How to Teach English Vocabulary

English students must study English vocabulary. Without expanding their vocabulary they lack the word power to express themselves. They become frustrated and even feel resentment in studying English. They may regard the whole process as impossible and give up. As an English teacher, it is your job to motivate them. One thing you can do …

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Kids in Danger?

This is another in my series of free lessons to use in any ESL/EFL class. I think these lessons could also be used as part of IELTS training to help the students learn how to talk about a wide variety of topics. These are not IELTS topics but I think useful for IELTS students to …

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9 Ways to Help with English Listening

In most English listening classes the students sit in class and listen passively to a tired old recording. Then they answer mundane questions to check they understood everything. It is no wonder that when students hear real English it sounds something like this: Howzitgoing?Didjagettaclassontimthotherday? (Interpretation: How’s it going? Did you get to class on time …

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Childless or Child-Free?

Don’t you just hate those really basic lesson plans that you find? They might appear in one of the ESL books that you have to use or – even worse – one of the lesson plans that your school or training centre has fobbed you off with. Nothing inspired me less than seeing one of …

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How to Teach English Reading

The worst thing you can do in an English reading class is to go through some dreary reading material and expect the students to engage well with it. The standard English reading articles for ESL classes can be so dull. Do you like to read it? No? So why do you imagine your students want …

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