5 No-marking homework ideas for smart TEFL/ESL teachers

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Homework ideas for EFL/ESL/TEFL teachers

Homework is an important part of study but it can be overwhelming for a TEFL teacher who finds themselves facing a mountain of paperwork to correct. Let’s face it, we don’t get paid much and so marking homework assignments is not how you want to spend your free time. To avoid this, smart teachers set homework assignments which a) enhance their students learning and prep them for the next class and b) do not require any work from the teacher outside of class time. Interested? Find out more.

The structure of a great ESL/EFL lesson

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ESL/EFL/TEFL Lesson Plans

Great lessons do not come out of thin air, they are planned. Thankfully with a bit of practice you won’t have to spend too much time on it – but there is a pattern to follow. The best teachers spend about 30% of their time on ‘teaching’ that is to say drilling the vocabulary and grammar points and 30% on freer speaking practices.

Part 5: A fantastic technique on how to practice questions (teaching ESL)

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How to teach esl with questions

If you want to have a conversation, you have got to know how to ask a question. But questions in English are hard. The subject and the verb swap places and there are a whole variety of questions to choose from. This means that though students may know a piece of grammar, putting it into a question is a whole other matter entirely. But don’t sweat: there is a fool proof way to help your students master questions.

Part 4: How to teach ESL with roleplays

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A roleplay is a situation that your students act out in order to practice a grammar or vocabulary point This could be: A business negotiation, a family decision or a presentation. Unfortunately roleplays often fall flat.

Part 3: How to finish your class with a bang

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Language learning is demanding on the brain. Therefore, never teach your toughest language points at the end of the lesson, teach them at the beginning. The end of the lesson is not the time to teach your students anything. Instead refresh your students’ memories of a familiar grammar point with five to 10 minute high-energy activity. Such as A quiz with make and do You feed your students the noun and they tell you whether it is make or do. Make: The bed, a change, a choice, a decision, a discovery, a fortune, an arrangement, a list, a noise, a […]

Part 2: How to start your ESL class with a warmer activity

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Let’s face it, learning a second language is difficult. Most of your students won’t have the opportunity to practice English outside of class and so at the beginning of the lesson they’ll need a little time to get used to speaking again, even if you had a class just a few days ago. It is therefore not appropriate to launch into difficult grammar right from the get-go. Give your students 10 minutes to warm up at the start of class with an easy speaking activity they can do in pairs.

Part 1: How to teach English with drills

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With the no-textbook method students learn language through oral drills. But what is a drill? Well, a drill is either a question or statement carefully designed to get the student to orally reproduce a piece of grammar or vocabulary until it becomes so familiar the words come out of their mouths almost without thinking, just like a native speaker.

5 Killer ESL speaking activities that require no preparation

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TEFL: 5 killer esl speaking activities that require no preparation

A good speaking activity makes an ESL lesson but it doesn't have to take a lot of time to prepare. In fact, the more you step back from an activity, the more you will engage your students as you give them space to use their imaginations. Follow this five activities to get your students speaking requiring no preparation from the teacher.

The ultimate guide to teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) in Spain

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Teaching ESL/EFL in Spain

So you’re thinking about becoming an ESL English teacher in Spain? Well many people do and for good reasons: Spain is a beautiful country, its food is amazing and, with the second highest number of native speakers in the world, Spanish is a very useful language to learn. But what can you expect from teaching English in Spain? Well, take a look at this guide to find out.

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