The eCollegeFinder and Language Magazine Top ESL Blogs Award

For this special award, eCollegeFinder has teamed up with Language Magazine to celebrate insightful ESL blogs, written especially for those teaching or learning English as a second language, and those earning a TESOL degree. We’re honored to provide this award as a reference for our student readers who aim to broaden their learning and teaching experiences.

After a competitive round of voting, the results are in! Congratulations to all of our finalists and the top three winners in eCollegeFinder and Language Magazine’s Top ESL Blogs Award competition!

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Thanks again for casting your votes! Please email any questions or comments about the competition to awards@ecollegefinder.com

  • Inglês para Leigos
  • Your English Channel
  • Real Life English
  • TESOL at Rennert NYC
  • OpenEnglish
  • PodcastsinEnglish.com
  • Hello Teacher!
  • Mister Guru
  • Canan Elicin's Blog
  • Perfect English Grammar
  • A Blog for ESL Learners at Escuela 25 de 12, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • TeensEnglish
  • The i-to-i TEFL Blog
  • Marcos Gazzana ELT and Technology Blog
  • ELT Teacher Development
  • English Video Lessons
  • Fiona’s ESL Blog
  • Japan TESOL Journal
  • Joe's English Motivation ESL Weblog
  • The EFL Smart Blog
  • ESL Jigsaws
  • ESL/EFL Preschool Teachers
  • ESL Tutor Blog
  • The Tesol Zone
  • The English Blog
  • EFL Sensei
  • Mah Boon Yih's Blog (2.0)
  • TESOLacademic
  • ESL Philippines
  • The Babbel Blog
  • Reach To Teach - ESL Teachers’ Blog
  • Sensedom
  • Collablogatorium
  • ITTO Online TEFL TESOL Blog
  • Dear Ai
  • Adventures in TESOL
  • Teaching English in a Foreign Land
  • Nik's Learning Technology Blog
  • English for Chinese
  • Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day
  • English Explorer Global
  • ESL Mania
  • Teaching English in Korea
  • My Several Worlds – Teach and Travel
  • Pumarosa
  • OnTESOL
  • Learn English Online
  • TEFL Activities Blog
  • Best TESOL/ESL Websites
  • The TESOL France Blog
  • Eduardo's Odd Sock Drawer
  • Educational Milestones
  • TEFL Scotland Blog
  • The ESOL Odyssey
  • The LanguageCorps Teach English Abroad Blog
  • Teacher Juan @ URBE
  • Learn English as a Foreign Language
  • Larisa School of Language
  • Nada's ESL Island
  • ITTP Prague TEFL Prague | ITTP TEFL ONline | International TEFL/TESOL Certification Courses
  • Nigel "Teacher" Caplan
  • Ginger Blog
  • School of English in London
  • Separated by a Common Language
  • Stella English Lesson Materials
  • Lexical Press Blog




  • Inglês para Leigos

    Inglês para Leigos is focused in teaching English for Portuguese speakers through games, music, exercises, and so on. If you are beginning to learn English, this is the plase for you. Come in, you'll enjoy it.


    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Study everyday, keep focus, and don't give up. Learning English is not a one-day process, but it's not as difficult as you may think. Persist and your goal will be achieved!

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    Your English Channel

    This blog was created for the author's students 4 months ago to help them practice English differently at home by playing games, watching videos, reading news, and following events (such as The Jubilee or the Olympic Games). The author's main goal is to make students practice and enhance their comprehension skills, but also show them that they can understand more than they think. This blog is quite young but is developing further everyday.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    My greatest advice for ESL learners is not to be afraid of discovering a new culture, a new language! They should watch a video, read an article, play a nice educational game, or sing in English once a day to practice their skills. They should be able to share their interest for the language with their classmates and their teachers freely. Consequently we as teachers should not hesitate to show them how much we love what we teach!

