Teaching Grammar: How to Elicit Function and Form

Elicitation - Teaching GrammarThe idea of eliciting questions in TESOL is not necessarily to get students to produce the target language. It is to elicit the function and the form. So, for example, if the target language is wh-questions, the goal in the elicitation is not to get students to produce a wh-question, but to get them to realize what the function is (asking) and what the structure is (grammatical form). So, their answers will not be the target form (like What is your name); it will be things like Ask a question or Question-word and do and base form.
Below you can find an example of eliciting function and form using past perfect. The assumption here is that students have not learned the form or function before (You have a bit more to lean on when students have some prior exposure).


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How to Teach Gerunds and Infinitives

How to Teach Gerunds and InfinitivesGerunds — Parts of speech, but not quite. They are a verb but act like a noun as part of the subject or object of a sentence. It is no wonder this grammatical structure is so confusing for students to understand and even trickier for many ESL teachers to teach! This post will offer a clearer explanation of their function and further resources for how to teach these structures with ease.

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Task-Based Learning Activities for Teaching Business English

Teaching Business English Activities Task Based Learning If you are new to teaching Business English, these 4 Task-based Learning activities will help you prepare classes for students across a wide range of positions and English language proficiency levels.

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Task-Based Learning in the Business English Class

Teaching Business English Task-Based Learning Task-Based Learning is a teaching methodology that is particularly useful for students learning English for business purposes. Focusing on real-world scenarios, rather than hand-holding through mechanical grammar tasks, empowers adult learners by boosting their confidence and showing them that it’s better to go for it and make a mistake than sit back and be silent. Making an impression and demonstrating one’s confidence and strengths matters in the business realm, and focusing on tasks rather than form has proven to be a great way to facilitate those things in ESL learners.

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Task-Based Learning: 5 Activities for Teaching English to Young Learners

Task Based Learning Activities Teaching English to Young LearnersThe Task-based Learning approach works great with young learners because it allows children or teenagers to communicate while they remain active. In this blog, we will show you 6 Task-based learning activities for teaching English to young learners.

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6 Tips on How to Use Task-Based Learning with Young Learners

Teaching Young Learnes Task Based LearningTask-Based Learning makes lessons more fun and the content more memorable. While it might be a bit more challenging to develop and explain tasks to your youngsters, there is (almost) always a way to tweak an activity to be appropriate. After all, most kids love the challenge of solving a good puzzle, and it’s always nice to move away from the traditional mechanical drills. Be creative, use your resources, and get by with a little help from below. Below are 6 valuable tips on how to use Task-based Learning with young learners.

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5 Fun Task-Based Learning Activities

The Best Task-Based Learning Activities The Task-Based Learning approach focuses on the acquisition of language through relevant, applicable tasks that take place in a relaxed, positive environment.  The best way to experiment, learn more about, and eventually perfect the Task-Based Learning approach in the classroom is to do it.  Here are 5 fun activities to help you get started with TBL!

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5 Tips for Using Total Physical Response with Online ESL Students

How to teach English with Total Physical ResponseTotal Physical Response is super effective for teaching verbs and adjectives. However, this can lead to overindulgence. Plus, it can quickly get boring if overused. Being overly repetitive takes the fun and novelty out of the experience. Adjust the length of certain TPR-based tasks to fit the needs, mood, and ability of your student. Here are more tips for using TPR to teach English online.

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Using Total Physical Response for Teaching English Online

Total Physical Response TPR Teaching English Teaching English online has become all the rage in recent years. Students are quickly grasping at the opportunity to learn from the comfort of their own home, often one-on-one with a teacher across the world. Companies offering online education are popping up left and right across the world, leaving many teachers tempted by the ease of transitioning to this type of career. However, the inability to be tactile (or the perception of such) can quickly negate any and all positives that can come from an online lesson. One fool-proof way to combat this is to incorporate Total Physical Response (TPR) into as much of the lesson as possible, especially with young children and beginners.

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5 ESL Games for Teaching Reading and Listening Skills

ESL games for reading and listeningStudents get a bit stressed with reading and listening activities. I don’t blame them: it’s hard. I imagine it’s incredibly frustrating to be forced to read something or listen when you don’t understand a majority of the words. Luckily, there are a few tricks to make these aspects of English class less painful for everyone involved. These 5 ESL games are perfect for teaching listening and reading skills in a fun and effective way.

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