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100 Ways to Improve your TOEIC Listening

100 tips to help you with the TOEIC Listening Part One (Photographs)
Learner Article

100 ways to improve your TOEIC score

Tips for getting a better result in the TOEIC
Teacher Article

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.
Teacher Article

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.
Teacher Article

20 things wrong with most self-study books

The biggest problems with self-study EFL materials.
Teacher Article

21 classic ESL card games

Well-known and "new classic" multipurpose card games for teaching English to adults and children.
Teacher Article

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.
Learner Article

21 ways to get more out of your TOEIC class

Here are 21 ideas on how you can make sure that you really learn a lot in your TOEIC class.
Teacher Article

25 stupid things about Cambridge First Certificate

25 illogical parts of FCE that Cambridge need to change, and in the meantime teachers and students have to cope with.
Teacher Article

30 ways to get ahead in ELT publishing

Tips for getting an advantage in the very competitive field of writing about English language teaching.
Teacher Article

35 fun classroom practice activities for Present Continuous (Present Progressive)

Interactive games for speaking practice of am/ is/ are + ing.
Teacher Article

36 fun classroom activities for Present Simple and Continuous

Interactive classroom activities for using both present tenses together, comparing and contrasting their uses. Including speaking activities with minimal resources, ideas for worksheets, and possible uses of technology.
Teacher Article

40 telephoning activities

Many fun interactive classroom activities for presentation, practice and freer production of telephoning language, including games dealing with typical difficulties with making calls in English.
Learner Article

50 ways to answer the phone (in English and other languages)

Different things to say when you pick up the phone in English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Greek, Turkish, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, Catalan, Hebrew, Romanian and Flemish.
Teacher Article

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.
Learner Article

57 ways to improve your fluency

Short and long term solutions for those who want to speak more quickly and smoothly. Also useful for teachers planning classroom fluency practice.
Teacher Article

70 characteristics of a good grammar presentation

An in-depth look at how to present grammar
Teacher Article

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.
Learner Article

70 ways to improve your English

70 practical tips for improving your English
Learner Article

80 British gestures

List of UK gestures, with meanings of gestures used in the United Kingdom and how to make them.
Teacher Article

A well balanced use of error correction

Error correction in the EFL classroom
Teacher Article

A well balanced use of L1 in class

Using students' first languages in the classroom
Teacher Article

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
Teacher Article

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.
Teacher Article

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.
Teacher Article

Activities and topics about the Middle Ages for ESL classes

Interesting activities and topics about the Middle Ages for ESL classes
Learner Article

Activities for conversation exchanges

Some ideas for using language exchange sites
Learner Article

Adjectives that look like adverbs

A list of English adjectives that look like adverbs
Teacher Article

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.
Learner Article

Agreeing and Disagreeing- So do I, Neither do I, etc

The rules for using So do I and Neither do I, etc.
Learner Article

All & Whole

The differences in usage between all and whole.
Learner Article

Apostrophes

Learn about the use of the Apostrophe in English.
Learner Article

Becoming Fluent in Speaking and Writing English

A look at how you can improve your reading and writing skills in English.
Learner Article

Beside & besides

The differences in usage between beside and besides.
Teacher Article

Boosting students' confidence in the teacher

Ways of helping students learn by helping them learn to trust the teacher.
Learner Article

Borderline of Correct and Incorrect

What do we mean by correct and incorrect in language?
Teacher Article

Brainstorming in EFL - problems and solutions

Making brainstorming more useful and fun
Teacher Article

British and American phone calls

How US and UK calls differ in phrases, vocabulary, topics and other cultural norms.
Teacher Article

British body language

Shaking hands, kissing, hugging, eye contact, bodily contact, proximity, and standing and sitting positions in the UK.AA
Teacher Article

Career paths in ELT publishing

How an ESL teacher can get into publishing
Teacher Article

Career paths in ELT publishing Part Two

How an ESL teacher can get into publishing Part 2
Teacher Article

Changing The Paradigm For Medical English Language Teaching

Medical English should be taught from the perspective of medicine and health care first and foremost while reinforcing vocabulary acquisition, grammar and structure secondly.
Teacher Article

Checklist for English Conversation Schools

A checklist for English conversation schools if you're teaching kids for the first time
Learner Article

