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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. Ways to Make Classic Literature Exciting
  2. Ways to Use Slideshows in the Classroom
  3. 10 Habits of a Good Student
  4. Christmas Games for your ESL class
  5. ESL and the College Admissions Process
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Ways to Make Classic Literature Exciting

Ways to Make Classic Literature Exciting

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Mention that you are going to read a play by Shakespeare or one of Charles Dickens’ classics and many students groan. These are some of the greatest literary works of all time, but students ...
Views 1,163 AdvExam
Ways to Use Slideshows in the Classroom

Ways to Use Slideshows in the Classroom

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Slideshows have been around for a while, but in most classrooms they are only used as a way for presenting small amounts of information. Teachers may use a slideshow to give an overview of a topic ...
Views 1,891 All
10 Habits of a Good Student

10 Habits of a Good Student

Margaret Jones
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A good student has certain qualities that make him a success in the studies. From being punctual and eating a healthy diet to doing exercise and making friends, a good student has everything that ...
Views 4,240 All
Christmas Games for your ESL class

Christmas Games for your ESL class

Helen
•ESL Essentials
Looking for Christmas games to play with you class? Look no further! These games work well with beginning learners with virtually no English ability to more advanced students. IF you have a mixed ...
Views 9,317 All
ESL and the College Admissions Process

ESL and the College Admissions Process

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Every year, millions of teens begin the college application process. They meticulously fill out applications, craft thoughtful essays, try one last time to improve their ACT/SAT scores, and hope t ...
Views 2,625 AdvExam
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Activities to Spark Discussion in the Classroom

Activities to Spark Discussion in the Classroom

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Teachers often spend a lot of time in front of the classroom talking to students, but students need a chance to talk too. Bring some fun discussion activities into the classroom to give students a ...
Views 8,773 All
Bringing STEM to the ESL/ELL Classroom

Bringing STEM to the ESL/ELL Classroom

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A recent study from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine found that English language learners lack access to STEM instruction. This defiicit oftem stems from underfunded sc ...
Views 4,497
Using Game Shows in ESL Instruction

Using Game Shows in ESL Instruction

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Game shows have long been a staple of English culture. Shows such as Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and The Price is Right have been on television for decades. These shows provide a lot of ent ...
Views 6,736 All
Tips and Strategies for Teaching Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

Tips and Strategies for Teaching Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

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A pronoun must agree with its antecedent in person, gender, and number. Sounds easy, right? Unfortunately, it's not always such an easy concept for students to grasp, especially in a world where " ...
Views 5,107 ElemIntExam
9 Rights All Students Have

9 Rights All Students Have

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The state of education varies by country. In some countries, all students receive a high-quality education and are surrounded by individuals (teachers, parents, government officials) who put a hig ...
Views 6,072 All
Getting English Language Learners to Put Down the Books and Have Some Fun

Getting English Language Learners to Put Down the Books and Have Some Fun

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It's no surprise to learn that countries like America put a much stronger emphasis on free time and having fun than some of their Eastern counterparts. Some students come from countries where educ ...
Views 7,072 All
Top TV Shows for English Language Learners

Top TV Shows for English Language Learners

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One goal of English language instruction is to help learners gain the skills to use English confidently in every day conversations. To build that confidence, it helps to hear lots of English conve ...
Views 9,285 All
Tips for Hosting an English Language Learner

Tips for Hosting an English Language Learner

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English language learners come in many forms. Some learn English in their home countries. Some study the language online. Others head to an English-speaking country to build their skills and put t ...
Views 3,892 All
6 Tips for Teaching Teenagers

6 Tips for Teaching Teenagers

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Teenagers can be the most demanding group of students to teach but with their mix of enthusiasm and ability to learn quickly, they can also be the most rewarding. 1. Setting Ground Rules In the ...
Views 10,358 IntAdvExam
Teaching The Pronunciation of C and G

Teaching The Pronunciation of C and G

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In English, there are letters that represent more than just one sound. Two  examples of this are the letters C and G. Both of these letters represent two  sounds that can be referred to ...
Views 6,740 BegElemPre-Int
How to Teach Fluency and Comprehension Side-by-Side

How to Teach Fluency and Comprehension Side-by-Side

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As teachers, we strive to create strong readers. We want students who can read a text aloud accurately and with appropriate expression. Sometimes, however, the development of fluency comes at the ...
Views 8,254 BegElem
How to Make English Language Learners Feel Welcome in the Classroom

How to Make English Language Learners Feel Welcome in the Classroom

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Particularly in the United States, English language learners may feel out of place in the English classroom. Not only do they not speak the language, but their culture and traditions are often vas ...
Views 9,317
10 Reasons to Learn English

10 Reasons to Learn English

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Although many of your students may already recognize the benefits of knowing English, some may still be on the fence and question the necessity of what you're trying to teach them. And when bogged ...
Views 7,667 All
4 Simple Listening Activities - No Prep Required

4 Simple Listening Activities - No Prep Required

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Listening tasks don’t always need a lot of preparation, asking students to note down the main points or creating generic questions that you can use for a range of different material can help ...
Views 13,388 All
How to Teach Kids English Online

How to Teach Kids English Online

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With the recent popularity of sites such as VIPKID and ALO7, more teachers than ever have started teaching kids English online. While the job might seem easy, teaching kids comes with its own set ...
Views 7,004 BegElemPre-IntInt
No Prep Grammar: The Future Tenses - The Difference Between Going To and Will

No Prep Grammar: The Future Tenses - The Difference Between Going To and Will

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For your lowest level learners, explaining that going to and will mean the same thing is probably okay  - they do both express the future,  but as your students progress you’ll nee ...
Views 7,735 BegElemInt
6 Activities to Improve Pronunciation: Simple, Effective Tasks to Help Your Students

6 Activities to Improve Pronunciation: Simple, Effective Tasks to Help Your Students

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Pronunciation can often be complex, especially the phonetic script, but you don’t have to be an expert to teach pronunciation well.   1. Find out what your students can’t do Yo ...
Views 11,136
Grammar Rules Students Can Break

Grammar Rules Students Can Break

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Once students have mastered the basics of English grammar, it becomes time for you to flip the script. Not all of the rules that you taught them to meticulously follow must be adhered to 100% of t ...
Views 7,642 AdvExam
Ways to Say Father and Grandfather in Different Languages

Ways to Say Father and Grandfather in Different Languages

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Every year, on the third Sunday in June, people in the United States celebrate Father's Day. It's a day to honor men for the work they do in raising their children. Just like we shared Ways to Say ...
Views 4,840
Why Read Aloud? Strategies to Improve Reading Comprehension and Language Skills

Why Read Aloud? Strategies to Improve Reading Comprehension and Language Skills

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Is reading a loud currently part of your classroom routine? If not, it should be. Reading aloud involves the oral reading of a text by a teacher or a student. In the classroom, it takes many forms ...
Views 8,854 All

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