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EVA HOMOLOVA

ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer

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Teaching Reading with Authentic Materials (Part 2 of 5)

ESL lesson using job advertisements (14-18 years)

 

Go to Introduction

 

 

In real life, job advertisements are written to be read. In the classroom we can use them for developing reading strategies such as:

- Skimming a rapid glancing through the text to determine general content or a gist

- Scanning a rapid glancing through the text to find a specific information (a deadline for the application, age, languages required etc.)

- This section includes activities whose primary aim is to concentrate on developing reading comprehension.

 

Identify parts of the text:

 

 Language and skills

skimming and scanning strategies, comparing and matching parts of a text

 

 

 Level

beginners / intermediate / advanced

 

 

 Time

5 minutes

 

 

 Materials

sets of advertisements cut into pieces   

 

Procedure: Pair work. Teacher elicits from learners what information should every job advertisement provide e.g. position, address, deadline, description of the job etc. It can be done in mother tongue.

 

Then s/he writes or dictates the parts of the advertisement:

- The company its name and a short description

- The job an indication of the job and main duties

- The person the qualification, skulls and experience

- Rewards the salary, holidays, company car, mobile phone, bonus etc.

- Methods of application instruction how one should apply

 

Learners work in pair and try to identify parts of the text and put them in the correct order.

 

 

Identify parts and order them:

 

 Language and skills

skimming and scanning strategies, comparing and matching parts of a text

 

 

 Level

beginners / intermediate / advanced

 

 

 Time

5 minutes 

 

 

 Materials

a copy of a mixed up advertisement

 

Procedure: Teacher writes components of the advertisement on the blackboard:

 

The Company

A   B   C   D   E

The Job

A   B   C   D   E

The Person

A   B   C   D   E

Rewards

A   B   C   D   E

Methods of Application

A   B   C   D   E

 

Learners are given a handout with a mixed up text, each part labeled A,B,C,D or E. In the chart, they circle the letter corresponding to the given component.

 

 

Divide the text and make up an advert:

 

 Language and skills

reading and controlled writing

 

 

 Level

post beginners / intermediate / advanced

 

 

 Time

10 minutes 

 

 

 Materials

transparency or copies of the text  

 

 

 Preparation

none

 

Procedure: The teacher prepares the undivided text either on a transparency or hands out photocopies. Learners have to copy the text and organize it in the format of a job advertisement. They can design a company logo.

 

 

Identify a missing part and write it:

 

 Language and skills

skimming and scanning strategies, guided writing

 

 

 Level

beginners / intermediate / advanced

 

 

 Time

12 minutes 

 

 

 Materials

a copy of a mixed up advertisement with one component missing

 

 

 Preparation

list of positive adjectives and skills describing a person

 

Procedure:  Pair work. Learners get a copy of a mixed up advert and have to organize it according the structure (a company, job, person, reward, methods of application). One part of the text is missing e.g. the person.

 

Learners must list qualities and skills required and write the missing part. They can use the list prepared beforehand by the teacher or during a brainstorming stage of the lesson. It is advisable to choose a job that is as close to learners study program as possible (secretary, driver, manager, nurse).

 

Then the teacher can show the original part of the text and learners compare it with their own writing.

 

 

More adverts more information:

 

 Language and skills

skimming and scanning strategies

 

 

 Level

beginners / intermediate

 

 

 Time

5 minutes 

 

 

 Materials

a handout with 6 adverts, a transparency with questions

 

 

 Preparation

list of questions focusing on details in adverts

 

Procedure: Individual work. Learners get a copy of six adverts on one handout. Each advert has its number. Learners read questions on the transparency and match the question to adverts that provides required information.

 

Examples of questions:

- Which secretarial job wants you to speak three languages?

- Which secretarial job wants you to be under 35?

- Which secretarial job wants you to have three and more years of experience?

- Which secretarial job considers a university degree?

- Which secretarial job wants you to send CV in English?

- Which job requires a supporting letter English?

 

This activity can be organized as a competition.

 

 

Addresses and numbers in adverts:

 

 Language and skills

skimming and scanning strategies, spelling and dictating controlled speaking

 Level

beginners/intermediate

 

 

 Time

7 minutes

 

 

 Materials

a handout with 6 adverts, (the same copy as above)

 

 

 Preparation

list of addresses and numbers which are similar but NOT the same as on the handout list of questions related to the text of adverts

 

Procedure: Individual work leading to group work. Learners read the adverts and focus on addresses of companies, fax and telephone numbers. They compare it to the ones given and identify mistakes in them.

 

 

Find the information as quickly as possible:

 

 Language and skills

skimming and scanning strategies, answering questions

 

 

 Level

beginners / intermediate

 

 

 Time

5 minutes 

 

 

 Materials

a copy of one advert

 

 

 Preparation

list of questions related to the advert

 

Procedure Individual work. Teacher reads the questions and learners have to find the answers as quickly as possible. The questions should not follow the structure of the advert. Examples of questions:

- How old should the candidate be?

- Does s/he have to send CV?

- Will s/he work in this country or abroad?

- Where?

- Is it possible to communicate with the company by e-mail?

- Public check.

 

  

Thats nearly me:

 

 Language and skills

skimming and scanning strategies, justifying opinions

 

 

 Level

beginners / intermediate

 

 

 Time

10 minutes 

 

 

 Materials

copies of several adverts (preferably corresponding to study learners program)

 

 

 Preparation

none

 

Procedure: Individual work leading to class work. Learners read several texts focusing on personal qualities and requirements. They try to mach them to their personalities and justify, why they think requirements match their personal qualities. They form statements beginning like:

- Ive chosen this adverts because

- In the future Id like to

- My father is a and I want to etc.

 

 

Reconstruct a job advert:

 

 Language and skills

reading and writing

 

 

 Level

intermediate / advanced

 

 

 Time

20 minutes 

 

 

 Materials

a copy of a divided advert for each pair

 

 

 Preparation

teacher prepares a copy of an advert torn into two halves

 

Procedure: Individual work leading to pair work. Every learner gets one half of an advert. The task is to reconstruct it (complete sentences and words) and check their version with a partner. Example:

 

STUDENT A

 

STUDENT B

 

Danish pharmaceutical

is looking

 

2 pharma

represen

 

for the

Bratislava and

Northern

 

Candidates must have

similar University degree, be

Skilled in PC

 

If you are interested in

send your CV in English

 

LUNDBECK

POBOX 140

820 05 Bratislava

 

company LUNDBECK

to employ

 

ceuticals

tatives

 

regions

Western Slovakia

Slovakia

 

pharmaceutical, medical or

fluent in English

holding driving license

 

mentioned positions please

to the following address:

 

 

 

 

Note: The outcome does not have to be the original text but it has to have a meaning.

 

 

 

Click here to return to Introduction or go to the 4 other lessons:

 

1. Warm Up

3. Teaching Vocabulary and Grammar

4. Teaching Writing

5. Teaching Communication

 

 

Copyright 2004 Eva Homolova

 

 

 

 

 