Choosing a good TOEIC class and TOEIC teacher

20 questions that you should ask before choosing a TOEIC course.
Teacher Article

Christmas vocabulary you can mime

Ideas on miming vocab associated with Xmas
Teacher Article

Classroom activities for colour vocabulary

Fun classroom activities teaching students how to understand, read and write colour words from "orange" and "red" through "dark green" to "cream" and "metallic blue".
Learner Article

Classroom activities for teaching opposites

Fun practice activities for adjective opposites, verbs with opposite meanings, etc.
Teacher Article

Classroom Language

Useful classroom language for ESL teachers for starting lessons
Teacher Article

Classroom language for arts and crafts

Useful Classroom Language for making things in class
Teacher Article

Classroom language for finishing classes

Useful classroom language for teachers for finishing classes
Teacher Article

Classroom language for teaching pronunciation

The big list of useful classroom language when teaching pronunciation
Teacher Article

Classroom language when doing listenings

Useful classroom language for teachers for doing listenings
Teacher Article

Classroom language when using the board

Useful classroom language for teachers while using the board
Learner Article

Collocations & Word Partnerships

A look at the different types of collocations in English
Teacher Article

Colloquial expressions for medical terms

Everyday English for medical jargon, to be used by patients, doctors, nurses and other people using or studying Medical English.
Teacher Article

Combining Christmas with a Young Learners' Syllabus

How to combine Christmas with a Kindergarten/ Pre-school/ Very Young Learners English Syllabus
Teacher Article

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
Learner Article

Comma Splices

What is a comma splice and how can it be avoided?
Learner Article

Concepts of Space & Time in English

An article looking at how we see space and time in English
Learner Article

Concordancers

A summary of what a concordancer does, and how it can be used.
Teacher Article

Conditional Sentences in English 1

An in-depth look at conditional sentences
Teacher Article

Conditional Sentences in English 2

A look at factual conditionals
Teacher Article

Conditional Sentences in English 3

A look at predicative conditionals
Teacher Article

Conditional Sentences in English 4

A look at hypothetical conditionals
Teacher Article

Conditional Sentences in English 5

A look at counterfactual conditionals
Teacher Article

Conditional Sentences in English 6

A look at alternatives to 'if' in conditional sentences
Teacher Article

Conditional Sentences in English 7

A look at other expressions with 'if'
Teacher Article

Conditional Sentences in English 7

A look at other expressions with 'if'
Teacher Article

Conditional Sentences in English 8

A look at non-conditional conditionals
Teacher Article

Creating a quality language test

A look at how to write a good language test.
Learner Article

Cultural differences in telephoning

Cultural variations in making phone calls from country to country, including differences in starting calls, ending calls, taking messages, etc.
Learner Article

Dangling Modifiers

What is a dangling modifier?
Teacher Article

Debate on Culture in English as a foreign language classrooms

What role does culture play in the foreign or second language classroom
Learner Article

Descriptive and Prescriptive Grammar

A look at the prescriptive and descriptive approaches to English grammar.
Teacher Article

Differences between British and American emails

Explanations of the differences between UK and US emails, including opening and closing British and American emails, and requests, apologies, instructions and job applications in the UK and USA.
Teacher Article

Different ways of doing a listening

The standard way of doing a listening with many small and large variations.
Teacher Article

Doing something with Christmas songs

How you can use Xmas songs in the classroom
Learner Article

Dutch in English

Expressions with 'Dutch' in English
Teacher Article

English as National Foreign Language

A look at the role of English in India.
Learner Article

English Conditionals: An Introduction

Everything you need to know about English Conditionals.
Learner Article

English Conditionals: First Conditional

How to use the first conditional in English
Learner Article

English Conditionals: Second Conditional

How to use the second conditional in English
Learner Article

English Conditionals: Third Conditional

How to use the third conditional in English
Learner Article

English Conditionals: Zero Conditional

How to use the zero conditional in English
Learner Article

English Pronunciation for the ESL Learner

A look at ways in which learners can improve their pronunciation.
Learner Article

English Pronunciation Quiz

Test your knowledge of accent reduction
Learner Article

Enough

What is the correct word order with 'enough'?
Teacher Article

Favourites in ESL classes

Stimulating and useful practice with one of the easiest and most motivating ways of getting lower level and younger students to talk about themselves in English.
Teacher Article

First lessons for Academic Writing classes

Starting courses for people who need to write essays and academic papers in English.
Teacher Article

