Using smartphones in the classroom isn't always a bad thing. There are several great ESL games and activities that utilise the smartphone.
All teachers have their go-to resources for the classroom. These are my favourite ESL coursebooks and activities for online and in-person classrooms.
Advice from a seasoned ESL teacher on controlling an unruly classroom: be flexible, engage and motivate, embrace the phone, and get the students moving!
Engage your learners with the best TED Talks in the ESL classroom for a more dynamic lesson and learn other tips for modern language learning.
An ESL teacher is only as good as their lessons. These three resources are my unsung heroes for ESL lesson planning.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was … Continue reading Language learning: Be doers of the language, not just hearers
The lack of self-consciousness in kids is why they are often the best to teach. If you can get your adult students to act the same way, they will get so much more out of their lessons. Let them act like kids!
In our second post of the Rule Breaking series, we are looking at vocabulary and why memorizing lists of words is not only pointless, but a waste of your valuable language learning time. Language is too intangible to be rote I have talked about this subject a few times in past posts, but it is … Continue reading Rule breaking: Why memorizing vocabulary lists is a waste of time
I have been an EFL teacher for about four years now. In this time, I have had the privilege to teach a wide variety of learners, levels and needs, from 9–10 year-old beginners to 45 year-old advanced learners. I feel like “I’ve seen ‘em all.” I’ve also been pretty lucky to have been exposed to … Continue reading Rule breaking: Why teaching grammar rules doesn’t always work
Throughout my time teaching, nothing has frustrated students more than “I don’t know the word for…” or “I forgot the word for…” This gap in knowledge is simultaneously infuriating and humiliating to students. Many students to whom I teach and with whom I speak correlate their poor English speaking skills to a lack of vocabulary. … Continue reading How to learn new words, and make them stick!