Lessons & Classroom Games for Teachers


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 ...

Free Tailored ESL Lesson Plans -- Chris Westergaard
Hello, I'm creating tailored lesson plans for anyone who wants them. Just leave a comment on my blog www.teflpragueandabroad.blogspot.com and I'll create one for you. Here is a lesson that I ...

ESL Lesson Plan 'The Odd Couple' Gradable/Ungradable Adjectives -- Chris Westergaard
The Odd Couple, Gradable/Ungradable Adjectives - Intermediate and Above This lesson gets students speaking about a mocked past vacation using gradable and ungradable adjectives. It can be used with ...

10 Tips to Improve English Proficiency -- Shawn Weldon
The one question I hear more than any other is, “How can I get better at English?” Being a good student and going to class is essential, but it is also important to enjoy English activities ...

How to Use Cognitive Principles for ESL Teaching -- Miranda Morley
Anyone can stand at a podium or sit at a desk and dispense ESL grammar rules, but a good teacher is one who knows how to help students process that information and walk away with the practical skill ...

ESL Conditional Games -- River Lin
An excellent strategy to use when teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) is to incorporate games to either teach a new skill or to practice a newly acquired skill. Learning to speak English ...

ESL Grammar Games and Activities -- Kara Page
Learning to read, write and speak with proper grammar is an important part of any English as a Second Language (ESL) class, no matter what the age or proficiency level. Include a few grammar focused ...

How to Test ESL Writing -- Miranda Morley
Regardless of what you teach, assessing an ESL student's paper can be particularly challenging. Should you have the same expectations for ESL students' papers as you do for native ...

How to Teach Advanced English Classes -- Karen Hollowell
Teaching Advanced English classes is not easy, but teaching students can be rewarding as you watch your students' abilities grow each day. The purpose of these classes is to increase academic ...

How to Teach Writing Skills to ESL Students -- Delene Sholes
The teachers of speakers of English as a second language (ESL students) have a challenging but rewarding job. ESL students in a classroom may perform at different levels and come from countries with ...

How to Teach English Learners -- Lee Millisaw
Teaching English to non-native speakers requires substantial preparation. Some beginning teachers may find it necessary to become certified and learn ESL teaching methods from professionals while ...

ESL Business Vocabulary Games -- Tasos Vossos
The "business language" is one of the most difficult topics when learning English. The idioms, slang and the wide variety of technical terms used in business are a nightmare even for native speakers. ...

How to Improve Reading for ESL Students -- Sophie Southern
Teaching English as a second or foreign language can be fun and rewarding, but it can also be challenging -- especially when you are teaching students with a very low English level. Reading skills ...

Team Building for ESL Classes -- Susan Wheeler Capozza
Team building is an important skill for everyone to learn, but it can become especially essential for students who do not speak English as their native language. In an English-speaking school, these ...

Lesson for Telling Time for ESL Students -- Kate Coen
If you can remember how you learned to tell the time, you may recall the teacher holding up some sort of cardboard or plastic clock with hands that she moved around to indicate different times. She ...

ESL Warm-Up Games -- Rebecca Bagwell
When your students first arrive to their ESL (English as a second language) class, they may or may not be ready to learn English. Help your ESL students out by playing warm-up games at the start of ...

EFL & ESL Games -- Pamela Ann Ludwig
Games are an excellent way to take a break from the standard material in ESL (English as a Second Language)/ EFL (English as a Foreign Language) classes. Games make class time more fun and ...

ESL Last Day Games -- Joel Barnard
Students of English as a second language, or ESL, are unlikely to be particularly receptive to a traditional lesson structure on the last day of class. Instead, provide a lesson that gives you and ...

How to Teach ESL Grammar -- Karen Farnen
Modern ESL grammar instruction combines practice of structures with practice in communication. With the variety of resources available, every grammar class can address all learning styles. You can ...

ESL First Grade Classroom Management Ideas -- Kara Page
Classroom management is an important part of education that is difficult to master. With children in first grade, it can be particularly difficult, as in most schools this is their first true year of ...

ESL Teaching Games -- Marysia Walcerz
English as a second l anguage (ESL) classes aim to teach English to non-native speakers. Many students are enrolled in ESL classes at a young age to pick up a new language early and develop it as ...

ESL PowerPoint Games -- Riccardo Giovanniello
Playing classroom games is a fun and engaging way to practice the fundamentals of the English language. The PowerPoint software from Microsoft provides a tool to help keep students interested in the ...

How to Set Objectives for a Lesson Plan -- Collaborator
Objectives are appealing because they aim to make daily learning as statistical as standardized test scores. Teachers know that sometimes learning doesn't work in a linear way and often balk at ...

How to Teach Reading Comprehension to ESL Kids -- Erin Schreiner
One of the most difficult tasks an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher must face is teaching her students how to read English. Instructors commonly teach this task in one-on-one or small group ...

How to Plan an English Class -- John London
Whether you are teaching English at an elementary school, middle school, high school or college, the process of planning your lessons is largely the same. Basically, the more detailed your plan, the ...

ESL Class Techniques -- Renee Williams
Because English language learners are sometimes overwhelmed by the prospect of learning a new language, it's a good idea to use solid teaching techniques so students can build their confidence ...

ESL Telephone Games -- Kara Page
For English as a Second Language students, learning to speak and understand English on the telephone is a particularly challenging task, as many students rely on reading facial expressions and ...

Active ESL Games -- Amber D. Walker
Learning another language can be difficult and frustrating, both for adults and children. English is a particularly complicated and contradictory language, so using games in the classroom can take ...

Spare Activities for an ESL Classroom -- Chelsea Baldwin
As in any classroom across the nation, some English as a Second Language (ESL) students will be able to finish their work quicker than others and have time to spare. Instead of letting these students ...

ESL Exercises for Beginners -- Lissa J
ESL, or English as a Second Language, is an important subject for some students all over the world. You may encounter many different levels of ESL students in your classroom, and Patty Middleton, an ...

How to Teach Adjectives to ESL -- James Stuart
Adjectives are descriptive words that modify nouns and pronouns. They usually come before the noun they modify and can be grouped together with several other adjectives to accurately describe ...

ESL Work Safety -- Bonnie Denmark
Whether teaching basic skills to English language learners or vocational English as a second language (VESL), English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors can help their students target specific ...

Beginning ESL Exercises -- Roz Calvert
Making English as a Second Language lessons relevant to the students' everyday life is the most motivating factor for adult learners, say C. Ray Graham and Mark M. Walsh in their "Adult Education ...

Ideas for Teaching 75 ESL -- Betty Jean Steinshouer
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) is a challenge whether you are tutoring one student or teaching a large classroom of 75. Thinking ahead, planning your class in short increments, getting ...

ESL Money Games -- Shelley Frost
Money games for ESL students teach counting skills and the basic concepts of money. Using games to improve money skills keeps the students engaged and actively learning about the various units of ...

Principles for Teaching ESL -- Victoria Gorski
ESL (English as a Second Language) needs to be taught in an active and interesting way, allowing students to participate in lessons and develop language skills to use in real situations. Any student ...

The Function of Warm-Up Activities for Learning English -- Robert LeBlanc
A good English as a Second Language lesson will have three distinct parts: a warm-up activity, new knowledge acquisition and practicing new knowledge. Each part of the lesson plays a vital role in ...

About English Conversation Classes -- Serena Spinello
English conversation classes offer students the chance to improve their understanding and usage of the English language, increase their fluency and comprehension level, learn the various rules of the ...

Five Senses Exercises for ESL -- Emily Corfe
If you teach children or adults English as a second language, you can help them connect with each of the five senses and the correct English vocabulary by using fun-filled games and exercises. If you ...

