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6 ESL Professional Development Ideas to Help Build the Perfect Teaching Staff

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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

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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

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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, …

Conversation Training Wheels: How to Successfully Teach Real English with Prepared Dialogues

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Um… uh… well…

No matter your native language, you’ve probably had one of those moments where you just didn’t know what to say.

Maybe it was when a professor called on you while you were daydreaming about your weekend. …

Be Prepared: Crucial Interview Questions for English Teachers Applying Abroad

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Have you ever had an interview that was an absolute disaster?

The first interview I had after graduating college was with a marketing firm. I showed up to the meeting unprepared and overconfident.

Then they asked me which project in …

Hoppy Easter! 6 Energetic, Engaging Easter ESL Activities

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As a kid, I remember waking up every Easter morning to a basket filled with chocolate and sweets.

I also remember eating as much candy as humanly possible, only to pass out a few minutes later from an intense sugar …

Mind Your Manners! Helping Students Ask for Clarification in the ESL Classroom

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Tired of hearing “What?!” or “Huh?” or “Repeat!” in your ESL classroom?

I was too.

At first, it was really awkward for me.

I was confused why my otherwise lovely students seemed so irritated.

While usually polite and friendly, …