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
Teacher Article

First Lessons with IELTS classes

How to start the new school year teaching IELTS classes
Learner Article

Fitting learner training into your syllabus

Making sure that students find out the best ways to improve their English outside the classroom without needing to diverge from your class's curriculum, with many ideas for interactive classroom activities on the topic of language learning.
Teacher Article

Football and World Cup EFL teaching ideas

Activities that teach football vocabulary and other language
Learner Article

For & Since

What's the difference between 'for' and 'since'?
Teacher Article

Fun classroom practice of collocations

Stimulating activities for chunks of language
Teacher Article

Fun practice for comparative adjectives

Stimulating speaking activities for adjective plus more or -er
Teacher Article

Fun video tasks to practice future tenses and conditionals

Video tasks that can be used when practising future tenses and conditionals
Teacher Article

Fun video tasks to practise Present Simple and Present Continuous

Ways of practising the present simple and continuous with video
Teacher Article

Games for IELTS Speaking Part One, Part Two and Part Three

Games that are great practice for all three parts of the IELTS Speaking exam, either separately or together.
Learner Article

Games in adult ESL

Do games have a place in an adult ESL class?
Teacher Article

Get PAID for Teaching in China

A look at how to secure a good salary in China.
Teacher Article

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.
Teacher Article

Getting published in TEFL Part One- Choosing a route

A look at the options available to people wanting to publish in ESL
Teacher Article

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.
Teacher Article

Handling clashes in demands

What to do when the demands of the student and the person paying for the classes clash
Teacher Article

History-themed art, craft and project ideas for ESL students

Activities for history projects in the ESL classroom
Teacher Article

Hobbies, leisure and free time with young learners

Making a popular topic useful and suitable for all classes
Teacher Article

How to break into teacher training

Some tips on moving into teacher training
Learner Article

How to choose English classes for your young kids

Advice on choosing English classes for very young learners
Teacher Article

How to complain and deal with complaints on the phone

What to say and what not to say when you complain by telephone and receive complaints on the phone.
Learner Article

How to correct yourself outside class

This article has some suggestions on developing self-correction skills and starting to use more accurate English, all without the help of a teacher.
Learner Article

How to end phone calls smoothly and politely

What to do and what not to do when bringing calls to a close, including tips, useful telephoning phrases, and typical mistakes when ending calls.
Teacher Article

How to improve your BULATS writing score

63 ways to improve your BULATS writing score
Learner Article

How to improve your pronunciation outside class

Ideas and tips to help you improve your pronunciation outside class
Learner Article

How to learn English with your young child

Easy and sensible ways to practise English with your children
Teacher Article

How to leave and take telephone messages

What to do and say when dictating and taking dictation on the telephone, with useful leaving and taking messages phrases and common mistakes when dealing with dictating on the phone.
Learner Article

How to Master the English Language

A learner looks at how he learned English.
Learner Article

How to start phone calls in English

How to begin telephone calls, chat at the start of calls and move smoothly to the topic of the call, for both callers and people answering the phone.
Teacher Article

How to teach 'can' and 'can't' for ability

How to make 'can' and 'can't' lessons really useful for students, including how to identify and deal with common problems with the language of ability.
Learner Article

How to teach -ed and -ing adjectives

Teaching techniques and classroom activities for adjectives that end in ed and ing like bored/ boring and tired/ tiring.
Learner Article

How to teach abbreviations New

Ways to present and practise short forms of words and expressions such as "info", "lab", "50p" and "PS".
Teacher Article

How to teach acronyms New

How to present and practise the meaning and use of abbreviations like "ASAP", "IoT" and "VIP"
Teacher Article

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
Teacher Article

How to teach and use the language of newspaper headlines

Lessons to help students understand newspaper headlines
Teacher Article

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.
Teacher Article

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.
Teacher Article

How to teach Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Speaking Part Three

How to present and practise useful language for the Cambridge FCE collaborative task.
Teacher Article

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.
Teacher Article

How to teach Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Use of English key word sentence transformations

Teaching tips and stimulating classroom activities for Cambridge First Certificate Reading and Use of English Part Four (writing sentences with the same meaning), with 11 key word sentence transformation games.
Learner Article

How to teach Cambridge First Certificate Listening Part Four

Hints and classroom activities for the last part of the Cambridge English: First (FCE) listening test
Teacher Article

