Teaching English Grammar with the Guided Discovery Approach

You could plan a lesson to teach verb tenses by defining the tense, giving examples in sentences, and then passing out a worksheet for your students to practice. This may be a very familiar grammar instruction technique for many of your students. But grammar instruction can, and should, be more than perfunctory. You want to teach language, after […]

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How to Create a TEFL Lesson Plan

As a TEFLOnline.com tutor, I have observed that lesson planning is the one part of the ESL teacher’s toolbox that many trainees struggle to master. This is likely because they misunderstand its purpose and see it as an administrative chore rather than what it is — their best friend in the classroom. A carefully written TEFL lesson […]

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EFL Teaching Tip: Break Free from Frozen Teaching Techniques

Even experienced teachers can fall into bad habits, using outdated techniques that limit students’ learning experience rather than broadening it. Curriculum expert, Susan Weymouth, shares an EFL teaching tip to help you avoid a time-frozen teaching technique and adopt a more vibrant strategy that your students will love.  Time-Frozen Strategy: Grammar-Translation This method was designed […]

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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 […]

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Top 5 Websites for Free TEFL Lesson Plans

When I first started teaching English to kindergarteners in Central America, I didn’t have a textbook to use with my students, so I spent a lot of time online searching for lesson plans I could use with my class of eager and energetic young learners. Since I was a new TEFL teacher, it was hard figuring out where to […]

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5 Fun EFL Games for Kids

Let’s face it, learning English as a foreign language is not likely to make the list of a young learner’s list of favorite activities. If you teach kids, however, or plan to, incorporating games into your TEFL lesson plans will keep these young students interested and engaged. Here are 5 fun EFL games to get the […]

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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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Teaching Writing in the EFL Classroom: Freestyle or Copying?

This post is a guest blog written by Scott Zimmermann, D.A. When we consider writing in the EFL classroom, we typically think of the instructor assigning a topic and specifying the length of the paragraph or essay. This kind of activity is not usually welcomed by students who realize that writing is the most difficult […]

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Best EFL Icebreakers for the First Day of Class

The first day teaching a new EFL class is the most important. You’ll be setting the tone for the rest of the course, establishing ground rules and most importantly, getting to know the English level of your students. The first day is always about getting them to feel comfortable and come out of their shell […]

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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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