ESL Lesson Plans

ESL Communication Circles

When you teach in Japan, you need well honed ESL lesson plans for each class. Each class is different, but Thomas C. Anderson discusses a great activity, that works for most if not all English classes in Japan.

by Thomas C. Anderson

What do students talk about with their partners?

Anything and everything! I have had students talk about such varied topics as sumo, tamagochi, cell phones, friends, dating, and even their Oral English instructor! Students can be given topics by the teacher or can be put into small groups who are told to brainstorm and choose a topic. They then write it on the blackboard and three topics are chosen by the class from the list. Towards the end of the term I sometimes give the students a free topic (meaning they can talk about whatever they want.

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All about Prepositions - Teach English in Japan

by Aarti Thomas

Teaching all about prepositions to ESL students can be difficult as prepositions are not only vocabulary words but more of a concept. With the help of these tips, teaching prepositions in ESL/EFL is made much easier.

How can English students Improve their ESL Reading Comprehension?

Learning English language as a secondary or foreign language mainly consists of four major activities. These activities include reading, listening, writing and speaking. An expert ESL teacher will teach you in a way that all these attributes are developed in a perfect way. Balance and harmony are essential in the development of an ESL student. ESL student.


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How to teach ESL

Youth is the time to learn and a time to explore. Everyone would agree with me if I say that youth is the best time to learn. Learning is easy and the receptors of young boys and girls work at full potential. With the passage of time, these receptors start deteriorating and the intake of a person decreases considerably. How to teach ESL

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