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Posts by Jonathan Race

How to Make a Lesson Plan for Teaching English (The Definitive Guide)


How can you build effective lessons and feel in control of the class? Lesson plans are essential to planning and ultimately giving great ESL lessons. But isn’t making lesson plans long and arduous? Well… not if you do things the right way! In this article, you will learn to make a lesson plan for teaching…

The Definitive Guide on Teaching English Pronunciation

How often do your students say they struggle with pronunciation… It’s a lot, right? English can be really tough in this area and mastering how to teach it will really step up your game as a teacher. By the end of this article, you will know the pronunciation fundamentals that every teacher needs to know.…

12 Great ESL Listening Activities & Games (Plus Free Worksheets)

Do you struggle with finding interesting ways to teach ESL listening skills? Maybe you have an activity or two already but you want to be able to mix it up and keep things interesting. By the end of this article, you will have 12 interesting English listening activities that you can use with ESL students…

Teaching English Online to Japanese: The 101


Do you want to teach English online to Japanese students from home? Maybe you’re interested in the culture, the people or you’re learning the language and want the chance to use it in class. But where do you find them online? And once you get a trial lesson, what do you teach them? This article…

100 “Would You Rather” Questions to Start an ESL Conversation


Do you want interesting questions to get the ball rolling with your ESL students? Are you tired of asking the same basic questions about where your students live, what hobbies they have etc? “Would you rather” questions are a great way to inject more fun into your speaking lessons and be “the interesting teacher”.  Here…

Teaching English Online with Skype: The 101 Guide

You’ve decided to start teaching online and you’re ready to start finding some students, great! But what’s the best software to connect with your students? You’ve heard of Skype and want to get set up. Or… Likely you have been using Skype for a while but want to be able to do more with it.…

150 ESL Conversation Starters and Questions (The Essential List)

ESL Conversation Starters -- the list

Do you want your students to be excited to speak with you in English? Do you want to make sure you always know where the conversation is going and what to say next? You need engaging content, interesting conversation starters, and questions that really reel them in. This list of 150 ESL conversation starters will…

33 Sure-Fire Strategies & Activities for Teaching English Grammar

teaching English grammar

Grammar… how do we teach it? Is it just reciting monotonously from a textbook and hoping that the students are on board? Can we make it more interactive and dare I say, even fun? Read on and find out yourself! Whether you’re new to teaching English (ESL) or are just looking for new ways to…

15 Fun ESL Vocabulary Games to Teach Kids and Adults


What are your methods for teaching vocabulary? Drills? Flashcards? Yuck! Boring! While these can certainly be effective, they can be a quick way to lose your student’s attention if you spend too much time on them in a class. So what can you do then? The answer? Play some fun ESL vocabulary games with them!…

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