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.
Which Is Correct: "Thanks You" or "Thanks to You"?
Here's the answer to this common grammar question. This article looks at the expressions "thanks you", "thank you", "thanks" and "thanks to you", with examples for when to use them. Never be confused again!
7 Effective Ways Teachers Can Advocate for English Learners
Many English language learners who enter our schools are not welcomed into inclusive environments. Teachers who teach ELLs are in a key position to draw attention to inequalities they observe and to advocate for their students.
Six Countries in Which to Avoid Teaching English
Want to teach English abroad? When it comes to teaching abroad, every country has its pros and cons, but some are certainly riskier than others. Sometimes the problems in a country run much deeper than the recruiters' glossy websites would lead you to believe. Here are the countries to avoid.
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 "Appropriation" in Second or Foreign Language Learning?
Are you learning a second or foreign language? Or, are you teaching language to others? You should know the answer to this question: 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 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.
5 Ways Photograph Prompts Can 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 Vocabulary to English Language Learners
Pre-teaching key vocabulary from text helps English language learners understand the content they read. Here are 8 strategies I use to front-load essential vocabulary to my students.
15 Ways to Support English Language Learners in the Classroom
These are 15 effective strategies I use to help my English language learners be successful n class. You can use these strategies to support ELs across all grade levels.
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, and how it changes the meaning in spoken English. It also offers suggestions for English language teachers on how to teach contrastive stress.
How to Correct Errors as EFL or ESL Teachers
Error correction, when done properly, helps your students learn without them losing confidence. This article includes some simple approaches to the correction of writing and speaking which will help the ESL teacher and student.
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 enthusiasm from students 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.
Exam Tips: How to Write a Story for an English Language Test
Are you preparing for an ESL exam? Here are five steps to help you get a great score on your English story.
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.
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. They are suitable for classes of different levels, from beginner to advanced.
Teaching Guidelines for English as a Second Language
Do you teach English as a foreign language? English is a foreign language in India and jobs are currently prioritizing people who speak English. Thus, teaching English has become very profitable. Here's what you need to know about getting into this industry.
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.