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ESL Activity - Paper Airplane Game -- Jamie Rochfort
Directions: • Issue each student with 2 or 3 A4 sheets of scrap paper along with the written instructions (see below); • Provide a demonstration for the class by making one with the step-by-step ...

ESL English Lesson: Saudi driving ban for women -- David Robinson
Today let’s talk about women not being allowed to drive a car in Saudi Arabia. Can you imagine a woman in your country not being allowed to drive a car simply because she is a woman? It’s hard to ...

ESL English Lesson: Noisy and disruptive neighbours! -- David Robinson
Today let’s talk about noisy neighbours! They can be very annoying. It can be loud music blasting out. Someone could hold a party. In this instance it is better they invite their neighbours. If you ...

How to make a grammar lesson great -- Ramya Raju
The one thing we learned as trainee English teachers was that any point of time you are dealing with several syllabi – the prescribed one, the version of the prescribed one that you customize for ...

5 Ways to get your class excited about their school trip -- Tim Jenkins
‘Teacher’ is a title that is not merely given but rewarded. The role means you have a duty to the student to instruct, inform, inspire and care. Your juggling expertise is about to jump another ...

How to Teach an ESL Lesson -- Robin McDaniel
English as a Second Language (ESL) students are becoming more prevalent in our schools as the educational system is becoming more multiculturally oriented. Teaching ESL students requires some ...

How to Make ESL Lesson -- Renee Williams
ESL lesson plans are a necessary tool to make sure students meet performance guidelines. Written plans are also essential to help teachers prepare for the class. Some schools require that lesson ...

Sketch Artists (Vocab Lesson) with Video -- Chris Westergaard
ESL Lesson Plan - Lexis - Appearance "Sketch Artists" Here's a lesson that you can do with intermediates and up. I just shot the video for it (coming soon) so make sure to take a look at it. The ...

Make Your Next Grammar Lesson Off the Hook! -- Sean Lords
In my experiences teaching English abroad, I’ve found a couple of things to be true. One, nothing ever goes as planned. No matter how much you rehearse ahead of time, how much time and effort you ...

Create your own Movie lesson plan with Demo Video -- Chris Westergaard
ESL Lesson Plan - Create your own Movie - Lexis Here's a lesson for intermediate students and up that involves the students making a mock movie and pitching it to a movie studio. You can find the ...

English Phonetics: Wadaya! -- Marcelo Montecinos
There is nothing worse than having studied years of English and travelling to the United States and hearing many Americans say “Wadayado?” or “Wadayadoing?” or simply “Wadaya”? In New ...

ESL Game: Hand-Pizza, Handburger, Sandwich, Sushi roll, Gim-bab - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson -- Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed
This game or lesson is intended for small children in phonics level, or just above. The drama of pretending stimulates imagination and the children build up their foods vocabulary. They like the ...

Sketch and Hint Game (whole language) - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson -- Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed
I start using this game with very young children, phonics level, but it works best with 10+ children. Kids learn a few nouns and short sentences with the appropriate body language. It may not be ...

Tips to Create New Teaching Activities -- Ivana Vitali
Are you a teacher? Are your class activities starting to bore you? Do you feel like your students need more encouragement during your lessons? If your answer to any of these questions was “yes”, ...

ESL Scavenger Hunt - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson -- Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
The Hunt (Adapt this to your own school and student level.) This game promotes group English activity (team work), use of a dictionary and comprehension of complex sentences. Students must write full ...

Sentence games - ESL lesson -- Simon Mumford
We all know lots of word games and know that students like them. However, when it comes to games at sentence level, there does not seem to be much except the old favourite ‘jumbled sentences’. So ...

Borrowing and Loaning/Lending Lesson - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson -- Robin Tim Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
EFL QUIZ: BORROWING and LOANING/LENDING (advanced children or young adults) to borrow = to take or get or receive (billi-da in Korean) Note the direction of movement!! to loan = to give (ju-say-yo ...

EFL Kids Walking/Action Game for Korean Kids - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lessons -- Robin Tim Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
WALKING GAME Children need to move and burn off energy so we do this game often while using many action verbs and many nouns. Do this in the last 5 minutes of the class and the then the kids can ...

Interesting ESL group activities - ESL lesson -- Joanne Elliott, professional international freelance writer
From experience, the best way to teach children English is to not only get them physically involved within the lesson, but also to create the illusion that they are simply playing games. And rather ...

GIVING AND FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS/INSTRUCTIONS - DR. MA. Lourdes Eufrocina M. Palcuto Lesson: -- DR. MA. LOURDES EUFROCINA M. PALCUTO
LESSON 1 LANGUAGE FUNCTION : GIVING AND FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS/INSTRUCTIONS LANGUAGE FOCUS : IMPERATIVES PREPOSITIONAL PHRASES PREPOSITIONS OBJECTIVES : At the end of the lesson, you should be able to: ...

ESL Chess Games with 2-4 kids - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson -- Robin Tim Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
The whole class can make the figures/players with paper clay and chess boards with paper squares or ink. Paper clay is cheap and dries in a few days and then kids can paint it. The game of chess is ...

Alphabet Pictures - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson -- Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL lesson (memory helpers for kindergarten and phonics level). Young ESL learners need to be exposed to several methods to help them learn the alphabet. I teach the alphabet while making the ...

Hidden Words Analysis Game - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson -- Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL game (10-12 years) Here is a game for 10-12 year olds that stimulates creativity. Split the class in two equally talented groups. It is better if two of the best students pick sides. Then ...

Spelling and Sentence Circle - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson -- Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL game (adjust to all ages). Form a circle with the children. Teacher joins the circle too. Teacher walks into the center of the circle and says a word. Then teacher spells each letter while ...

Self-Editing of Essays - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson -- Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL Student's Checklist for Systematic Self-Editing of Written Work (aimed at high school and university but should be used earlier). Writing is difficult for the beginner and doubly so in a ...

