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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. Do You Hear What I Hear?: 8 Activities to Improve Listening Skills
  2. 5 Things You Should Say to Your Class Every Day
  3. Essential Tips for Conducting a Class Debate
  4. Past, Present, Future: Teaching the Verb Tense System
  5. Top 12 Time Fillers For Your Classroom
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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

ESL Essentials
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 ...
Views 669,486 All
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 ...
Views 602,006 All
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 689,712 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 781,107 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 ...
Views 715,693 All
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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 740,721
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 788,502 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 ...
Views 732,795 All
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 25,488
Foolproof Fun Lesson Activities for April Fool's Day

Foolproof Fun Lesson Activities for April Fool's Day

ESL Essentials
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 ...
Views 232,136 All
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 ...
Views 20,942 All
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 ...
Views 116,221 All
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 ...
Views 52,334 All
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 ...
Views 1,667,242 All
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.
Views 13,702 All
How To Recognize A True Teacher

How To Recognize A True Teacher

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Here's how you can recognize a true teacher. Yes, it's that simple :) Please share with your friends if you think our profession deserves just a little more respect!
Views 16,622
10 Top Tongue Twisters: True Teacher's Treasure?

10 Top Tongue Twisters: True Teacher's Treasure?

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Tongue twisters in the ESL classroom – yes or no?
Views 1,634,060
How to Become the Best Teacher: Students' Advice

How to Become the Best Teacher: Students' Advice

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Your students can help you be a better teacher.   Understanding the learning styles of your students can help you become a better teacher. And in this way, you can even learn from them ...
Views 510,174 All
How To Energize Your Bored Students With This Great Game: Perfect For Any Level, Any Topic, Any Size Of Group

How To Energize Your Bored Students With This Great Game: Perfect For Any Level, Any Topic, Any Size Of Group

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Jeopardy is a perfect ESL classroom activity for any level, any size of group, and any topic area. It’s extremely adaptable and can be used for almost limitless purposes: Review of the d ...
Views 59,714 All
9 Ways To Bring Real Life Into The Classroom

9 Ways To Bring Real Life Into The Classroom

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What do we usually do when we have to teach fruits and vegetables in English? We use flashcards and illustrations, right? But what if we were to bring a basket full of fruits and not only have stu ...
Views 317,461 All
A New Year’s Lesson Your Learners Will Remember Throughout the Year

A New Year’s Lesson Your Learners Will Remember Throughout the Year

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New Year’s Day has come and gone, and most of us are still adjusting to having to remember the year is no longer 2012. January is a great month to focus on new beginnings and goals for the y ...
Views 204,196 All
Teaching Capitals

Teaching Capitals

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As with all rules in grammar, capitalization helps to convey a clear meaning. The purpose of capitalization is to portray the importance of different words to the reader. For example, the phr ...
Views 26,401 BegElemPre-IntIntAdv
Linking Verbs List with Worksheets

Linking Verbs List with Worksheets

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In this article, we will discuss a type of verb that describes a state of being. These verbs are referred to as Linking, Helping, or Auxiliary verbs. Unlike typical verbs, these “to ...
Views 32,541 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
Likes and Dislikes Worksheet Roundup

Likes and Dislikes Worksheet Roundup

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Likes and dislikes are - arguably - the most important topic to teach anyone how to navigate. This skill allows us to express feelings about what’s going on, appropriately stand up f ...
Views 32,033
Inference Worksheets for ESL Students

Inference Worksheets for ESL Students

ESL Essentials
As students advance through their ESL journey, they often acquire good reading and comprehension skills, at least on the surface. However, they often lack inferential reading skills to find an ...
Views 25,272 All

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