If you are a novice teacher, you are at the beginning of your teaching career. The videos in this category provide learning experiences on foundational English language teaching skills. With these foundational skills, you will have a very solid base from which to teach a wide variety of classes and learners.

Using Flash Cards to Teach Vocabulary

When teaching vocabulary we want to reinforce the information we are giving students verbally and in writing with visual information. This allows us to provide further visual information that visual learners can process to go along with the verbal information for auditory learners.

Techniques for Fully Exploiting a Listening Text

In this session, we introduce three different lesson patterns to use to fully exploit all of the language learning potential in a listening text.  The first lesson pattern exploits the listening text for both meaning and form.

The Dark Side of Classroom Management: Handling Aggressive Student Behaviour

In this session, we introduce different frameworks with which to analyze and understand aggressive student behaviour in the classroom.  The frameworks come from a variety of academic fields, including intercultural communication, education

Using Drama Activities to Teach Pronunciation

There are many drama activities that actors use to warm up their voices and improve their projection, enunciation and overall vocal delivery.

Listening Activities for Low Level Classes

Teaching low level students is very challenging because these students have a very limited amount of language knowledge to draw upon in order to complete even the most basic of language learning tasks.  When teaching listening to low level students, we have to keep two main strategies in mind.

Using Poetry Writing to Teach English

Poetry can be a great tool to use to teach English to our students. In this session, we first discuss why poetry writing is a useful and motivating activity for English language students of all ages, levels and backgrounds.

Using E-mail in a Professional Context

E-mail is well-established as an essential communication tool for any professional context. Unfortunately, many professionals get themselves into trouble by not understanding the nature of e-mail as a communication tool or by misusing it.

Written Corrective Feedback

Written corrective feedback is not only targeted to errors, but also includes commentary on content, form and organization. In this course, we will develop a vocabulary to use when discussing written corrective feedback in an ESL classroom.

Evaluating Grammar Activities: The E-Factor and the A-Factor

In his book, How to Teach Grammar, Scott Thornbury presents two criteria for evaluating grammar exercises and lessons: the E-factor and the A-factor.

Understanding Different Types of Tests and Assessments

This course examines the different types of tests and assessments that you, as a teacher, might develop or that students might encounter in their path toward greater English proficiency.