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The Blog for ESL Teachers

Browse our complete archive of blog posts written by ESL teachers and education industry experts, including advice about teaching English abroad, teaching English online, and tons of tips and resources for the ESL classroom.

Teaching English in Dubai & The United Arab Emirates (The Country Guide)

Lonely sand dunes and bumping night clubs, stately camels and shiny BMWs. Colorful minarets pushed up next to the tallest building in the world.  Welcome to the UAE, a country…

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Classroom Chairs and Flexible Classroom Seating: 20 Great Options

What is everybody doing in the classroom? Well, they are sitting… Ergonomic classroom chairs are vital to the wellbeing of students and teachers. Furthermore, flexible classroom seating definitely helps to…

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The 6 Best Activity Tables for Classrooms, for Individuals and Groups

Creating a lot of fun activities is one of the best ways to engage little students and keep them interested. But sometimes, it can be a hassle to manage them…

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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…

15 Tips to Limit Teacher Talk Time and Get Students Talking in the ESL Classroom

A good teacher should try to say as much as possible in a lesson to give as much information as possible… right? WRONG!  In this article we will look at…

The Best Laptops for Teachers: The Definitive Buying Guide [Update]

What would a teacher’s life be like without a laptop? For most teachers, it’s their #1 tool. They use it to draft their worksheets, show videos in the classroom, research…

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…

Teaching English in Thailand (The Country Guide)

If you love pad thai, island hopping, ancient temples, and wild parties, then Thailand just might be the ideal destination for you. People love teaching English here because the cost…

Get a Job Teaching English Online with Let’s TEFL

Teaching English online is a great way to continue working around your family life, earn extra money at the weekends, or get some experience before heading overseas. The demand is…

The 13 Best Teacher Bags That Are Stylish AND Functional

As a teacher, it is important to have a bag that’s reliable, organized, and sturdy. Have you ever gotten to school and realized you forgot to bring anything to write…

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…

How to Get a Job Teaching English Abroad with Let’s TEFL

Which TEFL course will help me to land my first teaching job abroad? This is probably your most important question when it comes to deciding on your TEFL course. There…

The Best Rolling Carts for Teachers to Organize all Your Supplies

As a teacher, it isn’t an easy job to organize all your supplies and tools. But rolling carts for teachers can make class organization a breeze.  If you’re unaware of…

VIPKID Review: What I Love About Working With VIPKID (and What I Don’t)

Have you been considering working for VIPKID? I’ve been a VIPKID teacher for about a year and a half now, and to be totally honest I haven’t loved every minute…

VIPKID Salary: How to Earn up to $4,000 per Month

If you’ve been researching ways to earn money from home, you’ve probably already heard of VIPKID. This online teaching platform is a great way to make money from anywhere in…

VIPKID Teacher Requirements 2019: The Complete Breakdown

Teaching for VIPKID lets you work from home with minimal effort. You can make up to $22 an hour, create your own schedule, and work from your home — or…

How to Pass Your VIPKID Mock Class (in 2019)

If you’re thinking of applying to VIPKID, you probably already know about the mock class.  It’s an essential part of the application process, and the good news is that it’s…

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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…

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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…

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The Best TEFL Online Courses: The Definitive Buying Guide

You are looking for a legit TEFL online course, which is worth the money and perfectly prepares you to teach English abroad? Online courses are an excellent option for people…

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Teaching English in Colombia (The Country Guide)

Do you want to see the world, learn Spanish, dance salsa, eat tripe, and trek through Amazon rainforests?  Or are you trying to negotiate between having an adventure after college…

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…

Teaching English in Saudi Arabia (The Country Guide)

Do you dream of camels, deserts, and ancient holy sites?  Or are your imaginations more concerned with making oodles of cash? Whether your head’s in the clouds or your wallet,…

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The 11 Countries Paying the Highest Salaries for Teaching Abroad

If you’re interested in living abroad, you might be considering teaching ESL as a way to fund your travels.  Teaching English abroad can be incredibly lucrative, as well as a…

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