Extensive Reading for ESL/EFL Students

Extensive Reading for English Learners The best speakers of English are those that can read fluently. Extensive reading is an excellent way to learn a language the natural way. Extensive reading means reading for enjoyment and to develop general reading skills. It can be compared with intensive reading, which means …

How to Teach Relative Clauses-The Interesting Way

Relative Clauses: We Use Them all the Time Relative clauses are important and we use them all the time in the English language.We just use them naturally, never make mistakes and use reduced relative clauses all the time without even realizing it. The problem comes when teaching relative clauses to …

An ESL Listening Lesson Plan Template

I Had no Idea about How to Teach ESL Listening I’m always surprised when I get reader questions or talk to people preparing for their upcoming job interviews that they don’t know how to make a basic lesson plan. But, it’s not so crazy and I actually had no system …

Budget Travel Tips when Teaching ESL Abroad

Teaching and Traveling? Here are the Top 5 Budget Travel Tips for You If you’re an English teacher, I know you’re probably all about traveling the world in style. Here are some budget travel tips to help you do it well. Let’s be real, even with a high-salary ESL teaching …

Teaching ESL Abroad as a Career: A Good Choice?

Is Teaching ESL Abroad a Good Career Choice? An English as a Second Language teacher doesn’t exactly fit into the category of a “serious” job where you make “serious” money. However, I would argue that it actually has a lot going for it and it’s a great choice for someone …

English Reading Tip: Use Context Clues

Types of Context Clues Here’s an English reading tip for you about using context clues. Sure, you can use your dictionary to look up words you don’t know, but this is the easier (and better way). After all, you don’t always have a dictionary handy, especially when doing an English …

English Listening Tip: Check out Podcasts

Improve your English Listening Skills  I love podcasts-you can almost always find me listening to one while I’m exercising, hanging around the house cooking or cleaning. They are entertaining, informative and you can learn something new. There is a podcast for just about any topic you can imagine. The best …

Teaching Without a Safety Net

Teaching ESL Abroad: What Happens After? Hey there everyone, it’s Jackie here. After teaching in South Korea for 10 years, I left, and went back to my home country, Canada in February 2016. I was pretty worried about the whole thing. 10 years in a foreign country is a long …

ESL Writing Tip: Always Proofread

The Biggest Mistake You can Make for ESL Writing Not proofreading your writing is the biggest mistake you can make for ESL writing. This applies to students who are studying English as a second or third language, as well as native speakers. Almost everyone makes a lot of very simple …

Online Teaching: How to Convert Trial Students into Customers

Online Teaching: An Interesting Option I’ve always thought that online teaching was an intriguing option. In particular, for those people who wanted to live a digital nomad kind of life. Traveling the world while working online is pretty appealing! It was one of the options I considered quite seriously, before …

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 …

My Life! 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of All-Time

My Life! Teaching in a Korean University: 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of All-Time Although the new year is a new start for many people, I do like to dwell on the past a wee bit. Don’t worry, I’m not contemplating my return to Korea. I plan on staying in …

Val Hamer: Life After EFL

Are you Planning on Teaching Abroad Forever? If you answered “no” to that question, then this post will be an interesting read for you! My own interest in what happens to ESL/EFL teachers abroad who go back to their home countries began a couple of years ago. That was the …

Life After ESL: Shaun Dell’s Move to Canada

Life After ESL: Story Time It’s been about nine months now since my own return to Canada after teaching English in South Korea for 10 years. After a rough few months at the beginning, life is a lot more settled now, especially since I’ve figured out the job thing, and …

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 …