The Best TEFL Games For Adults

So you landed your first TEFL gig for adults. You might be thinking: “What the heck am I going to teach now without my arsenal of fun TEFL games for kids?” Fear not, dear TEFLer! While you might think adults are serious or boring, they enjoy a good game just as much as your average elementary-schooler. Perhaps even […]

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building rapport in the esl classroom

5 Ways to Build Rapport in the ESL Classroom

As an ESL teacher, it is essential to connect with your students. Here are some simple, fail-proof ways to build rapport in the ESL classroom.

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Best EFL Icebreakers for the First Day of Class

The first day of teaching a new EFL class is the most important. You’ll be setting the tone for the rest of the course, establishing ground rules and most importantly, getting to know the English level of your students. The first day is always about getting them to feel comfortable and come out of their […]

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Diversity in the EFL classroom

Advice for Aspiring English Teachers: Embrace Diversity in the EFL Classroom

So, you’re thinking about teaching English but have never been exposed to the world of ESL and EFL? Many new teachers embarking on a short summer stint or a dedicated career in this area haven’t had the chance to get any experience. It can be worrisome or even frustrating not knowing what to expect or […]

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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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Technology in TESOL: News You Can Use

I’m sure plenty of you in the TEFL field have spent hours combing the Internet looking for exercises, only to find yourself amazed at how many TESOL websites there are with lesson plans, worksheets, quizzes, and games for the EFL/ESL classroom. My problem with a lot of what I find online is that many of […]

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Teaching English for exams

What Every EFL Teacher Should Know: Teaching English for Exams, Part 2

This post was written by Matthew Clark As mentioned in our December newsletter, we are finishing up our two part series on teaching English for exams. We decided to consult Kimberly Stone, a current teacher in our Academic English Program in Denver.  Kim has a B.A. in English Writing from the University of Colorado at Denver […]

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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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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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