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5 Approaches to Add Variety to Your Methodology of Teaching English

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Know what my biggest mistake as a teacher was?

I was married to only one teaching methodology.

And just like any marriage, I needed to spice things up after a while.

When I started teaching some 20 years ago, my …

Never a Dull Moment: Create Engaging Lessons with ESL Classroom Posters

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Ever feel like the more you explain something, the more confused your students become?

I’ve been there as a teacher many times.

When I first started out, I didn’t get my students.

My classes were built around my own learning …

Razzle Dazzle Your Students with These 5 ESL Video Activities


Could you imagine eating mashed potatoes every day for the rest of your life?

Sounds unpleasant, right?

I mean, potatoes are great, but nobody wants to be fed the same thing every single day.

So, why do so many teachers …

The 6 Best Apps for High School English Teachers

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Doesn’t it seem like teenagers live on technology? Literally.

It’s almost as if their phones and tablets are an extension of them.

Whether you’re an ESL instructor working with a bunch of teenage English language learners, or you’re teaching English …

6 Ways to Ace Your Next ESL Listening Assessment


Want to hear a secret?

I don’t like taking tests.

In my 20 years of teaching, I’ve yet to run into anyone passionate about taking tests. Why? Because they can be stressful.

Students spend all week studying material, only to …

The MOOC Solution: How to Become a Better ESL Teacher


Want to know what makes a teacher great?

Hint: It’s not having the best resources in the classroom.

Give up?

A great teacher is someone who never stops learning. Instead of sticking to the old and outdated methods of yesterday, …

4 New Approaches to Teaching English: Give the People What They Want!


Ever get tired of seeing the same old teaching routines?

I can still remember my old high school French lessons.

Every day our teacher served up the same menu: Memorizing verbs, answering worksheets, taking dictation and repeating, repeating, repeating.

But …