Entries by Jerry Smith

ESL Speaking Activity – My Timeline

Today’s ESL speaking activity can be done in one-on-one tutorials or in larger classes, but ideally with a group. My Timeline provides a creative way to engage learners, but it doesn’t end there. This speaking activity can help ESL students develop their ability to use basic verb tenses in a natural way by talking about themselves. Class members also have opportunities to talk […]

ESL Speaking Activity – Daily News

 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 […]

Is Perfect Grammar the Point of ESL Classes?

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 […]

5 Ways to Help Students Do Well on English Speaking Tests

 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 […]

3 Perspectives on Teaching ESL

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 […]