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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.

There are a lot of dos and don’ts and tips and tricks that many teachers learn through teaching.

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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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10 Fun English Spelling Games for Your Students

10 Fun English Spelling Games for Your Students

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Are your students ready for a fun filled game style spelling review? Here are some ways to get their pulse quickening and the letters in the right order. Try These 10 Fun English Spelling Game ...
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10 Essential English Skills Your Students Need for College

10 Essential English Skills Your Students Need for College

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ESL students study English for a purpose, and for many that purpose is higher education. Men and women, young and old travel great distances to attend colleges and universities. Many of them, tho ...
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Ways to Say Mother and Grandmother in Different Languages

Ways to Say Mother and Grandmother in Different Languages

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On the second Sunday in May every year, people in the United States celebrate Mother's Day. It's a time to stop and honor mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and like-a-mothers for everything t ...
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Marvelous May Lesson Ideas

Marvelous May Lesson Ideas

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April showers bring May flowers. The month of May can feel like the beginning of summer to some people so students may already be thinking about summer vacation. If this is just a normal month of ...
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Teacher Appreciation: 5 Ways to Boost Your Attitude When You Need Some TLC

Teacher Appreciation: 5 Ways to Boost Your Attitude When You Need Some TLC

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We all have those not so great days. Even the most enthusiastic of teachers needs a little TLC from time to time. But sometimes we feel like taking care of our teacher selves means short changing ...
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Heal the World: Earth Day Activities for Your ESL Class

Heal the World: Earth Day Activities for Your ESL Class

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Teaching English is tremendously rewarding, right? But what if we were to teach our ESL students to be responsible, to take care of the environment we share with all living species? How much more ...
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5 Easter Games and Activities Your ESL Class Will Never Eggs-pect!

5 Easter Games and Activities Your ESL Class Will Never Eggs-pect!

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Another major holiday rolls around and your students know you’ll be up to something. You’ve had special lessons for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, so they’ll be expectin ...
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April Fools, Earth Day, and More: 10 Themed Language-Building Activities for April

April Fools, Earth Day, and More: 10 Themed Language-Building Activities for April

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Now that spring is in full swing, it’s time for a new set of language building activities. Try some of the following with your ESL students. Try These 10 Language Activities in April ...
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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 st ...
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6 Splendid Spring Crafts for the ESL Classroom

6 Splendid Spring Crafts for the ESL Classroom

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Nothing says “spring” more than pastel colors, flowers, and baby animals, right? And why? Because spring is the season of rebirth, a time of year marked by new beginnings, when everyt ...
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St. Patrick’s Day: Last-Minute Lesson Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day: Last-Minute Lesson Ideas

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Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17th is a holiday celebrated around the world. Although it was originally created as a religious holiday, it has evolved into more of a celebration of Irish cul ...
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How to Use Popular Music to Teach ESL

How to Use Popular Music to Teach ESL

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I spend a lot of time listening to popular music—not originally by choice. But I have an adolescent daughter, hence I spend a lot of time shuttling her to music and basketball practice and ...
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3 Most Essential Reading Skills Your Students Need

3 Most Essential Reading Skills Your Students Need

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Reading is so much more than starting with the first word on the page and moving along each line till you get to the end. Reading is an essential skill for academic success, and we all know how i ...
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