Tense

What Were You Doing When? 4 Great Activities for Past Continuous Tense

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Past Continuous tense can be introduced at a fairly low level of language acquisition.   There is no shortage of great activities for practicing Past Continuous tense, but it may take so ...
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How to Evaluate Speaking

How to Evaluate Speaking

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You are in a small classroom at your local language school or university. It is almost the end of the semester, and your speaking class has been fun all year. You class has learned vocabulary, ...
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Top 12 Board Games for Your ESL Classroom

Top 12 Board Games for Your ESL Classroom

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Board games are a useful and ready asset for the ESL classroom. Most require little to no preparation, and with a little patience, your English learners add a new resource to their language stud ...
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6 Best Ways to Introduce New Vocabulary

6 Best Ways to Introduce New Vocabulary

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New vocabulary is one of the basic building blocks in your students' learning. But have you ever put much thought into how you introduce new words? Learning long laundry lists of words can be ver ...
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Less is More? How to Teach Summary Writing

Less is More? How to Teach Summary Writing

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Teachers at times tend to believe that summary writing is easy, and students should be able to do it without being taught; they will sometimes make an assignment to “read and summarize th ...
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12 August Themed Language Building Activities

12 August Themed Language Building Activities

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August is here, and many students are heading back to school after a fun filled summer. Use the following August themed activities to get your ESL students back in the groove of language learning ...
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How to Teach English to Beginners

How to Teach English to Beginners

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Students just starting their English studies risk being overwhelmed by new material. Showing them that lessons can be fun and that they can perform well is important to get them engaged in and fe ...
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Break the Back-to-School Ice! 10 Fun Icebreakers for the Beginning of the Year

Break the Back-to-School Ice! 10 Fun Icebreakers for the Beginning of the Year

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Everyone loves a good icebreaker—it’s a great way to get to know other people and help students feel relaxed in stressful situations, such as the first day of a new school year. Here ...
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9 Ways to Correct Students Without Correcting Them

9 Ways to Correct Students Without Correcting Them

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When we as teachers correct students, we discourage them from trying! It is hard enough to get EFL students to practice speaking and writing without adding barriers. While it’s easy to ma ...
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How To Teach Prepositions Of Place (9 Simple Steps)

How To Teach Prepositions Of Place (9 Simple Steps)

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Prepositions of place are an important part of the English language and will enable students to create more complex sentences. The meanings of basic prepositions and prepositional phrases are incr ...
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How to Teach Modal Verbs: 4 Simple Steps

How to Teach Modal Verbs: 4 Simple Steps

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English language learners are often confused by modal verbs because they are used differently than other verbs and in a wide variety of situations such as asking for permission and giving advice. ...
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5 Worst Mistakes All Beginner ESL Teachers Make (And You Too?)

5 Worst Mistakes All Beginner ESL Teachers Make (And You Too?)

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Oscar Wilde once said, “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes”. This holds true for everyone starting out in a new career, and ESL teachers are no exception. But one thing ...
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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 ...
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