ESL Essentials

7 Things Your Students Need to Hear You Explain – Education Article

by Claudia Pesce 64,455 views 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 often a mystery to ESL students. Why is it that some words with a similar spelling sound the same but others are completely different? Why are some words pronounced exactly the same in their native language but others are not? Mysteries are not good. Here are some…

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What Every Job-Seeking ESL Teacher Needs to Know – Education Article

by Susan Verner 22,767 views You want to teach English as a Second language, but where do you start? You are a teacher of ESL, but you are looking for a change. What now? These articles look at many of the options open to the ESL teacher and are designed to help you make the best decision as you take the next step on your ESL career path. Looking for an ESL Job? Here’s What You Need to Know 1…

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10 Fun English Spelling Games for Your Students – Education Article

by Susan Verner 67,235 views Are your students ready for a fun filled game style spelling review? Here are some ways to get their pulse quickening and the letters in the right order. Try These 10 Fun English Spelling Games with Your Students 1 Unmix It Up Have students unscramble letters to make an English word. Using a current vocabulary list, have each student write the letters for one word on index cards – one letter per card. Then under…

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Learn Popular Christmas and Holiday Expressions – Education Article

Not all countries celebrate Christmas, but if you’re teacing your students English, it’s important to teach them about the holidays celebrated in English-speaking countries. One of those holidays is Christmas. During the Christmas season, greetings very. Use this guide to teach your students all the different ways to say “merry Christmas” and “happy holidays.” Merry Christmas The easiest greeting for the holiday season is merry Christmas, but this simple phrase has its share of controversy. Some people dislike the phrase…

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Ways to Make Spelling Exciting – Education Article

Contrary to the belief of many students, the existence of spellcheck does not negate the need to learn how to spell. If you don’t know how to begin to spell words like antidisestablishmentarianism, there’s no way that spellcheck will help you when you type in antidysestabishtarnism or some other variation of the word. That being said, teaching children, especially older children, how to spell is often difficult and far from exciting. In our quest to make spelling more exciting, we’ve…

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Heading on Virtual Field Trips – Education Article

by Stacy Zeiger 1,287 views When you teach in a small, rural school district or in a district with little funding, finding places to visit and money for fields trips can be a challenge.  At the same time, teachers know that leaving the walls of the school and providing students with opportunities to experience subject matter first-hand is a crucial component of the learning process.  Virtual field trips provide teachers with a way to give students those experiences without actually…

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