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Teaching English with Guided Discovery for ESL

Using guided discovery for ESL is an approach that gives students the opportunity to question and discover the target language in a lesson. Learn how to use this method to encourage collaboration between students and proactive learning.

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Kindergarten Students of English Teacher in Wanli, China, Erin Coyle

ESL Games & Activities for Kids

Learning English as a second language probably won’t make young learners’ and teens’ list of top three favorite activities, but incorporating games into your lessons is a great way to help young students review what they’ve learned in an interactive, fun, and memorable way.

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How to Create ESL Lesson Plans and Top Sites to Find Free Ones!

A planned, structured TEFL lesson guides your curriculum as a teacher and provides measurable objectives for students. Let’s take a look at the components of effective plans, how to write your own, and top sites for finding free ESL lesson plans.

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ESL Teacher Using Songs

ESL Songs for Kids and Teens

Young learners and teens (and even adults!) enjoy learning English through music. A teacher in China shares his favorite ESL songs and activities to engage his students and even “trick” them into practicing new language points!

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ESL Pronunciation Lesson for “S” Words

As an experienced English teacher who was born in Mexico and learned both English and Spanish at the same time, Lorena Siegel understands firsthand her students’ issues with ESL pronunciation. She shares this fun, snake-themed activity for young learners, teens, or even adults, to help Spanish-speaking students in with s pronunciation.

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5 Fun Ways to Use Realia in Your Classroom

If you’re a teacher, chances are that you’ve used “realia” at some point in your classroom (especially if you teach young learners) and you may not have even realized it! We’ll show you 5 creative ways to use these real-world objects in the classroom to grab your students’ attention and make lessons more memorable.

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Facebook Live Interview with Leah Donelson, Bridge Academic Manager, on the International TESOL Conference

Last month, Bridge employees attended the 2018 International TESOL conference in Chicago. Here, Alissa Berdahl from BridgeTEFL speaks with BridgeEnglish’s Academic Manager, Leah Donelson, during a Facebook Live event, about the main takeaways from the conference. Leah discusses changing attitudes in the TESOL community, incorporating technology into lessons, and how to assure that classes are relevant and up-to-date in the 21st century.

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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 plan actually frees teachers to do what they do best: to give attention to their students in the classroom without worrying about what comes next.

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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. 

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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 the lesson without skipping a beat. A good place to begin any plan is with an objective. 

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