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Guide Your Students to Success with These 50 ESL Writing Prompts

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …