William, English teacher in China, with students

Do You CCQ? Using Concept Checking Questions in the ESL Classroom

Asking students, “Do you understand? ” can be ineffective when checking understanding of a new concept in the ESL classroom. A better option? Try concept checking questions (CCQs) to really gauge your students’ comprehension.

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How to Teach English With Limited Resources: Tips, Strategies, and More!

Have to teach English with limited resources? Don’t worry! You can still deliver exciting and effective lessons, and you might even become a creative teacher along the way. A teacher in Colombia shares what she’s learned.

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ESL teacher with class of students

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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Krzl, teaching English online from Chile

How Online Teaching Helped Me Become a Better English Teacher

You don’t need to cross an ocean to have a great TEFL experience! Here, English teacher, Krzl Light Nunes, writes about her experiences teaching English online, and the surprising ways it has improved her classroom teaching skills.

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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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Students doing icebreakers in a TEFL class

10 Easy ESL Icebreakers

Whether starting the first day with a bang or re-energizing students throughout the term, ESL icebreakers get students moving, build confidence, and set the tone for the class. We share how to effectively use these ESL icebreakers in your class.

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Parents as ESL Stakeholders

ESL Stakeholders – Who Are They and Why Do They Matter?

ESL stakeholders are invested in students’ success. Knowing who they are and how to build good relationships with them will result in positive interactions with colleagues as well as happy students, satisfied parents, and more career opportunities for you down the road.

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Teach ESL Vocab

How to Teach ESL Vocabulary

Vocabulary is crucial to a student’s language development in order to relate thoughts, ideas, and feelings effectively– in other words, to communicate! But how do we help students build vocab without making them memorize lists of ESL vocabulary that will be soon forgotten after the next pop quiz?

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TEFL Teacher with class

TEFL Tips for New Teachers

Are you new to teaching English as a foreign language, or thinking of getting certified? We remember being in your shoes. And while your TEFL course will teach you how to lesson plan, answer tough grammar questions, and manage students’ behavior, seasoned teachers can share other tips that will help you get off on the right foot as you teach your first classes.

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