• Try this Ultimate Classroom Management Trick in Your Mixed-Ability Adult ESL Classes

    Without this classroom management strategy, this could be your situation: “I’m DONE!”  You look, and you’ve got some students already on their phones because they’ve finished everything and others who seem to have barely started but are working away as hard as they can.  Short of dividing yourself in half, what can you do? I… Read More

    Try this Ultimate Classroom Management Trick in Your Mixed-Ability Adult ESL Classes
  • Sh/Ch: 3 Must-Have Methods for Successful Pronunciation Tweaks

    The pronunciation of sh/ch is a bigger problem than you might think! Whenever I heard teasher, I knew to look towards one of my Saudi students, not the ones from Korea or Spain or but sometimes one of the students from the Ivory Coast.  These were the students who would ask where they could find… Read More

    Sh/Ch:  3 Must-Have Methods for Successful Pronunciation Tweaks
  • Be Ready:  The Best Emergency Sub Activity

    We all get sick, have appointments that must be kept, an event that cannot be missed, or have SOMETHING that necessitates our absence. That’s why you need to know about this emergency sub activity! Besides, when you are sick, how much time do you really want to spend trying to develop a lesson that someone… Read More

    Be Ready:  The Best Emergency Sub Activity
  • Short I and Long E Sounds: 4 Engaging Activities for Adult ESL Pronunciation

    Short I and Long E sounds require clear pronunciation for effective communication and building confidence in adult ESL speakers. Conquering these sounds may present challenges, but none of us want our students to confuse “beach” with “bitch,” right?  The thing is, drilling is effective but boring.  So how about some activities for Short I and… Read More

    Short I and Long E Sounds:  4 Engaging Activities for Adult ESL Pronunciation
  • Three Painless Activities for Teaching Facts and Opinions in Adult ESL

    Distinguishing between facts and opinions creates autonomous thinkers.  When you can’t tell the difference, you can be more easily manipulated into reacting and doing what other people want you to for their own gain.  The media is not going to pull back any time soon.  Unless people are willing to go completely off-grid and avoid… Read More

    Three Painless Activities for Teaching Facts and Opinions in Adult ESL
  • 5 Powerful Reasons to Read Aloud in Adult ESL Classes

    Why should we read aloud? Because we don’t want THIS to be our class: “So, what is the significance of the color gold in this story?” (pause to look at glassy-eyed students) “Anyone?” (pause again…was that a snore in the back?) “Didn’t anyone read the chapter last night?” (oh, they are SO getting a quiz… Read More

    5 Powerful Reasons to Read Aloud in Adult ESL Classes
  • 8 Practical Strategies for Teaching Grade 12 Tier 2 Vocabulary to Adult ESL Students

    Why teach grade 12 Tier 2 vocabulary to adults?  Well, vocabulary is the cornerstone of language learning, and its importance in ESL education just cannot be overstated. After all, the ability to express one’s thoughts and ideas effectively hinges on having a robust vocabulary. However, some teachers find themselves with complete freedom in what to… Read More

    8 Practical Strategies for Teaching Grade 12 Tier 2 Vocabulary to Adult ESL Students
  • Improving Speaking Skills when Grammar & Vocabulary AREN’T the Problem

    One of my Chinese students, let’s call her Hui, had an IELTS score that would make someone think two people took it. She did well on each portion except the speaking, which she bombed. Completely. For a while, I suspected that she clammed up entirely and didn’t say a word. No matter the exact reason,… Read More

    Improving Speaking Skills when Grammar & Vocabulary AREN’T the Problem
  • Teaching Body Vocabulary: Building a Strong Foundation for Adult ESL Learners

    Body vocabulary is a crucial aspect of language learning, particularly for adults studying ESL. This was brought home to me on my third day hospitalized in a foreign country where I couldn’t speak the language. The nurses kept asking me questions I couldn’t answer, and they had to resort to bringing in patients from other… Read More

    Teaching Body Vocabulary: Building a Strong Foundation for Adult ESL Learners
  • Teaching Adult ESL: Insights and Helpful Strategies for Navigating the Journey

