Category: Teaching English

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15 ways to teach English with blocks and stacking games

Stacking blocks and other things like plastic kitchen sets to practise numbers, basic maths, times, days of the week, months, dates, the alphabet, phonics, colours, basic questions and answers, shapes, prepositions of position, requests and offers.
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19 simple, fun and effective ESL board games

English teaching board games without dice etc that are more fun and better at practising language than those which need such accoutrements, and with many more possible uses.
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21 classic ESL card games

Well-known and “new classic” multipurpose card games for teaching English to adults and children.
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21 negotiating in English games

Games for presentation, intensive practice and freer practice of useful phrases for this most difficult and critical of Business English skills.
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30 ways to get ahead in ELT publishing

Tips for getting an advantage in the very competitive field of writing about English language teaching.
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56 fun classroom activities for the Present Simple tense

Mainly oral classroom practice activities for routines, habits and other meanings of the Present Simple, including describing processes.
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70 characteristics of a good grammar presentation

An in-depth look at how to present grammar
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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.
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A well balanced use of error correction

Error correction in the EFL classroom
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A well balanced use of L1 in class

Using students' first languages in the classroom
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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
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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.
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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.
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Activities and topics about the Middle Ages for ESL classes

Interesting activities and topics about the Middle Ages for ESL classes
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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.
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Boosting students’ confidence in the teacher

Ways of helping students learn by helping them learn to trust the teacher.
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Brainstorming in EFL – problems and solutions

Making brainstorming more useful and fun
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Career paths in ELT publishing

How an ESL teacher can get into publishing
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Career paths in ELT publishing Part Two

How an ESL teacher can get into publishing Part 2
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Checklist for English Conversation Schools

A checklist for English conversation schools if you're teaching kids for the first time
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Christmas vocabulary you can mime

Ideas on miming vocab associated with Xmas
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Classroom Language

Useful classroom language for ESL teachers for starting lessons
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Classroom language for arts and crafts

Useful Classroom Language for making things in class
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Classroom language for finishing classes

Useful classroom language for teachers for finishing classes
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Classroom language for teaching pronunciation

The big list of useful classroom language when teaching pronunciation
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Classroom language when doing listenings

Useful classroom language for teachers for doing listenings
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Classroom language when using the board

Useful classroom language for teachers while using the board
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Combining Christmas with a Young Learners' Syllabus

How to combine Christmas with a Kindergarten/ Pre-school/ Very Young Learners English Syllabus
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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
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Creating a quality language test

A look at how to write a good language test.
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Debate on Culture in English as a foreign language classrooms

What role does culture play in the foreign or second language classroom
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Different ways of doing a listening

The standard way of doing a listening with many small and large variations.
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Doing something with Christmas songs

How you can use Xmas songs in the classroom
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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
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First Lessons with IELTS classes

How to start the new school year teaching IELTS classes
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Football and World Cup EFL teaching ideas

Activities that teach football vocabulary and other language
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Fun classroom practice of collocations

Stimulating activities for chunks of language
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Fun practice for comparative adjectives

Stimulating speaking activities for adjective plus more or –er
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Fun video tasks to practice future tenses and conditionals

Video tasks that can be used when practising future tenses and conditionals
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Fun video tasks to practise Present Simple and Present Continuous

Ways of practising the present simple and continuous with video
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Games for IELTS Speaking Part One, Part Two and Part Three New

Games that are great practice for all three parts of the IELTS Speaking exam, either separately or together.
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Getting published in TEFL Part One- Choosing a route

A look at the options available to people wanting to publish in ESL
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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.
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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.
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Handling clashes in demands

What to do when the demands of the student and the person paying for the classes clash
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History-themed art, craft and project ideas for ESL students

Activities for history projects in the ESL classroom
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Hobbies, leisure and free time with young learners

Making a popular topic useful and suitable for all classes
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How to break into teacher training

Some tips on moving into teacher training
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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
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How to teach and use the language of newspaper headlines

Lessons to help students understand newspaper headlines
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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.
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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.
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How to teach Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Speaking Part Three

How to present and practise useful language for the Cambridge FCE collaborative task.
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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.
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How to teach checking and clarifying

Teaching how to ask for and give confirmation of meaning without sounding rude.
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How to teach comparing and contrasting

How to go far beyond "more" or "er" in describing similarities and differences.
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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.
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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
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How to teach IELTS Speaking Part Two

A look at the second part of the IELTS Speaking Test
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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
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How to teach supporting your arguments

Presentation and practice for the most important part of giving opinions.
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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.
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How to teach the language of trends

