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Top 5 Websites for Free TEFL Lesson Plans

New to teaching English as a foreign language? Discover 5 websites that provide appropriate, engaging and (most importantly!) free TEFL lesson plans.

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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? Or have […]

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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 of 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 […]

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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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Understanding Fluency: TEFL Speaking Activities Part II

Here’s an activity that doesn’t involve as much repetition as those described in my previous blog about speaking activities in the TEFL classroom, but utilizes a lot more student interaction instead.Start by giving each student a card with a different number on it. If you’ve got ten students, number the cards one through ten. On each […]

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Understanding Fluency: TEFL Speaking Activities Part I

Who doesn’t love a good TEFL speaking activity? Using speaking activities in the EFL classroom is an excellent way to help students improve their ability to access language and at a faster speed, thereby improving fluency. Here are a few I hope you love. Time Trials: This is an activity which has apparently been around […]

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Technology in TESOL: The Wiki

It’s widely accepted that student collaboration is an effective tool in the TESOL classroom. Outside of the class, more and more collaboration is done online through the use of wikis. Why not bring wikis into the classroom to create an authentic collaborative environment for your EFL students? Why a wiki: Students collaborate more. Students think […]

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Testing in TESOL Part 5: Positive Washback

Have you ever gone into a test feeling like you knew nothing, only to leave feeling like you knew it all? It’s common for learners to benefit from tests. This effect is called positive washback, and it has a few possible implications. Tests help us to learn because they are typically challenging and often stressful […]

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Testing in TESOL Part 3: Authentic Assessment

The first two parts of this series covered a variety of testing types, but I wanted to give this one its own post: authentic assessment. Why do I feel authentic assessment is so important? Perhaps, as I’m sure many other teachers would agree, the word assessment has a pleasant ring to it — even if we can’t […]

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