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Teaching English to Chinese Speakers: 9 Major Differences to Be Aware Of


Quick, name a mythical creature!

All right, what was your answer?

Unicorn? Dragon? Mermaid?

Someone from China might have also answered “qilin,” the hooved creature pictured above, which is a good omen.

Mythical creatures are obviously not the …

How to Teach Practical ESL Lessons to Adults with Real-world English Needs


Life is full of starts and stops.

That is why lots of adults who are learning ESL are what we call false beginners.

They feel and act like they are beginners, but they have actually tried to learn …

60+ ESL Writing Assignments, and 5 Ways to Open with a Bang


From a student’s point of view, writing assignments are something to dread.

But from an ESL teacher’s point of view, they should be a challenge worth accepting.

The challenge for you is getting your students motivated enough to actually be …

5 Endlessly Fun ESL Games for Kindergarteners


Wish you had games to keep your youngsters engaged?

That is, games which won’t require translating into their native language?

Playing fun cooperative games that were created for this age group will keep your kindergarteners involved, laughing and learning.…

Crafts Made Simple: 4 Delightful Paper Activities Your ESL Students Will Love


Crafts are an incredible way to teach language through creation.

No matter your students’ ability level, a craft activity offers the perfect way to get away from chalk-and-talk and endless worksheets.

They’ll get every student engaged and focused, …

The Ultimate Guide to ELL Support: 21 Ways to Show Your ELL Students Some Love

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Teaching any kind of class can be challenging—and equally rewarding.

The results you get from your students are directly related to how much energy and enthusiasm you put into your teaching.

You want to do the best for your students, …

ESL Pronunciation Explained: The 10 Elements of Proper English Pronunciation

esl pronunciation

Mentioning pronunciation in the ESL classroom opens up a whole can of worms.

The trick with being an ESL teacher is that all the concepts you’re teaching are intuitive to you.

You know how to do it all. You’ve been …