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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Toilet Paper Ice breaker Speaking Activity: Get to know each other

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Toilet Paper Ice Breaker Speaking Activity Skills: Speaking/Listening Time: 5-30 minutes Level: Beginner-Advanced Materials Required: Toilet Paper This toilet paper ice breaker speaking activity is the perfect way to start your first class off with a bit of fun. It also helps your students get to know each other, as well as you, the teacher. Although some students may have played it before, it’s still worthwhile. Bring in a roll of toilet paper, and depending on the size of your class, tell the students they can take a certain number of pieces (big classes 1-4, small classes 4-8). Don’t give…

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Cosmo Quiz ESL Icebreaker Activity

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Cosmo Quiz ESL Icebreaker Activity Skills: Speaking/listening/reading Materials Required: A Cosmo quiz or Cosmo-type quiz If you are a guy, you may not be familiar with the quiz in each month’s edition of Cosmopolitan magazine. These generally predict something about your relationship style, finances, etc. In other words, they are quiz-style horoscopes. They are pretty fun to do as a group, because they are not meant to be taken seriously. However, they can tell you a little something about the quiz-taker. The classes that Cosmo quizzes work best with are full of young women. A bunch of teenage guys probably…

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A Relative Clause Speaking Activity which is Fabulously Fun

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Relative Clause Speaking Activity If you’re studying about relative clauses (who, which, that), and want to lighten up the mood a bit you can use this “Who or What is it?” relative clause speaking activity. My students always love it. Relative clauses are a bit grammar heavy to teach and lessons about them are usually focused on pen and paper exercises. But, it is possible to practice relative clauses in a fun speaking activity too. Here’s How to Set Up this Relative Clause Speaking Activity Make a list of things or people and cut them up into little pieces and…

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Can Can’t ESL Game

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Can Can’t ESL Game This can can’t ESL game is great for practicing speaking, listening and writing. It’s a game for children or adults, but the content is usually covered with children more than adults. Can/Can’t is a very basic grammatical concept. Related: ESL Activities for Advanced Level Students To play this can can’t ESL game, put the students in teams of 2, 3, or 4 depending on how big your classes are. They have to pick 1 animal, and 1 thing, but must keep it a secret from the other teams My 2 examples that I give the students…

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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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71 Ways to Practice English Writing: Tips for Students

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Are your English Writing Skills not Good? What would it mean to your studies or career to be able to write quickly and accurately in English? Imagine being able to write an email in English easily and quickly? Or, no longer struggle for days when writing an English essay. Or, starting a blog to keep in touch with your international friends, and perhaps even make some new ones. Sounds great, doesn’t it? The habits and study tips in  are designed to improve your written English quickly and easily. The key to improving any language skill is practice! This book will…

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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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English Speaking Tip: Learn How to Open a Conversation

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English Speaking Tip: Opening a Conversation If you want to improve you’re English speaking skills, you’ve come to the right place! I’m going to give you one a favourite English speaking tip. This one is about how to open a conversation in English. Opening or beginning a conversation is pretty similar whether it is small talk or not. You can bring up some non-controversial topic, like the weather (or traffic, if you have both just arrived somewhere). Pro English speaking tip: unless you are speaking about the traffic or the weather, your opening comment should be pleasant (it’s okay to…

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71 Ways to Practice Speaking English: Tips for ESL/EFL Learners

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Need Practice Speaking English? What would it mean for you to be able to speak English more freely and fluently? Would you be able to get that job you want? Get accepted into a prestigious program in a university? Go abroad to study? Travel and not worry about communication? Get a high score on a speaking test? Find a boyfriend or girlfriend from a foreign country? There are many reasons why someone would want to be able to speak English fluently. Whatever your reason is for wanting to speak English better, we’re here to help you! Related: Use YouTube to…

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How to Speak English Better: Learn on YouTube

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So you want to speak English better? Then it’s good that you found your way to this blog post! We’re going to give you one of our top tips for speaking English better through using YouTube. YouTube is an amazing resource with a ton of free, awesome stuff. You’d be crazy not to take advantage of it to help you learn English. Keep on reading for some tips for how to do this, as well as our favourite YouTube English teachers to check out. Speak English Better by Learning on YouTube If you want to learn to speak English better,…

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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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Vocabulary Auction: A Fun Game for ESL Students

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Vocabulary Auction: Preparation There are plenty of variations of auction games, but vocabulary has the least amount of preparation involved. It will be more fun if you have fake money, poker chips, etc. Begin by having the students list vocabulary they have been studying. Try to get at least 20 terms from them. Next, divide the class into groups of 3-4. Give each group a budget of $1000 and have them bid in increments of $50-100. (Note: if you are using money or tokens, you will need your own supply, to pay out groups who double down.) Vocabulary Auction: How…

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