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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.

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Setting Classroom Expectations: The 3 Most Effective Expectations in Any ESL Classroom

Are you a new ESL teacher, or a teacher working to improve your classroom? You’re probably looking for ways to maintain an orderly classroom, not to mention create a positive,…

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Is Getting a TEFL Certification Worth It? The Pros and Cons

Do you want to teach abroad? Many people want to be able to live and work in a foreign country, but they don’t know where to start. To become a…

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The Best Laptops for Teachers: The Definitive Buying Guide

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…

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What is Teaching English in Vietnam Really Like?

Hey, how cool would it be to live and teach English in Vietnam? The cost of living is cheap, the people are nice, the pay is good, and the entire…

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Phrasal Verbs – The Best Lesson Plans & Resources for ESL Teachers

Phrasal Verbs are an intricate part of the English language. While phrasal verbs are quite difficult for TEFL students to grasp, it is necessary to understand them in order to…

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18 Tips on Giving Great English Conversation Lessons for Adults

Conversation lessons are a great way to practice and develop speaking skills for adults (and teenagers), but you may be a little lost on how to give your student the…

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The 12 Best Companies for Teaching English Online to Chinese Students

So you’ve decided to teach English online to Chinese students, but you’re not sure which company is right for you. With tons of English teaching companies, it can be hard…

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Teaching ESL in a Language Centre: What to Expect

Have you come across a lot of job ads which want you to teach ESL in a language centre in China, Vietnam or anywhere else? You may wonder what working…

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The Guide to Teaching English in Shanghai

As one of the biggest cities in the world, Shanghai gives ESL teachers no shortage of opportunities: for work, for culture, for love. However, with so much going on in…

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How Much Is a TEFL? The Detailed TEFL Certification Costs Breakdown

Most jobs to teach English abroad require applicants to have a TEFL certification. This means that before you receive your first paycheck, you’ll have to invest a big chunk of…

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The 7 Best Places to Teach English in Asia (in 2019)

Been dreaming of living somewhere in Asia while teaching English? There’s a flavor for everyone, from the beaches in Thailand to the Great Wall in China, and every jungle or…

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Interactive Learning: The Pros and Cons

What is interactive learning, really? It is a procedure that imparts education in the traditional classroom. In between traditional lectures with students who listen to their instructors and take notes…

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Teaching English in Taiwan (The Country Guide)

Taiwan, an island nation with a population of 23 million, may be easy to miss on a map, but its small size belies a wealth of culture, food, natural beauty,…

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The Super-Comprehensive Starter Guide to Teaching English Online

Teaching English Online: The Super-Comprehensive Starter Guide Do you want to teach English online — to pad your income or work full-time, from home or location-independently while traveling? This massive…

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Yes, You Can Teach English In China, No Experience Needed!

Do you want to teach in China, but the idea of standing at the front of a classroom full of children who don’t speak your language makes you shake in…

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20 Engaging Business English Activities and Lesson Topics

For Business English students, it’s important that ESL lessons are based on the needs of their day to day work. They want to practice situations taken from their real professional lives.…

The 7 Best Places to Teach English in Latin America (in 2019)

Been dreaming of living somewhere in Latin America while teaching English? There’s a flavor for everyone. Choosing a country within this fascinating region is quite the task. This post lists…

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Teaching English in Shenzhen: The City Guide

If you’ve decided to teach English in China, you may be overwhelmed by the sheer number of English teaching jobs available. In Shenzhen, maybe one of the biggest city you’ve…

7 Easy ESL Speaking Activities to Practice With Teens or Adults

Every language teacher knows that speaking is a core skill to teach and practice, but sometimes it can be challenging to come up with creative or engaging ESL speaking activities.…

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The Guide to Teaching English in Germany

Thinking of teaching English abroad? Germany might not be the first European country that comes to mind, but maybe it should be! What you will find in this article is…

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The Guide to Teaching English in South Korea

Annyeonghaseyo! If you are considering teaching English in South Korea, you are picking one of the prime locations in Asia for making money and having awesome adventures. Korea is packed…

How to Teach English Online with VIPKID: The Step-by-Step Guide

If you’re looking for an easy, interactive way to earn money online, consider teaching English with VIPKID. You can work from anywhere with an internet connection, set your own schedule,…

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How to Create a Lesson Plan in Almost No Time

Are you overwhelmed with the time and effort it takes to plan your teaching lessons? If so, this article is for you. Teaching does not have to be as stressful…

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The Guide To Teaching English In Japan

Teaching English in Japan is very, very popular. Japan is called to be a safe, clean and well-organized country of friendly people. However, finding a teaching job there can a…

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