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.

Testing in TESOL Part 4: Assessing your Assessment

TESOL test design and administration is no easy task. Ask anyone who has tried. Tests take practice writing and require constant revision. This part of our series on testing in TESOL focuses on some issues to be aware of when assessing your assessment. Bias Bias can be seen in a variety of ways in testing. […]

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Teaching English Abroad: Top 5 Insider Tips for New TEFL Teachers!

I thought I was ready for teaching English abroad–but I’ll never forget standing in front of twenty teenaged Moroccan students, role sheet in hand, thinking, “this oughta be good,” as I struggled to pronounce their unfamiliar names in my head before butchering them aloud. Abdelaziz? Btissam? Oumaima? That’s the thing about being a new teacher teaching […]

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Testing in TESOL Part 1: A Taxonomy of Tests

Testing in TESOL Part 1: This post is the first part of a five part series on testing in the field of TESOL. There is too much information about TESOL testing for one blog post, and I have never been one to cram. In the first two parts, I want to focus on the types […]

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Why to Activate your ESL Students’ Background Schema

In listening and reading lessons with your ESL students, it’s crucial to activate your students’ background schema or existing experience on the topic.

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Should I Allow My ESL Students to Use Their Native Language?

Whether to allow ESL students to use their first language in the foreign language classroom often sparks quite fiery debate. While some argue that allowing the first language prevents learners from developing fluency in the target language, others see many reasons for the inclusion of the first language in classroom tasks.

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Trouble with Tenses: Teaching the Present Progressive Tense with Current Events

The progressive aspect is not one that is common in all languages. If your students are not familiar with this concept in their native language, it may take some practice before they can grasp it. One idea for teaching the present progressive tense is to talk about the news. This is also a good opportunity to talk […]

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Make Students Remember What They Learn! Inductive vs. Deductive Grammar Teaching in the ESL Classroom

This post was written by Susan Weymouth A key ESL teaching concept is deductive versus inductive learning. Should you begin with a rule (such as a grammar rule concerning the past tense) and ask students to make it specific with their examples? Should you begin with something specific (such as important events in students’ life […]

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Order Word – Needs Who It?

This post was written by Rachel Spillane Is word order important in the ESL classroom? Do we need to teach our English students the grammar rules related to sentence structure – word order? Teachers, grammarians, linguists, high-school students and more importantly, the grammar-police (in various professions) have been arguing this for centuries. Do we teach rules or […]

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Teaching culture in the ESL classroom.

Rethinking How We Teach Culture in the ESL Classroom

This post was written by Matthew Clark Teaching the target culture is a large part of teaching the target language. However, we should be careful that in teaching culture in the ESL classroom, we are breaking stereotypes instead of strengthening them. A very common mistake when teaching culture is to provide students with a list […]

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ESL: Teaching Tenses with Keywords

This post was written by Matthew Clark Are English verbs more difficult to learn or to teach? One way to make the process of teaching tenses easier is to highlight keywords that signal the use of a particular tense or aspect. For example, “I showered two days ago,” and “While I was walking the dog, it began […]

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