Author Archive | Shane Mac Donnchaidh

Stay Ready! 5 Knockout Strategies for Everyday English Language Learning


You stare across the classroom at your students, their eyes locked on your every move.

“Are you ready?” you ask, “you’d better be, because it is time!

As a teacher you need a wide array of skills to …

Want to Become a Great EAL Teacher? Here Are 5 Valuable Tips to Keep You on the Right Path


You have a passion for language, don’t you?

A desire to share the intricacies of your mother tongue with others who are hungry to learn?

Or perhaps, after several years overseas on the ESL trail, you’ve decided the lure …

9 ESL Vocabulary Activities to Build Up Your Students’ Word Stores

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Most adult native English speakers possess an active vocabulary of anywhere from 20,000 to 35,000 words.

That means gaining fluency in English requires the accumulation of loads of vocabulary!

In light of this, it stands to reason that …

5 Ingredients for ESL Essay Writing That Would Tempt the Hamburglar


What is the hamburger essay and why is it a great main course when serving up ESL writing lessons?

With over 700 million people speaking English as a second language, along with the status of English as the international …

Ghost Stories: 3 Great Storytelling Tricks to Treat Your ESL Students This Halloween

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Halloween has crept up on us once again.

On the 31st of October we mark this ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain, when the veil between this world of the living and the realm of the dead drops. A time …

Storytelling 101: 6 Engaging Writing Activities for ESL Students


Once upon a time, I was teaching an ESL class full of teenagers in a quiet, northern Thai town.

They were ready to write, I was sure. They, however, were not so convinced.

No matter how I implored, cajoled, …

Get it Together, Teach! 8 Crucial Elements of Superb ESL Classroom Management


Teaching is only the half of it.

As an ESL educator, a large part of your “teaching” time will be spent not developing lesson plans or introducing new material, but doing something else entirely.

This time will be spent simply …