Author Archive | Emily Monaco

5 Star-studded Activities for Advanced ESL Students

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 …

3 ESL Lesson Plan Ideas That Make Summer School a Blast

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 …

It’s a Cinch! 3 Steps for Teaching English Idioms at Any Level

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 …

Brain Candy: 5 Superb Games for Teaching Phrasal Verbs

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 …

5 ESL Literature Lesson Plans Based on Great American Books

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…

9 Hip Modern Songs for Teaching English to All Levels

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 …

10 Simple Rules That Work for ESL Teachers

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 …

5 Great ESL Number Games You Can Count On!

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.…

5 Fun ESL Classroom Games for Getting to Know Each Other

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 …

Gettin’ Musical: 5 Great Songs for Teaching ESL to Kids

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 …

3 Awesome Listening Activities for Your Advanced ESL Students

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 …