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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. Teaching Capitals
  2. Linking Verbs List with Worksheets
  3. Likes and Dislikes Worksheet Roundup
  4. Inference Worksheets for ESL Students
  5. Irregular Verb Resources: 21 Fantastic Exercises
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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 89 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 98 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 596
Inference Worksheets for ESL Students

Inference Worksheets for ESL Students

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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 750 All
Irregular Verb Resources: 21 Fantastic Exercises

Irregular Verb Resources: 21 Fantastic Exercises

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If you have your lesson plan, but you’re struggling with the materials to bring it to life, you’re in the right place. Below we’ve hand-picked 21 of our favorite irregular ve ...
Views 1,318 All
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Synonyms And Antonyms Worksheets That Helps Build Vocabulary

Synonyms And Antonyms Worksheets That Helps Build Vocabulary

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Building an extensive vocabulary is essential to learning and becoming fluent in a new language. Learning synonyms and Antonyms are great ways to help students quickly expand their vocabulary. W ...
Views 1,820
Story Writing Elements

Story Writing Elements

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When it comes to teaching your students the elements of story writing, it’s easy to start piling too much on.  There are so many minute facets to the craft. From arcs, themes, subpl ...
Views 1,407 All
10 Resources For Teaching Active vs Passive Voice

10 Resources For Teaching Active vs Passive Voice

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Teaching active vs passive voice is an important lesson. But it’s one that requires a good deal of prerequisites.  Before diving into active vs passive voice, I suggest making sur ...
Views 1,576 Int
Alphabet Lessons, Worksheets & Activities for ESL Students

Alphabet Lessons, Worksheets & Activities for ESL Students

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The alphabets are the foundation of learning a new language and are among the first things taught to new ESL students. However, ensuring that your students can effortlessly recognize, read, wri ...
Views 2,572 BegElem
ESL Feelings And Emotions Lessons, & Worksheets

ESL Feelings And Emotions Lessons, & Worksheets

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Having the ability to express one’s feelings and emotions is vital in learning a new language. Expressing emotions is not always the easiest thing to do, and it can be even more challeng ...
Views 3,884 BegElemPre-IntInt
Slang worksheets/lessons for ESL

Slang worksheets/lessons for ESL

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While building vocabulary and learning technical skills such as grammar is an essential part of learning a new language, the goal is to have your students integrate seamlessly into the cultur ...
Views 2,203 BegElemPre-IntIntAdv
11 Homophone Worksheets & Games

11 Homophone Worksheets & Games

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Learning homophones is a skill that students will use their entire lives. Knowing the difference between there, their, and they’re is even a struggle for some adults, so instilling tips a ...
Views 2,444 BegElemPre-IntInt
Family and Friends Worksheets and Activities for ESL Students

Family and Friends Worksheets and Activities for ESL Students

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Our family and friends are important to us, and at some point or another, we have all found ourselves speaking about them. Therefore, It is essential to equip your students with the necessa ...
Views 3,969 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
22 Health and Safety Worksheets for ESL Students

22 Health and Safety Worksheets for ESL Students

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Every ESL student needs to have a list of health-related words in their vocabulary. Students should be able to express any pain or discomfort in English. This is essential, especially when tra ...
Views 2,335 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
15 ESL Food Worksheets and Vocabulary

15 ESL Food Worksheets and Vocabulary

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Who doesn’t love talking about food? Whether you’re teaching complete beginners or adult students, incorporating conversation and vocabulary about food and drinks is a great way to ...
Views 3,007
7 Worksheets To Help Improve Classroom Vocabulary

7 Worksheets To Help Improve Classroom Vocabulary

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As teachers, we know that a strong vocabulary is essential to developing reading and comprehension skills. Simply put, students with a more robust vocabulary will have an easier time reading an ...
Views 4,269 ElemPre-IntInt
Emergency Worksheets/Lessons in ESL

Emergency Worksheets/Lessons in ESL

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No matter what age your teaching, ESL students need to be able to discuss emergencies from natural disasters to public safety to medical and health matters. Knowing how to report an emergency i ...
Views 2,177 All
9 Weather Worksheets and Lesson Plans

9 Weather Worksheets and Lesson Plans

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The possibilities are endless when developing lesson plans around weather. Whether you are teaching students in the classroom, online, or at home, weather is an everyday part of our lives, mak ...
Views 3,124 BegElemPre-IntIntAdv
12 Superstition Worksheets For Teachers

12 Superstition Worksheets For Teachers

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Do you push the devil out of your egg with a spoon? Is shaking hands in a doorway bad luck? Why do building usually skip floor 13? If this sounds strange to you, imagine the strange looks your s ...
Views 2,391 BegElemPre-IntIntAdv
21 Best Correction Worksheets

21 Best Correction Worksheets

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Nobody likes making mistakes, especially when you're trying to master something. However, in school, making mistakes is a big part of the learning process. It's up to us as teachers to provide stu ...
Views 3,266
18 Worksheets for Adult ESL Students

18 Worksheets for Adult ESL Students

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If you're an ESL teacher, it's not uncommon to have students who are young children, as well as some who are well into their adulthood. Teaching adult learners ESL can look different dependi ...
Views 4,522 All
ESL Worksheets for Everyday English: Slang, Informal Expressions, & Everyday Dialogue

ESL Worksheets for Everyday English: Slang, Informal Expressions, & Everyday Dialogue

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Teaching English as a second language can be extremely rewarding, from introducing students to the ins and outs of reading, speaking, and writing to witnessing them learn and grow more confident ...
Views 3,621 BegElemPre-Int
Teaching In Time: Clocks, Days, Months, & Seasons

Teaching In Time: Clocks, Days, Months, & Seasons

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Once your students have learned cardinal numbers and ordinal numbers, it’s a great time to teach them about time! (Pun intended.) As always, we suggest starting with a warmup from a ...
Views 3,056 BegElem
Travel, Countries, & Languages ESL Worksheets

Travel, Countries, & Languages ESL Worksheets

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Learning about travelling, other cultures, and languages is always fun, and there are plenty of ways to introduce these topics to your ESL students. If you're planning lessons around countries a ...
Views 3,517
Numbers Practice Worksheets - Counting & Writing Practice

Numbers Practice Worksheets - Counting & Writing Practice

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Numbers are a part of everyday life and one of the first topics students learn about when they enter preschool and elementary school. Learning to identify numbers and count is essential for young ...
Views 2,462

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