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    Real Life English

    Real Life English is an international language learning blog/community that aims to inform, inspire, and enrich the lives of teachers and learners on their paths to mastery. While the blog's authors believe that effective language learning is achieved through skillful methods and perseverance, the blog's goal is to guide its readers to a perspective that honors not only the learning process, but English in its authentic, real life context. The RLE blog is a meditation on how teachers, students, and human beings, can use English to unlock innate intelligence and imagination, not only to enrich and improve learning, but above all, to enrich and improve living.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    For Students: Bring English to life. Start looking at culture and entertainment as opportunities to learn. You don’t need to be fluent or competent in it to start exposing yourself to culture. Not taking yourself or the idea of fluency so seriously opens you up to experiences that will transform learning from a chore into a passion. For Teachers: Showing your students this real life side of the language will make your job much easier. If you can inspire your students to view the language through things they already know and enjoy, the arduous job of teaching will become the pleasurable craft of facilitating.

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    TESOL at Rennert NYC

    This blog is two teacher trainers’ thoughts on ELT. The authors share teaching tips, ideas and knowledge so that other ESL/EFL teachers can benefit from it.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Our advice is to persevere when things get difficult, know the English language well, and to have fun. It’s a wonderful job that brings us pleasure every day. But the most important advice we can give to any teacher is to always, always put your students first. Focus on their learning and you will be an effective teacher. Click here to read more.

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    OpenEnglish

    Open English's blog is a space created with the purpose of helping ESL students with their process of learning English by providing them with tips, tools, and fun ideas to practice and stay focused on the journey of learning a second language. It is also a place where current and soon-to-be Open English students can learn about news, new tools, and other important information about the course.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Our greatest advice for ESL students would be to get involved in the language and use every tool available to improve more and more every day. Currently, thanks to the Internet and new technologies, it's even easier to practice and make use of every free time you have to achieve English fluency, so there's no excuse not to take advantage of the tools that can be found for this purpose.

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    PodcastsinEnglish.com

    Podcastsinenglish.com features podcasts and videos with graded, unscripted conversations so that learners can listen to real, everyday English. All of these are supported by listening tasks and vocabulary worksheets.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    For students: a little everyday is much better than a lot once a week. For teachers: linking topics to the students' own lives motivates them to learn the vocabulary and grammar.

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    Hello Teacher!

    Hello Teacher! is an educative blog with ESL teaching ideas for kindergarten and elementary School. It´s a little corner where the author shares tools, activities and classroom experiences with students and teachers to reinforce what they learn in their lessons and to contribute to a more autonomous learning process. In addition to this, it tries to make students aware of the importance of using new technologies as a learning tool offering them a ludic and entertaining approach to studying English.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    I would suggest that teachers implement ICT in their lessons because both Internet and new technologies constitute a nuclear element in the lives of this generation of students. This will contribute to them feeling more encouraged to learn and improve in their education. Regarding students, I´d suggest they try to incorporate things in the foreign language into their daily routine; simple things such as watching their favourite cartoon in English, reading and listening to audio-stories, or watching music videos with lyrics and singing. Check more ideas by clicking here.

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    Mister Guru

    Mister Guru is a valuable resource for ESL learners and teachers. This site offers useful English teaching/learning materials, exercises, and interactive tests for free. Whether you are an ESL learner or a teacher, this blog will help you with your English.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Having a good command of English is a matter of practice. You should practice English as much as possible, whether you are on your own, or with a friend or a foreigner you have just met. Make it fun and be happy with your English. It is your "tool" for international communication.

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    Canan Elicin's Blog

    My blog aims to provide practical ideas to language teachers, and websites or web tools to students so that they can practice English. I share what I experience as a teacher to get feedback from colleagues all over the world.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    I advise all language teachers and students to keep their motivation high. The best way to do so is to get in contact with other teachers or learners. Click here to see the blog post that Canan Elicin's Blog published especially for the Top ESL Blogs Award.

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    Perfect English Grammar

    This blog aims to help ESL students improve their English grammar by providing the clearest possible explanations of grammar points, both in written and video formats, in a website that's easy to navigate. The site also includes lots and lots of practice exercises, which can be done online or downloaded in PDF for easy printing.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Learn the basics really well until you don't need to think about them, try not to panic about your mistakes, and don't worry too much if you don't understand everything immediately. Try to enjoy your English by using it to make friends, watch films you like, or read books or blogs on subjects that you're interested in.

