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Difficulties in teaching the language of describing people
…and how to cope with them 1. What is he like? / What does he like? This can be a classic example of students mastering one form then coming across a form that is similar in some way and the confusion seeming to put them back to zero- which at least we can say is […]

Ways to help your students forget
Although memory is something that is not really given the position of importance that it should be in EFL (how often have you seen a standard lesson plan format that has a “Ways of making the language memorable” or “Types of memory used” box at the top?), helping your students forget is something that is […]

15 criteria for kindergarten worksheets
Choosing a good worksheet is even more difficult for pre-school age students than for other children and adults, as they are not only more likely to find a bad worksheet boring but might also be totally unable to write, draw or read what you what them to. Here are some tips that should

7 Tricks To Help Remember New Words Quickly & Easily
Words, words, words…so many to learn and it’s so hard to remember them all, let alone use them, right? Well, today I’ve got seven tips that should make learning & remembering new vocabulary easier, faster, more fun, and

Helpful Student-Centered Classroom Management Tips
Classroom management tips which work. These have been collected over the years and have proved successful in student-centered teaching.

15 stages of using pre-school English songs
These stages can be used to introduce the use of songs in your pre-school classes for the first time (especially useful if you are not used to using them) or as the stages to use with a particular song that is new to you and/ or your class so that you can introduce a song […]

First 15 stages of using worksheets in pre-school English classes
1. Colour anyhow Very young children will colour a picture without paying any attention to the colour of the real thing it represents nor to the lines that are supposed to mark its limits. As these things will develop naturally with the help of practice in their other classes, there is no need to push […]

15 ways to personalize your young learner classes
Personalization (making sure students can use the language to talk about themselves) is commonly accepted as a vital part of language learning, but it is one that often gets lost with low level classes or when the students are far away from the teacher in age and so chatting about themselves is not straightforward. It […]

15 criteria for a good kindergarten English song
1. Memorable For children who can’t yet read in English and don’t live in English speaking countries, singing English songs to themselves is about the only practice they can get outside class without the help of their parents. Ways of making this happen include using a song with a catchy tune, using a seasonal

15 Ways to SHUT UP
Important and essential techniques to help your students speak more and you speak less.

15 criteria for a good TEFL workshop
1. Makes teachers’ lives easier tomorrow As much as we might know going to workshops is a good idea and have examples of ones we have left energised and inspired by, if they mean giving up time off when we are run down for any reason the resulting tiredness could mean that our lessons on […]

15 reasons why PPP is so unfashionable
Anyone who has ever taught using the technique of presenting the language, practising it in a controlled way and then giving students the chance to use it in a free communication production activity will know that it is far from

Transform Your Teaching by Tapping into Different ESL Learning Styles
We are all individuals and we do not take new information on in the same way. ESL language learners are no different. The traditional classroom teaching techniques often leave students struggling with concepts and unable to make progress. Many students feel frustrated or that they have reached a plateau

Cool Corporate English Consciousness
Giving your corporate classes the best approach Teaching in today’s EFL corporate classroom requires a “Cool Corporate English Consciousness”. Because of the great emergence of multinational companies and globalization there has been a surging demand for corporate English training all around the world (English has long ago been established as the standard language for international […]

The Chairperson
A technique to give responsibility, and make English purposeful This technique is probably an extension of what many Business-English teachers have already been doing for a long time when they teach meeting skills, though with a special emphasis on the chairperson’s role. This method can, however, be applied to a much wider range of situations […]

Fluency versus Accuracy
The value of fluency in teaching young learners I’d like to share with you my experience with teaching young learners. Perhaps it may spark some thoughts for you in your context. I believe that the role of the EFL teacher is to encourage, motivate, stimulate and even lessen the anxiety of learning a foreign language, […]

Examples of words that mimic the sounds they make I was having coffee with a colleague when he suddenly asked me if I knew the word in Spanish for dog. “Pero”, I said. He was surprised. From there, the conversation led to onomatopoeic words and their relevance in teaching language, and thus, the topic for […]

Teaching Absolute Beginners
Overcoming difficulties with children who are completely new to English

Top Teaching Banana Skins (and how to avoid them)
Solutions to the top three teaching mistakes