Do you like diverse, rich culture? How about friendly people and some of the most delicious food you’ll ever eat?
If so, welcome to Mexico!
One of the most amazing locations to teach English abroad, Mexico is a kaleidoscope of …
We get it.
You just want to pack your bags and take the next flight out.
Maybe the Andes Mountains are calling to you. Or Brazil’s vibrant cities. Or Colombia’s rainbow-colored river.
There’s a lot that might draw you …
You have a 9 a.m. lesson with an English beginner in Tokyo.
At 10:30, you will run pronunciation drills with your student in Lima.
After that, you will help a Chinese speaker in Boston prepare for her first job interview …
Flying cars. Personal robots. Invisibility suits.
There are a lot of futuristic tech innovations we’re still waiting on.
But when it comes to ESL teaching, there’s no need to wait for the most powerful technology.
From gamified lessons to …
Meet your newest co-teacher: Spiderman.
You may have the teacher certification and the classroom experience, but Spiderman’s got something you don’t.
(Other than spidey-sense.)
He can bring the excitement of English video into your classroom.
If you’re looking for a …
Every so often, ESL teachers need to roll up their sleeves and do a bit of learning of their own!
And what better way to do that learning than by listening to ESL podcasts just for teachers?
Podcasts are entertaining …
What do you get when you combine the world’s hottest mobile game with ESL?
Let your students build confidence and communication as they learn, create and hunt Pokémon.
Pokémon ESL activities not only promote active learning in the …
What do the lions at the zoo have to do you with your EAL class?
Not much—unless you’re in the know about killer online EAL resources.
All it takes is an internet connection and a little creativity to get your …
Take your students around the world in one class period!
By using highly-engaging online ESL geography resources, you can map out culture and exciting destinations in English.
Let your students explore the majestic corners of the earth from their desks …
Want to strike lesson planning gold?
Well, you’re in luck. You won’t even need to set out on a treasure hunt.
A massive trove of ESL materials, lesson plans and activity ideas are just a few clicks away.
What two items would you bring if deserted on an island?
Your favorite book? Smartphone to send an S.O.S.? Your pooch?
This question is a favorite among native English speakers, and it’s a wonderful ESL filler activity that keeps your …
Getting playful with the English language is a great way to push your students’ creativity and show them how useful their knowledge really is.
And the best way to do that is with fun ESL games for the classroom!
A promising future for your ESL high school students starts right now.
Build confidence and communication now, and they will have all the skills they need to succeed later on.
They will be able to not just picture the …
Go ahead, flex your vocabulary teaching muscles.
We’re going to exercise those in a whole new way.
Enhance all your vocabulary lessons by building the four major language skills—speaking, listening, reading and writing—at the same time.
Teaching a …
Would your adult ESL students role play with troll dolls?
We highly doubt it.
Likewise, close those hefty textbooks and set aside those brain-numbing grammar worksheets, because ESL teaching materials are not a one-size-fits-all affair.
Your adult students want …
Want to see your EAL students bloom into bright, bilingual beings?
Planting the seed of one language and watching it sprout into two is what EAL is all about.
With the right teaching methods, your lessons can rain …
Teaching conversational English has many components, and it may call upon all your ESL teaching skills.
This makes having a few effective conversational English teaching tips in your pocket vital—for your students’ growth and your “teacher of the year” class …
The literary greats are in town.
And thanks to short stories, these famous authors are more accessible than ever.
Conveniently, such short stories can also illuminate an atmosphere of discussion, enthusiasm and confidence among your ESL students.
Have you ever thrown your hands up and rocked out in celebration?
You know, like when a lesson goes over extremely well with your students.
Or when you find a site that’s packed with ESL teaching gold.
Videos have …
Business English is no longer only about stats, margins and PowerPoint presentations!
Break those old business classroom rules, because this unique type of class has become a trending topic in the ESL world.
As with any hot topic, it …
So, your students just can’t curl their tongues around certain English words?
You’re in need of some pronunciation lesson support, before either you or they become frustrated!
Most ESL students are longing to sound a certain way.
They’re looking …
Warm up those vocal chords—it’s time to get those rambunctious kids singing in English!
Getting your young learners to tune into English is often challenging.
However, using the power of English songs to grab attention and get those little …
Dying to get your students to pay attention to you?
How would you like to have them hanging on your every word?
Bringing Total Physical Response (TPR) into your classroom will have them eagerly awaiting your commands!
Don’t believe …
Getting your students moving, wiggling and laughing is a hallmark of a successful classroom.
Want them hopping on one foot, rubbing their heads with their right hands as they pat their stomachs with their left?
Running around in circles, …
Ready, set, listen and lift off!
Are you using audio stories in your ESL classroom?
You should be, because they are a great way to get those English minds firing on all cylinders.
Developing an audio story for …
Building confidence in business is a lifelong gift you can give your students.
Never again will they clam up when coworkers make chit-chat.
No longer will their voices lose power during interviews and meetings.