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Draw the Tail (etc.) on the Donkey - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day
Most westerners know the traditional game called Pin the Tail on the Donkey. A blindfolded child is to pin a paper tail to a picture of a donkey. It challenges kids and is physical. I adapted this..
How to Prepare Lesson Plans for Gifted Students  by: Collaborator
Lesson plans for gifted students differ from lesson plans for regular students, because you must take into account the different ways that gifted students learn. Gifted students are more than just..
Look, See or Watch - quiz  by: jt
"Kids, please, ___ at the blackboard!" a. look b. see c. watch Answera "Be quiet and let me ___ the football match!" a. look b. saw c. watch Answerc Cats can ___ in the dark. a. see b. seeing c...
How Not to Teach Context Clues  by: 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..
Making Book Reviews Easy For Your ESL Class  by: Jane Wangersky
Reviewing a book in a foreign language seems like an overwhelming task at first - but it's one you can lead your ESL students through by getting them to answer the right questions and respond to the..
The Story So Far- Episode 1 - podcast - Video  by: MagentaKristen
More stories at the: Short Stories for Teachers board
ESL Game #1 - Tic Tac Toe  by: Joe Tosczak
To play Tic Tac Toe in class is very easy. But to be able to play Tic Tac Toe in class and still be teaching English at the same time is the tricky part. Any and every new ESL teacher will eventually..
Children's Activities for the Wise Men  by: Adele Hibiscus
Activities for teaching children about the three wise men can be done creatively and tell abut their significance in the Christmas story detailing the birth of the baby, Jesus of Nazareth. Engaging..
How to play the game 7up - Short Lesson  by: jt
You get a group of people. Most sit down while a few stand up and are "it" I guess you would say. The ones standing tell the other players "Heads down, thumbs up" While the players who are sitting..
Classroom Game - Silent Ball  by: teacher
students stand on chairs. They are absolutely silent. They throw the ball to each other. If someone drops it, they are out and sit down. If it is a bad throw, the thrower is out, not the catcher. If..
Preschool Winter Activities - Escaping the Winter Blues  by: Mary Robinson
While many adults seem to get trapped in the winter blues, winter is most often seen as a time of wonder and enchantment for children. Explore the many facets of the polar season with these preschool..
Present Simple Negative Verbs - quiz  by: jt
Tom ___ like chocolate ice cream. a. doesn't b. don't Answera I ___ understand, do you? a. doesn't b. don't Answerb Dr. Watson ___ smoke, does he? a. doesn't b. don't Answera We ___ like classical..
3 Great Preschool Cookie Day Activities  by: Paula Jones
December 4th is National Cookie Day. Kids love cookies and will be excited to try these preschool cookie day activities. Try baking and decorating cookies with your children. Read stories about..
ESL Conversation Role-Play Exercises  by: 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..
187 - Games and Activities for ESL Classes  by: Shaney Crawford
Collected by Shaney Crawford, Former Participant of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme (Fukushima) These games and activities have been collected from various sources: past issues of the..
Book Review and Reflection - ESL lesson  by: Nellie Deutsch
Book Review and Reflection Read a book in English and fill in the following information: Your name: Your e-mail: Information about the book Title: Author: Number of pages: Please answer the following..
Jury Classroom Activities  by: Jennifer Hench
Teaching students about the judicial system within the United States involves focusing on all areas of the law. When it comes to teaching the jury portion of trial and case law, utilizing classroom..
French Language Lessons for Children (including Christmas in France)  by: Lisa Dorward
A good French lesson will be taught in French as much as possible, incorporate consistent material and encourage student participation through reading, writing and speaking. A great French lesson..
What's In My Food? A health lesson based on swan food  by: Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. / theregalswan.com
What’s In My Food? Expected Learning Outcomes It is critically important that students have an understanding of supplemental foods required by swans. Assuring that swans have an appropriate and..
Using Circle Time in ESL Classrooms - Lesson  by: Shannon Tani
Many ESL teachers may not be familiar with the idea of circle time. It is a part of lesson, usually the first thing that you do, where the concepts are repeated on a daily (or weekly) basis. It's..
ESL Game - 4 corners  by: kr
Title: 4 corners Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: One student is it and stands in the middle of the class with their eyes closed. Each corner is represented by a..
Task 2 IELTS practice essays - To what extent do you agree or disagree?  by: IELTS Edits
Task 2 IELTS practice essays To what extent do you agree or disagree? 1. Popular events like the World Cup for football and other international sporting occasions are essential in easing..
Classroom Activities and Games  by: tim
The real me Young children will really enjoy this art project that reviews the structure I like... and food words. Have the students draw a picture of themselves showing the foods they like, e.g...
89 - Games and Activities for the English as a Second Language Classroom  by: hyn
Activities that can be used with higheachievers in English course 1- Cut-Up Sentence Kabadi Level: Any This is a combination of a basic TEFL game and the Indian(?) game Kabadi(?). Prepare some cut up..
ESL Review Games: Alphabet Game  by: Jack Stone
Difficulty: Easy Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) is a difficult task, especially when teaching beginnerswho know very little of the English language. However, the strategic implementation..
How to Create a Grammar Lesson Plan for a Beginner ESL Class  by: contributor
Teaching beginning English as a Second Language or ESL is very satisfying. Along with speaking and listening skills you will need to plan grammar lessons for your class. Creating grammar lesson plans..
Theme Ideas for Christmas  by: Dawn Sutton
Christmas themes provide you with a cornucopia of decoration and activity ideas, whether you are planning decorating your home, teaching Christmas-themed lesson plans to a class or selecting..
Questions & Answers - quiz  by: jt
Match the questions with the answers. 1. Who are you waiting for? a. No, not yet. 2. What happened to Bob? b. Home. 3. How long does it take you to get there? c. He broke his leg. 4. Can you tell me..
TEFL Visits: Stonehenge Mysteries - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL Visits – Stonehenge Mysteries Not far from where I teach is a World Heritage site – Stonehenge. Most people who visit us from overseas have heard of it, seen pictures, and are keen to visit...
ESL Spelling Games  by: 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..
Adverb Lesson Activities on How, Where & When  by: David Coodin
An adverb is a word that describes how, where, when or why an action is completed. It can also modify an adjective or another adverb. Although we use adverbs all the time in spoken and written..
Easy Ornament Crafts for First Grade Students  by: Rebecca Miller
Easy ornament crafts are a great way to teach young minds about art, patterns and textures. Creating arts and craft projects with their own hands usually brings forth a feeling of accomplishment...
How to Connect Words with ESL Exercises  by: 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..
Using Pictures to Teach Narrative Writing with Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry  by: Trina Allen
Subject: Sixth Grade Language Arts – Segregation and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Time allotted: 90 minutes Organization: large group Objective: Students will demonstrate the understanding of the..
Crossword Puzzle: On the Board - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
I was surprised to discover that many ESL students in Korea have never done a crossword puzzle, especially the younger children. Some written languages do not lend themselves to this game/activity..
Astronomy: Prepositions  by: jt
Astronomers study the planets ___ our solar system. a. among b. below c. in Answer-c Stars are balls of gas that give ___ light. a. away b. in c. out Answer-c A galaxy is a system ___ stars. a. of b...
ESL Teaching Activities  by: 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 learning..
Game: The City Alphabet - Short Lesson  by: sam
One player names a town/city eg New York. The next person has to name a town beginning with the last letter of the previous town/city in this example Albany would do. No repeats of towns are allowed,..
Favourite ice breaker games - Short Lesson  by: trent
If you need a game for a bunch of people - a fun one is to make everyone get in line in order of their birthdays without speaking. They can only use hand gestures and other ways of conveying their..
ESL Activities - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
Interactive Reading Activity for ESL Classroom In your ESL class you will most likely have students reading out loud when you are covering a reading passage. One way to do this is to have students..
Hilarious Halloween Games: Fun And Frolics For All Hallows Eve  by: Nigel Patterson
If you're planning a Halloween party this year, a fun selection of Halloween games is a sure way to keep guests happy. And even if you just want something to keep the kids entertained after they've..
How to Plan a No-Materials ESL Lessons  by: Writer
There are many reasons why you may plan a no-materials ESL lesson. You may have been called in to substitute for another teacher just 20 minutes before the lesson, you may need a change of pace to..
ESL Punctuation Exercises  by: 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..
STATUES - Short Lesson  by: re
Play the traditional game of statues. All the children stand up and dance or move around to some lively music. When the music stops, they have to stand completely still or else they are eliminated..
Looking for ideas to bring 'fun' in the classroom?  by: answers.yahoo.com
As an education major, I'm looking for ideas on ways that I can incorperate fun into my lessons. I've heard of students being awarded 'money' to buy small items form a 'shop' in the classroom. Other..
Blindfold Activities in the TEFL classroom  by: William Sullivan
One method of creating a genuine information gap is through the use of blindfold activities. Blindfolds can be employed in a variety of ways in the TEFL/foreign language classroom to foster a truly..
Twenty Questions - Short Lesson  by: jp
Select an object in your mind and let the learners ask up to twenty questions to guess what it is. Trade places with the winner and let that learner select an object for the next round.
TESOL Methods  by: ojcsteve
This demonstrates using the color chart used in the Silent Way
Subject/Verb Agreement - quiz  by: jt
The use of vitamin supplements and herbs (be) ___ becoming increasingly popular among Americans. Answer-is While many studies claim that vitamins and herbs can improve health, there (be) ___ a lot of..
Six Physical Education Games and Activities Your Elementary Students Will Love  by: Honey Krumholz
The physical education games that are described in this article can be played at the beginning of gym class as part of a warm exercise, during the period wholly or partially devoted to games or..
RELAY GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Students are in six rows. Several reading cards are made up. Students have to read the card then pass it to the next person in the row. The person at the end of the row hands it across to the next..
Match the Sentences  by: jt
Choose the equivalent or near-equivalent sentences. 1. He hates washing the dishes 2. He's not diplomatic. 3. He has no money. 4. He's a good driver. 5. He died from hunger. 6. He's the loser. 7. He..
GO TO SLEEP - Short Lesson  by: re
Divide the class into groups. Let students decide their order within the group (1 to 6). The students in each group put their heads down except for the number ones. Think of a sentence and write one..
Cowboy Culture: 3 Movies That Teach the Western Genre  by: 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..
How to Teach Adjectives to ESL  by: 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..
Disappearing Vowels - Short Lesson  by: jin
A game that involves matching, spelling and increasing vocabulary. Make up a list of vocabulary words in one column, and leave out the vowels in each of these words. In the opposite list, and in a..
How to Initiate Your Child Into Learning the English Language  by: Adriana A Noton
There are many benefits to children learning the English language. Most parents want their children to learn English so that they will have all of the opportunities available to them when they are..
Increasing stress levels in the classroom  by: answers.yahoo.com
I need to teach stress and stress management to adults as part of an induction. Its a struggle to engage with them and I was wondering if anyone knew of a simple game that can be played in a..
Free Online Trivia Game Questions and Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: Infants have more or less number of bones than adults? Answer: More Trivia Teaser: A baby's body has about 300 bones at birth. These eventually fuse, or grow together, to form the 206 bones..
ESL Sense of Sight Activities  by: 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..
Activities for Teaching English As a Foreign Language  by: Sophie Southern
Teaching English as a foreign language, commonly referred to as TEFL, can be a rewarding way to help people learn while traveling or learning about new cultures. Focusing on helping your students..
Short Stories for Intermediate ESL  by: 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..
How to Use Video in Classroom Activities  by: Emily Howe
Many teachers shy away from bringing video and other media into the classroom, fearing technical difficulty or excessive prep time. Learning your way around the equipment may require an extra effort..
Activities for Teaching English to Adults  by: Kara Page
While most English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers include games for kids as part of their lesson plans, adults can also benefit from these types of interactive activities. For each activity you..
Lesson Plans for Christmas Activities for 2nd Grade  by: Samantha Volz
Christmas is a time for celebration and excitement, especially for children anticipating a visit from the big man in the big sleigh. Through Christmas activities in the classroom, teachers can share..
TEFL Visits: Stonehenge Mysteries - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL Visits – Stonehenge Mysteries Not far from where I teach is a World Heritage site – Stonehenge. Most people who visit us from overseas have heard of it, seen pictures, and are keen to visit...
How to Multiply Fractions  by: Jen
How to Multiply Fractions If you have mastered adding and subtracting fractions, often multiplying fractions will seem a lot less complicated. Many of the steps feel similar, but much of the work..
Creative Shoebox Diorama Ideas For the School Season  by: Will Kalif
Shoebox Dioramas are a part of every school year and in just about every grade they serve as a wonderful learning tool. They are used to learn the arts and crafts of making things and they are used..
The Meatrix (internet movie) - Lesson  by: Captain Jay Bird
How to run this lesson: The Meatrix Level: Pre-Intermediate/ Intermediate Time: 30 ( depending on discussion) Materials Needed:A fast internet connections on student machines An interactive..
Freewriting - Short Lesson  by: js
Give learners 5 minutes to just write their thoughts. You may guide them by providing a question or topic (beginners will probably need guidance), or give them complete freedom. Make sure they just..
FIND THE MISTAKES - Short Lesson  by: re
Working in pairs, one student has a copy of a passage and the other student has a copy with factual errors. These copies are identifies as correct or not. The student with the correct version reads..
good games for primary ones  by: answers.yahoo.com
From naughtybecksy K: Yes we used to play this at parties. Cut out some large ... Yes we used to play this at parties. Cut out some large squares and draw a colourful bright simple picture on it. ie..
Games for Bored Students  by: Rebecca Bagwell
Difficulty: Easy For years, teachers have known the best way to engage students is with interactive lessons andhands-on learning. However, not every lesson lends itself to fun, engagingteaching..
TRANSLATION 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Teacher says words in Japanese (or the local language) and students must translate them into English. Make it a race for points. 1 translation = one point.
5 Of The Best Online Preschool Games - Online Toddler Games, Too!  by: Mary Green
There are hundreds of online preschool games, and many of these can also be used as online toddler games. Some of the best are featured here and each one has a different way of teaching besides what..
Complaints - English lesson  by: Ali
Happy New Year to everyone! Teaching English in the class where the students are motivated and enthusiastic is very encouraging for the teacher. And having the students speak in ESL class is one of..
Game for students. Rock-Paper-Scissors Tag - Short Lesson  by: gh
The group divides up in to two teams, one on each end of the playing area in their "safety zone." Each team takes 15 seconds to decide on rock, paper, or scissors for that round, then they meet at..
Introduction Activity for ESL Classroom  by: Andrew Lawton
The first thing you do when you get a new class is to have the students introduce themselves. For most people, especially beginning ESL students, this may be difficult. This activity will help make..
ESL Lesson Plans on Food  by: Ian Moore
The food unit can be a crucial one because it is extremely beneficial for someone studying English to learn how to use food items in a sentence. This unit not only introduces the use of count and..
Activities and Games to Teach English Vocabulary  by: Talia Kennedy
Teaching children new English vocabulary words can be difficult because they may have trouble conceptualizing their meanings. Providing a list of words and definitions is one presentation method but..
ADJECTIVES 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Choose some advertisements with big print and not too much writing on them. Number them clearly. Black out two adjectives from each and make a list of the missing words. Before the lesson, post the..
STATUES - Short Lesson  by: re
Play the traditional game of statues. All the children stand up and dance or move around to some lively music. When the music stops, they have to stand completely still or else they are eliminated..
| How TEFL Teachers Can Improve ESL Students Conversation Skills  by: Ed Earl
It is important for ESL students to gain the confidence to use the language they have learnt when talking to native speakers. This article offers ways in which ESL teachers can help their ESL..
Icebreakers - Interview your neighbour - Short Lesson  by: choi
Have students work in pairs to interview each other for a few minutes. They can take notes about their interview partners that will be reported in a summary to the rest of the group. The interview..
ESL Drama Ideas  by: 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 with..
Christmas Programs for Children  by: Anne Kinsey
Children's Christmas programs are an ideal way to get kids involved in learning about and sharing the true meaning of Christmas. While children might get the impression from popular culture that..
What's Missing? - Short Lesson  by: jin
Arrange several objects in a line in front of a group of children, naming each one as you place it in the row. Have the children repeat the name of each object. Then cover the objects with a cloth...
lesson for beginners  by: contributor
10 minutes - Easy Separate your English class in 2 groups: Group A and Group B Ask group A members to answer this question: "If you became invisible, what would you do first?" Then, ask group B..
Spare Activities for an ESL Classroom  by: 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 Game - Memory  by: kr
Title: Memory Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Word and picture cards Procedure: Divide students into teams. On the board place the picture cards in grid formation. On the other side of..
ESL Quiz  by: jt
ESL Quiz – AS … AS Name: ________________ Date: _________________ Complete the sentences with the given adjectives and the correct set expression. blind – dry – easy – cold – free –..
INTERVIEW 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
JTE and ALT dress up and act out a TV interview. Students must listen and take notes. Quiz at the end.
Icebreaker Games for ESL  by: 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..
Favourite ice breaker games - Short Lesson  by: trent
If you need a game for a bunch of people - a fun one is to make everyone get in line in order of their birthdays without speaking. They can only use hand gestures and other ways of conveying their..
You Can Help Your Children Learn the Alphabet - Here's How  by: Barbara Freedman-De Vito
Government studies confirm that children who are read to and and who recognize the letters of the alphabet have an easier time learning how to read and thus do better in school, so maximize your..
How to make a grammar lesson great  by: 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..
CARD GAMES - Short Lesson  by: re
Adapt any card games you know to a grammar point. E.g. Old Maid, Go Fish, Crazy Eights, Speed, etc. Also, these games can be taught to an English club.
3 Great Preschool 'Roof Over Your Head Day' Activities  by: Paula Jones
Roof over your head day is December 3. This is a great time to expose children to the different types of homes people live in, both here and around the world. Talk about the homes your children live..
Esl Teaching - Games For Successful Teachers - Short Lesson  by: Dan Sarle
If you have ever experienced teaching English as a second language to children then you know how difficult it can be at times to hold their attention. A possible solution to the problem is to run a..
Grammar quiz with answers - Prepositions  by: jt
Prepositions 1. I bought a new dress ___ the store. Answer- at 2. I found my car keys ___ my pocket. Answer- in 3. My friends are waiting ___ me ___ the mall. Answer- for Answer- at 4. I saw the..
Halloween Games for Students  by: Kara Page
Difficulty: Easy Holidayslike Halloween are a great opportunity for teachers to introduce fun and educationalgamesto the classroom. Between the candy and the costumes, Halloween is a favorite holiday..
ESL Games for Very Young Learners  by: Patrice Lesco
English as a Second Language, or ESL, games for young learners provide a fun and informative method of learning English language skills. Role playing and puppet theatres are two games that strengthen..
Phonics - Teaching Vowel Sounds To Children Leaning to Read  by: 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..
How to Teach English to Small Kids  by: Kevin Ann Reinhart
Small children absorb language easily making them wonderfully responsive to learning English as a second language. Child-centered, conversation-based activities are a good place to begin as you and..
Lesson Plans for Infants and Toddlers  by: Tara Duggan
Whether you are running a day-care center, a play group or supervising your own children, having a plan can make the day go more smoothly. Focusing on safe, fun and engaging educational activities..
The Rules of a Classroom for Three-Year-Olds  by: Veronica Maier
Teachers of a preschool classroom filled with three- and four-year-olds regularly post a set of rules for parents and children to read. These rules almost always include safety. Parents and teachers..
