Author: Randy League

Children’s ESL Textbook Review – Let’s Go Series

In this article we’re going to review the very popular kids ESL textbook “Let’s Go” published by Oxford University Press. The “Let’s Go” series has over seven textbooks that cover the ages from 3 to around 12 years old. To call the “Let’s Go” series a textbook would be mistake, it is more a suite of Kids ESL resources that are based around the textbook/student book. There i...

ESL Kids Class Resources Review – Apricot Picture Books

In today’s article we’re going to go over the series of kids picture books published by Apricot. Picture books are an essential tool for any English teacher that has young children’s classes. They are great way to introduce new vocabulary, phrases and basic questions. They are also a great way to calm down an overexcited or chaotic class. Simply said you need a good series of picture b...

ESL Textbook Review – Communication Strategies

The belief that “discussion” classes are easy to teach is one of the biggest misconceptions new teachers have. They believe that you walk into class and simply ask the students “what’s up?” Then, waves of conversation flow from the students mouths and the teacher sits back thinking about a party they will go to later in the night. Well, maybe I exaggerate but only a little. While many teachers app...

Teacher Resources Review – Grammar in Use Series

In this article we’re going to go over a series of books that should be on the shelf of every English teacher. I’m talking about Cambridge’s Grammar in Use series. There are three books in the series, Essential Grammar in Use, English Grammar in Use, and Advanced Grammar in Use. They are basically a grammatical reference guide for English teachers and students. It is marketed towards English...

ESL Textbook Review – Business Explorer Series

One of the most common goals students have is to sometime in the future use their English to get a promotion or start a new career. While there are many very good “standard” class textbooks and “discussion” class textbooks I’ve yet to find a business English textbook that I felt comfortable with. In today’s article we’re going to take a look at Cambridge Univers...

Textbook Review – Interchange

In this article going to go over the “Interchange” series of ESL textbooks. The Interchange series has a total of four textbooks or six textbooks if you consider the two upper-level “Passages” textbooks written by the same author. The four Interchange textbooks are made for young adults and adults learners of English from beginning level to high intermediate levels. It is t...

Textbook review – Fifty-Fifty

Today we’re going to go over the Fifty-Fifty series from Pearson Longman. The Fifty-Fifty series is a three-level course that focuses on speaking and listening skills. There are three textbooks in the series, Fifty-Fifty Intro, Fifty-Fifty Book One and Fifty-Fifty Book Two. These textbooks are targeted towards beginner level students and lower intermediate level students. There is also a teacher’s...

ESL Textbook Review – Topic Talk

Today we will take a look at “Topic Talk” written by David Martin and published by EFL Press. I came across this book in a slightly unusual way in that I did not purchase it myself. It was actually left at my school by a teacher I had hired over 9 years ago. I have hundreds of different textbooks in my school and there are many that I have never even opened. After sitting on the shelf ...

ESL Textbook Review – Communicate 1 and 2

In this article were going to take a look at the “communicate” series of textbooks written by David Paul and published by Macmillan Heinmann. There are two books in the series, “Communicate One” and “Communicate Two”. The books are aimed at beginners and lower intermediate students. A teacher’s book, workbook and audio recordings can be downloaded for free off o...

An Introduction to Teaching English for Kindergarten Classes

  What to expect Most kindergartens will have an English teacher teach three separate classes. One class is for the four-year-olds, another class is for the five-year-olds and the last class would be for the six-year-olds. As the younger students have more of a problem concentrating for any length of time often the four-year-old classes are shorter than the other classes. I usually teach four...

English Activities for Kindergarten Classes

Game Progression Game progression here is defined as slowly increasing the complexity of the games and activities after every class. The first time you play a game or activity you are mostly focused on introducing the rules and how to play it. The second time you can add a few extra commands. The third time you can add some responses that you want students to say to your commands. Once your studen...

Example English Lesson Plan for Kindergarten Classes

Warm Up-The Drill Sergeant Talking Time Color Game Key Point Introduction-Animals Key Point Reinforcement-Animals picture book Key Point Activity-Find It! game (animals) Review Activity-Hide the Card game (colors and numbers) Goodbyes   Warm Up-The Drill Sergeant The most important thing about a warm-up exercise is that it signals to the children that it is “English” time. With &#...

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