Author Archive | Shane Mac Donnchaidh

5 Action-packed Discussion Activities for Your Advanced ESL Students


It’s time for your intermediate students to leave the paint-by-numbers shores of English.

But as they set sail into the expansive oceans of advanced learning, make sure your learners aren’t swept adrift!

One great solution that’ll keep your students …

9 ESL Reading Exercises for More Complete Comprehension


Reading is important. No doubt about it.

While it is often referred to as a “passive” skill in language learning along with listening, it is no easy tiger to tame.

It requires focus, motivation and knowledge.

Fortunately, as with …

8 Smart Ways to Rock EAL Assessment in the Classroom

For a teacher, assessment can be exhausting.

You may even think of it as the bane of your working life.

It can seem endless and, even worse, at times it can seem pointless: reams of paperwork imposed from on high …

7 Things Every ESL Teacher Should Teach Students About Essay Writing


“Every good story has a beginning, a middle and an end.”

Many of us recall our teachers drilling this writer’s mantra into us and our fellow students.

This is as true for a good essay as it is for a

Speedy Learning Strategies: 5 Easy Ways You Can Help Your ELL Students Get Fluent Faster

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There are many hurdles on the path to English fluency.

Learners may understandably get discouraged.

The way to fluency can hold even more pressure for ELLs (English Language Learners) who are trying to learn the language while keeping up with

5 Brilliant Techniques to Help ESL Students Thread Through Writing

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The writer: an almost mythical creature.

Alone and aloof, at the mercy of some ethereal muse and her whims.

How can we hope to inculcate the skills of the mysterious discipline in our ESL students when it can seem an …

Guesswork, Improv and More: 5 Exciting Drama Activities for Teaching ESL

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It has been widely argued that speech makes up only a fraction of human communication.

The researcher Albert Mehrabian famously broke it down as follows: 55% of communication is through body language, 38% is tone of voice and a …