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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 …

Use Blogs in Your ESL Class and Join the Blogosphere!


What do the words photobomb, binge-watch, throw shade, face-palm, NSFW and trainwreck have in common?

No, I’m not talking about the movie “The Hangover” or your students’ stories about their crazy weekends.

These are …

5 Computer-friendly Ways to Upgrade Your ESL Classroom


Do you ever feel like your classroom is more like one from “The Flintstones” than “The Jetsons”?

Are you ready to leave the Stone Age?

For many of us who are teaching today, we learned how to teach in the …