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.

an ESL teacher asking CCQs.

Do You CCQ? Using Concept Checking Questions in the ESL Classroom

“Do you understand?” “Does that make sense?” “Do you have it?” It doesn’t matter how a teacher might ask, these types of questions are not the most effective attempts at checking comprehension with ESL students, who might simply say “yes” whether they understand or not. Using concept checking questions (CCQs), on the other hand, is […]

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Empowering Students with the Flipped Classroom Approach

Although the flipped classroom approach has been around for a long time, it has grown in popularity in recent years as technology has advanced, fast becoming a common classroom tool for instruction and study. The Flipped Classroom or Inverted Classroom approach, first introduced by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams with the acronym FLIP, which stands […]

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5 Popular ESL Teaching Methods Every Teacher Should Know

Check out these 5 popular ESL teaching methods, including communicative language teaching (CLT) and total physical response (TPR), to stay up to date on the latest English teaching trends and try some new strategies in the classroom.

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What’s the CEFR? The GSE? English Language Learner Levels Explained

Students’ English proficiency levels can get confusing! Learn about the CEFR, a universal standard for describing language learner levels that’s essential for any TEFL teacher to be familiar with.

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Debunking the Methodology Myth: Identifying Multiple Methods of ESL Instruction

Choosing an effective foreign language teaching methodology is a concern common for many language teachers. In the case of teaching English as a second or foreign language, this concern is amplified by the unique place English occupies among world languages and the multifaceted profile of English language learners. Some teachers remain loyal to a specific […]

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The Essentials of Teaching Business English Online and In Person

What is teaching Business English all about, and what activities should you use in this TEFL/TESOL subfield? Learn where these adult ESL students are, what it takes to get a job teaching Business English online or in the classroom, and how to effectively work with this demographic.

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Unleashing the Power of Creative Thinking in the ESL Classroom

The role of an English language teacher is multifaceted. Of the many responsibilities that fall to you as an instructor are to keep education fun, fresh, and encouraging and to incorporate important transferable skills in your lessons so students succeed beyond the classroom. One way to do all of this is to find methods that […]

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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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