Using movies in your ESL classroom in China

Teaching strategies

by Sarah Bucknall

Using movies in your ESL classroom in China is really worthwhile. But for me, it wasn’t as easy as just clicking on ‘play’. It was 8:30am and I felt it was too early to be having a debate. We had just had our lesson plans chec...

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How to help students with academic difficulties

Teaching strategies

by Nicholas McKay

Experiencing difficulty with the content is the main reason behind why students act inappropriately. Fortunately, however, there are some strategies you can use with students experiencing such difficulties.  These strategies may help you...

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When the students control the curriculum

Teaching strategies

by Sarah Bucknall

Teaching English in China takes me back to being at school. Some subjects caught my attention, others not so much! With many ESL teaching jobs in training centers, the topics may not be relevant to the students. Or, the topics may be relevant but...

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How to manage students with serious behavioral issues

Teaching strategies

by Nicholas McKay

Regardless of who we are teaching, whether it’s students in kindergarten, primary, secondary or tertiary level, managing behavior is always involved. Inevitably, however, teachers will encounter students who have serious behavioral issues, w...

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My experience having a teaching assistant in China

Teaching strategies

by Sarah Bucknall

Having a teaching assistant in China is beneficial. Here's my experience. At some point, we've all been subjected to learning a second language. This may be voluntarily for pleasure or, for many, whilst at school and without much of a c...

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Testing and its place in our lessons

Teaching strategies

by Nicholas McKay

Education should not be something that ends the moment students leave high school. As someone who believes in life-long learning, this is my belief. However, teaching to the test, an internationally recognized strategy, imposes a pedagogical techn...

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How to use video games educationally

Teaching strategies

by Nicholas McKay

Yes, you read the title right. Using video games as texts is the topic of this article. I realize video games are often heralded as a distraction. The trouble is, teachers spend so much time yelling at students for playing games, they never realiz...

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Sympathy versus empathy – what’s the difference, man!?

Teaching strategies

by Nicholas McKay

ESL teachers are continuously multi-tasking. Whether it’s giving instructions, describing new content, or planning for an upcoming meeting, there is always something on a teacher’s mind. Because of this, ESL teachers can inadvertent...

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Embodied pedagogy: the teaching method that will transform your classroom

Teaching strategies

by Nicholas McKay

Embodied pedagogy can work wonders in the ESL classroom. But what on earth is it? And what are the benefits? Embodied pedagogy explained When undertaking my Master of Teaching, my area of academic interest was embodied pedagogy. In short,...

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How to write a killer lesson plan - GANAG

Teaching strategies

by Nicholas McKay

Let me share my secrets on how to write a killer lesson plan that works every time - GANAG. Those of us, who are new teachers, don’t have the luxury of reams of previous lesson plans, worksheets and activities, which proved to be effective....

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