Board Games for ESL  by: 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..
NUMBERS 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Use flashcards to teach any group of numbers. Practise counting forwards, then backwards, then by 2s, or 4s, etc.
Elmo Rhymes - Short Lesson  by: jin
Elmo Rhymes, a free online game sponsored by PBS Kids, features Elmo and other colorful images. Users are shown one object and asked to select any additional object whose name rhymes with that word...
Practice Vocabulary - Lesson  by: ESL Free Lesson
"Changing" money Scene: You are in a store, and you want to play the video game there . You need coins to operate the game, but you only have a ten dollar bill. You desire to ask the owner of the..
I am teaching adults but i am not finished with my studies yet.how can i make them trust me as a teacher  by: answers.yahoo.com
too young for being a teacher
How to Teach English With Grammar Games  by: Carl Hose
English grammar rules are often confusing and difficult for students to grasp. Traditional teaching methods can be boring. An effective way to capture the attention of your students is by making a..
Teaching Students To Enjoy Expressing Themselves With The Written Word  by: 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. That's why..
The Best ESL Lesson Plans  by: Joel Barnard
Making good, well-researched lesson plans is imperative in order to effectively teach learners of English as a second language. As you develop as a teacher, the time required to prepare for a lesson..
Lesson 7 - The Best Accountant  by: jt
The Story An accountant answered an advertisement for a job with a large firm. At the end of the interview the chairman said, "One last question-- what is three times seven?" The accountant thought..
Five Points for Effective ESL Warm Up Activities  by: 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..
Vocabulary Beat - Short Lesson  by: jin
A way to teach students how to remember new words and meanings is by using them with beats and rhythms from popular songs and commercials. If you are playing this game for the first time, give..
Easter Activities for the Classroom  by: Teresa Evans
If you need Easter activities for the classroom, you will find that you have many different activities from which to choose. You may like to have the children create Easter crafts but there are also..
Why Use Word Games in Teaching English?  by: Katie Eyles
Teaching English in today's classroom is changing. Rarely do students sit in neat rows, copying spelling words. Instead, they work at an interactive whiteboard or on a computer. They learn in..
Learning the Basics Like the Alphabet and Numbers  by: Theresea Hughes
We all want our children to succeed in learning and the first mini hurdle that they have to overcome is learning the basics like the alphabet and numbers. Yet trying to get a toddler to memorize..
ESL Exercises on Future Tenses  by: 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..
ESL GAME: Color Game  by: 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..
Game - Hana Ichi Monme: traditional Japanese children's game - Lesson  by: sam
Hana Ichi Monme (花一匁?) is a traditional Japanese children's game. The game is similar to the game Red Rover in the Western world. This game is often played in kindergartens and..
ESL Games - B  by: jt
The Ball Throw the ball to a student and ask that student a question. The student answers and throws the ball to another student asking the same question. E.g. "Can you...?", "Yes, I can. / No, I..
About ESL Classes  by: 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,..
What should I teach in my first English as a foreign language lesson for beginners  by: answers.yahoo.com
I will be teaching 2 adults who I believe and a very basic grasp of English.
Differentiated Instruction Strategies for ESL  by: 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..
ESL Kids Classroom Structure  by: 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..
Game: Balderdash - Short Lesson  by: sam
Balderdash is simple, fun, and lets everyone get involved. You'll need a dictionary, paper, and pencils and around 5-10 people, so at a big party you could make several groups. Each player gets a pad..
Board and Card Games - Short Lesson  by: yi
Board games and card games can be an ideal way to support English language-learners, especially when used as centers or stations. Set up games that require verbal questions and answers such as Guess..
A vocabulary game - Short Lesson  by: jt
Are you teaching a "definition" too? If so, write each word on a separate index card and each definition on a separate card. Pass them out, then the kids to could "walk around" and find their..
Using Games to Teach ESL - Lesson  by: Robert McKenzie
One of the challenges in teaching English as a second language is to make learning as effortless as possible. By making learning easy and fun, the instructor can ensure that the material imparted is..
Icebreakers - Interview your neighbour - Short Lesson  by: choi
Have students work in pairs to interview each other for a few minutes. They can take notes about their interview partners that will be reported in a summary to the rest of the group. The interview..
Halloween Games for Students  by: Kara Page
Difficulty: Easy Holidayslike Halloween are a great opportunity for teachers to introduce fun and educationalgamesto the classroom. Between the candy and the costumes, Halloween is a favorite holiday..
Correct or Incorrect use of preposition?  by: jt
correct (c) or incorrect (i). She's a very selfish person who doesn't show any consideration for others. Answer-c On our school the teachers' basic hourly rate was increased by 5%. Answer-i (in,by)..
ESL speaking activity - ESL lesson  by: Said-Ali
Trends, Internet… my life Type of activity: group work Level: pre intermediate up to advanced Aim: To talk about trends and discuss the importance of internet in our life in groups Preparation:..
Game: World's Worst - Short Lesson  by: sam
The premise of this game is that the four people are given categories of world's worst something or other and they all give examples of something in that category, for example, famous messages that..
Task 2 IELTS practice essays - Two Question Essays  by: IELTS Edits
Task 2 IELTS practice essays Two Question Essays 1. Nowadays we communicate less with our family members face to face. What are the causes of this ? What are some potential solutions ? 2. In many..
How to Teach English Pronunciation to ESL Students Online  by: 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..
ESL Interactive Games  by: 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..
Drama in ESL Learning - Short Lesson  by: Lara
Although many cultures don't typically teach drama in school, it is still a useful tool in the classroom. A fun way to teach inflection and tone is through script work. You start with a skeleton..
Teaching Tips for Teachers Who Work With the Mentally Challenged  by: Luke Boston
Teaching mentally challenged children is a fulfilling and rewarding career choice. In order to help special needs children get the best out of their education, you will need to engage and inspire..
ESL GAME: “Do that" & "Don’t do that” Game  by: 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: Spiders and Candy  by: 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 Reading Games  by: 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 Games for Kids  by: Sara Janis
Learning a new language can be an harrowing experience for adults. For kids it is a bit less intimidating. This is due to the nature of children being able to sponge up language much faster. One way..
ESL GAME: Put Up a Christmas Tree  by: 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..
Teach ESL with Song Lyrics (Old English Farmer Song, Hadrian)  by: Robin Tim Day BSc MSc BEd
I use songs with children and teens in Korea and China. Did not have the chance to use songs in Canada and Kuwait where the curriculum was more rigid. Songs are really a form of whole language..
TEFL and ESL Board Games For the Classroom  by: Adrian Allen
Classroom board games are probably one of the most effective teaching tools available. Here we see how to stimulate and motivate students, and provide a welcome change to more standard classroom..
The 8 Parts of Speech - Understanding Them Makes Everything Else Simple  by: 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 and..
The Secret Santa ESL Christmas Game  by: Bill Ralens
Hello everyone. This is Bill Ralens from www.naruhodo-eigo.com. If you teach English in Japan, say as part of the JET program, an ALT or whatever, then you know that the idea of English as a Second..
The Living Rope  by: Kenny Kiskis
To demonstrate the impact the first 18 years has on the remainder of a person’s life, ClassroomProducts.com has developed the concept of “The Living Rope”. Children and young adults have..
Advice on how to teach English to a student with a learning problem - ESL lesson  by: From our discussion forum
Dear Kwako, I'm trying to teach privately a 11-year old with a learning problem - she's really struggling with English. She likes to play video games. I am the 5th teacher they hired for Alice. She..
How to Use Props in the Classroom  by: 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..
ESL Games - O  by: jt
Object Toss Select three soft objects. Assign object#1 the question "Do you want some milk?", assign object#2 the response "Yes, I do." And object#3, "No, I don't". Toss each object to a student and..
How to Teach English Speaking Skills for ESL  by: Ian
Although ESL deals with reading and writing, speaking is often the most important and difficult of the three aspects of learning the language. Because speaking deals with having the confidence to say..
First Grade Lesson Plans - Seven Must Haves for Student Success  by: Deanna M Schweitzer
Over the course of the school year, most students in first grade will develop the stamina to participate in more structured lessons for an increasingly longer period of time. It is amazing how much..
Lesson 9 - My Modern Car  by: jt
The Story After lunch my friend and I paid the bill and made our way to my car. I took out my remote-control gadget and pressed the button which automatically unlocks the doors. Not having noticed..
GRAMMAR GAMBLE 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a list of sentence pairs. The sentences can be either correct or incorrect (grammatically). Students get into teams. Give each team voting cards. XX means both sentences are wrong. OO means both..
Christmas School Activities Bring the Festive Season Into the Classroom  by: Teresa Evans
Introduce a few Christmas school activities into your program and the children in your class will think you are wonderful. What they won't realize is that they are actually still doing school work..
WORDS AND PICTURES - Short Lesson  by: re
Give each of the children one set of picture flashcards and one set of words which corresponds to the flashcards. Each child places a set of picture cards in a column in front of her. The written..
5 Classroom Management Tips For Dealing With A Noisy Class  by: Rob Johnson
1. The first thing to remember is that you are the boss. Self belief is incredibly important in this job. You can’t expect pupils to respond positively to you unless you believe, really believe,..
Children's Activities for the Wise Men  by: Adele Hibiscus
Activities for teaching children about the three wise men can be done creatively and tell abut their significance in the Christmas story detailing the birth of the baby, Jesus of Nazareth. Engaging..
The Orange Purple Poem  by: 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., Together we'll slurple..
How to Plan an ESL lesson  by: Contributor
Whether you teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults or children, this foolproof lesson plan template will work for you. It will also work no matter the country you're teaching in, be it..
Kids Outdoor Games And Activities - Get Back To Nature!  by: Yogi Shinde
In this day and age of computer games and television, some fun kids outdoor games and activities are what we need to get our kids physically fit and active. Kids these days are hooked on to..
Create your own Movie lesson plan with Demo Video  by: 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..
The Kevin Bacon Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
Slightly older children might wish to take part in the Kevin Bacon Game. The theory is that every living actor in Hollywood can be linked to Kevin Bacon in just five steps - plus some of the dead..
Telephone TESOL - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
Telephone TESOL This is a half hour lesson in Telephone English – aimed at Intermediate level students of English as a Second Language. It’s interesting to note that English sounds very different..
Money Games for Elementary Students - Tips  by: Natalie Stern
Difficulty: Easy It's never too early to start educating kids about money and good financial habits, according to Australia's Financial Literacy Foundation, Office for Women. Teaching elementary..
Lesson 10 - A Useful Tip  by: jt
Some years ago, when the brother of an acquaintance of mine was a university student, he bought his first car. Eager to show it off, he asked his parents to go for a ride. As they were driving along,..
Ten Easy Steps to Great Kids Party Pictures - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
Kids parties and pictures go together like cake and ice cream. If you're the designated shutterbug for a kids party, be sure you're up to the task. A quick study of these valuable picture-taking tips..
ESL Writing Games  by: 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..
Why Use Word Games in Teaching English?  by: Katie Eyles
Teaching English in today's classroom is changing. Rarely do students sit in neat rows, copying spelling words. Instead, they work at an interactive whiteboard or on a computer. They learn in..
SURVEY 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Bring in picture of famous people from Japan and around the world. Each student has one picture and a sheet with a space for the picture and a yes/no column. Students go around the room asking the..
How to Teach Your Beginner ESL Students About Weather  by: 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..
Classroom Game with a Fluffy Ball  by: teacher
u can buy a fluffy ball and they sit down on the ground like a group circle and then they have to toss the ball to a person and say there name quick and then if they don't say it quick or they don't..
Party Games to Spice Up a Celebration  by: Gail Leino
There are many types of party games, adult games, kid's games, and store bought and homemade and each is appropriate for a different audience. Many of you remember playing the old spin the bottle..
ESL Role Play  by: 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 'real' world...
Fizzy Sherbet: A Sweet Science Lesson for Your Kids! - Lesson  by: Lindsay Small
Fizzy sherbet in a paper bag with a strawberry lollipop was probably my favorite treat as a child, but I never knew what was in the sherbet and why it sparkled and tingled on my tongue! Try making..
Characteristics of a Good ESL Practice Activity  by: 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..
Problem-Solving - Short Lesson  by: js
This works best with small groups. Present a problem (a scenario, possibly) and give groups some time to discuss the best approaches or solutions and come to agreement on a course of action. The..
Game: Who Am I? - Short Lesson  by: sam
Played in a group, with everyone involved sitting in a circle with no reflective surfaces nearby, the object of this game is to be the first player to guess their own identity correctly. The set-up..
ROW RACE 3 - Short Lesson  by: re
All students remain seated. Place five picture cards (use any nouns covered so far) on the desk of the first student in each row. The first student picks up a card and asks a question about the card...
Preschool Activities - Sensory Bottles  by: Rebekah Kogelschatz
Sensory bottles are fun and provide lots of opportunities for exploring visual and auditory senses. They used different materials in small plastic water bottles that children can shake, tip, roll,..
How to Integrate Microsoft Excel With Grammar Lesson Plans  by: 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..
Lesson by a Chinese student learning English - ESL lesson  by: Anne Wang
I'm not good at writing, really. But it takes a lot of practice as my foreign teachers told us. He told us not to only memorize vocabularies but to make use of them. He made us listened to songs and..
How to Write Effective Lesson Plans for ELLs  by: 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..
How To Find The Meaning Of Words As You Read - Tips  by: Frank Gerace
Vocabulary Building and Reading Comprehension-- The meaning of unknown words which you come across in your reading sometimes can be known by their surroundings, that is, their contexts. The context..
Ideas to Teach English Vocabulary & Grammar  by: Lucy Natek
People build up their grammar and vocabulary skills through a wide range of combined methods: reading, watching television, listening to music or using the Internet. When learning a new language it's..
Conversation Cards - Lesson  by: Charlie Siebert
This Game came from iteslj.org. The original posting was found in the following edition: Michael J. Brown Internet TESL Journal, Vol. IV, No. 8, August 1998 It was posted as an Adobe PDF file. In..
Pair Interviews - Short Lesson  by: ritz
Pairs interview each other, using specified questions for intermediates and open format for advanced students. Then they take turns introducing their partner to the whole class. Be sensitive to..
Sequencing - Short Lesson  by: js
In sequencing activities, students must put jumbled pieces of information into a logical order. Unlike jigsaw activities, all students in the group are allowed to see all the pieces of information...
STATUES - Short Lesson  by: re
Play the traditional game of statues. All the children stand up and dance or move around to some lively music. When the music stops, they have to stand completely still or else they are eliminated..
Lesson 4 - Vacuum Cleaner  by: jt
The Story A man selling vacuum cleaners appeared at the door of an old lady's cottage and, without allowing the woman to speak, rushed into the living room and threw a large bag of dirt all over her..
How to Control Your Class  by: John Parks
Even the most skilled teachers will have days when they lose control of their classroom. All it takes is a single rowdy kid and before you know it, you're sitting at your desk unsure of how to regain..
ESL Games for Kids With Genki English  by: 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 GAME: Basketball  by: 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..
Instant Coloring Page Lesson Ideas - Lesson  by: Renee Goodrich
Here are seven instant lessons ideas that use coloring pages to extend and engage your class. This is a terrific way to settle younger students - ten minutes coloring in will calm and focus them..
2nd Grade Science Lesson Plans  by: Jennifer Zimmerman
Second graders love to learn about science. They are at an age when they can complete tasks and read directions independently, but they still have a lot of enthusiasm for learning. They love to learn..
ESL GAME: Math Game  by: 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..
Christmas Math Activities for Elementary School Kids  by: Shelley Frost
The excitement and merriment of Christmas challenges the concentration of many elementary students. Instead of fighting the holiday, incorporate it into your curriculum to make the lessons more..
Flash Cards  by: js
Flash cards can be used for simple vocabulary drills, numbers, or memory games. Avoid using cards that translate a native language word into English. Rather, choose or make cards that use pictures or..
How to follow directions lesson for kids - Short Lesson  by: jt
There's a simple exercise I've used called "obstacles." I ask for two volunteers. One child is blindfolded and the other is not. The one with the blindfold stands at a starting place in the room...
ESL Teaching Strategies for Middle Schoolers  by: 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..
ESL Games - J  by: jt
Jeopardy Make a jeopardy grid on the white board as follows: Jeopardy Fruit Sports Animals Body 10 _______ _______ _______ _______ 20 _______ _______ _______ _______ 30 _______ _______ _______..
ESL Pronoun Games  by: Jack Stone
Success in an English as a second language (ESL) classroom requires concentration, focus and discipline. However, occasional games can ease the workload and allow students to relax. The best games in..
Game Gingerbread Man Hunt  by: ws
The teacher would cut out or make a gingerbread man with paper. and hide it somewhere in the school. and we went to each class asking them if they'd seen a gingerbread man walking around anywhere...
ESL Game - Memory  by: kr
Title: Memory Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Word and picture cards Procedure: Divide students into teams. On the board place the picture cards in grid formation. On the other side of..
How To Use A Jeopardy PowerPoint Template Effectively When Co-Teaching As a Native Teacher  by: Daniel E Massicotte
Everyone knows about the TV show Jeopardy. Surprisingly, your students will also have heard of it. Regardless of their familiarity with the show, they all love playing a simulation in class of the TV..
Lesson 9 - My Modern Car  by: jt
The Story After lunch my friend and I paid the bill and made our way to my car. I took out my remote-control gadget and pressed the button which automatically unlocks the doors. Not having noticed..
Tips and Tricks (for teachers)  by: teach2learn05
Categories using ten words - ESL lesson  by: Pierre Gauvin
Writing everything that comes to mind is what this activity is all about. The learners must scramble to write as many words related to a particular subject during a specific time period. The subject..
SHOPPING GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Divide the class into shopkeepers and shoppers. (You decide the balance.) Give shopkeepers a kind of shop (e.g. fishmonger) and a list of things to sell. They make up their own prices. Give shoppers..
How to Write a Lesson Plan for Speaking English One-to-One  by: Sophie Southern
When you are teaching English as a foreign or second language, often referred to as EFL and ESL, you may come across situations where you need to give private classes to one client or student...
How to Teach Medical Terminology to ESL Students  by: 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..
Clapping game - Short Lesson  by: sam
Claps commonly included in patterns are clapping one's own hands, clapping both hands of a partner, and clapping one hand of a partner, generally across such as the right hand of each player. The..
ESL GAME: Question Game  by: 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 Teacher..
Short Poem Analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Ghoulish Grandchild My goldfish ate my Granny "Impossible', you say. It did so eat my Granny and finished her today. What first appears impossible was the action of a beast. It did so eat my Granny,..
FILL IN THE GRID - Short Lesson  by: re
Draw a grid with the names of countries down one side and verbs across the top e.g. Canada, Italy, Japan, India, UK and play, speak, eat, study, use. Then fill in the middle with appropriate answers..
Games for Advanced ESL Students  by: 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..
Help Children Learn English With Games  by: Joydeep Shankar Bhattacharya
"All work and no play makes jack a dull boy", we all must have heard this well known proverb many times before in our life. This proverb tells us that playing has a lot of significance in our life,..
Lesson 4 - Wedding Gifts  by: jt
The Story Jack and his bride were opening their wedding gifts. After unwrapping each package, Lisa would exclaim enthusiastically, "We really need these towels" or "We'll enjoy eating off these..
PAIR DICTATION - Short Lesson  by: re