Must Have Materials for the ESL Classroom - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson -- Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
ESL tools. Teacher collects and decorates with these materials but the children should make most of them in class. They take possession of the room in this way, something like territorial marking for ...

English Words Used in the Korean Language - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson -- Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL lesson (8+ years but can adjust to all ages). I have been collecting words (see list below) that Koreans have adopted from other languages. It is sort of a mini-vocabulary within their own ...

Bigger Bigger Smaller Smaller Game - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson -- Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL game (10+ years, builds vocabulary). Also included: Taste Game, Materials Game, Hotter Colder Game With students in a circle around a big table or sitting on the floor, point to something ...

Korean/English Food Quiz - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson -- Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL lesson (10+ years). I made this list a few years ago and it never fails to interest Korean students. Who isn't interested in food? With younger children it is best let them make small ...

English Spy Code - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson -- Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL game (10-12 years). Here is a game for 10-12 year olds. Ask children to decode the following phrases: 1. U R A Q T (You are a cutie). 2. R U O K ? (Are you Ok?). 3. eye heart U ( I love you) ...

The Mystery or English Box - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson -- Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL game (all ages. for small or large groups) Get a cardboard box and write the words Mystery Box and English Box on sides in big letters. Pop anything you like in it, pins, pen, clothes peg, ...

Setting Up Activities in a Young Learners' Class - ESL lesson -- Alex Case, ESL Teacher and Freelance Writer
An ESL lesson. The difference between an activity that works and one that doesn’t often boils down to two things- how much the teacher believes in the activity and how well he or she sets it up. ...

Small Words for Small People (ESL Children) - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson -- Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL game (Phonics Level or just after Alphabet) After Kindergarten and Introductory Phonetics, small children are often put into a Beginners English class using books like Let's Go 1. Often ...

The Orange Purple Poem -- Robin T. Day BSc MSc BEd
The Orange Purple Poem There ye' are Maggie O'Shea and so you are makin' me day! Orange-ju fancy With the new boots and hat see! Now sit yer'sel' down Ye' been all over town., ...

Children's poem for 12-18+ yrs. -- Robin T. Day BSc MSc BEd
Diversity or Diverse City What is the purpose of porpoise and for that matter turtle or tortoise? Things scamper and sing they fin and they wing but what of the purpose of porpise? The roll of the ...

Hand-Piano Song Game - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson -- Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
ESL game that also includes: Potato Song, Peas Pudding Song, Fish Song, Little Piggy Song, Teddy Bear Song, 1, 2 Buckle My Shoe Song, Crazy Song and Shadows (adjust to all ages) Have the children ...

Teaching ESL with Playing Cards -- Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
The standard pack of 52 cards is thought to have been invented in Persia. The back design usually looks like a Persian carpet. Many English speakers do not realize that a club was a soldier's ...

Another poem for children age 5 to 12 -- Robin T. Day BSc MSc BEd
So the Natives told Me! "Very very hairy & very very wary is the Bing Ban Boon!" In many many way for weeks & months & days did I hunt it by the moon. I thought it large while others thought it small ...

ESL Summarizing Games -- Victoria Weinblatt
Reading or listening to a short article or story is a common English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom activity. Following the reading or listening portion of the lesson, teachers often employ a ...

ESL Passive Exercises -- Kara Page
Even for native English speakers, learning the difference between active and passive sentences is often confusing and frustrating. English as a Second Language (ESL) students can use a variety of ...

Environmental Science Lessons for Kids -- David McGuffin
Teaching kids about environmental science lends several teaching topics, including water quality, air pollution, the food chain, the human impact on the environment, erosion, resource management, ...

English Projects for ESL -- Korey Egge Marquez
Project-based learning is an increasingly popular approach to instruction that allows students to engage in authentic learning activities based on their individual interests and motivation. For ...

How to Teach ESL Students to Speak English Fluently -- Todd Bowerman
When learning a new language, fluency takes years of practice and requires constant learning, as there are always new rules and new words to discover. You can help your English as a Second Language ...

English Class Activities for Beginners -- Maggie McCormick
Starting English classes can be very difficult for beginners, so it's up to you to help them through it. By choosing activities that are easy to do using English that they know, students will ...

English Activities for Teenagers for the First Day of Class -- Bonnie Sludikoff
The first day of English class is a great time to get students acclimated to the expectations of your classroom and get them excited for the type of work you will be doing with them. Focus on ...

ESL Methods for Mainstream Teachers -- Suchi Rudra
Any teacher can be a language teacher, and teaching English as a second language (ESL) is not much different from teaching a subject such as English grammar to native English-speaking students. ...

How to quickly assess or test ESL / ELL students (lower elementary) -- Collaborator
Letters Show students a copy the lower case and upper case alphabet. Ask students to tell you the letter names and letter sounds for each letter. Counting Using counters, bingo chips, small blocks, ...

Verb Tense Exercises for ESL Students -- Rebecca Bagwell
ESL students need a lot of practical experience using English in real-life situations. Verb tenses frustrate many ESL students because few languages have as many auxiliary words as English. Many ESL ...

ESL Classroom Warm-Up Exercises -- Kate Bradley
Are you a boring ESL teacher? If you start class without an interactive icebreaker or warm-up, the answer may be "yes." Putting your students in the English "zone" with an engaging warm-up exercise ...

ESL Writing Games -- Jake Reed
Teaching English as a second language can be a daunting challenge, even for experienced teachers. Writing can one of the more challenging aspects of learning the English language. Bored students can ...

Homophones & Homonyms -- A. D. Reed
Being Forward with my Foreword Homophones, also called homonyms, are words that sound alike but have different meanings and, usually, spellings. Some are near misses, like “desperate” and ...

Sampling Homophones -- A. D. Reed
Commonly Misspelled & Misspoken Words Some words that we might think of as homophones aren’t: they’re simply common misspellings of real words. Sometimes words are spelled correctly in and of ...

