TEFL Teaching Tips

Reading Newspapers [Teaching Tip]

There are more ways than one to deal with that interesting but long article you found in the newspaper and are desperate to make use of in class. These suggestions should help your students lose their fear of English newspapers. Give mid-length stories to pairs who then decide how they would retell their story in…

Vocabulary Post-Its [Teaching Tip]

Vocabulary learning trick! Tired of setting the usual homework tasks? Bored of “Write the answers to this exercise” or “Write a story about blah blah blah”? Here’s a fun idea! Even if you think it may not work for your students, it might give you some ideas. Vocabulary Post-Its activity for your students – Walk around your home with 30…

Tongue Twisters [Teaching Tip]

Students from different native languages have certain difficulties with pronunciation. For example Spanish speakers have difficulty with the different between /v/ & /b/ and many students from some Asiatic countries find /r/ difficult to say. To help practice these sounds, here are some tongue twisters you could teach them. Peter Piper picked a peck of…

Human Bingo [Teaching Tip]

This is a great first day/getting to know you activity! Firstly, ask your students to divide an A4 sheet of blank paper into 9 equal size squares (like a large bingo card), using a pen and ruler (so the lines are straight!). The middle square is the “free” space. Next, put a list of five…

Tom's Teaching Tips - Make Gap Fills Fun

Make Gap Fills Fun [Teaching Tip]

There seem to be an awful lot of gap-fill exercises in course books these days, and they can be pretty dull for student and teacher alike. Here are a couple of ideas for avoiding the “Do-exercise-2-then-check answers” technique… 100-metre Sprint Ask your students to keep their books closed, tell them they have exactly one minute…