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21 classic ESL card games
Well-known and “new classic” multipurpose card games for teaching English to adults and children.
30 ways to get ahead in ELT publishing
Tips for getting an advantage in the very competitive field of writing about English language teaching.
70 characteristics of a good grammar presentation
An in-depth look at how to present grammar
70 easy TEFL articles that anyone could write at least one of
Suggestions for useful and easy to write articles that any teacher at all could write at least one of.
A well balanced use of error correction
Error correction in the EFL classroom
A well balanced use of L1 in class
Using students' first languages in the classroom
A well-balanced use of pairwork
Some ways of spotting if you have been able to draw the fine line between too much pairwork and not enough, and ways of planning lessons that include whatever you decide is the perfect amount
A well-balanced use of stand-up and sit-down activities in a kids' EFL Class
Here are some pointers to help you judge whether you have got the right balance of sit down and moving around activities in your classes, and then some tips on how to think about making changes.
A well-balanced use of warmers and fillers
Some tips on checking if you have got the use of warmers and fillers just right, and what you can do about it if you haven’t.
Activities and topics about the Middle Ages for ESL classes
Interesting activities and topics about the Middle Ages for ESL classes
Advantages and disadvantages of using authentic texts in class
Using the positive aspects of authentic texts, getting rid of the negative aspects, and deciding when graded texts might be better.
Boosting students’ confidence in the teacher
Ways of helping students learn by helping them learn to trust the teacher.
Brainstorming in EFL – problems and solutions
Making brainstorming more useful and fun
Career paths in ELT publishing
How an ESL teacher can get into publishing
Career paths in ELT publishing Part Two
How an ESL teacher can get into publishing Part 2
Checklist for English Conversation Schools
A checklist for English conversation schools if you're teaching kids for the first time
Christmas vocabulary you can mime
Ideas on miming vocab associated with Xmas
Useful classroom language for ESL teachers for starting lessons
Classroom language for arts and crafts
Useful Classroom Language for making things in class
Classroom language for finishing classes
Useful classroom language for teachers for finishing classes
Classroom language for teaching pronunciation
The big list of useful classroom language when teaching pronunciation
Classroom language when doing listenings
Useful classroom language for teachers for doing listenings
Classroom language when using the board
Useful classroom language for teachers while using the board
Combining Christmas with a Young Learners' Syllabus
How to combine Christmas with a Kindergarten/ Pre-school/ Very Young Learners English Syllabus
Combining history topics and English grammar
Activities suitable for English through History classes, CLIL classes, as supplementary activities when there are historical topics in an EFL textbook, or as grammar practice
Creating a quality language test
A look at how to write a good language test.
Debate on Culture in English as a foreign language classrooms
What role does culture play in the foreign or second language classroom
Different ways of doing a listening
The standard way of doing a listening with many small and large variations.
Doing something with Christmas songs
How you can use Xmas songs in the classroom
First Lessons for Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Classes
How to make sure Cambridge FCE students get what they most need and the teacher finds out what you need to from day one
First Lessons with IELTS classes
How to start the new school year teaching IELTS classes
Football and World Cup EFL teaching ideas
Activities that teach football vocabulary and other language
Fun classroom practice of collocations
Stimulating activities for chunks of language
Fun practice for comparative adjectives
Stimulating speaking activities for adjective plus more or –er
Fun video tasks to practice future tenses and conditionals
Video tasks that can be used when practising future tenses and conditionals
Fun video tasks to practise Present Simple and Present Continuous
Ways of practising the present simple and continuous with video
Getting published in TEFL Part One- Choosing a route
A look at the options available to people wanting to publish in ESL
Getting published in TEFL – Why, what, where, and how
Reasons why everyone in TEFL should publish at least something, then how to choose what to do and to go about doing it.
Getting writing work from ELT publishers
Four ways of getting to the point of being paid to write for publishers of English language teaching materials, with a detailed examination of two of them.
