How to Use Video in the ESL Classroom

How to Use Video in the ESL Classroom  Do you remember how exciting it was when the teacher wheeled the big TV into class? It felt like the school holidays had come early! Sure, you usually ended up watching a stuffy old documentary but it was better than yet another hour of book work. Video has been inspiring excitement and …

Top 10 ESL Activities for Teenagers

If you’re looking for some fresh, new ideas for your English classes, check out these top 10 ESL activities for teenagers. They’re guaranteed to be fun, engaging, and interesting. Your students will love your classes! #1: Running Dictation If you’re looking for an active, 4-skills ESL activity that teenagers will love, look no further than running dictation! It’s competitive, fast-paced and students …

English Grammar Activity: Is that Sentence Correct?

Is that Sentence Correct? Skills: Listening/ Speaking/ Writing Time: 10 minutes Level: Intermediate to Advanced Materials: Blank paper, vocabulary words Is that Sentence Correct is an English grammar activity. It’s a sneaky way to get your student to make grammatically correct sentences using the target vocabulary. Start off by giving your student a few different vocabulary words. It should be …

Private English Teaching Activities for Kids

Private English Teaching Activities For Kids If you’re looking for some private English teaching activities for your 1-1 classes, you’ve come to the right place. 39 Awesome 1-1 ESL Activities for Kids has more than three dozen fun, interesting and engaging ESL activities that are perfect for kids 7-13 years old. These ESL activities cover all 4-skills: reading, writing, listening …

Brochure Scanning: An ESL Reading Activity

Brochure Scanning: An ESL Reading Activity Skills: Reading/Speaking Time: 10 minutes Level: Beginner to Low-Intermediate Materials: Brochure/Timetable Scanning is reading for specific information and it makes an excellent ESL reading activity. Language learners tend to focus on trying to understand every word, so they need to practice quickly finding specific key words. This will increase their reading speed in general …

1 on 1 ESL Activities for Teenagers and Adults

Teach Fun, Effective One-on-One Lessons  Are you tired of spending too much time planning one-on-one lessons? Do you wish that the clock would move faster? Do you run out of material by the end of the class? How much time and energy could you save, with dozens of 1 on 1 ESL activities at your fingertips which could easily be …

ESL Classroom Management Tips and Tricks

No Classroom Management Skills? I’ve Been There Maybe you’re kind of like me. I remember back to my first couple of years teaching kids in a hagwon (private institute) in South Korea when I had no idea what I was doing. The kids totally took advantage of this situation and I had very little control over my classroom. Of course, …

Giving Instructions: Tips for Teachers

Giving Instructions: Mine Used to be Terrible I remember back to when I first started teaching and I would give what I thought were clear, concise instructions for a game or activity. I’d tell the students to start and they’d just look at me with these confused faces. Some would push through and attempt to do something, but it most …

Terrible ESL Textbook? Here’s What to Do

A Terrible ESL Textbook: Here’s How it Happens I’m sure we’ve all been there. We’re given a terrible ESL textbook that most fittingly belongs in the trash. It certainly doesn’t belong in the hands of our students, who’ve done nothing to deserve this fate, nor does it belong in the hands of the teacher, who has plenty of better things …

Difficult Listening Exercises

Too Difficult Listening Exercises: What Can I Do? A common question that people have related to teaching English abroad is the following: “I’m just supposed to play listening tracks for my students, but they can’t understand them. How can I help them?” Strive for Twice! Or, Avoid First of all, this is a really annoying problem and I wish you …