May, 2014

Writing! Oh no, not again!

by | 05.27.2014

This is what I hear whenever I assign writing as a homework to my students. Some of them never do it, and some try to write a sentence or two … Continue reading

Tips for preparation and performance of a play !

by | 05.27.2014

Once you have decided on the play it is time to get down to the rehearsals. For all students, no matter what level they may be on, the emphasis should … Continue reading

Celebrate success?

by | 05.26.2014

A poster with compliments from other students. A picture of our class–students and the instructor. Coffee with the teacher. These are some of ways that I’ve enjoyed celebrating success. Are … Continue reading

Facilitate Students’ understanding when reading

by | 05.23.2014

When teaching students to read English you will still need to ensure that student talk time is high. Activities are a great way to do this and they will help … Continue reading

Teaching kids , Tip 6 ” Finding suitable plays “

by | 05.20.2014

Choose plays that are short and repetitive and designed to involve the whole group, no matter how big or how small. These plays combine fun and movement with language usage … Continue reading

Caring for Students by Saying “Goodbye”

by | 05.19.2014

An 8-year old girl has tears rolling down her cheeks. In addition to teaching her English, you’ve become like a second mother to her. A 16-year old guy laughs and … Continue reading


by | 05.15.2014

1. Taking up all of the talking time In an EFL class, what is the most common reason students are enrolled? They want to SPEAK English! And what happens when … Continue reading

How to Motivate Adult Students – A Few Ground Rules

by | 05.14.2014

1. Have a serious program and stick to it. The adult learners might complain, but stick to your reasoning about doing homework, coming to class on time, etc.2. Bring in … Continue reading

You Can!

by | 05.12.2014

“You can’t!” “You can’t do it” was what Cortez heard growing up as a minority. “Don’t get any wild dreams,” his relatives said, “You’ll end up like us–poor.” “You ain’t … Continue reading

What makes an effective teacher? Six Keys to Classroom Excellence

by | 05.08.2014

1: Interest and explanation – This principle involves knowing what students understand and then forging connections between what is known and what is new.2: Concern and respect for students and … Continue reading

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