How To Help Your ESL/EFL Students Become Fluent in English
Becoming fluent in English is the goal of many ESL/EFL students. This article is based on the lessons I held in a TEFL class for mature students in Leeds, UK, and one-to-one tutorials I guided in the Netherlands. Useful tips are provided throughout.
Is It Correct to Say "Thanks You" or "Thanks to You"?
This article looks at the expressions "thanks you", "thank you", "thanks" and "thanks to you", with examples for when to use them.
7 Effective Ways Teachers Can Advocate for English Learners
Many English language learners who enter our schools are not welcomed into inclusive environments. Teachers—especially those who teach ELLs—are in a key position to draw attention to inequalities they observe and to advocate for their students.
So You Wanna Teach English in Japan
If you've decided you want to teach English in Japan, congratulations! You're in for a treat. Next question: what kind of English do you want to teach? Do you crave the chaos of Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) life, or would you prefer teaching at an eikaiwa English school?
What Is Meant by Appropriation in Second or Foreign Language Learner Acquisition?
What is appropriation and how does it apply to teaching and acquiring a second or foreign language.
Teaching Writing to English Language Learners
For English Language Learners, writing is a process that goes beyond spelling and grammar. It begins with socializing and evolves into copying sentence frames; eventually writing essays. Students need written and oral feedback, and should engage with prompts that are culturally relevant and diverse.
How to Use Photograph Prompts to Motivate English Language Learners to Write
Writing is painful for many students. Some of the most reluctant writers are English language learners. This approach to using photograph prompts has radically changed my ELL students’ attitude towards writing.
Literature Circle Group Roles for ELLs of Varying Proficiency Levels
Meaningful group roles for students of mixed English-proficiency levels.
How to Pre-Teach Key Vocabulary to English Learners
Limited vocabulary is one of the greatest obstacles English language learners face when they read. Pre-teaching key vocabulary from text will increase their reading comprehension, boost their confidence, and equip your ELLs for success in all their academic classes.
Getting an Online TEFL Certificate Versus a Classroom TEFL Certificate
Deciding how to pursue your certification to teach English as a Second or Foreign Language
15 Strategies to Help English Learners Succeed in the Classroom
Here are effective ways to support English language learners of all ages and at all grade levels to help them succeed in the classroom.
Using technology to teach English as a Second Language
This article provides some tips explaining how to use technology to teach English as a Second Language. It can also be used as a plan for using tech to teach any subject.
EFL/ESOL Teachers - Improve Spelling in Your Classes
Simple, easy to follow tips and ideas to help your students improve their spelling in classes. Includes strategies and suggestions for dealing with homophones,homonyms and exceptional English words.
Stress And Intonation in English—Contrastive Stress
This article attempts to explain what contrastive stress is, how this type of stress occurs and shifts in sentences, how it changes the meaning in spoken English, and it consists suggestions for English language teachers how to teach contrastive stress.
Objectively Evaluating ESL and EFL Speaking Proficiency With a Rubric
Evaluating ESL speaking proficiency must be done more objectively than subjectively. After defining speaking proficiency, this hub introduces a rubric for effectively evaluating speaking proficiency.
10 Fun ESL Activities to Practice Modal Auxiliary Verbs
10 lively speaking activities to practice Modal Auxiliary Verbs.
11 Role Play Scenarios That Encourage English Students to Build a Complete Story
11 role play scenarios designed to help you encourage your students to interact more in the English classroom. The aim is to build a complete short story based on the life of a university student.
Another 10 Fun Classroom Activities to Help Students Practice Speaking English
This collection of fun games and role-play activities for English language teachers should arouse some enthusiasm after a vocabulary drill or new grammar study.
10 Fun Classroom Activities to Help Students Practice Speaking English
For English language teachers, here are some enjoyable and engaging ways to help your students get to know each other better and practice speaking with confidence in the English classroom.
15 English Idioms and Metaphors About Boundaries, Walls and Fences
The English are very keen on their boundaries, marking out their land and ownership, which has given rise to many idioms and expressions relating to fences, ditches, boundaries and walls—Good for ESL or ESOL , TESOL or even TSL .
Challenges Encountered by Learners of English as a Second Language
ESL learners always face a lot of difficulty. The reasons for this difficulty include unqualified teachers, a lack of learning, poor learning environments, etc.
25 Bird Idioms Explained to English as a Second Language Learners
Idioms or idiomatic expressions are word combinations that have meanings that are so different from the separate meanings of their individual words. They have idiomatic meanings, which are figurative or symbolic. Many users of English as a...
25 Sports Idioms Explained to English as a Second Language Learners
Idioms or idiomatic expressions are perhaps one of the toughest topics for learners of English as a Second Language or ESL. This is because idioms cannot be taken literally. They have culturally embedded meanings that most native English...
25 Clothes Idioms Explained to English as a Second Language Learners
Idioms or idiomatic expressions are words or expressions that have figurative meanings. They may be confusing to English learners. Below are 25 idioms or idiomatic expressions about clothes.
Exam Tips: How to Write a Story For an English Language Test
Not all English as a second language exams have the option of writing a short story, but the Cambridge First Certificate exam does, and so do some others, so it is necessary to know how to write one. Students often choose to write a story in the...
Five Reasons Dialogues Help Develop Listening and Speaking Skills
The effective use of dialogues in ESL classes has aided my students in developing listening and speaking skills. This article presents five reasons why dialogues have a place in listening and speaking.
ESL Activity and Lesson Plan for Discussion About Gap Year for Upper-Intermediate Students
This is an ESL lesson plan for a discussion activity for upper-intermediate students. The lesson is based on the Gap Year concept and is intended to provide cultural understanding as well as generate discussion.
Writing Tenses: Tense-Specific ESL Writing Prompts and Topics for Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced
Many students learning English as a foreign language struggle to use the different tenses effectively, appropriately and consistently. Here you will find exercises and writing prompts for each tense.
9 Quality Icebreakers for ESL Teachers and Students
Here are several simple, fun examples of icebreakers to help you take control of your ESL/EFL class and motivate your students.
Teaching Guidelines for English as a Second Language
English is a foreign language in India but is in high demand for higher studies and jobs. Thus, learning English has become important.
How to Teach Vocabulary by Word Associations to ESL Learners
Teaching vocabulary by word associations to ESL learners is an excellent method which I have employed in my school classes. Using this method, students can more easily comprehend and use words.