Teacher Tip – Use simple language

Your lower-level student will understand you better if you speak with fewer and simpler words. Give instructions in just a few words. Instead of saying “Write it down,” your student may understand you better if you simply say, “Write” and then show the page or sheet of paper. Avoid extra chit chat. Some students may […]

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Teacher Tip – Homework

Not everyone will always do it, and some students may never do it, but homework can be a valuable addition to your class. To help you and your student get the most from it, here are some tips for dealing with homework. Be consistent. Your students will learn more if they commit to doing homework […]

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Teacher Tip – Encouraging Self-Determination

Self-determination greatly increases student persistence. As a teacher, you can help promote this by working on the following factors with your student. First of all, students need to become self-aware and value themselves. Gaining Self-awareness Understanding your needs and knowing your options. Learning to Value Yourself Accepting who you are Knowing and appreciating your unique […]

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Teacher Tip — Make a Game out of It

One way to make our classes more dynamic and provide for extra practice is to include game-like activities. This can easily be accomplished by using material from the book. Concentration (the Memory Game) can be played in multiple ways, and works well in both one-on-one and group situations. If you are teaching single students, you […]

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Teacher Tip – Working with Low-Literacy Learners

When working with non-literate or low-literacy learners, it’s important to take one step at at a time. Make it relevant. Tie the topic to your student’s real life. think about how it is related to their children, their job, etc. Start teaching the alphabet beginning with the student’s first name. Once that is mastered, move on […]

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Teacher tip: Using Songs to Teach Phrasal Verbs

Almost everyone loves music, so songs provide us with a fun and engaging way to introduce or practice new structures and vocabulary. Many students struggle with phrasal verbs – those confusing verb + preposition combinations, so teaching them through music can be a great option. Check out the videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/jjenglishlessons/videos (Thanks to our volunteer Minna […]

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Teacher tip: Online Listening Resources

Students need many opportunities for listening practice. Check out these free online listening resources which students can access on their own for additional listening practice and activities. English Listening Library Online ello.org . This site has listening activities with transcripts. There are also vocabulary, and speaking activities. Randall’s Cyber Listening Lab esl-lab.com Listening quizzes with […]

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Teacher tip: Expanding your vision as a teacher

At the recent CO-TESOL convention, one of the featured speakers, author Joe McVeigh spoke about “Looking in, looking out: Expanding our vision” Here are some tips he offers to teachers: Create a safe space. Students may feel insecure about their ability. Make sure they know they are supported. Own the room. You may share a […]

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Tuesday Tip: Taking Attendance

Taking attendance is one of those classroom tasks that just “must get done”. Consequently, as teachers we often don’t take it seriously. However, taking attendance can be a vital way to get a sense of the class and build community. From the teacher’s perspective, taking attendance helps establish a baseline awareness of who is coming […]

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