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Assessment Gold: 3 Cloze Exercise Variations to Keep Tabs on Student Understanding

esl cloze exercises

Some people think “cloze” is a synonym for “lazy.”

In reality, it is simply a fancy word for filling in the gaps.

In ESL, “gap-fill” or “fill-in-the-blank” are the more common names.

These gap-fill-style exercises have gotten a bad rap …

Laugh Away: 6 Ridiculously Funny Short Stories for Memorable ESL Lessons


I have a 3-for-1 deal you can’t miss!

There is a slick teaching tool which can be used as a filler, a full lesson or an introduction to a new topic.

If that’s not enough, this tool is authentic and …

5 ESL Film Lessons to Make “Movie Day” Your Most Productive Day

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Audrey Hepburn famously said “everything I learned, I learned from the movies.”

This may be a slight exaggeration, but films really are an excellent tool for teaching—especially when it comes to English.

We often think about film lessons as …

Golden Oldies: 6 Fresh Ways to Reinvent Classic ESL Classroom Activities


TGIF, man.

The weekend is calling.

You’re struggling to think of ideas. The students have played all of your games 50 times each, and even that trusty fail-safe game is starting to get some groans from the kids. You shudder …

2 Types of Motivation to Get Your ESL Students to Love Learning English

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It’s 6 a.m. and your alarm is buzzing through the pillow. It’s cold and dark outside, and the last thing you want to do is wake up and get ready to teach.

Motivation. Some teachers always have it, and …