Games for Spoken English Classes for Adults -- Stephanie Mitchell
Games for adult English as a second language (ESL) classes must strike a balance between linguistic simplicity, so the students will understand the vocabulary and syntax, and thematic complexity, so ...

ESL Exercises With Money & Checks -- Lissa J
Patty Middleton, an English as Second Language teacher in St Paul, Minnesota, with a degree in ESL from Hamline University, says it is important to incorporate exercises with money and checks into ...

ESL Class Exercises for Larger Class Sizes -- Enzo Silvestri
ESL, or English as a Second Language, and is a growing field all over the world. There are many ways to teach ESL, ranging from individual to small groups to large classrooms. When teaching to ...

Class Activities for ESL -- Cindy Phillips
ESL, English as a Second Language, refers to the instruction available for those whose primary language is not English. ESL classes are taught in both elementary and secondary schools as well as to ...

Activities and Games That Help Teach ESL -- Jim Radenhausen
Whatever language someone speaks fluently, they naturally think it should be the easiest for others to learn. English is no different, though many believe that it is the hardest language to learn for ...

ESL Elementary Games -- Joel Barnard
Games are an important part of most ESL, or English as a second language, lessons. They provide motivation as well as offering students the opportunity to communicate meaningfully in English. For ...

English ESL Games -- Patricia K. Maggio
Learning English as a second or additional language can be tedious and challenging, especially for kids. If the activities are fun, students will enjoy doing them and be more likely to remember the ...

Class Activities in Teaching ESL Literary Terms -- Victoria Thompson
The English as a Second Language student may need the teacher to adapt lessons so that he can fully understand literary terms, which lead to better text comprehension. The lessons should be taught on ...

Characteristics of a Good ESL Practice Activity -- Maggie Gebremichael
English as a Second Language (ESL) activities have different characteristics and purposes. For example, a grammar activity given as a worksheet can be successful when it reinforces information for ...

Tips on Teaching 3-Year-Olds ESL -- Susan Thomas
The age of 3 is an important time for language development in children. Their grammar skills and expressive language improve, and children can follow requests with multiple steps. During this period ...

How to Incorporate Math Into Second Language Learning -- Erin Schreiner
English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers, generally focus on teaching their students the basics of the English language. Teachers can add academic value to these lessons by integrating ...

Vocabulary Exercises for ESL Students -- Erin Schreiner
Along with learning standard academic lessons, English as a Second Language (ESL) students must work to develop their English vocabulary so they can better understand information they encounter in ...

How to Teach Recounts in English Class -- Erin Schreiner
Recounts are purportedly factual accounts of events from those who actively participated in the occurrences. Students are often interested in recounts because they provide a voyeuristic opportunity ...

ESL Writing Activities -- Cheryl Carpinello
Writing assignments developed for regular education students can also be used with students who are learning English as a second language. Writing at first about topics that are familiar to ESL ...

How to Integrate Microsoft Excel With Grammar Lesson Plans -- Filonia LeChat
Arming students with good grammar skills may seem like a standard building block of elementary or secondary school, but giving learners the ability to communicate may have lasting positive results ...

Games for Adult ESL -- Kara Page
Teaching English as a second language (ESL) to adults does not mean that games and fun activities won't benefit the classroom. Lectures and drills can easily become tedious no matter what the age ...

How to Teach Conversation Techniques in ESL -- Maggie McCormick
Conversation is an essential skill for ESL students, but it is one that can be difficult to master. The student needs to be able to understand what the other person is saying and know the correct ...

Ideas to Follow-Up Activities in ESL Teaching -- Danielle Hill
When teaching any foreign language, repetition is key to your students' advancement. To solidify their understanding of new topics, it can be helpful to devise memorable and interesting follow-up ...

How to Teach ESL to Haitian Students -- Paul Higgins
Teaching English as a second language (ESL) to Haitian students can be both extremely rewarding and challenging. Cultural differences and the general lack of equipment or resources require you to ...

ESL & Teaching Secondary Colors -- Elise Vogler
Color words are a basic vocabulary item in any English as a Second Language classroom. The primary colors consist of red, yellow and blue. The secondary colors are ones that consist of two primary ...

ESL Quick Writing Activities -- Michelle Langley
Writing is an important part of any English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum, but it can be challenging as students typically learn to listen, speak, read and then achieve writing fluency, in ...

How to Teach ESL to Children -- Lindsay Pietroluongo
While teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) to young children can be challenging and difficult, it can also be very rewarding. Children who are mostly surrounded by a non-English speaking ...

How to Use Pictures to Help ESL Students -- Kenrick Callwood
Everyone has a different style of learning and English as a Second Language students are no different. Studies show that there are roughly six different learning styles that most people use to ...

ESL Sense of Sight Activities -- Joe Ashton
English as a second language (ESL) education has become an integral part of classrooms. Teachers prepared to accommodate ESL students are more successful than other teachers. Lessons should be geared ...

How to Teach ESL Students to Notice Grammar -- Veronica Lanning
Teaching English language learners to notice the rules of grammar can be effective in helping them produce spontaneous speech. Explicit instruction of grammar rules, accompanied with structured ...

10 Minute Critical Thinking Activities for English Classes -- Hannah Wahlig
Critical thinking activities engage students' logic, rationality and judgment in problem-solving inquiries. English classes benefit from critical thinking activities because the activities ...

Icebreaker Games for ESL -- Alexandra Wright
English as a Second Language (ESL) students, especially beginner speakers, are often uncomfortable communicating in the language that they are learning. Facilitating opportunities for students to ...

Teaching ESL to Children -- George Stocker
Teaching ESL to children is challenging but also very rewarding. Before I walk into a class of 10-year olds, I take a deep breath. Children have no attention span AT ALL, and so I tell myself to slow ...

ESL Role Play -- George Stocker
Learning a language is a complex and long process as anyone who has tried will agree. One of the most difficult and frustrating things is making the transition from the classroom to the ...

ESL Primary Games -- Victoria Weinblatt
Primary school students have an enthusiasm for learning that teachers can capitalize on by playing educational English as a second language (ESL) games in the classroom. Dividing students into teams ...

ESL Advanced Vocabulary Exercises -- Lissa J
Once an ESL student progresses past the point of basic vocabulary, you need to bring in an entirely new set of exercises to continue to harness the student's mind and potential. There are several ...

How to Connect Words with ESL Exercises -- Lane Cummings
ESL refers to English as a second language. An average ESL lesson consists of presenting the grammar, vocabulary or other language point of the day, checking student understanding of it, and writing ...

Elementary ESL Writing Activities -- Rebecca Bagwell
English as a Second Language students benefit greatly from interactive writing activities. Writing provides ESL students a way to combine their speaking, listening and reading experiences into a ...

Grammar Lessons for ESL in Middle School -- Joel Barnard
Teaching English grammar is an integral part of any ESL, or English as a second language, course. It is particularly important when teaching a middle school ESL course as it is these grammatical ...

How to Teach ESL Grammar to Elementary Students -- Sophie Southern
Teaching English as a second or foreign language, often referred to as ESL and EFL, can be an incredibly rewarding experience if you enjoy experiencing other cultures. Teaching ESL to elementary ...

ESL Adjective Exercises -- Joel Barnard
Approximately a quarter of all words in the English language are adjectives, according to Oxford University Press. Consequently, language teachers need to give ESL students a wide range of meaningful ...

How to Teach Listening to EFL/ESL Learners -- Heather Laurent
Listening is one of the four fundamental skills taught in the EFL/ESL classroom in addition to speaking, reading and writing. Not only is listening the most frequently-used skill, it is often the ...

