IELTS Speaking: Top 5 Tips you Need to Know

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How to Improve your IELTS Speaking Test Score As the IELTS exam has become increasingly important internationally, there’s more and more information available on the Internet about the exam. It’s important to consider this information critically, and to consider the source of the information. Many people have their own opinions about how to perform well; some of these opinions come from direct experience, while some, unfortunately, amount to educated guesses that might not be informed. Top 5 Tips for IELTS Speaking Tests There are five things you should know specifically about the IELTS Speaking exam. Some may seem obvious; some…

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English Listening Tips for ESL/EFL Learners

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If you’re looking to improve your English listening skills, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to share three of our top tips with you today. You’ll also get a link to a resource with even more tips for how to practice English listening. Maybe you want to improve your conversational English and make some new friends. Perhaps you want to be able to travel confidently. Maybe you want to understand English TV or movies, instead of relying on subtitles. You might want to get a higher score on something like the TOEIC listening test to get a better…

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English Reading Tip: Post-Reading Activities

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Post-Reading Activities to Improve your English Reading Skills It’s not over ‘til it’s over. Once you have read a text, you may feel like you are done, but if you want to get the most out of it, there are a few different activities you can do. You can write your answers, but if you are short on time, you do not have to. Say them out loud to yourself, or to your study partner. Think About the Characters more Deeply If you are reading fiction, here are some ideas to think about the characters more deeply. This will help…

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English Listening Tip: Watch Movies and TV

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I’m sure that if you study English, you want to improve your listening skills! There are a ton of ways to practice English listening, but one of the best ways is to watch English TV or movies. The reason it’s so good is because it’s fun. This means that you’re likely to keep doing it, especially if you get addicted to watching a favourite TV series. Keep on reading for how to make the best use of your time when watching English TV or movies. Here are the English listening tips! Watch Movies and TV to Improve your English Listening…

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ESL Writing Practice: Focus on Fluency

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ESL Writing: Fluency + Accuracy For speaking and writing, there are two main ways to evaluate it: fluency and accuracy. Fluency is how fast you are able to do it. Accuracy is how good your grammar and vocabulary are. It’s more complicated than that, but that’s the simple explanation! Keep that in mind as you read the rest of this article. Don’t Forget Fluency Practice Most English writing classes and textbooks focus on accuracy. It’s much easier for a book, or teacher to point out grammar and vocabulary errors than to teach you to write quickly. However, it’s important to…

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Top 10 Blog Posts on ESL Speaking

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Top 10 Blog Posts of All-Time on ESL Speaking We’re going to take a little trip down memory lane with this blog post. I’ve looked back in time and found the 10 most popular blog posts here at ESL Speaking. Find out what other people have found most helpful! #1: Small Talk ESL Activity This small talk ESL activity is the most popular blog post here at ESL Speaking! Small talk is one of those extremely important skills for our students to learn. But for some reason, it’s also something that is rarely practicing in the ESL classroom. My goal…

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Top 10 ESL Activities for Adult Beginners

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Top 10 ESL Activities for Adult Beginners If you’re looking for some ESL activities for adult beginners, you’ve come to the right place! I’m going to share my Top 10 ESL Activities for Adult Beginners with you. Adult beginners can be a bit tricky to teach because although they don’t have the skills to engage in things like free talking or open discussions, they of course aren’t babies and you need to use topics, games and activities that are relevant and appropriate for them. I taught in South Korean universities for 8 years and about 5 of those years were…

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ESL Activities for Listening and Speaking

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Top 10 ESL Activities for Listening and Speaking If you’re looking for some ESL activities for listening and speaking, you’ve come to the right place! We’re going to give a brief description of our 10 favourite ESL activities that focus on two very important skills-listening and speaking. We’ll also include a link to more details about how to set up the ESL activity and use it in your classes. #1: ESL Surveys ESL surveys are one of my all-time favourite ESL Activities for listening and speaking. I love them for the following reasons: They get students up and out of…

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Top 10 ESL Activities for all Levels

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Top 10 ESL Activities for all Levels is what you need if you teach a wide variety of students from beginner to advanced. All of these activities can be adapted to make them very easy, or quite difficult. If you want to save time when you’re planning your lessons, keep the framework of the lessons the same (same activities, games, etc.) but then adapt the material to suit the individual class. Keep reading for my top 10 ESL activities for all levels of students. #1: Agony Aunt: Problem + Advice ESL Activity Everyone knows how to solve each other’s problems!…

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ESL Review Activity: Got to Hand it to You

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ESL Review Activity: Got to Hand it to You If you’re looking for an ESL review activity, you’ve come to the right place! Got to Hand it to You is kind of like a quiz show, but instead of the teacher asking questions and the students answering, everything is on paper. In groups, students read the questions and then they have to fill out an answer sheet. It’s far more student centred than the traditional “ESL Jeopardy” game and as a bonus, students have to answer all the questions instead of every 1 in 20 or so. Got to Hand…

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How to Make the Most of your Teaching Abroad Experience

You just landed a job abroad and you’re dying to get started working. This is the culmination of everything you’ve been working so hard for in the past few months, or even years. You have earned your certificate, found a job, and now you’re ready to begin. You’ve read all the blog posts about teaching English in China, every article there is on how to deal with culture shock, and now you’re wondering how you can make every second in your new country count. So what are a few ways that you can make the most out of every second?…

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Top 10 ESL Speaking Activities for False Beginners

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Top 10 ESL Speaking Activities for False Beginners I taught English in South Korea for almost a decade and most of that time was spent teaching false beginners. False beginners are students who’ve studied English at some point in the past but had to stop for whatever reason. Or more commonly in Korea, they’ve studied English for years, sometimes very advanced level concepts but didn’t really even grasp the basics. It was all too common amongst my students! Some students realized that they were actually at quite a basic level, and they were easy to teach because they were willing…

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Top 10 ESL Activities for Total Beginners

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Try out These Top 10 ESL Activities for Total Beginners When I first began my ESL career teaching in South Korea, I taught total beginners. It was like I got thrown into the deep end of the pool and I could barely tread water. 10 years later, with a whole lot more experience under my belt, total beginners don’t intimidate me like they used to and in some ways, I even like them better than advanced students. It’s easier to teach someone numbers and colours than the subtle differences between all the future tenses. Anyway, if you’re in the same…

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Top 10 ESL Icebreakers: Start Your Class Off the Fun Way

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If you’re looking to get your semester started off on the right foot, then you’ll need to use a few of these ESL icebreakers. They’ll help the students get to know each other and you as well. By starting your classes off with some ESL icebreakers, you’re setting yourself up for a successful semester. Keep reading for the top 10 ESL icebreakers. You can see the detailed activity description by clicking the links! #1: Ball Toss If you’re looking for one of the most versatile ESL activities ever, look no further than this Ball Toss one. You can use it for…well…just…

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