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Teaching Games


Want to use more games in class, but don't know how? Having trouble getting the kids to play properly? Check out this great guide on teaching games and help the kids have more fun when learning English.



Teach kids to read with Starfall.com


Starfall is a great free website which has tones of online stories, quizzes, songs, and worksheets to help children learn how to read. It's aimed towards English speaking children who may have reading difficulties, but it's great for ESL learners as well.


Game: Pass the Pens




A great easy game that you can play to help the students practice asking questions and giving answers. It's a great warm up game for any class.

Age: 6+
Class size: 5+
Materials: Two different colored pens (Or two objects that they can pass around) and a CD player


Song: What are you doing?




A great easy song from Dream English that practices actions like drinking, eating, walking, dancing and the phrase What are you doing? It's a great addition to any kids class, and it's a great way to get your students moving and learning English at the same time.

Speech Contest Training


If you teach English you may inevitably be asked to judge, or train students for a speech contest. If can be a little difficult or confusing if you have never done it before, and you may be given very vague expectations. Therefore I've written some great tips on how to help students train for their speech contest.

Assigning Homework



Many teachers prefer not to assign homework because they find the preparation and marking troublesome. Unfortunately many students who live in non-English speaking countries have few opportunities to practice English outside of class. They may also only have one class a week, so they can quickly forget your lessons and have difficulty keeping up. Therefore homework is a great way to help retain material and help them practice English outside of class.  Some schools may already have set homework that you must give the students, but here are some great homework ideas for if you find yourself on your own.


Song: What time is it?


Doing a unit on telling time? Here is a great song and video to show your students. It's a great addition to any unit about time, or just as a quick and fun way to review time words. I particularly like this song because it's so simple that even lower level students can follow along.

Another great way to help students remember time words is by just asking "What time is it?" As the beginning of every class. That way the students become used to saying time words and can repeat them back with minimal effort.

Game: Criss Cross



If you're lost for an easy game to play with your giant class who can't speak much English and all sit at desks, here is a great simple game to play with any level ESL class with over thirty students. All you need to do is prepare some English questions.


Age: 8+
Class size: 25+
Level: Any.


Game: Monster Attack




Switching between first and third person can be difficult for some second language learners. Therefore I made this great game to help them practice, and they can attack monsters. Click read more to see how to play this great monster attack game.

Age: 8+
Students: 1+ (You can play this with only one student if you take the role of the student)


Working at a cram school vs working a regular school

Working at a cram school vs working a regular school




Cram school or regular school? That is the question. If you plan on working overseas you may have to decide between working at a regular school, or working at an English language school. I’ve worked at both, and talked to plenty of people who have as well, so I’ve made this summary about the positives and negatives of both to help you decide on your future work choices.