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5 English Grammar Worksheets and How to Use Them Effectively

Worksheets get a bad rap. Some educators claim they’re old-fashioned and outdated ways to teach. But worksheets don’t do the teaching. That’s up to you. They’re just here to help. Worksheets provide extra tips, help students practice and allow …

Become a Professional English Teacher in 6 Easy Steps

Teaching is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world. There’s nothing quite like watching your students succeed. When they pass their exams, get promotions at work or start studying abroad, it fills you with a sense of pride.…

5 Must-use Exercises for Teaching ESL Modal Verbs

What do Bob Marley, The Clash and Mary J. Blige have in common? When Bob Marley sang “Could you be loved?” he was using modal verbs. The Clash did the same with the immortal line, “Should I stay or should …

4 Authentic Activities on Teaching English for Hotels

I always make a point of asking new students why they want to learn English. Most say they want to get jobs in international companies or get better grades. Then there was one student who exclaimed: “I want to get …

5 IRL Activities for a Texting Lesson Plan

What was the last text you sent? Chances are it contains some kind of acronym or abbreviation. We use ones like “LOL”, “TBH” and “XO” so much that they’re creeping into our spoken vocabulary, too. Using slang over text is …

5 Activities That Upgrade Your ESL Technology Lesson Plan

Technology is ever-changing, and so are our classrooms. Ever listened to your students talk about their favorite gadgets, only to wonder whether they were even speaking English? As teachers, it can be hard to keep up to date with the …

5 Hair-raising Activities for Your Halloween English Lesson

“Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble.” We often hear these famous words uttered during Halloween, but do you know where they actually came from? Originally, they were spoken by the witches in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Creepy creatures, …

How to Nail Your ESL Demo Lessons and Land a Teaching Job

A row of bored-looking kids (or adults) sits staring at you, waiting. Your task is to entertain and educate these individuals in a way that sets you apart from the competition. No, you’re not a clown in a circus. Though …

12 Activities for Teaching ESL Students About British Culture

Ask your ESL students what comes to mind when they think of England. The responses will inevitably include “football/soccer,” “Big Ben” or “drinking tea.” These are definitely all things Great Britain is known for. But British culture is more than …

5 Easy TED Talks for ESL Students to Listen To

Every ESL teacher has seen at least one TED Talk at this point. It seems like there are millions of those videos out there. And our colleagues never stop sharing them! They cover every single topic you could imagine—technology, finances, …

9 Innovative Ways to Teach ESL Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

Dearly beloved… Wait, scratch that. Haven’t we had enough of the old-timey Valentine’s Day routine? Let’s step away from the heart-shaped chocolate boxes, the Hallmark cards and the tired old ESL Valentine’s Day lessons. There are so many fresh, …