ESL Teaching Ideas, Tips and Articles

We believe in supporting English teachers not only with enjoyable teaching activities, worksheets and games, but also with useful teaching ideas, tips and advice. In this section, we provide you with inspirational teaching ideas, indepth articles and useful tips to enhance your teaching skills and help you understand more about teaching English in the ESL environment. Whether you are a new teacher just starting out in your career, or you just need help with a certain aspect of teaching English. This section helps you to find what you are looking for.

As teachers we should never stop learning, so we have also included articles written by academics in the field of ESL to help you understand more about the process of learning English from a student's perspective, and how we as teachers can sharpen our skills to become more effective in how we teach English in the classroom.

We cover a wide variety of teaching topics, which should prove useful in establishing a pleasant and productive learning environment for your students. There are articles covering practical advice on classroom management, which is often an ongoing concern for most teachers. We also deal with topics like cultural awareness, what to do and cover on the first day of class, ideas for starting lessons, how to introduce vocabulary and deal with vocabulary queries, procedures for running different types of dictations, how to teach large, mixed-ability, and small classes, etc. The advice we offer comes from seasoned ESL and EFL professionals who have a wealth of experience in the field of teaching English. We hope you find this information useful and can incorporate what you learn here into your classes successfully.

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The teaching ideas, tips and articles are listed below:
On this page, you will find top tips and advice on ESL classroom management. These tried and tested management techniques help to create a positive learning environment for your students and help you to effectively control your classes.
 
Here you will find practical advice on how to ask concept questions to make sure your students understand the language you are teaching them.
 
This article provides useful tips and advice on cultural awareness for ESL/EFL teachers. The article explores important cultural considerations that teachers need to think about when teaching students from other countries. The article also discusses two common teaching scenarios, teaching mixed culture classes and single culture classes.
 
This article gives students useful ideas to help them practice and develop their spoken English skills. It also gives teachers ideas on ways to improve their students speaking ability.
 
This must-read article discusses ways teachers can incorporate music into their ESL classes. The article also provides practical tips and engaging ideas for using music to help your students learn English. The information provided is particularly handy for those who have considered using music in their classes but are unsure how.
 
In this section, you will find instructions on how to use different kinds of ESL/EFL dictation in class. There are seven types of dictation in all. Each one comes with a clear set of instructions and a free PDF copy of the instructions can be found at the end of the article.
 
Here you will find techniques to help you elicit information from your students.  These techniques save you time and help students get involved in the lesson. The article covers strategies for eliciting vocabulary, grammar, ideas and background knowledge.
 
This article explores the process of ESL lesson planning and provides practical advice and tips for teachers on developing lesson plans in order to make lessons more relevant, purposeful and effective. The article covers a range of topics that include setting lesson aims, activity selection, timing, sequencing, and ways of increasing student interaction.
 
Here is an article on the importance of listening comprehension for learners of English. The article explores how learners develop their listening comprehension skills and how this affects their spoken skills.
 
This article discusses the different patterns of communication an ESL/EFL teacher can use to change the dynamics of their class. The article explains how these patterns improve class atmosphere and help to shape the way students use language and participate.
 
This article discusses how to make teaching activities and materials relevant for your ESL students. The article also demonstrates how to apply this knowledge to adapt resources to fit your students’ needs and make the best use of the resources you have.
 
This article talks about the problems and difficulties students face when learning English and how these problems can be resolved.
 
Here you can find information about how students can learn English through reading. The article gives practical advice to learners to help them improve their reading skills.
 
This article provides tips and ideas for teaching English idioms to your students. The article covers topic-based approaches and how to choose authentic examples as well as effective activities and games that help students learn idioms and use them correctly.
 
This article gives practical ideas, advice and effective activities for teaching English vocabulary. The article also discusses vocabulary acquisition, the vocabulary learning needs of learners according to their level, learning vocabulary through context, and explains how to use two well-known word lists.
 
This article looks at some of the challenges related to teaching large ESL classes. It offers practical teaching tips and advice on improving student participation and engagement and presents suggestions on how to mitigate problems large class sizes pose.
 
This article discusses the challenges teachers face when teaching mixed-ability ESL classes and offers guidance, effective strategies and activities on how to overcome these issues and help students get the most out of these classes.
 
This article discusses aspects of teaching small size classes. It looks at some of the challenges that small classes can present and the opportunities they afford along with some useful suggestions and advice.
 
Here is a useful article that presents ten different ways to effectively begin your ESL lessons. The article covers a variety of interesting techniques for starting a class with an overview for each one as well as some practical ideas and tips to help get your students ready to learn and engage in the class.
 
This popular ESL article gives useful ideas and tips on what you should do and cover in the first lesson to help you and your students get the most out of the first day of class. The article covers topics such as how to make a good first impression, introducing yourself, and establishing a rapport with and between students. The article also suggests useful games and activities and provides guidance on establishing class rules, explaining the course, seating arrangements, using names, dealing with phones, and the approach to take with different age groups.
 
This article provides useful teaching advice and practical tips on how to effectively use correction and feedback with students in an ESL class through self-correction, peer-correction, and teacher to student correction.
 
Here you will find an overview and instructions for using song gap fills in class.
 
This article gives teachers some productive ideas on how to introduce and explain new vocabulary to students and how to get students to understand new vocabulary.
 
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