Teacher Tip – Conversation time

Students need a chance to practice informal conversations during class. This is especially true for students at level 3 and above. Try to set aside five or ten minutes during class to have a real conversation with your student(s). Here are a couple of ideas to get you started Chat informally with your student at […]

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Teacher Tip – Starting Class

As we head into a new year, many teachers and students are diving back into classes, and many are starting new terms. Here are some tips to ensure that you get off to a great start in 2021 – whether you are teaching in-person, or online! Teaching one-on-one: Introduce yourself and provide a contact number. […]

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Teacher Tip – Realia: it’s not just for vocabulary

Making and Using Realia and Visual Aids Realia  (real objects) and visuals aren’t just for teaching vocabulary. They can even be great for illustrating grammatical patterns.  Here are ideas on how to use objects, whether you’re meeting in class or online: A variety of interesting objects These can be things you grab out of the […]

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Teacher Tip: Let’s Play a Game

At the CoTESOL conference last weekend, Constance Leonard shared several games. Here are some of them for you to try out in class or with your individual student. Mime an adverb Brainstorm about 10-15 adverbs (such as happily, sadly, etc.) and write them down. Have a student go to the front of the class and […]

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Teacher Tip – Building confidence in your students

Use routines. Students become more confident when they know what to expect. This can be even more important in an online setting that some students may not be used to. Begin each class the same way so that students, even those who arrive late, are able to catch on and participate quickly. Beginning with greetings […]

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Teacher Tip – Increasing Student Talking Time

  We all know that students should speak as much as possible in class. However,  actually implementing this it can be difficult.  Here are a few tips to get your students speaking more: Do pair work. If you pair your students, half of them are talking at once. This provides for much more practice time […]

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Teacher Tip – The Naturalization Exam

Many of our students hope to become US citizens one day, and many teachers are helping those students. Here are some tips gleaned from a recent presentation by a USCIS (United States Customs and Immigration Services) officer. Immigration services are divided into three areas. The USCIS officers are in charge of benefits and applications. They […]

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Teacher Tip: The last 5 minutes

Despite careful planning, we may find ourselves with an extra five minutes at the end of class. Instead of ending class early, how can we make the best use of this bonus time? Don’t start a new topic. Use exit tickets—have your student(s) write down one thing (even a word in lower levels) they learned […]

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Teacher Tip – Encouraging Students to Speak

Many of our adult ESL students are hesitant to use their English. They are afraid they will not be understood, or they are embarrassed by their pronunciation. Here are some tips for helping your students overcome their fear of speaking. These tips work in all teaching settings – online, in-person, group or one-on-one. Create a […]

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