ELT Articles

In this section, you'll find a number of ELT articles about classroom approaches, methodologies, professional development, life in schools, teaching practice and other TESOL related areas.

Being an English teacher is an important job with the need for learning English in a shrinking globe, with English as the lingua franca, more important than ever. We hope that these ELT articles provide teachers with a different viewpoint and will create thought-provoking discussion out there. Our English teaching articles may also provide some decent quiet time and reflection on your own English teaching.

If you’d like to write some English language teaching articles for TEFL Lemon, then please do fire me over a message. Whatever you gave to say about language learning or English language teaching, then we invite you to pen a good ELT article to let your voice be heard! Please do get in touch on our contact page to tell us your idea for your ELT article. We’ll always credit you for your writing.

Make a coffee, sit back and enjoy the reading!

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The ownership theory put into practice

Tom Lake compares the Authoritarian Approach, and all of its shortcomings, with what he refers to as 'The Ownership Approach', where emphasis is put on trust between student and teacher, a strong work ethic and allowing students to express themselves and use their language.

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Dealing with Chinese parents in schools in China

Many ESL teachers in China don't like Chinese parents constantly staring in through the window of their classroom. In this article, we try to explain why parents do this and why it's only natural. We also look at how developing better relationships with parents can help both you, your students and the school.


5 common grammar mistakes all teachers can make

Many ESL teachers begin their career by being able to speak perfect English, but not actually knowing the rules of grammar, let alone being able to explain these rules to a class of students learning English. Here are some common mistakes which English teachers can make in class when teaching grammar.


Choosing the right TEFL training school

Choosing to do a TEFL course is a life-changing step for most people, opening up doors to travel and work anywhere in the world. However, a perhaps even more important step is choosing the right TEFL centre for you. Not all training schools are of the same quality and you should certainly 'look before you leap!' Here are some things to consider before choosing your course.

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So you're a TEFL teacher...what next for you?

Many TEFL teachers end up teaching English overseas and feel they are stuck in a dead-end job, but there are very easy avenues for TEFL teachers to move into better jobs with a higher salary. This article looks at options for teachers hoping to move up in their career.

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EVERYTHING Americans need to know for their work visa application to China

A full and comprehensive list for U.S Citizens of what documents you need to apply for a work visa to go to China to teach English, where to get your documents checked and where to submit them at the end. If you’re an American going to teach English in China, then you’ll want to read this full and easy-to-follow guide to getting your documents authenticated and your background check done.

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The TEFL Lemon Halloween Games for English Schools PDF Pack

TEFL Lemon has made a full Halloween Games and Activities Pack for English Schools. Our free Halloween Games PDF contains over twenty games for you to play in your school or Halloween party. The kids in your school will go mad for these very special Halloween themed activities.

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The best websites for printable ESL worksheets

Using ESL printable worksheets is by far the most common supplementary material, as they are easy to print and bring to class, require little preparation and there are a wide array of choices for TEFL teachers to find printable ESL worksheets online, which fit the topic or grammar point of their English class perfectly. Here are a pick of some of the Best Websites for Printable ESL worksheets for you to use with your students in English classes.

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129 Different TEFL Lemon Flashcard Games

129 Different TEFL Lemon Flashcard Games has, yes you’ve guessed it, 129 different ESL flashcard games which you can play in your kindergarten and young learner ESL classes. It will hopefully be your #1 'go to' resource in the teachers' office and TEFL lesson planning will not be the same without it. Each flashcard game is carefully written with the TEFL teacher in mind. We’ve written the flashcard games book so that English teachers sitting in the teacher’s office lesson planning, will be able to read each flashcard game and know what to do straight away. To buy 129 Different TEFL Lemon Flashcard Games, please click here.