Last-Minute Lifesavers: Quick Games and Activities for the EFL Classroom

We’ve all been there – you’ve just finished a great lesson with your EFL students, but you look up at the clock and you’ve still got 15 minutes before your class ends, and you don’t have anything else planned! Don’t panic– here are some last-minute, no-preparation-needed TEFL activities to keep up your sleeve so you can fill those final moments of class in a fun and educational way!

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Teaching English in a Multilingual Classroom

Teaching English in a Multilingual Classroom

Have you ever wondered what kind of students you’ll be working with once you’re TEFL certified and teaching English, either at home or abroad? While you may teach adults or children, and you’ll probably work with a range of levels, another consideration is whether you’ll teach English in a monolingual or a multilingual classroom. The Monolingual Classroom […]

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5 Challenging TEFL Students and How to Deal with Them

Regardless of whether your TEFL career lands you in front of a class of kindergartners or roomful of corporate CEOs, having good classroom management skills will benefit you as a teacher. One aspect of good classroom management is recognizing, understanding and dealing with the different types of challenging students you’ll be faced with in class. […]

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Teacher and students in an EFL classroom

TEFL Tip: 3 Last Minute EFL Lesson Plans for Any Class

Attention EFL teachers: Have you ever finished teaching a carefully planned out lesson only to glance at the clock and see 15 (terrifying) minutes remaining, with nothing for your students to do? Or have you ever been asked to sub a class at the last minute without being provided with a lesson plan? Stay calm! […]

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The Best TEFL Games For Adults

So you landed your first TEFL gig for adults. You might be thinking: “What the @#$% am I going to teach now without my arsenal of fun TEFL games?” Fear not, dear TEFLer! While adults may appear serious and boring, they enjoy a good game just as much as your average elementary-schooler. Perhaps even more so: get an […]

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Rewarding your EFL Students: Don’t Forget to Add the Smiley Face!

Every accomplishment deserves a well done or pat on the back. Don’t forget to praise your EFL students when they achieve, correctly pronounce, and participate. English class can be no fun for students with drills, repetition, and homework. So don’t forget to encourage them and applaud them. Here are some words of praise you can […]

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Understanding Fluency: The Basics

Do you ever wonder what someone means when they say they are fluent in another language? How can you know when you cross the line from “un poquito” to fluido? As an examiner, I evaluate fluency by assessing the fluidity and cohesion of an English students’ speech. By fluidity, I mean the ability and willingness […]

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No Time To Plan: A Quick English Speaking Activity for the Busy TEFL Teacher

Lesson planning was never my forte as an English teacher.  I knew that it was critical to my success as a teacher and that I hated feeling unprepared, but I still fought the process.  I know that many teachers do, especially new teachers that haven’t developed a full bag of tricks for the classroom.  For […]

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How to Teach Classes With Mixed Ability

One common complication in teaching is finding that students of many different skill levels are placed together in our classroom. At times, the moment we pass out a reading comprehension exercise, Sergio is already finished while Juan has no idea how to begin. What can we do? Should we bore Sergio by adopting the “convoy” […]

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Understanding Fluency: TEFL Speaking Activities Part III

Part 2 of this series on fluent speaking described a few TEFL speaking activities that involved student interaction. The next set of ideas also involve a great deal of interaction, but involve a slightly more authentic task: problem solving. In each of the activities below, the students are first presented with a problem that requires […]

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