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In my personal opinion, I believe that idioms definitely have their place in the ESL world that is my classroom. Why do I think they’re good? Well firstly, I think that when teaching English as a foreign language, it can be tough to constan ......

All English communication

My experience It’s taken me a fair few years of TEFL teaching to get the most out of my ESL class. When I first began, I treated my students as if they were native English speakers, that understood everything that I s ......

Motivating ESL students with ping-pong balls

I couldn’t possibly tell you what my students like the most, there are too many of them and it’s constantly changing anyway. But, what I can tell you is that it definitely isn’t learning (well maybe some). As much as ......

ESL songs and reluctancy to sing in class!

Most young boys and girls these days have stage fright when it comes to performing to the class. ESL songs are now a big part of any TEFL teaching book, it’s proven that using language in songs helps memory retention an ......

Best debating topics in my ESL class so far…

I teach grade 6, and one of the problems that occurs the most is lack of willingness to talk and get involved. I’ve tried a few things to get around this, the conversation box is one, another is just generally asking ea ......

Periodic testing for ESL students

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that in school, I hated tests! The build up, revision, nerves, hated every aspect of testing. Now that I’m a teacher, I can see that test are, in fact, more about the teachers than the s ......

Basic tenses and how to use them.

Tenses are potentially one of the most difficult parts of the English language, simply because many other languages don’t have so many tenses. As a TEFL teacher it’s our job to be able to name, explain and teach each i ......

5 additions you can make to get you closer to your perfect classroom.

1. Student orientated. We all have teaching goals that we’d like to hit every class, but truth be told, do we ever truly reach them. Sometimes it’s more important to follow the students’ needs than it is your own. T ......

My first week in China, and what I learnt.

So, You’re going to China. You’ve done your research, you have your TEFL certificate, you know all about your new job! Good, then you are doing a lot better than I was. It all started when I got an email from a friend ......

5 games that just work

There are, and will be many times in your teaching career, when you have a class without any teaching aids. Be it your fault or someone else’s, it happens. So what do you do? Moan? Well, yes that is one option, but the ......

6 different types of ESL learners and how to teach them

When we begin teaching ESL English to young learners, us TEFL teachers need to be aware of all the different types of learning. Each child will respond to a different style, therefore you need to learn how to incorporate ......

3 basic yet effective ways to motivate your students in the long term.

During my time as a TEFL teacher in China, I have taught in nearly every kind of school, before finding my calling in a primary school. I like the kind of 'experience' it's given me, and believe that jotting around diffe ......

Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme!

During my time as a TEFL teacher, many people have tried telling me what works, what doesn’t work and so on, usually what they advised was always wrong. That’s usually the case with most people too because, as we all k ......

Conversation Box

This idea came to me from a pinterest pin Icame across once, and it got me thinking! (http://bit.ly/conversationbox2 link to original post). Usually, at the start of my ESL class I have a 3 minute show, the 3 minute show ......

Articles for countable and uncountable nouns

In the english language there are three articles. These are; a, an and the. Learning when and how to use them can be a difficult process for ESL learners. For native speakers we use them correctly without hesitation or e ......

Articles for beginners!

The English language consists of three articles to accompany a noun. These are; a, an and the. We use them for nearly everything and use them in a specific way. So here are the basics. a – We use ‘a’ for most ......

How comfort eating can be your saving grace when living abroad.

We all know that times get hard when living abroad. The language, people, and what I struggle with the most, FOOD! Some times after a rough class all I need is some good comfort food! However, when living abroad it ......

Managing abroad when you can’t speak the local lingo!

It's a common misconception to believe that, in order to teach English as a foreign language you must actually be able to speak a foreign language. Well, it certainly helps to be able to communicate in the place you're l ......

Asia Overview: Where Should I Teach English?

Looking for a TEFL job somewhere in Asia? Asia is a pretty big place with a lot to offer, so it’s no surprise that a lot of us get a bit confused about where to begin our teaching adventure. So we’ve taken some request ......

Writing a resume for a TEFL job

Writing a resume for a TEFL job First off, you should know that writing for an overseas job is quite different from writing a typical resume for a UK based company. That is obvious of course seeing as the require ......
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