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Let’s Assess: 8 Tips for Creating the Perfect ESL Needs Assessment


Teachers may be known for their quirks and faults in the media.

Ben Stein’s “Bueller? Bueller?” from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” has become the classic trope for the apathetic teacher.

Señor Chang spends all his class time harassing students …

Introductions, Activities, Feedback: The Ultimate ESL Email Writing Lesson Plan

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Isn’t there something romantic about the past?

I don’t know about you, but growing up, I loved the “Little House on the Prairie” and “Anne of Green Gables” series.

Both paint a picture of the past, including one-room schoolhouses where …

Let Students Laugh Their Way to Fluency with ESL Mr. Bean Lesson Plans


Have you ever watched a grown man put a turkey on his head and think to yourself, “Hmm, this could make a great English lesson”?

Probably not.

What person in their right mind puts food on their head, …

Transform Your Classroom into a Fall Festival with These 5 ESL Autumn Activities


Can you smell it in the air?

No, I’m not talking about what the Rock is cooking. I’m talking about autumn!

Take a moment and breathe in the scents of pumpkin spice, caramel apple and falling leaves. Isn’t it …

Guide Your Students to Success with These 50 ESL Writing Prompts


Ever find yourself staring at a blank page for extended periods of time?

We all do, even the most experienced writers.

But for many ESL students, the dreaded blank page isn’t just intimidating—it’s immobilizing.

After all, they’re working in …

8 English Vocabulary Poster Ideas for a Wonderfully Word-friendly Classroom


If only these walls could speak?

If only these walls could teach!

In fact, they can.

Class walls will not exactly have the same effect as, say, Robin Williams standing on a desk talking about the universe, but they

The Secret Life of ESL Flashcards: How to Transform Them Into Fun Classroom Games


Things that happen in a flash are usually pretty exciting.

Think about it.

A flash of lightning, a flash in the pan, The Flash…

So why should flashcards be so boring?

Most of us associate flashcards with late-night study drills. …