ESL Essentials

10 Habits of a Good Student – Education Article

A good student has certain qualities that make him a success in the studies. From being punctual and eating a healthy diet to doing exercise and making friends, a good student has everything that give him an advantage over other students. If you want to be a successful student, here are some of the habits you need to emulate: 1.     He Adds Discipline To His Life A good student follows certain rules in life. He sleeps on time, wakes up on…

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Love Activities for the ESL Classroom that will Melt Your Students’ Hearts – Education Article

by Susan Verner 58,652 views When February rolls around a young man’s fancy turns to love, at least, his girlfriend hopes he starts to think about Valentine’s Day. There are many things traditionally associated with Valentine’s Day. Besides the hearts, candy and flowers, Valentine’s Day is a time to think about love and relationships, even for those who are not romantic the rest of the year. These activities will give your class a chance to talk about love in context…

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Ways to Use Slideshows in the Classroom – Education Article

Slideshows have been around for a while, but in most classrooms they are only used as a way for presenting small amounts of information. Teachers may use a slideshow to give an overview of a topic and students may use slideshows to accompany research projects. However, slideshows have a lot of potential to make classroom instruction more interactive and engaging. Slideshow Templates It takes time to jazz up a slideshow presentation and most teachers do not have that time. However,…

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Fantastic February Lesson Ideas – Education Article

by Tara Arntsen 16,589 views Now that everyone has recovered from the holidays and had time to settle back into the routine, take advantage of the fact that your students are a bit refreshed from the time off and start the month by introducing some new topics. If you find yourself short on interesting lesson ideas, especially towards the end of the month, consider the activities from this article. Bonus: Download the printable PDF checklist with 10 most popular Valentine’s…

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Ways to Make Classic Literature Exciting – Education Article

Mention that you are going to read a play by Shakespeare or one of Charles Dickens’ classics and many students groan. These are some of the greatest literary works of all time, but students are put off by archaic language and plot lines they think are not relevant to their own lives. Teachers must work to get past the archaic language and help students realize how exciting and relevant these classic novels can actually be. Put Students into the Literature…

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Teaching Kids English: 10 Things to Consider – Education Article

Teaching children can be immensely rewarding, anyone who has taught children can tell you that. But it’s not fun and games all the time, and sometimes it’s just not that easy. English teachers who wish to teach children must be aware of the challenges and difficulties they may encounter, and prepare accordingly. Here are the top 10 things to consider if you’re serious about teaching kids English:   Are you really up for it? If you want to teach kids…

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When is the Best Time to Assess? – Education Article

When and how often to assess students has long been a controversial topic in education. Some argue that students are tested too much and that too much time is spent “teaching to the test.” Others argue that students need to be assessed more often in order to provide teachers with the data they need to be effective. While opinions on the current state of assessments may vary, one thing is clear – assessments are a necessary part of education. What…

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Learn Popular Christmas and Holiday Expressions – Education Article

Not all countries celebrate Christmas, but if you’re teacing your students English, it’s important to teach them about the holidays celebrated in English-speaking countries. One of those holidays is Christmas. During the Christmas season, greetings very. Use this guide to teach your students all the different ways to say “merry Christmas” and “happy holidays.” Merry Christmas The easiest greeting for the holiday season is merry Christmas, but this simple phrase has its share of controversy. Some people dislike the phrase…

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Ways to Make Spelling Exciting – Education Article

Contrary to the belief of many students, the existence of spellcheck does not negate the need to learn how to spell. If you don’t know how to begin to spell words like antidisestablishmentarianism, there’s no way that spellcheck will help you when you type in antidysestabishtarnism or some other variation of the word. That being said, teaching children, especially older children, how to spell is often difficult and far from exciting. In our quest to make spelling more exciting, we’ve…

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Heading on Virtual Field Trips – Education Article

by Stacy Zeiger 1,287 views When you teach in a small, rural school district or in a district with little funding, finding places to visit and money for fields trips can be a challenge.  At the same time, teachers know that leaving the walls of the school and providing students with opportunities to experience subject matter first-hand is a crucial component of the learning process.  Virtual field trips provide teachers with a way to give students those experiences without actually…

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