Tips for Teaching EFL/ESL Business English

Teaching EFL Business English comes under the heading of English for Special Purposes (ESP): the special purpose in this case is – business. So, what should you, as a novice EFL teacher, be aware of when teaching Business English? Here are a few useful tips worth remembering. As it concerns you – and I cannot […]

How to Recognize Dyslexic Students

Dyslexic students have great difficulty in reading, writing, spelling, and numeracy: the extent of an individual’s dyslexia may range from mild to severe; indeed, approximately 40% of dyslexics also suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): this disorder is manifested by inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive behaviors. So, what should you, as a novice EFL teacher, […]

How to Understand Standard Scores

This short article aims to explain – in a non-technical way – what standard scores (Z-scores) are and also give you a few tips about how to interpret and use them. So, what should you, as a novice EFL teacher, need to know and understand about standard scores? Here are just a few useful tips […]

Preparing EFL/ESL Students for TOEFL Exams

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exams have been sat by more than 27 million people worldwide. TOEFL exams are geared to demonstrating a university level of proficiency in English: the right score leads to getting a place at university as well as acceptance by various professional bodies, and institutions. So, what should […]

Preparing EFL/ESL Students for Michigan Exams

In 2010, the University of Michigan and the University of Cambridge set up a non-profit organization called the ‘Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments’ (CaMLA) for the purpose of collaboration in the field of EFL testing. Two of the examinations that are catered for by CaMLA are ‘The Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English’ (ECCE) […]

EFL/ESL for Chinese Speakers

Standard Chinese is the name given to the official language spoken in Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China (PRC): this standardized version of Chinese is also known as Mandarin. Without doubt, Chinese writing is completely different to that of the Latin based languages (LBL): unlike in LBL, Chinese writing employs a logographic system rather […]

EFL/ESL for Arabic Speakers

The Arabic language is almost entirely different to that of the Latin based languages (LBL): its script is cursive, and there is no distinction between upper and lower case letters; it is written and read from right to left, and the front of an Arabic book is considered to be the back by LBL speakers. […]

EFL/ESL for Spanish Speakers

As a novice EFL teacher, your first job will probably be somewhere in the US – so don’t be surprised if your first EFL classes consist mainly of Spanish speakers. So, what should you, as a novice EFL teacher, be aware of when teaching Spanish speaking students? Here are just a few useful grammar tips […]