Pedagogy (TESOL/TEFL Strategies & Methodology)

Learn about the latest pedagogy for TEFL/TESOL from the experts. Stay up to date with the latest teaching trends and learn how to be the most effective English teacher you can be. We’ll show you how to manage large ESL classrooms, effectively use ESL games and activities to engage your students, teach English with limited resources, and tackle other hot topics. ELT pedagogy is constantly evolving, so ensure you have the latest information so you succeed in your teaching goals.

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12 Fun ESL Reading Comprehension Activities for All Levels!

Reading is essential to boost your English learners’ skills, so ESL reading comprehension activities are vital to your students’ success. Some students may not be fond of reading or are daunted by the thought of running into unfamiliar words or phrases, but fret not! We’ve got ESL reading comprehension activities that make reading fun and […]

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What Is Code-Switching in EFL Classrooms and When Should You Use This Practice?

People living in multicultural communities are familiar with the phenomenon of code-switching. Code-switching in the EFL classroom can enhance communication and has several functions. The term code-switching (CS) refers to the practice of switching among different linguistic codes. EFL classroom code-switching may be most useful in certain situations and with certain language proficiency levels. Let’s […]

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Your Guide to Fluency vs. Accuracy in English Language Teaching

There are many goals English language teachers consider when developing their instructional strategies and deciding on class activities. Considering whether to focus on fluency vs. accuracy is an important one. Is one set of skills more important than the other? Should they be taught separately? Can they be taught jointly? These are all good questions, […]

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feedback for ESL students

You’re Doing Great! Mastering the Art of Feedback for ESL Students

Giving feedback to ESL students is more than saying “good job” or putting a gold star on a quiz. Relevant feedback can take so many forms, ranging from written to verbal to visual. Each of these forms will serve a different purpose, guiding and correcting your students’ learning approaches. Kind words and fresh insights will […]

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8 Strategies to Build Confidence in ESL Students

Language-learning anxiety is a real phenomenon that affects many students and makes them less willing to participate in class activities and even attend a foreign language class at all. This phenomenon is present in all language classes to varying degrees and is usually independent of the studied language. However, English language learners seem to occupy […]

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ESL filler activities

7 ESL Filler Activities for Teaching Online

You’ve finally finished teaching your lesson, your students have completed all of their tasks, and then you realize you still have time left before class ends. Uh-oh! Since you don’t want to waste this unexpected time away, you can easily turn it into a fun and educational moment. By having a few ESL filler activities […]

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JET Program

JET Program: Everything You Need to Know to Teach English in Japan

Have you heard of the JET Program in Japan? This popular Japanese teacher exchange program requires assistant teaching applicants to have a bachelor’s degree and citizenship from a participating country, as well as a strong interest in Japanese culture. The salary for teachers starts at an appealing ¥3,360,000 per year (which is about $26,000 USD) […]

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Teaching Suprasegmentals in the ESL Classroom: Stress, Rhythm, and Intonation

Suprasegmentals refer to speech features such as tone, rhythm, or loudness – basically anything that isn’t a standalone sound. They signal grammatical differences, emotions, and continuity that a native speaker will automatically pick up on. It is incredibly important for ESL students to grasp suprasegmental features both in theory and in practice. Below, we’ll demonstrate […]

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ELL listening activities

Listen Up! 9 ELL Listening Activities for Students of Any Age and Level

If students want to become fluent in English, listening is an essential skill for them to master. No matter how well you speak a language, if you don’t understand what the other person is saying to you, your answer will be a little awkward – and sometimes a little bit embarrassing. Teachers can make it […]

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Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the ESL Classroom

Critical thinking has become a central concept in today’s educational landscape, regardless of the subject taught. Critical thinking is not a new idea. It has been present since the time of Greek philosophers like Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Socrates’ famous quote, “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel,” underscores […]

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