About This Blog

Welcome to my blog for English language teachers! My focus here is on methodology, tips, and activities. I offer ideas with the hope to facilitate a positive teaching experience for you and a successful learning outcome for your students. If even to a small degree I am able to encourage creativity, promote reflection, deepen your passion for teaching, and facilitate your students’ learning, then I will be extremely pleased.

We are fortunate to teach at this time, when online resources for our profession are plentiful, but in reality there is very little time to explore and examine them all. That said, I am genuinely appreciative every time a teacher visits my blog, and I thank you for supporting my efforts. I will do my best to offer ideas that have relevance, value, and immediate application to your teaching.

Lastly I express sincere gratitude to Pearson for making this blog possible. I think it’s wonderful for a major publisher to promote this form of sharing and support reflective teaching.

– Jennifer



62 Comments Add yours

  1. Roger says:

    Hi Jennifer,
    I just found your site the other day while searching for ESl information. I am a part-time ESL teacher at a community center. I work in a different field during the day. I am in the middle of a career change and I am taking university classes to become certified to teach both English and ESL. Your site is awesome and has great information! I am already putting to use some of the classroom tips. Thank you for your willingness to share your knowledge!

    1. englishwithjennifer says:

      Welcome to the field! (Although it sounds like you’re not exactly a novice teacher.) I was very happy to read your comment. I hope you’ll continue to visit my blog. There are so many different teaching experiences one can have in the field of ESL, from a community center to YouTube. Feel free to share your own perspective whenever you’d like. Best of luck to you!

      1. taha says:

        jennifer i want you to make a video on parallism.there are certainly a lot of students wanting to learn parallel construction.please do it

      2. I will likely address that topic in my series “Improve Your Writing.”
        Thank you.

    2. suara says:

      how i improve my listening when i am watching tv and how i improve my conversation when i am talking with foreign people sometimes i don’t know what they means. may i know you facebook.

  2. zellendulky says:

    Your are Great. And so is your site! Awesome content. Good job guys! Interesting article, adding it to my favourites!

  3. hi mss jennifer dear u re good teacher and thanks for your help i abrecaite with u

  4. Alexander says:

    Jennifer, spasibo Vam ogromnoe za Vashi uroki. Vi ochenj horoshaya uchitelniza!

  5. sidigal says:

    Hi,miss jenifer,you have done agreat job for the comming generations .I really appreciate what you are doing in teaching grammer and pronunciation.

  6. Nasreen Fathima says:

    Recently I have got job in very good company. They all are speak very good english. I saw your website, it is very interesting and you are doing a very good job and help others in their future. Thank you so such, now I have to learn so many things from website. thanks & best regards, Nasreen.

  7. Hi Jennifer,
    I just found your blog. I do appreciate your outstanding commitment to ESL teacher development. Besides, I strongly agree with you being fortunate to teach at this aewsome time, with a great deal of online resources, like yours, for our profession improvement. Surfing the net is time consuming; however,for all one is worth.
    Hope to learn and share each other for long.

    Warm regards from Lima, Peru

    Victor Hugo Rojas

  8. kurtubi says:

    Hi Jennifer
    I am studing English with you by video on Youtube.com. Its very interesting sound, methode and simple clearly. I am not a theacher, but a student and I will take a course on BU, to take a school of education. You are a great theacher. I come here to say Thank you very much.

  9. Cathy Wang says:

    Dear Jennifer:
    I am very excited to find your blog here. I can not use Youtube website anymore because in my country I can not open it. I have not seen your video for a long time. Could you do me a favor? How can I see your video again? Could you tell me the other website? I am looking forward to see that. Thank you so much!

    Best Regard

    1. englishwithjennifer says:

      Hi Cathy!
      A few months ago I began to post on Vimeo. My channel there is also JenniferESL. It would be best to go to EnglishCafe.com and look for my blog postings and lessons there (again under the name JenniferESL). I embed my videos from Vimeo and add a summary as well as an additional exercise.
      I hope you soon be able to start following my work again.
      Best wishes to you!

  10. Jose A. says:

    Hello Jennifer,

    I have just discovered your english lessons. I´m from Spain. Now I am in Washington DC in an internship program until october. I´m studing english whith your videos every days. So thank you so much!

    1. englishwithjennifer says:

      I’m glad the videos are helping you. Stay warm and safe down there in snowy D.C. Best wishes!

  11. Jennifer,
    Thank you for your wonderful work!
    My mom found your videos while looking for ESL materials to learn English. She adores you 🙂
    and loves learning from you!
    I am a former ESL student who teaches ESL at MiraCosta College now.
    Thanks again,

    1. englishwithjennifer says:

      Dear Eli,
      What a wonderful flow of events! You must have had inspiring teachers that influenced your decision to join the teaching profession. And now your mother is a student of English. I’m greatly pleased that both you and your mom like my work. 🙂

  12. Just came back from your workshop here in Boston (TESOL) Thanks again, Jennifer!!!

    1. englishwithjennifer says:

      You’re most welcome, Eli. Thank you for joining the discussion group. 🙂

  13. sujit says:

    Your lesson on you-tube are really awesome.

