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Seamlessly Integrate Teacher Games into the Classroom


Candy Land, Solitaire, Fortnite.

What do these three things have in common?

They’re all games, they’re all fun, and they can all help your students learn.

Does that last one seem like a stretch? Actually, it isn’t. We have always …

The Role of Literature in Second Language Acquisition and Why It Matters


The language classroom.

It’s not just for conjugating verbs and playing vocabulary games (as much as we love them).

It’s a window to all kinds of exotic places. Like a Guatemalan village, a secret chamber in an old castle or …

Using TPRS Books to Create Awesome Lessons


Let’s take a moment to imagine a world without language.

At first, it sounds nice, even peaceful.

But then you realize that without it, your favorite TV show would not be nearly as funny. Your favorite books would be nothing …

How to Implement Innovative Teaching Ideas in Your Classroom


There was a day, not so long ago, when having computers in the classroom was considered innovative.

A few of us are still able to remember when one of our more forward-thinking teachers got a few computers for students to …

8 Ridiculously Awesome Teacher Apps for Android


Are you looking for the next big thing you can use to revamp your teaching style?

What if I told you that it’s right inside your pocket?

And no, I’m not talking about your USB drive filled with PowerPoint presentations—that’s …

Optimize Your Use of Technology in Language Teaching


Has this ever happened to you?

You head into work one morning, all excited because at last you’re going to try out that awesome new app all the cool language teachers have been talking about.

You just can’t wait to …

Chirp Your Way to Success Using Teacher Twitter


It’s everywhere you go.

You can try to hide in the teachers’ lounge or even under your desk. You can go to a nearby café and hide behind your sunglasses, trying to go incognito, but it will follow you.

You …