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Tips for Teaching English to Refugees

Teaching English is not a ‘one-size fits all’ endeavor. Understanding your students’ needs and, more importantly, their backgrounds is always important. However, it is even more crucial to exercise precise judgement when working with students coming from a life experience very different from your own. As a comedian would say, you must be able to […]

How to Teach English with Songs

First of all, why use songs in the classroom? When we consider that almost 100% of students enjoy listening to music and most of them also enjoy songs in English, we realize that songs in ESL classes can prove to be a very valuable resource. -OnTESOL: Accredited online TEFL courses since 2003-

Surviving Subbing

For many TESOL teachers, the first step in their careers will involve substitute teaching. Subbing jobs can range from last minute fill-ins for single classes to short-term contracts to cover vacations or illness. While it can be stressful not to know where you will be teaching from one day or week to the next, making […]

Engaging Reading Activities For Your ESL Class

As many teachers know, ESL students struggle with reading activities, especially those that are reading out loud.  Reading activities can be fun! Here are a few different activities for engaging your students and helping them to love reading!  -Get the best training with the advanced 250-hour TESOL Diploma!-  

Lesson Planning Tips for New ESL Teachers

Lesson planning should follow ‘the rhythm of your class’ and your students’ needs. Finding this “flow” will require getting to know your students and the curriculum requirements of the school you teach at. You could get students who benefit greatly from structure or you could get students who need less structure. It is up to […]

Fun Activities for Teaching Beginners in Immersion Programs

Often teachers fall back on the direct method when teaching beginner students, as it is difficult to engage them communicatively when they speak little or no English at all. Well, think again! Beginner students can be engaged with such simple tools as photographs and cellphones, which teachers often struggle to tear students away from. This […]