Author Archive | Brandon Harville

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 …

Instant ESL Video Activities: 3 Resources, 3 Lesson Ideas

Ready to brew up some video activities for your ESL class from scratch? It’s okay if you’re thinking, “No, not really.” Maybe brainstorming fun and creative ways to use video just isn’t your teacherly cup of tea. But remember, when …

8 A+ English Language Lab Ideas to Supercharge Your Teaching

I was originally opposed to the concept of language labs. I thought they were impersonal, outdated and not as effective as having actual face-to-face instruction time. I thought of the language labs I knew as an early ESL teacher and …

Teaching ESL as a Career: How to Start and Make the Most of It

With the world becoming a more connected place, the demand for English speakers is at an all-time high. This also means there’s a higher demand for skilled English teachers to teach people how to navigate the English-speaking world in various …

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 …

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, …

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 …