Category Archives: Teaching English

Audio-Lingual Method of Teaching English

Here you can read about the audio-lingual method of teaching English. Although it has been claimed that it isn’t the best way to teach English, the method (and variations of this method) are still widely used and can be put to good use in some situations. Read all about the method, as well as some examples of how to put it to use. Also sometimes referred to as the army method, it can help with large classes and classes where students are at a low level.

The Grammar-Translation Method of Teaching English

The Grammar-Translation method of teaching English is a fairly old method that was very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Nowadays, other methods are better for learning a language, but you will still find some teachers that like this method. There is very little speaking practice and most language is focused on learning the rules of grammar and writing. Read about the methodology, examples and the pros and cons of using this method for teaching English.

Pronunciation of ‘ed’ Endings

The -ed ending is used to change a verb into the past form. The pronunciation can be quite tricky, here we look at the three different types of pronunciation and how you should be pronouncing them. Although I’m not a fan of rule based learning, some students find it beneficial to have set of rules to determine on their own how they should be pronouncing words in English. Read about the rules here and find out the correct pronunciation of the -ed ending!

The Aims of Teaching English

There are many aims of teaching English and this blog post seeks to provide an outline of the overall aim that teachers should strive for. Basically, the teacher needs to provide the students with the knowledge that they want. In the case of teaching English, students have varying aims, but a teacher should provide students with the skills needed to speak, listen, read and write in the English language. Read this blog post to find out more about the aims of teaching English.

Direct Method of Teaching English

The direct method isn’t widely used today, but you will still find some teachers that like to use this method of teaching. This blog post will outline what exactly the direct method is, how it works, examples as well as some advantages and disadvantages of using the method. This method is a little over a hundred years old and other teaching methodology is preferred nowadays, but you can still get some benefits from knowing about and adapting this method in your teaching.

What is the difference between ESL and EFL?

Some people think that the acronyms ESL and EFL are interchangeable. They, however, would be wrong. They refer to two different types of students and the country in which they are studying English. There are many acronyms in the world of teaching English and these two often cause the most confusion. Find out exactly what is the difference between ESL and EFL and why it matters in this blog post.

The Communicative Approach of Teaching English

The communicative approach of teaching English is a style of teaching used by English teachers. The main aim is to get the students to practice English in the classroom using real life situations. In this post you can read about the methodology of this approach, the advantages and disadvantages as well as get some ideas for activities in the classroom. This post is particularly helpful for ESL teachers who are looking to get their students more active in the classroom.

The Dos And Don’ts Of Hip-Hop

Steven Mayeux is our guest blogger today and he’s passionate about two things: teaching English and hip-hop. Read about how he has managed to successfully combine the two to provide his students with a fun lessons. This isn’t just a way to integrate hip-hop music into his lessons, but he has managed to use the music as a basis to teach a range of language skills. Read more about how you can fuse hip-hop into your English classes.

First Day Of Teaching English

This post is for new teachers that are about to have their very first class. For a lot of people walking into a new job is a daunting prospect. If this is your very first time walking into a classroom as a teacher then I’m sure that you will be grateful for some advice! Probably the best advice listed in this post is to be prepared! Make sure you know what you are going to teach inside out. Make a lesson plan and make a backup plan for when your original ideas don’t work out as you would have liked them to!