What Every English Student Should Know Before Taking a Language Evaluation.

The big day is approaching. You’ve registered and paid for your English Language test, you’ve sharpened your pencils and have extra sheets of scrap paper. But what’s missing? Let’s face it: everyone needs a little help preparing for a big test. There are several strategies a student can use when faced with an important exam: […]

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When to Start Your ESL Program – Open Enrollment vs. Fixed Start Dates

Should I sign up for an ESL program that has open enrollment or one that has fixed start dates (like the first of every month or semesters)? This is just another question to add to your long list of considerations as you evaluate programs to study English in the US. Many schools have fixed start dates, such as the beginning of each month, […]

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Where are YOU From? – Learning ESL in Mixed-Nationality Classes

When learning ESL in the United States, many English students are excited to meet people from other countries. Others, though, might not be as comfortable with a class full of people from ten different countries, because it can be more challenging to communicate with one another. Keep in mind, however, that the challenge of a multi-national ESL classroom can actually help you […]

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“Excuse Me, While I Kiss this Guy” – Dealing with Accents in the ESL Classroom

Remember Jimi Hendrix’s lyrics that sounded like “Excuse me, while I kiss this guy,” which actually said “Excuse me, while I kiss the sky?” There are countless songs that we all remember singing the wrong lyrics to, and they were sung in our native language!  Misunderstanding song lyrics is similar to what it’s like when you […]

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Whiteboards That Aren’t so White – Organization in Your ESL Classroom

Even though teachers can’t scratch their nails on a chalk board anymore to get their students’ attention, there are many other ways to keep your students attentive in the classroom with good board work. I always go into an ESL classroom with at least three colors of marker, but preferably four. I’m a grammar nerd, so when […]

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