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What Is ESL Jeopardy for $200, Alex? A Great Way to Check Student Comprehension

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Can someone truly find love on a game show?

“The Bachelor” aside, love is possible, even on a show like “Jeopardy.” Just ask Maryanne Lewell and Michael Townes who met as contestants and went on to find their happily ever

Speak Easy: 7 ESL Icebreakers to Get Your Students Talking

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Is conversation frozen in your classroom?

Igniting colorful, sparkling speech is always a challenge in language classrooms.

And it’s especially difficult early in the semester or year, before your students are comfortable with you and with one another.

That’s where …

9 Entertaining ESL Homework Ideas to Improve Your Students’ Language Skills

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In other classrooms, students run out the first chance they get.

But not in your class.

You’re just wrapping up class when you hear someone call out from the back of the room, “Please, please, teacher, you forgot to give …

Use Blogs in Your ESL Class and Join the Blogosphere!

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What do the words photobomb, binge-watch, throw shade, face-palm, NSFW and trainwreck have in common?

No, I’m not talking about the movie “The Hangover” or your students’ stories about their crazy weekends.

These are …

5 Computer-friendly Ways to Upgrade Your ESL Classroom

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Do you ever feel like your classroom is more like one from “The Flintstones” than “The Jetsons”?

Are you ready to leave the Stone Age?

For many of us who are teaching today, we learned how to teach in the …

4 Awesome ESL Topics for Teenagers

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My high school years were the best years of my entire life. I would do anything if I could live them again.

My high school years were the worst years of my entire life. You couldn’t pay me a million …

6 Essential Ideas for Teaching English Creatively

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I’m not much of a fancy coffee drinker.

A little sugar and cream is generally all I need to be happily caffeinated.

But on a recent road trip I splurged. I got a very large, very chocolatey frozen coffee concoction …