  14. Richard Rose says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    Have you been watching the World Cup? If you have, I’m certain that you’ve noticed that the announcers refer to the team names in the “plural.” For example, “Germany have a good team”; “Argentina are making a lot of bad mistakes today.”

    Does this make sense to you?

    1. englishwithjennifer says:

      I confess that I’m not following the World Cup. My husband gives me updates, though. 🙂
      I’m used to hearing and saying a singular verb after a country’s name. “The U.S. has a decent team.” Also, “team” is a collective noun and in American English we generally treat collective nouns as singular: “Our team is winning!”

      Have you seen my post on collective nouns?

  15. Hello Jennifer! I’ve been sending students to watch your YouTube videos for months, but just found your blog. So glad I did. Looks like a bunch of great stuff. Thanks


    1. englishwithjennifer says:

      The latest analogy I came up with is popcorn. ESL/ EFL blogs are popping up everywhere. It’s a bit overwhelming, much like a super-sized bag of buttery popcorn that you get in a movie theater. You wonder if you can digest it all, but it smells so good that you want to try to eat it all up. Each blog has quite an archive of postings. My own archive may overwhelm new visitors. Please don’t give yourself a tummy ache trying to digest it all. Do a search in a category that strikes your fancy. I’m happy if you find even just a few postings that you like and can put to use.

      Thank you for sharing my videos with your students. I appreciate the support and the chance to reach more learners. Please tell them about my website, too. I publish material there as well. Best wishes to you and your students, Jeremy.

  16. Kate Ridenour says:

    Hi Jennifer,
    I teach ESL for Adult Education and I’m at a site that doesn’t have a copy machine. I want to present material using my LCD Projector. What software package are you using for your lessons? Do you just use PowerPoint with a voice over plus the ability to insert video? Thanks and you are doing a fantastic job!

    1. Hello Kate,
      Are you asking about live lessons or my YouTube videos?
      1. Videos = Camtasia studio
      2. Live teaching = I work online only. I’ve been using Skype (file sharing, screen sharing, text). I’ve experimented a little with DimDim.
      Please let me know if I didn’t answer your question.

  17. Paula says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    Your YouTube videos are great!!! I find them really interesting and, above all, clear, easy to follow and nicely warm!!!
    Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge.
    Regards from Pto. Madryn, Argentina.

    1. Thank you for the positive feedback, Paula!
      Best wishes,

  18. doutoum says:

    hi jenifer i just found your website. it’s very very interesting, and you are a very great teacher. i hope you are fine.

  19. Maria Laura says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    I’ve just jound your Website and I love it!!!. I really like the way you teach and I am very excited to study with you with your you tube videos.
    I have a question, I found that English Café is closed, Where Can I find your lessons?
    Thanks a million!

    1. Unfortunately, EC materials are now unavailable. I have begun to replace some of those materials on my website. Little by little, I’ll continue to create additional exercises and forms of practice to support English language studies. Please consider joining my forum, too.

  20. Denise says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    I came across your blog through the use of your Youtube videos. I’ve been teaching ESL for nearly 19 years, the last 15 of those in Adult Education. I love writing my own materials for my students and supplementing with your videos. I’ll often use one of your videos as a lead to a mini-lesson I’ll do with my multi-level class before breaking into smaller groups. I so appreciate the links to handouts you’ve posted within your blog. They are excellent! I’ve recommended your blog to my ESL colleagues. One day, I’d like to create a website so that I can post my self-created materials as well. For now, I maintain a simple blog for my students and staff. Blessings!

    1. Hello Denise,

      Thank you for choosing to make my videos and materials a part of your classroom instruction from time to time. I’m glad I can support your teaching just by saving you some time! I really think there’s a materials writer in every teacher. For many, the challenge is finding the time to flesh out all the ideas.

      Our careers take different turns, and around one bend I’m sure you’ll find the opportunity to get your website up and post materials you’ve created. Happy teaching to you!

      Best wishes for 2013!
      Kind regards,

  21. ruben says:

    tu eres bonita y tienes carisma

    1. Thank you for your kind words. 🙂

  22. mevm12 says:


    1. Hello Miguel,

      Thank you for visiting my blog. I appreciate your kind support.
      Warm wishes to you!


  23. Bill Pelan says:

    Hi Jennifer, here are some comments from my SpeakEzy ESOL Morning Session students in Auckland, New Zealand with pics while making Customised Car Plates and having our morning Tea Break, and one pic with JoJo.
    Enjoy–you are very popular at SpeakEzy–Bill.


    1. Hi Bill,

      Sadly, I can’t access the images. Are they posted online somewhere else? Is there a direct link to them or to a page?
      It’s nice to imagine a morning tea break with students. Wish I could join you!

