Supporting ESL students with IELTS Speaking TestThe International English Language Testing System, otherwise known as the IELTS is one of, if not the most popular English proficiency test out there. As such, it’s a common lesson among university and adult ESL learners who want to live, study, or work abroad. The IELTS consists of four sections:
reading, writing, listening and speaking. Read more

ESL teacher's experience teaching English onlineAs far back as I can remember I had a passion for the intricacies of the English language. I think my ‘love affair’ with the English language began when my first-grade teacher invited me to become a ‘reading helper’. It was in this position that I helped my peers gain confidence and competence in phonics and then onto basic reading mechanics.

About The Author: Deena Reved is a graduate of OnTESOL’s 250-hour TESOL diploma. She is currently teaching English online with Rorixwell.

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Teaching ESL using questions

Have you ever taught a speaking class where you distributed textual conversation starters but it seemed your students didn’t really know what to say? If you’ve experienced this before I have a simple three-level approach called progressive questioning to get ESL students speaking.

In today’s blog, we’ll look at ways to create systematic questions so you can be more interactive and methodical with your students. In this article, I break down Progressive questioning into three levels and it’s as easy as 1-2-3. Read more

Incorporating dialogues into the ESL classroom

As a teacher, how do you handle dialogues when you encounter them in ESL textbooks? Do you brush past them thinking, no one talks like that? Do you think they’re irrelevant to learning? Are your learners just reading them like text from a book? Or do you use them as effective tools that can provide opportunities to use English in realistic ways? Today’s blog will show you how you can view dialogues differently then use them to help English language learners develop greater fluency. Read more

Many times I’ve taught conversation classes where English language learners were so silent you could hear a pin drop. If it’s been your experience too, we’ll show you how to change that. We’ve prepared a planned conversation lesson strategy for you to use. Read more

Introduction activities to help beginner ESL learnersThere’s a common difficulty I’ve encountered among language learners around the world, at various levels, and with different backgrounds—the hardship of introducing themselves. You might be surprised how many people cannot introduce themselves in a concise, coherent manner. It’s not limited to lower-level language learners either. Higher-level learners struggle with this at times and even native speakers!

Our focus here will be on using an introduction activity to aid beginner-level learners. We’ll show you how to help them gain a sense of accomplishment by class end. Today’s blog will not only offer an idea to work with beginner-level students, but also present a way to engage them in a meaningful, practical, and useful activity. Learning how to introduce themselves will serve them well both inside and outside ESL classrooms. Read more

How to teach an all-day ESL classOnce in a blue moon (or more) you may be tasked to teach the same group of ESL learners all day. It might not happen very often, but it does happen. For example, I taught a daily six-hour program at the Samsung Corporation in South Korea for three years. The class members enrolled for a 10-week English intensive course program. So, each day, we met for class from morning to afternoon. After every cycle, a new batch of ESL learners began another term. It was definitely challenging, but I discovered a way to manage such situations that you might be able to use. I’ll share below some insights I learned for developing a syllabus to manage all-day ESL lessons with the same class members. Read more


Using fun and interactive games to teach ESLThe students at my school struggle to pay attention and to maintain interest when learning English. They avoid speaking in English, especially with their classmates, because they lack confidence. This reduces interaction and thus, they do not communicate well in English in the outside world. In this article, I present a lesson where I used a technique to educate students in a fun and interactive way.

About the Author: Zarin Tasnim completed OnTESOL’s 250-hour TESOL diploma and Teaching English to Young Learners Specialist Course and is now teaching primary English in China. Read more

Young ESL learner engagement It is very important for ESL students to be curious in class and to ask more questions. It can be difficult to achieve this if they lack interest or don’t understand the benefit of this. Relying solely on a screen or paper  can also become a stale approach as the students become used to this routine. A change in teaching approach from time to time stirs up students’ interest and attention. The choice of materials and topics thus becomes a fundamental matter for effective learning and engagement. In this article, I am going to write about the choice of materials that I used in one of my speaking lessons to encourage further class discussion, interaction, and motivation to speak.

About the Author: Zarin Tasnim is a graduate of OnTESOL’2 250-hour TESOL diploma and Teaching English to Young Learners course and teaching primary English in China. 

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Teaching young leaners using creative and authentic materialThe students I teach in my primary school do not show much interest in learning English nor are they motivated to engage in English speaking activities. They are rather shy  and get bored easily. They even start communicating in Cantonese when they don’t feel like being part of the lesson. This is one of the biggest challenges I have faced in this school. At any extent, I wanted to solve this problem so that all my lessons achieved their aims successfully. In this article, I write about the lesson I taught about dinosaurs, why I came up with this topic and how it turned out to be a successful lesson.

About the Author: Zarin Tasnim is currently teaching to primary learners in China and is a graduate of OnTESOL’s 250-hour TESOL diploma and Teaching English to Young Learners Specialist course. 

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