Ever had a student who can quote any episode of “How I Met Your Mother” but can’t conjugate irregular verbs?
How about a student who can send text messages in English but clams up when it’s time to speak?…
Too often, the quantity of English speaking time is given priority over the quality of the speaking time.
While it’s important to get your ESL students talking, it’s even more important to get them talking well.
But how do …
School’s out for summer!
Except… when it comes to summer school students.
Whether students are trying to get a head start on next year’s work or catching up on things they missed, it can be tough to motivate summer school …
Looking for a way to enrich your ESL students’ learning experience?
Look no further than history!
Bringing culture into the classroom is a great way to get your students interested in learning, and American history is one of the …
Good news: You don’t need a pair of Dorothy’s red ruby slippers to instantly transport yourself elsewhere.
In fact, you can take your entire ESL class with you on a trip without packing a single bag.
Since world travel is …
Think teaching English idioms is too tough?
Hold your horses!
We’re about to let the cat out of the bag—there’s a great trick for making English idiom lessons simple, practical and effective.
English idiomatic expressions, like idiomatic expressions in …
Do away with boring exercises.
Throw out that dull worksheet.
It’s time to figure out a more amusing way to approach phrasal verbs!
Phrasal verbs can be a tough element of ESL to approach with your class. Your students …
Roses are red, green is the grass.
Now you can teach Valentine’s Day lessons in your English class!
So, let’s talk about love for ESL students. No, we are not going to be playing matchmaker—at least not intentionally. We are …
While Thanksgiving is celebrated in both the United States and in Canada, the holidays take place one month apart and have different histories.
The two-day lesson below is better geared towards a celebration of American Thanksgiving, but feel free to …
If you love teaching English, you probably love literature!
And as a teacher, there’s no greater pleasure than sharing your favorite books with your students.
But how should you go about teaching ESL literature to your intermediate and advanced students…
When you read, you begin with…ABC!
Maria from “The Sound of Music” sure knew what she was talking about.
Setting words to music is a great way to boost your students’ language retention and teach them lessons in a …
“All right everyone, pair up!”
This sentence can be met in many ways.
Blank stares. Two class troublemakers reaching for each other’s hands.
The shy kid in the class trying very hard to become invisible.
It’s no secret, getting students …
One of the first things you do when you start a new class is lay out the rules.
Raise your hand!
Eyes on your own work!
But it’s time for teachers to learn the ESL rules–after all, if you’re teaching …
Want the secret formula for teaching numbers to ESL students?
You know, something that could help them learn their 1, 2, 3’s — and still let ’em have fun while doing it.
We have the solution to this tricky expression.…
Let’s face it: grammar lessons are often a bore.
And not just for students!
If you’re tired of doing the same old exercises, we’ve got a solution for ya.
We’re going to help you integrate grammar games into your lesson …
The ESL classroom can be a lively, dynamic environment.
With the right guidance, students can work and learn together — pushing each other farther, faster.
However, getting a group of students to cooperate and stay positive is easier said than …
Need to get your ESL students up and moving?
Your lessons lacking a bit of a punch?
Try teaching through song!
It’s been proven that songs help us memorize, so take advantage of your students’ ability to commit information …
So, your advanced ESL students are bored with old-fashioned cassette tapes.
Of course they are — I mean, where did you even find cassette tapes?
Want to reward hard-working English students with some fun listening activities?
Then ditch those ancient …