Teaching Tips

Setting Homework for Adult Learners

POSTED ON April 18th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
Homework isn’t just for school children. Everyone can benefit from it, no matter the age. Read on for some tips on how to effectively set homework for adults. The benefits of homework are numerous, from consolidating knowledge, through giving students time to work through things at their own pace, to encouraging students to use English […]

Activities for Teaching about Animals

POSTED ON April 10th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
All TEFL teachers have their go-to topics when they get a class assigned at the last minute. It’s good to have a few games and activities up your sleeve for when you need to teach at short notice, and if they have a similar theme, it comes across much better than as just a bunch […]

5 Ways to Use the Power of Smartphones in your ESL Classroom

POSTED ON April 3rd  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
If you can’t get your student to stop playing on their phones in the classroom, don’t struggle with it. Embrace it and get students to use their smartphones to learn English in your classroom. Phones in the classroom are often viewed by those of us who teach as an unwelcome distraction preventing students from paying […]

Teaching English to Different Age Groups

POSTED ON March 27th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
In order to best enable children who want to learn or master English, English language classes should be adapted to the age of the students. English language classes are usually held in groups. This is true for children aged 3 to 5 years, that is, pre-school children. But it’s equally so for schoolchildren, both for […]

How to Teach the English Alphabet

POSTED ON March 20th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
Teaching your students to recognise, read and write the English alphabet is one of the most basic roles of a TEFL teacher for young/new learners, but how to go about doing it? While teaching the ABC’s may seem like a simple concept, many first time teachers get stuck once they’ve sung the alphabet song a […]

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 […]