Category: Teaching English

Articles about teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)

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How to teach British and American grammar New Pinned

Category: Teaching English Topic: Varieties and Dialects
How to present and practise the most important grammatical differences between British and American English
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How to teach giving and asking for directions Pinned

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
Teaching tips and classroom activities for showing people where to go with "go straight ahead", "turn right", "take the second turning on your left", "opposite the station", etc.
Learner Article

70 ways to improve your English Pinned

Category: Learning English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Learning a new language can be hard work, so here are 70 practical tips for improving your English that you can do outside of school or collage
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How to teach British and American functional language New

Category: Teaching English Topic: Varieties and Dialects
Important differences in requesting, thanking, etc in the US and UK, including how to teach those differences.
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British and American body language and gestures

Category: Teaching English Topic: Varieties and Dialects
A guide to gestures and body language in the UK and USA, including differences and similarities, and comparisons to other countries.
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How to teach TOEIC Listening Part Two: Question Response

Category: Teaching English Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
Teaching tips and classroom practice ideas for the question-response tasks in TOEIC Listening Section Two
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How to teach present time expressions

Category: Teaching English Topic: Verbs and Tenses
Teaching tips, games and other classroom activities for "at the moment", "often", "once every two weeks" etc with Present Simple and Present Continuous.
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How to teach the language of feelings

Category: Teaching English Topic: Vocabulary
Teaching tips and classroom activities for the language emotions, from very young learners to advanced learners.
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How to teach past time expressions

Category: Teaching English Topic: Verbs and Tenses
Teaching tips and classroom activities for time expressions with narrative tenses and Used to.
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The best picture books for ESL young learners, and what to do with them

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
The top children's books for practising typical EFL language points, with interactive classroom activities for each picture book.
Teacher Article

The bluffer's guide to level checking

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
A quick guide to putting someone in the right level, giving a good impression, and finding out other vital information as you do so.
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Differences between British and American emails

Category: Teaching English Topic: Varieties and Dialects
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.
Learner Article

Fitting learner training into your syllabus

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
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

Favourites in ESL classes

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
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.
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Word Impact Chart

Category: Teaching English Topic: Vocabulary
An article about using Word Impact charts to channel vocabulary according to a person's age, gender, work, and attitude.
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Teaching English to Students with Learning Difficulties (LDs)

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
How to teach ESL to to students with Learning Difficulties
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Sharing personal experiences in EFL classes

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
Going beyond students chatting about themselves.
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First Lessons for Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Classes

Category: Teaching English Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
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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The ESP approach - Theory and reality of needs analysis and course design

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
Adapting the nice ideas of needs analysis and course design to the situations we actually teach in.
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The three keys to doing well in speaking exams

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
The three things students should concentrate on doing during their speaking tests.
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30 ways to get ahead in ELT publishing

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Tips for getting an advantage in the very competitive field of writing about English language teaching.
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70 easy TEFL articles that anyone could write at least one of

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Suggestions for useful and easy to write articles that any teacher at all could write at least one of.
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Getting published in TEFL - Why, what, where, and how

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
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 writing work from ELT publishers

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
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

Advantages and disadvantages of using authentic texts in class

Category: Teaching English Topic: Functions & Text
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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Fun classroom practice of collocations

Category: Teaching English Topic: Collocation
Stimulating activities for chunks of language
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Fun practice for comparative adjectives

Category: Teaching English Topic: Comparatives & Superlatives
Stimulating speaking activities for adjective plus more or -er
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Brainstorming in EFL - problems and solutions

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
Making brainstorming more useful and fun
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Hobbies, leisure and free time with young learners

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Making a popular topic useful and suitable for all classes
Teacher Article

Boosting students' confidence in the teacher

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Ways of helping students learn by helping them learn to trust the teacher.
Teacher Article

Olympics Ideas Two: Beyond sports

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
Going a little and much further than talking about running, jumping and swimming.
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Olympics Ideas Part One: Teaching English for and through Sport

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
Teaching the popular topic of sport and using that topic to practise loads of other language.
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Students who are reluctant to ask questions

Category: Teaching English Topic: 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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Different ways of doing a listening

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
The standard way of doing a listening with many small and large variations.
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A well-balanced use of stand-up and sit-down activities in a kids' EFL Class

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
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

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
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

Handling clashes in demands

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
What to do when the demands of the student and the person paying for the classes clash
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The advantages and disadvantages of blind observations

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
What are the advantages and disadvantages of "blind observation"- when someone checks everything but the lesson itself?
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A well-balanced use of pairwork

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
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

Checklist for English Conversation Schools

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
A checklist for English conversation schools if you're teaching kids for the first time
Teacher Article

Planning a kindergarten English first lesson

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Factors to include and think about when planning your first pre-school English class
Teacher Article

Preparing for your first preschool English class

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
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

First Lessons with IELTS classes

Category: Teaching English Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
How to start the new school year teaching IELTS classes
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Very Young Learner First Lesson Problems and Solutions

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
How to start the new school year when teaching very young learners
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The big list of ending the lesson language

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Useful phrases to end ESL classes
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The big list of language for talking about lessons

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
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

Useful classroom language for teachers when using texts

Category: Teaching English Topic: Functions & Text
Classroom language and tips for teaching texts
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Video tasks to practice past tenses

Category: Teaching English Topic: Verbs and Tenses
Activities to teach past tenses using video
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Fun video tasks to practise Present Simple and Present Continuous

Category: Teaching English Topic: Verbs and Tenses
Ways of practising the present simple and continuous with video
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Video tasks for specific language points and skills

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
A selection of ideas for using video to teach specific grammar points and language skills
Teacher Article

Classroom language for teaching pronunciation

Category: Teaching English Topic: Phonetics
The big list of useful classroom language when teaching pronunciation
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Fun video tasks to practice future tenses and conditionals