Lyrics and Music For ESL Teachers -- Bobby Stark / LYRICSnMUSIC
Song lyrics can be a great way to teach students a new language. It's fun and a natural. With over 2.7 million song lyrics LYRICSnMUSIC is the most comprehensive lyric sites on the internet. Not ...

Tips for Teaching ESL Grammar -- Joel Barnard
There is no doubt that a knowledge of grammar rules is essential for the mastery of a language, says Penny Ur in her book, "Grammar Practice Activities." A teacher relating lists of rules, forms and ...

How to Introduce Business English Into the ESL Classroom -- Sally Murphy
No matter what the focus of your ESL class, all your students will benefit by knowing how to submit a resume, make a call to a client, communicate effectively during a job interview or conduct a ...

Prizes for ESL Classes That Don't Cost Anything -- Marissa Willman
Prizes are useful tools to keep ESL classes motivated, as well as reward students for their hard work. Although candy, stickers and pencils are generally the foundation of an ESL teacher's prize ...

ESL Resources and Games -- River Lin
Because English as a Second Language (ESL) is taught and studied all over the world, sometimes in remote areas with limited resources, many teachers and students turn to the Internet for their ESL ...

Games for Teaching Business to ESL Students -- Kara Page
Many business professionals all over the world are preparing to enter a global workforce by enrolling in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Teachers for these ESL business classes should ...

Grammar Exercises for ESL -- Carol Luther
Courses in ESL (English as a Second Language) must cover a lot of territory in grammar. Because ESL students must understand the rules of English grammar and the multiple exceptions to those rules, ...

Tools for ESL Teachers -- Amanda Wehner
ESL teachers need to ensure that they have all of the necessary tools before stepping into a classroom. English learners require lessons and assessments that cater to their language abilities. ESL ...

How to Give Directions for ESL -- Drew Woods
Many English as a Second Language (ESL) students have trouble giving directions for a number of different reasons. For example, the students either do not know the necessary grammar and vocabulary or ...

Outside Gym Games for ESL -- Rebecca High
As the demand for English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers and programs increases both in the United States and abroad, resources to help teach and reinforce grammatical concepts become more and ...

How to Use Music in the Adult ESL Classroom -- Sophie Southern
Teaching English as a foreign or second language, often referred to as EFL and ESL, allow you to use fun and unique teaching materials in comparison to a traditional English class. Besides the ...

Outdoor Lessons for Pre-K ESL Students -- Fiona Miller
Taking children out of doors can help them focus and enjoy lessons, especially if the weather is nice. When teaching children English, especially in a country where it is not widely spoken, it is ...

ESL Activities in the Regular Classroom -- Lindsay Pietroluongo
When teaching ESL -- English as a second language -- to students who have been integrated in a traditional classroom, be culturally sensitive. A teacher's job is to provide language instruction ...

How to Connect Words with ESL Exercises -- Lane Cummings
ESL refers to English as a second language. An average ESL lesson consists of presenting the grammar, vocabulary or other language point of the day, checking student understanding of it, and writing ...

How to Teach English to Children Through Songs -- Maggie McCormick
When teaching English as a second language (ESL) to children, songs can be an effective way to get your point across. Many children enjoy music, so including it in your lesson plan helps you to step ...

Ideas for Working With ESL Students -- Leyla Norman
Teaching English as a second language to adult students or incorporating younger English language learners into a mainstream classroom can be challenging. Working with ESL students in any capacity ...

Board Games for ESL -- Melanie J. Martin
Board games are a great way to enliven an ESL (English as a Second Language) class. Older students as well as younger ones can enjoy them and strengthen their English skills in the process. Games ...

How to Set Up an ESL Classroom -- Kathryn Walsh
Setting up a classroom is stressful enough. Setting up a classroom for ESL, or English as a Second Language students, is even more challenging. Each student could be from a different country and ...

Disadvantages of Teaching One to One Lessons in ESL -- Brian Gabriel
Teaching ESL lessons one to one can be a rewarding experience: it allows student and teacher to get to know each other and it sharply focuses the learning experience. However, there are many ...

ESL Games for Large Classes -- River Lin
Ideally, ESL classes shouldn’t be large because for optimal language acquisition, students need ample opportunities to interact with English in real-life situations. Real-life learning ...

Preposition Exercises for ESL -- Jen Marx
Learning prepositions is difficult for some native speakers of English, let alone for English as a Second Language (ESL) students. Therefore, crafting lesson plans and activities geared toward ESL ...

How to Prepare and Present Methods in ESL Teaching -- Michael Monet
A teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL) students must take a different approach to teaching basic subjects. ESL students are simultaneously learning a second language and a skill set in a ...

How to Teach Daily Routines to ESL -- Shelley Gray
Routines and procedures can be the greatest factors in operating a successful classroom. According to Dr. Brandi Simonsen of the Center for Behavioral Education and Research, teacher and student ...

ESL Exercises on Children's Personalities -- Danielle Hill
Exercises related to personality are a great way of teaching young ESL students about a range of language and structure topics. For beginners, a personality-based lesson opens up the opportunity to ...

The Best Lesson Plan Templates -- Sheila Lamb
Lesson plans are the way teachers present curriculum to students every day. Lesson plan templates are available to help teachers organize their lessons. Each lesson plan contains long and short-term ...

How to Convey Class Rules to ESL Students -- Carmen Clarke-Brown
In ESL classes, you can utilize role-playing simulations and incorporate anecdotes from students' own life experiences to guide students toward observing class rules. For instance, on the first ...

ESL Exercises: How to Write an Essay -- Biju Sukumaran
Learning English as a Second Language is not an easy task. For most non-native speakers, English is fraught with grammatical inconsistencies and awkward phrases. An excellent exercise to promote ...

Differentiated Instruction Strategies for ESL -- Susan Deschel
Differentiated strategies for English as a second language (ESL) students can involve a rearranging of existing curriculum, as well as some creation of new ideas to supplement with strategies that ...

How to Use Props in the Classroom -- Sally Nash
Props provide students with a link to the real world outside the classroom. They can add fun and intrigue to a lesson and spark the students' imagination. Drama and English as a Second Language ...

Recommendations for ESL Conversation Textbooks -- Sherrie McCarthy
Speaking is a vital aspect of language learning, but also the area that holds the most fear for many students. Students often hate to make mistakes, or are not very good at small talk, and holding ...

ESL Activities for Middle School -- Margo Dill
ESL middle school students need practice with English in real-life situations. In the classroom, a teacher can use role playing, conversations and daily activities such as cooking or asking for ...

How to Teach ESL Using Music -- Collaborator
Music is a great way to teach ESL. Song lyrics introduce new vocabulary and remind the students that language is expression. To begin your lesson plan, select a song. The lyrics may be for a grammar ...

ESL Elementary School Games -- Valerie Madison
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 Use Role Play to Teach ESL -- S. Herlihy
ESL learners are those learning English as a second language. ESL students may range from the casual business traveler to the new immigrant to those seeking university admission. There are many ...

How to Use Music in the ESL Classroom -- Charlotte Johnson
The acronym "ESL" stands for English as a Second Language. Students who speak a native language other than English often receive ESL instruction in public schools. Music can be a highly efficient ...

How to Teach History to ESL Students -- Kara Page
As a history teacher, you may have one or more English as a Second Language (ESL) students in your class who have varying levels of proficiency in speaking English. While you should still conduct ...

How to Use Newspaper Articles for ESL Classes -- Jonathan Rigden
Newspapers are a useful source of information for ESL learners for a variety of reasons. Newspapers generally operate on a slightly more formal level than everyday conversation, which makes the ...

How to Teach an ESL Class About Signs & Symbols -- Nicole Dyles
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) classes about signs and symbols is very important. Students need to be able to identify and understand various signs and symbols that they see in their ...

