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8 Creative, Versatile English Vocabulary Posters to Deck Out Your 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. …

Presentations and Activities: How to Teach ESL Vocabulary with 5 Popular Holidays


Once everyone has had their fill of Halloween candy, the words on lips all over the United States are “Happy Holidays.”

Merry Christmas!

Happy Hanukkah (or Chag Sameach)!

Happy New Year!

Wonderful wishes abound from November through January, often over

6 Highly Motivational Songs for Sluggish Students in English Class

funny finish of racing snails

Do you ever feel sluggish and unmotivated when you teach? Do your students?

If so, that’s okay!

Even if it’s not ideal, it’s completely normal for all of us to feel low on the motivation scale every now and …

What Is ESL Jeopardy for $200, Alex? A Great Way to Check Student Comprehension


Can someone truly find love on a game show?

“The Bachelor” aside, love is possible, even on a show like “Jeopardy.” Just ask Maryanne Lewell and Michael Townes who met as contestants and went on to find their happily ever

Speak Easy: 7 ESL Icebreakers to Get Your Students Talking


Is conversation frozen in your classroom?

Igniting colorful, sparkling speech is always a challenge in language classrooms.

And it’s especially difficult early in the semester or year, before your students are comfortable with you and with one another.

That’s where …

9 Entertaining ESL Homework Ideas to Improve Your Students’ Language Skills


In other classrooms, students run out the first chance they get.

But not in your class.

You’re just wrapping up class when you hear someone call out from the back of the room, “Please, please, teacher, you forgot to give …