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The Best Laptops for Teachers: The Definitive Buying Guide

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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 lesson topics and teach students online in their spare time. Are you about to buy a new one because your old one is broken or…

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

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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 master the language. When I used to teach English, I often found it difficult to find quality phrasal verbs lesson plans, worksheets, and material outside…

18 Tips on Giving Great English Conversation Lessons for Adults

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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 most out of the lesson. You don’t want to just show up to the lesson and chat. You should want to give them the most…

Interactive Learning: The Pros and Cons

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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 and individual e-learning from the commodity of one’s home, interactive learning combines it all, right there in the spot where education happens – classrooms. Basically,…

20 Engaging Business English Activities and Lesson Topics

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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. Some are: making phone calls, being able to hold and carry on conversations, and preparing and giving presentations.  Coming up with creative activities and finding…

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. Let’s dive into seven quick and easy ESL speaking activities you can integrate into your lessons to practice speaking with teens or adults. They are…

The 13 Rules for Being a Great ESL Teacher

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The demand for ESL teachers throughout the world increases each year and teaching ESL has become a popular career among English speakers. The good news is: It’s not difficult to become an ESL teacher. However, being a great ESL teacher certainly is. How do you know that YOU are a great teacher – and make…

How to Become an English Teacher (at Home and Abroad)

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Teaching is considered one of the noblest and rewarding professions, and English teachers are in high demand. Are you interested in learning how to become an English teacher domestically or abroad? This post explicates the possible career paths in public or private education sectors and the requirements you must meet. Teaching is such an attractive…

How to Use Active and Passive Voice

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Passive voice is one of the most challenging parts of the English grammar for a number of students, and often for a good reason. In some languages, passive voice is not used as often as in English or is used in a different way. For ESL students, the first difficult step is to determine whether…

Using the 5 Different Styles of Learning To Make Lessons Fun

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Fun, enjoyable ESL lessons that leave lasting impressions for students require teachers to understand the 5 different ways students learn. One way to create engaging lesson plans is to develop lessons with an awareness of your students´ favorite styles of learning. The 5 Styles of Learning Some students respond to visual learning, which includes using pictures, images,…

Teaching English to Adults – The Pros and Cons

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Maybe you’ve already been teaching for a few years and want to make a transition from teaching children to adults. Perhaps you’re a newbie with specific teaching preferences. You may be a seasoned professional who knows exactly what they want, or a starry-eyed hopeful fresh to the shores of a foreign country you never thought…

Teaching English to Children – The Pros and Cons

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The vast majority of TEFL jobs are about teaching English to children and young learners. If you love kids, you can choose between thousands of jobs in language centers or public schools. But teaching children might not be for everyone – actually, what are the pros and cons? Teaching abroad can be a daunting decision,…

Humor: The Key To Teaching English As A Second Language

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There are a variety of methods and recommendations for teaching English as a Second Language. The prevailing one is the communicative approach, which aims for a targeted language (e.g. grammar) and demands ample time for students to first practice the targeted language and then use it in seemingly real-life simulated activities during class. This approach…