How to Use Dictation as the Basis for an ESL Class -- Collaborator
Dictation may seem an old-fashioned way to teach English as a Second Language. But it can offer an interesting way to engage the students in vocabulary, listening, writing and pronunciation skills. ...

Fun ESL Grammar Lessons -- Joel Barnard
Incorporating grammar games and activities into your English class is essential when teaching students of English as a second language. Moreover, making these activities or games fun and exciting ...

How to Teach ESL and Teach Your Students to Sell -- braniac
I sell Melaleuca products to supplement my teaching income. One of my students sells Mary Kay products. I let her do a presentation in class as long as she spoke in English. I teach at a community ...

How to Write an ESL Report -- Justin L. Richman
An ESL (English as a Second Language) report is a report aimed at evaluating the classroom performance of a student for whom English is his second language. This type of student often needs special ...

How to Teach Contractions to ESL Students -- Andrew Latham
Teaching the use of contractions is a challenge when dealing with students of English as a Second Language, ESL. Native speakers will immediately recognize the meaning of contractions and include ...

ESL Class Role Play Ideas -- Kara Page
When learning a second language in a classroom setting, it's common for students to be shy when it comes to having open discussions. Role-play activities are an effective way for English as a ...

ESL Basic Lessons -- John London
Learning English as a second language is an exciting challenge. Before you begin, consider why you want to learn the English language: Do you need it for work, travel or because you've just moved ...

How do I Use Famous Speeches in ESL Classes? -- Leyla Norman
Famous speeches are tools that can be used in a variety of contexts in an English as a second language classroom. You are not limited as a teacher to using them in one particular way. They can ...

How to Teach ESL in a Multilevel Class -- Brad Conway
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) students who perform at different levels requires you to differentiate your instruction to meet each student's educational needs. While teaching a ...

Drama games for ESL primary students -- Erin Schreiner
As ESL students work to master English, they require constant practice; teachers can provide students with this practice by engaging them in drama activities. Role playing and acting allow students ...

How to Teach Dialogue in ESL Teaching -- Angela Watkins
Pronunciation of English vocabulary words is often difficult for those learning English as a second language. Strengthen the articulation of vocabulary and the use of proper grammar with dialogue ...

Practical Lessons for Teaching English as a Second Language -- Maggie Gebremichael
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) involves introducing the English language to students who primarily communicate in other languages. Regardless of their ages, you can keep your students ...

Law Schools & ESL Students -- Miranda Morley
Law school is difficult for almost all students, even those with a history of academic success and a passion for legal affairs. If English is not a student's first language, and the student is ...

ESL Writing Activities for Grade 4 -- Helen Jain
Students who are learning English as a second language, or ESL students, can have some struggles when studying in school. The students are not only learning about the topics teachers are going over ...

Debate Topics for an ESL English Class -- Joel Barnard
Classes with a language level of lower-intermediate upwards should be able to engage in debates if the teacher chooses a topic carefully and teaches the relevant vocabulary. Ensure that all students ...

Topics for ESL Speaking Class -- Maggie McCormick
Speaking is often one of the most difficult aspects of learning English as a second language (ESL). For students of ESL, it is difficult to quickly explain thoughts and feelings in a new language. A ...

How to Teach ESL to Kindergarten Children -- Karen Frances
With kindergarten age children, the emphasis for teaching English as a second language should be on fun. Children in this age group might just be starting to learn to recognize letters and words in ...

Pre-Beginning ESL Lessons for Adults -- Sarah Patrick
The need for adult ESL, or English as a second language, classes in the United States is massive. According to the Human Resources Department at the University of Texas at Austin, more than one ...

Beginning Level ESL Lessons -- Catherine Copeland
Beginning level English as a Second Language (ESL) activities often center around the basics of the English language, including introductions and common courtesy questions. Beginning level ESL ...

How to Differentiate a Lesson in a Mixed Group With ESL Students -- Sarah Zlockie
Students, regardless of age or ability level, learn at different rates and have widely varying interests, which makes any type of classroom teaching rigorous. When students of English as a second ...

How to Teach Grammar Activities to ESL Students -- Collaborator
Teaching grammar to ESL students is rather tricky because the rules of English grammar are not predictable and systematic. In today's ESL classrooms, more teachers are aiming towards the ...

How to Teach Numbers for ESL -- Mike Arneson
Teaching numbers to ESL students is not an easy task. Some students will grasp the concepts very quickly, whereas others will have endless difficulties just getting the basics. For your students to ...

Interesting Activities for ESL Classes -- Ben Holck
Most English as a Second Language students have sat through many dry lessons where they've simply learned vocabulary or phrases and repeated it numerous times. While it is necessary to increase ...

Lessons for Beginner ESL Students -- Lee Millisaw
Beginner ESL lessons should focus on encouraging students to become comfortable with expressing basic everyday information. Telling the time, commenting on the weather, and describing one's ...

Activities About Travel for ESL Adult Students -- Jonathan Rigden
English as a second language (ESL) students are generally understood as immigrants to an English-speaking country, so the subject of travel is readily apparent and poignant to them, perhaps more so ...

How to Teach ESL: Art Appreciation: Intermediate Speaking -- Clayton Kim
When learning English, grammar and phonics are not the only things that are important. A well-rounded English curriculum is needed to fully understand the language. Learning about only one subject ...

How to Teach Vocabulary to ESL Students -- Collaborator
For ESL students, vocabulary is the most important element leading to reading comprehension. Without extensive vocabulary teaching and practice, ESL learners will not be able to reach the required ...

Writing Lessons for ESL First Grade Students -- Stanley Goff
First grade students writing in English as a second language (ESL) are not that different from first grade students writing in English as a first language, because students are only beginning to ...

Motivating ESL Students -- Renee Vians
Many of the factors that affect the rate of language acquisition are beyond the instructor’s control. However, motivating ESL students is possible when you implement well-planned lessons, ...

How to Teach Your Beginner ESL Students About Weather -- Collaborator
This article explains how to teach beginning students about weather. It is a common topic but weather conditions and weather words are local. For example, most of my students never saw snow, and are ...

How to Teach ESL for Younger Groups -- Sally Nash
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to younger groups can be rewarding because students are usually enthusiastic and eager to learn. However, younger children lose concentration easily, so it ...

How to Use Surveys to Teach ESL -- Lisa Parris
Many ESL students are great on paper. After years of hard work and endless hours of study, they can read and write in fair to excellent English. Then you ask these same students a question beyond, ...

Lesson Ideas for ESL Students -- Catherine Copeland
Studying English as a second language is not as basic as other classes might be. There are a lot of different aspects to learning a new language, especially one that is most likely to be used in ...

Curriculum/Teaching Objectives for ESL Conversation Classes -- Dawn Sutton
English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors teach reading and writing in English; however, teaching effective communication skills is also an important objective. Teaching students to carry out ...

Tools for ESL Conversation Class for Beginners -- Maggie Gebremichael
ESL conversational classes should help beginner students gain speaking confidence and improve their English comprehension. Essential tools include creativity with lesson planning and audio speakers ...

How to Present Simple Continuous ESL Exercises -- Rick Warden
Both older and younger students study English for general learning, for college qualifying examinations and for career requirements. While there are many different approaches to teaching ESL, using ...

English Topics for ESL -- Caitlynn Lowe
The broad topic of English as a Second Language can be divided into smaller topics, and both young children and older adults studying ESL need a class geared toward their specific needs. Grammar and ...

How to Teach ESL in PowerPoint -- Renee Williams
PowerPoint presentations are an excellent tool for teaching ESL classes. They can be used to teach lessons, practice and review what students have learned. The presentations can be interactive, and ...

