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ESL Teacher Development Course (free)

This is a short ESL teacher development course with articles on what is essential to understand about motivating students to learn properly. I hope I will help teachers save time on preparation and get over any feelings of frustration, disappointment or even depression that are at times provoked by what goes on in the classroom.

First we will look at what students like and don’t like doing. We will offer ideas about how to gain the respect of your students and get them to be autonomous learners. Later we will give advice on how to make students speak excellent English. The tips come from my digital book QualityTime-ESL: The Digital Resource Book Version (DVD or downloadable versions). The book has 1,500 files in DOC format with exercises and activities that will work well with any students and above all help them to progress quickly.

The articles so far…

ESL Development Introduction: More about the course content

ESL Development 1: Things students don’t like to do in class

ESL Development 2: Things students like to do in class

ESL Development 3: What ESL students are willing to do provided…

ESL Development 4: An easy way to use songs in the ESL classroom

ESL Development 5: How can I speak up when I don’t speak English that much?

ESL Development 6: Never change a winning game—Be an actor in a show

ESL Development 7: Grading a talk or oral activity

ESL Development 8: How to Stop Students Texting In Class — Through Motivation Techniques (1)

ESL Development 9: Motivation Techniques (2)

Articles in this section


ESL Development 9: Motivation Techniques (2) (ESL Teacher Development Course (free))

Free ESL Teacher Development Course: Questions teachers keep asking when they don’t understand how to conduct intensive pair work. Motivational suggestions to get students to be less passive and more ready to speak in class.



A Development Course for ESL Teachers (Free) (ESL Teacher Development Course (free))

ESL teacher development course with articles on what is essential to understand about students’ behavior in the classroom. A look at what students like and don’t like doing, how to gain the respect of students and get them to be autonomous learners; exercises and activities that work well with any students and help them progress.



ESL Development 8: How to Stop Students Texting In Class — Through Motivation Techniques (1) (ESL Teacher Development Course (free))

Marianne Raynaud addresses the problem of motivating uninterested students who send text messages in class instead of focusing on what the teacher is explaining. There are strategies to help you solve this problem.



ESL Development 7: Grading a talk or oral activity (ESL Teacher Development Course (free))

"Marianne’s ESL Teacher Tips" give ESL/EFL/ELT teachers advice about teaching important aspects of the English language: grammar, tenses, spelling, reviewing numbers, asking questions, posing conditions, using indirect speech, etc. Questions teachers often ask themselves such how to grade oral work will also be answered. All the material comes from "QualityTime-ESL: The Digital Resource Book". The essential thing is to teach "language" so that students can partake with pleasure in activities. Language skills should be practiced regularly and thoroughly. We cannot expect students to perform correctly if they are not given the linguistic tools they need. Language acquisition is essential for students to become operational! This tip is about grading a talk.



ESL Development 6: Never change a winning game—Be an actor in a show (ESL Teacher Development Course (free))

Marianne Raynaud explains how to get your students to participate in class and be speaking practicially all the time. She sees teachers as actors performing in a show and as guides motivating their students to express themselves and not as "masters who know it all and mainly correct their students." Her exercises in "QualityTime-ESL:The Digital Resource Book" make it possible to create an atmosphere of active and enjoyable participation almost immediately.



ESL Development 5: How can I speak up when I don’t speak English that much? (ESL Teacher Development Course (free))

ESL/EFL/ELT, teacher development, Quality teacher talk vs language skills, real language training should be the priority with intensive work on grammar and vocabulary, how to get passive students to take an active part in their learning



ESL Development 4: An Easy Way To Use Songs in the ESL Classroom (ESL Teacher Development Course (free))

Marianne Raynaud, author of "QualityTime-ESL: The Digital Resource Book", shows teachers how to save time and liven the class atmosphere by using songs chosen by students. We recommend http://www.lyricsnmusic.com for this activity. ESL/EFL/ELT, song lyrics, websites, oral language teaching, oral skills, vocabulary acquisition/learning.



ESL Development 3: What ESL Students are Willing to Do Provided… (ESL Teacher Development Course (free))

What ESL Students are Willing to Do Provided…



ESL Development 2: Things students like to do in class (ESL Teacher Development Course (free))

Things Students Like Doing in the ESL Classroom



ESL Development 1: Things students don’t like to do in class (ESL Teacher Development Course (free))

List of things that are wrong in the ESL classroom from the students’ point of view for discussion and implementing change



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