Articles on teaching one to one, using drama, teaching at preschool, teaching primary school, using songs, teaching teens and adults, classroom management, pronunciation, teaching grammar with games, motivating children to learn and using technology in class.
Articles for teaching children one to one
How to teach your child English and make it fun. For parents and private tutors. Don't blow it before you begin, and bear in mind that your child is not a parrot!
Tips to make your lessons fun teaching children one to one: How to spice up a one to one lesson.
Games book and video demo teaching a child one on one
Using Drama To Teach English to Children (ESL or EFL)
Many good reasons to use fun plays and skits in teaching and some tips on how to do it.
Fun plays and skits - video demos and book of plays
Teacher reviews, photos and successes using plays
Teaching English at Preschool
Using story movies in class - tips to make it fun
Teaching Preschool ESL: Tips and Ideas for Successful Classes: Valuable teaching tips for the ESL teacher starting out with the preschool age group.
Teaching English with Stories in the Preschool ESL Classroom: A useful resource for preschool teachers showing how to use stories as a jumping off point for many ESL activities.
English for toddlers: How to teach English to toddlers. Toddlers cannot be organised the way older children can and you need a different approach in order to teach them English. This page has tips on how to do it.
A preschool book resource review from Rosina Reyes, who teaches classes as well as her own children.
How to teach prepositions to children through a story: For ages 4 to 10.
EAL games for preschool English learners A lesson plan with games for 3 to 6 year olds learning English
Stories and fun lesson plans for teaching English to children easily
Teaching English at Primary School - Motivating Children to learn
Motivating Children: Going Beyond Bribery: How to avoid needing to bribe your students into being motivated but instead be more than a teacher to them and make them active learners with movement, getting their hands "dirty", games and variety.
5 Top Reasons to Teach Children with ESL Games
Why English language Games are Essential in a Teacher's Toolbox: A look at what teachers and pupils think of using games and when it is most effective to use them.
176 English Language Games for Children used by over ten thousand of schools worldwide.
Results and comments from English teachers using games in their classes
Using ESL Songs
Why songs are fantastic learning tools and how to use them in the preschool and primary ESL classroom.
ESL for teens and adults
ESL Multilevel Activities: What can you do when you have an ESL class with students at extremely divergent levels? Don't panic! This article will show you how to make the most of your class time through ESL multilevel activities and games, without leaving your beginners lost, or your advanced students bored. Concrete examples of games you can use in class included.
How to Use Games with EFL and ESL Learners: Avoid some basic pitfalls when using games with EFL or ESL learners. Student reactions may not be what you expect.
ESL Teaching Tips to Solve Common Classroom Problems: A look at how to deal with common problems such as being pushed for time to prepare, coming up with fresh ideas, students arriving late, activities falling flat or fizzling out earlier than expected, boring textbooks and other common issues ESL teachers face.
Motivate your students more and make your English classes more fun with this book of classroom actvities
Teacher Feedback using games and activities with teens and adults
How to Appeal To Your Students' Different Learning Styles: A look at activities that allow you to reach all ESL learners, whether visual, auditory and the often neglected tactile and kinaesthetic.
How ESL Games Help With Difficult Classroom Situations: Examples of games that help deal with the "silent period" that adult beginners go through, irregular class attendance, different learning styles and tension between class members, which can be common in ESL classrooms.
Should ESL Teachers Use Games With Adults? A look at how to approach games when teaching adult students and the pitfalls to avoid.
How to teach English Idioms: A fun game to teach English idioms to teens or adults, taken from my best-selling book.
ESL Classroom Management
The five golden rules of good classroom management. There are plenty of theories, techniques and strategies out there but when it gets down to actually being in the classroom, nothing will serve you better than earning the love and respect of your pupils. These golden rules tell you how to do that.
Fun ESL Classroom Games and Discipline - an Unhappy Marriage? Some very handy tips on classroom management including useful attention grabbers for children.
The Hows and Whys of Teaching Pronunciation
Teaching Pronunciation: Many ESL teachers and textbooks skirt around the issue of pronunciation. Avoid making the biggest mistake of trying to teach pronunciation through vocabulary and instead look at practising phonemes through games.
Teaching Pronunciation Tips - Short Article: A summary form of the longer article The Hows and Whys of Teaching Pronunciation
Teaching Grammar with Games in the ESL Classroom
Teaching Grammar with Games
Research shows games are fantastic for teaching English. Intrinsic motivation is a particular benefit. Tips are given on how to pick games that suite your students' needs and how to go about teaching grammar through games.
Teaching Children with ESL Grammar Games: An ESL game for small groups diagnosed for use with any grammar.
Using Technology in the 21st Century Classroom
Integrating 21st century skills and technology in your ESL classroom - even from your Teepee or Yak tent!
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