Neologisms -- A. D. Reed
Neologisms William Shakespeare was one of the greatest coiners of words in the history of the English language. In our information age, innovative businesses are among the most prolific generators of ...

Strange Synonyms & Antonyms -- A. D. Reed
Some Strange Synonyms & Antonyms English contains a few word pairs that function as synonyms, antonyms, or both. And there’s that strange pair, “careen” and “career,” both of which mean ...

ESL Memory Games -- Nicholas Wyatt
ESL is the teaching of English as a second language, and, as with the teaching of any language, you must start out slowly to allow students to remember and understand the meanings of words so that ...

Simple ESL Games -- Tiffany Roget
Make learning easy for English as a Second Language (ESL) students with exciting games and activities. They teach social, grammar, vocabulary and speaking skills and strengthen young peoples' ...

Ideas for an ESL Classroom -- Jose Leiva
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are full of students from different cultures, backgrounds and English learning levels. One student might have an extensive vocabulary, while another has a ...

How to Pronounce "-ed" for Regular Verbs -- Pamela Ann Ludwig
The English language includes many irregular verbs that can prove frustrating for language learners. Although the sheer number of irregular verbs are quite confusing, regular verbs, when written, ...

ESL Lesson Plans for Teaching Writing -- Aaron Whirl
Having devised many lesson plans for ESL class and taught a number of ESL writing classes over the years for classes of all levels, I know that teaching writing is among the most unique aspects of ...

ESL Worksheets and Lesson Plans for ESL Classrooms -- Aaron Whirl
All teachers of ESL or EFL classes should make a regular habit of making ESL worksheets. Although many ESL teachers chose this profession mainly because it allows for travel and adventure, this is no ...

ESL Teaching Tips - Making ESL Worksheets -- Aaron Whirl
Teaching is among the hardest professions, and the work teachers put into classes is often under-appreciated. This is especially true of ESL teachers, who must not only teach the curriculum, but do ...

English Lesson Plans For Lazy Teachers -- Alexander Golishev
The most amazing inventions were made because of human laziness. Think of the washing machine and the dish washer. They allow us to save so much time which we can spend on more interesting and useful ...

Grade Lesson Plans - You Need to Have the Right Schedule For Your Students -- Tom McFay
Grade lesson plans are useful in a variety of situations. While many tend to think of them as solely for school related activities, these plans are also great for field trips, workshops, Sunday ...

Lesson Planning -- Sumauli Mukherjee
A lesson plan is a teacher's detailed notes on how she intends to conduct a particular class or lesson for each day. It is a vital component of a teaching job. Some schools have specific formats, ...

Teaching English Language to Beginners -- Mako Fisher
Young students especially, have short attention spans and quickly lose concentration so in order to keep lesson momentum and the student interested in the topic at hand, break the lesson time down ...

ESL Effective Learning Strategies for Elementary Schools -- Nicole Hunter
Students who speak English as a second language are becoming more prevalent in American schools every day. School districts are increasingly seeking to ways to effectively integrate English as a ...

ESL Speaking Exercises -- Maggie McCormick
Speaking English is perhaps the hardest part about learning English as a foreign language. Because of this, teachers should dedicate a portion of every lesson to ESL speaking exercises. Choose ...

How to Practice Parts of the Body in ESL -- Lane Cummings
When it comes to learning English as a Second Language (ESL), having your students build a strong and consistent vocabulary is essential. Students can easily become overwhelmed by all the vocabulary ...

How to Teach the Alphabet to ESL -- Lily Mae
No matter if you are a native English speaker or you are learning English as a second language (ESL), learning the letters of the alphabet is the first phase of reading and writing instruction. Once ...

How to Write Effective Lesson Plans for ELLs -- Glenda Race
English language learners (ELLs) of all levels need to develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in English. These abilities are best addressed through lesson plans that integrate such ...

ESL Literacy Teaching Techniques -- Sophie Southern
ESL and EFL refer to teaching English as a second or foreign language. The main requirement to be an English teacher is being a native English speaker, but having a degree or TEFL certification ...

Narrative Writing Activities for ESL -- Harrison Pennybaker
Teaching English as a second language (ESL) can be challenging, especially writing, since writing in a second language is often very difficult. Narrative writing can make both teaching and learning ...

ESL Exercises for Adults -- Maggie McCormick
Hands-on activities that encourage speaking will help adults to learn English as a second language (ESL). Students need more than listening to a teacher's lesson or doing exercises in the ...

ESL Exercises to Improve Writing Grammar -- Lissa J
Writing grammar is an important part of ESL learning, says Patty Middleton, who has a degree in ESL from Hamline University and who currently teaches ESL in St. Paul, Minnesota. It is important to ...

Interactive ESL Reading Exercises and Activities -- Sarah Fardell
Using interactive exercises and games is a great way to teach reading in the ESL classroom. Reading is often the first thing students will master, and so it is important to get it right. For all of ...

Games for Advanced ESL Students -- Kara Page
Even the most advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) students can easily become bored with repetitious exercises and rote memorization of vocabulary words. No matter their age, ESL students will ...

ESL Exercises for Frequently Used Adverbs -- Andrea Helaine
An adverb is a word that modify verbs, adjectives or another adverb. Adverbs often answer the question of where, when and why something happened. When teaching ESL speakers about the use of adverbs, ...

How to Teach Grammar Prepositions With Total Physical Response (TPR) -- Kristie Sweet
Total Physical Response is a teaching technique that uses physical action to assist in language learning. Dr. James J. Asher, the original developer of TPR, based the technique on the premise that ...

ESL Strategies for Teaching Multilevel Classes -- Judith Willson
Teaching students with a range of language abilities can be a challenge. If you teach at a lower level, more advanced students may become frustrated and bored without learning anything new. If you ...