Post copies of a paragraph on the back wall. One member of each pair goes to a copy and remembers as much of it as possible. That student then dictates it to the partner. They continue as long as it..
How to Help Your Child (student) be Successful in Kindergarten - Tips  by: Tina O'Block
Your child’s first year of school should be a fun and exciting time. Children who are comfortable with and prepared for this first school experience are more likely to have rewarding and productive..
ESL Game - The Money Game  by: Joe Tosczak
So you are somewhere in Asia standing inside a classroom full of screaming ESL students. You were not trained by your school and they expect you to just "Be the Best Teacher" and make the school a..
How to Teach Adults Basic English  by: Angela Watkins
For some adult students, the English language is easy to understand, both in grammar and in pronunciation. For other adults learning the language it can be a painful and difficult process to..
How to Use Word Processing for ESL  by: 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..
English Speaking Practice Through Presentations - Tips  by: Josef Essberger
If you're anything like most teachers, you're probably constantly looking for new ways to encourage your students to practise their oral English and speak spontaneously. This month, we're going to..
CONCENTRATION 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Magnetic cards are put on the board with blank backs. The cards are arranged in pairs so that English words match Japanese words. Students must turn over the cards until they find a match. If they..
Teachers - Tips For Parents to Help Students Become Readers and Studiers  by: Meggin McIntosh
Teachers need parents to be part of the teaching and learning team. In some cases, parents know exactly what to do and are immense resources for supporting and extending the learning that is going on..
How to Use Movies to Teach English Literacy  by: Aaron Reynolds
Since the day that motion pictures became popular in nickelodeons, the American public has been fascinated with film. Movies have a special power to sway and influence your emotions. Movies are also..
Developing Good Homework Habits  by: Celia Webb
Children will be more successful at school if they develop good homework habits at an early age. Parents play an important role in helping the child figure out how to do their homework well. Learning..
TIC TAC TOE - Short Lesson  by: re
Divide the class into two teams and place some flashcards on the board in a square grid. The first child on one team points to any card and tries to say what it is, make a sentence about it, or..
How to Connect Words with ESL Exercises  by: 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..
The Library - quiz  by: jt
Yesterday I ___ to the library for information. a. go b. went c. gone Answerb I used the catalog to ___ books. a. look out b. look on c. look up Answerc I could use the catalog ___ . a. myself b...
English Teacher Training: Teaching English Writing Skills - an Experience  by: Turnoi
At our school, we have an English Teacher Training program with an equivalent of TESL Master degree option. In that program, course modules such as Language Pedagogy, Language Didactics, Linguistics,..
ESL Games for Children  by: 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 GAMES: Finger Clocks, I Spy and Lotto Draw  by: 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..
How to Improve Spoken English Using Games  by: 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 course,..
There is/are ... lesson or introduction - Game  by: mesmark
The Table Game: Accumulate as many items as you can, a pencil, tape, a stuffed animal, a CD, a coffee cup, anything. Set each item on a table or desk in front of the class one at a time and after..
Ideas for Year 8 English lesson?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I'll be taking a Year 8 English lesson and need an idea for a one-off/cover lesson. Something interesting and fun, but where they will also LEARN. I've been told that I can choose absolutely anything..
How to Teach English to Young Kids Through Songs/Music  by: Collaborator
A wonderful tool that early childhood educators can use when teaching English to children is by reinforcement of skills picked up by the use of songs and music. The best way to use songs with..
How to Teach Syllabication  by: 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..
English Conversation Games  by: Julia Estrela
English conversation games are useful additions to any ESL (English as a second language) curriculum. Along with providing valuable listening and speaking practice to students, conversation-based ESL..
Let's Put the Fun Back Into Writing  by: Alma Hoffmann
Before leading a staff development workshop on writing at an elementary school, I asked the teachers at the school to complete a short survey for me. On the survey, one of the items asked teachers..
Halloween Games for Students  by: Kara Page
Difficulty: Easy Holidayslike Halloween are a great opportunity for teachers to introduce fun and educationalgamesto the classroom. Between the candy and the costumes, Halloween is a favorite holiday..
Simple ESL Games  by: 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'..
ESL Classroom Activities - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
Most ESL students thrive on social interaction. Whatever you are teaching it is always wise to come up with activities that get people moving around the room. Getting students to work together to..
Name that Tune Foreign Style - Short Lesson  by: gh
Create a musical trip around the world to enjoy during English or foreign language class by playing Name that Tune Foreign Language Edition. Before playing with high school students, make a CD with..
ESL GAMES: Line True or False & Odd-One-Out  by: 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..
Preschool Lesson Plans - A Helpful Place to Go For Resources and Ideas  by: Melissa Brehaut
Preschool Lesson Plans are a great idea for any preschool educator or homeschooler of a preschooler. There are many free sites online to get many resources and I find these helpful as well. However I..
Teaching Vocabulary and Grammar with Authentic Materials (Part 3 of 5) - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
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Game for students. Shoe-Pile Relay Race - Short Lesson  by: gh
Everyone takes off their shoes and puts them in a big pile, then forms two lines about 10 feet away. At "Go," the first persons in each line race to the shoe pile and must find their shoes and put..
LISTENING LESSON PLAN  by: jt
Time: 15 min Level:Intermediate Gender: female/male Materials: Pictures,Worksheets Interaction:Ss/Ss-T/Ss Anticipated Problems: Time management OBJECTIVES By the end of the lesson, 1) Students will..
ESL GAME: Around the world trip  by: 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: crazy cubes - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
Game called "crazy cubes" where we would roll this big pair of dice. One of them had a vocabulary word on each side and the other had a silly action. So say I rolled the dice and on one of them the..
INDIANA JONES GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Draw 2 cliffs, and a river with two crocodiles. Name the crocodiles after the teachers. Draw Team A on one cliff and Team B on the other. They want to cross the river. It s too far to jump (show..
Teaching ESL: How to Have a Successful English Corner  by: Kevin R Baker
I must admit that after hearing "What-a is-a your favorite-a color?" for the 100th time, I was not too interested in English corners. The idea was to give the Chinese students an opportunity to speak..
Geography Quiz #2 - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Geography Quix #2. - English lesson By: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed. cowboy4444@hotmail.com> Date: 6 January 2006 1. This is one of the biggest islands in the world. 2. It is the only African..
ESL Business Vocabulary Games  by: 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...
Favourite ice breaker games - Short Lesson  by: trent
If you need a game for a bunch of people - a fun one is to make everyone get in line in order of their birthdays without speaking. They can only use hand gestures and other ways of conveying their..
EFL Kids Walking/Action Game for Korean Kids - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lessons  by: 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..
Teaching English to Kinesthetic Learners  by: Erin Schreiner
While some students can learn effectively through quiet study, others gain the most information through active learning activities. If you are charged with the task of teaching English to a..
Using the Internet for Teaching English Phonetics  by: Jennifer Gilbert
The Internet holds a wide source of phonics-teaching tools and many of them are free. With young children interested and able to use computers, the Internet has become a valuable resource for..
How to Use the Match Game as a Lesson Plan  by: 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..
LEARNING TO DANCE - Activities  by: re
You need a large tarp or a large sheet of plastic, a tarp that you d take camping works best, and you d always have it for the day when there s 15 minutes left of the class and your teacher says OK,..
WEATHER REPORTER - Short Lesson  by: re
Make up map and weather possibilities, then do a weather report. Get the students to try.
Fun Junior High Sunday School Games  by: Justin Mattick
Games are a great way to impart lessons in your Sunday school classroom and test your students' knowledge. Games can break up the rhythm of the lesson and keep your students awake, and they can be..
English Games to Teach Imperatives  by: Chris Deziel
The imperative form is one of the least difficult aspects of the English language to master, and teaching it provides a good opportunity for the instructor to broaden students' vocabulary of..
Grade 6 ESL Games  by: 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..
Preschool Learning Activities: Emotional Development & Fine Motor Skills Development in Preschoolers  by: Marisa Robinson
Preschool learning activities vary in many different forms. If you use alittle creativity, you can come up with great preschool activities and learning activities for preschoolers and children...
Icebreakers - scavenger hunt with example - - Short Lesson  by: le
Find someone who: - is left handed - plays a musical instrument - loves dogs - wears contacts
ESL Video Games  by: Tasos Vossos
English as a second language video games are interactive applications specifically designed to help beginners or advanced students with their English language studies. They are simple flash-based..
Yoghurt and Vocabulary for Primary School - ESL lesson  by: Dave
I enjoy eating flavoured yoghurt - lots of it - and I also enjoy teaching primary school classes. I teach in China and I devised the following game when a class of primary school kids were suffering..
Kids and Writing - Six Tools for Making Kids Love to Write  by: Lynn Sager
If we want our children to love writing, we have to make writing essential to their lives. I have worked with too many eighth graders who have already decided that clear writing is beyond their..
April Fool's Day Activities Teaching Tips - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
April Fool's Day is quite an appropriate way to begin National Humor Month. Here is some background information plus a few activities for you to enjoy. Did you know that April Fool's Day began in..
ESL game: Pass the parcel - Short Lesson  by: jt
Pass the parcel is a popular British children's party game in which a parcel is passed from person to person around a circle, somewhat similar in its logistics to musical chairs. In preparation for..
Game - Short Lesson  by: PL
Given a blackboard or white board, draw a steaming bowl of rice on one side of the board and a person with a head of hair with a few little bugs in it. Then flip a coin and make a sentence like: He..
ESL Memory Games  by: 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..
Christmas Games for Sunday School Kids  by: Lane Cummings
Christmas games for Sunday school children should ideally teach them about the religious aspects of Christmas in an enjoyable manner. While children may get wrapped up in the fun or friendly..
ROW RACE 3 - Short Lesson  by: re
All students remain seated. Place five picture cards (use any nouns covered so far) on the desk of the first student in each row. The first student picks up a card and asks a question about the card...
ESL Game - Disappear  by: kr
Title: Disappear Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: flashcards Procedure: Put picture cards on a table and give students 10 seconds to look and memorize. Then they close their eyes and I..
TRUE OR FALSE - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a quiz with true or false answers (or correct/incorrect) and test their grammar. Divide the class into groups and give each group a true card and a false card students vote for the answer.
Plan Your English Lesson  by: George Williams
It is not easy to plan a fresh and new class for your English students every week. Even though your teacher book gives you some great ideas not all of them are practical enough for your classroom...
Geography Quiz #2 - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Geography Quix #2. - English lesson By: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed. cowboy4444@hotmail.com> Date: 6 January 2006 1. This is one of the biggest islands in the world. 2. It is the only African..
Developing Good Homework Habits  by: Celia Webb
Children will be more successful at school if they develop good homework habits at an early age. Parents play an important role in helping the child figure out how to do their homework well. Learning..
14 Classroom Management Tips for Substitute Teachers  by: 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..
How to Teach the Alphabet to ESL Adults  by: 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..
What are some good card games to use in an ESL classroom  by: answers.yahoo.com
So far we´ve played Uno (great for colors and numbers), BS, and Go Fish (great for "Do you have___?¨") Can you think of any others?
TAJIMA TOWN - Short Lesson  by: re
Turn the classroom into a town with the desks representing different locations in the town. Make up signs to go on the desks. Get the students to direct other students around the room. Students can..
How to Teach Reading Comprehension  by: 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..
Matisse Lesson Plans for Children  by: Stephany Elsworth
Henri Matisse, a French artist who lived from 1869 to 1954, was one of the most notable painters of the 20th century. He led the post-Impressionist Fauvist artistic movement, a style that used..
Poem Analysis: Limerick Aphrodisiac - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
This short poem can be examined in the same ways as others I have posted this month. It is a little difficult for ESL learners and deals with an adult subject. Young and older men are more..
Icebreakers - What's in a name? - Short Lesson  by: choi
Ask everyone to say their (preferred) name, and ask them to give at least one piece of information on why they were called this name (or some interesting feature of their name, such as a different..
ALPHABET 3 - Short Lesson  by: re
Use sets of alphabet cards. Make groups of 5 students. In the classroom, clear the desks to the side. The students must make an alphabet line, card to card, from A to Z. Can use to check recognition..
Creating a positive learning environment teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Along with teaching the class-, school-, and fire-drill rules, take the time to create a positive learning environment. How do you do this? Here are some suggestions. 1. Make sure each child knows..
ESL Game - Sumo  by: kr
Title: Sumo Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: flashcards Procedure: 2 students come up to the front of the class. Pin a card on their back so they can’t see it. Don’t let the..
ESL GAMES: Alphabet Letter Puzzle & Alphabet Packets  by: 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..
Preschool language lesson plans  by: answers.yahoo.com
I need two language lesson plans that aren't reading a st**id book or some rhymes.
Sunday School Christmas Games  by: Leslie Lane
Christmas is a time of celebration for many people, and for those of Christian faiths, the holiday's celebrations can extend into the Sunday school curriculum. In a Sunday school class, kids can have..
Adjective Order  by: jt
Select the correct order of the adjectives in these sentences, He invited that ___ lady to dinner. young beautiful beautiful young Answerbeautiful young These are ___ products. excellent agricultural..
French Language Lessons for Children (including Christmas in France)  by: Lisa Dorward
A good French lesson will be taught in French as much as possible, incorporate consistent material and encourage student participation through reading, writing and speaking. A great French lesson..
Reading Comprehension Activities for ESL Students  by: 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..
Christmas Theme Ideas for Preschoolers  by: Breann Kanobi
Though they do it in a wide variety of ways, most people in Western countries celebrate Christmas. Help preschool students understand and appreciate this tradition with a variety of Christmas-themed..
How Do You Structure an English Language Lesson? Tips  by: Sarah Handsworth
There is no simple answer to this question but this article will describe a typical journey through a lesson that is often used. The journey is aimed to take the student through an introduction and..
Reading-Comprehension Skills, Part II - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
Do you remember that 'reading' means understanding the author's message, not just calling out words? If you cannot answer comprehension questions after reading a page, you have not truly read..
Activities for ESL Teachers  by: 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,..
Games for a classroom - Short Lesson  by: PL
when i was in 6th grade i used to love doing trivia reviews where we would split the class into 2 teams and have them get in single file lines and face off against each other to answer questions, the..
English lesson – Traveling  by: js
At the beginning of the English lesson ‘Traveling’, students are offered twelve pictures of different types of transport which they should match with the following words: train, jet, cruise ship,..
Tips To Learn English  by: George Williams
Do you have any plan to pursue your further education abroad? Will you need English for your career or your education? If so, you may wish to investigate your options for learning, or improving, your..
TIC TAC TOE - Short Lesson  by: re
Divide the class into two teams and place some flashcards on the board in a square grid. The first child on one team points to any card and tries to say what it is, make a sentence about it, or..
SURVEY 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Bring in picture of famous people from Japan and around the world. Each student has one picture and a sheet with a space for the picture and a yes/no column. Students go around the room asking the..
Fun Christmas Activities for the Classroom  by: Pamela Martin
Incorporating Christmas themes into classroom activities brings a touch of freshness at a time when students and teachers alike may be burning out a little. Art projects with Christmas designs are..
TEFL Techniques - Where's Your Tongue?  by: Andrew Carter
Many students of the English language have a problem with pronouncing the ‘TH’ sound that we use so commonly in our language, and it’s important that we teach this sound from an early stage...
Christmas Activity Ideas  by: Teresa Evans
As Christmas gets closer there are many different worthwhile Christmas Activity Ideas that you can use to get children in a festive mood and to keep them busy. Children can make decorations, make..
How to Teach English to Children Through Songs  by: 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..
Free Preschool Lesson Plans For Making Music With Your Preschooler  by: Denise Willms
Here are some free preschool lesson plans for making music with your preschool class or your own preschoolers at home. These are very simple, and will introduce your preschooler to listening and..
ESL Game - Word Delete  by: kr
Title: Word Delete Type: Concentration game Target: Any sentence, question, or conversation pattern Materials: None Procedure: One student at a time says one word from the chosen pattern. For..
ESL Classroom Games & Activities  by: Kara Page
Learning English as a Second Language (ESL) can be challenging for students of any age. While most ESL lessons will include memorization of new vocabulary, writing practice and repetition for..
Children's Chinese Games  by: Sarah Schreiber
Whether you are teaching kids about Chinese New Year or hosting a children's party, playing traditional Chinese games is a fun activity. There are a wide variety of games to choose from, some of..
Running Dictation - Short Lesson  by: PL
(Suitable for active students up to about 15 years old.) 1.) Take your students to an open area or school hall. Place a paragraph of suitable English on the wall at one end. Sit the students with..
How to Teach Syllabication  by: 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..
ESL Lesson Plans for Health & Medicine Topics  by: Ian Moore
Although the health section of an English as a second language class can be somewhat difficult to teach because of the technical terms and vocabulary, it is an important topic to know nevertheless...
Conversations For a Non-Native English Speaker - Part 2  by: Cashmere Lashkari
Some time back I had written an article on teaching first generation speakers of the English Language basic conversation skills. I had focused on areas that they will need to be comfortable speaking..
Halloween Fun  by: Bridgitte Williams
Halloween should be an exciting and fun time. Here are some ways to enjoy it even more. 1. Plan a Halloween party at your house. Party plans could include these things. Get some good DVDs to show to..
Tips in Teaching English for Specific Purposes (ESP) for Tourism  by: Majlinda Miftari
English for Specific Purposes (ESP) is a course designed to meet specific needs of the learners and helps them to accomplish their English skills. They get the possibility to use the language for..
Teaching English Isn't That Easy  by: Matthew Tedstone
Anyone who has taught or is teaching English as a foreign language will know that it's not as easy as it might seem. "Teaching a bunch of 4 year old's to count to ten, what a doddle". Definitely not,..
How to Use Songs and Music in ESL Lessons  by: Collaborator
Using songs in an ESL classroom is a great way to motivate students of all ages to learn English. Using songs helps improve students' listening and reading skills. Songs help facilitate the..
Games to Play in an Elementary Classroom  by: Karen Hollowell
Difficulty: Easy Elementary school teachers use classroom games frequently to reinforce skills. Children in these grades enjoy games, and do not mind schoolwork if they are having fun. Games can also..
TEFL Techniques - The Van Game  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL Techniques – The Van Game The very best way of teaching English (or any other language!) is to get the student wanting to learn – hungry for new ways to express themselves in your language...
Five Senses Exercises for ESL  by: 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..
How to Use Videos to Teach English  by: Erin Schreiner
Learning the English language is a complex undertaking. As with learning any language, non-native speakers have to navigate a river of vocabulary, grammatical exceptions and language nuances. The..
Vocabulary Beat - Short Lesson  by: jin
A way to teach students how to remember new words and meanings is by using them with beats and rhythms from popular songs and commercials. If you are playing this game for the first time, give..
How to Teach ESL for Younger Groups  by: 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..
