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How to Teach the Present Continuous Tense

Our five part present continuous lesson series available to you. Designed for ESL tutors running their own private lessons and tutorials. Learning the present continuous tense is essential to achieve natural speech. Many intermediate ESL students can effectively express themselves using just the past, present and future simple. Yet, for natural speech, it is important[...]


How to create content for private ESL lessons

Dear Teachers! The following is an excerpt from a guest post we did a couple months back for the mighty ELT Jam covering the building of content for private ESL lessons. The original article can be found here. Over the past seven years, we (founders of Off2Class) have been teaching private ESL lessons in several[...]


Phonics lesson plans: new series

We've released a new set of phonics lesson plans called letters & sounds. As ESL teachers, we all know the importance of reinforcing correct pronunciation. We've all seen intermediate or advanced students with strong grammar yet their pronunciation is still causing communication challenges. For ESL beginners, learning how to spell and pronounce words correctly is[...]


Vocabulary Lesson Plans: our methodology

How to use our vocabulary lesson plans for your private ESL lessons and tutorials! Teaching vocabulary to ESL students can take many different forms. From older methods of memorizing words through repetition to new and creative multimedia apps such as Flocabulary, there are a world of possibilities. Many ESL students and teachers treat vocabulary as[...]

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Lesson Plan Series: Present Simple

Present Simple lesson plans: five plans for you to run your private EFL lessons. As EFL teachers, we know the importance of students mastering the present simple. If our students do not master the tense, bad habits can persist for years. These habits also have implications when learning other tenses. It is not uncommon to[...]


Lesson Plan Series: Opposite Adjectives

Opposite adjectives: our three part lesson plan series. In this post we would like to highlight a lesson plan series designed to teach students vocabulary around opposite adjectives. We've found that vocabulary focused lessons can be an enjoyable change of pace after a series of  grammar focused lessons. We like teaching opposite adjectives because learning[...]


Lesson Plan Series: Present Perfect Simple

New lesson plan series: Present Perfect Simple. This week we've been busy preparing a new set of lesson plans centered around one of the most interesting tenses to learn and teach in the English language, the Present Perfect Simple (e.g. I have played). Those that have signed up for our private beta can now access[...]


Top sites to find free EFL lesson plans

Our favorite sites to find EFL lesson plans for our private lessons. Over the past 20 years we (founders of off2class) have been teaching lessons around the world. For the past five years we've focused on private EFL lessons (both online and offline). Our students have ranged from elderly housewives to preschool aged children and[...]


Lesson plans for EFL teachers

Ready-to-use lesson plans for private EFL teachers. Welcome to our private Beta! We've spent the last six months designing, writing, redesigning, rewriting and testing and are happy to welcome our first users. First, a bit of background. As founders of Off2Class, we've been teaching EFL/ESL on a number of continents for over 20 years. Like[...]

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