Yes, Drill Sergeant! How To Use EFL Practice Drills

Oral drills are a technique that we teach during the IDELT™ TEFL training course. Since oral drills can be difficult to set up and facilitate, we usually suggest teachers-in-training try to implement them later in the course after they become comfortable with the foundational classroom management techniques. Nevertheless, it is an important skill to develop. What is […]

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Trouble with Teaching Tenses: Teaching the Future

What would you English speakers say if I told you that you have no future?  It is true that the English language has no future tense, but there are quite a few structures that indicate possible future events. Joel may join us. Joel might join us. I think Joel will join us. Joel is going to join […]

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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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EFL Lesson Planning – PPP: Peter Piper Picked a Whatawhata?

Actually, in TEFL-speak, PPP is a term referred to in lesson planning and it stands for- Presentation, Practice and Production. This format is commonly used in the communicative approach to teaching EFL and traditionally, PPP is kept in sequential order. Presentation is the time to present the new grammar or target language for the lesson. […]

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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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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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