Taking your ESL students to the …
Becoming an ESL teacher can actually be a very simple process.
However, at the beginning, it may strike you as a rather challenging prospect.
Overcoming the misconceptions and obtaining the facts about this teaching profession is essential.
You are about …
Make your cloze activities jump off the page and come alive!
With cloze exercises at the base, your students can explore historical events, practice their restaurant lingo and even get the inside scoop on the terms that are much needed …
“Can I get a slice of pizza, please?”
“I’ve been a professional tiger tooth cleaner for 10 years.”
Have you ever heard phrases like these come out of your students’ mouths?
You can spark interesting conversations by introducing role play …
Soon, “ESL” will have a whole new meaning in your class:
Exciting, Stress-free Learning!
That’s exactly the type of English learning you will see when your students play action-packed games.
Letting your students cut loose and have a bit …
Let’s get right on topic.
Yes, in this post, we’re going to get behind some excellent ways to introduce prepositions to your ESL students.
As you already know, prepositions are those bite-sized words that can often be confusing or …
Pair activities bring any ESL classroom to life.
Your students are likely excited at the mere hint of a pair activity.
Regardless of what skills you want to focus on, you can find a way for your students to …
Sublime English education content is right at your fingertips.
That’s right, it’s time to put down those textbooks and induce creative learning with interactive and engaging online material.
We’ve all had those teachers who put you to sleep.
Want to get your EAL students up, moving and jumping?
Want them speaking and eager to learn?
You can spark a fire in your students that will burn the entire class period.
Using activities that your students …
Did you ever make those macaroni angels at Christmastime when you were a kid?
Maybe you still break open a box of mac and cheese during the holiday season to “deck the halls.”
From glittery Easter eggs to dried pasta …
They say brevity is the soul of wit.
It may also be the soul of ESL reading practice!
Take a break from more formal ESL lessons and bring English to life with brief yet entertaining short stories.
Short stories strike …
Cue the zydeco, plate up some spicy gumbo and “let the good times roll!”
Mardi Gras is a special event. One for the sinners (and the purer folks who need a little break from purity) before Lent.
During Lent, …
Fresh and exciting new ESL material is at the tips of your fingers!
Seriously, it’s all just a tap or click away.
You may be aware of this already, considering you clicked your way over here, and we’re about …
Looking for reading exercises your students can really sink their teeth into?
So are they.
Your ESL students want to feel confident and secure navigating daily life in an English-speaking country.
They want to take imaginative journeys while sitting on …
Whether you’re a veteran educator or you’re just getting started, a little help can go a long way.
Sometimes you totally run out of ideas for lesson plans—sometimes your brain is overloaded with fantastic possibilities.
People working in …
Who doesn’t enjoy a well orchestrated scary story?
Goosebumps and dim, creepy classrooms emitting ghoulish glows are what Halloween ESL lessons are all about!
It is Halloween time once again, and your students may already be getting into the monstrous …
No more monkey business—let’s get down to dealing with phrasal verbs right away.
Let’s hang out!
Maybe we can put down some excellent thoughts about phrasal verbs together.
Hold on, I can’t hear you!
Phrasal verbs are everywhere in …
Wish you could create grammar lessons as appetizing as sugary treats?
Well, you absolutely can!
You don’t have to subject your students to boring, force-fed explanations of how English works.
In fact, you can’t afford to be boring—if you don’t …
Your students love movies.
It’s time to take advantage of that fact.
With the right film and a little creativity, you can develop a truly amazing lesson plan.
Using full movies in the classroom is a great way …
Your ESL students need to keep their English skills sharp at all times.
Otherwise, writing English will be as frustrating as cutting veggies with a dull blade.
It’s time for your students to put pen to paper and explore their …
Communication is the doorway to all that is possible.
That’s because other people lead us to new ideas, opportunities and experiences.
Now imagine all the amazing things your students will learn by speaking English.
That’s why we’re in the …
This just in: The news is about to become your favorite new classroom tool.
ESL students quickly evolve and grow into eager, news-thirsty knowledge seekers.
Thanks to their language classes, the world has become a little smaller. Your students are …
Want your students to be enthused, energetic learners?
Then I’ve got a secret for you.
It’s all in the lesson plan.
ESL lesson plans are the cornerstone to teaching.
What goes into a well-developed lesson plan is an essential …
Harness your students’ imaginations and let them blossom.
Reading English short stories can be an exciting, imaginative journey for your students to take without ever leaving the classroom.
They can create an exciting learning environment with key aspects of ESL …
Writing might seem like a daunting task for ESL students.
But writing exercises can totally spice up your classroom and teach your students to express themselves in new ways.
Writing encourages creativity and imagination in your students.
There are plenty …
Reading is knowledge and knowledge is power.
Reading is your students’ bridge to language and culture in the English-speaking world.
It’s perhaps the most essential skill for beginning language learners to develop.
Once you’ve chosen the perfect reading material for …