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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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Get Your Students Moving

Get your students moving in the ESL classroom. Teaching English activitiesLearning a new language can be tough. Sitting in one place for an hour or more doesn’t make it any easier. Adding some opportunities for movement during class time can help keep your students motivated and can help them learn better.

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Icebreaker ESL Activity: “Find Someone Who”

Experienced language teachers know that it is essential to establish a classroom environment where learners feel comfortable enough to take risks and make mistakes in front of their peers and the teacher.  Teachers often use icebreaker activities at first class meetings to set the tone and to start building a comfortable class atmosphere.  There are many ways to do this, and one of the most popular icebreakers is “Find Someone Who.”

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