Transform the quality of EFL student writing by focusing on four essential skills.
Teach EFL students to write faster and more accurately with style and logic.
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Teaching EFL students how to write English sentences, paragraphs and long text is a difficult, time consuming job. If you are an English teacher, you know that.
With so much of your own time invested in the class, how can you maximize student learning and achievement? Here are four classroom tips ideal for intermediate+ students.
Writing fluency is the ability to produce lots of output. Many EFL students have poor writing habits which prevent them from learning to write faster and improving their skill level.
These habits include too much erasing during the drafting stage and an inability to formulate the first sentence (i.e. the dreaded blank page syndrome). (more…)
Can you teach English in an EFL class with logic puzzles and word games?
Sure. Every English class needs a little variety to keep things interesting and people motivated. Besides, puzzles and words games are great learning tools. Used in pairs or with the class as a whole, they focus attention on short reading passages with the goal of comprehension, encourage students to speak up, stimulate recall of long-forgotten words, and foster learning by helping students see patterns.
Here are five logic puzzles and word games which I have used with success in high-beginner to intermediate ESL conversation classes as sponge activities or 10-minute diversions.
This is a popular puzzle, so don’t be surprised if your students know the answer. That is not the point. The objective is to explain the answer with a degree of precision.
There is a monkey at the bottom of a well. The well is 30 meters deep. Each morning, the monkey climbs up three meters. Every evening, the monkey slides down two meters. There is no water in the well and there are no tools. How long will it take the monkey to get out of the well? (more…)
Sometimes an EFL class needs activities which get away from the textbook in order to keep everyone motivated, including the teacher. Here are three activities that work well with pairs or small groups.
These EFL conversation activities help students learn English by involving a number different language skills including task-based problem solving, fluency, intensive listening and precise vocabulary.
This fun exercise that will challenge your intermediate+ level EFL students. Watch a short video which contains 13 segments (the video is about one minute long). Each segment shows dots and lines moving in way that visually illustrates an abstract concept.
Now describe each segment with precision. Sounds easy? Ha. (more…)
How can EFL teachers help students learn English writing by improving proficiency?
Here are two activities which I have used to help my EFL students learn English writing and improve accuracy.
Using articles correctly in a long passage just might be one of the most difficult aspects of proficiency for English students. Internalizing the rules takes years of practice. So, every writing class needs a lesson or two focusing on this essential writing skill. (more…)