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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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