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 – working on pronunciation

English pronunciation can be very confusing. What we write and how we pronounce often seem completely different. This makes our adult students hesitant to speak. Your goal as a teacher is to help your students speak so that they can understood–it’s ok if they have an accent. Here are a couple of ideas to help […]

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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-Ideas that work from current volunteers

At our recent Lunch and Learn, current volunteers shared activities and ideas that have worked for them. Her is a selection of their ideas. “Candy Pop Quiz”- presented by Ken Rudy Activity:  Give students a handful of candy and two different lists of questions and answers (or have them make their own lists) and have them pair […]

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Teacher Tip – Field Trips

Field trips are a great way to give your student real-life language practice. Every Interactive English book has a specific suggestion for a field trip on Day 9. The suggested field trip is related to topics studied in that level, but feel free to choose a different location that works better for your student or […]

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