    The pros and cons of teaching adult ESL are many, but whether you are considering a career in adult ESL teaching, thinking of teaching an adult ESL class once a week, or already have some adult ESL classes on your schedule, let’s examine a few of the rewards and challenges. Some of the potential advantages… Read More

    Teaching Adult ESL:  Insights and Helpful Strategies for Navigating the Journey
  • Color Vocabulary Made Fun:  3 Levels of Engaging Activities for Adult ESL

    Teaching color vocabulary in the adult ESL classroom goes way beyond identifying basic colors like red, blue, green, or yellow. Teaching color vocabulary isn’t just about recognition; it’s a gateway to engaging language instruction, offering opportunities to practice grammar, expand vocabulary, and have meaningful conversations.  This article is a guide for ESL teachers working with… Read More

    Color Vocabulary Made Fun:  3 Levels of Engaging Activities for Adult ESL
  • Do These 5 Essential Things When Teaching Young Adult ESL Students

    Teaching young adult ESL students is not the same as public school ESL classes or buxiban classes in China.  Whether you’ve already done a stint overseas or this is your first time teaching adult ESL, taking these five steps will ensure greater success for you as a teacher and for your students as learners. Intensive… Read More

    Do These 5 Essential Things When Teaching Young Adult ESL Students
  • Three Destructive Myths about Digital Devices in the Classroom

    Some movements are so covert you almost don’t notice, and others are blatantly out in the open–your students are checking in with their digital lives.  Google “how to manage digital device use in a classroom,” and you’ll get a lot of links, but you’re not going to get real answers.  The top three myths about… Read More

    Three Destructive Myths about Digital Devices in the Classroom
  • 10 Practical Ways to Teach the Alphabet to Adult ESL Students

    Alphabet in adult ESL classes? Yes! So you’re teaching an adult ESL true beginner class, and the alphabet is one of your starting points.  You know there are millions of resources and ideas for teaching the alphabet, but everything you find is made for children.  Your adult students don’t need to use a finger to… Read More

    10 Practical Ways to Teach the Alphabet to Adult ESL Students
  • Vocabulary Bingo: The Playful Way to Review in Adult ESL Classes

    Why vocabulary bingo? Here’s why! Are you looking for a fun and interactive way to review vocabulary with your students? Look no further than vocabulary bingo! When playing vocabulary bingo, students have the opportunity to see, hear, and use the new vocabulary in context, which can help them better understand and remember the words. This… Read More

    Vocabulary Bingo: The Playful Way to Review in Adult ESL Classes

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2 Powerful Techniques to Increase Student Engagement with Academic Vocabulary Part 1

Help!  My academic vocabulary students just don’t get it that a substantial vocabulary is necessary for more than passing English proficiency exams! This was an issue that came up over and over, and my co-workers and I were constantly hashing out just how we could convince students that passing the TOEFL wasn’t enough to guarantee …
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The Power of Stress Discussions in Adult ESL Classes: Unlocking Growth and Language Proficiency

In the world of adult ESL teaching, cultivating engaging and meaningful discussions is a cornerstone of effective language teaching. While many teachers may shy away from topics perceived as negative or discomforting, making a compelling case for incorporating stress as a discussion theme in the classroom is possible. Contrary to popular belief, stress discussions can …
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First Impressions Matter: A Guide for Teaching Students How to Make a Positive First Impression

First impressions really count! They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. But what if those first impressions could be the key to unlocking new opportunities and building successful relationships? As ESL teachers, we must guide our adult ESL students in understanding the significance of good first impressions and how …
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The Battle of B and P Sounds: Moving Toward Pronunciation Precision

If you’ve had the privilege of teaching students whose mother tongue is Arabic, you’re no stranger to their unique challenges when grappling with the b and p sounds.  It’s the structure of the Arabic language’s sounds and those oh-so-subtle distinctions between the b and p sounds in Arabic that create significant challenges when it comes …
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