Teacher and students in an EFL classroom

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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Use Songs in The EFL Classroom!

When teaching English, a big part of any successful lesson is keeping your students engaged. Using popular songs in the EFL classroom is a fun way to add some energy to a lackluster grammar topic while giving students a lesson in American pop culture at the same time! I usually find it’s best to use […]

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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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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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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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Let’s Get Personal in the EFL Classroom

Adult students in particular come to the EFL classroom with lots of experience and knowledge about the world. Our job is to give them the words to describe what they already know or how they feel. This creates a very personal experience, one that it also highly motivating for the students. Students like to know […]

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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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Making Art and Making Language: Tasks for Varied Learning Styles

Not all students learn in the same ways. Each person brings his own experiences, preferences, and learning style to the classroom. Learning styles have been defined in many ways. Most broadly, distinctions are made between visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners. For example, imagine that you just found an ad online with the name of a […]

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