Guessing Game ESL Warm-Up Activity

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I always like to begin my classes with a warm-up activity. After all, you don’t really know where your students have been, what their frame of mind is, or whether or not they have spoken a single word of English since your last class I find that easing into it works well. Compare this to jumping right into the “meat” of your lesson at the beginning. I find that students often won’t really “get” it because they’re too distracted by other things. If you do a warm-up activity first, they’ll be ready to take in the main point on the…

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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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Effective Essay Writing Hacks and Tips | Write a Perfect English Essay

How to write an essay in a perfect style? What to use and what to avoid when you are writing a paper? Essay writing hacks and tips for a perfect essay style. 12 Effective Essay Writing Hacks Not everybody can write. This is a well-known fact. If you are one of those who cannot write or don’t like writing, an essay as a writing assignment may be frustrating. A UK essay may spoil your grade if you write it inappropriately. What to do? How to solve the problem? There are so many tips on how to write an essay, though…

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ESL Writing Practice | Focus on Fluency | Write English Fluently

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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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Tell a Story, ESL style | ESL Speaking Adults

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Tell a Story, the Bad Way In almost all general, 4-skills ESL textbooks such as Smart Choice, or World Link there are usually pages with discussion starters that require students to tell a story of some kind. You can most often find this activity in the unit related to the past verb tenses. A big problem with telling stories in class is that most students will not do a very good job of it if they are given no time to prepare. It’s pretty boring to listen to quite often, especially with lower level students. Their “story” of their best vacation…

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English Speaking Tip | Learn How to Open a Conversation | English 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 English 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 | English Speaking Activity

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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 | 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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Top 10 ESL Activities for Adult Beginners | ESL Games for Adults

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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 | ESL Games

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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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ESL Review Activity: Got to Hand it to You | ESL Review Game

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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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