EFL students in a mixed proficiency classroom.

Handling Mixed-Proficiency EFL Classrooms

This post was written by Matthew Clark No two learners are exactly alike. As English teachers, we should be able to identify these differences and adapt our lessons to suit the individual needs of our students. One such learner difference is proficiency. Although it is generally preferred to create homogenous groups, this can be difficult […]

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The Downside to Teaching EFL Using the Translation Method

There are two schools of thought about teaching EFL using translation. The direct translation/grammar translation method was used extensively for reading and interpreting texts, usually in the field of academia. In fact my husband used this method when he wrote his thesis on Hegel (way back in 1975!!!). He did not have to be conversant in German to interpret […]

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I Give Up! – Techniques to Keep These Words Out of Your ESL Students’ Mouths

I give up! Learning a second language is a waste of time! Have you felt this way? Then you are certainly part of the 95% of the students who attended a traditional second language program. According to evidence collected by James Asher[1], who developed a methodology called Total Physical Response, only 5% of the students […]

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What’s the Opposite? It Depends! Teaching English Vocabulary with Gradable Opposites

This post was written by Denise Kray What’s the opposite? It Depends! Before reading, watch this video for more tips on Teaching Vocabulary with Gradable Opposites: What happens when you ask a student, “What’s the opposite of ‘hot’”? Most likely the student says, “cold.”  One way we English teachers deal with meaning is to teach with […]

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Teaching ESL – Tips for Preparing Lesson Plans

This post was written by Laura Greenwood Well, if you read my blog about teaching large English classes you might have surmised I have strong views on how to be a successful ESL/EFL teacher. My views are based on experience in the field and specifically my job of teaching both the CELTA and BridgeTEFL’s IDELT, […]

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5 New Year’s Resolutions to Rock the TEFL Classroom

With 2011 just a couple of days away, it is hard to avoid the temptation to make (and break!) resolutions. From the staff at Bridge, here are the top 5 New Year’s resolutions to rock your TEFL classroom in 2011: 5. Shake it Up! Try New Things in the TEFL Classroom. Sometimes we get stuck […]

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Teaching a large English classroom

Teaching Large English Classes

This post was written by Laura Greenwood First day of ESL class scenario: Walk in and 50 students are staring at me! OMG! As many of you have experienced, the meaning of large varies around the globe and the reality is, English classes of 30-70 students is the norm in many parts of the world. What is a large […]

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Part Two: Second Language Learning – How Long Does It Really Take?

This post was written by Laura Greenwood According to language experts, there are five distinct stages a language learner progresses through. We looked at stage names, the general description of each stage, what teachers should focus on, and how long teachers can expect a language learner to stay at each stage. But our students want […]

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Tips for Teaching English Online

  As our world gets busier, many students are choosing the less “traditional” route of online courses to fulfill their dreams. This includes BA’s, MA’s, hobbies, special interests, and now more than ever, foreign languages. A quick google search of “ESL Online” will bring up a lengthy list of websites, both for students to learn […]

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Whiteboards That Aren’t so White: Organization in the ESL Classroom

Even though teachers can’t scratch their nails on a chalk board anymore to get their students’ attention, there are many other ways to keep your students attentive in the classroom with good board work. I always go into an ESL classroom with at least three colors of marker, but preferably four. I’m a grammar nerd, so […]

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