ESL Teaching Strategies for Middle Schoolers -- Damon Verial
As a student becomes more proficient in her native language, her ability to develop English literacy becomes stronger. Therefore, as an ESL -- English as a second language -- teacher of middle school ...

Possessive Exercises for ESL -- Danielle Hill
When teaching possessives to speakers of English as a second language, use engaging and dynamic presentations, lessons and quizzes to help your students internalize forms and rules. Alternate both ...

ESL Activities and Games -- Maggie McCormick
ESL activities and games help your students to get involved in the class and improve their English skills. You can use games to reinforce the lessons that you teach in an entertaining way. Some ESL ...

Practical Writing Exercises for Advanced ESL Students -- Leyla Norman
Advanced ESL students can be exposed to a wide variety of real-world English reading material. This gives them access to more topics about which to write. In addition, students are ready to practice ...

Teaching ESL Grammar How Words are Constructed -- John Olander
Words are constructed in different ways and students must understand the basic concepts of exactly how phrases are usually built to generate significance. So in this posting let me write about just a ...

Teaching Ideas for ESL Students -- Renee Williams
Although English language learners speak and repeat English in the classroom, they often don't use what they learn at home. Authentic lessons based on everyday activities will encourage the ...

How to Teach English Pronunciation to ESL Students Online -- Mark Fellows
One of the biggest challenges to teaching ESL students is the capacity to adapt to the individual needs of students whose native phonology is different from that of English. Each student has ...

How to Come Up With a Lesson Plan -- Collaborator
Most people who would like to become teachers don't consider the time and effort that goes into writing a lesson plan, which really benefits both the student and the teacher. Even after taking ...

Teaching Students To Enjoy Expressing Themselves With The Written Word -- Aaron Whirl
Let's face it: ESL writing classes can be boring and predictable. Many students have an instinctive aversion to writing due to the fact that most writing lessons are routine and tedious. ...

ESL Book Review- Zero Prep- Ready-to-Go Activities for the Language Classroom -- Jane Wangersky
Okay, it's a cliché to say a book changed your life, but this book changed mine. It cut my prep time down to minutes. Using the activities in this book, I learned how to teach for two hours ...

English Worksheets For ESL Students Vs. Native Speaking Students -- Aaron Whirl
It goes without saying that English worksheets, and especially English grammar worksheets, are anything but one-size-fits-all. In fact, nothing could be farther from the truth. For example, lesson ...

5 Useful English Expressions -- Linguarama
Idioms refer to phrases where their common meaning cannot be understood simply from the meanings of the individual words. They are cultural elements of speech and can prove a barrier to those who are ...

Useful Phrases For Doing Business In English -- Linguarama
When it comes to English for business you’ll find there are a number of expressions that you probably won’t encounter in casual speech. Here are five expressions that you might hear if you are ...

Ways to Increase Interaction in ESL Classrooms -- Catherine Kohn
Interactive lessons have become standard practice in classrooms across the nation. The shift from lecturing to student-driven learning is now commonplace. In the ESL classroom such learning ...

Ideas for ESL Games -- Kara Page
Studying English as a Second Language (ESL) can often be monotonous, particularly when lessons include rote memorization, repetition and lectures; however, you can adapt nearly any ESL topic, whether ...

Grammar Questions for ESL -- Nicole Schmoll
Learning English as a second language (ESL) can be challenging and time consuming. Learning the grammar of the English language, particularly if your first language is not a derivative of Latin, such ...

ESL Subject & Verb Agreement Exercises -- Rebecca Bagwell
Learning English as a second language (ESL) can be a very hard undertaking. Speaking English well requires diligent practice and a willingness to keep trying even when making mistakes. Help your ...

ESL Communication Exercises -- Joel Barnard
Communication is the purpose of all languages and, hence, the English language classroom should reflect this. Therefore, a variety of communication exercises and activities should form an integral ...

ESL Color Games -- Lane Cummings
Learning colors is a necessity for students of English in order to build their vocabulary and assist them in speaking and reading. Learning a broad range of colors can help students describe people, ...

Exercises for ESL Kids -- Jennifer Tolbert
Teachers call students who have a non-English primary language English Language Learners (ELLs). Usually ELL students get referred to the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at their school. ...

ESL Interactive Grammar Exercises -- Kara Page
Although there is a place for rote memorization of grammar rules in the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom, more interactive exercises will engage students and encourage them to be more ...

Animals & Pets for ESL Games & Activities -- Kirsten Silven-Hoell
Teaching English as a second language using associations with animals and pets provides visual and mental stimulation to a sometimes repetitive task. In addition, there are a variety of games and ...

Approaches to Teaching ESL -- Glenda Race
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) requires organization, interaction and accommodation. ESL teachers and volunteers need the organizational skills to plan each lesson according to each ...

Writing Ideas for ESL Students -- Leyla Norman
ESL students can write on a range of topics, from the beginning through advanced levels. Some writing activities are more abstract in nature and appropriate for advanced level students. Other ...

ESL Games for Kids With Genki English -- Jackie Stark
Instructors who teach English as a second language (ESL) have many options when it comes to programs to use in their classrooms. One of those options is Genki English, a popular system in Japan for ...

ESL Vocabulary Activities for the 6th Grade -- Amy Kestly
Learning new vocabulary words is an essential task for ESL students. While new vocabulary creates opportunities for writing and speaking, the words are often difficult to remember. Hearing and ...

How to Teach Math to ESL Kids -- Zachary Nguyen
Teachers are often required to teach an array of subjects to students in elementary, middle and high school. The process of teaching any subject to kids can be tough as it can be a difficult, ...

ESL Grammar Exercises on Adjectives -- Joel Barnard
Adjectives make up about one-fourth of the English language, and native speakers may use these adjectives in a variety of ways and forms. Therefore, it is important that an English language teacher ...