Similes and Metaphors – Practice  by: jt
Identify each sentence as a simile or a metaphor. Then explain the meaning of the comparison. 1. Traveling to other countries is like trying other lives. (simile / metaphor) Meaning:..
Christmas in the Classroom  by: Shaunta Alburger
The Christmas holiday lends itself well to plenty of classroom decorating and activity ideas. The whole month of December can become a time of creativity and fun as you integrate the holiday into..
NUMBERS CHAIN - Short Lesson  by: re
Assign every student a number. One student starts by saying her number and then says another number. For example, Three Twenty-seven . The Twenty-seven refers to one of the other students in the..
ESL Reading Games  by: 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..
How to Create a Grammar Lesson Plan for an Advanced ESL Class  by: contributor
Your advanced ESL class can hone their skills on conversation, popular media, literature, and a host of other activities. There will still be weak areas of grammar to address and watch for. With the..
How to Use Cognitive Principles for ESL Teaching  by: 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..
Christmas Lessons for Sunday School  by: Joey Papa
Christmas is a special time for Christians around the world. It's the season in which believers celebrate the birth of the Messiah and remember how gracious God was to give his only Son. Teaching the..
How to Play Halloween Party Games  by: Contributor
Halloween is a time for all good ghosts, ghouls and goblins to raise their spirits. Host a costume party for your little monster and organize some fun party games. Halloween games can be especially..
ESL Quick Writing Activities  by: 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..
ESL Lesson Plans for Health & Medicine Topics  by: Ian Moore
Although the health section of an English as a second language class can be somewhat difficult to teach because of the technical terms and vocabulary, it is an important topic to know nevertheless...
| English Teaching Materials - The Right Materials Will Guarantee ESL Classroom Success!  by: Karlee Demierre
Teaching English as a second language can seem daunting, but it's not really if you follow the simple logic of: what would a kid like most. Chose your English teaching materials keeping this in mind..
How to Use Music in the ESL Classroom  by: 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 Use Songs when Teaching English as a Second Language  by: Collaborator
When teaching English as a second language, whether to children or adults, you have to be very creative in ways to keep their interests. Since the best way to learn a second or foreign language is..
English lesson – Job  by: js
The English lesson – Job starts with a warm-up where students should guess people’s professions after looking at the pictures. The pictures are the cumulative images of typical traits..
How to Come Up With a Mini Lesson  by: 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,..
Going Beyond Hello - ESL Teacher Eric Roth Lesson  by: Eric Roth Lesson
GOING BEYOND HELLO “Accept me as I am – only then will we discover each other.” Federico Fellini (1920-1993), Italian director/screenwriter Telling Your Story: Please interview the person..
SHOW AND TELL - Short Lesson  by: re
Students are asked to bring a photo or an object to class and describe it in front of the class. Good idea to say that they must use at least three sentences.
Games Silent Ball (variation)  by: teacher
Silent Ball. Students pass a koosh ball or nerf ball to each other, but the point of the game is they have to try to get the attention of the person with the ball silently (hints the name). Students..
Movement Lesson Plans for Toddlers  by: Tess Reynolds
Young children are naturally full of energy and spend much of their time hopping, jumping and running. Toddlers need practice to learn these skills and can often become restless if they have to sit..
THE "OH REALLY" GAME - Short Lesson  by: val
Again, verb practice for all tenses you have studied. With emphasis on the "time" to use each tense. Students must use a verb, and an expression of time for each. Student One: "Yesterday, I bought a..
What Will the People Eat?, Short Poem - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Far far into the future what will the people eat? Rice and beans and Soilent Green but maybe no more meat! Discuss the rice and beans diet, eaten all over the world. Discuss vegetarianism with your..
Conversation : Getting Started  by: ESLTiger
Activity One Divide into groups of four. In conversation, it is often helpful to show other people that we understand what they are trying to communicate. A smile, a nod of the head, and eye contact..
Preschool Theme - Planting a Garden To Celebrate Spring!  by: Mary Robinson
Planting a Garden to celebrate Spring! The snow is melting, the trees are budding once again, and the puddles are collecting at street corners: that's right, spring has sprung, and what better place..
Teaching English - Some Easy Ideas  by: Theresa Nahim
If you've ever studied another language, then you know how difficult it is to navigate the landscape of the new culture. Even if you never have, studying a language cannot be relegated to words alone..
ESL GAME: Spiders and Candy  by: 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...
How to Come Up With a Lesson Plan  by: 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..
How to Teach English to a 7 Year Old Kid  by: Morgaine Michaels
Despite the difficulties of keeping a young learner's attention focused and keeping them seated for the duration of the lesson, teaching English to a young learner is both rewarding and fun for the..
Christmas Activities for Third Grade  by: Monica Patrick
Teachers and educators, who aren't restricted from teaching with Christmas themes, could use a number of activities with their students. Teachers should take advantage of the excitement surrounding..
Chocolate Easter Nests Your Kids (students) Will Love to Make - Lesson  by: Carol Boles
Instead of coloring eggs this Easter how about having your kids make edible chocolate Easter nests? These nests are easy to concoct and will look and taste just like the expensive candy nests you see..
How to Teach Grammar Prepositions With Total Physical Response (TPR)  by: 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 GAME: Don’t Step on Me  by: 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..
Kinesthetic Learning Activities - Try a Gallery Walk to Address the Kinesthetic Learning Style  by: Adam Waxler
It is very important for teachers to address a variety of different learning styles, including the kinesthetic learning style in which learning takes place by the student actually carrying out a..
NUMBERS 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Have the students make a circle, sitting down, and hand out cards with the numbers you want to teach the children. Every child need not necessarily have a number. Sit in the circle and call number 1,..
Preschool Christmas Light Art Activities  by: Katharine Mitchell
The colorful glow of a strand of blinking Christmas lights, or a more subdued strand of twinkling white bulbs, fascinate children and adults alike during the winter holidays, and beyond...
ESL Game - Pictionary  by: kr
Title: Pictionary Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students are divided into 2 teams. One person from one team comes up to the front where the teacher gives them a..
ESL GAME: "Bring Me" Game & the Chopsticks Race  by: 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...
Activities for Teaching English As a Foreign Language  by: Sophie Southern
Teaching English as a foreign language, commonly referred to as TEFL, can be a rewarding way to help people learn while traveling or learning about new cultures. Focusing on helping your students..
ESL GAME: Question Game  by: 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 Teacher..
Plan Your English Lesson  by: George Williams
It is not easy to plan a fresh and new class for your English students every week. Even though your teacher book gives you some great ideas not all of them are practical enough for your classroom...
Multi-cultural holiday party teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Happy Holidays! At this time of year, why not plan a multi-cultural holiday party? 1. Have your children research the holiday customs of their family's heritage country. Depending upon their ages,..
ESL GAME: Exercises  by: 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 10..
ESL GAME: Color Game  by: 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..
When I Grow Up Preschool Activities  by: Mary Robinson
The best way to start a discussion with preschoolers on what they'd like to be when they grow up is to discuss a wide variety of professions. This way you are letting the children know all the..
How to Teach Grammar With Games  by: Brad Conway
Many students find learning conventional grammar too difficult or boring. However, teaching grammar does not have to be a drag. Entice students into learning grammar by playing games that are both..
3 Ways To Promote Discussion In The Classroom When Showing Movies  by: 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..
Games That Work in School  by: Contributor
For many students, school is not only a place for learning it's a place for fun and socialization. Classroom games are a part of the school experience and can help promote teamwork, physical fitness,..
School Christmas Holiday Activities  by: Athena Hessong
Keep your students occupied during the anticipation of the Christmas holidays. The busier the students are, the less likely they will be to become distracted by the upcoming break. Use the holidays..
ESL GAME: Rhyming Pair Game  by: 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..
Reading-Comprehension Skills, Part I - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
If you can read every word on a page, are you really reading? Well, maybe and maybe not! One definition of 'read' is "to utter aloud written matter;" if using this definition alone, of course you are..
Adjective or Adverb quiz  by: jt
He's a ___ driver. a. dangerous b. dangerously Answera He ate his dinner very ___. a. quick b. quickly Answerb She's a ___ speller. a. bad b. badly Answera ___ the wind changed directions. a. Sudden..
ESL GAMES: Train Ride Game & Where is the Bell Game  by: 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 ..
English as a Second Language Teaching Tips  by: Celia Webb
ESL students often develop sticking points or plateaus in learning English. To work past the difficult phases, teachers can try these classroom tested techniques which work with all age groups. Do..
fun games to play with a high school class  by: answers.yahoo.com
I am the teacher in a high school classroom and my students love to play games. We have played the same games for such a long time that many of them are losing their fun. Any suggestions for fun,..
ESL GAME: Blow that fish  by: 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..
ALPHABET 4 - Short Lesson  by: re
Make two sets of alphabet cards, each letter about half the size of B4. Divide the class into two. Distribute the two sets of cards amongst the students. Some of the students may get two cards. The..
Singing in Kindergarten - Why Kids Need It  by: Kelly Mikesell
We sing all day. We sing at calendar, we sing in reading, we sing for math, we sing in science, we sing to line up, we sing to sit down, we sing when we're excited, and we sing just for fun. Most..
ESL Game - Hot Potato  by: kr
Title: Hot Potato Type: Active Game Target: Any conversation Materials: Ball Procedure: In the background, play some music. While the music is playing the first student should ask the target..
Increasing stress levels in the classroom  by: answers.yahoo.com
I need to teach stress and stress management to adults as part of an induction. Its a struggle to engage with them and I was wondering if anyone knew of a simple game that can be played in a..
ESL & Teaching Secondary Colors  by: 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..
Christmas Writing Activities for Fifth Grade  by: Kimberlee Broaddus
Students all around the world celebrate the traditions surrounding the Christmas holiday. Teachers create lesson plans that incorporate Christmas into the academic curriculum of fifth grade students...
How to Teach ESL Speaking  by: 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 he/she..
How to Use Songs when Teaching English as a Second Language  by: Collaborator
When teaching English as a second language, whether to children or adults, you have to be very creative in ways to keep their interests. Since the best way to learn a second or foreign language is..
How to Create a Grammar Lesson Plan for a Beginner ESL Class  by: contributor
Teaching beginning English as a Second Language or ESL is very satisfying. Along with speaking and listening skills you will need to plan grammar lessons for your class. Creating grammar lesson plans..
Helping Your Child Learn English  by: Dedi Walker
re you looking to assist your child in learning English as a second language? The following pieces of advice can work wonders for you when learning English with your child: * Use the English language..
ESL Game - Battleship  by: kr
Title: Battleship Type: Concentration game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Divide the class into 4 or 5 teams. The teams are now crews on a Battleship at war with the other ships...
English Lesson Plans For Lazy Teachers  by: 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..
ESL Lesson Plans About Taking & Giving Directions  by: John Byk
Taking and giving directions in a foreign language is a basic but necessary skill to master, especially for students planning to spend time in a country or environment where the target language is..
3rd Grade Art Lessons on the City  by: Dawn Sutton
Cityscapes provide a variety of art lessons for third grade students to develop their understanding of art concepts. Students can also experiment using a variety of art mediums and supplies such as..
Fun Easter Games For Kids  by: K. Ryan
With Easter right around the corner, your kids will be excited about coloring eggs. There are egg dying kits in most stores which are inexpensive yet provide you and your children hours of fun. It's..
Helping Your Child Learn English  by: Dedi Walker
re you looking to assist your child in learning English as a second language? The following pieces of advice can work wonders for you when learning English with your child: * Use the English language..
Plan Your English Lesson  by: George Williams
It is not easy to plan a fresh and new class for your English students every week. Even though your teacher book gives you some great ideas not all of them are practical enough for your classroom...
Lesson plan: How to paraphrase in academic writing  by: Xuan Liu
Learning objectives: 1. The students will understand the importance of paraphrasing in academic setting. 2. The students will learn about the difference between paraphrasing and quoting. 3. The..
English Language Games Make Teaching Vocabulary Fun and Easy!  by: Karlee Demierre
Learning new vocabulary is the building block to learning a new language, anyone who has ever taught ESL children knows that - but have you realized the leverage that English language games can have..
Who's missing: classroom game - Short Lesson  by: jt
Who's Missing is a game for children ages kindergarten through 6th grade, and is often played in the classroom. In this game, one student hides his or her eyes while other children trade seats and..
How to Practice Parts of the Body in ESL  by: 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..
JANKEN SHOULDER RACE - Short Lesson  by: re
Students get into pairs and stand up. When the teacher says start , each pair jankens. The loser must say something in English or ask a question. Then, the loser must hold onto the winner s shoulder...
How to Teach Gerunds  by: 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..
Games to Teach English to Children  by: Cara Batema
Language acquisition is an active learning task, and there are many games that can be used to help teach English to children. Games are motivating and can be used to teach reading, writing and..
| English Teaching Materials - The Right Materials Will Guarantee ESL Classroom Success!  by: Karlee Demierre
Teaching English as a second language can seem daunting, but it's not really if you follow the simple logic of: what would a kid like most. Chose your English teaching materials keeping this in mind..
Parts of Speech Worksheets for ESL Students  by: 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..
How to Teach an ESL Lesson  by: 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..
RINGO - Short Lesson  by: re
Write a selection of about 15 random words or numbers on the board. Include difficult pairs, like 13 and 30. Have two students come to the board and stand facing it with chalk of a different colour...
5 Great Ideas For Children's Halloween Party Games  by: Nicola Kennedy
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel when you plan on having a Halloween Party with kids. There are many popular games that can be modified to fit into any Halloween event. Some include: Musical..
Adjectives Lesson Plan - Adjective Practice For Your Students  by: Renee Goodrich
This is a great way to get your students to explore the variety of adjectives that can be applied to one noun. Take any noun and write it on the board. Ask your students to help you use adjectives to..
Teaching English Tips to Stay in Control of a Large Class  by: Shelley Vernon
Teaching English with games is becoming standard through out ESL classrooms of the world. And this is good news, because children love to learn through games, and become much more motivated students..
Create Your Own Country with Teaching Demonstration Video  by: 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 I'm..
Fun Junior High Sunday School Games  by: Justin Mattick
Games are a great way to impart lessons in your Sunday school classroom and test your students' knowledge. Games can break up the rhythm of the lesson and keep your students awake, and they can be..
QUICKIE WORD GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Groups of students write down as many Christmas words as they can think of. Then, cross out words which the other groups have thought of. Group with the most words left wins. Other categories:..
PICTURE ASSOCIATION - Short Lesson  by: re
Draw various pictures that illustrate a Let s Read story. Review the story with the children. Then, divide the students into teams. Each team is given a copy of the pictures. The students must..
ESL Game - Dice Addition  by: kr
Title: Dice Addition Type: Game Target: Any conversation Materials: None Procedure: Divide the students into groups and brainstorm sentences on the theme, for example what did you do yesterday;..
Active ESL Games  by: 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..
ERASE A SENTENCE - Short Lesson  by: re
Write a target sentence on the board. Read the sentence and ask the students to repeat it. Have all of the students stand up. Erase one word from the sentence. Have a student from the first row try..
ESL Games - C  by: jt
Car Race Arrange the flash cards in a long line with starting and finishing points. Give each student a counter. The first student throws the dice and moves. The student must say the word on the..
Preschool Valentine Games - Will You Be Mine, Valentine?  by: Mary Robinson
Valentine's Day is a favorite for children since it provides an opportunity to express their love for the important people in their lives as well as a clever excuse to eat candy. It's also a great..
ESL Game - Ball throw  by: kr
Title: Ball throw Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary or sentence patter Materials: Ball Procedure: Throw the ball to a student. The student catches it and says a word or sentence, for example,..
TEFL Techniques: My Friends the Stick Men  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL Techniques: My friends the stick men Any good language teacher (or so I have been taught!) should be able to make a lesson out of anything, anywhere. I am coming at this article from the..
A Christmas and Chanukah Play - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
Learn about Christmas and Chanukah through this conversation between two friends. Narrator: Two friends, Greg and Charlie, meet at a park on a Saturday afternoon. Greg is carrying a basketball. Greg:..
Who's missing: classroom game - Short Lesson  by: jt
Who's Missing is a game for children ages kindergarten through 6th grade, and is often played in the classroom. In this game, one student hides his or her eyes while other children trade seats and..
ESL Exercises for Adults  by: 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..
9 Reasons Why You Should Use Songs to Teach English as a Foreign Language  by: 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..
Games to Teach English to Kids  by: Nina Makofsky
There are several games that educators and parents can use to help non-English-speaking kids learn the language. In general, children are quick learners. If they are in English-immersion settings,..
TAJIMA TOWN - Short Lesson  by: re
Turn the classroom into a town with the desks representing different locations in the town. Make up signs to go on the desks. Get the students to direct other students around the room. Students can..
Poem: My Dear Old Shirt - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day BSc MSc BEd.
My dear old shirt was laying there. Methinks it was a wash and wear. T´was tax deductible, indestructible (or so I thought) warm and cozy, oh so huggable. Now I lay thee down to rest in a hole like..
Tourism - Lesson  by: Ali
Tourism Intermediate+ Aims: Students discuss the advantages and disadvantages of tourism industry and ask questions from each other about tourism, as well as May holiday Language: Vocabulary about..
ESL Games - P  by: jt
Paper Airplane Contest Give students a couple of minutes to make an airplane and one minute to test them. Divide the students into two teams and have the teams stand at the back of the room. Ask a..
Word Games to Increase Vocabulary  by: Celia Webb
Most of us recognize that play is an important way to learn all types of skills and knowledge. Play works as a way to learn for a couple of reasons. First, we are more motivated to do an activity if..
good classroom party games or craft ideas for kids  by: answers.yahoo.com
I'm organizing my son's 3rd grade class party at school. I would like to have a game and an easy craft. **Ive looked at several websites for ideas but they all pretty much suggest the same things** I..
Christmas Art Lessons  by: Nikki Van De Walle
Christmas art can make a great gift or decoration in the house, while keeping your children occupied during the long break from school. Christmas crafts do not need to be expensive or elaborate and..
ESL Conversation Role-Play Exercises  by: 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 Video Games  by: Tasos Vossos
English as a second language video games are interactive applications specifically designed to help beginners or advanced students with their English language studies. They are simple flash-based..
ESL Classroom Games & Activities  by: Kara Page
Learning English as a Second Language (ESL) can be challenging for students of any age. While most ESL lessons will include memorization of new vocabulary, writing practice and repetition for..
Teach English With Songs Even If You're Not Musically Inclined  by: Richard J Graham
Although we hear a lot about how songs can help the English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom, if you're not musically inclined it can be tough to make it..
Improve Reading Comprehension Through Purpose-Setting  by: Adam Waxler
These days, teaching reading is the job of ALL teachers regardless of the subject area or grade level. The fact is if you want your students to do well they MUST be able to comprehend the material..
Reading Goals for Third Graders - Tips  by: Celia Webb
