Author Archive | susanverner

9 ESL Homework Ideas That Will Have Students Begging for More


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!


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


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


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


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 …

Take a Bite Out of Dull ESL Classes with Apples to Apples!


Teaching and apples have gone hand in hand for far longer than any of today’s teachers have been in the classroom.

The classic picture of an apple on the teacher’s desk is one we all know, and odds are that, …

6 Dazzling Movies for ESL Students with 12 Targeted Activities


Reading, writing and ‘rithmetic might traditionally go together.

And of course there’s that other great combo for the ESL classroommovies and books.

In native speaking classrooms, many teachers start with students reading a book and then …