Importance of worksheets in ESL classrooms

This article is written by Neha Joshi. 

Language classes need to be lively, since language itself is a matter of lively thinking process and everyday routine. Still sometimes language classes go dry-more so when it is a second language classroom. There are many ways in which this can be resolved; use of worksheets is one of them.

Worksheet helps an SL classroom in following ways:

1. Immediate Practical Use

The taught lesson can immediately be put in use with the help of a worksheet. This will enhance the understanding and make it more apt for the students. After all we learn a language in order to use it. Worksheets would thus provide with an apt sense of meaning and so the learning will get consolidated. [Read more…]

Make your CV stand out from the pile

Once upon a time, getting top scores in a law degree automatically guaranteed you a job. Only a small minority would achieve such high marks and they were considered the best of the best.

These days however, the amount of students gaining top marks actually increased by 16% in 2012. This means that students are finding it increasingly difficult to stand out from other applicants.

It isn’t just law students who are finding it difficult either. More people than ever before are finishing university with top grades so if you’re struggling to get ahead then here are a few things you can do to improve your job prospects.

Gain internships and work experience while studying

One thing many students don’t think about while they’re actually studying at university, is gaining valuable work experience too. This helps you to gain the experience you’ll need when you leave and sets you on the right path within your chosen career.

If you’re studying a Southampton Solent University architecture degree for example, it would help if you could gain on-field experience with a big company before you finish your course. If you’re applying for unpaid work experience, there’s a higher chance you’ll get accepted.

Have a good understanding of the job you’re applying for

What many students don’t end up doing is researching the company they are applying to. It will really help you to have a good understanding of who the company is, what they stand for and any current issues they are facing. You can then tailor your CV to suit their specific needs.

The biggest mistake you can make is to submit a generic CV that doesn’t really give much away about your experience in reference to the job at hand.

Chronicle your gap year and charity work experience

Gap years are increasingly popular with students. Providing you with essential life experience, they are often seen favourably by employers.

It’s important that you list your gap year experiences in chronological order to avoid confusion and explain any gaps in employment. Also mark down any charity work you’ve completed as this shows you have an enterprising spirit.

Your best shot at standing out from the crowd is to gain some form of work experience while you’re studying. This will help to give you additional skills that other students won’t have learnt.

Being prepared to go that extra mile for a job is always looked upon favourably. Remember to research everything you can about the company before you apply too.

Keeping your business in good shape

Running a business is one of the most satisfying experiences you can have in your professional life. Whether you are operating in health and fitness or IT, marketing or publishing, car maintenance or property management; being your own boss calls on a range of skills.

It means being able to respond to challenges and manage relationships with staff and clients. There is also the small matter of needing to make a profit!

With all of the demands on a business owner, following this route is not for the faint-hearted.

Luckily, there are ways and means of taking some of the pressure off so that you can focus on what you do best. [Read more…]

Online environment is one-stop shop for professional development

It is hard to imagine the way the world was even just ten years ago before there was widespread home internet use. The Internet and the World Wide Web have changed our lives and mostly for the better. Now we can access a wide scope of information online and get in touch with friends and colleagues within seconds.

The web is also fantastic for hosting resources which aid in professional development.

Language training

Language trainers have quickly adapted their classroom environments to accommodate

e-learning or online education. Now students can engage in a range of language learning programmes with the click of a mouse. [Read more…]

Looking For A Career Change?

A career at sea, although hard work, offers a number of great opportunities. From working on the deck to in the engine room, there are various maritime roles available. Those who wish to embark on such a career path must be willing to make a few sacrifices along the way. Such sacrifices include spending long periods of time away from home, working long hours and commuting from one place to the next. However, it’s also a great way to see the world, as when you’re off duty, exploring another continent is an exciting adventure to indulge in. From sailing the Zambesi to visiting a safari in Africa, there’s a lot you can do whilst working away.

Such a job also offers great security and as you work your way up the company, you’ll not only gain good skills, you’ll also be able to better your prospects. [Read more…]

Essay writing tips and tricks

Almost every type of educational process involves writing an essay at some point or another. For some people this is an easy process and one that comes naturally to them but for others it can be a real stumbling block even though their knowledge of their subject is in all others ways up to the required standard.

The first thing you must do to help achieve your goals of good grades is to deal with the issue of essay writing if you feel it is a weak point for you. The best way to do this is by building confidence and you can achieve this with the correct types of preparation.

Getting help with writing your essay is easier today than it has even been. Whether your studies are language based, one of the various science disciplines or a more specialised type of course, there is a simple way to get a head start.


The pressures on students today are greater than ever so using an essay writing service is becoming extremely popular. Having access to a professionally written custom essay means that you can hit deadlines and be sure that you are accessing the best information available set out exactly the way you need it.

A quality essay writing service will offer a ‘no plagiarism’ guarantee and some ensure that the writer has a UK Degree.

With details such as fully referenced bibliographies and periods for free amendments often available it really can be the ideal solution for the hard pressed modern student.


Of course, your student loan is mainly going on the costs associated with your studies and this means that the tutors and teaching staff responsible for your course should be doing their fair share you’re confident in your essay-writing abilities.

You should never be afraid to ask them for individual advice on your weak and strong points, especially if you feel that your essay skills are something that might be a potential problem.


