9 Painstaking Ideas to Teach ESL Students English Pronunciation

What does it mean to teach English pronunciation? Basically, it means teaching your students to “sound” right. But what does it mean to “sound” right? There are 3 main aspects: Producing sounds (phonology) Using stress and rhythm Using intonation Phonology of English Pronunciation Learning sounds is probably the most defined aspect of pronunciation. We created a […]

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3 Tips to Use Only English in Your Elementary ESL Class

In case you are an ESL teacher and share the same language with your students, these notes are for you. Let’s say you have a common language (which, obviously, is not English) with your students, so should you use only English at your lesson or, perhaps, use your own language to translate certain words or […]

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7 Principles to Select the Best Materials for Your English Class

The best materials for your class are the most authentic ones. That is pretty obvious, because your students are learning English to use it in real life.  When you bring  a newspaper article into your classroom  it loses its authenticity. As we know, we don’t read newspapers at the lesson. A better idea is to […]

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Awesome Online Resources for Teaching English

Awesome Online Resources for Teaching English

I stumbled upon this post recently in the One Less Headache blog that contains some useful online resources. I figured out it’s a good idea to do something similar, so I decided to collect  my favorite online resources all in one place and share it with you! And yes, I do have a pinterest board, […]

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Discipline in your class

17 Easy Steps to Create Discipline in Your Class

What does it mean?  Why is it important to have discipline in your class? It is fair to say that there is no learning in an undisciplined classroom. Or at least there is almost no learning there. Hence, as a teacher you need to have discipline in your class, otherwise whatever effort you put, it […]

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Learn How to Teach Reading

7 Essential Principles Every Teachers Needs to Know When Teaching ESL Students to Read

When you begin to teach reading you need to define the term “reading” for yourself. In this article we will use the term “reading” – as reading and understanding versus just deciphering the symbols. A lot of times you will be teaching reading to people whose mother tongue alphabet consists of letters different from English […]

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Teaching English Vocabulary

7 Effective Principles of Teaching English Vocabulary

What does teaching English vocabulary mean? In simple terms, it means to teach words. However, there is a lot more to it. There are different aspects in teaching English vocabulary. Pronunciation and spelling. Your students need to know how a word looks and sounds. Pronunciation consists of three main aspects: sounds, stress and intonation. Sounds […]

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how to motivate your students

8 Motivation Tips Any Teacher Needs to Know

There is no doubt that motivated students learn best. The question is how to motivate your students and what is your role as a teacher in this process. There are different approaches to this matter. Some teachers think that it is crucial to motivate your students. However, a “learner-centered” approach shows that a teacher’s function is […]

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How to Avoid Mistakes Young Teachers Make?

All teachers have to deliver their first class, stand in front of the students for the first time, fail for the first time, and experience their first awkward moment. Each experience is unique, but there are few typical mistakes young teachers make. There is nothing bad in that, actually, I believe that making mistakes can […]

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Top 5 Challenges When Teaching English Abroad

Everybody wants to go teaching English abroad. At least everybody is talking or writing about teaching English abroad these days. There are so many guides and what-not online. Teaching English abroad seems an easy way to make quick money when on the road, in between surfing somewhere in Brazil and chilling on an island in […]

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