Ideas for ESL Classes -- Wayne S
People all over the world are learning English as a second language. Some need to study English because they are moving to the United States. Many developing countries such as China are also ...

The Best ESL Grammar Lessons -- James Stuart
Grammar is an important part of any language, as it forms the rules for usage. If a student doesn't have a strong grasp of English grammar, his comprehension and output might not be as strong as ...

3rd Grade Lessons for ESL Inclusion -- Nadine Smith
Many schools struggle with how to handle ESL, or English as Second Language students, in mainstream classrooms. Sometimes school boards "pull" ESL students from English classrooms for special ...

ESL Lesson Ideas -- Joel Barnard
All ESL, or English as a second language, lessons should ideally contain one or more interactive activities. These activities encourage students to communicate with each other in English in order to ...

Teaching English As A Second Language: A How To Guide -- articles charmen
If you're considering a job teaching English, you're in good company. The large number of U.S. immigrants, coupled with the many businesses that focus on teaching English overseas means this ...

When to Use Shall - A Short English Lesson for EFL/ESL Students -- Kevin M Stafford
Since shall is not regularly used in American English, numerous EFL/ESL students learning English from American teachers are not taught how to use the word. If the word is talked about in class, it ...

How to Come Up With a Mini Lesson -- Rosalinda Flores-Martinez
There are many topics to choose from for ESL (English as a Second Language) classes. But then, the teacher must be cautious. Topics should interest and ignite a zeal on the students. In this way, ...

A Teacher's Ramblings: A Lesson Plan for Classroom Rules -- Jo Karabasz
Remember, I teach English. If you are required to cite standards for every lesson, you may have to do some adapting for standards in other subject areas. Rules Lesson Plan Subject Area: Language Arts ...

Math Word Problems in an ESL Classroom -- Erik Bitter
As a math teacher in Asia, I face the same problem day in day out. My students cannot do math word problems. They simply don't understand them. And I am not talking about those 2, 3 students that ...

ESL Activities: About Schools -- Kristle Jones
Create fun and engaging ESL activities about school. ESL activities are one of the keys to successful language learning. Make the activities relevant to things that the students do and see on a daily ...

ESL GAME: All Change! -- Sabia
Have your Students put chairs into a circle and then sit down. As the teacher you stand in the middle. Say to them "If you are wearing ………, change your seats". The children wearing the item of ...

ESL Game: Airplane competition: -- Sabia
First, have your Students make some paper airplanes. Stand the Students in a line and let them test fly their planes. For the competition, assign different classroom objects points (e.g. table 5 ...

ESL GAME: ABC Circle Game -- Sabia
The children sit in a circle and each of them holds letter flash card, play music while your kids pass the letters round. It they find it difficult to coordinate receiving and passing the cards ...

ESL GAMES: Alphabet Soup and Alphabet Missing Letter -- Sabia
Alphabet Soup: Place plastic letters in a bowl. Divide flashcards by their beginning letters. Each student draws a letter from the bowl and then finds the flashcards associated with that letter. ...

ESL GAME: Around the world trip -- Sabia
Give each student, pair or group, some scissors for paper, glue (prit-stick glue works well), large sheets of B4 card and a selection of travel brochures. Students plan a trip (or give a report) ...

ESL GAME: Burst a balloon -- Sabia
Write down a short word on a piece of paper (e.g. a dog). Or you can write each letter on a different piece. Put it in the balloon and get a child to burst a balloon. Find the piece/s on the floor ...

ESL GAME: Blow that fish -- Sabia
Make two teams. Tell each team to make a paper fish. Line the teams up at the starting line. Then you start asking questions; when a student answers the question correctly, he gets a chance to blow ...

ESL GAME: Birthday game -- Sabia
Make a birthday wheel. Ask students to check whose birthdays take place each month. Practice qestions: “When is your birthday” and answers: “My birthday is in………. So you can: - practice ...

ESL GAME: The Bell Game -- Sabia
You’ll need two bells. Make two teams. Show a flash card to the Students. The first Student to ring the bell and read the word correctly gets one point for her/his team.

ESL GAME: Colors game -- Sabia
You should have two small balls of each color you want to practice. Give out the balls. Throw the colored dice and then say the color. Two students which have the same balls stand up and toss it to ...

ESL GAMES: Candy Race & Candy Bank Team Game -- Sabia
Candy Race: Ask the children questions. Or draw items on the board for them to guess. You can work with Students or split the group into small teams. The Teacher draws on the board or a big piece of ...

ESL GAME: Catch counting game -- Sabia
Have the students stand in a circle. Start randomly tossing the small ball around the circle. When a person catches the ball, they say the next consecutive number. It's so easy and so much fun. ...

ESL GAME: Whispers -- Sabia
Put the Students into a circle. Whisper a simple sentence or word into the first student’s ear. He or She must say the exact same sentence to the next student. And so on until the last student in ...

ESL GAME: "Bring Me" Game & the Chopsticks Race -- Sabia
Bring me game: Students are in teams. The teacher calls out: "Bring me a ruler." Or just "A ruler, please." The first team to bring one to the teacher gets a point. Chopsticks Race: Make two teams. ...

ESL GAME: Concentration Game with Cards -- Sabia
Prepare 10 cards (5 pairs) for your Students. Put the cards on the floor or on the table. Show them to your Students and turn them over. The Students should pay attention to the cards turned over. ...

ESL GAMES: Color Circles & Colors in the Air (for young kids) -- Sabia
Color Circles: A good activity for young kids. Get some pieces of A3 paper and draw a large circle on each one. Pin the circles on different walls in the classroom. Model the activity: Say "Blue" ...

ESL GAME: Clothes Fun -- Sabia
Students form teams of 2. Each team has a bag with some clothes in it. You ask: put on your hat etc.…. The first team members put on the clothes. He/She must say "This is my shirt" "These are my ...

ESL GAME: Color Game -- Sabia
This is a good one for teaching the names of colors to young children. Arrange various colors of construction paper in a circle. Play some music and have the children march around the circle. Stop ...

ESL GAME: Charades -- Sabia
Have a Student come to the front of the class and whisper a word. Or show a Flash Card to that Student. The Student then acts out that word. The first Student to guess can be the next player. This ...

ESL GAME: Category Tag -- Sabia
Choose a category (e.g. food, weather, transportation, etc.). Students run around the room and the Teacher chases them. When the Teacher tags a Student, s/he must name a word from the category (e.g. ...

ESL GAME: Can You Actions -- Sabia
Use this game for teaching: "Can you...?" "Yes, I can" "No,I can't". These actions are fun: wiggle dance run quickly hop skip do a star jump do a handstand touch your toes cross your eyes snap ...

ESL GAME: “Do that" & "Don’t do that” Game -- Sabia
Grant each child 5 points before you begin Have the kids do your simple commands: sit down jump etc and then say don’t jump (don’t change your in tonation). If some of them do jump, chase them ...

ESL GAME: "May I have some juice, please?" -- Sabia
Bring a small bottle of juice (e.g. orange juice) to class. At some point during the lesson, take out the bottle and have a sip. This almost certainly will cause a mini-riot of kids asking for some. ...

ESL GAME: Letter Game -- Sabia
Divide the Students into 2 teams. Get them to sit in two lines and show the last Student at the back of each row a letter. Scratch the letter on the back of the last student. The student does the ...

ESL GAME: Mallet Mallet -- Sabia
Bring two chairs to the front or center of the class and put them back to back. Split the class into teams. Choose or let students volunteer to come sit back to back. Tell them what the rules are. ...

ESL GAME: Math Game -- Sabia
Put the students into groups of 4 or 5. Give each group a die. One person in the group rolls the die. The Students remember the number. The other Student rolls the die. The students add up the ...

