Category: Teaching English
Articles about teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)
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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.
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.
Well-known and "new classic" multipurpose card games for teaching English to adults and children.
Games for presentation, intensive practice and freer practice of useful phrases for this most difficult and critical of Business English skills.
Tips for getting an advantage in the very competitive field of writing about English language teaching.
Interactive games for speaking practice of am/ is/ are + ing.
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.
Mainly oral classroom practice activities for routines, habits and other meanings of the Present Simple, including describing processes.
An in-depth look at how to present grammar
Suggestions for useful and easy to write articles that any teacher at all could write at least one of.
Error correction in the EFL classroom
Using students' first languages in the classroom
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
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.
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.
Interesting activities and topics about the Middle Ages for ESL classes
Using the positive aspects of authentic texts, getting rid of the negative aspects, and deciding when graded texts might be better.
How to use a simple set of stackable blocks to practise a wide range of different grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, etc including personal questions, colours, numbers, there is/ there are, countable and uncountable, prepositions of position and phonics.
Ways of helping students learn by helping them learn to trust the teacher.
Making brainstorming more useful and fun
How an ESL teacher can get into publishing
How an ESL teacher can get into publishing Part 2
A checklist for English conversation schools if you're teaching kids for the first time
Ideas on miming vocab associated with Xmas
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".
Fun practice activities for adjective opposites, verbs with opposite meanings, etc.
Useful classroom language for ESL teachers for starting lessons
Useful Classroom Language for making things in class
Useful classroom language for teachers for finishing classes
The big list of useful classroom language when teaching pronunciation
Useful classroom language for teachers for doing listenings
Useful classroom language for teachers while using the board
How to combine Christmas with a Kindergarten/ Pre-school/ Very Young Learners English Syllabus
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
A look at how to write a good language test.
What role does culture play in the foreign or second language classroom
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.
The standard way of doing a listening with many small and large variations.
How you can use Xmas songs in the classroom
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.
How to make sure Cambridge FCE students get what they most need and the teacher finds out what you need to from day one
How to start the new school year teaching IELTS classes
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.
Activities that teach football vocabulary and other language
Stimulating activities for chunks of language
Stimulating speaking activities for adjective plus more or -er
Video tasks that can be used when practising future tenses and conditionals
Ways of practising the present simple and continuous with video
Games that are great practice for all three parts of the IELTS Speaking exam, either separately or together.
Reasons why everyone in TEFL should publish at least something, then how to choose what to do and to go about doing it.
A look at the options available to people wanting to publish in ESL
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.
What to do when the demands of the student and the person paying for the classes clash
Activities for history projects in the ESL classroom
Making a popular topic useful and suitable for all classes
Some tips on moving into teacher training
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.
Teaching techniques and classroom activities for adjectives that end in ed and ing like bored/ boring and tired/ tiring.
How to present and practise the meaning and use of abbreviations like "ASAP", "IoT" and "VIP"
Language and teaching ideas for examining both sides of an argument before reaching a conclusion in both speaking and writing
Lessons to help students understand newspaper headlines
Ways of teaching students how to improve their listening scores, and teaching them other useful stuff while they try to improve their listening scores.
What to teach students about the personal questions part of Cambridge FCE Speaking and how to practise it.
How to present and practise useful language for the Cambridge FCE collaborative task.
How to present and practise useful language for the Cambridge FCE comparing pictures long turn task.
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.
Hints and classroom activities for the last part of the Cambridge English: First (FCE) listening test
Teaching tips and classroom activities for the essay task in the updated FCE exam from January 2015.
Teaching how to ask for and give confirmation of meaning without sounding rude.
A complete guide to teaching students how to understand written colour words, including fun word recognition games.
Teaching ideas and stimulating practice activities for adjectives with more, most, -er and - est.
How to go far beyond "more" or "er" in describing similarities and differences.
Teaching tips and classroom activities for helping students France/ French, Switzerland/ Swiss, etc.
Teachings tips, games and other classroom activities for memorising how to say and spell Monday, Tuesday, etc.
Teaching counting and pronouncing the right number of beats in English words.
Exam tips and stimulating classroom activities for the Cambridge First Certificate Listening Part Two fill the gaps task.
Exam tips, self-study tips and stimulating classroom activities for the Cambridge First Certificate fill the gaps with one word task.
Teaching tips on and activities for expressions like "usually", "twice a week", "once every two weeks" and "every morning".
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.
