Teaching Tips

Inter-Disciplinary Lesson Planning: English and Character Development

POSTED ON February 6th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
Inter-Disciplinary lessons are a hot potato at the moment – these days it seems like teaching one subject at a time just isn’t enough, and that teachers are integrating elements from different subjects into their classrooms. Similar ideas are being introduced in EFL classrooms. While you might not be finding yourself brushing up on maths [...]

15 Simple Flashcard Games Your Kindy Kids Will Love

POSTED ON January 30th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
Whether your classroom is equipped with a computer and projector or not, laminated flashcards are a simple, old-school, and excellent tool to get your students engaged and learning. Perhaps the best thing about them is the unlimited ways you can use them! If you think flashcards are boring or if you are looking for some […]

How to Motivate Young Learners

POSTED ON January 23rd  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
Whether you’re a newbie or novice teacher, walking into an ESL class full of young learners can be a daunting experience. Not only can these little munchkins not speak your language but most of them can’t sit still in a seat for 5 minutes, either! I used to dread my classes with young elementary school […]

Explaining Abstract Concepts to Language Learners

POSTED ON January 16th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
People have a mental picture of a concrete concept, such as an apple, for example, but it’s very difficult to present a visually abstract idea such as, let’s say, selflessness. Abstract terms use only the most general characteristics for the description of the object. Such terms are “be” or “one.” However, an [...]

CLIL and Teaching English through Maths

POSTED ON January 9th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
When I first came across the acronym CLIL it didn’t mean much to me. I thought here’s another one of the many acronyms that the education sector seems to be full of. I decided to look up what it stood for and what I discovered was that CLIL is quite an exciting teaching proposition. What […]

How to Use Video Clips in Your TEFL Classroom

POSTED ON January 2nd  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
Technology offers many great resources for language learning, but all too often we see teachers taking advantage or using media clips in the wrong way. How many of you know a teacher who happily plays clips of Mr Bean at every given opportunity, or will spend a whole lesson watching a film in English to […]

Fun Ways to Set New Classroom Intentions for 2018

POSTED ON December 26th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
New Year’s resolutions: love them or hate them? No matter what side of the line you stand on, you have to admit that the first of January is as good a date as any to set new intentions. For ESL teachers, this is the perfect time to freshen up your class environment and set new […]

5 Hands-on Christmas Activities

POSTED ON December 19th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
The period leading up to Christmas is a great time to bring some festive joy, music and games into your classroom. It is also usually an incredibly busy time of the year, so to help you out, below are some fun, hands-on Christmas activities to try out in your classroom. The activates presented are aimed […]

Holiday Special: Fun Activities for the Holiday Season

POSTED ON December 12th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
It’s a fact that every child loves Christmas and New Year. This may be because everything is festive around this time of the year, but mostly because they get a ton of presents (which is becoming a cross-cultural phenomenon, too). Since the holiday season is upon us, we wanted to do something special so we […]

Motivating Young Learners in ESL

POSTED ON December 5th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
Struggling to motivate your young learners in your ESL class? If so, read on for 10 tips on how to motivate your young learner students. Why Motivation is Important (for Young Learners Specifically) Teachers know that motivation in a class can make all the difference; however, motivating young learners is a different ball game. Why […]