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

“Do you understand?” “Does that make sense?” “Do you have it?”  It does not matter how a teacher asks “Do you understand?” These types of questions are ineffective attempts at checking meaning with ESL/EFL students. Try concept check questions (CCQs) instead.

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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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No Time To Plan: A Quick English Speaking Activity for the Busy TEFL Teacher

Lesson planning was never my forte as an English teacher.  I knew that it was critical to my success as a teacher and that I hated feeling unprepared, but I still fought the process.  I know that many teachers do, especially new teachers that haven’t developed a full bag of tricks for the classroom.  For […]

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How to Teach Classes With Mixed Ability

One common complication in teaching is finding that students of many different skill levels are placed together in our classroom. At times, the moment we pass out a reading comprehension exercise, Sergio is already finished while Juan has no idea how to begin. What can we do? Should we bore Sergio by adopting the “convoy” […]

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Part II – Reading Techniques for Learner-Centered Teaching

This post was written by Susan Weymouth Part I of this article “Reading Techniques for Learning-Centered Teaching” established how designing student-centered activities after reading motivates English language learners to speak and write. Part II offers a few suggestions for the classroom. These activities do not replace work on reading subskills, but build bridges to meaningful […]

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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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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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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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