How to Teach the Alphabet to ESL Adults -- Maggie McCormick
The traditional way for children to learn the alphabet is through singing the "ABC song." Trying to do this with adults will cause you, and them, to feel a bit silly. While many foreign languages ...

Tips on How to Teach English -- Marie Jones
Students across the globe choose to study English to further business and travel opportunities, as well as to improve daily communication with peers and family members. With more than 380 million ...

Good ESL Online Activities -- Catherine Copeland
For ESL---which stands for English as a Second Language---students, there are many different ways to complement their classroom learning with online activities. These activities can range from ...

Classroom Games for ESL Students -- Alexis Vega-Singer
Following a textbook is a good way to teach ESL, but sometimes you want to mix things up a little and regain your students' attention. Try some of these games to get students moving around and ...

ESL Intermediate Exercises -- Lane Cummings
Exercises are crucial for intermediate ESL students. These exercises need to reinforce the lessons that they've already learned so that the information becomes second nature to students. There ...

Columbus Day Exercises for ESL Students -- Mallory Ferland
Columbus day, observed on the second Monday in October, is a celebration in the United States that commemorates the discovery of the New World by European explorers. Most countries in North, South ...

Techniques for Teaching ESL Students -- Cristel Wood
Developing good ESL teaching techniques will allow your students to learn more quickly, to speak more fluently, and will help you, the teacher, maintain an efficient classroom. In the past, ESL was ...

Parts of Speech Worksheets for ESL Students -- Tamara Van Hooser
Sentence structure varies from language to language so learning how the parts of speech work together to form a grammatically correct sentence is the cornerstone of beginning ESL classes. Grammar ...

ESL Thanksgiving Games -- Melanie J. Martin
Thanksgiving gives ESL students a great opportunity to learn about American culture. After all, it's one of the few holiday traditions that originated in the U.S. Make Thanksgiving lessons as fun ...

How to Create Effective Lesson Plans for Adults -- Gale Macaulay-Newcombe
Teaching adults is quite different from teaching children. Adults have busy lives with many responsibilities and demands on their time, and they have chosen to allocate some of their limited, ...

Free ESL Listening Exercises -- Thomas McNish
English as a second language, or ESL learners, are people who want to become fluent in English as their second language. Simply reading English or teaching yourself through books is difficult and ...

How to Teach Refugees English -- Judith Willson
Planning ESL lessons for refugees is similar, in terms of the language, to any ESL class, but such classes have specific needs. In general, use common sense and sensitivity when planning lessons and ...

How to Teach ESL Listening & Speaking -- Penny Morris
The number of English as a Second Language (ESL) learners in the U.S. has doubled from 1996 to 2011. These students face difficulties in the classroom as they try to keep up with students who are ...

How to Teach Kids ESL English -- Susan Deschel
Many activities are effective in teaching ESL children English, as long as they match the level of knowledge the student already has with what he still needs to learn. By following some basics, ...

How to Adapt Writing for the ESL Student -- Paul Argodale
Aural/oral second language learning occurs more or less naturally, much as it does for infants learning their first language. Reading and writing is a different story; people spend 12 or 13 years in ...

How to Find English Lessons -- Collaborator
While many people have excellent English writing and speaking abilities, others either need to improve their English skills or are just starting to learn the language. Finding English lessons can be ...

TEFL Speaking Lessons -- Linsay Evans
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) can be a demanding and rewarding career. According to a 2005 article by Yi Yang in the "Internet TESL Journal," teaching English to non-native speakers ...

ESL Grammar Lesson Demo Video -- Chris Westergaard
Here's a video of me doing a demo lesson to a group of intermediate/upper intermediate students. The grammar point is on gradable and ungradable adjectives. Check it out and let me know what you ...

Teaching Grammar To ESL Students Using Games and Activities -- Aaron Whirl
It can be quite difficult for young ESL students to get comfortable using English, especially given the notoriously daunting nature of English grammar. With the specific parts of speech and extensive ...

Using ESL Conversation Activities As A Regular Part Of ESL Classes -- Aaron Whirl
ESL teachers, at some point in their career, inevitably encounter an awkward situation that goes something like this: Parent: Could you tutor my child in extra classes? Teacher: Sure! What would you ...

Warm-Up Activities for Elementary-Level ESL Classes -- Ross P Purdy
The warm-up is one of the most important elements of any English lesson. Warm-up activities relax your students, get them into "English mode," and - perhaps most importantly - set them up for success ...

Teaching ESL Writing Classes That Are Interesting and Enjoyable -- Aaron Whirl
Writing is perhaps the hardest skill for ESL students to learn, and ESL writing activities therefore must be carefully designed if they are to be effective at improving students' writing skills. ...

How to Make a Low-Prep Conversation Activity for ESL -- Collaborator
If you teach ESL, you can do a conversation activity that you can get ready in five minutes and use for several types of practice. You can keep your class engrossed without the need to photocopy or ...

How to Use Teaching Aids in an ESL Classroom -- Lane Cummings
Teaching aids are tremendously important in the ESL classroom, as they not only introduce real-life examples, but also give your students something tangible to use or see when learning grammar and ...

ESL Teaching Activities -- Joel Barnard
A good teacher of English as a second language (ESL) uses a variety of different activities within each lesson. This maintains students' interest in the class and helps cater to different ...

ESL Summary Building Skills Exercises -- Lissa J
Summary building is an important part of understanding a language. Even natural-born English speakers might be in a situation where they don't understand every word and do not know entirely what ...

How to Use English ESL Worksheets -- Lane Cummings
Teachers use worksheets in the ESL classroom primarily as a tool for teaching grammar. After you present a new grammatical form to the class, worksheets can directly test students' comprehension ...

