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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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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 ...
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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To many, diagramming sentences is an outdated practice that offers few benefits for students.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 4,316 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 7,649 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 3,377 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 10,266 All
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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 4,055 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 4,901 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 12,563 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 9,972
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 16,260
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 19,665 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 8,666
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 6,750
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 8,229 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 9,204 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 12,373 All
Using GIFs and Memes in the ESL Classroom

Using GIFs and Memes in the ESL Classroom

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If you use any sort of social media sites these days, you're probably very familiar with GIFs and memes. Memes are constantly being shared on Twitter and Facebook, while GIFs now crowd the comment ...
Views 12,032 All
Using Audio as a Teaching Tool

Using Audio as a Teaching Tool

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Want to spice up the lessons in your classroom? Try incorporating some audio. From listening to music and spoken word pieces to recording their own voices, their many ways to help students learn ...
Views 11,203
6 Lessons Using Smartphone Cameras

6 Lessons Using Smartphone Cameras

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Almost everyone has a smartphone these days, so why not start using this technology to help you teach? The best ways to get started is to use the camera feature. Getting your students talking abou ...
Views 12,849 Int
10 Puzzle Stories for your Language Class

10 Puzzle Stories for your Language Class

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Puzzle stories and riddles make great classroom activities. You can use them as warmups, fillers or cool downs. Puzzle stories help develop speaking skills and serve as a great way to practice ask ...
Views 23,833
8 Great Ways to Use Dictation with ESL Students

8 Great Ways to Use Dictation with ESL Students

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Dictation might feel a bit old-fashioned but it’s a great, interactive way to get students writing and talking. It doesn’t take a lot of preparation time or complex feedback and it can ...
Views 16,823 All
Making Films on Smartphone Cameras: 5 Language Lessons Utilizing Smartphones and Film

Making Films on Smartphone Cameras: 5 Language Lessons Utilizing Smartphones and Film

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Making films with smartphones is easy and fun. Here are five simple ways to exploit this pocket technology in your English classes. 1. Conduct a Simple Interview You could use this as part of an ...
Views 14,358
Using Traditional Games with Language Learners

Using Traditional Games with Language Learners

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Sick of technology? Why not try some more traditional games? Traditional games, such as board and card games, have a lot to offer your classroom. Here are 10 great traditional games you can use ...
Views 16,285 All
6 Ways to Use Google Maps and Smartphones in Your Classroom

6 Ways to Use Google Maps and Smartphones in Your Classroom

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With Google maps and Street View you can get your students to explore the world without ever leaving the classroom.  Here are some ways you can incorporate the technology into your lessons. ...
Views 14,211 All
Dealing with Difficult Students

Dealing with Difficult Students

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At times, we all encounter students who we find it difficult to deal with. It's easy to let those students get to you, but we have some tips to help you handle the students before they get the bes ...
Views 17,898

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