On the ESL Library blog, we offer a variety of posts for teachers of English. You’ll find tips for teaching grammar, reviews of conference sessions, ideas for using tech and authentic materials, and even free listening practice for your students. Our team also provides news and tips about using ESL Library lessons and resources. Here’s a little taste of what our blog had to offer in 2016!
Over 75,000 Twitter users follow English language teacher, author, and speaker @ShellTerrell. It’s no wonder she has so many great ideas for using Twitter with ELLs. You may also want to try our Writing in English lesson on How to Tweet.
This TESOL 16 session featured three inspiring ESL teachers who helped us come up with a new task that appears in many of our projects and discussion-based lessons.
Our editor encourages teachers to go beyond SVO! She explains how to lay out the basic sentence patterns in English in order to help ELLs recognize parts of speech and correct their own speaking and writing mistakes.
We did a lot of research into project-based learning in 2016 and have published our first six Group Projects. If you’re nervous or unsure about integrating project-based learning in your classes, take a look at this post!
Just in time for our new Group Projects section, Shelly Terrell shared a large list of tools and apps for students to use in their presentations.
As one blog reader commented to our editor about these grammar teaching tips, “Yours is by far the clearest and the best explanation! Impressive!”
This follow-up post encourages teachers to use charts to explain the differences between the present perfect and the present perfect progressive.
This post challenges teachers to simplify ELL homework by asking teachers to assign a daily dose of listening homework that students can complete on the way to or from school. Our weekly podcast is a great place to start.
As Tanya explains in her post, embedded questions cause confusion for ELLs because they follow a normal Subject-Verb-Object pattern instead of a typical inverted question pattern. Tanya’s tips and example sentences will help you teach this tricky grammar point. Watch for an upcoming Grammar Practice Worksheet lesson on this target coming Feb. 1.
English language teachers drive the content on ESL Library. Our subscribers tell us what lessons and resources they need, and our team works hard to develop these materials in a timely manner. We’d like to offer a similar type of service on our blog. Please leave a comment and let us know what types of posts you want to see in 2017.