How to Teach Gerunds -- Collaborator
The gerund can be one of the most perplexing parts of language due to its varied use. Not every -ing word is a gerund, and the way a gerund is used in grammar changes according to the words preceding ...

ESL Games for Jobs -- Susan Deschel
English as a second language can be a challenge for adults with limited English-speaking background. Teaching the language through games is especially effective when geared to their interests, such ...

Activities to Promote Fluency in Adult ESL Students -- Erin Schreiner
Learning a language, particularly as an adult, can prove highly challenging. While youngsters' brains are still relatively malleable, by the time an individual reaches adulthood, acquiring new ...

ESL Educational Games -- Jack Stone
In the classroom, games are an enjoyable way to take a break from the rigor of academic study. In an English as a second language (ESL) classroom, games can break up the monotony of grammar rules and ...

Fun ESL Games for Kids -- Kara Page
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) can often involve vocabulary lists, essays and rote memorization. However, many children will benefit from ESL games in the classroom. The key to a ...

Sixth Grade English Grammar Study Tips -- Miranda Morley
From peer pressure to puberty and athletics to academics, sixth grade can be one of the most frustrating times in a student's life. To make matters worse, sixth grade grammar students go from ...

ESL Activities and Jobs -- Joel Barnard
Teachers of English as a second language, or ESL, should begin introducing basic job vocabulary in class when students are at a beginner language level. They should continue reinforcing this ...

ESL Online Grammar Exercises -- Debra Weaver
The Internet is a valuable resource for students studying English as a second language. Students, teachers and parents can find a number of websites that offer practice activities to perfect English ...

Vocabulary Games for ESL Students -- Randi McCreary
English as a Second Language students can acquire knowledge and understanding of the English language when they are immersed in its vocabulary. Providing different scenarios and activities for ...

ESL Activities for Primary Students -- Rebecca Bagwell
Primary students retain more information when engaged with meaningful activities. ESL students need focused yet enjoyable classroom activities to help them become more confident in their English ...

ESL Adverbs & Past Participle Exercises -- Jack Stone
In the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom, adverbs and past participles can be particularly difficult to learn. However, incorporating exercises into these lessons can help students grasp ...

Strategies for Teaching ESL Vocabulary -- Laura Werner
Building vocabulary is one of the most basic forms of learning any language, not just English. Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) requires patience, energy, strategy and creativity. There ...

How to Teach the Alphabet Letters Sounds to ESL Students -- Sam Grover
Letter sounds -- also known as phonics -- are an extremely important part of ESL learning. This is because they are the "bridge" between spoken and written English. Speaking is a matter of ...

ESL Tutoring Games -- Danielle Herzog
Learning the various aspects of the English language can be fun for students when using games and creative activities. Tutors and educators can incorporate these ideas into their lesson plans to help ...

How Can Dance Be Brought Into an ESL Classroom? -- Ashley Brown
Teaching would be a cookie-cutter profession if all students learned the same. Teach the same lesson plan to several different classes, and you will soon find this to be a fact. Teachers of English ...

ESL Games for Children -- Amber D. Walker
Teaching English to children can be very rewarding, but teachers must face many challenges. Children may learn languages quickly, but they also get frustrated and bored easily and need to be ...

ESL Drama Ideas -- Kate Bradley
Appealing to your ESL students' sense of creativity with dramatic exercises is an excellent way not only to teach English, but also to draw out their personalities and make a stronger connection ...

ESL Punctuation Exercises -- Chris Ciolli
Teach ESL students the correct uses of punctuation in the English Language. Remember, depending on students' native language, they may or may not be familiar with some punctuation, and the use of ...

Weather Vocabulary: How to Explain to Your ESL Students Why it Snows -- Collaborator
Explain the water cycle to your students. Water flows from a source, is heated by the sun and evaporates into microscopic water vapor. The water vapor rises, cools off and condenses onto dust and ...

How to Teach Vision Impaired ESL Students -- Nicole Langton
Teachers who, generally, rely on printed materials to teach vocabulary and grammar to sighted students, may find it challenging to teach vision impaired ESL students. Since it's possible to learn ...

Classroom Activities for ESL Students -- Michael Roennevig
Teaching English as a second or foreign language can often rely too heavily on theory and the use or textbooks. An important part of developing your students' confidence, though, is to encourage ...

ESL Reading Games -- Mary Grace Konzier
There are many interactive group activities teachers can incorporate into the English as a second language (ESL) classroom to increase students' reading abilities and grammar comprehension. These ...

ESL Large Class Speaking Activities -- Karen Farnen
If you teach a large ESL conversation class of more than 35 or 50 students, giving them all speaking practice can be difficult. You cannot personally engage in lengthy one-on-one interactions with ...

Grade 6 ESL Games -- Kara Page
Vocabulary, conjugations and definitions are an important part of learning English but quickly become monotonous. Students in sixth grade need activities that will keep them engaged and interested in ...

Elementary Games for ESL Students -- Michelle Langley
Games can help ESL students learn language much faster. Carleton University researchers Claire Dormann and Robert Biddle point out that "Affective learning is an important aspect of education that ...

Black History Games & Activities for ESL Students -- Emily Potter
The history of black Americans is one that is sometimes painful and sometimes rich, but always an important part of the history of the United States. Students who are learning English as a second ...

Online Activities for ESL Students -- Deborah Jones
Thanks to the Internet, language learning is more entertaining than ever, with many sites offering free activities to help ESL students progress faster in their English learning. Both spoken English ...

How to Teach Writing to ESL Students -- Sarah Dray
Writing can be one of the most difficult aspects of ESL teaching. Because of the complexities of writing, many teachers simply avoid the area, instead concentrating on reading and pronunciation. ...

How To Teach ESL Students to Read -- Nicki Callahan
Knowing a second language not only helps children expand their knowledge base and familiarity with the culture, this skill will also be of benefit should they choose to travel later on in life. ...