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    A Blog for ESL Learners at Escuela 25 de 12, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    This is a blog for students of English as a second language which aims to provide further practice on the contents the class studies throughout the school year, as well as games for students' free time.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    My advice for ESL students and teachers is to learn by doing and enjoy the experience of a second language.

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    TeensEnglish

    TeensEnglish interactive educational blog gives the opportunity to access English language content based on real life events that interest teen students. It is written in a student-tailored style and at a student's level. Embedded videos, articles and slides are followed by downloadable worksheets aimed at reinforcing grammatical forms and supporting vocabulary. Students are encouraged to reply to posts and to reflect on other students' comments. Their words are published in the chatroom after being moderated and checked for accuracy. TeensEnglish is an open platform to read, listen, learn and exchange in English.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Are you a student of English? Open your ears and your eyes to everything that is in English: music, film, video clips; the entire net will be yours. After your eyes and ears are open, let your speech follow. Don't be shy, speak. Are you a teacher? Believe in your students' ears, eyes, and voice. Click here to read more.

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    The i-to-i TEFL Blog

    This blog is to go-to place for all the latest blogs for those in the know and those just starting out in the wonderful world of TEFL. The site hosts guest bloggers who have been teaching all over the world and blogs from people who are just figuring out which country they want to TEFL in first. It’s funny, it’s real, it’s helpful and it’s inspirational!

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Our greatest piece of advice for both ESL students and teachers when it comes to learning and teaching is to keep it simple. Too many people over-complicate their lesson plans and TEFL course submissions without even realizing it. Chances are that if you don’t understand a module, you need to go back over your learnings, take your time, and really take it in, then it’ll all click! Don’t over-complicate your lessons plans either. Get your students doing the talking - they want to learn with each other, not listen to you standing there doing all of the talking!

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    Marcos Gazzana ELT and Technology Blog

    This blog is intended to help people learn English by exploring not only vocabulary and grammar, but also the cultural aspects of the language, the countries where it is spoken, and technology-related issues.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    I believe both technology and culture can help people keep in touch with English and, therefore, learn more naturally and pleasantly.

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    ELT Teacher Development

    This is the kind of blog that can be visited both by students and ELT/ESL educators. It is a platform where both groups can find a wide range of ELT matters; innovative teaching/learning ideas, pages from the author's ELT Course Books, samples of lessons, lesson plans, worksheets and visuals including videos, the author's students' original works in class, their blog pages and their posts/homework on various subjects. The blog also includes news on ELT/ESL conferences, workshops, and webinars worldwide.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    For teachers:

  • Inspire and get inspired. "The mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates, and the great teacher inspires." – William Arthur Ward

  • Both for teachers and students:

  • Teach and learn through experience. Involvement makes miracles. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin
  • Create a "PLN" (a Personal Learning Network) for continuous learning and sharing to spread the light of knowledge. You can start on a social network by following a person you admire for his/her knowledge. The rest will come automatically by observing who he/she follows and corresponds with.
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    English Video Lessons

    Thousands of English learning videos for learners and teachers. Learn and teach English with free video lessons.

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    Fiona’s ESL Blog

    Classroom ideas, language tips, cross-cultural meditations, resources, and general ruminations for ESL teachers and teachers in training.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Don’t skip steps, enjoy the process – learning and teaching are not mutually exclusive!

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    Japan TESOL Journal

    This blog gives everyone a forum to air their ideas, opinions and research in ESL.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Never give up learning!

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    Joe's English Motivation ESL Weblog

    Joe's English Motivation is a diverse solution blog designed to share and extend in-class communication. The blog categories are designed to approach a range of learning styles and ESL topics.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Set specific goals for yourself that are aligned with your purpose for studying language, and have fun. Academic research and my own experience indicate that setting specific goals that are personalized to your own needs will allow you to make bigger improvements. Find the motivation from your goals and dreams!

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    The EFL Smart Blog

    This is a blog aimed at students and teachers. Students should be able to work trough activities on their own or teachers can select and adapt for use on an IWB/projector in class.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Students should practice as much as they can with things they like doing or are interested in. Teachers should always be left to get on with what they know is best for a class.