At the third grade level, teachers are shifting their emphasis from some of the mechanics of reading-related skills to the conceptual skills related to reading. Children are being stretched to think..
Winter Olympic Games Higher Faster Sneakier - Lesson  by: Ali
HIGHER FASTER SNEAKIER Content of the lesson: Turin Winter Olympics Speaking activity: Role play and discussion Language: Convincing, expressing reluctance Level: Intermediate + Warm-up: Put the..
HOW TO - Short Lesson  by: re
Take the instructions for doing something simple (making toast, doing the dishes, etc.). Cut the instructions up. Students have to put the instructions in the right order. Don t forget to include..
Ideas for Year 8 English lesson?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I'll be taking a Year 8 English lesson and need an idea for a one-off/cover lesson. Something interesting and fun, but where they will also LEARN. I've been told that I can choose absolutely anything..
Teaching Space and the Solar System - Lesson  by: Robert McKenzie
Outer space and the solar system is one of the most interesting topics discussed in school because of the countless colorful heavenly bodies occupying the universe and the idea that there is actually..
Culture Lesson for First Graders  by: Jody Zambrano
In every state's standards and objectives for first grade, there is a component to teach students about culture. Culture is a very broad term that can encompass everything from a people's form of..
Fun Halloween Games  by: James Watts
Looking for Halloween games for your next haunted party? Well then, you've come to the right place. Here you will find fun Halloween games for ghouls, both young and old. Pumpkin Hunt Plan a prize..
Vocabulary Games for ESL Students  by: 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..
Games to Play in an Elementary Classroom  by: Karen Hollowell
Difficulty: Easy Elementary school teachers use classroom games frequently to reinforce skills. Children in these grades enjoy games, and do not mind schoolwork if they are having fun. Games can also..
New pronunciation game idea  by: ESL+games
I've just posted a new idea for a pronunciation game based on minimal pairs, haven't had a chance to try it out yet!
Elections teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
An election brings many opportunities to relate curriculum to real life. Whether it is a local or national election, here are some ideas to try before and after Election Day. 1. Discuss how the..
ESL Game - Whispers  by: kr
Title: Whispers Type: Active game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students are divided into 2 teams. Each team stands in a line. The first student from each team comes to the..
Suggestions for classroom games (large group -elementary school age)  by: answers.yahoo.com
I need to find a way to keep the group quiet and not bored. My idea was allong the lines of the game 7 up. I am looking for any other suggestions, that dont require much materials.
Good outdoor games for a Kindergarten class  by: answers.yahoo.com
Creative games to play with a group of 20 six-year-olds outside.
Seeds Scare Me! Poem Analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Nonsense Poems are a category popular with children and some adults. They are written to entertain and most have no special meaning just interesting words and sounds and structure. Write this one on..
Learning The Alphabet Letters By Making Learning Fun  by: Deanna Mascle
Learning the alphabet letters is an important part of early childhood education but it can be fun, too. Here are some fun suggestions to make alphabet fun for your child. A Fun: Make paper airplanes..
NUMBERS 3 - Short Lesson  by: re
Let the children make groups, the number of children in each group corresponding to the number card held by one child in the group. For example, a child holding an 8-card, must find seven other..
How to Introduce Business English Into the ESL Classroom  by: 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..
Where can I find games for ESL classes?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I teach English at a Japanese elementary school, and I need idea for educational games. HELP!
SPACE RACE - Short Lesson  by: re
Arrange flash cards on a table or on the floor in the shape of a race track. Insert cards to represent the sun and a black hole. Give each of the children a set of counters and one rocket (or..
How to Use Newspaper Articles for ESL Classes  by: 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..
ESL Games to Play  by: Reena Das
According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, 3.8 million students in the United States enrolled in English learning classes for the 2003--2004 school year. With the rise of..
SPELLING GAME 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is given all of the letters of the alphabet on cards. Teacher calls out a word (no double letters) and the students race to spell it. Can also be used with words and sentences.
ESL Lesson Plans for Health & Medicine Topics  by: Ian Moore
Although the health section of an English as a second language class can be somewhat difficult to teach because of the technical terms and vocabulary, it is an important topic to know nevertheless...
Writing Prompts Your Students Will Love - Lesson  by: Jennifer Dobson
Prompts are useful for many different kinds of writing exercises. You might choose to use a writing prompt as a daily warm-up activity. Writing prompts are also useful to have on hand for when..
Third-Grade ESL Games  by: Ashley Leary
It is always a challenge to meet student needs and have fun at the same time. Furthermore, with the diversifying student population, there is a need for new and creative ideas for learning. Students..
Irish Eyes - Trivia Game Questions and Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
1. How many kingdoms was early Celtic Ireland divided into? A. 150 B. 15 C. 5 D. 1 A. 150 TRIVIA: Early Celtic Ireland was divided into 150 local kingdoms ruled by 5 provincial kings and one High..
Strange Puns #1: for older students - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Timothy Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Show some of these to older students and let them discuss in groups and puzzle them out using the dictionary. 1. Let us eat lettuce. 2. Cycle paths psychopaths. 3. A minimun and a mini mum. 4. Take..
Music 101: The Key To Pronunciation And Accent Reduction - Tips  by: Erin Corrigan (accent reduction ESL teacher)
“Without music life would be a mistake” These are the words of the famous German Philosopher Frederik Nietzsche, and as a specialist in pronunciation and Accent Reduction for non-native English..
Practical Lessons for Teaching English as a Second Language  by: 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..
Complaints - English lesson  by: Ali
Happy New Year to everyone! Teaching English in the class where the students are motivated and enthusiastic is very encouraging for the teacher. And having the students speak in ESL class is one of..
How to Teach ESL Grammar  by: 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..
The Ball Relay Race For Kids - Short Lesson  by: yi
Another relay game that is perfect for a party outdoors is the Ball Relay. For this game you are going to need a lot of balls. Get small, medium and large balls, golf, ping pong, soccer, softball,..
Christmas Classroom Activities for Fun and Learning  by: Teresa Evans
There are many different Christmas classroom activities that can be used with students in the lead up to Christmas. Many of these are both fun and also educational so that while the children enjoy..
Elections teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
An election brings many opportunities to relate curriculum to real life. Whether it is a local or national election, here are some ideas to try before and after Election Day. 1. Discuss how the..
Favourite ice breaker games - Short Lesson  by: trent
If you need a game for a bunch of people - a fun one is to make everyone get in line in order of their birthdays without speaking. They can only use hand gestures and other ways of conveying their..
Pronunciation Games for ESL  by: 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..
The Last Spin: A WebQuest on Teenage Gangs - ESL lesson  by: Nellie Deutsch
Using a WebQuest for ESL/EFL literature lesson based on The Last Spin by By Ed McBain / Evan Hunter A Lesson Plan: Using A WebQuest for an ESL/EFL literature lesson based on The Last Spin By Ed..
ESL Games - I  by: jt
I Spy The teacher says "I spy with my little eye something beginning with G". Students try to guess the object (E.g. garbage can). Use classroom objects and with younger students use colors rather..
Kids' Art - Making Halloween Spider Webs  by: Anthony Vecchioni
Here's a Halloween art project to do with your toddler or preschooler. It's very easy and it looks great around the house. Here's what you need: -8.5" x 11" black construction paper -white tempera or..
ESL GAMES: Guess what’s in the Bag & Give It Back Game  by: 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..
How to Practice Parts of the Body in ESL  by: 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..
ESL Lesson Plans About Taking & Giving Directions  by: John Byk
Taking and giving directions in a foreign language is a basic but necessary skill to master, especially for students planning to spend time in a country or environment where the target language is..
How to Find English Lessons  by: 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..
ESL Quiz  by: jt
ESL Quiz – AS … AS Name: ________________ Date: _________________ Complete the sentences with the given adjectives and the correct set expression. blind – dry – easy – cold – free –..
English Lesson Plan: Describing People  by: js
At the beginning of the English lesson plan – People – students are asked to describe the people they see in the pictures. Specifically they should identify gender, age, and a possible occupation..
Game: World's Worst - Short Lesson  by: sam
The premise of this game is that the four people are given categories of world's worst something or other and they all give examples of something in that category, for example, famous messages that..
ESL GAME: Sweet Ring Toss Game  by: 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..
General Knowledge Quiz Questions  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: What is a blue moon? Answer: Second full moon in a calendar month Interesting Fact: 'Once in a Blue Moon' is a common way of saying not very often, but what exactly is a Blue Moon?..
Ideas for Teaching 75 ESL  by: 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..
Teaching English Tips to Stay in Control of a Large Class  by: Shelley Vernon
Teaching English with games is becoming standard through out ESL classrooms of the world. And this is good news, because children love to learn through games, and become much more motivated students..
TESOL Games  by: Brian Gabriel
The acronym TESOL means Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Students of English generally need to enact a lot of repetition to really grind in the concepts of English and the extensive..
Mexican Man Frying an Egg - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day BSc MSc BEd.
Here is a puzzle you can give ESL kids on the black board. Can you see the puzzle now? Children love it and it has a bit of vocabulary for them: egg, egg white, yellow yolk, fry pan or frying pan,..
How to Engage Students in ESL Classes  by: Janet Beal
Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) presents teachers with a number of challenges. One of the main ones involves strategies to keep students interested and engaged while tackling a complex..
Re: Excellent movie for English students - English lesson  by: ben
I would like to show my students a movie (helping the environment). Is there anything beside the movie: The Day After Tomorrow. tx
Spot the difference game #2  by: yu
Spot the difference is a name given to a puzzle where two versions of an image are shown side by side, and the player has to find differences between them. Usually, the image on the left is the..
How to Use English ESL Worksheets  by: 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 of..
Kids Easter Activities  by: Teresa Evans
There are many different types of kids Easter activities that children can enjoy at this time of year. Whether you want an activity for your child to do quietly at home or if you are looking for..
ESL English Listening Comprehension Activity For the Classroom - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
An ESL teacher always needs to get his students speaking and listening to English. As we all know, our students many times don't hear English outside of class. Many immigrants work and live with..
Teaching ESL: How to Have a Successful English Corner  by: Kevin R Baker
I must admit that after hearing "What-a is-a your favorite-a color?" for the 100th time, I was not too interested in English corners. The idea was to give the Chinese students an opportunity to speak..
How to Make a Tree Out of Construction Paper  by: Karren Doll Tolliver
Kids can make a simple evergreen tree from construction paper and a few other inexpensive craft supplies. The tree will be three-dimensional and can be placed on shelves or tabletops. Children can..
ESL Teaching Activities  by: 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 learning..
ESL Activity - Paper Airplane Game  by: 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..
Create your own Movie lesson plan with Demo Video  by: 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..
ESL GAME: Pass the Parcel  by: 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..
English Spy Code - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: 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)..
ESL GAME: Rescuers  by: 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..
TESOL Tips  by: Erin Schreiner
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) teachers must adopt creativity and flexibility when planning and implementing their lessons. To meet the needs of their students, these..
Matisse Lesson Plans for Children  by: Stephany Elsworth
Henri Matisse, a French artist who lived from 1869 to 1954, was one of the most notable painters of the 20th century. He led the post-Impressionist Fauvist artistic movement, a style that used..
Teaching Kindergarten English  by: Sharon Penn
English in the lower grades is incorporated into a Language Arts program. The language arts are listening, speaking, reading and writing. Generally, these language arts skills are learned in the..
Guide to Lesson Planning and a Sample Lesson Plan  by: 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:..
Kids Money Counting Games  by: Corrine Lee
Difficulty: Easy Counting money can be a tricky skill to learn, but fortunately kids love to play with money, so they'reeager to practice. Thesegamesreinforce money counting skills all while kids..
ESL Drama Ideas  by: 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 with..
weather teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
With the beginning of Hurricane Season, the numerous tornadoes, and the devastating floods that areas in the US have been experiencing, this might be a good time to either learn about, or review, the..
| Teaching ESL by Way of Conversation in E-Learning  by: Sue Gench
Teaching ESL by way of conversation, a common practice in face-face-instruction, is becoming highly motivating to ESL students in e-learning. I hear from teachers I work with and from my own teaching..
DICTIONARY ADVICE - Short Lesson  by: re
Using one or more English dictionaries, present some common problems, such as: not enough money, relating to a difficult person, the future, etc. After the class picks a problem, you open the..
How to Integrate Microsoft Excel With Grammar Lesson Plans  by: 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..
Native American Culture Activities - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
As many children learn about Native American culture during November, here are some activities and information about our first citizens. Do you like barbecues? How about clambakes? Well, the next..
Vowel Power: How to pronounce most English words by counting  by: 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..
ESL GAMES: Line True or False & Odd-One-Out  by: 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..
Preschool Lessons - Developing an Age Appropriate Curriculum  by: Mary Robinson
Students will lose interest in preschool lessons if they are not direct and focused. Lessons should have a clear purpose, and teachers should remind students of the lesson multiple times. Just as in..
Lesson 4 - Wedding Gifts  by: jt
The Story Jack and his bride were opening their wedding gifts. After unwrapping each package, Lisa would exclaim enthusiastically, "We really need these towels" or "We'll enjoy eating off these..
FIND YOUR GROUP - Short Lesson  by: re
Every student is given a card with some information on it. Students have to ask each other questions to find out who belongs in the same group as they do. For example, if a card says, high school..
ESL Exercises for Adults  by: 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..
14 Classroom Management Tips for Substitute Teachers  by: 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..
Hundred Word Challenge - Warmup Activity - Lesson  by: Alex
This is a warmup activity that has worked quite well for me and my intermediate/upper-intermediate classes. It encourages students to speak out early in the class, builds up their confidence creating..
Christmas School Activities Bring the Festive Season Into the Classroom  by: Teresa Evans
Introduce a few Christmas school activities into your program and the children in your class will think you are wonderful. What they won't realize is that they are actually still doing school work..
Why Test Your Child's Letter Knowledge?  by: Mary Bogin
Why Test Your Child's knowledge of the alphabet? Your child could be five years old or starting first grade. Maybe your child is in third grade, and hates his or her class and teachers are suggesting..
ESL GAME: Catch counting game  by: 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. The..
ESL Teaching Tips - Making ESL Worksheets  by: 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..
Christmas Programs for Children  by: Anne Kinsey
Children's Christmas programs are an ideal way to get kids involved in learning about and sharing the true meaning of Christmas. While children might get the impression from popular culture that..
Resources for Teaching Grammar to ESL Students  by: 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..
A Christmas and Chanukah Play - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
Learn about Christmas and Chanukah through this conversation between two friends. Narrator: Two friends, Greg and Charlie, meet at a park on a Saturday afternoon. Greg is carrying a basketball. Greg:..
The Orange Purple Poem  by: 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., Together we'll slurple..
Foreign language teachers........lesson ideas  by: answers.yahoo.com
For my Spanish III class we are reviewing descriptions (such as I'm tall, he's short, etc.) I am supposed to go over this for a whole hour. (I'm student teaching so I don't get a lot of say in it)..
Characteristics of a Good ESL Practice Activity  by: 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..
Preschool Lessons - Using Fish, Freeze Tag and Groceries to teach the Letters "F" and "G"  by: Mary Robinson
When instructing preschool, it's best to keep the lessons simple and straightforward. One of the most important preschool lessons is the alphabet and its many letters. Many preschool teachers like to..
ESL Daily Life Exercises  by: Erin Schreiner
One of the first lessons an ESL student must learn is how to navigate the English-speaking world in which they live. By engaging your ESL students in activities designed to teach skills necessary for..
Interesting Facts By Trivial Topics (2)  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: What was the first animal to fly in a manmade device? Answer: If you answered a sheep, duck, rooster or dog you were right! Interesting Fact: A dog was the first in space and a sheep, a..
Beginning ESL Exercises  by: 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 ESL..
ANYTHING GOES - Short Lesson  by: re
Students try to come up with as many different answers to one question as they can. The teacher asks something like, How many fingers do you have? . The first student will probably say, I have ten..
First Grade Classroom Games (Primary)  by: Megan Shoop
Difficulty: Easy For the most part, first graders dislike sitting still for long periods of time. This means that their attentioncan easily waver in the classroom if you don't get them up and moving..
ONE UP ONE DOWN - Short Lesson  by: re
The teacher starts by stating, One up, one down . Only the teacher knows that that refers to the position of the teacher s arms: one is holding his/her chin, the other is crossed against his/her..
Classroom game: uno card game. How to play - Lesson  by: ye
The deck consists of cards of 4 colors: red, green, blue, and yellow. The ranks in each color are 0-9. There are 3 "action" cards in each color, labeled "skip", "draw two", and "reverse". There are..
ESL Class Role Play Ideas  by: 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 Second..
Christmas Word Games  by: Teresa Evans
Christmas word games are a great way to entertain kids in the lead up to Christmas. Not only are they great fun for the kids but they are also games that are educational too. There are many different..
LADDER - Short Lesson  by: re
Students get in two lines facing each other. Both lines must contain the same number of people. The students then sit down, pairing up with the person who is in the same position in the other line...
How to Teach Culture in ESL Classes  by: Laura Dixon
English as a second language (ESL) classes generally emphasize English grammar and vocabulary to lay the foundation for speaking, reading and writing correctly in English. Yet these classes are also..
ESL GAME: Sticky Fingers  by: 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 key..
KATAKANA READING - Short Lesson  by: re
Read a passage pronouncing some of the words as if they were written in katakana. Give students a copy of the passage and ask them to circle words that were pronounced incorrectly. Assign points for..
How to Make an Easy ESL Conversation Game  by: Collaborator
Teaching English as a second language can be fulfilling and challenging. One way to add some fun into the mix is playing a card game that can be tailored to suit whatever level you're teaching, from..
Ideas for in-class learning games/activities for college students  by: answers.yahoo.com
This activity is called "snowball fight".
Tag Questions - quiz  by: jt
Decide what the correct tag question should be for each comment Luciano Pavarotti is a great singer, ___ ___? Answer-isn't he? It isn't very cold today, ___ ___? Answer-is it? Ms. Patton assigns a..
ESL Game - Days Card Game  by: kr
Title: Days Card Game Type: Game Target: Days of the Week Materials: cards available form genkienglish.net Procedure: The days of the week in English have a special meaning. They each go with a..
ESL Game - Charades  by: kr
Title: Charades Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students are divided into 2 teams. One person from one team comes up to the front where the teacher gives them a..
The Best Lesson Plan Templates  by: 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..
ESL Games to Learn Relative Pronouns  by: 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 GAME: Numbers Game  by: 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..
How to Write an ESL Lesson Plan  by: Collaborator
Many ESL teachers, especially if they’re native English speakers, make the mistake of preparing mentally for a lesson without actually writing out a plan. This can backfire in many ways: You..
Learn your students' names - Take a picture of students as they are seated - Tips  by: jin
(and ask them to keep these seats for the first few classes) and write in their names next to their images. (This should only be used with the express permission of ALL students in the class.)