ESL GAME: Make a Group Game -- Sabia
Get rid of any tables and chairs. Get the kids together in one big group. Have the kids move around, mingling with each other. The kids ask you a question that you can answer with a number e.g. ...

ESL GAME: Monkey/Banana Game -- Sabia
Prepare one big dice with pictures of monkey heads on some sides and bananas on the others. Students answer question and then roll the dice for their team. If it is bananas, they get the number of ...

ESL GAME: Numbers Game -- Sabia
You need 2 soft dices and 2 to 12 large numbers flash cards and point cards. Points can be done on the board or you can use surprises as points take a bag and have the kid pull out a surprise every ...

ESL GAME: Noughts and Crosses -- Sabia
Draw a noughts and crosses grid on the board. Number each box from 1 to 9. Now, divide the children into two teams. Label the teams "noughts" or "crosses". Each team has to answer a question ...

ESL GAME: Orange, Orange, Orange Game -- Sabia
The children sit in a circle. Each child is given the name of a fruit. One person is chosen to stand in the centre of the circle. He/she repeats the name of one of the fruits three times e.g. orange, ...

ESL GAMES: Line True or False & Odd-One-Out -- Sabia
Line True or False: Put a line of tape on the floor and designate one side "True" and the other "False". Hold up an object or flashcard and say its word. If Students think you have said the correct ...

ESL GAME: Put Up a Christmas Tree -- Sabia
Make two teams. Tack a paper Xmas tree on the wall. Have your Students name flashcards or answer your questions and let them put up the Xmas tree with silver stars made of foil (one team) and paper ...

ESL GAME: Pass the Parcel -- Sabia
Place a gift at the centre of the parcel. Use a small box if you want an even shape or to make it look larger than it is. Wrap as many layers as players, with some to spare in case more players turn ...

ESL GAME: Picture Game -- Sabia
Choose a picture and do not let the children see it. Place a sheet with slits (or several pieces with holes of different sizes) over the picture. The Students have to guess and name what is depicted ...

ESL GAME: Preposition Race & Pronunciation Game -- Sabia
Preposition Race: Give each child a toy. Then run around the room with the kids and say: put your toys on the table put them under the table put them behind the chair put them in the box……. ...

ESL GAME: Question Game -- Sabia
First the Teacher introduces the vocabulary by showing students the cards one after the other. Then later, the Teacher holds the cards to the chest, making sure students can't see them. The ...

ESL GAME: Rescuers -- Sabia
Give out animal flashcards (3 per each student). Put a paper crocodile in front of each flashcard. Tell them that they are rescuers and they can save their animals from the crocodiles by answering ...

ESL GAME: Rope Jump -- Sabia
You need a rope for this one! Have the Students stand behind each other in a line. Hold a rope (have a Student hold the other end) at a height that the Students should be able to jump over. On the ...

ESL GAME: Robbers and Cops -- Sabia
You'll need to get a number of small objects for this game. You can use objects found around the classroom, or any other objects you would like to bring into the classroom. Split the young ...

ESL GAME: Rhyming Pair Game -- Sabia
Make a rhyming pairs set of cards with one word on each card. If you have young kids you can use pictures instead of words. Place the cards face down on the table. Students must take it in turns to ...

ESL GAME: Shapes Numbers and Directions Game -- Sabia
Number 4 circles and 4 squares 1 to 4. Divide the students into two teams: “Circles” and “Squares”. Students on each team are paired. One student is blindfolded and the other student becomes ...

ESL GAME: Simon Says -- Sabia
A good review for body parts: e.g. "Simon says touch your knees". You could change Simon to your name to avoid confusion. When Teacher says a sentence without the word "Simon" (e.g. "Touch your ...

ESL GAME: Sound Game -- Sabia
Make alphabet flashcards or short words with sounds under study and spread them on the floor. Print the necessary sounds in italics or use another color for them. For each sound under study, provide ...

ESL GAME: Spiders and Candy -- Sabia
Place all of the flashcards face up in the middle of the group. Have the Students turn around and cover their eyes. The Teacher places one marker under each card (either a piece of candy or a spider. ...

ESL GAME: Shirt Game -- Sabia
Divide the children into two teams. Give a man's shirt to each team. Be sure each shirt has the same amount of buttons down the front. At the signal, the first person on each team puts on the ...

ESL GAME: Slap that Word -- Sabia
This game helps Students associate and reinforce written and spoken words that have been introduced during your lessons. You'll need these materials: fly swatter word wall (words written on a ...

ESL GAME: Shark Danger Game -- Sabia
The kids gather at one side of the room. The Teacher holds up one picture card and the kids have to make a sentence out of it, i.e. I like bears! Then they are allowed to jump (spread big pieces of ...

ESL GAME: Sticky Fingers -- Sabia
First designate a 'key word' like Dog, or Cat. Each student grabs one of your fingers. Start yelling out random words. This works best if you use a bunch of nonsense words that sound like the ...

ESL GAMES: Socks on Hands & Spin the Bottle -- Sabia
Socks on Hands: Students need to put socks on their hands and try to pick up a flashcard they named! It is hard because socks make the card slippery. More cards = more points. Spin the Bottle: ...

ESL GAMES: Train Ride Game & Where is the Bell Game -- Sabia
Train Ride Game: Have the Students form a train (standing in line holding onto each other). Choo choo around the classroom and call out instructions: faster slower turn left turn right stop go ...

ESL GAME: Sweet Ring Toss Game -- Sabia
Spread flashcards or toys on the table cloth on the floor. Have the children take turns tossing the rings after naming the objects they want. You can make this game harder or easier by having the ...

ESL GAME: Tornado Game -- Sabia
Supplies: Flashcards (pictures or questions on one side, numbers on the other) 'Tornado Cards' (flashcards with numbers on one side and a tornado picture on the other) Stick the numbered ...

ESL GAME: Telephone Numbers -- Sabia
Make the list of the telephone numbers of the kids. Then have one of the kids write one of the telephone numbers on the board (you tell the ciphers one be one). Ask: “Whose telephone number is ...

ESL GAMES: Whose favorite color is…. & Tower Blocks Building -- Sabia
Whose favorite color is…. Ask the kids for their favorite colors (or numbers). Give out their favorite colors correspondingly and tell the kids to hide the flashcards in their hands. When you ask: ...

ESL GAME: What’s the Time, Mister Wolf -- Sabia
This is a traditional kid’s game. Practice with the kids the phrase "What time is it?" Practice the responses "it's 1 o'clock" "2 o'clock" etc. All the kids line up against one wall of ...

ESL GAME: Unusual Musical Chairs -- Sabia
Fix the target vocabulary (i.e. jobs) on each chair. Play music and have the students dance or jump. When the music stops, the students all go for the chairs. There is a chair for each student except ...

ESL GAMES: Finger Clocks, I Spy and Lotto Draw -- Sabia
Finger Clocks: Use your index fingers to perform a clock. Your left index finger points up while your left index finger acts as the hour hand (put it’s top on the lower part of your left index ...

ESL GAME: Do you have…? -- Sabia
It’s simple for the kids to pick up "Do you have a ...?" when talking about one specific thing. Split the group into several groups. Assign each group a different word (this is the thing that that ...

ESL GAME: Don’t Step on Me -- Sabia
Prepare mats with different vocabulary words on them. Place them all over the floor. Teacher needs to call out one of the words. Students need to quickly try to stand on any mat BUT that one. The ...

ESL GAME: Exercises -- Sabia
This one is great for over excited Students who need to burn off a bit of energy. It's also good for classroom commands and numbers. Stand the students in a line and call out instructions: "Jump ...

