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ESL Practice Questions for the Past Tense – Ancient Egypt Part 1

Students are studying English in most countries of the world. It has been our experience while teaching in Central Europe, Brazil and Hong Kong, that students have difficulty with the past tense. If some members of your classes need help, have them try these practice questions. This is part 1 – see part 2 here

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Activities for Teaching the Progressive Tenses

 The progressive tenses are fun to teach as they follow an easy rule. When your students have studied the simple present and past tenses they will be ready to learn and use the present and past progressive tenses. This article outlines the basic grammar and provides several talking activities. The progressive tenses show that something […]

ESL Teaching Activities - Using Prepositions with Printable Handouts

ESL Teaching Activities – Using Prepositions with Printable Handouts

ESL EFL Students from many different cultures find prepositions difficult because their meaning is expressed in a very different way in their own language. The preposition word doesn’t always express its meaning clearly. This is particularly true when referring to dates. This article will discuss some areas that cause confusion and provide some activities that will […]

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Keeping your ESL Class Alive – tips for ESL Teachers

  When you are teaching an ESL class, have you ever stopped and looked at the students’ faces? What do you see? Are the students sitting up, eager to see what comes next, or are they all slouched down with a glazed look in their eyes?

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ESL Teaching Activities for Beginners – Friendly Greetings

Simple Greetings Activity with Handouts  The informal language we use when we meet our friends or family is often idiomatic. ESL beginners can find it very confusing unless they are introduced to the short greetings that we all use. Students need to participate in many activities that provide opportunities for them to practice with their […]

ESL Teaching Activities - the Negative with To do, Some and Any - Includes Handouts

ESL Teaching Activities – the Negative with To do, Some and Any – Includes Handouts

Let’s give learning the English language some pizzazz. It can be frustrating, so it’s important that we do all we can to simplify it and most important of all, LET’S MAKE IT FUN! Everyone learns when they laugh. This article attempts to provide material and references that will make your ESL Activities about using the […]

Suggested Activities and Role-plays for Teaching Verb Tenses

Suggested Activities and Role-plays for Teaching Verb Tenses

 The order in which the verb tenses are introduced can make the structure of the English Language easier for the students to understand. Whereas pre-teen and early teen children learn a language by listening and repeating what they hear, without any need to think about grammar, this facility seems to fade as everyone gets older. […]

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Steps for Making Verb Tenses Easier

Many students are concerned about learning the tenses of the English language. They have likely heard horror stories about the irregular verbs and the many exceptions to the rules. It is scary unless a method for approaching the tenses in a step by step fashion is introduced.  Let’s start at the bottom and  a pyramid that shows the similarities […]

Suggestions for Teaching the Past Tense and Its Irregular Verbs

Suggestions for Teaching the Past Tense and Its Irregular Verbs

We have found that the mention of the simple past tense scares students. The classroom loses its relaxed atmosphere with stressed and anxious students. It seems that in many cultures there is a belief that the simple past tense is very difficult. This article will offer some suggestions that may help to overcome this fear. […]

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Activities that Promote Enthusiasm and Classroom Control

How can we deal with groups of students that are intelligent, creative and overloaded with energy? They are talking, laughing, teasing and poking each other as they come into the English Second Language Classroom. They are likely speaking in their first language and English isn’t a part of their good natured banter. Let’s consider some […]