If you’re looking for something to use for one hour, for several classes, or even long-term, this will fit the bill. The Daily News integrates reading comprehension, vocabulary building, grammar, pronunciation, listening comprehension, fluency, and confidence building. It’s also a practical way to keep a class active on a daily basis while providing variety at […]
About Jerry Smith
Jerry has been teaching ESL for 15 years and has a wide range of experience. Though his emphasis is primarily on teaching adult professionals, he is also a certified K-12 teacher. He has a PhD in the field of education, an MA Teaching-English, is a professional TESOL trainer, and a professor of English composition in university. One of his favourite things to do is write and publish on various topics and has several articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Entries by Jerry Smith
Getting a classroom of ESL learners to speak is difficult sometimes. Especially in a mixed-level class, it can be downright challenging. This week’s post will provide an activity to get ESL students speaking, develop new vocabulary, and give opportunities for feedback at the same time.
Traditionally, teaching language is associated with learning grammar rules. And why not? Without structure you have nothing to build communication on. Communicating would be nothing more than hit or miss if we didn’t know how to arrange the words. Learning English in school is often about the rules and mastering them. Instead of developing your […]
You spent two hours preparing your lesson on the present perfect verb tense. You have visual aids, handouts, and a reinforcing class activity ready to go. In class, you spend the next forty minutes of a fifty-minute class discussing the proper use of the present perfect tense and giving examples. Your students listen attentively. There […]
The IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, OPI English proficiency are designed to gauge a person’s skills using English as a language. Much emphasis is placed on the speaking element of these tests by our students. That is because they discover that reading, writing, and even listening at times can be studied on their own. However, one element many lack is the confidence to use English […]
One of my favourite things to tell new classes is to stop studying English and to learn to use it. Of course, I say it in a nice way. But the reaction I get is humorous. People have a paradigm that to improve in a subject, they must study more. While that may be true […]
There is a long-standing rule that many veteran ESL teachers know about called the 70-30 rule. What is the 70-30 rule? It is a ratio of student talk time to teacher talk time. We can state total class talk time during one conversation class period (60 minutes, 50, 45, 30, 20, etc.) as 100 percent. […]
As English teachers, our role is to help students achieve their English language goals. For some ESL students their goal is to do well on an English proficiency test such as IELTS, TOEIC, or TOEFL. Some want to study or work abroad. Others want to do their jobs more effectively. Some want to communicate with […]
A teacher may have one of the best lessons of all time prepared, but without providing feedback, learner development can only go so far. Feedback in the context of TESOL is providing information to improve English language use. This information can be grammatical, lexical, or phonetic. When a dull pencil does not produce fine print, […]
After a long and tiring few days of teaching, you see that you have a conversation lesson today. You say to yourself, “oh, this good, I don’t have to teach anything, just talk with my students”. So, you enter the classroom with a potential topic or two to talk about with your class. After all, […]