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Ten Common Mistakes ESL Teachers Make in the Classroom (And How to Fix Them)

So, You Think You Can Teach ESL?

Nobody is perfect. That’s the truth. It’s the same for doctors, lawyers, parents, students, and teachers. Nobody likes making mistakes. Big or small, mistakes can kill self-esteem, loom over our heads like some grim reaper created out of our own idiocy. In a classroom, teachers often make mistakes early on in their careers; veteran teachers make mistakes, too.


What mistakes do ESL teachers make?

ESL teachers tend to frequently make mistakes throughout their first year. The inadequate training of some programs, lack of preparation, and general inexperience all contribute to these mistakes. They’re fairly common, so don’t feel bad. I made numerous mistakes my first year teaching, and I still make mistakes from time to time.

Here are ten common mistakes ESL teachers make (taken from both BusyTeacher, and ABCfrog).


1.Too much “Teacher Talk Time” – This is a very common mistake teachers make. The teacher might…

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The Use of Emoticons in Multilinguals

Sometimes it’s hard to find the right words and only a symbol will do…


What else can there be examined in speakers of several languages?  Oh wait, of course!  The use of emoticons!  Read more about how multilinguals use them in L2 or “Some bilinguals use emoticons more when chatting in non-native language”

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Community Involvement with ESL Students

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For many teens in school, volunteering is typically a requirement for graduation. Many teens probably don’t like spending their free time cleaning up trash in the park, talking to elderly people in a nursing home, or repainting some old building. I certainly didn’t. Like most teens, I rather wanted to hang out with friends, watch movies, and fool around.

But volunteering is truly a beneficial way for teens to discover new interests, make connections, help others and make an impact in their communities.

Volunteering projects and experiences help teens build character, social skills, independence, and responsibility. Volunteers are given chances to work with people they may or may not know, understand differences of opinion, and solve problems using teamwork.

It also provides ESL students with the perfect opportunity to use their skills in real-life interactions.

Kelly Hobby, Katherine Olivieri, Mirta SotoTeenage ESL students are seldom given chances to practice speaking English outside…

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Video of English Learner Perspective in the USA

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Teaching English as a second English for children: creating a learning environment through playing or not?

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Being teachers of English as a second language (ESL teachers), it is necessary for us to let children study in a positive classroom by encouraging them to take part in both outdoor and indoor activities. And in the scope of this post, we suggest ESL teachers trying to create a positive learning environment through allowing children to both learn and play when learning English.

First of all, we should understand what a positive learning environment and learning through play mean. A positive learning environment can be defined as a place where teaching and learning can take place simultaneously and flexibly in the most effective and productive manner. And learning through play is a term to describe how children can learn to make sense of the world around them, what they can gain from take part in meaningful activities and the relationship between learning and playing.

Generally, not all teachers pay…

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This article helps dispel seem common misconceptions about differentiated instruction

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Larry Ferlazzo’s Do’s and Don’ts for Teaching ESL

Honestly, these are great for any class!

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Common ESL Misconceptions

It’s okay, you can admit it….

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Songs for Learning

This video is a great example of how history lessons (for example) can made more…memorable, so to speak!

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How to write your own English as a Foreign Language materials: Part Two – Thinking about context and flow

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EFL coursebook writingJohn Hughes has co-authored a number of titles for OUP including three levels in the Business Result series, Successful Meetings, and Successful Presentations. He will be giving a practical workshop on how to write materials at the upcoming BESIG conference in Bonn on 15th November. This is the second of two blog posts in which John explores three key areas which he believes underpin effective materials writing.

In part one of my blog on this subject, I wrote about the importance of writing materials at the correct language level and cognitive level, as well as writing exercises and tasks at an achievable level. In this next post I want to consider the importance of context and flow in the writing process.

Creating context

Context is the second area of EFL materials writing that affects how and what you write. By ‘context’ I’m referring to a number of different elements: First…

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