Your own intuition should always guide you so don’t be afraid to listen to it because you instinctively know how good you are at various aspects that your studies cover. This can be particularly true for foreign language study where you might excel at the spoken word but fall short when it comes to the written work.

‘How and Why: Tips for Starting an English Conversation Club’ by Emily K. Iekel

There are many excellent reasons for starting a conversation club for English learners. Here are just a few:

1. To help ESL and EFL students practice their conversation skills outside the classroom.

Classroom learning is a wonderful thing, but with new or foreign languages, outside practice is essential for reinforcement of language concepts, especially spoken language. Even ELL (English Language Learners) who read and write fairly well may be less confident in their speaking abilities, and even ELL who speak fairly well may still need some extra practice to overcome common language-learning errors such as interference—using the structure of their first language with an English sentence—which may not always be grammatically correct (Bryce and McKibbin).

2. To give native speakers of English the opportunity to engage in community service and learn more about other cultures.

An English conversation club is a wonderful opportunity for native speakers to benefit their communities by helping struggling learners of English. It is a particular chance for students who may have school service requirements to fulfill, but can also provide the opportunity for native speakers of any age and state in life to familiarize themselves with aspects of other cultures. It benefits not only the instructor, who may be starting the club as a job or a form of service, but any native speakers he or she may ask to join in order to help members practice and learn. [Read more…]

Educating the elderly is prioritised by debt initiative

According to the eight Scottish Widows annual report on UK pensions, it was found that less than half of the population is putting enough money aside for their retirement. Retirement savings are at the lowest they have ever been, with less and less people saving money. These are falling by 5% and even middle-income workers in company schemes need to find an extra £600 a month for a basic level of retirement.

Doing the maths

People need to find a solution to this problem fast. Assuming that the state pension is a flat rate £140 a week, as proposed by Iain Duncan Smith, this will give pensioners £7,280 a year. Consequently a £20,000 income a year would need a private pension of £12,720. This has put many people into panic mode. The fact that we live longer means many of us no longer qualify for pensions at the age of 60 or 65 years old. This puts the question on our minds: ‘how can we achieve these savings?’ [Read more…]

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How Technology is Transforming Teaching

It wasn’t like this in my day….

It is true, it wasn’t.  The world is evolving and technology has altered every part of our lifestyle, the digital era has embodied itself everywhere.  This applies as much to education as to any other sector.  Look at recruitment sites like the Randstad Education webpage and you can see how the need for classroom skills has evolved beyond being a strong educator who is handy with a board rubber.  Now you need to be internet savvy, up to date with new e learning practices and ideally one step ahead of the kids.

It is becoming a popular school of thought that the digital age is impacting how students learn and teaching needs to change to adapt to this.  One theory is that because of the impact of smart phones, social platforms, new ways to communicate without uttering a word is leaving some children lacking in communication skills with shorter attention spans and with problems in managing large pieces of homework. [Read more…]

Video: Oxford Big Read Activity – Word games

The Oxford Big Read is a free step-by-step guide to help you get all your students passionate about reading in English. You can download free activity worksheets and learn more at

7 Simple Steps to Writing an Argumentative/Persuasive Essay – Austin Rinehart

The argumentative and persuasive essay, also known as research project or term paper, is a specific genre of essay that requires the student to select a topic, conduct an extensive research and/or interpretation of previously published literature, evaluate the evidences, and establish a position on the investigated topic in a concise manner. The process of writing this type of essay is a bit more complex than other essay writings, but before you wrench in agony, keep in mind that if you are writing an argument on a topic you care about and take a smart approach in the planning phase, you can make it much easier and even enjoyable experience. Here are 7 simple and easy steps you can follow when writing an argumentative/persuasive essay:


Top tips for writing an essay exam – Austin Rinehart

Essay exams are some of the most common exams students take apart from those they have to do in the English exam. Essay exams are also common in subjects like science, art, history, Geography. Despite the peculiarity, the way essay exams are handled whether in language or science courses is entirely the same. This article gives you some tips to write these exams effectively.

  1. You must be aware of the material that is supposed to be tested because exams are only good if you are prepared for them. Go over notes, read pamphlets and revise your notes way before the exam to ensure that you are in the right frame of mind to get a win in the essay. This should be at least 5 weeks before the exam.
  2. When you are scared of the exam, learn to relax. Especially when you are approaching a time limit, avoid the temptation to write out the work faster than you can integrate. [Read more…]

Learning Introductory English Through Children’s Educational Materials

Trained English instructors will typically advise students to find supplemental materials to help learn English outside of the classroom, such as listening to English-language music, watching English-language television, and reading English-language books. While these outlets can most definitely help enhance the understanding of both the English-speaking language and culture (whether it’s the U.S. or the UK), sometimes the ideas expressed in songs, movies, and literature can be too complex to grasp initially

50 Incredibly Useful Links for ELL Educators

Teaching a new language to non-native speakers may be one of the most challenging educational jobs out there, so ELL teachers can use all of the help they can get! Thankfully, many excellent resources for ELL and ESL exist online, from full-service websites to reference tools and communities, all designed to make the task of educating ELL students just a little bit easier and more effective. We’ve scoured the Internet to share 50 of the best of these resources, and we hope you’ll find lots of valuable content and tools through these incredibly useful links for ELL educators.


Resource tools, printables, and other great stuff for ELL educators are all available on these sites. [Read more…]

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