ESL GAME: Face Game -- Sabia
Draw a face on a big sheet of paper. Tack it to the wall. Make a clay nose. Blindfold a child. Give him a clay nose and have the child stick the nose to the face. Have the group help him with: up ...

ESL GAME: Flashlight Word Game -- Sabia
Start off the game by turning off the lights. Point the flashlight at a particular word on the Word Wall. The teacher calls on a student to read the word. When the child has read the word, it is ...

ESL GAMES: Guess what’s in the Bag & Give It Back Game -- Sabia
Guess what’s in the Bag: Put an object in a bag. Have a pupil touch it. S/he has to guess correctly. Or describe the item to the group. Give It Back Game: Have Students stand in a line. Give them ...

ESL GAME: Happy Word Families -- Sabia
Make several teams. Give four/three flashcards from a single word family (Animals, Transports, Food, etc) to each member of the group. The students look carefully at their cards. Then all the cards ...

ESL GAME: Heads Down, Thumbs Up -- Sabia
Two children are chosen to stand up. All the others put their heads down on their desks with their eyes closed and thumbs sticking up. The two left standing must then gently touch one person each on ...

ESL GAMES: Cross the River & Hot Seat -- Sabia
Cross the River: Place flashcards on floor in winding manner. Each card represents a stepping stone in the river. Students must say word/phrase/question/etc in order to step on it and cross the ...

ESL GAME: Hop and Say -- Sabia
Hop and Say is a pretty easy game to play. The Teacher brings a number of flash cards to class. The Teacher lines the cards up across the floor in a row. Two teams stand at the extremes of the row. ...

ESL GAMES: Duck Duck Goose Game & Counting Goose Game -- Sabia
Duck Duck Goose Game In this game, kids sit down in a circle facing each other. One person is "it" and walks around the circle. As they walk around, they tap people's heads and say whether they ...

ESL GAME: Attention -- Sabia
Call out commands such as: Attention Salute March in place... Stop Sit down Stand up Walk in a circle Clap your hands... Stop Run in place... Stop Jumping jacks... Stop Swim in place.... Stop At ...

ESL GAMES: Alphabet Letter Puzzle & Alphabet Packets -- Sabia
Alphabet Letter Puzzle: Give out different letters cut in two (in three or in four). It is a good idea to use different colours for each letter to help the children if the letters should become mixed ...

ESL GAME: Action Race -- Sabia
This is a fun game using actions. Use actions like: jump hop clap run etc. Have the Students split into two teams and sit in lines with a chair by each team and one chair at the other end of the ...

ESL GAME: Apple Pass -- Sabia
Apple Pass: Have all Students sit in a circle. Use a fake apple and toss it to one Student. But you must say one English word as you pass. The Student then throws to another Student and says a ...

ESL GAME: Appearance Game -- Sabia
Choose a student to begin. This student steps out of the room. Hand a ring to another student. All students in the classroom should see who receives the ring. Call student to return to class. He or ...

ESL GAMES: Balloon Game & Balloon Badminton -- Sabia
Balloon game: Put the students into groups of 4 or 5. Each group forms a circle and they hold hands. Give each group a balloon. As a group, they have to keep the balloon in the air, but when it ...

ESL GAME: Balancing Act -- Sabia
The children lie on the floor on their backs. Each child balances and object you have given out on his or her forehead. Ask the children to do movements like: touch your nose lift your left arm Show ...

ESL GAMES: Blindfold Guessing Game & Blind Toss -- Sabia
Blindfold Guessing Game: Blindfold one or two children. Give them each a few objects or things they now. Fruits are an obvious idea because one can come by them easily. They have to find a pair and ...

ESL GAME: Basketball -- Sabia
Students take a shot at the trash box. First ask a question to Student 1. If s/he answers correctly, then s/he can have a shot at the basket. If the Student gets the ball in the basket, then s/he ...

ESL GAME: Body Parts Musical Madness -- Sabia
Students choose a partner. Let the music play for maybe 30 seconds and then stop it. Teacher yells out "Hand to knee!" Students have to find their partner and put one hand to the partner's knee. ...

Five Points for Effective ESL Warm Up Activities -- Chris Cotter
The warm up of a lesson usually receives far less attention than it should. Teachers spend a lot of time selecting grammar worksheets to introduce and practice the language. Unfortunately, when it ...

Effective Listening Activities for ESL Students -- Chris Cotter
Most ESL students will say that listening is difficult, if not actually admit that this is their weakest skill. The difficulty comes down to two main points. The first point results from the pace, ...

Pairwork in the ESL / EFL Classroom -- Chris Cotter
A lot goes into a successful lesson. Teachers must consider the level of the students, and how this applies to the target language. Teachers must consider the length of the class, how it ties in with ...

How to Teach ESL Speaking -- Chris Cotter
A person's skill with English as a foreign language (EFL) is often measured by the speaking ability of the students. The student may score well on tests or have an extensive vocabulary, but ...

Useful Phrasal Verbs For ESL Students -- Susan Thomason
If you're an ESL student who happens to be more than puzzled about how phrasal verbs are used and what they mean, you'll find this guide will come in really handy. 1.A phrasal verb is a verb ...

The Crime of Double Negatives - Revealed! -- Susan Thomason
Among the many challenges learning English as second language poses, an all time classic is a double negative. Since double negatives do exist and in fact are quite correct in other languages, for ...

Fun Idiomatic Expressions For ESL Students - Comparisons -- Susan Thomason
It is inevitable and unavoidable. When you're an ESL student you'll sooner or later run across idiomatic expressions that will basically have you either scratching your head in puzzlement or ...

Activities For ESL Students: Tips For Teaching Children ESL -- Alber Roth
There is always a lot of preparation that goes into teaching anyone ESL. However, teaching children is entirely another ballgame. You need to remember that your are teaching a room full of children ...

Examples of Indefinite and Reflexive Pronouns -- Elizabeth O'brien
Can you name some examples of indefinite and reflexive pronouns? Do you know what they are? Before we look at examples, let's have a little refresher. Pronouns Do you remember the eight parts of ...

The 8 Parts of Speech - Understanding Them Makes Everything Else Simple -- Elizabeth O'brien
If you understand the 8 parts of speech, everything else in grammar will be made simple for you. It's true. Just look at this list of seemingly complicated topics which can be easily understood ...

Gerunds Made Easy - A Simple Lesson With Clear Explanations and Plenty of Examples -- Elizabeth O'brien
Gerunds are a hybrid of nouns and verbs. You remember that nouns and verbs are two of the eight parts of speech, right? Here is a silly way to think of it: If a noun and a verb got married, their ...

Got Grammar Games? Try Diagramming Sentences -- Elizabeth O'brien
Grammar games can add some needed zest to your English grammar instruction. Looking for a new game? Try diagramming sentences! Seriously, your students will think that it's fun. There are a few ...

Who Or Whom? One Tip to Help Your Students Use Proper Grammar -- Elizabeth O'brien
Using proper grammar when it comes to choosing who or whom can be tricky. Or, it seems tricky. That's probably because you were never taught how to tell when to use each of these. There is a ...

Reflexive, Personal, and Indefinite Pronouns - Learn About Them! -- Elizabeth O'brien
This lesson on three common pronouns (reflexive, personal, and indefinite) has definitions and examples to help you! A quick refresher: Pronouns are words that take the place of nouns. They are one ...

How to Teach the Alphabet -- Mark Pennington
The old "Alphabet Song" has proved to be a remarkable tool to assist learning the pronunciation and sequence of the English alphabet. The melody, written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, has certainly ...

The Most Useful Punctuation and Capitalization Rules -- Mark Pennington
Punctuation/Examples Commas -Use commas before or after speaker tags. She said, "Call me at home." -Use commas to set apart appositives. That man, the one with the hat, left. -Use commas after each ...