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    ESL Jigsaws

    This blog is aimed at new or seasoned ESL teachers who are searching for new ideas and materials. Every month or so, Nancy blogs about a different topic in ESL teaching and adds some free material for download.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Over the course of my 20 year career in ESL, the one thing I regret is not having had more time to learn about what other teachers are doing in their classrooms. Sharing with other professionals and learning about the materials they're using and what works in their classrooms is our best source of new inspiration and professional development. Make use of the opportunity to connect online and constantly expand your repertoire of strategies and activities.

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    ESL/EFL Preschool Teachers

    This blog is for Preschool or Kindergarten Teachers of English as a Foreign or Second Language. It is filled with resources, links, strategies and ideas for making lessons fresh and new.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    I always tell teachers that their lessons should have variety and lots of games that give students the opportunity to speak. Use visuals, props, and songs. Praise children with awards or stickers. Make your lessons fun. Be creative.

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    ESL Tutor Blog

    This is a site to help ESL students improve their skills, gain a few ideas on how to adjust to a new culture, and be inspired to break out of their comfort zone. The author is always on the hunt for useful and free websites for students to practice from home.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    For students: Take risks, don't worry about making mistakes, and try to have fun! Have English nights with your friends and don't be shy to ask for help when you need it.
    For teachers: Study a language to appreciate what it's like for our students.

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    The Tesol Zone

    Tesol Zone gives teachers of ESL/EFL a lot of information on employment around the world. It also provides plenty of ESL activities and teaching tips to help in the classroom. The activities are grouped for convenience according to when or how they would be used. The site includes ESL grammar games, ESL discussion activities, ESL speaking activities, ESL stories, and more.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Always improve your skills and knowledge, and learn new languages along the way. Doing this will deepen your satisfaction with your job, allow you to give more to your students, and leave you with more skills, should you decide on an alternative career in the future.

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    The English Blog

    Internet resources, reviews, news, tips, and trivia for learners and teachers of English as a second or foreign language.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Listen to podcasts. Buy an iPad. Follow your interests.

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    EFL Sensei

    EFL Sensei provides free activities, lesson ideas, and teaching tips for busy teachers in the EFL community. The easy-to-navigate website has over 100 icebreakers, warmers, speaking games, speaking activities based on a topic, and speaking activities based on a grammar point. Lesson activities target high-beginner to advanced level students. Lesson ideas are student-centered and focus on increasing communication in the classroom.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    There are five common characteristics of successful ESL/EFL teachers. To be a good teacher, you need to have excellent communication skills, an attitude of flexibility, a thorough classroom management plan, meaningful lessons, and a sense of cultural awareness. Click here to read more.

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    Mah Boon Yih's Blog (2.0)

    From 2008 until 2012, 60% of the author's total research publications have focused on language development through technology in general and educational blogging or 'edublog' in specific. Time, money, and dedication have been devoted to designing, developing, and investigating the pedagogical as well as commercial potentials of one of the most powerful Web 2.0 applications, blogs, and its acceptance in different demographic contexts. Based on the theoretical acceptance of blogs using the Technology Acceptance Model from numeral research findings, 6 blogs have been developed with zero cost and minimal computing knowledge as depicted on Mah Boon Yih's Blog (2.0). Therefore, Mah Boon Yih's Blog (2.0) is a one-stop centre unveiling the author's latest educational innovations hosted by Blogger including six different blogs: Mah Boon Yih's Blog, Mobile Curriculum Vitae (m-CV), Ubiquitous Academic (u-Academic), Video-based Learning (v-Learn), Edit My English (EME), and m-Classroom.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    My research on blogs is not only to bring awareness to, but also to cultivate the interest of blogging for both instructors and learners in order to maximize language teaching and learning capacities. The ultimate aim of my overall research is to tackle the eternal problem faced by ESL students in tertiary education; in particular, it covers the issue of poor writing due to lack of critical thinking skills and language proficiency that eventually leads to low marketability and employability. Hence, Mobile Curriculum Vitae was introduced and empirically investigated on its acceptance among university students, as reported in two international indexed refereed journals. My advice is: ESL instructors can take my blogs as references to create their own blogs tailored to their teaching needs and learners' characteristics; while for ESL learners, they are free to visit my blogs as self-accessed ESL learning platforms.