GO TO SLEEP - Short Lesson  by: re
Divide the class into groups. Let students decide their order within the group (1 to 6). The students in each group put their heads down except for the number ones. Think of a sentence and write one..
7 Activities to Promote Reading For Preschoolers  by: Christine Gayle
Have you ever noticed how much little 4 and 5 year old children like to just play? They seem to take even the most trivial of activities and turn them into something fun. So why not make a game out..
Complaints - English lesson  by: Ali
Happy New Year to everyone! Teaching English in the class where the students are motivated and enthusiastic is very encouraging for the teacher. And having the students speak in ESL class is one of..
Geography Quiz #2 - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Geography Quix #2. - English lesson By: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed. cowboy4444@hotmail.com> Date: 6 January 2006 1. This is one of the biggest islands in the world. 2. It is the only African..
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TOUCH AND POINT - Short Lesson  by: re
Call out an instruction, for example Touch this book . As you do so, touch or point to the object with the whole class until they get the idea. If there are not many objects which the children can..
Who's missing: classroom game - Short Lesson  by: jt
Who's Missing is a game for children ages kindergarten through 6th grade, and is often played in the classroom. In this game, one student hides his or her eyes while other children trade seats and..
Help Writing Your English Lesson Plan  by: Bill Boyd
Being in a teacher is a lot of fun and is the passion of many, but preparing for each classroom experience can be quite frustrating. Ensuring that your English lesson plan is well rounded and will..
English Cultural Games to Teach Children  by: Olayemi Phillips
There is a universal memory that most people have about their childhood. We recall time we spent playing and the games we enjoyed with our neighborhood friends. English children engage in many of the..
Fun Easter Games For Kids  by: K. Ryan
With Easter right around the corner, your kids will be excited about coloring eggs. There are egg dying kits in most stores which are inexpensive yet provide you and your children hours of fun. It's..
Some Good ESL classroom Games - Running Dictation  by: AU
Running Dictation (Suitable for active students up to about 15 years old.) 1.) Take your students to an open area or school hall. Place a paragraph of suitable English on the wall at one end. Sit the..
Tips: Sensory Table Ideas For Preschoolers  by: Mary Robinson
Sensory tables can be found in virtually every preschool. These tables are comprised of either a large, commercial table or a shallow, plastic tub that is then filled with various items perfect for..
Classroom Activities About Conflict  by: Cindy Phillips
The classroom is a place to teach basic skills such as reading, writing and arithmetic. In a fast-paced and demanding world, teaching life skills is equally important. Conflict resolution is an..
Typing Lessons For Kids  by: Ash Tan
Typing lessons aim for three things, speed, discipline and accuracy. Kids naturally have the speed, but discipline and accuracy are not something that they like very much. For kids, typing lessons..
Good outdoor games for a Kindergarten class  by: answers.yahoo.com
Creative games to play with a group of 20 six-year-olds outside.
ESL Teaching Materials and Lesson Plans  by: Pamela Ann Ludwig
Teaching English as a second language can prove to be a fun and interesting job, especially when you think "outside the book." Students always appreciate the use of authentic materials in class. When..
700 Idioms defined in context, and a sample short story - ESL lesson  by: Sally Jennings
I am an ESL tutor with a BA in English (language) and extra courses in Lingusitics. I have developed a guide to 700 idioms, slang, and proverbs defined by using a short context statement for each..
ESL Game - Battleship  by: kr
Title: Battleship Type: Concentration game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Divide the class into 4 or 5 teams. The teams are now crews on a Battleship at war with the other ships...
Harry Potter Makes Lesson Plans Exciting  by: Valerie Giles
With magic and mystery inspired by the Harry Potter stories, many ideas for teaching strategies and lesson plans come to mind. You can let your imagination run wild. Science lessons plans..
Scrapbooking Ideas for Kids - Tips  by: Kathleen Hudson
Many times at auctions, or estate sales, a box of books will turn up a real treasure, like a scrapbook that was kept by someone in their youth and sometimes through their adulthood. The book could be..
Lessons for Beginner ESL Students  by: 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..
Classroom Game with a Fluffy Ball  by: teacher
u can buy a fluffy ball and they sit down on the ground like a group circle and then they have to toss the ball to a person and say there name quick and then if they don't say it quick or they don't..
Christmas Lesson Plans for Children  by: Elizabeth Stover
President Hoover spent much of his life traveling, promoting peace and realizing how all cultures contribute to the holiday so many diverse people share. Explain to children that many of our..
Game: Who Am I? - Short Lesson  by: sam
Played in a group, with everyone involved sitting in a circle with no reflective surfaces nearby, the object of this game is to be the first player to guess their own identity correctly. The set-up..
How to Teach English Using Word Games  by: David Stewart
Word games can serve not merely as a break from routine, but also as a means of improving vocabulary and comprehension. These games lend themselves well to modification to suit your requirement..
ESL Game - Betting on Mr. Monkey  by: kr
Title: Betting on Mr. Monkey Type: Game Target: any conversations Materials: Picture cards, fake money Procedure: Hand out fake money to the students. Ask each student a question from the target..
COLOURS AND ALPHABET - Short Lesson  by: re
Draw up an alphabet chart. Each letter is a different colour, but stick with about 5 colours. Review these colours, then say the alphabet. Then, tell them from now on, they must clap on the colour..
How to Write a College Application Lesson Plan  by: 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..
German lesson with audio - ESL lesson  by: ESL Teachers Board
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PAIR DICTATION - Short Lesson  by: re
Post copies of a paragraph on the back wall. One member of each pair goes to a copy and remembers as much of it as possible. That student then dictates it to the partner. They continue as long as it..
Tag Questions - With Be - quiz  by: jt
Match the tag questions on the right with the sentence on the left. Write your choices in the boxes on the left. Click on the answer button to see if your answers are correct or let JavaScript check..
Name that Tune Foreign Style - Short Lesson  by: gh
Create a musical trip around the world to enjoy during English or foreign language class by playing Name that Tune Foreign Language Edition. Before playing with high school students, make a CD with..
Hurricane Quiz  by: jt
Hurricane season ___ June 1 and ___ November 30. a. stops, moves b. begins, ends c. badly, worst d. circles, runs Answerb A hurricane is a tropical storm with winds that ___ a constant speed of 74..
ESL Games to Play  by: Reena Das
According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, 3.8 million students in the United States enrolled in English learning classes for the 2003--2004 school year. With the rise of..
COUNTING CARDS - Short Lesson  by: re
Use about 20 flashcards. Have a student say a number between one and twenty. Then start reading the flashcards. If the number is 7? for example, stop and do something special on the seventh card and..
Teaching English As a Second Language to Young Children  by: Susan King
Chinese is two separate main languages: Cantonese, which is spoken in southern China, and Mandarin, which is spoken more to the north and is actually the official language of China. Whichever you..
Game: Forty forty - Short Lesson  by: sam
A player is chosen as "it" and a landmark such as a tree or lampost is chosen as the base. Players who are not "it" run and hide, while "it" counts to a certain number, usually 40 or 100. "It" looks..
Grade 6 ESL Games  by: 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..
SONG: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 - Short Lesson  by: re
Students stand in a circle holding hands. The song goes like this: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (students walk seven steps in one direction) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (walk seven steps in the other direction) 2, 3 (clap..
ESL GAME: Sticky Fingers  by: 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 key..
How to Play an Easy ESL Game to Teach and Learn Names  by: Karen Farnen
If you are an English as Second Language (ESL) teacher and would like to easily learn your students' names, then you will want to play a name game. The students will benefit since they will practice..
Toddler Christmas Science Activities  by: Andra Land
Preschool and home-school teachers of toddler-age children find that time moves rapidly during the busy month of December. For many people, Christmas is the focus of the month. Capture the excitement..
Classroom Activities About Conflict  by: Cindy Phillips
The classroom is a place to teach basic skills such as reading, writing and arithmetic. In a fast-paced and demanding world, teaching life skills is equally important. Conflict resolution is an..
Ice Breaker Games for Adult ESL Students  by: 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...
TREASURE HUNT - Short Lesson  by: re
Draw a treasure island map on a piece of paper then draw a grid (e.g. 4×4) on top of it. Reading and writing version: Hand out copies of the maps to each of the students, then dictate words or..
ESL Olympic Games Activities  by: Kara Page
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) is more than just grammar and vocabulary. It's about educating children about the world they live in and how language does not have to be a barrier. The..
Grammar game - Short Lesson  by: jin
Show students how English words often derive from other languages; explain that those words are called cognates. Play a guessing game by writing an assortment of foreign language words on the board..
The Meatrix (internet movie) - Lesson  by: Captain Jay Bird
How to run this lesson: The Meatrix Level: Pre-Intermediate/ Intermediate Time: 30 ( depending on discussion) Materials Needed:A fast internet connections on student machines An interactive..
Using Trade Books in the Classroom  by: Celia Webb
Looking for a way to encourage your students' interest in a topic? Trade books can provide the needed spark. Trade books, which are primarily designed to entertain and inform outside the classroom,..
How to Make a Tree Out of Construction Paper  by: Karren Doll Tolliver
Kids can make a simple evergreen tree from construction paper and a few other inexpensive craft supplies. The tree will be three-dimensional and can be placed on shelves or tabletops. Children can..
How to Use Songs in the Classroom  by: 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..
Classroom Game: Scavenger hunt (variation) - Short Lesson  by: sam
A scavenger hunt is a game in which the organizers prepare a list defining specific items, using which the participants — individuals or teams — seek to gather all items on the list — usually..
ESL Business Vocabulary Games  by: 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...
Angry People: Poem Analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Another poem for analysis. Angry People Confronted with direct antipathy? This meeting was sad serindipity. Maybe you should run? This isn't much fun. Sip deep from the cup of tranquili-tea. Dec...
How to Teach Speaking Activities to ESL Students  by: Collaborator
Speaking is the hardest skill to teach English language learners because of the language factor involved. It is also the most overlooked. Some ELL need time to acquire the language in order to..
ROW RACE 3 - Short Lesson  by: re
All students remain seated. Place five picture cards (use any nouns covered so far) on the desk of the first student in each row. The first student picks up a card and asks a question about the card...
Game: Getting the Last Word - Short Lesson  by: sam
This game requires patience and subtlety. The first player makes a statement, the second player must disagree by saying 'No it isn't' or words to that affect. The first player says 'Yes it is' and..
ESL Game - Snowball fight  by: kr
Title: Snowball fight Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary or conversation Materials: Pictures printed on paper Procedure: Divide students into 2 teams and make a line which the teams cannot..
ESL GAME: Charades  by: 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 Picture Games  by: Renee Williams
Picture cards play a large part in teaching vocabulary to students learning English as a second language. The pictures help students learn English words for common objects. The games add variety to..
Writing Prompts Your Students Will Love - Lesson  by: Jennifer Dobson
Prompts are useful for many different kinds of writing exercises. You might choose to use a writing prompt as a daily warm-up activity. Writing prompts are also useful to have on hand for when..
Grammar Review - quiz  by: Amy Nutt
It's time to test yourself and see how much you have learned about grammar. Take a look at each of the twenty questions below and choose the answer that you feel best fits the sentence. You should..
Captain Underpants - A Writing Teacher's Perspective On An "Under" Hero  by: Lynn Sager
I have been working with a fourth grader for a number of months now. His parents speak English as a second language, and they are counting upon me to help him with writing his skills, reading..
Using Trade Books in the Classroom  by: Celia Webb
Looking for a way to encourage your students' interest in a topic? Trade books can provide the needed spark. Trade books, which are primarily designed to entertain and inform outside the classroom,..
ESL Grammar Exercises on Adjectives  by: 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..
Bubble Recipe Secrets - Ten Tips and Techniques to Making Super Bubbles  by: Patricia Jensen
Making and blowing bubbles with your kids is one of the most carefree pastimes imaginable - giggles guaranteed! And yet, blowing bubbles without knowing these simple bubble recipe secrets can turn..
Introduction Games Teaching Tips - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, M.S.
What? Already?! Teachers are busy preparing for the new school year. One way to set a positive tone in the classroom is to make sure all the children know one another. Here are a few introduction..
ESL Game - Tic Tac Toe  by: kr
Title: Tic Tac Toe Type: Paper activity Target: Past tense or any vocabulary Materials: Paper and pencil Procedure: Students are in pairs and write down plain present tense verbs in each square of a..
Using Google Earth in the Foreign Language Classroom  by: ravip
Reading Activity For Kindergarten  by: Mary Joyce
As a homeschooler one of the most important tasks for you to accomplish in your child at an early age is getting them interested in and developing good reading habits. At an early age learning to..
Second Grade Technology Lesson Plans  by: Collaborator
Technology is important even as early as elementary school. Use technology-oriented lesson plans with your second graders to get them interested in technology and to give them an idea of what the..
How to Teach Speaking Activities to ESL Students  by: Collaborator
Speaking is the hardest skill to teach English language learners because of the language factor involved. It is also the most overlooked. Some ELL need time to acquire the language in order to..
Tips on Learning Numbers and Counting  by: Hema Baahu
Here are a few suggestions you may consider in helping children learn to count and identify numbers: 1. Children must learn the sounds of the numbers one, two, three etc, first. Sing number rhymes..
Lesson 2 - Anniversary-birthday Card  by: jt
The Story "Do you have any anniversary-birthday cards?" a man asked the stationer. "We have anniversary cards and we have birthday cards, but we don't carry one that combines both. Why?" "Simple ,"..
ESL Game - Find your team  by: kr
Title: Find your team Type: Game Target: Any conversation Materials: mini cards Procedure: Each student gets a certain card on a theme. There should be at least 2 matching cards within the whole set...
Curriculum/Teaching Objectives for ESL Conversation Classes  by: 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..
How to Teach English Speaking Skills for ESL  by: Ian
Although ESL deals with reading and writing, speaking is often the most important and difficult of the three aspects of learning the language. Because speaking deals with having the confidence to say..
ESL games: Party Invitations - Short Lesson  by: lee
The whole class sits in a circle. Tell them that it’s your birthday next week and that you’re planning a birthday party. They are all invited... but on one condition. They must bring you a..
ESL GAME: Category Tag  by: 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...
Kids Outdoor Games And Activities - Get Back To Nature!  by: Yogi Shinde
In this day and age of computer games and television, some fun kids outdoor games and activities are what we need to get our kids physically fit and active. Kids these days are hooked on to..
How to Make an Easy ESL Conversation Game  by: Collaborator
Teaching English as a second language can be fulfilling and challenging. One way to add some fun into the mix is playing a card game that can be tailored to suit whatever level you're teaching, from..
Narrative Writing Activities for ESL  by: 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..
Name Crossword - Short Lesson  by: ritz
Write your name across or down on the board being sure not to crowd the letters. Students take turns coming to the board, saying their name, and writing it across or down, overlapping one letter that..
How to Teach English With Ludic Activities  by: Nicki Callahan
Ludic, or spontaneous, activities are effective tools when teaching English. These activities encourage students to practice their language skills on the spot and without preparation. These exercises..
ESL Game - ABC back drawing  by: kr
Title: ABC back drawing Type: Concentration game Target: Alphabet Materials: None Procedure: The teacher draws a letter on the back of the first student. The student then tries to decipher which..
ESL Reading Games  by: 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..
A Simple Teaching Strategy to Improve Comprehension and Spark Student Interest - Tips  by: Adam Waxler
As a history teacher my students must deal with lots of opinions. As I tell my students, "There are not always right and wrong answers in social studies...what is important is how you back up, or..
ESL GAME: Birthday game  by: 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..
What Will the People Eat?, Short Poem - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Far far into the future what will the people eat? Rice and beans and Soilent Green but maybe no more meat! Discuss the rice and beans diet, eaten all over the world. Discuss vegetarianism with your..
law day teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
You probably remember May Day on May 1 but did you know that Law Day is celebrated on that same date?! Here are some suggestions for celebrating: 1. Invite a local congressperson to visit your..
How to quickly assess or test ESL / ELL students (lower elementary)  by: 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,..
ESL Game - Harry Potter  by: kr
Title: Harry Potter Type: Active Game Target: “What are you doing?” verbs, commands Materials: None (or newspaper wands for fun) Procedure: 1/3 of the students get wands and become Voldemorts...
How to Teach Visual Spatial Learners  by: 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..
English Activities for Teenagers for the First Day of Class  by: 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..
Einstein's Riddle - Can You Solve It? - Lesson  by: Steve Gillman
Some have said Einstein's riddle is the worlds hardest riddle. It isn't. The story is that Albert Einstein created it as a young man, and claimed that 98% of the world population couldn't solve it...
TEFL and Baking, A Fine Mix! - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL and baking – a fine mix! One of the things we like to do for our students, who stay with us for total immersion in the English Language (the best way to learn), is bake our own bread...
Game: Pass the Parcel - Short Lesson  by: sam
A many-layered parcel is passed around. Whoever has it when the music stops gets to remove one layer. In the middle is a prize. If you don't want anyone to lose, put a prize in each layer and rig it..
Art (drawing and painting) lesson plans for elementary kids.....?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I am going to teach art lessons to a group of kids in 2-4th grade. Does anyone know any site for lesson plans? I want to start of with drawing...then painting...last sculpture.
Effective Teaching Strategies Classroom Management And Teaching OESL  by: Giancarlo Dizon
In my six years of experience of teaching English as a secondary language to both students from the intermediate (4th-6th grades) and high school levels, I realized that no amount of knowledge and..
Fun Games for Children Training in Martial Arts  by: Eric Gehler
Keeping children interested in their Martial Arts training requires an element of fun and games. Traditionalists are usually only concerned with the discipline and structure of their training, but..
Money Games for Elementary Students - Tips  by: Natalie Stern
Difficulty: Easy It's never too early to start educating kids about money and good financial habits, according to Australia's Financial Literacy Foundation, Office for Women. Teaching elementary..
How to Write an ESL Report  by: 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..
Sudoku game - Short Lesson  by: ye
The objective is to fill a 9×9 grid with digits so that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3×3 sub-grids that compose the grid (also called "boxes", "blocks", "regions", or "sub-squares")..
SHOW AND TELL - Short Lesson  by: re
Students are asked to bring a photo or an object to class and describe it in front of the class. Good idea to say that they must use at least three sentences.
classroom-type activities for sixth grade (11-12 year old) students  by: answers.yahoo.com
Not homework-type assignments, please. I do have a curriculum to follow, but I want to know how to make things more interesting. I've written variations on games of Taboo and Trivial Pursuit, and I..
How to Teach Definite & Indefinite Articles in English  by: Karen Silvestri
Articles are adjectives. The articles "a" and "an" are called indefinite articles and the article "the" is called a definite article. "A" is used before consonant sounds, and "an" is used before..
For any ESL teachers, I need some good games for children and young teens to play and learn by. Any suggestion  by: answers.yahoo.com
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Activities For ESL Students: Tips For Teaching Children ESL  by: 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..
Things That Are Good To Know! The Story So Far Podcast- Episode 6  by: Kristen
Hello! Here is the latest podcast addition for Story So Far. Some ESL teachers have been telling me that they like this podcast for ESL so I'll keep posting these. This one is 'Things that are good..
Reading Comprehension Activities for ESL Students  by: 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..
Tips to Create New Teaching Activities  by: 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”,..
Interactive Story Telling - Lesson  by: Sue Swift
