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 – Reading

Interactive English is a four-skills textbook. However, as students progress, they may want extra work on their reading skills. Extensive reading, done outside of class, can be a great way to increase reading skills. One thing to remember is that students should already know at least 80% of the words in the text they are […]

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Teacher Tip – Summer is here!

Summer vacation is upon us and this means many of our one-on-one students will now have their kids at home during regular class time. Some students (and some tutors) prefer to take a break over the summer, but if you can find a way work around this, there will certainly be learning gains. Here are […]

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Teacher Tip – Getting your 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. Create a warm atmosphere. Whether you are teaching a group or tutoring one-on-one, the first […]

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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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