Review of Touchstone 4-Skills ESL Textbook for Adults

A Review of Touchstone 4-Skills ESL Textbook Touchstone is a 4-skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) ESL textbook for adults published by Cambridge. There are 4 levels, ranging from 1-4.  is reasonably easy and would generally be suitable for an average freshman English class in Korea. is much harder and even third …

4 Tips for Teaching Monolingual Classes

Monolingual Classes: Difficult to Teach! Monolingual classes (everyone speaks the same language) can present a difficulty for ESL/EFL teachers. This is because there is often no compelling reason as to why students actually have to communicate with each other in the target language. This is the situation I find myself …

Top 50 ESL Activities Superlist

ESL Activities Superlist If you’re looking for ESL activities, you’ve most certainly come to the right place! I’m going to share with you my top 50 ESL activities that cover a range of skills and situations-warm-ups + icebreakers, reading activities, writing activities, speaking activities and listening activities. Most of the …

ESL Activities for Advanced Students

If you teach students who are fluent, or close to it, then you’ll need very different ESL activities than if you were teaching beginner or intermediate students. ESL activities for advanced students need to: Be challenging. Too easy or simple and the students will feel like they’re being treated like …

ESL News Articles: A Few Resources

ESL News Articles: Stop Wasting your Time Searching Everywhere! I’m all about using news articles in my classes instead of readings from the textbook. The stuff from the textbook is often dry, and it’s certainly not related to the things happening around the world. But the problem with news articles …

Top 10 ESL Activities for Big Classes

Way Back Then? Big Classes were Terrible! I remember back to my first year teaching in a Korean university, way out in the countryside of Chungcheongnam-Do. I taught writing and freshman English to classes of 40+ students. The writing students I saw for 3 hours/week, while the freshman English classes, …

Infographic Presentation: An ESL Speaking Activity

  Infographic Presentation: An ESL Speaking Activity   Skills: Reading/writing/listening/speaking Time: 1+ hour Level: High-Beginner to Advanced Materials: Internet access, PowerPoint Optional Materials: Video camera Presentations are a regular feature of ESL classes, but your students may get overwhelmed at the thought of first creating and then presenting a full-length speech. …

101 ESL Activities: For Teenagers and Adults

ESL Activities For Teenagers and Adults 101 ESL Activities: For Teenagers and Adults is the book that belongs on every ESL/EFL teacher’s bookshelf. It’ll help you save time when lesson planning, guaranteed. You should consider getting the book if you fit into one of the following categories: Tired of Wasting …

How to Teach English to University Students

It’s That Time of Year! The first week of classes in Korean universities have now finished and the introductory activities are done. It’s time to get into the serious teaching. But, perhaps you’ve only taught kids before and are new to teaching university students. It really is kind of a …

Speaking English Fluently: What it Takes

Speaking English Fluently: What it Actually Takes I had so many students during my time teaching in universities in South Korea asking me what they could do to become fluent in English. What I told them and what I’m going to tell you right now is the very non-technical answer …

ESL Listening: How to Teach It

How to Teach ESL Listening ESL Listening: Love It! Back in the days when I used to teach in South Korean universities (not so long ago! This is the first semester in 8 years that I won’t be teaching), I loved me a good listening lesson. I would try to …

Activities for Private Teaching: 39 of Them!

39 Activities for Private Teaching So, we all know that private tutoring here in Korea is highly illegal and of course no foreign English teacher would ever do it. But in case you have a friend that does, you should let them know about this book of activities for private …

ESL Speaking Activity: Just a Minute

ESL Speaking Activity: Just a Minute If you’re looking for some new ideas for the classroom, check out the video below where I talk about my favourite ESL speaking activity, Just a Minute. I loosely based it on a classic Toastmaster’s activity, Table Talk. The idea is that you get …

Touchstone Final Exams: They’re Difficult!

Want to Get High Student Evaluations? My Secrets, Revealed! I’m going to let you in on a little secret right now and tell you the easiest way to get high student evaluations without risking your job or spending a lot of money. Since most of our contract renewals in Korean …

39 ESL Warm-Ups: For Teenagers and Adults

Boredom is Always Looming: Change up Those ESL Warm-Ups It’s a reality that many of your students will not have spoken English or perhaps not even given it a single thought since you last saw the previous week in class. By beginning your lesson with a warm-up activity or game, …