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Improve Reading Comprehension for Intermediate ESL

Improve Reading Comprehension for Intermediate ESL

Regardless of the material (news articles, fictional stories, blog posts, etc.), ESL reading comprehension can be difficult to judge simply by listening to your students read. Many will grasp the ability to pronounce the words correctly, but that doesn’t mean they actually understand everything. So how can you improve your class’s reading comprehension? 4 Tips […]

7 SIMPLE WAYS TO USE MUSIC IN YOUR ESL CLASSROOM

Test Ambiance Did you know that students actually perform better on tests when there is music playing in the background? Try it with your ESL students the next time you have a quiz. You’ll no doubt see equal if not improved performance on your quiz. Keep this in mind, however. When you have students working on […]

STARTING PRIMARY

STARTING PRIMARY

Teaching at primary level can cause many teachers, particularly those who have trained to teach adults, a variety of problems and generate a range of worries. Unfortunately, it is common for teachers to be asked by their institution to teach young learners even though they don’t have specific training. Those first lessons with the class, […]

GAMES IN ESL CLASSROOM

GAMES IN ESL CLASSROOM

Classroom games are an essential part of the ESL classroom. You can engage students by telling a captivating story, explaining concepts in a way all students can understand, or simply creating a dialogue amongst students, even in the simplest of ways. Another way to get a student’s attention is to play some fun and creative […]

How to maximise the language learning of senior learners

How to maximise the language learning of senior learners

There are many benefits of studying for older learners, such as increased self-confidence, increased feelings of health and well-being, reduced feelings of isolation, and increased engagement in the community. Many seniors wish to study a foreign language. There is now substantial evidence that they can learn a new language effectively. My experience is that senior […]

Stop Giving Them Answers: Make Them Think!

Stop Giving Them Answers: Make Them Think!

Higher education has recently changed in faster and more dynamic ways than anticipated. COVID-19 is an immediate factor, but the access to information is more prevalent now than 15 years ago. Many students’ learning habits do not include long nights in the library reading through textbooks or searching through library stacks. Information is at students’ […]

How To Use Printable Flashcards For Teaching ESL

How To Use Printable Flashcards For Teaching ESL

Flashcards can be an excellent learning and teaching tool especially when introducing new vocabulary or drilling familiar words. Besides being used by the teacher, they can also be used in a variety of activities and even posted around the classroom for students to reference. How To Proceed Introducing new vocabulary The words on these flashcards […]

7 Fun ESL Games to Practice Pronunciation

7 Fun ESL Games to Practice Pronunciation

Let’s all be honest. Pronunciation is one of those things that we don’t often teach explicitly. Of course, we correct our students’ pronunciation when they make mistakes, when they’re not speaking clearly or when they need to be a little more accurate. But do we devote class time to pronunciation practice on a regular basis? […]

How To Teach Directions

How To Teach Directions

Directions can be challenging to teach however its practical uses are readily understood by students and there are many fun activities you can incorporate into your lessons to make them more enjoyable. Typically the first directions lesson would follow lessons introducing vocabulary such as: Post office Police station School  Bank Playground Park Library and so […]