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

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

If you canโ€™t get your student to stop playing on their phones in the classroom, donโ€™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...

Teaching English to Different Age Groups

Teaching English to Different Age Groups

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....

How to Teach the English Alphabet

How to Teach the English Alphabet

If you canโ€™t get your student to stop playing on their phones in the classroom, donโ€™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...

Inter-Disciplinary Lesson Planning: English and Character Development

Inter-Disciplinary Lesson Planning: English and Character Development

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....

15 Simple Flashcard Games Your Kindy Kids Will Love

15 Simple Flashcard Games Your Kindy Kids Will Love

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...

How to Motivate Young Learners

How to Motivate Young Learners

Whether youโ€™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 canโ€™t sit still in a seat for 5 minutes, either! I used to dread my...

Explaining Abstract Concepts to Language Learners

Explaining Abstract Concepts to Language Learners

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...

CLIL and Teaching English through Maths

CLIL and Teaching English through Maths

Inter-Disciplinary lessons are a hot potato at the moment โ€“ 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...

How to Use Video Clips in Your TEFL Classroom

How to Use Video Clips in Your TEFL Classroom

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...

Fun Ways to Set New Classroom Intentions for 2018

Fun Ways to Set New Classroom Intentions for 2018

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...

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