Category: Teaching Tips

Tips and advice on how to teach specific subjects to learners of the English language.

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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 future time expressions

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Future Forms
Teaching tips and classroom activities for future times like "in two days", "within five working days" and "by the end of this week", including common issues with future time expressions.
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How to teach prepositions of time

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Prepositions
Teaching tips and classroom games and activities for time expressions with at, in, on, no preposition etc
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How to teach English plurals

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Nouns
Teaching tips, games and other classroom activities for regular and irregular plural nouns.
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How to teach telling the time in English

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: General
Teaching tips and classroom games/ activities for "seven o'clock", "nine p.m.", "sixteen hundred hours", etc.
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How to teach irregular plurals

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Nouns
Teaching tips and classroom activities for plurals without -s like "children", "sheep" and "alumni"
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How to teach ordinal numbers to EFL learners

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Vocabulary
Teaching tips, games and other classroom practice for first, second, third, etc.
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How to teach dates in English

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Vocabulary
Classroom games and teaching tips for "The first of December two thousand and one", "January twenty second nineteen seventy", etc.
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How to teach months

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Vocabulary
Games and other classroom activities to help students memorise and be able to use months from January to December
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How to teach days of the week in English

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Vocabulary
Teachings tips, games and other classroom activities for memorising how to say and spell Monday, Tuesday, etc.
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How to teach short answers

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Questions
Teaching tips and game ideas for short answers like "Yes, I do", "No, he hasn't" and "Yes, there are"
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How to teach Yes/ No questions

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Questions
Teaching tips and classroom games/ activities to present and practise Yes/ No questions like "Is this umbrella yours?" and "Did you have a good time?"
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How to teach country and nationality words

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: General
Teaching tips and classroom activities for helping students France/ French, Switzerland/ Swiss, etc.
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How to teach comparative and superlative adjectives

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Comparatives & Superlatives
Teaching ideas and stimulating practice activities for adjectives with more, most, -er and - est.
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How to teach Latin abbreviations

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Vocabulary
How to present and practise English abbreviations that come from Latin such as "e.g.", "i.e." and "PS"
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How to teach abbreviations

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: General
Ways to present and practise short forms of words and expressions such as "info", "lab", "50p" and "PS".
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How to teach acronyms

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: General
How to present and practise the meaning and use of abbreviations like "ASAP", "IoT" and "VIP"
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How to teach colour word recognition

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Vocabulary
A complete guide to teaching students how to understand written colour words, including fun word recognition games.
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How to use Colouring-in in ESL Classes

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: General
How to usefully, efficiently and productively use colouring in to teach all kinds of language and skills
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How to teach colour vocabulary in ESL classes

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: General
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.
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How to teach opposites

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Adjectives and Adverbs
Tips on teaching adjective opposites, verbs with opposite meanings, etc.
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How to teach gradable and extreme adjectives

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Adjectives and Adverbs
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.
Learner Article

How to teach -ed and -ing adjectives

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: General
Teaching techniques and classroom activities for adjectives that end in ed and ing like bored/ boring and tired/ tiring.
Teacher Article

How to teach shopping language

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: General
Teaching suggestions and classroom activities for shopping phrases and language for shop staff.
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How to teach 'can' and 'can't' for ability

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Modals
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.
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How to teach Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Use of English key word sentence transformations

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
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.
Teacher Article

How to teach possessive adjectives

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Adjectives and Adverbs
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 the zero conditional

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Conditionals
Teaching tips and fun classroom activities for "If…" with Present Simple, modal verbs and imperatives, including 18 Zero Conditional games.
Learner Article

How to teach English syllables

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Syllables
Teaching counting and pronouncing the right number of beats in English words.
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How to teach Cambridge First Certificate Listening Part Four

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
Hints and classroom activities for the last part of the Cambridge English: First (FCE) listening test
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How to teach FCE Listening Part Two gapfill tasks

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
Exam tips and stimulating classroom activities for the Cambridge First Certificate Listening Part Two fill the gaps task.
Learner Article

How to teach like and would like

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Learning and Teaching
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 frequency expressions (adverbs of frequency etc)

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Adjectives and Adverbs
Teaching tips on and activities for expressions like "usually", "twice a week", "once every two weeks" and "every morning".
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How to teach There is & There are

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Verbs and Tenses
Teaching tips and interactive classroom activities for "There is/ are" and its negative and question forms.
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How to teach Cambridge First Certificate Writing Part One essays

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: General
Teaching tips and classroom activities for the essay task in the updated FCE exam from January 2015.
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How to teach the language of trends

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Vocabulary
Presentation and stimulating practice for describing changes, one of the most important kinds of business/ ESP language.
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How to teach FCE Use of English Part Two open cloze

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
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 comparing and contrasting

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Comparatives & Superlatives
How to go far beyond "more" or "er" in describing similarities and differences.
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How to teach hedging and generalising

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Learning and Teaching
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 advantages and disadvantages- looking at both sides

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Learning and Teaching
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 supporting your arguments

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Learning and Teaching
Presentation and practice for the most important part of giving opinions.
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How to teach Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Speaking Part Three

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
How to present and practise useful language for the Cambridge FCE collaborative task.
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How to test and teach detailed comprehension

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Functions & Text
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 teach the language of likes and dislikes

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Learning and Teaching
Stimulating presentation and practice of language for expressing preferences, with useful phrases and common student difficulties.
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How to teach Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Listening Part One

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
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 Two

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
How to present and practise useful language for the Cambridge FCE comparing pictures long turn task.
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How to teach Cambridge First Certificate (FCE) Speaking Part One

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
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 transport vocabulary to young learners

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Vocabulary
Lots of things to teach about transportation and how to do so
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How to teach turn taking

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Learning and Teaching
Teaching polite interrupting, getting back on track, etc.
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How to teach and use the language of newspaper headlines

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Functions & Text
Lessons to help students understand newspaper headlines
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How to teach checking and clarifying

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Learning and Teaching
Teaching how to ask for and give confirmation of meaning without sounding rude.
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How to write and publish TEFL articles

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Learning and Teaching
The process by which you can go about writing and publishing articles on teaching English as a foreign language.
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How to teach the Past Simple tense

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Past Simple
Issues, teaching ideas and games for "wanted, "passed", "did", "went", "saw" etc.
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How to teach It is/ They are

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: General
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 IELTS Speaking Part Two

Category: Teaching Tips Topic: Exam Traps and Tricks
A look at the second part of the IELTS Speaking Test