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Why to Activate your ESL Students’ Background Schema

In listening and reading lessons with your ESL students, it’s crucial to activate your students’ background schema or existing experience on the topic.

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Put Your Students to Task in the EFL Classroom

The term task is thrown around a lot in the ESL/EFL classroom. Teachers like to say they use task based learning (TBL), however very few can agree what TBL actually is. Allow me to clarify. Scrivener (2009) defines TBL as “[learning that] bases work cycles around the preparation for, doing of, and reflective analysis of […]

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Should I Allow My ESL Students to Use Their Native Language?

Whether to allow ESL students to use their first language in the foreign language classroom often sparks quite fiery debate. While some argue that allowing the first language prevents learners from developing fluency in the target language, others see many reasons for the inclusion of the first language in classroom tasks.

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Teaching culture in the ESL classroom.

Rethinking How We Teach Culture in the ESL Classroom

This post was written by Matthew Clark Teaching the target culture is a large part of teaching the target language. However, we should be careful that in teaching culture in the ESL classroom, we are breaking stereotypes instead of strengthening them. A very common mistake when teaching culture is to provide students with a list […]

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Behind the Scenes: Meet the Real-Life Grammar Advisor!

This post was written by Kaye McDaniel Grammar. For most ESL teachers, it is our worst enemy! Yes, teaching grammar is probably going to be one of the most difficult aspects of teaching English for you.  If you are a native speaker of English, you don’t have to worry as much as you think.  Even […]

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ESL: Teaching Tenses with Keywords

This post was written by Matthew Clark Are English verbs more difficult to learn or to teach? One way to make the process of teaching tenses easier is to highlight keywords that signal the use of a particular tense or aspect. For example, “I showered two days ago,” and “While I was walking the dog, it began […]

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Trouble with Tenses: Teaching The Past Tense to EFL Students

As much as some of us try to forget our past, as English teachers we are confronted with it regularly. Teaching the past tense to EFL students can be challenging. Here is a suggestion to keep your lesson plans interesting: think about the last time you were interrogated by the police. Tell your EFL students that a […]

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