Keep Your Eyes on the Prize: Using Objectives in ESL Lesson Plans

Most experienced English teachers know the benefits of planning and do their best to walk into each class prepared. ESL lesson plans can range from a few notes on the back of an envelope to full-blown works of art. They can be quick 1-2-3 outlines or so fully developed that a substitute teacher can walk in and complete the lesson without skipping a beat. A good place to begin any plan is with an objective. 

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Listening to Your Students – What a Concept! Observing and Monitoring Errors in the EFL Classroom

This post was written by Susan Weymouth, Bridge Curriculum Specialist and CELTA trainer. Teachers, how often do you step back and listen to your EFL students? We often think of error correction as a direct, immediate action: the teacher hears a mistake and then points it out. Yet, that is only one possibility. Consider all […]

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Teach EFL and Begin a Linguistic Love Affair

love /lʌv/ noun, verb, loved, lov·ing. 1. a profoundly tender, passionate affection Many people decide to teach English as a way to see the world, but some of them find the experience leads to a lifelong love affair. I don’t mean that they find partners in the coffee shop around the corner from the school – […]

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The World at Your Fingertips: Resources for EFL Teachers

Most EFL teachers know about many good quality websites available on the internet. For example, the granddaddy of them of all, Dave’s ESL Café is still a well-maintained and updated clearinghouse for many types of information for EFL teachers. However, you may not have heard as much about the great resources available from universities. These sites can […]

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Reading Techniques for Learner-Centered Teaching Part I: “That’s just like my cousin…”

A recent article in TESOL Journal discussed how to create a more student-centered ESL classroom by providing follow-up projects on reading, in which students personalized the concepts. For example, after reading a story which involved naming, students wrote and spoke about the significance of their own names. The authors, Cloud, Lapkin, and Leninger (2011) concluded that “through […]

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Games for teaching English to young learners

5 Great ESL Games for Teaching English to Young Learners

Let’s face it, learning English as a second language is most likely not going to make a young learner’s list of top three favorite activities. However, there are several things you can incorporate into your TEFL lesson plans that will keep your students interested and engaged. Here are five great ESL games for teaching English […]

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Making Art and Making Language: Tasks for Varied Learning Styles

Not all students learn in the same ways. Each person brings his own experiences, preferences, and learning style to the classroom. Learning styles have been defined in many ways. Most broadly, distinctions are made between visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners. For example, imagine that you just found an ad online with the name of a […]

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