Teaching the Simple Present Tense with the Negative

esl curriculumWhen ESL beginners learn to answer questions with positive answers they progress without too much difficulty. The negative answers, however, are more complex because the pattern is different with the use of “to be” and “to do”. Continue reading “Teaching the Simple Present Tense with the Negative” »

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Choosing an ESL Teen Adult Curriculum

CHOOSING AN ESL CURRICULUM PROGRAM FOR TEENS AND ADULTS

What is the basic goal of any ESL program? “Why, that’s easy”, you might say, “it is to teach the students to speak English!” If that’s the case, why do so many programs fail? In Canada, most students took French in school, but very few people can speak even passable French. In the Czech Republic, all of our students studied Russian, but they told us that after seven years of instruction, none of them could speak Russian.

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Monkey Business Video

This short video will provide enjoyment while practicing English Continue reading “Monkey Business Video” »

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A Fun Way to Deal With Prepositions

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Some Ideas for Teaching Prepositions

One day, early in my teaching career, I saw a beautiful chestnut lying on the sidewalk. I picked it up and put it in my pocket, because it was so shiny, and had such a beautiful color. That afternoon when I was teaching, on a whim, I asked the class what I had in my pocket. There were all kinds of answers, but no one could guess “chestnut.” Continue reading “A Fun Way to Deal With Prepositions” »

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ESL Student Teachers Ready to Start their First Job

esl-curriculumYou have arrived at the location of your new English second language teaching position. Your first class of teens and adults begins tomorrow morning. You’re feeling nervous, excited and a little overwhelmed by your new surroundings. What can you do to help yourself feel more secure? Continue reading “ESL Student Teachers Ready to Start their First Job” »

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Verb Tense Review

What’s the difference between the Future Perfect Tense, and the Simple Future Tense?

Students and teachers alike become confused with questions like this. Continue reading “Verb Tense Review” »

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Strange Events at a Night at the Bar

This is a funny video that is fun for everyone. It does not have too many words, so it is ideal for ESL students.

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For help with listening, understanding and speaking

Videos for Chinese speaking students.

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ESL Practice Questions – Future Progressive Tense – Arctic Balloon Expedition – Part 5

Kvitoya IslandWe will try to give you some grammar practice questions that don’t make you shudder! If you find learning about the future progressive tense difficult, you are not alone; we will make our explanation as understandable and interesting as possible! When we taught this tense, our Czech students asked, “Do people really talk that way?” Continue reading “ESL Practice Questions – Future Progressive Tense – Arctic Balloon Expedition – Part 5” »

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ESL Practice Questions –Simple Future Tense – Andrée Arctic Balloon Expedition – Part 4

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If you are a student you may wish to practice your English grammar. This blog provides several exercises that will allow you to review the simple future tense. If you have a minute, try them now. Continue reading “ESL Practice Questions –Simple Future Tense – Andrée Arctic Balloon Expedition – Part 4” »

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ESL Practice Questions – Present Progressive Tense – Arctic Balloon Expedition – Part 3

StudentsStudents around the world are under pressure to learn English. Most of them are attempting this as they work at a full or part time job. Others are studying subjects unrelated to English at high school, college or university. Thousands are worried and stressed about their marks and their financial situation. The type of English second language program that they are following could reduce their stress if it contains interesting content and offers activities that make them laugh. This article provides practice grammar questions that are based on an amazing true story. Continue reading “ESL Practice Questions – Present Progressive Tense – Arctic Balloon Expedition – Part 3” »

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