7 Excellent ESL Video Activities: Lessons and Clips Students Will Love


There’s never been a better time to use video in the ESL classroom.

Remember the old days of VCRs, VHS tapes and trips to Blockbuster?

When I started teaching, my classroom video material were well-worn, borrowed cassette tapes or ones …

10 Best, Shockingly Good Apps for ESL Teachers


As technology continues to get more and more popular, classroom attention spans are getting shorter and shorter.

Times are changing quickly and ESL teachers have to hop on board before the train leaves. Keeping the attention of a student while …

The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Using News in the ESL Classroom

the who, what, when, where and why of using news in the esl classroom

Who? What? When? Where? Why?

Every journalist worth their salt understands why each of these questions must be answered when reporting the news.

But these five W’s are also a great way for ESL students to improve their writing and …

4 Practical Tips for Motivating Adolescent ESL Learners to Use English

4 tips for motivating adolescent learners to use english in class

Imagine a day where you walk into class and your adolescent EFL/ESL students are very chatty.

Some are talking about last night’s soccer game, while others are curious about a classmate’s new lucky charm.

When you get their

9 ESL Christmas Songs to Add Some Holiday Fun to Your Classroom


The holidays are here!

It’s time to fill your classrooms with joy and cheer!

Luckily, Christmas time is the perfect opportunity to add some holiday fun, activities and songs to your ESL class.

Music is a great way to …

A Simple Guide to Teaching Young ESL Students About Syntax


Soccer. Ice cream. Happy. Syntax. Cool.

Which one of those five words would you never expect to hear from a young person?


Children, not to mention children learning English as a foreign language, have no idea …

How to Improve Your ESL Students’ Writing: Eliminating Simple Vocabulary

how to improve your esl students' writing eliminating simple vocabulary

Take a look at these two groups of sentences:

1. I got a good sandwich yesterday from Tina’s. I was so happy!

2. I ate a delicious hummus and eggplant sandwich yesterday from Tina’s. I was overjoyed!

Okay, so …