How to teach and practise language to stop students overgeneralising and making stronger or more vague statements than they mean to
A look at the second part of the IELTS Speaking Test
Issues with "It is…"/ "They are…" or their contracted forms, plus how to present and 11 stimulating practice activities
How to present and practise English abbreviations that come from Latin such as "e.g.", "i.e." and "PS"
Teaching ideas for presenting and practising the differences between "like" for preferences and "would like" for desires etc, including many speaking games.
Tips on teaching adjective opposites, verbs with opposite meanings, etc.
Simple and fun ways of teaching and practising "my", "your", "his", "her", "its", "our" and "their", with 16 possessive adjective games.
Teaching suggestions and classroom activities for shopping phrases and language for shop staff.
Teaching tips and game ideas for short answers like "Yes, I do", "No, he hasn't" and "Yes, there are"
Presentation and practice for the most important part of giving opinions.
Stimulating presentation and practice of language for expressing preferences, with useful phrases and common student difficulties.
Presentation and stimulating practice for describing changes, one of the most important kinds of business/ ESP language.
Issues, teaching ideas and games for "wanted, "passed", "did", "went", "saw" etc.
Teaching tips and fun classroom activities for "If…" with Present Simple, modal verbs and imperatives, including 18 Zero Conditional games.
Teaching tips and interactive classroom activities for "There is/ are" and its negative and question forms.
Lots of things to teach about transportation and how to do so
Teaching polite interrupting, getting back on track, etc.
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?"
How to test how much students understand of a reading or listening text and make sure they understand more next time.
How to usefully, efficiently and productively use colouring in to teach all kinds of language and skills
The process by which you can go about writing and publishing articles on teaching English as a foreign language.
Tips for helping students with this section of the IELTS exam
Tips for handling listening activities
Teaching the popular topic of sport and using that topic to practise loads of other language.
Going a little and much further than talking about running, jumping and swimming.
The advantages and disadvantages of peer observations
Factors to include and think about when planning your first pre-school English class
Interesting activities and topics about prehistory and ancient history for ESL classes
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.
What you should do before teaching an EFL exam class for the first time.
Putting the seasonal cheer back into grammar
A look at how quotations can be used in the ESL classroom to motivate students.
Using rhymes and crafts in the ESL classroom
Personal experiences in setting up a TEFL Certificate course
The pros and cons of setting-up a TEFL certificate course from personal experience
Some tips on how you can make workshops work well
Going beyond students chatting about themselves.
Fun classroom speaking activities for be + past participle.
What do you do when you find that students are reluctant to ask questions about the class or their homework?
Intensive classroom practice activities of superlative adjectives and related language
A look at ways to teach countable and uncountable nouns
How to teach ESL to to students with Learning Difficulties
What students need to do near the beginning of the IELTS Speaking paper and how to prepare them to do so.
In what ways can conversation be regarded as a skill? How might this influence our approach to teaching it?
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
What are the advantages and disadvantages of "blind observation"- when someone checks everything but the lesson itself?
The advantages and disadvantages of eliciting in the EFL classroom… and how to exploit them
The top children's books for practising typical EFL language points, with interactive classroom activities for each picture book.
Useful words and phrases for using games in the ESL classroom
Useful phrases to end ESL classes
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.
A quick guide to putting someone in the right level, giving a good impression, and finding out other vital information as you do so.
Adapting the nice ideas of needs analysis and course design to the situations we actually teach in.
Error correction activities that aren't a waste of class time.
Interactive classroom activities for can and can't for ability, focussing on language that students really need.
ESL students offer their opinions of good language teaching.
How to secure a job as a teacher trainer
Tips for a CV for teaching general English to adults
What you need to include if you are applying to teach young learners
The CV for those specialising in ESL examinations
Tips for writing a CV for a Director of Studies position
How to get a decent reference for a position as teacher trainer
The three things students should concentrate on doing during their speaking tests.
Some suggestions for organising and equipping a Learning Resource Centre
Keeping your self-motivation up and the experience new as the years go by
Classroom language and tips for teaching texts
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
How poetry can help young learners with pronunciation
Why and how to use songs with young children
How to start the new school year when teaching very young learners
How to develop video materials for EFL classes
A selection of ideas for using video to teach specific grammar points and language skills
Activities to teach past tenses using video
Why did my foolproof activity just fail with that class? … and how to make sure it works again next time.
Who's in charge in the classroom?
Reasons for students not doing their homework, with suggestions to deal with the problem
Students are often less keen on pairwork than their teachers
A look at why learners may find listening difficult
A look at dictionaries in the classroom
Some reasons why students speak their own language in English classes
A look at a common and frustrating issue
An article about using Word Impact charts to channel vocabulary according to a person's age, gender, work, and attitude.