Ten Easy Homework Tasks to Set

Ten Easy Homework Tasks to Set

Homework doesn’t always have to be something that a teacher has to mark or that students hate doing. Used correctly, it’s the springboard to a great class with students doing most of ...
Pushy Parents: How to Help Your Students When the Parents Are the Real Challenge

Pushy Parents: How to Help Your Students When the Parents Are the Real Challenge

Have you heard the term “canned essay?” I remember learning about them in my foreign language testing methods class back in grad school. We were talking about standardized testing. My ...
Oh No! I Forgot the Bulletin Boards: Four Tricks to Using Your Bulletin Boards for Good (without Causing Yourself Stress)

Oh No! I Forgot the Bulletin Boards: Four Tricks to Using Your Bulletin Boards for Good (without Causing Yourself Stress)

I had it all planned out. Every month a new theme, and with every new theme a new bulletin board. Not only would my students be fluent in English in no time, but our classroom would be a happy, w ...
Read It, Don"t Weep: Four Tips for Using Scaffolding in Reading Class

Read It, Don’t Weep: Four Tips for Using Scaffolding in Reading Class

What do window washers, construction workers, and teachers have in common? They all use scaffolding. I’ve talked about how scaffolding in ESL class is like scaffolding in construction class ...
Reaching the Unreachable, Motivating the Unmotivated: 8 Ideas to Find Better Ways to Connect with Your Students

Reaching the Unreachable, Motivating the Unmotivated: 8 Ideas to Find Better Ways to Connect with Your Students

Back in the dim and distant past, I used to be a performer with the English Teaching Theatre, a company that did stage shows for learners of English all over the world. I learned a lot from worki ...
When Coffee Talk Is Off the Table: Tips for Communicating with Non-English Speaking Parents

When Coffee Talk Is Off the Table: Tips for Communicating with Non-English Speaking Parents

Have you ever been stressed as a teacher? No, not you! Stress? Well, if you’re like me you may have had one or two isolated instances of stress in your teaching career. Here was one of my ...
Share and Share Alike: How to Class Share to Get Students Ready for Mainstreaming

Share and Share Alike: How to Class Share to Get Students Ready for Mainstreaming

When I taught overseas, the expectation was that each of my elementary ESL students would be mainstreamed after one school year. Depending on where you teach, your administration may have differe ...
ADHD in the ESL Classroom: Practical Tips for the ESL Teacher

ADHD in the ESL Classroom: Practical Tips for the ESL Teacher

I’ll never forget Paul. He was one of the most charming kids in my elementary ESL class and also one of the most challenging. He was a third grader at the time, and I was an inexperienced t ...
Teaching with How-to Videos: Adapting Authentic Tutorials into Listening Lessons

Teaching with How-to Videos: Adapting Authentic Tutorials into Listening Lessons

Practical, “how-to” tutorials are everywhere on the Internet. YouTube, as well as websites such as wikihow.com, instructables.com, and soyouwanna.com, have an incredible assortment of ...
Flashpoint: An ESL Class on "Cold War 2.0"

Flashpoint: An ESL Class on ‘Cold War 2.0’

There’s something very familiar, and very scary, about the tone of the news at the moment. It took me a while to pin it down, but then I remembered where I’d first heard these worries ...
The King and the Past Simple

The King and the Past Simple

This is a worksheet that I put together for my adult A1 class but I think it would also work well for an A2 class or any other for some good old music culture, for that matter. It contains a biogr ...
Tenses Chart for the Police

Tenses Chart for the Police

This tense chart was made with law enforcement-related example sentences, otherwise it is a normal chart :) I have been teaching law enforcement English for 9 years now, and I made this chart for ...
Color Bingo

Color Bingo

This is an activity to play with young learners. The objective is to make sure they know the color by the name. There are 11 colors divided between the colors chart, they are: red, yellow, blue, g ...
Song Worksheet: You're Welcome (Disney Moana)

Song Worksheet: You're Welcome (Disney Moana)

Maui's Song from Disney cartoon "Moana" with fill-in the gaps exercise. Good as a warm-up activity and may be used as pre- or post- reading activity for the text "Maui makes the sun go slower" fr ...
Song Worksheet: If I Lose Myself (Conditional 1)

Song Worksheet: If I Lose Myself (Conditional 1)

You can teach first conditionals and vocabulary, it is a nice song! You can hear every word clearly because the singer has a clear pronunciation, which is something important when you are teaching ...
Song Worksheet: You Belong with Me

Song Worksheet: You Belong with Me

It is a listening quiz, I use it to teach vocabulary and the simple present tense. I like this song because Taylor Swift is a very popular singer, she sings not too fast and students can hear the ...
Idioms Game

Idioms Game

This is a very fun game to review some idioms such as time flies, good money, all ears, talk of the devil, over one's dead body and etc. The instruction of the game is included and this game is tr ...
Bingo, Animals

Bingo, Animals

I have designed this PDF to review some animals that live in the rainforests, in polar regions and on African plains. It contains a bingo game. Cut the cards and give each team a card. Cut the li ...
Song Worksheet: Word Crime

Song Worksheet: Word Crime

Use  this worksheet with You Tube clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc - Weird Al Yankovic's song about bad grammar. At the end of the song, you will find exercises for students ...
Summit 1 (Review) Volcano Game

Summit 1 (Review) Volcano Game

This game is appropriate for intermediate level. You have to divide the class into two groups. Each group should choose a letter, click on it, if they answer the question correctly give the assign ...