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irregular-plurals

Irregular Plurals – Teach Your ESL Student

If your student has acquired the basics of singular plural nouns (N6.1 - Singular-Plural lesson), we suggest introducing your learner to the most common irregular plurals. Many irregular plural nouns are used heavily in English (e.g. man, woman, person) and others at a moderate level of frequency (e.g die, sheep, mouse, foot), so they are[...]

Noun-Quantifiers

How to Teach Noun Quantifiers

If you've taught your student the basics of countable and uncountable nouns, we suggest (as a natural next step) tackling the use of quantifiers (with nouns). Noun quantifiers (or expressions of quantity) are essential to achieving natural speech for students that are starting to become more specific with their sentences. Quantifiers are used to convey[...]

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How to Teach Countable and Uncountable Nouns

The distinction between Countable and Uncountable nouns is an important concept for your ESL students to grasp. As your students learn new nouns, they should note whether they are countable or uncountable because this distinction determines how the nouns appear in sentences (plural forms, use of a/an, some etc...). Challenges when teaching Countable and Uncountable[...]

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Singular Plural Lesson Plan – How to Teach

If you are teaching a beginner ESL student, you will eventually need to solidify the concept of singular vs. plural nouns. At Off2Class, we have released a singular plural (nouns) lesson plan. You can find our N6.1 - Singular-Plural-Lesson-Plan here. I use the word "solidify" because most beginner ESL students will pick up the basics[...]

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How to teach possessive adjectives and nouns!

As you progress with your beginner ESL students, we recommend introducing possessive adjectives and nouns at a relatively early stage. It is a natural progression once your student is comfortable with building basic sentences and has confidence with subject pronouns and object pronouns. Consider introducing the concept after your student becomes comfortable with basic Present[...]

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Object pronouns lesson plan!

Last week I taught my first true beginner (a seven year old from Germany) our subject pronouns lesson plan. The lesson went extremely well, so I decided to forge on with the next logical step, object pronouns! We didn't have a lesson in our library so I decided to craft one. Pronouns are an important grammar concept[...]

The basics of using our ESL lesson content

All new teachers should start here! Welcome to our demo video designed to show you the basics of using Off2Class ESL lesson content. If you require further assistance using our ESL lesson content, be sure to get in touch with us; we answer all emails. You can send us a note using the email you[...]

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Teach subject pronouns using our lesson content!

Recently I gained my first true beginner young learner. A 7-year-old German speaker that I was going to teach online. I naturally started with the subject pronouns, before moving to basic sentences using the present simple. Off2Class didn't yet have any subject pronoun lesson content in its library so I  had to develop some. I've since[...]

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Young Learners online: parental briefing DOC

If you are teaching ESL to young learners, it is worth thinking about online discipline and behavior management. In my previous Young Learners post I mentioned the importance of sending a briefing document to parents before your first ESL lesson. Today I wanted to provide you with a copy of it. You can download our[...]

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Online group ESL lessons: what I’ve learned (2)

This is the second part of my post where I discuss some of my experiences running online group ESL lessons. In the first part of my post I offered some strategies for running group lessons, in this post I'm going to discuss some key considerations to make sure your group lessons are worth it for[...]