ESL Conjunction Exercises -- Melanie J. Martin
Conjunctions might seem dull and lifeless--they're not action words, and they don't describe interesting people, places or things. Still, they're necessary for getting a point across. You ...

How to Use Word Processing for ESL -- Kara Page
Computers and technology can be a great way for teachers to further aid English as a Second Language (ESL) students in the classroom and at home. Word processing programs such as Microsoft Word ...

ESL Practice Activities for Gender Pronouns -- Nikki Dodd
Many ESL students have trouble with several specific parts of grammatical English regardless of their backgrounds and nationalities. These include articles, prepositions and gender pronouns. The ...

ESL Teaching Techniques -- Damon Verial
Teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) is a complicated and widely studied endeavor. Many techniques are involved in the teaching of English to non-native speakers. In general, a teacher must ...

How to Play Bingo in an ESL Class -- Kassie Jones
Games are a great way to incorporate language practice in the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom. They help contextualize target language in a way that students find enjoyable and ...

How to Teach Medical Terminology to ESL Students -- Kenrick Callwood
Teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) are often asked to teach terminology specific to a single subject. This may be for more advanced students who plan on conducting business in an ...

Grade 6 ESL Games -- Kara Page
Vocabulary, conjugations and definitions are an important part of learning English but quickly become monotonous. Students in sixth grade need activities that will keep them engaged and interested in ...

Activities to Teach ESL Students Subject-Verb Agreements -- Teresa Dashwood
Subject-verb agreement in English is one of the most confusing aspects for all language learners, including native English speakers. For English as a Second Language students, the subject-verb ...

ESL Worksheets & Games -- River Lin
Worksheets and games are standard procedure for many ESL classrooms. As students learn English as a second language, they begin to process not only the mechanics of grammar, but also the nuances of ...

English Tutoring Activities -- Sam Grover
The key to tutoring English for speakers of other languages (ESL) is keeping the students engaged. This is particularly true in tutoring settings, where the tutor is all the student can focus on. You ...

ESL Teacher Activities -- Tiffany Roget
Whether you're teaching an entire classroom of students or one child at home to ensure success in school, there are activities, games and exercises available to assist your efforts. These ...

ESL Teaching Activities -- Joel Barnard
A good teacher of English as a second language (ESL) uses a variety of different activities within each lesson. This maintains students' interest in the class and helps cater to different ...

ESL Conversation Role-Play Exercises -- Lissa K Johnson
Patty Middleton, an ESL teacher with an MFA in ESL from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, offers several suggestions as to the most effective ESL conversation role-play exercises you can do with ...

ESL Elementary School Games -- Melanie J. Martin
To reinforce grammatical concepts and vocabulary, mix games into your English as a second language (ESL) lessons. Games help kids to stay focused while practicing words and concepts that you've ...

How to Teach Parts of Speech to ESL Students -- Jennifer Zimmerman
Understanding the parts of speech helps people become clear writers and speakers. It can also help those learning a second language better understand how that language works when speaking, writing or ...

Activities Using Music to Teach Adults ESL -- Kathryn Rateliff Barr
Learning a new language offers many challenges and teachers use many strategies to help students achieve mastery. One strategy utilizes music to incorporate vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar to ...

How to Teach Math in ESL Class -- Shannon Johnson
Math can be a challenging subject for any student but especially for those students deemed to be ESL or English speakers of other languages. These students' first language is not English and yet, ...

Warm-Up Activities for an ESL Adult -- Leyla Norman
Warm-ups get English as a second language students' minds thinking in English before class. They help students focus on the lesson. They can take 10 minutes or less to do, and they generally get ...

About ESL Classes -- Charlie Gaston
Learning a new language is tough. Great skill and structure is required to offer the student an information and resource-rich environment in which he can learn the basics of the English language, ...

Projects to Improve English for ESL Students -- Nadine Smith
ESL students need activities that force them to use conversational English on a daily basis in order to improve. Long-term language projects offer many benefits for ESL students over short-term ...

ESL Outside Games -- Becky Bright
Outside games for English as a Second Language (ESL) students provide cognitive anchors that will remain with the student long after the activity is completed. They are a hands-on and cooperative ...

Ice Breaker Games for Adult ESL Students -- Dan Chruscinski
Start your English as a Second Language (ESL) class for adults off with an icebreaker to give students a chance to get to know their peers while also practicing English in a relaxed setting. ...

Activities for ESL Teachers -- Sampson Quain
English as a second language (ESL) is a program designed to teach English to students who don't speak the language or those who want to improve their fluency. ESL classes cover reading, grammar, ...

ESL Games -- Renee Williams
ESL games are games for students who are learning English as a second language. These games are considered edutainment because they entertain and educate students. The level of entertainment ...

ESL Games for Middle School -- River Lin
ESL games for middle school students provide a break from hard work while at the same time, engage the students in active practice of previously learned skills and content knowledge. You can adapt ...

Vowel Power: How to pronounce most English words by counting -- Marcelo Montecinos
VOWEL POWER There are many people that can help you, in many ways, to learn how to pronounce English words, and, even though listening, singing and reading lyrics to music is also a fantastic way, it ...

How to Use Songs in the Classroom -- Hannington Dia
Music has arguably impacted every person on the planet. Most people have their own favorite singers or composers who have profoundly influenced or touched them. According to a 2003 Gallup poll, 97 ...

ESL First Day of School Activities -- Rebecca Bagwell
The first day of school for many ESL students can be frightening especially if attending a new school. On their first day, you can provide group activities that teach them about you as a teacher, ...

ESL Games to Learn Relative Pronouns -- Philippa Jones
A relative pronoun is a word that connects two ideas within a sentence together, and it refers to a noun that has already been used. "Who," "which," "that," "whoever" and "whichever" are common ...

