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How to Teach Conversational English: 9 Best Practices – Education Article

by Stacia Levy 698,859 views When other teachers, even other ESL teachers, hear I’m teaching an ESL conversation class, they often say it sounds “relaxing,” or “fun” or “easy.” Most teachers will smile at this, of course, recognizing that any teaching, while it may be fun, is almost never “relaxing” or “easy.” And while the conversation class may certainly be less rigorous than, for example, an advanced writing class, it has its own set of problems. In a writing class,…

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Teaching English Tenses through Teaching the Way of Thinking – Education Article

by Olga Kaverina 33,774 views This article deals with teaching grammar, the tense forms in particular, from the point of view of of their contrast in meaning with the native tense forms. It concentrates on the differences of languages in teaching grammar and gives some advice on overcoming difficulties. As my experience shows, when teaching English it’s important to stress the difference between English and English learner’s verbal systems – mostly as the difference between various ways of thinking and…

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How to Teach the Verb “To Be” to Beginners – Education Article

by Tara Arntsen 703,781 views The verb “to be” is the first verb students learn in their English studies. It is used extensively in the English language and will allow students to create simple sentences with the vocabulary they have learned to date. How To Proceed 1 Warm up For this first lesson, it is best to focus on only the I, You, He/She/It structures which you can build upon in later classes. If students have not really done a…

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Top 10 Fun Alphabet Games for Your Students – Education Article

by Susan Verner 204,997 views Learning a second language is challenging. You need to learn new sound patterns, new rules of grammar, and sometimes you even have to learn a new alphabet to boot. Of all of my ESL students over the years, the majority have been from eastern Asia and the Middle East. And whether they were speakers of Korean, Chinese, Japanese or Arabic, they all had to learn a new alphabet at the start of their English studies.…

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Fabulous Ideas for the First Day of Class – Education Article

On the first day of class, the halls buzz with excitement. Teachers get ready to greet their students, anxious to get started, and our young, or not-so-young, learners are nervous, wondering what their teacher’s like. Of course, first impressions count, and it’s essential to have a first day of class that will set the tone for what the rest of the school year or course will be like. And it will be fun! Here are some fabulous ideas for the…

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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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