How to practice English when you’re not in the classroom

How to Practice Speaking Schedule time to meet with your classmates and have a discussion in English (topic ideas: what you’re learning, current events, hobbies, etc). Talk to your friends in English instead of your native language. Watch a video on FluentU with English subtitles, click on the word to hear the correct pronunciation, practice speaking that new word many times. Practice pronouncing new words in front of a mirror. Have “shower conversations” (see this video for how to do […]

Classroom games & activities for ESL Teachers

  Playing a game is a great way to end a lesson. Take 10-15 minutes and try one of these with your class today. Most of these games are quick and require little to no preparation. I have a lot more links for ESL teachers here. Quick tip: How to make funny team names: If you’re pressed for time you can just name the teams “team 1”, “team 2”, etc. You can make it more fun […]

Screenshot from the homepage of the ELSA website.

ELSA: An English Teacher in Your Pocket

ELSA stands for English Language Speech Assistant. It’s a new app available in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. If you’re learning English as a second language, this is the app for you. It will listen to how you say a word. If you make a pronunciation mistake, ELSA will hear it. Suggestions for improvement will be offered based on how you said the word. In addition to helping you with pronunciation, it […]

Free coding course starts today in Saigon

Charles Lee and Marcus Ellison are engineers from Silicon Valley. They started Coderschool.vn to build a better engineer ecosystem. Coderschool.vn offers free courses for experienced engineers. Their training principles include real world examples (how does Facebook work?), hands on projects, and a “learn by doing” teaching strategy. All classes are taught in English. Their second course, on Apple’s Swift programming language, starts today. Fifteen students graduated from their first course (Charles’ thoughts after the first […]

10 Amazing Moments in Vietnam

The last 6 months of my life have been amazing. It’s been filled with excitement, fun, and love. All kinds of interesting things have happened. A shoe thief stealing my US size 12 shoes, teaching scaring kids who have never heard about Halloween and organizing a 140+ person hackathon. These photos capture some of my amazing moments in Vietnam.   Thuy — She’s my fiancee, my best friend, and my everything. She’s wonderful. This picture was taken […]