Idiom Exercises for ESL Students -- Nadine Smith
Idioms are words or phrases with non-literal meanings, such as "kick the bucket" or "tell on someone." According to the Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms, learning and using idiomatic expressions is ...

How to Teach Business Etiquette in ESL -- Rebecca Bagwell
With global businesses continually changing, more people are working on improving their English skills in order to be more effective. Learning business etiquette along with business English helps ...

Pronunciation Games for ESL -- Veronica Romualdez
Pronunciation games can be played to teach ESL students to improve their speech and to help pronounce difficult sounds. Pronunciation games are used to practice speaking in English while teaching ...

How to Use the Match Game as a Lesson Plan -- Kelly Masi
Lesson plans using a matching game will encourage the students to actively participate in the game, learning as they play. The game can be customized to include matching pictures or words based on ...

Short Stories for Intermediate ESL -- Leyla Norman
Short stories open up a world of literature to English as a second language (ESL) students. Incorporating short stories into your students' lessons along with other types of authentic reading ...

ESL Spelling Games -- Michelle Clark
Students who are studying English as a Second Language will benefit from a variety of games and educational experiences. Choose task-based games and games that focus on instant reading and spelling ...

How to Use a Story to Improve a Student's Vocabulary Level in an ESL -- Rebecca Mayglothling
ESL, or English as a Second Language, students learn English through many different methods, such as reading, listening, speaking and repeating. The best method of learning is different for each ...

ESL Exercises on Future Tenses -- David Stewart
One of the important grammar aspects students in English as a second language (ESL) class need to learn is the future tense. Getting them to write down their plans for the future can be a good way of ...

How to Write a College Application Lesson Plan -- Miriam C
lesson on filling out a college application is great for junior and senior high school students. This basic lesson will make the college application process easier and is especially important for ...

ESL Problem Solving Games -- Abby Slutsky
English as a Second language (ESL) students have the challenge of mastering a new language as they learn. Understanding and communicating in a foreign language can make it difficult for even a very ...

ESL Games to Learn Relative Pronouns -- Philippa Jones
A relative pronoun is a word that connects two ideas within a sentence together, and it refers to a noun that has already been used. "Who," "which," "that," "whoever" and "whichever" are common ...

ESL Clothing Games -- Shelley Frost
Clothing games for ESL--English as a second language--instruction gives students a chance to boost their practical vocabulary. The topic lends itself educational games that also keep students ...

Resources for Teaching Grammar to ESL Students -- Justin Davis
Teaching grammar to English as a second language (ESL) students can be very difficult. English has many rules of grammar that are tricky and problematic for many students who are speakers of foreign ...

How to Use Pictures in an ESL Classroom -- Chance E. Gartneer
The environment of an English as a Second Language (ESL) class can be very challenging...especially for the teacher. Your students can come from all over the world with a variety of native tongues ...

ESL Interactive Games -- Kara Page
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes often include repetitive drills and exercises. In order to get students more engaged in your ESL lessons, try introducing a few interactive games with ...

Games for English Lessons -- Carrie Perles
For many students, the words "English class" are synonymous with "boring." You can spice up English class with some fun games to review any concept they've been learning, from grammar to ...

ESL Practice Exercises Using Parallel Structure -- Victoria Gorski
Parallel structure refers to sentences that express one or more similar ideas using the same pattern of words. The ideas are normally joined using conjunctions, such as "and" or "or." An example of ...

ESL Writing Goals for the 3rd Grade -- Mary Grace Konzier
When students are learning English they are also learning how to read and write. Writing in third grade involves learning how to put stories together focusing on the introduction, the body and the ...

Reading Comprehension Activities for ESL Students -- Tonya Yirka
When working with ESL (English as a second language) adult students, remember that they are probably proficient in their native language and can read in that language as well. Therefore, they have ...

How to Improve ESL Writing -- Judith Willson
Writing is a skill that often appears to lag behind speaking fluency and reading comprehension in people learning English as a second or foreign language, especially if the English alphabet is ...

ESL Exercises in Present Continuous Tense -- Nancy Kyllingstad
The present continuous verb tense describes action occurring in the moment. "He is washing dishes" implies that his hands are in the dishwater right now. Students need a firm grasp of the conjugation ...

How to Teach ESL to Preschoolers -- Collaborator
If you know how to teach ESL to preschoolers, you will be in a good position to find a teaching job abroad. In many non-English-speaking countries, it is becoming popular for parents to start their ...

How to Write a Sample Checklist for ESL Students -- Deronte Smith
Checklists can be a great tool in the field of education, and particularly important in keeping students on track and focused; however, when doing so for English as a Second Language (ESL) students ...

Easy ESL Games -- Kara Page
Any English as a Second Language (ESL) class has a variety of topics to cover. While learning grammar, proper pronunciation, reading and listening skills can sometimes require drills and repetition, ...

The ESL Grammar Translation Method -- Kara Page
Choosing a method of teaching or learning English as a Second Language (ESL) mainly depends on the goals of the student. The grammar translation approach to language learning is an older method that ...

How to Write a Script for Lesson Plans -- Emile Heskey
Writing a script for lesson plans involves working out what you are going to say to explain a new idea or concept to the students. More experienced teachers often do this planning without being ...

ESL Games for Adjectives and Relative Clauses -- Stacy Zeiger
Adjectives and relative clauses are two components of English grammar. In order to learn how to correctly use adjectives and relative clauses, ESL students must constantly practice describing people, ...

ESL Kids Classroom Structure -- Kyle
Hey everybody! I have been teaching ESL at a small school in China for just over 2 years. We teach two levels of students. Level 1 is kindergarten, and level 2 is primary school kids until the age of ...

Create Your Own Country with Teaching Demonstration Video -- Chris Westergaard
Here's a lesson that deals with students creating and talking about a made up country using a variety of different lexis. If you want your own lesson personally made for you, just let me know and ...
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