Author Archive | Brandon Harville

How to Set Up and Follow Through on an ESL Sports Lesson


My first ESL sports lesson can be described in four words:

Swing and a miss.

I made the mistake of teaching sports lessons straight from the textbook and not finding ways to use sports to engage with my students.…

Sitcoms in ESL Class? Why the “Friends” TV Series Is Fantastic for Teaching English


Are your students not getting your “Smelly Cat” references?

Or do they act completely oblivious when you shout “we were on a break!” at the end of each class recess?

If so, you might need to add some “Friends” into

9 Sites for Worksheets to Help Your EAL Classes Go Smoothly


Looking to fill awkward silences in your EAL class?

Wracking your brains to come up with unplanned activities on the fly?

Sometimes your lessons might go a little too well.

Students breeze through the textbook exercises in no time, and …

6 Brilliant English Classroom iPad Apps That’ll Make Teacher a Tech Whiz


Remember back when you were a student, when lessons were taught using chalkboards and overhead projectors?

It’s amazing that we learned as much as we did using such Stone Age technology in the classroom. I remember scrambling to write down …

6 ESL Professional Development Ideas to Learn and Grow as Teachers


Ever had one of those uh-oh moments that completely ruined your lesson?

One time when I was still training to be a teacher, I had lost my lesson plan minutes before my teaching assessment thanks to a computer outage. As …

How to Teach English to Kindergarteners: Tips and Activities You Can Rely On


It takes a special kind of person to teach kindergarteners.

I learned this lesson on my first day of teaching at an English academy for kindergarteners. I thought I was already prepared for the job because of my experience with …

Eco English: 5 Earth Day Activities for Your ESL Classroom


Ever feel like there’s more you could be doing for the environment?

Every few weeks, I like to wake up early on a Saturday morning and pick up trash along the beach. But no matter how often I do it, …