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    ESL classroom tools for conversation skills

    ESL classroom tools for conversation skills

    As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, one of the skills that you will have to develop well is your conversation teaching skills; after all, for most people – speaking is the most important reason for learning English.

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    ESL classroom tools for writing skills

    ESL classroom tools for writing skills

    For the trainee or novice ESL teacher, teaching how to write well is a very important skill that has to be mastered; for the students, this is probably the most difficult aspect of ESL learning because they will require a good knowledge of grammar, a competent vocabulary, and an understanding of how to use the correct register for the various pieces of writing.

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    ESL classroom tools for vocabulary building

    ESL classroom tools for vocabulary building

    Dictionaries and thesauruses are very useful tools for vocabulary building, and a quick search of the World Wide Web (WWW) will also reveal a plethora of technology based tools for vocabulary building: most of which are in the form of word games, but others are more dictionary and thesaurus oriented. As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, you will no doubt be keen to build up the student’s vocabulary, so here are a few suggestions about vocabulary tools that you can use for this purpose.

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    The language laboratory as a tool for ESL teaching

    The language laboratory as a tool for ESL teaching

    As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, you may find that you have to use a language laboratory (Lang-Lab) for ESL teaching. Some of the more prestigious private ESL schools have language laboratories, and on the whole they are a very effective tool for ESL teaching.

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    Virtual tours as a tool for ESL teaching

    Virtual tours as a tool for ESL teaching

    Virtual tours are a marvellous way to take your ESL students to distant lands and places of interest which most of them will probably never get the opportunity to visit in the real world. For a trainee or novice ESL teacher, a virtual tour is an enjoyable and useful ESL teaching tool. Here are a few tips about what you should consider when using this teaching tool.

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    ESL classroom tools for reading comprehension skills

    ESL classroom tools for reading comprehension skills

    Reading English for pleasure is enjoyable, but when you have to read for understanding, it can become quite difficult. One tool which can help ESL students master reading comprehension is a graded reader. The beauty of graded readers is that they are enjoyable and, at the same time, they develop the student’s reading comprehension skills. As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, you would be well advised to become familiar with this tool. There is such a wealth of readers, that the student is truly spoilt for choice.

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    Online games as a tool for ESL teaching

    Online games as a tool for ESL teaching

    Almost every student loves playing games, and when games are integrated with learning, learning becomes all the more pleasurable. Trainee or novice ESL teachers would be well advised to familiarise themselves with a handful of game sites which can be used to stimulate learning or to act as lesson fillers.

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    Flashcards as a tool ESL teaching

    Flashcards as a tool ESL teaching

    As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, you will no doubt be keen to liven up your ESL lessons by the use of various classroom tools: one simple and enjoyable classroom tool is flashcards.

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    ESL classroom tools for listening skills

    ESL classroom tools for listening skills

    Hemmingway has probably summed up exactly what happens when some ESL students do listening exercises: they hear, but they never listen. As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, three tools that you can use to improve students’ listening skills are videos, recorded programmes and personal mp3 listening exercises.

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    Storytelling as a tool for ESL teaching

    Storytelling as a tool for ESL teaching

    As a young child, you were no doubt told stories by your mother and other members of your family; now, as a trainee or novice ESL teacher, you will have to tell stories to your ESL students.

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