How to teach Cambridge First Certificate Writing Part One essays

Teaching tips and classroom activities for the essay task in the updated FCE exam from January 2015.
Teacher Article

How to teach checking and clarifying

Teaching how to ask for and give confirmation of meaning without sounding rude.
Learner Article

How to teach colour vocabulary in ESL classes

The nine stages of teaching colour vocab, from understanding what "red" means and being able to write "green" to discussing the psychological effects of different colours.
Teacher Article

How to teach colour word recognition

A complete guide to teaching students how to understand written colour words, including fun word recognition games.
Teacher Article

How to teach comparing and contrasting

How to go far beyond "more" or "er" in describing similarities and differences.
Teacher Article

How to Teach English for Engineers

A short guide to the why, what and how of teaching students studying or working in technical areas.
Learner Article

How to teach English syllables

Teaching counting and pronouncing the right number of beats in English words.
Learner Article

How to teach FCE Listening Part Two gapfill tasks

Exam tips and stimulating classroom activities for the Cambridge First Certificate Listening Part Two fill the gaps task.
Teacher Article

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.
Teacher Article

How to teach frequency expressions (adverbs of frequency etc)

Teaching tips on and activities for expressions like "usually", "twice a week", "once every two weeks" and "every morning".
Teacher Article

How to teach gradable and extreme adjectives

How to present and practice gradable adjectives and extreme adjectives like hot/ boiling and big/ huge, including how not to mix them up with other kinds of ungradable adjectives.
Teacher Article

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
Teacher Article

How to teach IELTS Speaking Part Two

A look at the second part of the IELTS Speaking Test
Teacher Article

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
Learner Article

How to teach like and would like

Teaching ideas for presenting and practising the differences between "like" for preferences and "would like" for desires etc, including many speaking games.
Teacher Article

How to teach opposites

Tips on teaching adjective opposites, verbs with opposite meanings, etc.
Teacher Article

How to teach possessive adjectives

Simple and fun ways of teaching and practising "my", "your", "his", "her", "its", "our" and "their", with 16 possessive adjective games.
Teacher Article

How to teach shopping language

Teaching suggestions and classroom activities for shopping phrases and language for shop staff.
Teacher Article

How to teach supporting your arguments

Presentation and practice for the most important part of giving opinions.
Teacher Article

How to teach telephoning

What to think about when planning lessons on phone calls in English, with presentation and practice classroom activities.
Teacher Article

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.
Teacher Article

How to teach the language of trends

Presentation and stimulating practice for describing changes, one of the most important kinds of business/ ESP language.
Teacher Article

How to teach the Past Simple tense

Issues, teaching ideas and games for "wanted, "passed", "did", "went", "saw" etc.
Teacher Article

How to teach the zero conditional

Teaching tips and fun classroom activities for "If…" with Present Simple, modal verbs and imperatives, including 18 Zero Conditional games.
Teacher Article

How to teach There is & There are

Teaching tips and interactive classroom activities for "There is/ are" and its negative and question forms.
Teacher Article

How to teach transport vocabulary to young learners

Lots of things to teach about transportation and how to do so
Teacher Article

How to teach turn taking

Teaching polite interrupting, getting back on track, etc.
Teacher Article

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.
Teacher Article

How to use Colouring-in in ESL Classes

How to usefully, efficiently and productively use colouring in to teach all kinds of language and skills
Teacher Article

How to use the topic of inventions in EFL classes

New technologies as a stimulating and useful topic for ESP and General English classes.
Teacher Article

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.
Learner Article

IELTS Academic Reading Tips for Students- Matching headings to paragraphs task

Ideas for studying for question 3 of the IELTS Academic Reading Paper
Learner Article

IELTS Academic Reading Tips for Teachers- Locating information task

Ideas for teaching the IELTS Academic Reading Paper
Learner Article

IELTS Academic Reading Tips for Teachers- Matching headings to paragraphs task

Ideas for teaching question 3 of the IELTS Academic Reading Paper
Teacher Article

IELTS Academic Reading, Locating information task- Tips for Teachers

Tips for helping students with this section of the IELTS exam
Teacher Article

Importance of the English Language

A look at the importance of English in India and the world.
Teacher Article

Indirect (Reported) Speech

A look at backshifting and other aspects of indirect speech
Teacher Article

Japanese Passivity

A View of Japanese Student Passivity
Learner Article

Layers of Communication and Implicature

How to make meaning across cultures and disciplines
Teacher Article

Learning English With Music

Using music and songs in teaching English as a second language or why people should sing to improve their language skills
Learner Article