      Kind regards to all,

  24. Bill Pelan says:

    Hi Jennifer, can I Emai you with attachments of these pics–they are all in JPEG formats. Please reply with your Email address. Otherwise I will see where I can post them.
    We would love to have you for morning tea at SpeakEzy sometime.
    Hope you have a good Thanksgiving! Bill.

  25. Denise says:

    Hello Jennifer, my name is Denise from Argentina. I just discovered you lessons on Youtube and this blog. Your lessons are really helpful and useful! I ´m studying English because I want to be a teacher, so I want to ask you if you have an email adress so I can write to you any doubts that I have or if I need help with anything? I would appreciate it! Thank you!!!

    1. Hello! Welcome to this blog, Denise. Feel free to post questions on my forum. You can also send private correspondence through the forum.

  26. Hi Jennifer,

    Thinking about you and hoping you got home safely today. I enjoyed our conversations at ITBE.

    Kathy Olson

    1. Hello Kathy! Thank you for thinking of me. Little snow fell, so my flight departed on time, and I even had an early arrival. I had a fun chat with Marek on the way back. It was wonderful spending time with you at ITBE. I hope to see you again at a future TESOL event. Kind wishes!

  27. Bill Meyers says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    How can I download your YouTube videos? I am a returned Peace Corps volunteer and would like to continue to help my former students in Africa by sending them your videos on DVDs.. They have computers but no internet access.

    . Thank you,

    Bill M.,

    1. Hello Bill. You can use a free YouTube downloader. I’ve used savevid in the past. Good luck!

      1. Bill Meyers says:

        Thank you, Jennifer. The students and I appreciate your work.

      2. Thank you for the support, Bill. Kind regards!

  28. William J Meyers says:

    I just send you a message on Facebook, showing Gambian students watching English With Jennifer videos. (I couldn’t figure out how to send images via a blog.)
    The students really liked the videos. They are motivated to use anything that is on a computer because they think computers are so cool. They think it is all great fun but I know that they are actually learning a needed skill in an enjoyable way.
    Thanks again.

    1. Saw and loved it! Thank you.

  29. Anne Glassman says:

    Hi Jennifer–I am an ESL teacher of adults and have just seen your Reading Training Program. Where do I find the GSL and READABILITY SCORES you mention in the introduction?

  30. Anne says:

    Thank you! I just found these! Again, love this info!

  31. Maria says:

    Hola, Yo doy clases de inglés a niños. Pero quiero perfeccionar mi Inglés y considero que me hace falta algunos detalles. A donde me puedo dirigir con usted para que me saque de mis dudas. Gracias.

    1. Hello Maria,

      As I understand, you’re looking for resources. You might find some helpful resources here. http://englishwithjennifer.com/teachers/teacher-resources/
      Please also consider getting in touch with TESOL, Inc. There are different interest sections, including one for teachers of K-12 grade. Visit tesol.org for more info.
      Kind regards,

  32. Luis Manuel Estudillo Díaz says:

    Dear Jennifer

    I hope this finds you very well. My name is Luis Manuel Estudillo Díaz. I am a non-tenured lecturer in the Department of French and English Philology at the University of Cadiz, Spain. I found your site while searching for some information about English intonation. Your site is great, and so are you. Congratulations! I really appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge.

    I am writing up my PhD thesis on some main clause (structural and non-structural) phenomena in complement clauses in English. I am writing to you because I have a query you may help me answer. As a part of my work, I have to deal with declarative constructions such as (1) and (2) below:

    (1) [Such antisocial behaviour] we cannot tolerate [_].
    (2) [This question] we have already discussed [_] in class.

    A declarative clause containing a fronted (thematised or focalised) constituent actually requires an intonation pattern markedly different from that given to its canonical constituent order counterpart. I was wondering if you knew some work on the intonation pattern of these English constructions. I would appreciate it if you could at least provide me with some useful references.

    Thank you very much indeed
    Yours sincerely

    Luis Manuel Estudillo Díaz

    1. Hello Luis. Thank you for writing. The structures you listed aren’t as common as other types of fronting, so it may be difficult to find sources with explanations and additional examples. The Grammar Book by Larsen-Freeman and Celce-Murcia has a chapter on Focus and Emphasis (Ch. 30), and they discuss fronting the object before the subject-verb. They don’t explain the intonation. However, any pronunciation course on intonation would likely include discussion on using stress for emphasis. My playlist on intonation includes a video on this. (#11) https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfQSN9FlyB6T-lbREfi4sNi5MI2MmYGmc Good luck!

  33. Margaux Burton says:

    This is actually the first time I comment on a Blog! I am in the process of becoming and ESL teacher. I hope to learn more about your passion for teaching as well as how you have accomplished some of your biggest projects. Classroom tips are essential to learn how others approach certain situations with different kinds of students and cultural differences. I’m interested to learn more!

    1. Hello Margaux. Thank you for visiting my ELT blog. Welcome to the field! You might do a key word search for “new teachers” and check out some of my posts with advice. Please also follow my work on YouTube and Instagram to get a sense of what’s possible to share online. 🙂 Best wishes to you!

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