A Philosophy of ESL Teaching and Learning
A comprehensive ESL philosophy relative to what is needed on the road toward “successful” teaching and learning
Battling Burn-Out for Teachers
Your life force is running out.
Dyslexia in the Foreign Language Classroom
A practical guide for teachers
Accounting For Learning Style
How an understanding of individual learning styles can pay dividends in class
Make Your Own Worksheets with Worksheet Generator
Save time making your own worksheets online with TEFL.net’s easy-to-use Worksheet Generator.
Reconsidering Running Around Games in EFL
How to achieve better discipline and learning than you would with running around games as they are usually done.
Making Current Affairs Lessons Timeless
Making sure your lessons and their results last longer than the news cycle.
How To Teach A/An
Advice and classroom activities for teaching the two forms of the indefinite article and the difference between them.
How To Teach Have/Have Got
Presentation and practice of the language of possession.
How To Teach The Academic Word List
What to teach about the most used academic vocabulary, and how to do so – vital for IELTS, EAP, pre-sessional, study abroad and Academic Writing classes.
How To Teach The Future Continuous Tense
When and how to present and practise will + be + v + ing for points in time and certain future events.
How To Teach The Future Perfect
What to teach about will + have + PP and how to do so, plus three practice activities.
How To Teach English For Architects
A summary of issues and solutions for an area that there is little specific material for.
Teaching With Video
Renaud Davies looks at practical ways of getting students more involved when using video in the classroom.
How To Teach Present Perfect With Unfinished Times
How to approach Present Perfect with “this year”, “in the last couple of days” etc.
Management of Angry and Passive-Aggressive Students
Hazel Morley looks at ways of identifying and responding to anger and passive aggression in students.
How To Teach Present Perfect With YET And ALREADY
Practical advice for teaching Have + Past Participle with “yet” and “already”.
How To Teach Present Perfect For Experiences (Have you ever)
The first use of Present Perfect to teach and how to do so.
How To Practise Used To
Adding a little more when teaching Used To. Really practical activities for practising Used To in class.
What Your Students Need To Know For IELTS Academic Reading
How students can improve their scores in the Academic version of IELTS Reading.
How To Teach FCE Use Of English Part One
Exam tips and stimulating classroom activities for the Cambridge First Certificate multiple choice cloze task.
Teaching Benefit Classes
Tips and strategies for dealing with in-company classes where the students have different motivations for studying
Combining collocations and pronunciation
Ways of practising the two tricky points of words that commonly go together and pronunciation more easily and more productively
General Explanations For English Future Forms
One grammar explanation that can be used to explain almost all future tenses, plus a debunking of two common but inaccurate attempts to do so
Ideas on teaching public speaking skills
Speaking in public can be a terrifying experience, and even more so in a second language. Here are some ideas to augment your teaching of presentation skills to learners of English.
Teaching Perfect Tenses
Ways to teach the Perfect tenses together to make both the more common tenses and the less common ones easier to understand and remember
How spoken and written discourse can be an effective tool for teaching the four language skills combined
Teaching Continuous tenses
An explanation of the similarities and differences between all Continuous tenses, and how to explain these to students in ways that make all the tenses easier
Are your students blogging?
Thinking about going paperless? Get blogging!
Finding a balance in the use of competition
How to deal with over-competitive classes without losing the positive effects of points etc
Thinking time in ELT
Thinking time in the classroom can be both a positive and a negative thing. This article argues that the two sides are closely linked and gives ideas for accentuating the positive, reducing the negative, and choosing which half to concentrate on in particular classes.
Level tests versus placement tests
“Level test” and “placement test” are often used interchangeably, but “placement test” may be a better name. This article explains why and gives practical advice regarding such testing.
Making sure students understand your instructions
19 ways to save class time and help everyone’s confidence by improving your classroom instructions
Your First Day with a New Class
What do you do first day with a new class? Clearly this depends on their level and whether they already know each other or not. Here is something for classes from Intermediate level upwards – first day questionnaires. Four different sets of questions are used to ensure variety in feedback.
More ways of classifying classroom questions
A teacher asks millions of questions over their teaching life, and this can result in the types of questions being repeated all the time without too much thought
More ways to bring lucky chances into your classroom and lesson planning
Like good jazz or improvisational comedy, it takes a lot of skill and practice to discover and exploit lucky chances
Still more ways to boost your teaching confidence
15 ways to give yourself a pep talk
Easy ways to bring change into your classroom
How to introduce change in ways that are realistic and easy on the teacher, the students and the school structure
Almost certainly the final 15 ways of avoiding misunderstandings in your classroom
How showing your grandmother how to send an SMS can help your classroom technique
More ways to make sure students in your classes understand you
From making it longer to making it shorter, these techniques will help avoid misunderstanding in your classes
More ways of simplifying your classroom language
15 suggestions for clarifying your classroom language
Simplifying your classroom language
15 ways to make the instructions you give students clearer
Kids Class Blues
Kiss disciplinary problems goodbye
20 Presentation Tips for Your ESL Students
Helping learners to give presentations is an excellent way to encourage fluency
English Speaking Practice Through Presentations
Public speaking in the ESL classroom
Using Video Cameras in the Language Classroom
Because it is so close to language reality – containing visual as well as audible cues – video is an excellent medium for use in the language classroom