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    TESOLacademic

    Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Academic is a knowledge dissemination site which links the work of TESOL-based academic and material writers to applied linguistics students, teachers, trainers, trainees, decision-makers, and other researchers. Our site includes free keynote video talks from many of the most respected leaders in the field.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Question everything, investigate your practice, and disseminate whatever answers or further questions that you arrive at.

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    ESL Philippines

    ESL Philippines contains well-researched usage and grammar lessons, answers to common ESL questions, corrections of errors frequently made by students/teachers, and job opportunities for ESL teachers. The site was created as a quick web reference for students, teachers, and language enthusiasts who want to understand, write, and speak English proficiently.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    There's no single effective way to learn or teach English as a second language. Various activities contribute to ESL learning like listening to podcasts, watching programs, daily sustained silent reading, and weekly journal (or blog) or thesis writing in English.

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    The Babbel Blog

    The Babbel Blog informs, educates, and entertains Babbel.com users. It regularly features blog posts from Babbel employees about their own language learning experiences, gives tips for language learning and informs about the latest products and company news.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Babbel has quite a few tips on how to learn a language successfully, below are the top four:

  • Regularly set time aside to study, but don't overdo it.
  • Make studying fun, e.g. choose vocabulary topics you're interested in or that you find entertaining.
  • Set yourself a goal, e.g. by three months you want to be able to carry your first conversation.
  • Talk and practice with native speakers whenever possible.
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    Reach To Teach - ESL Teachers’ Blog

    Reach To Teach Recruiting specializes in matching great teachers with great schools at teaching destinations around the world. Our website is cram-packed full of information about our teach abroad programs, while our community blog offers teaching information, support, and travel advice for our teachers and readers.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    The best teachers are teachers that know that education is a learning process, not only for students but also for themselves! Happy teachers make happy students. If you teach with passion and take a genuine interest in your students, you’ll be rewarded with students that are eager to learn and excited to dream.

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    Sensedom

    Sensedom is a reading game with audio support devised to encourage learners of English as a Second Language, especially those at a plateau in their progress, to practice reading and thinking in English while having fun. To appeal to as many users as possible, the accompanying base texts have been written from various points of view to relate to activities organized around as many centers of interest as possible (e.g. dance, music, sports, architecture, etc.). In the game, the user is expected to make specific moves and take actions in solving puzzles and, where successful, s/he’s rewarded with an image (a still or a movie), or sound (including music), programmed to trigger automatically in response to his/her chosen area of interest – hence Edutainment. Consequently there’s always the chance that the user learns without realizing that s/he is learning.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Learn to listen as much and as widely as possible (including through music); the radio is a good medium for this. Read as much and as widely as possible in both fiction and non-fiction, always remembering to practice thinking in English. Keep a little notebook where you can seize opportunities to comment on experiences in English. Take interest in current affairs and developments in your community.

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    Collablogatorium

    Collablogatorium is an exploratory journey of an educator who thrives for meaningful conversations and lifelong learning. It is where ideas on ESL/EFL are expanded and reflected upon. A place for constant movement and change through education technology.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    ESL students and teachers must always be driven by the desire of personal growth and understanding of this vast world that surrounds us. English is just the means towards making sense and accepting other cultures as part of our international diversity and multicultural richness. By acquiring global competence, educators and their students can value their own cultural background and explore a whole new world out there.

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    ITTO Online TEFL TESOL Blog

    ITTO Online TEFL TESOL Blog is for anyone who is looking for information related to teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language, TEFL, TESOL, TBE or TESOL Technology courses, or teaching English abroad. The blog includes wonderful articles for English teachers as well as the latest job offers.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Our greatest advice for ESL students and ESL teachers is to never stop learning! In this fast world, we need to be informed of the latest trends in language teaching, such as the implementation of technology in the classroom and the specialization of English topics like Business English, English for Young Learners, etc. As a teacher, you always need to be inspired and patient; your students will appreciate that. As a student, learn English outside of the classroom, too!