Linguistic Agonies

The spread of English makes it the world's property
Learner Article

Linguistic Predictions

How will English develop in the future?
Learner Article

Making Adverbs from Adjectives ending in '-le'

How to make an adverb from an adjective ending in -le.
Teacher Article

Making textbook listenings manageable and fun

Tips for handling listening activities
Learner Article

Mockney, Estuary and Cockney English

What is Estuary English and how is it related to Cockney English?
Teacher Article

Motivational Orientation in English Language Learning

A study of Iranian undergraduate students' motivational orientation in English language learning
Learner Article

NATO Phonetic Alphabet

The NATO Phonetic Alphabet is used as a way of spelling words
Teacher Article

Not the best way to teach English

A look at the way English is taught in Pakistan.
Learner Article

Number confusion

The complexity of numbers in English
Learner Article

Number of

When to use a singular or a plural verb with the word 'number'.
Teacher Article

Offensive, insulting and aggressive gestures in the UK

Rude British gestures and other body language that could cause offense in the United Kingdom.
Teacher Article

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.
Teacher Article

Olympics Ideas Two: Beyond sports

Going a little and much further than talking about running, jumping and swimming.
Learner Article

Order of Adjectives

The correct order for adjectives before a noun.
Teacher Article

Peer Observations

The advantages and disadvantages of peer observations
Learner Article

Phrasal Verbs - Multi-Word Verbs

A look at the problems phrasal verb present to learners
Teacher Article

Planning a kindergarten English first lesson

Factors to include and think about when planning your first pre-school English class
Teacher Article

Prehistory and ancient history for ESL classes

Interesting activities and topics about prehistory and ancient history for ESL classes
Teacher Article

Preparing for your first Business or ESP class

Although most people who become specialist Business English or ESP (English for Specific Purposes, such as Medical English or Financial English) teachers enjoy it and its professional benefits so much they never look back, the first time you face students
Teacher Article

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.
Teacher Article

Preparing to teach your first EFL exam class

What you should do before teaching an EFL exam class for the first time.
Learner Article

Prepositions AT & IN in Manner, Place & Time

A look at the different uses of the prepositions 'in' and 'at'.
Learner Article

Problems with the Past Perfect & Past Simple

Notes on why native speakers do not always use the past perfect when learners have been told they must, using questions and answers from our forum.
Learner Article

Proofreading 101 for ESL Writers

Some tips for learners to help them to proofread their writing
Teacher Article

Putting the Grammar back into Christmas

Putting the seasonal cheer back into grammar
Teacher Article

Quotations for Motivation in the ESL Classroom

A look at how quotations can be used in the ESL classroom to motivate students.
Learner Article

Rather

Learn how to use 'rather' in English.
Learner Article

Read, Listen and then Pronounce

Understanding principles of learning can be as important for students as for teachers - especially adult learners.
Learner Article

Reading authentic texts

Is it necessary to read authentic texts?
Learner Article

Relative Clauses - Part 1

The use of relative pronouns in relatives clauses
Learner Article

Relative Clauses - Part 2

The use and omission of relative pronouns in relatives clauses
Teacher Article

Rhymes and Crafts

Using rhymes and crafts in the ESL classroom
Teacher Article

Setting up a TEFL certificate course

Personal experiences in setting up a TEFL Certificate course
Teacher Article

Setting up a TEFL certificate course- Advantages & Disadvantages

The pros and cons of setting-up a TEFL certificate course from personal experience
Teacher Article

Setting up workshops for teachers

Some tips on how you can make workshops work well
Teacher Article

Sharing personal experiences in EFL classes

Going beyond students chatting about themselves.
Learner Article

Slang

About the UsingEnglish.com slang database
Learner Article

Speak English with Body Language

A look at the importance of non-verbal communication.
Learner Article

Spelling Plural Nouns

A look at the rules for making nouns plural in English.
Learner Article

Spelling- Nouns and Verbs ending '-y'

