English is fun for some and not so fun for others.
Some choose to do it in a classroom and others do it online.
But no matter how and where we do it, we can all learn something from
each other, and that’s what our guest today has taught the ESL
Victor Gayol is the creator of ESLPrintables.com
a website that allows teachers to share their teaching resources with
each other. It’s a unique site and one that requires all its
members to participate.
Let’s learn more from Victor:
1. ESLPrintables is an
excellent idea and a great resource for teachers. What prompted you to
build this site?
Like many other teachers, I had my little collection of worksheets,
which I had prepared for my students during many years. One day I had a
thought: it would be wonderful to have a website where I could share
these resources with other teachers. We could benefit from each other's
work, experience and ideas.
2. Tell us a little about
Victor Gayol. When did your interest in teaching English begin?
I have always liked languages, but my interest in teaching came later,
when I attended the ELT [English language Training] college. There I
learnt to love this job
3. What are some of the
successes and challenges you have experienced on this journey of
For me, the major challenge has been to overcome my shyness. I'm a shy
person, but I've managed to overcome it when I'm in the classroom.
That's an important success for me.
4. I imagine you get
contributions from teachers all around the world. What are
the most common topics addressed by these teachers?
Most of the contributions are designed to teach grammar or vocabulary,
but there is an incredible variety of resources, because every teacher
makes worksheets for his/her own group of students and his/her own
5. You have
quite an extensive list of categories to choose from. Do you ever have
to limit contributions in any particular area? What’s your criteria for
Contributions are not limited to the list of categories. There is
another section called "other worksheets" which is full of original
ideas and new perspectives. The only limit is that contributions must
be useful for teaching English, and they have to be original creations.
We have a very strict policy against copies.
6. What do you think are
some of the major challenges that teachers of ESL/EFL face?
And do you have any recommendations on how to overcome them?
It depends on the age of your students, of course, but I think one of
the major challenges is to get students to participate in oral
interactions, involving listening and speaking. My best recommendation
for this are activities that involve real use of language, with a real
7. You have two partner
sites: EnglishExercises.org and MagicVocabulary.net. Could you tell our
readers more about them?
Englishexercises.org is like an extension of ESLprintables
We started sharing worksheets, but nowadays we also share powerpoints
and online exercises.
These are published in www.englishexercises.org
, and any
student can go to this website to practice English online.
is an automatic generator of worksheets and online exercises. It's very
useful for busy teachers.
8. I think all of your
sites are great, and I particularly like the look and feel of
MagicVocabulary.net. It’s very
children-friendly. Tell us a little about what we can find
behind those doors.
In this website you can choose a list of words that you want students
to learn, and seconds later you will have a full collection of
worksheets and games for your students. They are specially designed for
children, and they really like them.
9. You have a unique tool
called an Exercise Generator. How does this work and how successful has
The exercise generator is the free tool that members can use to create
It's very easy to use, and you can make "fill in the gaps" exercises,
multiple choice questions, quizzes, word-searches, crosswords, etc.
Another useful tool that we offer are the "online notebooks". This tool
allows teachers to choose a custom list of exercises for their students
(in group or individually).
Then, each student can enter the website with his/her own password and
do the exercises online, at school or home. All the answers and results
will be saved so that the teacher can see them later.
10. Finally, are there
any additional projects on the horizon? What’s next for ESLPrintables
and your partner sites?
Many teachers have asked for a website like eslprintables in other
languages, and I'm working on that right now.
Victor, thank you so much
for taking the time to share with us today. It was very
informative. Continue the awesome job you’re doing!