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    Dear Ai

    An ESL advice column for ESL students.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Keep trying and don't give up!

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    Adventures in TESOL

    Adventures in TESOL is a resource blog for TESOL professionals, from those just investigating the field to seasoned teachers. It offers tips on classroom resources, teaching tips, technology, and professional training, as well as ethical and policy issues in the TESOL field. Of special note is the TESOL for Beginners section, with articles aimed toward those considering entering the field.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Don't underestimate the value of professional training before you begin an English teaching career. Teaching English is not the same as speaking it! With solid training, you will be a much more effective (and sane!) teacher.

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    Teaching English in a Foreign Land

    Teaching English in a Foreign Land is aimed at TEFL teachers who really want to know what it's like being an international TEFL teacher. The site gives advice on living in countries such as Ecuador, Brazil, Australia, Spain, and Thailand and what life is like in the classroom. Every Thursday there's a post on the top TEFL blogs of the week. There is also general advice on how to get a job, the pros and cons of being a TEFL teacher, and lots of lesson plan websites, job boards, and ideas.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    If you're thinking of becoming an ESL teacher then get qualified. A CELTA is vital to get the best training and the best jobs. To teachers, I'd advise that they get out and live in as many different countries before they settle in one place. The world of TEFL is an amazing experience and each country will inspire you in a different way.

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    Nik's Learning Technology Blog

    This blog is dedicated to supporting language teachers in their efforts to use technology to enhance language learning. The site offers technology guides as well as tips and suggestions for activities to help get teachers started.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    My advice for both teachers and students is to take care to develop their digital literacies and their abilities to find and process digital information quickly and effectively. Combining an understanding of digital literacies with English language will help to ensure that they will have appropriate skills for the 21st century workplace.

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    English for Chinese

    Issues in English and Chinese language study.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    To maximize their speed of learning, ESL students should not seek a teacher that only knows English. An ESL teacher should have working knowledge of the language the students already know well, unless the students are already at the near-native speaking level.

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    Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day

    This site shares daily info on technology, education research, classroom lessons, and instructional resources to help teachers and students more effectively teach and learn about English as a second language. Over 25,000 educators subscribe (for free!) to read it daily.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Use what I call The Organizing Cycle to teach and learn English: Build relationships, access prior knowledge through stories, mentor students' leadership potential, emphasize learning by doing, and incorporate regular reflection.

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    English Explorer Global

    This blog is personal and down to earth and includes useful general information about the countries that the authors know well and have or are currently travelling in. Naturally it is not specific for everyone, but the authors regularly teach and continue to update lesson materials based on ‘real life’ with the hope that readers will enjoy their insights.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Get the best qualification that you can before you set off. Write your CV so that it addresses your future teaching applications rather than another post in the job you are leaving. Put yourself in the shoes of the ‘hirer’ who reads your application. What does she or he seek? It sounds obvious, but too often it does not happen.

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    ESL Mania

    ESL Mania is a website for ESL teachers and language learners. It includes free exercises, tools and information for teaching and learning English.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    The English language is a living language. Stay on top of it by reading current books designed for ESL learners and by learning current American English idioms and slang. Reading the newspaper is a great way to improve your English. Also, don't forget to study pronunciation, an area that is often overlooked in ESL curricula.

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    Teaching English in Korea

    Esl-blog.com is a storage place for ideas and links about conversation topics, classroom activities, and thoughts on education. It's a complement to eslgo.com.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Work hard. Enjoy the work you do.