A look at the rules for verbs and nouns ending -y.
Teacher Article

Stimulating activities to practise the passive voice

Fun classroom speaking activities for be + past participle.
Teacher Article

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?
Teacher Article

Teaching Countable and Uncountable Nouns

A look at ways to teach countable and uncountable nouns
Teacher Article

Teaching English for Specific Purposes (ESP)

How is English for Specific Purposes (ESP) different from English as a Second Language (ESL), also known as general English?
Teacher Article

Teaching English in Afghanistan

An article on the role of English language education in Afghanistan.
Teacher Article

Teaching English to Students with Learning Difficulties (LDs)

How to teach ESL to to students with Learning Difficulties
Teacher Article

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.
Teacher Article

Teaching Speaking & Conversation

In what ways can conversation be regarded as a skill? How might this influence our approach to teaching it?
Teacher Article

Teaching Travel English

Tips for teaching learners who will be travelling
Teacher Article

Technical Writing & Communication: What & Why?

A look at the importance of technical writing in the sciences.
Learner Article

Test your knowledge of the TOEIC Listening (for Students and Teachers)

True & False statements about the TOEIC listening with answers to examine your knowledge of this part of the exam
Teacher Article

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
Learner Article

The 100 most useful emailing phrases

A carefully chosen list of essential language for the beginning, body and ending of formal and informal English emails.
Teacher Article

The 100 most useful phrases for business meetings

The most important phrases for taking part in business meeting in English.
Learner Article

The 100 most useful telephoning phrases

A carefully chosen list of the most important phrases for making and receiving business and personal telephone calls, including lots of useful language for starting and ending calls, dealing with communication problems, taking and leaving messages, etc.
Learner Article

The 24 hours before your TOEIC exam

What you can usefully do before the TOEIC exam
Teacher Article

The advantages and disadvantages of blind observations

What are the advantages and disadvantages of "blind observation"- when someone checks everything but the lesson itself?
Teacher Article

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
Teacher Article

The best picture books for ESL young learners, and what to do with them

The top children's books for practising typical EFL language points, with interactive classroom activities for each picture book.
Teacher Article

The big list of classroom language for playing games

Useful words and phrases for using games in the ESL classroom
Teacher Article

The big list of ending the lesson language

Useful phrases to end ESL classes
Teacher Article

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.
Teacher Article

The bluffer's guide to level checking

A quick guide to putting someone in the right level, giving a good impression, and finding out other vital information as you do so.
Learner Article

The Chameleon Character of 'Like'

A look at the many uses of 'like' in English
Learner Article

The Colon

How to use the colon in English.
Learner Article

The Concept of Translation

A post-colonial look at Translation
Learner Article

The duality (polarity) principle in English Grammar

The dual nature of English grammar
Teacher Article

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.
Learner Article

The grey line between adjectives & past participles and passives

The use of past participles as adjectives in English
Teacher Article

The most effective error correction games

Error correction activities that aren't a waste of class time.
Learner Article

The most useful can/ can't for ability activities

Interactive classroom activities for can and can't for ability, focussing on language that students really need.
Teacher Article

The other side of the mirror

ESL students offer their opinions of good language teaching.
Teacher Article

The Past Perfect

A look at how the Past Perfect is formed and used in English
Teacher Article

The perfect CV and cover letter for a Business English teacher

What employers are looking for in a Business English teacher
Teacher Article

The perfect CV and cover letter for a teacher trainer

How to secure a job as a teacher trainer
Teacher Article

The perfect CV and cover letter for a TEFL teacher

Tips for a CV for teaching general English to adults
Teacher Article

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
Teacher Article

The perfect CV and cover letter for an EFL exam class teacher

The CV for those specialising in ESL examinations
Teacher Article

The perfect CV and cover letter for an EFL manager

Tips for writing a CV for a Director of Studies position
Teacher Article

The perfect job reference for a teacher trainer

How to get a decent reference for a position as teacher trainer
Learner Article

The Semi-Colon

How to use the semi-colon in English.
Teacher Article

The three keys to doing well in speaking exams

The three things students should concentrate on doing during their speaking tests.
Learner Article

The Use of BY + Agent in the Passive Voice

A look at when to use BY with the passive.
Learner Article

The Use of By + Until

When should you use 'by' and 'until'?.
Teacher Article

Things to put in a Self Access Centre or Student Library

Some suggestions for organising and equipping a Learning Resource Centre
Teacher Article

Tips for the automated teacher

Keeping your self-motivation up and the experience new as the years go by
Learner Article

