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The Movie Clip Trick: How to Make ESL Lesson Plans Based on Feature Films


A picture is worth a thousand words, as the old saying goes.

So, how many words is a movie worth?

Regardless of the actual number, it’s clear that movies are a great way to engage learners.

And the best …

ESL Technology Straight Out of the Classroom of Tomorrow!


Being in an ESL classroom, especially one full of young kids, can make us teachers privy to the latest fashions and trends.

While some may be best confined to the past—bottle flip challenge, anyone?—it’s important to …

7 ESL Resources for Teachers to Keep in Their Back Pockets


We’ve all been in a lesson where our planned activities simply aren’t working out like we’d hoped.

Sometimes you fly through an activity at the speed of light, and find yourself with more class time than anticipated.

Other times, …

Easy ESL Games That Give Beginners Another Path to Fluency


All work and no play makes Jack a dull ESL student.

If you want to really get your students excited and engaged with the language, it’s all about the games.

Beginner students need to deal with a huge amount