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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 ESL Culture Questions to Spark Conversation in the Classroom


Have you ever experienced culture shock?

If you’re teaching ESL abroad, it’s likely that you have. When you go to any new country, there’s a period of adjustment as you get used to your new way of life.

One great …

Jump into Action: How ESL Teacher Training Makes You a Better Teacher


Making the initial jump into the world of teaching ESL can be scary.

The idea of teaching a class for the first time is daunting enough, but when you’re teaching a second language, things get even more complicated.

You may …

Turn Up the Heat with These 5 ESL Cooking Lesson Activities


Hey, want to cook up some new activities for your students?

Everyone likes talking about food, but how do you bring that into the classroom?

If your ideas are only half-baked, you might need a little help. We’ve got just …

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, …

Don’t Touch That Dial! 6 Activities for Your Next ESL TV Lesson Plan


You know what goes hand in hand with watching TV?

It’s not snacks and comfy chairs—it’s learning a new language.

Don’t believe me? Then ask your students what their hobbies are and see how many of them love watching …

Make Your Job Easier with These 9 ESL Resources for High School Teachers


Ever had those days where it felt like nothing was working?

Maybe your lesson was a bit ho-hum, or perhaps the students were giving you an especially hard time that day.

By the end of the class, you probably wanted …