Category: Teaching English Topic: Verbs and Tenses
Video tasks that can be used when practising future tenses and conditionals
Teacher Article

Football and World Cup EFL teaching ideas

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
Activities to teach football vocabulary so students understand English language World Cup sources such as TV commentary and news reports, and activities using the World Cup to teach language unconnected to football
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Classroom language for arts and crafts

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
Useful Classroom Language for making things in class
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Classroom language for finishing classes

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
Useful classroom language for teachers for finishing classes
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Prehistory and ancient history for ESL classes

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
Interesting activities and topics about prehistory and ancient history for ESL classes
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Combining history topics and English grammar

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
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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History-themed art, craft and project ideas for ESL students

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
Activities for history projects in the ESL classroom
Teacher Article

The advantages and disadvantages of eliciting in the EFL classroom

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
The advantages and disadvantages of eliciting in the EFL classroom… and how to exploit them
Teacher Article

Why did my foolproof activity just fail with that class?

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Why did my foolproof activity just fail with that class? … and how to make sure it works again next time.
Teacher Article

Classroom language when doing listenings

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Useful classroom language for teachers for doing listenings
Teacher Article

Classroom language when using the board

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Useful classroom language for teachers while using the board
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Classroom Language

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Useful classroom language for ESL teachers for starting lessons
Teacher Article

Preparing to teach your first EFL exam class

Category: Teaching English Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
What you should do before teaching an EFL exam class for the first time.
Teacher Article

A well balanced use of L1 in class

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Using students' first languages in the classroom
Teacher Article

A well balanced use of error correction

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Error correction in the EFL classroom
Teacher Article

Why your students overuse their dictionaries

Category: Teaching English Topic: Vocabulary
A look at dictionaries in the classroom
Teacher Article

70 characteristics of a good grammar presentation

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
An in-depth look at how to present grammar
Teacher Article

Why your students don't want to do pairwork

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Students are often less keen on pairwork than their teachers
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Why your students still make mistakes with grammar they know well

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
A look at a common and frustrating issue
Teacher Article

Peer Observations

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
The advantages and disadvantages of peer observations
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Things to put in a Self Access Centre or Student Library

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Some suggestions for organising and equipping a Learning Resource Centre
Teacher Article

Why do my students question me?

Category: Teaching English Topic: Adjectives and Adverbs
Who's in charge in the classroom?
Teacher Article

Why your students have problems with listening comprehension

Category: Teaching English Topic: Adjectives and Adverbs
A look at why learners may find listening difficult
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Why your students speak L1 in class

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Some reasons why students speak their own language in English classes
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Why your students don't do their homework

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Reasons for students not doing their homework, with suggestions to deal with the problem
Teacher Article

Setting up workshops for teachers

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Some tips on how you can make workshops work well
Teacher Article

Setting up a TEFL certificate course- Advantages & Disadvantages

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
The pros and cons of setting-up a TEFL certificate course from personal experience
Teacher Article

Setting up a TEFL certificate course

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Personal experiences in setting up a TEFL Certificate course
Teacher Article

The perfect job reference for a teacher trainer

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
How to get a decent reference for a position as teacher trainer
Teacher Article

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

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
The CV for those specialising in ESL examinations
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The perfect CV and cover letter for a TEFL young learners teacher

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
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 manager

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Tips for writing a CV for a Director of Studies position
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The perfect CV and cover letter for a teacher trainer

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
How to secure a job as a teacher trainer
Teacher Article

IELTS Academic Reading, Locating information task- Tips for Teachers

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Tips for helping students with this section of the IELTS exam
Teacher Article

Making textbook listenings manageable and fun

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Tips for handling listening activities
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The perfect CV and cover letter for a TEFL teacher

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Tips for a CV for teaching general English to adults
Teacher Article

Doing something with Christmas songs

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
How you can use Xmas songs in the classroom
Teacher Article

Putting the Grammar back into Christmas

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
Putting the seasonal cheer back into grammar
Teacher Article

Combining Christmas with a Young Learners' Syllabus

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
How to combine Christmas with a Kindergarten/ Pre-school/ Very Young Learners English Syllabus
Teacher Article

Christmas vocabulary you can mime

Category: Teaching English Topic: General
Ideas on miming vocab associated with Xmas
Teacher Article

Getting published in TEFL Part One- Choosing a route

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
A look at the options available to people wanting to publish in ESL
Teacher Article

Career paths in ELT publishing Part Two

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
How an ESL teacher can get into publishing Part 2
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Testing and reviewing new EFL materials

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
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
Teacher Article

Tips for the automated teacher

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Keeping your self-motivation up and the experience new as the years go by
Teacher Article

Career paths in ELT publishing

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
How an ESL teacher can get into publishing
Teacher Article

Using poetry to help with pronunciation

Category: Teaching English Topic: Pronunciation
How poetry can help young learners with pronunciation
Teacher Article

Using songs with young learners

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Why and how to use songs with young children
Teacher Article

The other side of the mirror

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
ESL students offer their opinions of good language teaching.
Teacher Article

Creating a quality language test

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
A look at how to write a good language test.
Teacher Article

Quotations for Motivation in the ESL Classroom

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
A look at how quotations can be used in the ESL classroom to motivate students.
Teacher Article

Rhymes and Crafts

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
Using rhymes and crafts in the ESL classroom
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Teaching Speaking & Conversation

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
In what ways can conversation be regarded as a skill? How might this influence our approach to teaching it?
Teacher Article

Video in EFL Classrooms

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
How to develop video materials for EFL classes
Teacher Article

Debate on Culture in English as a foreign language classrooms

Category: Teaching English Topic: Learning and Teaching
What role does culture play in the foreign or second language classroom