Teaching Tips

Keep It Simple: No-Prep Games and Activities

POSTED ON July 18th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
It’s always a good idea to have a few extra class activities prepared, but it’s not always realistic. There are times when students finish planned activities too quickly and other times when you may unexpectedly take over for another teacher. But have no fear! We’ve got you covered with these three ‘no prep’ [...]

6 Online ESL Resources Every ESL Teacher Should Use

POSTED ON July 11th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
Even the best teacher in the world can get a little overwhelmed at times. Lucky for us, we live in the Internet Age and there are resources available should we need a worksheet, a lesson plan, or an activity to bolster our lessons. Here are six great sites to add to your bookmarks. When teaching […]

Outdoor EFL Activities Your Students Will Love

POSTED ON July 4th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
When the weather warms up and the sun comes out, everyone wants to get outside. Here are some fun outdoor activities to supplement an EFL summer program and have some fun. The students may learn a little something, too. Summer is here! And that means it’s time to ditch the classroom and take your students […]

5 Phonics Activities to Use in Your EFL Classroom

POSTED ON June 27th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
Teaching phonics to English learners is a fundamental skill that needs to be developed, and it should be part of all learning strategies. But that doesn’t mean it needs to be boring. If you are an EFL teacher who needs or wants to teach phonics to young learners, then here are 5 phonics activities that […]

How to Teach The Four Seasons in Your EFL Classroom

POSTED ON June 20th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
We talk about the weather A LOT, so it’s useful for students of all ages to have the skills to discuss weather and the seasons in a variety of contexts. Here are some tips on teaching the seasons to EFL students. The four seasons are a fun EFL topic for both students and teachers. There […]

Tips for Teaching Elementary EFL Students

POSTED ON June 13th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
Teaching EFL to students in elementary school is a unique experience. The students develop so much from year to year, it can be difficult to set specific rules, but there are some general pointers that will make their English lessons far better. Most resources on the internet focus on teaching kindergarten students, adults and business […]

Tips and Strategies for Mixed-Ability Classes

POSTED ON June 6th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
While it can be frustrating for both teachers and students, mixed-ability classes are an inevitable part of EFL teaching. Since we can’t prevent them, we need effective strategies for teaching mixed-ability classes. Here are some tips from a veteran English teacher. In a previous article on mixed-ability classes, we looked at what [...]

The Last Resort: How to Not Panic When Classes Go Wrong

POSTED ON May 31st  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
Not all lessons are smooth sailing, but that’s no reason to give up. Even after you lose control of a class, it’s always possible to get them back on track. Good classroom management means staying flexible. There are plenty of reasons why your TEFL class might end up not going to plan. For example, if […]

Mixed-Ability Classes: Factors, Challenges and Advantages

POSTED ON May 16th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
As an EFL teacher, it is seldom that you have a class of students who have the same language learning levels. As such, it is well known that mixed-ability classes are the norm and not an exception. If you are new to teaching, you might be wondering what is meant by a mixed-ability class. A mixed-ability […]