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4 Types of Challenging EFL Students and Tips for the ALTs Teaching Them

4 types of challenging efl students and tips for the alts teaching them

The teaching position of ALT, Assistant Language Teacher, is an interesting phenomenon.

That’s right, it’s not just a job — it’s a phenomenon.

It’s one of the most common positions in the EFL community (at least in East Asia) and …

6 Strategies to Keep the Perfect Volume Level in Your ESL Classroom

6 key strategies to keep the perfect volume level in your esl classroom

Have you ever been playing a fun game or doing an exciting activity in class, but then lost control of the rising volume?

Or how about the opposite, a time where you’ve planned an awesome activity—like a debate using

Blurred Lines: Cross-cultural Communication Tips for the ESL Classroom

cross-cultural communication tips for the ESL classroom

Could you teach the phrase “ballpark estimate” without mentioning America’s baseball culture?

Or what about the reverse: culture without language? Could you introduce American dessert culture—take delicious pie for example—without also teaching phrases like “easy as pie” or “American pie”?…

Teaching English with Music: 4 Effective Ways to Use Music in the ESL Classroom


Do you have a CD player in your ESL classroom?

Or how about any other music-playing device?

All right, those of you who answered yes: Could you ever see yourself getting rid of your music player?

I hope you screamed …

How to Add Excitement to Your EFL Activities: Multisensory Learning

add excitement to your efl activities with multisensory learning

Have you seen the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”?

Anyone?… anyone?

Remember Ferris’s boring high school economics teacher played by Ben Stein, who could put anyone to sleep with his monotonous voice?

Anyone?… anyone?

If you’re unfamiliar with the movie, …

4 Awesome Holiday Culture Lessons and Activities for the ESL Classroom


Ah, November and December.

The weather changes, clothing adjusts to match the new season and attention drifts from the classrooms to the holidays – for both teachers and students.

Regardless of the country, this period from late November to early …