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    My Several Worlds – Teach and Travel

    My Several Worlds is a world travel information site with a special focus on Asian countries and cultures. The author created the MSW Teach and Travel page to share knowledge of teaching destinations and to provide ESL classroom tips and ideas for readers. The author has been working in the ESL industry in China and Taiwan for well over a decade and has found that many readers that visit the site are interested in hearing personal accounts of experiences in ESL classrooms in Asia.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Teachers: Remember to switch it up. It's easy to get into a safe routine in class. Try to introduce a new game or teaching technique every once in a while. It can get awfully boring in the classroom for you and your students if you constantly use the same techniques, games, and activities in every class.
    Students: Use your new vocabulary or lose it! Concentrate on a few new words each day and try to use them in different sentences. Take a few minutes at the end of each class to write a couple of sentences that will help you to remember how to use your new vocabulary words. Concentrate on using those new words in your conversations and in writing for that week. The more you use it, the easier it is to remember.

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    Pumarosa

    Pumarosa.com is a free, online, bilingual, phonetic ESL course for adult Spanish speaking students. Lessons - with voice - are arranged to study/learn English step by step, from Beginner to Advanced, including citizenship preparation. Homework is also available via email.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Learning English is difficult mainly because of the problems with pronunciation. Pumarosa focuses on pronunciation from the very beginning and helps to establish a firm foundation for the students' progress.

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    OnTESOL

    The TESOL Expert Blog is written by qualified teacher trainers. These articles provide tips on classroom management, activities, and general information about the Theory and Methodology of TESOL.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Take at least 100 hours of TESOL training and compare course syllabi. The most important section of a TESOL course is the Methodology module, where the trainee learns to create professional lesson plans.

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    Learn English Online

    TalktoCanada.com's blog is generally about learning English. It is to promote learning English online and encourages learners to improve their English.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Learning the English language is not easy and takes a lot of patience and persistence, especially if you want to achieve a certain level of fluency. Eventually though, if you put your heart into it, everything will pay off.

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    TEFL Activities Blog

    Lesson plans, activities, and ideas for the classroom. Done simply.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Put yourself in your students’ shoes when you’re planning activities and lessons – think “What do these students, in this context, need to be able to do with this language?” not “What’s the easiest way for me to teach this language point” and you’ll be well on your way to great lessons!

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    Best TESOL/ESL Websites

    A one-stop site for teachers and students of TESOL/ESL with a plethora of links to help both teach and learn English.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    It's your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude.

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    The TESOL France Blog

    A place for English teachers in France to keep up-to-date with TESOL France activities all across the country and to get new teaching ideas and lessons from The TESOL France Blog team and guest authors.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Having a real support network is invaluable for teachers so all new and existing English teachers should join an association so they can get support, make new friends, and become part of a teaching family.

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    Eduardo's Odd Sock Drawer

    This blog is a means to provide the author's students (and other welcomed visitors) with tricks, tips, tools, and tables to improve their English and to have fun at the same time.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Learning and teaching is about creating or reproducing meaningful environments and friendly atmospheres.

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    Educational Milestones

    This blog is a bilingual blog where authors post their thoughts and findings about the philosophy and practice of education, teaching, and learning.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Give yourself time to learn a new language and be patient. Explore different paths to learning. Learning does not just happen at school.

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    TEFL Scotland Blog

    Essential advice for new or established EFL teachers, from first steps to advanced lesson planning.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Take a reputable, accredited TEFL course, plan your lessons and don’t be afraid to be out of your comfort zone! http://www.teflscotland.co.uk/blog/teach-english-abroad-blog-post

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    The ESOL Odyssey

    This blog is full of thoughts, tips and anecdotes from a public school ESOL teacher, geared towards teachers. Readers will find ideas to teach foundational skills and content, resources, advice, and commentary on the latest research in the field.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    My greatest advice to ESL teachers is to make a big deal out of every success your students achieve - you'll only inspire them to reach greater heights. My greatest advice to ESL students is to make effective communication - not flawless communication - your main goal. Don't let the fear of mistakes keep your voice from being heard.

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    The LanguageCorps Teach English Abroad Blog

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    Teacher Juan @ URBE

    This blog is a hub for students. It has two main objectives: keep track of content and assignments, and provide resources for students to use on their own. Additionally articles about current affairs are posted.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    To students, my advice is to study to enrich your lives, not your resume. Also, I would like to remind that you can learn from anyone and from anything. So keep your eyes, ears, and heart open. To teachers, I advise you to teach with your heart first and with your academic knowledge second. Students are there to be helped or assisted. They aren't there to make educators or institutions look good. We work to get the best of them.

