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Formative Assessment in the Classroom – For TESOL Teachers

Formative Assessment in the Classroom – For TESOL Teachers

What is Formative Assessment? Formative assessment is a range of procedures conducted by teachers that monitor student learning during the learning process. These procedures have a dual purpose: To help teachers check student progress and recognise where their...

How to Teach Essay Writing – to ESL Students

How to Teach Essay Writing – to ESL Students

Let’s face it, having to write an essay for most people is a daunting prospect, even if it’s in your first language, let alone trying to write one in your second language. There are a number of barriers for ESL students to overcome that native speakers don’t have to...

How to Build Rapport With Students – in an ESL Classroom

How to Build Rapport With Students – in an ESL Classroom

Do you remember your high school years? For many of us, the events that stick out weren’t that important in the big scheme of things – just some kind of nonsense that went on every single day.  Even if you played no part in the drama, you wanted the inside scoop – who...

TESOL Resources – Supplementary Materials

TESOL Resources – Supplementary Materials

In the vast majority of ESL/EFL schools you’ll teach at and classrooms you’ll teach in, there will be a syllabus or curriculum to follow with at least one key textbook. And this textbook will provide the bulk of the learning materials you’ll use to instruct your...

Fluency vs Accuracy in English Language Teaching

Fluency vs Accuracy in English Language Teaching

In staffrooms all over the world, English language teachers debate how they can best help their students to acquire English proficiency. How can I create a great lesson plan? What’s the best way to motivate students? How much homework is the right amount and what kind...

Methods and Approaches of English Language Teaching

Methods and Approaches of English Language Teaching

With all of the different options available, it can be confusing for English language teachers to decide on which teaching methodology or approach to use in the classroom. It can even get even more confusing in trying to understand the difference between a method and...

What is Task-based Learning?

What is Task-based Learning?

Task-based Learning (TBL), or from the teaching perspective Task-based Teaching (TBT), is a methodology that rectifies a common, yet serious problem in today’s English language teaching classrooms.  Many English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign...

How to be an excellent English language teacher

How to be an excellent English language teacher

Being a good English language teacher starts with passion – a passion for the importance of learning, and being enthusiastic about sharing that passion in the classroom. It’s about having a sense of achievement when you can help your students achieve their English...