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Apr 26, 2017


The first impression is important, particularly when teaching a class for the first time. Engage your students as soon as you walk into the classroom. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just make eye contact, say hello, and perhaps ask a few questions. The first seconds of a class give a useful opportunity to practice small talk and to put your students at ease.

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Apr 18, 2017

Classroom Management Tips

How to Deal With Broken Rules

Tell your student he/she is breaking a rule and ask them to stop. Say exactly what it is they’re doing wrong and how to correct it.

Although shouting can work, it’s usually counterproductive (and it can make you lose your voice).

If the student continues to behave badly, ask the child to stand. The student can only sit down after answering a question correctly.

Deduct points from the student’s team (in a game) or give points to the opposing side.

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Apr 10, 2017

ESL Easter Activities

"What happened to the egg when it was tickled too much?"

"It cracked up!"

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Apr 07, 2017

Which Mistakes Should I Correct?

First, I’d recommend correcting any mistakes which cause real communication problems–or those that irritate you too much! If any mistake irritates you, it will probably do the same to other listeners.

Second, I’d recommend correcting any mistakes related directly to the language point you’re teaching. For example if you are teaching the present simple, and your students are making mistakes using it, these must be corrected.

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Mar 16, 2017

A Quick Vocabulary Game

Stop the Bus is a good game for practicing both spelling and reviewing vocabulary sets. Divide your class into small groups and give each one a piece of paper. Write a category (animals, verbs, occupations…) on the board.

The students must write five examples of this category (or whatever number you decide). The first team to finish shouts ‘stop the bus.’ If they’ve spelt the words correctly, then award three points to that team. The second team to finish gets two points, and the third one one point.

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Mar 08, 2017

Tesol Quote

"Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages." David Barry, American writer and humorist.

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