Giles Ensor - The ESL Teacher

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Giles Ensor - The ESL Teacher
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Life is a balance between realism and kindness, but if in doubt, be kind – the world needs kindness more than realism.
 
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By Giles Ensor - The ESL Teacher
This is a very simple board game. It works in any ESL/EFL class or any English class where you want to get the students speaking. Each square has a prompt which can be used as a guide. The best way this works is if one player shakes a die or flips a
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ESL / ELL / EFL
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Adult Education
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Fun Stuff, Printables, Games
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By Giles Ensor - The ESL Teacher
This is part of my 'Teaching Without Props' lesson plan series. What that means is that everything in my lesson plan can be done without photocopiers, or printers. Download the lesson plan, have a little read, and then teach it. Depending on the
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ESL / ELL / EFL
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Adult Education
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Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Cooperative Learning
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This is the next lesson in the series of lessons I'm publishing here on TpT. Read the preview to have a look at what it's all about. You can probably tell from the title that it's a lesson about routines with lots of pair work and speaking. Hope you
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ESL / ELL / EFL
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Adult Education
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By Giles Ensor - The ESL Teacher
An easy-to-use presentation rubric that will help you score students' presentations. Also, if you give it to the students, it will let them know exactly what you expect from them so that they don't need to guess what a good presentation is. This
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ESL / ELL / EFL
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Adult Education
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By Giles Ensor - The ESL Teacher
This is the 3rd Lesson Plan of Level 1 - Teaching Without Props. This lesson is all about countries, nationalities, languages, and things countries are famous for. As usual, the instructions are easy; download, read, teach. There is little or no
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Adult Education
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By Giles Ensor - The ESL Teacher
This is Lesson 34 of Level 1 in the Teaching Without Props series of lesson plans. However, if your students have studied past simple, then they can do this lesson. As always, I would appreciate feedback if you download this lesson. This is a
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EFL - ESL - ELD
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7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education
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By Giles Ensor - The ESL Teacher
This is a simple 'Jeopardy' style quiz. Of course, the students don't have to answer the questions in the style of a question, unless it is actually required. Review everything you have done before you play the game. It can be used after the first
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ESL / ELL / EFL
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Adult Education
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

After I had passed my Cert. TESOL in 1996, my first teaching position was in Skopje, Macedonia. At the time, I thought it was extremely hard work, and in a sense it was because there were no teachers’ books. This meant that we had to work everything out, which meant in my first year I got a real sense of what grammar, word formation, syntax etc was all about. In my second year I went to Moscow to work for EF English First. In those days, you were asked to teach using the kids’ summer school books, which were truly awful. So, I took it upon myself to write all my own lesson plans, ignoring the books (but not the grammar, vocab etc that they needed for the end of course tests). Of course, in those days, there was no internet, which made things a lot more difficult. After Russia, I moved to Milan where I put my first two years of teaching together and became a freelance business English teacher, and 16 years later, I’m still doing the same thing. Of course, I have used text books because I have taught in traditional English Language Centres, where the students require them. However, I have always enjoyed the idea of creating lesson plans from scratch and then improving them as I have used them in class.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I suppose my teaching style reflects my experience. I have always enjoyed creating lessons and experimenting with different methodologies and so on. My classes tend to be less ‘traditional’ and more ‘let’s see if this works’. Of course, this only works if the lesson plan is well-structured otherwise the lessons would seem disorganised at best and chaotic at worst. However, I would say that an easy-going attitude to lesson plans is always better than an attitude where everything on the plan must be done exactly as it says.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

"Best Teacher We Ever Had" - Awarded to me by my secondary students when I left. Sadly, no actual official awards but who needs them? :( Teaching is its own reward.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

2008 University of Cambridge Certificate in Teaching IGCSE First Language English. 2006 University of Cambridge Certificate in Teaching IGCSE English as a Second Language. 1996 St. George’s International Trinity College Cert TESOL. 1988 – 1991 Manchester Metropolitan University BA English Studies.

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