Presentation and stimulating practice for describing changes, one of the most important kinds of business/ ESP language.
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How to teach the Past Simple tense

Issues, teaching ideas and games for “wanted, “passed”, “did”, “went”, “saw” etc.
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How to teach transport vocabulary to young learners

Lots of things to teach about transportation and how to do so
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How to teach turn taking

Teaching polite interrupting, getting back on track, etc.
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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.
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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.
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IELTS Academic Reading, Locating information task- Tips for Teachers

Tips for helping students with this section of the IELTS exam
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Making textbook listenings manageable and fun

Tips for handling listening activities
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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.
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Olympics Ideas Two: Beyond sports

Going a little and much further than talking about running, jumping and swimming.
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Peer Observations

The advantages and disadvantages of peer observations
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Planning a kindergarten English first lesson

Factors to include and think about when planning your first pre-school English class
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Prehistory and ancient history for ESL classes

Interesting activities and topics about prehistory and ancient history for ESL classes
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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.
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Preparing to teach your first EFL exam class

What you should do before teaching an EFL exam class for the first time.
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Putting the Grammar back into Christmas

Putting the seasonal cheer back into grammar
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Quotations for Motivation in the ESL Classroom

A look at how quotations can be used in the ESL classroom to motivate students.
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Rhymes and Crafts

Using rhymes and crafts in the ESL classroom
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Setting up a TEFL certificate course

Personal experiences in setting up a TEFL Certificate course
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Setting up a TEFL certificate course- Advantages & Disadvantages

The pros and cons of setting-up a TEFL certificate course from personal experience
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Setting up workshops for teachers

Some tips on how you can make workshops work well
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Sharing personal experiences in EFL classes

Going beyond students chatting about themselves.
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Stimulating activities to practise the passive voice

Fun classroom speaking activities for be + past participle.
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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?
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Teaching Countable and Uncountable Nouns

A look at ways to teach countable and uncountable nouns
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Teaching English to Students with Learning Difficulties (LDs)

How to teach ESL to to students with Learning Difficulties
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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.
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Teaching Speaking & Conversation

In what ways can conversation be regarded as a skill? How might this influence our approach to teaching it?
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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
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The advantages and disadvantages of blind observations

What are the advantages and disadvantages of “blind observation”- when someone checks everything but the lesson itself?
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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
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The big list of classroom language for playing games

Useful words and phrases for using games in the ESL classroom
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The big list of ending the lesson language

Useful phrases to end ESL classes
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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.
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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.
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The other side of the mirror

ESL students offer their opinions of good language teaching.
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The perfect CV and cover letter for a teacher trainer

How to secure a job as a teacher trainer
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The perfect CV and cover letter for a TEFL teacher

Tips for a CV for teaching general English to adults
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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
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The perfect CV and cover letter for an EFL exam class teacher

The CV for those specialising in ESL examinations
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The perfect CV and cover letter for an EFL manager

Tips for writing a CV for a Director of Studies position
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The perfect job reference for a teacher trainer

How to get a decent reference for a position as teacher trainer
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The three keys to doing well in speaking exams

The three things students should concentrate on doing during their speaking tests.
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Things to put in a Self Access Centre or Student Library

Some suggestions for organising and equipping a Learning Resource Centre
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Tips for the automated teacher

Keeping your self-motivation up and the experience new as the years go by
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Useful classroom language for teachers when using texts

Classroom language and tips for teaching texts
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Using ball games to teach English

Almost 100 ways to use a ball in EFL classes, plus 13 other kinds of objects you can use the same way if don’t want to use a ball
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Using poetry to help with pronunciation

How poetry can help young learners with pronunciation
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Using songs with young learners

Why and how to use songs with young children
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Very Young Learner First Lesson Problems and Solutions

How to start the new school year when teaching very young learners
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Video in EFL Classrooms

How to develop video materials for EFL classes
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Video tasks for specific language points and skills

A selection of ideas for using video to teach specific grammar points and language skills
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Video tasks to practice past tenses

Activities to teach past tenses using video
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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.
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Why do my students question me?

Who's in charge in the classroom?
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Why your students don't want to do pairwork

Students are often less keen on pairwork than their teachers
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Why your students don’t do their homework

Reasons for students not doing their homework, with suggestions to deal with the problem
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Why your students have problems with listening comprehension

A look at why learners may find listening difficult
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Why your students overuse their dictionaries

A look at dictionaries in the classroom
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Why your students speak L1 in class

Some reasons why students speak their own language in English classes
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Word Impact Chart

An article about using Word Impact charts to channel vocabulary according to a person’s age, gender, work, and attitude.