Handling clashes in demands
What to do when the demands of the student and the person paying for the classes clash
History-themed art, craft and project ideas for ESL students
Activities for history projects in the ESL classroom
Hobbies, leisure and free time with young learners
Making a popular topic useful and suitable for all classes
How to break into teacher training
Some tips on moving into teacher training
How to teach advantages and disadvantages- looking at both sides
Language and teaching ideas for examining both sides of an argument before reaching a conclusion in both speaking and writing
How to teach and use the language of newspaper headlines
Lessons to help students understand newspaper headlines
How to teach Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Listening Part One
Ways of teaching students how to improve their listening scores, and teaching them other useful stuff while they try to improve their listening scores.
How to teach Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Speaking Part One
What to teach students about the personal questions part of Cambridge FCE Speaking and how to practise it.
How to teach Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Speaking Part Three
How to present and practise useful language for the Cambridge FCE collaborative task.
How to teach Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Speaking Part Two
How to present and practise useful language for the Cambridge FCE comparing pictures long turn task.
How to teach checking and clarifying
Teaching how to ask for and give confirmation of meaning without sounding rude.
How to teach comparing and contrasting
How to go far beyond "more" or "er" in describing similarities and differences.
How to teach FCE Use of English Part Two open cloze
Exam tips, self-study tips and stimulating classroom activities for the Cambridge First Certificate fill the gaps with one word task.
How to teach hedging and generalising
How to teach and practise language to stop students overgeneralising and making stronger or more vague statements than they mean to
How to teach IELTS Speaking Part Two
A look at the second part of the IELTS Speaking Test
How to teach It is/ They are
Issues with "It is…"/ "They are…" or their contracted forms, plus how to present and 11 stimulating practice activities
How to teach supporting your arguments
Presentation and practice for the most important part of giving opinions.
How to teach the language of likes and dislikes
Stimulating presentation and practice of language for expressing preferences, with useful phrases and common student difficulties.
How to teach the language of trends
Presentation and stimulating practice for describing changes, one of the most important kinds of business/ ESP language.
How to teach the Past Simple tense
Issues, teaching ideas and games for “wanted, “passed”, “did”, “went”, “saw” etc.
How to teach transport vocabulary to young learners
Lots of things to teach about transportation and how to do so
How to teach turn taking
Teaching polite interrupting, getting back on track, etc.
How to test and teach detailed comprehension
How to test how much students understand of a reading or listening text and make sure they understand more next time.
How to write and publish TEFL articles
The process by which you can go about writing and publishing articles on teaching English as a foreign language.
IELTS Academic Reading, Locating information task- Tips for Teachers
Tips for helping students with this section of the IELTS exam
Making textbook listenings manageable and fun
Tips for handling listening activities
Olympics Ideas Part One: Teaching English for and through Sport
Teaching the popular topic of sport and using that topic to practise loads of other language.
Olympics Ideas Two: Beyond sports
Going a little and much further than talking about running, jumping and swimming.
The advantages and disadvantages of peer observations
Planning a kindergarten English first lesson
Factors to include and think about when planning your first pre-school English class
Prehistory and ancient history for ESL classes
Interesting activities and topics about prehistory and ancient history for ESL classes
Preparing for your first preschool English class
This article gives some tips to make sure you are prepared and are able to go into your first preschool English class with the confidence of knowing that you are really ready.
Preparing to teach your first EFL exam class
What you should do before teaching an EFL exam class for the first time.
Putting the Grammar back into Christmas
Putting the seasonal cheer back into grammar
Quotations for Motivation in the ESL Classroom
A look at how quotations can be used in the ESL classroom to motivate students.
Rhymes and Crafts
Using rhymes and crafts in the ESL classroom
Setting up a TEFL certificate course
Personal experiences in setting up a TEFL Certificate course
Setting up a TEFL certificate course- Advantages & Disadvantages
The pros and cons of setting-up a TEFL certificate course from personal experience
Setting up workshops for teachers
Some tips on how you can make workshops work well
Sharing personal experiences in EFL classes
Going beyond students chatting about themselves.
