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Authentic Material: How to Teach English Using Radio or Podcasts

By Margaret Hurley. Co-writer You Can Teach Grammar

Podcasts and radio in the ESL classroom - Authentic Material TESOLThe benefits of using authentic material in the TESOL classroom are many. They generate interest, they are certainly more varied in range than the material embedded in textbooks, they can be extremely practical, they can be fun and they can be very current. Especially for teachers who are not in an English-speaking country, authentic material are an excellent way to bring the English-speaking world into the classroom. In this series, different specific ways of using authentic materials will be covered. This inaugural issue covers some tips for using (non-musical) radio or podcasts in the classroom.

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TESOL: Developing Rapport – Classroom Management

Classroom Management - Develop Rapport with ESL Students TESOL course tipsWhen ESL students are asked to describe a favourite teacher or a teacher they feel they learned a lot from, they often describe someone who was kind, funny, or nice. In other words, good rapport is often the first thing that comes to mind.  Establishing and maintaining a positive rapport with your students not only leaves a lasting impression on them, it also facilitates learning in the classroom.

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TESOL Teaching Skills: Differences Between Speaking and Writing

Teaching writing skills and teaching speaking skillsIf you are teaching writing, especially for learners with academic goals, it can be very helpful to explore some of the differences between spoken and written language with your class.  Although misunderstandings in spoken communication can be negotiated and overcome, even small inaccuracies in written language can present barriers to effective communication.  This need for grammatical and lexical accuracy is one reason why most L2 learners find academic writing to be the most difficult skill to learn.

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Save Money When Teaching English Abroad

ESL teachers find that most of their money slips off their fingers because they are overspending on restaurants.

There are plenty of cheap local ingredients that you can turn into a delicious meal . You just have to learn how to cook them!

Find thousands of free recipes online and watch free videos on You Tube. Learning how to cook local foods will save you lots of money when teaching English abroad and will also help you to overcome culture shock much quicker. Instead of becoming home-sick, you’ll learn to explore and you’ll be able to cook a nice meal for your family and friends when you come home.

While you are at it, integrate food into your lesson plans and practice what you’ve learned from your TESOL course. You will find many valuable resources that you can use in your class, so use authentic materials to create fun activities!  How about asking your students to role play a food channel? Food is a universal language and showing your students that you are interested in learning from their culture will help you create a better relationship with them.

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Can Non-Canadians Qualify For TESL Canada Certification?

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-Native speaker or valid proficiency score.

-University degree from Canada or equivalent.

-TESOL certificate from a recognized TESL Canada centre.

Ontesol’s online 250-hour TESOL Diploma is recognized for TESL Canada Professional Standard 2 certification once a supervised 20-hour Practicum is completed.  Take the course from the comfort of your home and then complete the Practicum at any ESL school in the world. TESL Canada is necessary for teaching English in Canada and is highly recognized in some of the strictest countries when it comes to certification, including Australia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Vietnam, and anywhere in Europe (A EU passport is also required to teach in Europe). TESL Canada Professional Standard 1 is equivalent to CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL, while TESL Canada Professional Standard 2 courses provide over 270 hours of advanced TESOL training.

Using Photos To Tell Stories

Photos or pictures are excellent tools to integrate writing and speaking skills in a lesson. You know how the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Choose a picture or photo that shows a place and one or more people. Divide the class into two groups. One group has to write the story of what happened before the photo was taken and the other group has to write the story of what happened after it was taken. Then, the two groups put the two parts together to make one story.

Using Flashcards

Flashcards are excellent tools to use with classes of all levels.

They are simple to use and you can use them to present or review vocabulary, grammar topics, practice pronunciation, play games, get your students to make sentences, or write stories.


You can create your own flashcards with cut-outs from magazines, photos you can find online, or have your students make them as a task when practicing vocabulary or any grammar topic.


Another good thing about flashcards is that once you create them, they can be reused with different groups of students for different topics.

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Teaching Beginners: Simplify the Language of Instruction

Teaching beginners simply the languageSimplifying the way we word the language of instruction, especially when teaching beginners, is very important. As teachers, we have to remember that we are talking to learners of the English language, not to native speakers. The more difficult the words are and the longer and more complex the sentences are, the less our beginner students will understand our instructions, or explanations.

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Activities With a Focus

When you plan to use an activity in any section of your lesson, make sure that it has a focus. Let’s consider, for example, a listening activity. One of the most common mistakes made by a teacher is to play a recording and then ask the students to say what it is about. There isn’t any focus in such activity. The students may get lost as there could be a lot of information in that recording. When you focus the activity on certain information, for example, “Listen and complete the chart with all the numbers you hear” you are helping your students improve their listening skills in a very measurable way.

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