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7 Awesome ESL Video Resources, and How to Use 'Em!


Remember movie day in class when you were a student?

It used to make me dance at my desk.

For most students, it’s exciting to see that TV rolled in or that projection screen pulled down. It means there’ll …

Start on the Right Foot: 5 Tips for a Successful First ESL Lesson


Early in my days as an English teacher, I was once thrown into a classroom of elementary students without any prior preparation.

How do you think that went?

As you would expect, it was chaos.

I had no idea about …

Find the Perfect Books for ELL Students of Any Level


I had that nightmare again last night.

The one where I’m standing in front of my ELL class with a huge, horribly dusty old textbook.

No one is paying attention. No one turned in any homework. I say to myself, …

Teaching ESL for Teens? 4 Ways to Ensure That Your Lessons Don’t Fall Flat


I remember the first time I stood in front of a classroom full of teenage ESL students.

They were apathetic, tired and clearly didn’t want to be there. Every day, my students would come to class with the same …

The 5 Top Types of DIY Homework Assignments That ESL Students Love


Did you ever have that one teacher who went the extra mile?

When I had a teacher who devoted their time to developing exciting material, I was much more engaged in the learning experience.

The lessons and homework …

4 Endlessly Interesting ESL Topics to Liven Up Your Classroom


Harvard professor Howard Gardner came up with the theory of multiple intelligences.

This theory states that individuals learn differently, and what works for one student might not be as effective for another.

Unfortunately, many of the ESL curricula …