The Ten Parts of Speech With Clear Examples -- Mark Pennington
1. A common noun is a person, place, idea, or thing. It is capitalized only at the start of a sentence. It can be a single word, a group of words, or a hyphenated word. Examples: The girl was ...

How to Identify Subjects and Predicates -- Mark Pennington
Learning how to identify subjects and predicates will help students and employees comprehend sentences and avoid sentence fragments and run-ons in their writing. Sentence Subjects Definition: The ...

The Eight Great Spelling Rules -- Mark Pennington
Although the American-English spelling system has evolved from many sources, there are specific patterns that are well-worth learning. These spelling patterns, or spelling rules, all have exceptions; ...

President's Day Activities For The New Year -- Darren W Chow
Presidents Day is the day that the nation honors the men who have held the highest honor in the land. With 43 past Presidents over more than 300 years of being a country, the United States has had ...

9 Reasons Why You Should Use Songs to Teach English as a Foreign Language -- Larry M. Lynch
Using Songs to Teach Foreign Language Language teachers can and should use songs as part of their classroom teaching repertoire. Songs contain authentic language, are easily obtainable, provide ...

Using Classical Music In The English As A Foreign Language Classroom -- Larry M. Lynch
Activities for using music in TEFL In some of my previous English as a foreign Language Teaching articles we've opened discussion over the varied uses of music in the English as a Foreign ...

5 Reasons to Use Popular Movies for English Language Teaching -- Larry M. Lynch
As progressive professionals in our continual search for additional resources, approaches, techniques and methods for expanding our repertoire of English language teaching tools, often, we need not ...

English Language Teaching - Using Toys as Educational Tools -- Larry M. Lynch
Children love to play. Who can deny it? So why not use this universal characteristic to provide and promote English language learning as well? If you do, you can hardly go wrong. What child is going ...

Encourage Genuine Fluency: Give Students a Chance to Ask and Answer Real Questions -- Tim B Cornwall
Students need a role play in which answers are unknown to their conversation partner, regardless of how well they might know each other. The problem, however, is that a role play often takes too much ...

Guide to Lesson Planning and a Sample Lesson Plan -- Christopher S Lee
If you are in need of a sample lesson plan, the first thing to look at is to understand what makes a good lesson. To understand, here is a basic format for a lesson. Lesson Sample Teacher: School: ...

Roundly Teaching Vocabulary in ESL Lessons -- Les Perras
In my ESL lessons, I teach vocabulary in a roundly. What I mean is, my students get the chance to learn both the meaning of the new vocabulary and how to use it. You might say to me, "Sure Les, ...

How to Teach ESL Songs - A Guide For TEFL Teachers -- Mark Aubrey
tudents really enjoy singing and songs are a fun way for them to learn new vocabulary and practice using the language. This article offers some tips on how you can use songs in your class to improve ...

How to Teach Sound-by-Sound Spelling Blending -- Mark Pennington
Learning how to do sound-by-sound spelling blending takes a bit of practice. Position your students such that your body does not obstruct their views of the board. Use black or blue markers for the ...

How to Teach Syllabication -- Mark Pennington
As beginning readers begin to recognize the connection between speech sounds and letters (phonemic awareness), use the alphabetic code to begin sounding out and blending letter sounds (phonics), and ...

Mind Mapping - How To Use Mind Maps To Teach Difficult Grammar Points -- Jon Lewis
If you are a language teacher, you probably already use mind maps to help your students learn vocabulary. These mind maps are sometimes referred to as "vocabulary networks" or "word maps". One ...

How To Teach Irregular Verbs In An Interesting Way -- Theo Grigore
Teaching is a process that involves a lot of work and creativity from the part of the teacher. The teacher needs to understand that students need to get involved as much as possible into the process ...

Teaching Grammar - 5 Tips to Help You and Your Students -- Elizabeth O'brien
1. Know Your Subject This is obvious, but it must be said. I have sat in classroom where the teacher told the students that adjectives modified nouns, pronouns, and other adjectives. Ahhhhh! ...

Three Fun Ideas for Teaching Grammar to TEFL Learners -- Larry M. Lynch
Grammar. The very mention of the word strikes fear into the heart of the staunchest language learner. Many English EFL and ESL teachers also feel the pit of their stomach churn at the thought of ...

Teaching Grammar For Children -- Clay R Mccoy
If you want to teach the grammar to your children, it is recommended for you to be able to find the best ways to let them understand everything easily. It is important to always remember that ...

How to Teach Complex Sentences -- Mark Pennington
More and more candidates for better paying jobs are now required to submit writing samples as part of the interview process. Many applicants with strong verbal skills fail to make the second round of ...

How to Teach Reading Comprehension -- Mark Pennington
Teachers struggle with how to teach reading comprehension. The implicit-instruction teachers hope that reading a lot really will teach comprehension through some form of reading osmosis. The ...

How Not to Teach Context Clues -- Mark Pennington
To most intermediate, middle, high school, and college teachers, teaching context clues means helping students consciously identify and apply strategies to figure out the meaning of unknown words ...

How to Teach Visual Spatial Learners -- Jena Names
Sharpen your pencils! Visual Spatial learners learn best through pictures and illustrations. Visual Spatial learners think in pictures. Once they have a picture of the concept, they've got it! No ...

How to Improve Spoken English Using Games -- Lisa B Scott
Once you've completed an accent reduction course and learned some new sounds, you need to practice those sounds to improve your spoken English and make it a habit in everyday conversation. Of ...

Teaching the Third Conditional to ESL Students -- Keith Taylor
Here's an effective way to teach the third conditional to your ESL students. 1. First, write a short story (a few paragraphs is fine) about someone who had a bad day. The first paragraph could ...

Teaching Techniques and Classroom Management -- Jason Geyser
Maximizing student interaction in class An important responsibility of an ESL teacher is to create an effective learning environment for learning to take place. This involves both actions and the ...

Groupwork in the ESL Classroom -- Chris Cotter
When students work in pairs, their talk time increases. For example, a five-minute activity with two students speaking together would mean each person has roughly two-and-a-minutes of student talk ...

Lesson Plan Example For New ESL Tutors -- Lisa Lines
This is a sample lesson plan for tutors teaching students who are learning English at a beginner's level. For first-time ESL tutors, it is often difficult to know how to begin your lessons with a ...

Cowboy Culture: 3 Movies That Teach the Western Genre -- James Frieden
A setting sun sliding behind a mountain range, the creak of a leather saddle, the jingle of spurs...a tanned, dirt streaked man sits atop his shifting horse. He tilts up the brim of his worn, creased ...

3 Ways To Promote Discussion In The Classroom When Showing Movies -- James Frieden
acilitating strong student-to-student and student-to-instructor communication creates the foundation of a good classroom experience. Open lines of communication allow students to develop and hone ...

Effective Lesson Plan Making Strategies -- Sweety Kaur
Planning is an integral part of any activity that you do as it is the only thing that can ensure the smooth completion of your activity. An effective plan can let you work in a proper way and also ...

14 Classroom Management Tips for Substitute Teachers -- Jason Castellucci
Classroom management was the biggest challenge I faced as a substitute teacher. Walking into a class for the first time, I was clueless about the absent teacher's classroom procedures and ...

The Hero's Journey And Casablanca: Teaching The Monomyth -- James Frieden
Casablanca has it all: moving love story; stunning artistry; and captivating characters. It's a classic film that millions watch again and again. However, did you know that Casablanca was also an ...

Phonics - Teaching Vowel Sounds To Children Leaning to Read -- Lindsey Watson
When teaching children how to read using a phonic teaching programme there are various elements which need to be clearly understood. This article focuses on how to teach children the various ...
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