When I first started teaching English, one of my deepest concerns was that I’d run out of materials mid-class!
I’d imagine scenarios in which my students sat in absolute silence as I struggled to improvise meaningful, enjoyable and educational activities …
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “there’s no time like the present.”
Well, the present is 2021! I know, hard to believe.
But what does this mean for the world of ESL? Will we see classrooms full of students strapped …
Close your eyes, and think:
Where would you like to see yourself this time next year?
Eating tapas and drinking wine at a Spanish bar?
Becoming fluent in a new language?
Relaxing on a stunning beach in Vietnam?
Google “English listening exercises.” Go ahead.
Now, sit back in awe at the quarter-of-a-million hits those three words get you.
To reiterate, that’s 250,000 places where you can find listening exercises for your English class. Amazing, right?
But be forewarned: …
No one ever said teaching ESL was easy.
Memorizing verb tenses, understanding active vs. passive voice, taking in the culture, pronouncing the word “squirrel.”
How are you supposed to teach students these things, all while keeping your …
Remember that one time?
When you meant to order french fries, but instead said french flies?
Oui! Oui! (Yes! Yes!) One phoneme can make a heck of a difference.
Or when you asked your friend, child or student to repeat …
Every ESL teacher has his or her own private list of must-have resources.
Sometimes, these resources save time or money. Other times, they provide ideas for lesson plans.
Almost always, they make your teaching both easier and more effective.…