Teaching Tips

Tips to Manage Your ESL Class

POSTED ON September 12th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
Classroom management is one of the elements of an ESL class that teachers, especially new ones, struggle with the most. If you think about it, managers in a company usually don’t find that managing their staff is an easy task; thus, good people management skills are key. And people (or children) management in a classroom […]

Cooler Activities for Winding Down

POSTED ON September 5th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
Whether you want something soothing to calm students down at the end of class, or are looking for something to get noisy students under control, a cooler activity is just what you need. Fun games and noisy tasks are all well and good, but sometimes what you need is an activity to help students wind […]

10 Tips Teachers Can Give Their Students to Help Them Study at Home

POSTED ON August 29th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
Children often fail to adopt healthy studying habits and take responsibility for their schooling, which is usually most noticeable when they move to secondary school. There is so much a parent can do, so it is important that the youngsters get proper guidance from their teachers too. A young child is like a sponge, always […]

How’s Your Board Work?

POSTED ON August 22nd  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
There are teaching methodologies, activities, classroom management techniques, and learning styles to consider during each and every class. More often than not, thinking about board work often falls to the side. You may be thinking, what exactly is board work? Board work is how you utilize the whiteboard – or chalkboard – during [...]

Teaching Tips: Activities for Pair-work

POSTED ON August 15th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
Group activities are lots of fun, but for maximizing student talking time, you can’t go wrong with some pair-work in the classroom. Smaller groups (and pairs) give more students time to talk and keeps students engaged so that you can monitor more closely. Try out some of these activities for pair-work in your classroom. Back Tracing […]

The Two Sides of Classroom Management for Very Young Learners

POSTED ON August 8th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
  Being the teacher means having to play two roles simultaneously: the warm caregiver and the stern taskmaster. Knowing how to balance the two will mean the difference between a happy attentive class and chaos. During a kindergarten class – or any class full of young learners – things can get out of control very quickly. […]

 6 Favourite ESL Games and Activities to Use in Your Classroom

POSTED ON August 1st  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
In a learning English as a foreign or second language environment, games and other activities form a key part of your lessons. Any ESL teacher knows the value of using a few favourite ESL games and activities in the classroom. It is important to remember that students, whether they are young learners or adults, learn […]

Teaching Tips For a Naughty Student

POSTED ON July 25th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
There are naughty students in the world, and you’re likely to meet more than one. Whether it’s for attention, out of boredom, or just not knowing any better, some kids act out and get disruptive. So get prepared! Make every challenging student into a teachable moment for everyone involved. We all have one of those […]

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 […]