Author Archive | Stephen Seifert

Technology for the ESL Classroom: 10 Resources

When it comes to ESL teaching, the technology that young and adult learners use every day can help them soak up English language concepts. From gamified lessons to virtual tours of the globe, there are tons of exciting techie tools …

5 ESL Filler Activities

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 …

39 Fun ESL Games and Activities

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! There’s …

5 Fun ESL Lesson Plans for High School Students

ESL lesson plans need to be fun, challenging and rewarding for both you and your students. In this post, we are going to look at four effective lesson plans that’ll help to boost your ESL high school students’ confidence with …

How to Teach Vocabulary to ESL Students

Vocabulary is the heart of any language, so teaching it well is important. So why not teach vocabulary the way you learned it as a child? That’s what I’ve started doing and it’s been working super well. Native speakers learn …

Teaching Conversational English: 11 Tips

Teaching conversational English can be tougher than it seems. Aside from potentially teaching phrases that don’t appear in conventional textbooks, you may have to exercise all of your ESL teaching skills to master the many components of this particular branch …

5 Short Stories for Intermediate ESL Learners

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. And whether …

Total Physical Response: How TPR Works in the ESL Classroom

Want to have your students hanging on your every word? Bringing Total Physical Response (TPR) into your classroom will have them eagerly awaiting your next command! Total Physical Response is a teaching method that focuses on coordinating speech and physical …

4 Business English Lesson Plans

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 …

10 ESL Cloze Activities

Have you implemented cloze activities in your ESL classroom yet? Cloze activities are a teaching technique where words are omitted from a passage and students must fill in the blanks with the missing words. These exercises can help improve comprehension, …