Author Archive | Elena Chou

5 Creative ESL Reading Comprehension Activities Your Students Will Love


Do your ESL students sometimes struggle to understand what they’ve read?

Are you starting to feel guilty every time you use another one of those pre-made comprehension worksheets?

Don’t have time to figure out how to spice things up

4 Creative Ways to Use Authentic Materials for Teaching English


Set aside those amazing ESL curriculum and teaching materials for a sec.

I want to put something else in your hands: authentic materials.

Can you feel the power they hold?

Can you see the various forms they take?

Do …

8 Keys for Bringing Comprehensible Input into Your ESL Classroom

7 keys to giving your esl classroom the comprehensible input it seriously needs

Think of your students like robots.

Set aside the emotions, opinions, personalities and individual learning styles for a sec.

Your job as ESL teacher is to give your little robots the correct input.

Otherwise you won’t get the right output …

5 ESL Listening Exercises to Sharpen Your Students’ Ears

5 esl listening activities to sharpen your students' ears

All we hear defines the world around us.

Whether you’re hearing a child’s laughter, a babbling book or a frat boy belching in your ear — sounds shape our world.

Listening is a major part of life experience.

Unfortunately, lots …

7 Learning Styles: An ESL Teaching Strategy That Works

7 learning styles how to get any esl student hooked on english

Feeling bogged down with lesson planning, paper grading and other mundane tasks?

Day-to-day ESL lessons aren’t only challenging for your students.

They’re challenging for you as well.

It’s crucial that you develop teaching strategies that will inspire and motivate

5 Quick and Fun Verb Games to Liven Up Your ESL Classroom


“Fluffy cat sneaky mouse yummy cheese.”

What’s missing from that sentence?

Well verbs, of course!

Adding verbs between “fluffy cat,” “sneaky mouse” and “yummy cheese” immediately lets us enjoy the colors and energies of both language and imagination in full …