Stimulating activities to practise the passive voice
Fun classroom speaking activities for be + past participle.
Students who are reluctant to ask questions
What do you do when you find that students are reluctant to ask questions about the class or their homework?
Teaching Countable and Uncountable Nouns
A look at ways to teach countable and uncountable nouns
Teaching English to Students with Learning Difficulties (LDs)
How to teach ESL to to students with Learning Difficulties
Teaching IELTS Speaking Part One
What students need to do near the beginning of the IELTS Speaking paper and how to prepare them to do so.
Teaching Speaking & Conversation
In what ways can conversation be regarded as a skill? How might this influence our approach to teaching it?
Testing and reviewing new EFL materials
This article is based on a workshop entitled “Testing and Reviewing New Materials” given by Alex Case at the Tokyo Expo/ Tokyo ELT Book Fair
The advantages and disadvantages of blind observations
What are the advantages and disadvantages of “blind observation”- when someone checks everything but the lesson itself?
The advantages and disadvantages of eliciting in the EFL classroom
The advantages and disadvantages of eliciting in the EFL classroom… and how to exploit them
The big list of classroom language for playing games
Useful words and phrases for using games in the ESL classroom
The big list of ending the lesson language
Useful phrases to end ESL classes
The big list of language for talking about lessons
This list could be useful for talking or writing about classes that are shared (e.g. between an Assistant Language Teacher and the regular classroom teacher), for writing handover notes, and for job interviews and initiation periods.
The ESP approach - Theory and reality of needs analysis and course design
Adapting the nice ideas of needs analysis and course design to the situations we actually teach in.
The other side of the mirror
ESL students offer their opinions of good language teaching.
The perfect CV and cover letter for a teacher trainer
How to secure a job as a teacher trainer
The perfect CV and cover letter for a TEFL teacher
Tips for a CV for teaching general English to adults
The perfect CV and cover letter for a TEFL young learners teacher
What you need to include if you are applying to teach young learners
The perfect CV and cover letter for an EFL exam class teacher
The CV for those specialising in ESL examinations
The perfect CV and cover letter for an EFL manager
Tips for writing a CV for a Director of Studies position
The perfect job reference for a teacher trainer
How to get a decent reference for a position as teacher trainer
The three keys to doing well in speaking exams
The three things students should concentrate on doing during their speaking tests.
Things to put in a Self Access Centre or Student Library
Some suggestions for organising and equipping a Learning Resource Centre
Tips for the automated teacher
Keeping your self-motivation up and the experience new as the years go by
Useful classroom language for teachers when using texts
Classroom language and tips for teaching texts
Using poetry to help with pronunciation
How poetry can help young learners with pronunciation
Using songs with young learners
Why and how to use songs with young children
Very Young Learner First Lesson Problems and Solutions
How to start the new school year when teaching very young learners
Video in EFL Classrooms
How to develop video materials for EFL classes
Video tasks for specific language points and skills
A selection of ideas for using video to teach specific grammar points and language skills
Video tasks to practice past tenses
Activities to teach past tenses using video
Why did my foolproof activity just fail with that class?
Why did my foolproof activity just fail with that class? … and how to make sure it works again next time.
Why do my students question me?
Who's in charge in the classroom?
Why your students don't want to do pairwork
Students are often less keen on pairwork than their teachers
Why your students don’t do their homework
Reasons for students not doing their homework, with suggestions to deal with the problem
Why your students have problems with listening comprehension
A look at why learners may find listening difficult
Why your students overuse their dictionaries
A look at dictionaries in the classroom
Why your students speak L1 in class
Some reasons why students speak their own language in English classes
Why your students still make mistakes with grammar they know well
A look at a common and frustrating issue
Word Impact Chart
An article about using Word Impact charts to channel vocabulary according to a person’s age, gender, work, and attitude.
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