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 ...
7 Back to School Games And Activities To Help Your Students Bond

7 Back to School Games And Activities To Help Your Students Bond

Whether you have a class full of antsy five-year-olds, shy teens, or busy adult learners, they all have one thing in common: they will be together for the duration of the ESL course, and they will ...
5 (Not So) Surprising Factors that May Affect Your ESL Students" Test Scores

5 (Not So) Surprising Factors that May Affect Your ESL Studentsí Test Scores

When ESL students don’t do so well on the test, what do you think? That they didn’t study? It’s not that simple. Although no one questions the importance of preparing for a test ...
What To Do With Reading Texts: 10 Creative Ways

What To Do With Reading Texts: 10 Creative Ways

This list of 10 creative ways to work with reading texts was kindly shared by Churchill House, and is available for public download on their website www.churchillhouse.co.uk.   The web is a ...
Play Ball! Bringing Summer Sports into the ESL Classroom

Play Ball! Bringing Summer Sports into the ESL Classroom

With summer weather steadily approaching, now is a perfect time to use sports as a vehicle for your ESL lessons. Not only will it be fun for you, your students will have a ball learning a little ...
3 Classroom Management Strategies Top Teachers Use

3 Classroom Management Strategies Top Teachers Use

Implementing proper classroom management techniques is important. A teacher who knows how to control his or her classroom will have far fewer “crazy days” than one who does not. The ma ...
Pronunciation 101: 7 Things Your Students Need to Hear You Explain

Pronunciation 101: 7 Things Your Students Need to Hear You Explain

Bad pronunciation is bad news for ESL students. It negatively affects comprehension and so, negatively impacts communication. The problem is compounded by the fact that good pronunciation is ofte ...
Business English Lessons: Successful Activities

Business English Lessons: Successful Activities

Students from across the globe are taking Business English lessons and the reasons are obvious. In today’s globalized world, English is the language of choice when it comes to conduct ...
6 Tips to Help Students Pass the FCE for Schools Reading

6 Tips to Help Students Pass the FCE for Schools Reading

It’s becoming more and more popular for young English learners to sit English measuring exams. There is continued pressure for youngsters (some young as 13) to take these exams – the ...
Juicy June Lesson Ideas

Juicy June Lesson Ideas

Summer’s almost here, but some ESL teachers are busier than ever. Some of us in the northern hemisphere may be enjoying a long-awaited break, but there are others who still have plenty of t ...
Past Simple: Practice

Past Simple: Practice

Students have to fill in the gaps of a short story about a road trip with verbs in the past simple (affirmative or negative). As a follow-up, you can ask students to share travel experiences with ...
Holiday Survey

Holiday Survey

This is a holiday survey of 8 questions useful when you would like to engage all of the students in a group to report on their holidays. This is also a tool to ask and answer questions in Past Sim ...
Order of Adjectives

Order of Adjectives

This is a grammar-guide about the order of adjectives (describing objects). It’s an explanation on how to use several adjectives in front of a noun. With some examples and a few illustration ...
To Have Something Done Worksheet

To Have Something Done Worksheet

A short exercise on how to use "have x done" in different tenses and forms. It gives some extra practice in using the structures that are difficult even for higher level students. It can be used a ...
ABC Words PowerPoint

ABC Words PowerPoint

I use this presentation with the beginners while studying the letters of the alphabet. It helps them to learn the letters and the words which start with the letter. The presentation contains all t ...
Australia Day

Australia Day

Based on an article I found on CNN, this is a worksheet about Australia's national day ("Australia Day") and the criticism it faces every year. It includes a reading comprehension activity, vocabu ...
Hanging Out: Free-Time Activities

Hanging Out: Free-Time Activities

In this listening activity, students will hear 4 speakers describing where and with whom they usually hang out. After matching the activities to the speakers, students will review some collocation ...
Confusing Words - Part 4

Confusing Words - Part 4

This worksheet contains 40 exercises to practice on confusing words. Homophones, verbs vs. adjectives, verbs vs. nouns etc...10 pages, in alphabetical order, with contents and answer KEY. A few ex ...
Insurance. Basic Principles of Insurance (English for Economics and Business)

Insurance. Basic Principles of Insurance (English for Economics and Business)

The video introduces the basics of insurance, students get familiar with key words to discuss the types of insurance and the risks they can be insured against. The worksheet can be used in General ...
Direct and Indirect Speech

Direct and Indirect Speech

This worksheet has been designed in a simple way, keeping in mind the need of an average student. It covers all the essential rules required by a student to learn to understand the concept of Dire ...