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    Learn English as a Foreign Language

    Tips and research about the latest trends in ESL education. Lesson ideas for teaching culture and English sounds to ESL students.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Teach as simply as possible, as to not overwhlem students. Make learning fun and engaging so that students aren't bored.

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    Larisa School of Language

    Everyday English for everyone with updates and current events to help keep readers up to date with the English Language.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Take your time. Study a little English everyday by doing the things you like to do. Everyone learns differently, so do what works for you. Speak English as much as possible and remember not to be afraid to speak. Learn new words and their appropriate grammatical use daily.

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    Nada's ESL Island

    Studying or Teaching English/ESL? This is "The Site" to go to! It includes a handful of materials, worksheets, rubrics, lesson plans, tests and exercises, in addition to a plethora of tips and techniques for studying/teaching reading, writing, culture, literature, grammar, & idioms, among others.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    My advice for teachers: Always innovate! My advice for students: Always believe in your capacity to learn!

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    ITTP Prague TEFL Prague | ITTP TEFL ONline | International TEFL/TESOL Certification Courses

    The blog aims to provide impartial info regarding the logistics of taking a TEFL/TESOL course in Prague - including all of the social aspects. For the author, who has been living in Prague for the past 17 years, the blog is a natural vessel in which insider information can be passed over to newbies to the city, so that they can learn through the author's expert knowledge of Prague and its environment.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    My greatest advice is to watch what you eat, and listen more than you speak.

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    Nigel "Teacher" Caplan

    In this blog, the author shares thoughts about teaching and learning English as a Second Language, answering questions from students and colleagues, pondering about the language he uses and teaches, and commenting on articles and issues in the field. The blog is also home to handouts and PowerPoints from the author's conference presentations and information about his textbooks.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    My advice to ESL students is simple: be curious about the language and culture you are learning. For teachers, we need to find ways to stimulate that curiosity, by questioning received dogma, exploring the intricacies of language, and encouraging self-reflective, autonomous learning. Click here to read more.

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    Ginger Blog

    Ginger Blog is the place to be for the most informative and exciting content on the English language, education and learning, and assistive technology. Ginger Blog incorporates the elements of fun, humor, insight, and ease of reading to ensure that readers are not only entertained but get rich insights and information that are useful and valuable to them. This blog contains content that runs along a daily theme – Savvy Sunday, Manic Monday, The Tuesday Talk, Word Wednesday, and T.G.I.F. (Truly, Ginger is free). Visit Ginger Blog and you’ll find that much miscellaneous (and interesting) content is added on top of the daily thematic posts!

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Use technology that is available today to help you in your English language learning. While it is absolutely true that a computer cannot wholly replace the human teacher, technology can assist you a lot in your learning! Complement the use of Ginger Software with your classroom learning and be amazed at the increased pace and convenience of learning and improving your command of the English language.

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    School of English in London

    This blog is about English courses in London, language learning tips, attractions, and life in London. Students are welcome to post and share on the website and stay in touch with its authors!

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    You don't need to be a genius to learn a language. No miracles, it only takes time and some work. With modern teaching methods learning English may be very interesting and enjoyable. Just a little patience and you will improve.

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    Separated by a Common Language

    Written by an American linguist who has worked in England since 2000, SbaCL explains the differences between American and British Englishes and their use, going far beyond the information provided in dictionaries.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    English is a treasure-trove of messiness. Enjoy it!

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    Stella English Lesson Materials

    This site shares free printable flashcards, worksheets and some other things for ESL or EFL, in attempt to allow users to utilize materials with prettier pictures than ever before.

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    I think teachers have to teach not only English itself but also how fun or wonderful communicating in English is. Teachers need to reflect students' interests into lessons to make students enjoy. We tend to be good at those things we like.

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    Lexical Press Blog

    Resources for teaching and teaching English abroad

    What is your greatest advice for ESL students or teachers?
    Learning a language is similar to riding a bike, once you learn you don't have to think about it much, you just do it.

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