Packing for an Overseas Classroom: Five Things You Should Make Room to Pack

Packing for an Overseas Classroom: Five Things You Should Make Room to Pack

I will never forget lugging a briefcase packed with teaching books, seriously the thing must have weighed fifty pounds, through the airport in Newark, NJ to LAX to Tokyo to Shanghai to Beijing. I ...
What Do Beer and Vocabulary Have in Common? Teacher Trusted Tips for Making ESL Class Practical for Career Professionals

What Do Beer and Vocabulary Have in Common? Teacher Trusted Tips for Making ESL Class Practical for Career Professionals

How many years have you been teaching? If you’re in your first or second year, you probably remember a lot of what you have done in the classroom. Everything is fresh and new. But picture y ...
Blessed Are the Flexible: Five Productive Activities for Unprepared Students

Blessed Are the Flexible: Five Productive Activities for Unprepared Students

Teaching ESL isn’t your average, everyday teaching kind of gig. When someone is a math teacher, for example, you probably picture them in front of a classroom full of twenty to thirty stude ...
9 Ways to Develop as a Listening Teacher

9 Ways to Develop as a Listening Teacher

Professional development refers to the various ways people can improve their skills and knowledge related to their field of expertise. In ELT, there are numerous options for pursuing professional ...
How to Talk to Your Students: Ten Tips from a Retiring ESL Professional

How to Talk to Your Students: Ten Tips from a Retiring ESL Professional

I’ve heard it said that teachers never truly retire. The lessons of their profession lends themselves to so many others walks of life, and emerges in such a variety of ways, that they remai ...
Flashpoint: The South China Sea

Flashpoint: The South China Sea

An in-depth foreign policy class for Advanced ESL learners John Lennon begins one of his 1967 masterpieces with, “I read the news today, oh boy…” If you have a TV, or internet ...
This Is What Democracy Looks Like: An ESL Class on Protest Culture

This Is What Democracy Looks Like: An ESL Class on Protest Culture

I knew it was a bit risky, but I did it anyway. After greeting my class one Friday morning, I wrote on the board, in large letters: What are you angry about? My current class is a young, advance ...
An Orange on the Desk and Slippers at the Door: What to Do When You Encounter Cultural Differences

An Orange on the Desk and Slippers at the Door: What to Do When You Encounter Cultural Differences

Everybody knows people in China don’t wear shoes in the house, don’t they? I knew it before I went overseas to teach, so it wasn’t a surprise to me when I saw it in person. Gran ...
3 Instant and Emergency Classes with (Almost) No Resources

3 Instant and Emergency Classes with (Almost) No Resources

Every teacher has a situation where they have nothing prepared to teach. You may have been asked to cover a lesson at short notice, there may be an emergency, your new born baby kept you awake al ...
Getting the Year in Place: Six Things to Think about Before the First Day

Getting the Year in Place: Six Things to Think about Before the First Day

I walked into an empty classroom. A teacher desk sat at the front of the room with twelve student desks before it. The walls were blank, intimidating white canvases, the bulletin boards brown one ...
Movie Worksheets: Harry Potter ( Extracts)

Movie Worksheets: Harry Potter ( Extracts)

There are five extracts from Harry Potter films and after watching tasks for elementary or pre-intermediate students. You can see different kinds of tasks there, such as comprehension questions, d ...
Reading: Alice in Wonderland

Reading: Alice in Wonderland

This worksheet can be used as a test in reading skills for elementary learners. It contains such tasks as giving the title to the text, true/false statements, finding synonyms and antonyms, answer ...
What Are They Doing? Present Continuous Boardgame

What Are They Doing? Present Continuous Boardgame

This boardgame is designed for students to practice using present continuous. All you will need is a dice and some counters. Students take turns rolling the dice and moving along the board accordi ...
5 Uses of the Verb 'to Be'

5 Uses of the Verb 'to Be'

I created this PDF to help my students understand the verb 'to be' more easily. The verb 'to be' gets used so much in the English language but students often have difficulty knowing when to use it ...
Spring on the Farm, Game

Spring on the Farm, Game

I have designed this file to review the names of some farm animals (and their babies) and of course some other vocabulary items related to the farm such as barn, tractor and scarecrow. The instruc ...
Movie Worksheet: 13 Reasons Why

Movie Worksheet: 13 Reasons Why

A 3-level quizz about the Netflix TV Series '13 Reasons Why', episode 1. After watching the episode, students can work in pairs or groups, depending on the number of them. Teacher hands out the sh ...
Present Simple Usage

Present Simple Usage

This is a handout accompanied by a YouTube video to introduce present simple to learners. The worksheet contains 10 of the most general uses for present simple, while the video also has an intera ...
Spring on the Farm

Spring on the Farm

I have designed this ppt to teach some vocabulary items related to the "farm". It includes different farm animals and their babies. It also includes such words as a tractor, farmer, barn, flowers, ...
Do I Have To? (Chores, Responsible For and Have to/Has To)

Do I Have To? (Chores, Responsible For and Have to/Has To)

This worksheet includes fill in the blanks activity with a wordcloud which is about household chores. Also, it provides a sentence level activity, in that part learners use 'have to/has to' and 'r ...
Song Worksheet: Human - Rag'n'Bone Man

Song Worksheet: Human - Rag'n'Bone Man

Activity for beginners using this easy song by Rag'n'Bone Man. The exercise asks students to fill in the lyrics with the words heard. Teachers may let students listen to the song acostic version, ...