Teaching Tips

Teaching Grammar: How Important Is It Really?

POSTED ON April 18th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
  Teaching grammar is challenging for teachers just as learning grammar is challenging for students. Though grammar may sometimes feel like a chore, it’s an important part of language learning, so it’s best to make it as fun and engaging as possible. There’s a lot of emphasis out there on games and fun in the […]

Adults Want to Have Fun, Too! – Games for Beginners

POSTED ON April 11th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
What do you think teaching an adult class is like? Is it dry, stuffy, and dull? It doesn’t have to be! Adults benefit from fun (and even games) as much as younger learners. Kids are easy. Sing a few songs, act silly, play lots of competitive games, and voila! Of course, that’s oversimplifying things greatly, […]

Dictation Activities for English Learners

POSTED ON March 30th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
There lots of activities we can use to improve our students’ reading, listening, and writing. Or we can do dictation activities, which manage to combine all three. Do dictation activities have a place in your lesson? Absolutely. As a teacher, you have so many class activities at your disposal, and all of them have their […]

Another 8 Practice Drills for EFL Students

POSTED ON March 28th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
Is there such a thing as too many EFL games? We don’t think so. Anything that gets the students engaged and learning is fair game. Here’s another 8 activities that you can add to your regular rotation. We have another set of EFL practice drills to liven up your English lessons. These games range from […]

4 Egg-tastic EFL Activities To Try In Your Classroom This Easter

POSTED ON March 21st  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
Can you believe that Easter is just around the corner? It feels like just yesterday the clock struck twelve on the New Year. Easter is one of the best times to engage your ESL learners with a range of fun and exciting activities while helping them learn more about one of the biggest Western holidays. […]

Lesson Planning: From Winging It to Writing It All Out

POSTED ON March 14th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
There are as many ways to plan a lesson as there are lessons. Here are some types of lesson planning from a teacher who has prepared and taught her fair share of classes. Lesson planning is one of the most fundamental skills of teaching. Whether you’ve taken a CELTA course, TEFL course, or have only […]

How to Encourage Shy Students in the TEFL Classroom

POSTED ON March 7th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
  Whether your language classroom has five students or fifty, the chances are that you have at least one shy learner who finds it difficult to speak. Perhaps this student is just a little bit shy and isn’t keen on taking the lead, or perhaps they suffer from a serious shyness problem and won’t open […]

Additional Skills That Young Language Learners Need

POSTED ON March 1st  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
It’s impossible to break education down into its isolated parts. When we are teaching English – especially to young learners – we are actually teaching many other skills at the same time. So what should we focus on as our sneak something extra into our lessons for young learners? When we teach very young learners, […]

5 Ways to Make Learning Fun and Interesting

POSTED ON February 21st  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
Teaching is more than just communicating ideas. It’s just as important to make learning fun. While some teachers do this naturally, others need some help keeping the class engaging and interesting. Whichever type of teacher you are, here are some ideas that are sure to take your teaching to the next level. Make learning fun! […]

5 English Practice Games for Reading and Writing

POSTED ON February 14th  - POSTED IN Teaching Tips
It’s just not possible to have too many English practice games at your disposal. They assist in both learning and retention by engaging students in a positive way. Here are 5 English games to helps students practice their reading and writing. In case you’re wondering, this is why you should play games in class. Alphabet Relay […]