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This Teaching Essentials Blog Series looks at some tools-of-the-trade for online ESL instruction. In it, we explore a few key concepts and dive into what makes them indispensable to our teachers. In a one-to-one class setting, the greatest benefit to the student is an environment suited to their pace, their learning needs. But if that experience more closely resembles a...
There are many idioms, figurative phrases and expressions that have different meanings than what’s indicated, that you probably use often in your lives. Expressions like “break a leg,” “feeling under the weather,” and “hang in there” are not uncommon and used with ease by English speakers who understand what these phrases really mean. Like many languages, Mandarin Chinese possess many...
Opportunities online are rife with slang, new terminology and fast-paced innovations. However it is an all-inclusive industry at its core. And it’s for everyone! The brain rattling pace of change in our world seems to coincide with an equally dizzying number of new words and slang that sometimes make you wonder if you still speak English. Did you know that...
This Teaching Essentials Blog Series looks at some tools-of-the-trade for online ESL instruction. In it, we explore a few key concepts and dive into what makes them indispensable to our teachers. Repetition is likely one of the most underrated tools in foreign language instruction, or really, any instruction. But if the parrot at the local pet store can sound more...
Earning a living has been around for some time. But what that means has been subject to constant change over the millennia. Let’s backtrack a few thousand years for a moment. Villagers Sophokles and Daidalos spend their mornings fishing for trout and their afternoons crafting hooks. Until one day they realize Daidalos is an absolute wizard when it comes to...
At 1,389,618,778 people, China takes the top spot as the most populated country in the world. It is also developing at an impressive pace, which is most evident in its cities. The cities in China are vibrating with life and promise as centers of technology, business, and culture. But Chinese cities are not alike and they vary enough for...
This Teaching Essentials Blog Series looks at some tools-of-the-trade for online ESL instruction. In it, we explore a few key concepts and dive into what makes them indispensable to our teachers.  The strangest thing happens between people trying to speak who don’t speak the same language. We tend to raise our voices. It’s almost as if a pair of stubborn...
Back in 1988, an interview with prominent sci-fi author of the time Isaac Asimov, went a little something like this: “Once we have computers in every home … then you can ask, and you can find out, and you can follow up, and you can do it in your own home, at your own speed, in your own direction, in...
When it comes to learning English, rote memorization helps ESL students learn the basics and rules of the language. It creates a foundation that is essential to building proficiency. But in order to be masters of English or any language, students should practice a little creativity to advance to a new level. An excellent activity to boost this progress...
"Digital nomad" is a strange term. It has a sort of foreignness to it, and (to me at least) tends to conjure up images of Ryan Reynolds roaming through the desert with a quippy robot in his stead. The sun permanently on the verge of setting but never quite seeming to follow through. In reality, a digital nomad is merely...

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