TESOL Teaching Ideas -Using Theater Games

At times it can be challenging to come up with fun, interesting, motivating and communicative activities for students to practice language. I have found that using theater games (activities typically used in acting classes to warm up the students) is a great way to get students thinking on their feet in a creative way. The…

Korea calling

Originally posted on take a photo and….:
Another great guest blogger, Mike Griffin is based in Seoul and is a key figure behind the blossoming #KELTchat, an ELT chat for teachers in Korea. He’s also got an unmissable, ‘must-read’ blog. I’m so glad he agreed to write for Take a photo and…, particularly as he…

The Inside Scoop: Teaching English in Beijing

We often interview colleagues and graduates of our TESOL program about what life is like abroad. This month for The Inside Scoop we will hear from Mariam about living in Beijing, China. Mariam is an SIT alumni who returned from three years of teaching in Beijing late last year (2013). Here is what she has to…

Hello, again!

Hello to all our followers! The blog has been on hiatus for the past 4 months while I have been on maternity leave. I am back now and will begin posting regularly soon! I am excited to be back and sharing online once again. ~Autumn

Sharing the Knowledge: TESOL Mini-conference in NYC

Autumn, Noga (the Academic Director at Rennert) and I have been fortunate to attend and present at several conferences in recent years, including the New York State TESOL (NYS TESOL) Conference for the past few years (and again this coming November), and the International TESOL Convention that was held in Portland, OR in March this…

EFL / ESL Teaching Tip: Activities to Develop Bottom Up Processing

This week’s video focuses on a few activities that you can use to develop your students’ bottom up processing skills while listening. Here is a breakdown of the four activity ideas presented: 1. The first activity focuses on connected speech. Students often hear a stream of words and it’s difficult for them to know where…

EFL / ESL Teaching Tip: Practice for look like/be like/like

This week’s teaching tip video focuses on a practice activity to contrast like, look like, and be like. I don’t know about your students, but my students always confuse these 3 words, especially be like and like. I find it is a really common error to stick an ‘am’ or an ‘are’ along with another…

EFL / ESL Teaching Tip: Parts of Speech Hotseat

This week’s video features Meghan Killeen, an ESL teacher here at Rennert in New York. She is sharing a quick activity idea to practice parts of speech in a fun and controlled way. Here are the steps: 1. Elicit different parts of speech from the students and write them with examples on the board. 2….

Quick Activity Idea: Race for the Truth!

For this week’s activity idea, I would like to share with you a fun activity that you can do on the first day of class to help your students get to know each other a little.  It’s called Race for the Truth!   Steps: Teacher designates and area as the starting line and an area…