Tips for using your Grammar Checker

A look at some of the issues with grammar checkers
Teacher Article

Tips on using the Internet as a tool in TESOL

How to create an Internet-based lesson, with links to sample lessons.
Learner Article

To 'To' or not To 'To'

A look at the different uses of 'to'
Learner Article

To Be or not to Be

A look at the verb 'to be' in English
Learner Article

TOEIC Exam Problems and Solutions

Suggestions for problems that TOEIC students often ask about.
Learner Article

TOEIC FAQs

Frequently asked questions about the TOEIC exam with answers
Learner Article

TOEIC Listening Part One Tips for Students- Photographs

Tips for TOEIC learners about the photograph part of the Listening paper
Learner Article

TOEIC Listening Part One Tips for Teachers- Photographs

Tips for TOEIC teachers about the photograph part of the Listening paper
Learner Article

Types of Sentences

Learn about Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences.
Teacher Article

Useful classroom language for teachers when using texts

Classroom language and tips for teaching texts
Learner Article

Using 'Shall' in British English

Learn about the use of 'shall' in British English.
Learner Article

Using 'Wish' in English

A look at how to use the verb 'wish'.
Teacher Article

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
Learner Article

Using pairwork

The two biggest disagreements between teachers and students all over the world on how it is best to study English in class are about the amount of error correction and the amount of pairwork.
Teacher Article

Using poetry to help with pronunciation

How poetry can help young learners with pronunciation
Teacher Article

Using songs with young learners

Why and how to use songs with young children
Learner Article

Verbs ending '-e'

A look at the spelling rules for verbs that end with the letter 'e'.
Teacher Article

Very Young Learner First Lesson Problems and Solutions

How to start the new school year when teaching very young learners
Teacher Article

Video in EFL Classrooms

How to develop video materials for EFL classes
Teacher Article

Video tasks for specific language points and skills

A selection of ideas for using video to teach specific grammar points and language skills
Teacher Article

Video tasks to practice past tenses

Activities to teach past tenses using video
Teacher Article

Ways of Expressing the Future in English

A look at seven ways of expressing the future in English
Learner Article

What is Offshore English?

What is Offshore English and why are native speakers learning it?
Learner Article

Whether and If

A look at when to use 'whether' and when to use 'if'.
Learner Article

Which is the most difficult language?

A look at whether one language can be said to be the hardest to learn
Learner Article

While & During

What is the difference between 'while' and 'during'?
Teacher Article

Whose Needs Are We Serving?

How Is The Design Of Curriculum For English For Medical Purposes Decided?
Teacher Article

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.
Teacher Article

Why do my students question me?

Who's in charge in the classroom?
Learner Article

Why does my teacher make me correct my own answers?

A number of reasons why your teacher might make you correct your own answers
Learner Article

Why does my teacher make me learn English grammar words?

Do learners need to know grammar terms?
Learner Article

Why does my teacher make me learn the phonemic script?

Good and bad reasons for your teacher wanting you to learn the phonemic script
Learner Article

Why does my teacher make me read silently?

Why doesn't my teacher make or let us read aloud?
Learner Article

Why does my teacher not speak more slowly?

Reasons why teachers sometimes speak at a speed at which students can't understand everything that they say - both good ones and bad ones - with possible student reactions.
Learner Article

Why does my teacher skip exercises in the textbook?

One of the ESL classroom mysteries explained
Learner Article

Why does my teacher stop me using my dictionary or electronic dictionary?

Reasons why your teacher may stop you using dictionaries in class.
Learner Article

Why doesn't my teacher correct all my mistakes when I am speaking?

A teacher's view some possible answers to a question commonly asked by ESL learners
Teacher Article

Why your students don't do their homework

Reasons for students not doing their homework, with suggestions to deal with the problem
Teacher Article

Why your students don't want to do pairwork

Students are often less keen on pairwork than their teachers
Teacher Article

Why your students have problems with listening comprehension

A look at why learners may find listening difficult
Teacher Article

Why your students overuse their dictionaries

A look at dictionaries in the classroom
Teacher Article

Why your students speak L1 in class

Some reasons why students speak their own language in English classes
Learner Article

Word Frequency Analysis as a Way to improve writing quality

A look at how using word frequency software can help improve your writing
Teacher Article

Word Impact Chart

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