Teaching Absolute Beginners: an ESL Teacher's Handbook

Actionable tips for ESL and mainstream teachers

Do you wonder about what and how to teach beginner English learners?

Do you have questions about how to support them in the mainstream classroom?

Imagine the following scenario:

You have just started working as an ESL teacher. Or you may be a mainstream teacher with little to no experience in teaching English learners. Heck, you may be an experienced ESL/mainstream teacher who hasn't had to work with a newcomer for a while!

And you've just gotten a new student who speaks no English. At all.

Where do you begin? What and how do you teach? What do you even need to know before you embark on this (English) teaching journey?

The Teaching Absolute Beginners: an ESL Teacher's Handbook is an ebook that will answer the above questions and more!

What you will find inside the ebook:

  • information about how we acquire another language and stages of language acquisition
  • a comprehensive list of suggested topics to cover at the very beginning so your students feel like they have power
  • a suggested sequence of teaching grammar - the very first structures to teach
  • strategies to use when teaching absolute beginners
  • steps to creating a perfect lesson plan
  • tips of how to collaborate with classroom teachers
  • language acquisition chart
  • a printable checklist and lesson plan templates (for individual and collaborative planning)
  • printable lists of the most useful phrasal verbs and idioms
  • a page with best resources for both elementary and secondary English learners

It is simple, straightforward and actionable

Why should you buy Teaching Absolute Beginners: an ESL Teacher's Handbook?

You are a busy teacher and sometimes you need the information right here, right now. And that's exactly what you get - no-fluff, ready-to-utilize tips that will help you succeed in as little time as possible:

- the most important topics covered in just 7 easy-to-read chapters

- tools that will help you implement in the classroom right away

- ideas that will help you collaborate with other teachers more effectively

Are you ready to rock?

Ieva has written a user-friendly manual to introduce teachers to best practices in teaching ESOL students in the classroom. She has extracted the most important principles regarding ESOL education and presented them in an informative yet enjoyable format!

Julie Emerson, ESOL teacher, Virginia


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Thank you, Ieva Grauslys, for writing Teaching Absolute Beginners: an ESL Teacher's Handbook! This book is extremely informative, easy to read, and short. It's the perfect go-to book when you have beginning language learners. I highly recommend it to both ESL and mainstream teachers!

- Dina Murphy, ESOL teacher, New Hampshire

About Your Teacher

Ieva Grauslys (Simply Ieva)
Ieva Grauslys (Simply Ieva)

Ieva Grauslys is an ESL teacher, teaching consultant and owner of simplyieva.com, where she provides help to busy ESL and mainstream teachers with ready-made resources, actionable tips, and meaningful coaching. Ieva’s teaching experience is over 12 years and she has worked with English learners at various stages of their English learning journey. Ieva believes that the best teacher is one who constantly learns and therefore feeds her curiosity with learning from books, people and travels. She is super passionate about teaching English and helping others do so, too!

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"So well written with very helpful information and advice!"

- Carolyn Smith, volunteer ESL tutor to new migrants and refugees, New Zeland

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I am not an ESL teacher - does this book have information that would be useful to me?
Absolutely! The ESL Teacher's Handbook is meant for BOTH ESL teachers and mainstream classroom teachers. It provides background information on what it takes to learn another language and tips on how to collaborate and support ESL students in the classroom.
How long do I have access to this ebook?
How does lifetime access sound? After purchasing, you have unlimited access to this ebook for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the ebook?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
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What if I have a different question?
Not a problem. Just email me at simplyieva@gmail.com and I'l be happy to answer it.

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