An activity which practises both listening and speaking in the classroom is interactive story telling. I usually use short stories, but if you wanted to and had the time you could also tell your..
| English Money Idioms: An ESL Learner's List  by: J. Reese
When I was young, I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is. - Oscar Wilde While probably not the most important thing in life, money does, in..
English Projects for ESL  by: 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..
Party Games to Spice Up a Celebration  by: Gail Leino
There are many types of party games, adult games, kid's games, and store bought and homemade and each is appropriate for a different audience. Many of you remember playing the old spin the bottle..
How to Teach English to a Taiwanese Child  by: Flora Richards-Gustafson
A Taiwanese child is always at the right age to learn English or any other new language. It has been scientifically proven that young brains are more easily able to learn and process different..
Korean Essential Classroom Commands/Words for ESL Teachers with Audio - ESL lesson  by: ESL Teachers Board
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International Words (mostly English) Used in China - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. MSc. B.Ed.
A few years back I posted a long list of international and English words commonly used in Korea. This is a preliminary follow up for China. The list is shorter because China has been closed to the..
How to Compose a Welcome Letter to Prospective Students & Parents  by: J.C. Sprenger
Many questions come to the mind of a first year teacher when trying to compose a letter to students and parents. Sometimes the fear of acceptance comes into play, as well as a host of other..
Teaching English Isn't That Easy  by: Matthew Tedstone
Anyone who has taught or is teaching English as a foreign language will know that it's not as easy as it might seem. "Teaching a bunch of 4 year old's to count to ten, what a doddle". Definitely not,..
89 - Games and Activities for the English as a Second Language Classroom  by: hyn
Activities that can be used with higheachievers in English course 1- Cut-Up Sentence Kabadi Level: Any This is a combination of a basic TEFL game and the Indian(?) game Kabadi(?). Prepare some cut up..
Game: Simon says (with samples) - Short Lesson  by: sam
Simon says is a game for three or more players (most often children). One of the people is "it" – i.e., Simon. The others must do what Simon tells them to do when asked with a phrase beginning with..
Jury Classroom Activities  by: Jennifer Hench
Teaching students about the judicial system within the United States involves focusing on all areas of the law. When it comes to teaching the jury portion of trial and case law, utilizing classroom..
Teaching English Grammar to Kids  by: Alexis Kunsak
Teaching children in a group is a balancing act between keeping everyone's attention and not letting the focus of the lesson disappear in the excitement. Teaching grammar is no different than..
Grade 6 ESL Games  by: 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..
ESL GAME: Letter Game  by: 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 Passive Exercises  by: 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..
Christmas Word Games  by: Teresa Evans
Christmas word games are a great way to entertain kids in the lead up to Christmas. Not only are they great fun for the kids but they are also games that are educational too. There are many different..
STORE - Short Lesson  by: re
Open a pretend store in the classroom. If it is a restaurant, let the students place the orders etc.
Game: 90-second Alphabet - Short Lesson  by: sam
This game includes three people. It starts as these three people are placed in a certain situation, suggested by a member of the audience, and they interact in various ways. The catch is that..
How to Teach US History Using Backwards Lesson Plans  by: Breann Kanobi
The backwards lesson plan is both a technique and teaching method that can be applied to most subjects. In order to teach United States (US) history using backwards lesson plans, you must determine..
Hidden Words Analysis Game - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: 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..
How to Teach English Using Word Games  by: David Stewart
Word games can serve not merely as a break from routine, but also as a means of improving vocabulary and comprehension. These games lend themselves well to modification to suit your requirement..
Sudoku game - Short Lesson  by: ye
The objective is to fill a 9×9 grid with digits so that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3×3 sub-grids that compose the grid (also called "boxes", "blocks", "regions", or "sub-squares")..
Pilgrim Trivia Teaching Tips (THANKSGIVING) - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
How much do you know about the Mayflower, Pilgrims, and Wampanoag Indians? Here are some interesting facts about them. Before the Pilgrims hired her, the Mayflower was in the wine trade with France;..
Christmas Programs for Pre-k Through Kindergarten  by: Roz Zurko
Christmas programs for pre-k through kindergarten need to be easy enough for this age group to learn without overwhelming them. This is still an age where you want to concentrate first on giving the..
LEARNING TO DANCE - Activities  by: re
You need a large tarp or a large sheet of plastic, a tarp that you d take camping works best, and you d always have it for the day when there s 15 minutes left of the class and your teacher says OK,..
How to Teach English to Teenagers  by: Mary Johnson-Gerard, Ph.D.
Teenagers have a reputation for being difficult to motivate. Subject matter like English is not a priority on a teenager's to-do list. Engaging teenagers to learn the details of the English language..
Halloween Games for Students  by: Kara Page
Difficulty: Easy Holidayslike Halloween are a great opportunity for teachers to introduce fun and educationalgamesto the classroom. Between the candy and the costumes, Halloween is a favorite holiday..
Vacuum Cleaner - Lesson + quiz  by: Elite Hussar
The Story A man selling vacuum cleaners appeared at the door of an old lady's cottage and, without allowing the woman to speak, rushed into the living room and threw a large bag of dirt all over her..
Using Roll Paper For Preschool Projects  by: Eric Kampel
Maybe you are a teacher planning projects for your class. Perhaps you are a pre school or daycare director and need to make sure the students have plenty of opportunity to learn, socialize, learn..
LADDER - Short Lesson  by: re
Students get in two lines facing each other. Both lines must contain the same number of people. The students then sit down, pairing up with the person who is in the same position in the other line...
How to Teach ESL to Kindergarten Children  by: 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..
The Story From the Chicken Coop  by: Ted Borgeas
Many years ago my grandfather, had a small farm and chickens. One morning he sent me out to the chicken coop to collect fresh eggs. He became concerned when I didn’t return after a shot interval...
Classroom Games for ESL Students  by: 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 using..
Spelling Activities That Improve Spelling  by: Kimberly Arslan
Your child should get 100% on their spelling tests, right? Easier said than done because some parents struggle every week with getting their children to study their spelling lists. Never fear, we've..
Freewriting - Short Lesson  by: js
Give learners 5 minutes to just write their thoughts. You may guide them by providing a question or topic (beginners will probably need guidance), or give them complete freedom. Make sure they just..
How to Teach Writing to ESL Learners  by: Brian Gabriel
Writing is one of the most difficult aspects of learning English as a Second Language (ESL). Practicing speaking and reading in the classroom supports the task of learning how to write, which is..
Activities to Promote Fluency in Adult ESL Students  by: 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..
Writing Activities for Teaching English in Middle School  by: Kayla Lowe
Writing skills are among the most important English lessons taught to middle school students. These skills are those that they will use throughout high school, college and their careers. Expository,..
Teaching Latitude and Longitude to Elementary Students Using Technology  by: Kathy Cothran
Teaching children about latitude and longitude is challenging at best. Asking children to visualize imaginary and invisible lines that only seem to exist on a map is beyond many young minds. When I..
Question Formation - quiz  by: jt
Decide if the question is grammatically correct or incorrect. Who wrote the book "Of Mice and Men"? Correct Incorrect Answer-Correct: Who wrote the book "Of Mice and Men"? When they get married?..
Puzzle Poem #2, Analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Do You Know Them? Aliens in the garden, solar bathers all. Foreign more than those in space, chryso-green in every place. Rhizoform reticulate terraform ubiquitous. Animal, vegetable, mineral?..
How to Write a Lesson Plan for Speaking English One-to-One  by: Sophie Southern
When you are teaching English as a foreign or second language, often referred to as EFL and ESL, you may come across situations where you need to give private classes to one client or student...
Phonics: A teaching method  by: Silven
Teaching Phonics simply means to teach of the relationship between sounds and their spellings. The aim of phonics lessons is to instruct students in common sound-spelling relationships so that they..
Question Formation - quiz  by: jt
Decide if the question is grammatically correct or incorrect. Who wrote the book "Of Mice and Men"? Correct Incorrect Answer-Correct: Who wrote the book "Of Mice and Men"? When they get married?..
Online Activities to Teach Preschool English  by: Jen Marx
Online activities for learning English are appropriate for preschoolers in both home and traditional schooling settings. They provide interactive experiences, while allowing children to become..
ESL Video Games  by: Tasos Vossos
English as a second language video games are interactive applications specifically designed to help beginners or advanced students with their English language studies. They are simple flash-based..
Many Classroom Games  by: hyn
Action Race: This is a fun game using actions. Use actions like jump, hop, clap, run etc. Have the Ss split into two teams and sit in lines with a chair by each team and one chair at the other end of..
TIC TAC TOE - Short Lesson  by: re
Divide the class into two teams and place some flashcards on the board in a square grid. The first child on one team points to any card and tries to say what it is, make a sentence about it, or..
Classroom Games - Word Relay, Teacher Basketball & More  by: Lucas Kent
Word Relay This game is good to help review vocabulary and spelling. 1) Split the class into two teams and have a player from each team come to the board. 2) Divide the board in two and write a word..
Trivia Game Questions and Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: Infants have more or less number of bones than adults? Answer: More Trivia Teaser: A baby's body has about 300 bones at birth. These eventually fuse, or grow together, to form the 206 bones..
ESL Games for Children  by: 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..
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Teaching English Yesterday - English lesson  by: Andrew Carter
Here’s an English lesson based on the Beatles song ‘Yesterday’. Welcome – today we’re going to talk about love! Does anybody know any good love songs? (Teacher writes suggestions on the..
ESL Game: Change Seats If  by: Joe Tosczak
This ESL Game is called, "Change Seat if..." And instead of always saying, "Change Seats if..." you could also say, "Switch Seats if," or "Trade seats if..." This ESL Game can be used as a warm up..
Boy with a Sling  by: Robin Tim Day BSc MSc BEd
Here is a short poem for class analysis like others I have posted. I like to teach with short poems or songs as they are snack size literature suitable for a 50 minute class period. Boy with a Sling..
Online Activities for ESL Students  by: 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..
FIND YOUR PARTNER - Short Lesson  by: re
Prepare a set of cards with different names, occupations, friends names, and likes and dislikes. For example, one card might say My name is Yumi. My friend is Chikako. I work at a university. I like..
TEFL Techniques: The Weather Forecast - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL Techniques: The Weather Forecast The UK is blessed with ‘weather’ rather than ‘climate’ – i.e., like Forrest Gump’s famous Box of Chocolates, you never know what you’re going to..
The Library - quiz  by: jt
Yesterday I ___ to the library for information. a. go b. went c. gone Answerb I used the catalog to ___ books. a. look out b. look on c. look up Answerc I could use the catalog ___ . a. myself b...
How to Teach History Using Film  by: Michael Hinckley
One of the great challenges in a college history class is engaging students with material that entertains while it teaches. One of the best ways of accomplishing this is to incorporate films into..
ESL Games - G  by: jt
Gestures Use western gestures in your class. Expressions Gestures Hello wave Goodbye wave It's cold Put arms around shoulders It's hot Fan your face with hands No! shake your head "no" Come here move..
ESL Game - Line by Line  by: kr
Title: Line by Line Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Divide the class into teams. Draw a picture of the vocabulary words slowly, one line at a time. Teams guess what I am..
Choose the best answer to fill in the blank.  by: contributor
1. I __________________ TV when the telephone rang. a. watched b. was watching c. are watching 2. I'm afraid I'm not hungry. I've _______ eaten lunch. a. yet b. still c. already 3. My mother let me..
Grammar Activities for ESL Students  by: Kara Page
Learning the proper rules and exceptions to the English language is a great challenge for English as a Second Language (ESL) students of any age. Grammar activities in the ESL classroom should be as..
ESL games: Party Invitations - Short Lesson  by: lee
The whole class sits in a circle. Tell them that it’s your birthday next week and that you’re planning a birthday party. They are all invited... but on one condition. They must bring you a..
Fun World History Games  by: Valerie Martin
Difficulty: Easy Bothkids and adults often thinkof history as dry and boring, when it's actually filled with excitingstories. History lessons tell some of the best stories that humans have created,..
Writing Prompts Your Students Will Love - Lesson  by: Jennifer Dobson
Prompts are useful for many different kinds of writing exercises. You might choose to use a writing prompt as a daily warm-up activity. Writing prompts are also useful to have on hand for when..
English lesson – Job  by: js
The English lesson – Job starts with a warm-up where students should guess people’s professions after looking at the pictures. The pictures are the cumulative images of typical traits..
How to Make an Easy ESL Conversation Game  by: Collaborator
Teaching English as a second language can be fulfilling and challenging. One way to add some fun into the mix is playing a card game that can be tailored to suit whatever level you're teaching, from..
Halloween Art Projects For Kids  by: ShowKidsTheFun
Fall is just around the corner, and with the cooler weather comes more inside time for the little ones. Naturally, they’re going to need something fun and creative to keep them busy. Help your kids..
ESL Lesson Plans for Health & Medicine Topics  by: Ian Moore
Although the health section of an English as a second language class can be somewhat difficult to teach because of the technical terms and vocabulary, it is an important topic to know nevertheless...
Christmas Art Activities for Teachers  by: Lily Mae
Teachers can harness the excitement of Christmas for educational purposes with lessons about the holiday and the customs that surround it. When teaching about Christmas, use art projects to provide..
ESL Game - Detective  by: kr
Title: Detective Type: Game Target: Possessives (Is the your __?) Materials: Student’s personal objects Procedure: Students take turns being "it" and go out of the classroom and wait for a while...
English Lesson Plans With Color Pictures  by: Alexander Golishev
There has been an ongoing debate among ESL/EFL teachers whether color pictures and other visual aids can help learners of English improve vocabulary acquisition. As an ESL teacher, I have always been..
ESL Worksheets and Lesson Plans for ESL Classrooms  by: 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..
TRANSLATION 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Give students a page of something printed in Japanese (or the local language). Get them to translate any words that they can into English. Give them points for every word that they translate. TV..
ESL GAME: Rope Jump  by: 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 Pronoun Games  by: Jack Stone
Success in an English as a second language (ESL) classroom requires concentration, focus and discipline. However, occasional games can ease the workload and allow students to relax. The best games in..
Foreign Movie Review Form - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Here is a movie review form I used to hand out in Korean university classes. Students like to watch and review movies. It makes a good homework assignment. Ask the student to review a foreign film...
Teaching English With a Mirror - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
Teaching English with a Mirror Here’s a lesson plan aimed at Intermediate level students of English as a Second Language. As the students gather for the lesson, there are several mirrors on display..
SHIRITORI - Short Lessons  by: re
A student is given a word. The student must think of a word that begins with the same letter that the first word ended with i.e. hand > door > red > desk There is a time limit (e.g. 5 seconds). All..
How to Teach the Alphabet Letters Sounds to ESL Students  by: 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..
TEFL Techniques: International Words - Tips  by: Andrew Carter
When you sit down and think about it, or even stand around and think about it (!), English words have seeped into the vocabulary of millions of people, thanks, in the main part, to the genius of..
How to Teach ESL Speaking  by: 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 he/she..
ESL Teacher Robin Day Lessons: Countable and Non-countable Nouns - ESL lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
COUNTABLE and NON-COUNTABLE NOUNS This is a standard topic to teach in ESL/EFL classes. Beginner teachers do not do a good job of it and I have seen students get mixed up or confused in Korea and..
How to Teach English Using Word Games  by: David Stewart
Word games can serve not merely as a break from routine, but also as a means of improving vocabulary and comprehension. These games lend themselves well to modification to suit your requirement..
How to Use Songs and Music in ESL Lessons  by: Collaborator
Using songs in an ESL classroom is a great way to motivate students of all ages to learn English. Using songs helps improve students' listening and reading skills. Songs help facilitate the..
Classroom Activities to Teach Preschool English  by: David Stewart
Teaching preschool English calls for a creative approach designed to hold attention. Between ages 2 and 4, children can grasp the concept of a letter by looking at it, tracing it and hearing it used..
Game: Hot Potato - Short Lesson  by: sam
This works well for Christmas parties or other gift-exchange parties, or perhaps would be a good way to distribute goodies. You will need a wrapped gift for every child that will be playing and music..
ESL GAME: Orange, Orange, Orange Game  by: 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,..
TRUE OR FALSE - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a quiz with true or false answers (or correct/incorrect) and test their grammar. Divide the class into groups and give each group a true card and a false card students vote for the answer.
Games Silent Ball (variation)  by: teacher
Silent Ball. Students pass a koosh ball or nerf ball to each other, but the point of the game is they have to try to get the attention of the person with the ball silently (hints the name). Students..
Name Crossword - Short Lesson  by: ritz
Write your name across or down on the board being sure not to crowd the letters. Students take turns coming to the board, saying their name, and writing it across or down, overlapping one letter that..
YES/NO 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
One child thinks of an animal and the other children try to figure out what it is. The children take turns asking yes/no questions like, Do you have four legs? or Are you bigger than a dog? . If the..
Adverb English Activities for Grammar School  by: Vivian Wagner
Adverbs tell how, when and where things happen, and they're a vital part of language and communication. They can be difficult for children to learn, however, and teachers must explain exactly what..
ESL Game - The Money Game  by: Joe Tosczak
So you are somewhere in Asia standing inside a classroom full of screaming ESL students. You were not trained by your school and they expect you to just "Be the Best Teacher" and make the school a..
Classroom Games - Math Relay and Super Word  by: Lucas Kent
Here are a couple of great games for your daily lessons! Math Hurdles This is a great game to review number facts and to get some exercise. 1) Tell students to find a partner that is about the same..
The WHAT? game - Short Lesson  by: jin
Sit in a circle with the students holding an object that you want the children to be able to identify by name. Hand the object to the child on your right (whom you have already prepared) or to..
Creating a Classroom Atmosphere For Writing  by: Alma Hoffmann
What inspires you to write??? Maybe seeing a gorgeous sunset or hearing your favorite song on the radio... What might inspire a classroom full of children to write? Interesting music? Amusing..
Using Classical Music In The English As A Foreign Language Classroom  by: 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 Language..
Basic English Lesson Plan  by: Chelsea Hoffman
If you're just starting out as an English teacher, or if you're simply a substitute teacher who has been hired for the job rather quickly, you might feel a little stressed out when it comes to making..
Esl Teaching - Games For Successful Teachers - Short Lesson  by: Dan Sarle
If you have ever experienced teaching English as a second language to children then you know how difficult it can be at times to hold their attention. A possible solution to the problem is to run a..
Trivia Questions and Answers - Hurray For Holland  by: Deanna Mascle
1. How much of Holland’s land was once covered by water? A. One-fifth B. Two-fifths C. One-quarter D. One-third B. Two-fifths TOPICS: More than two-fifths of the country's land was once covered by..
You Can Help Your Children Learn the Alphabet - Here's How  by: Barbara Freedman-De Vito
Government studies confirm that children who are read to and and who recognize the letters of the alphabet have an easier time learning how to read and thus do better in school, so maximize your..
HANDS DOWN - Short Lesson  by: re
This game can be played on the ground, on a table, anywhere that is flat and big enough to fit all of your buddies. Everyone intertwines their hands, palms facing downwards and you are all in a..
ESL Conditional Games  by: 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..
Make a Fairy Garden For Your Kids Party - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
A fairy garden is a great kids party activity, especially if your theme is a fairy party, garden party, or tea party. A dinosaur den or construction site garden is a fun alternative for little boys..
Possessive Pronouns II - quiz  by: jt
John Anderson forgot ___ book. Answer-his Mary and Susan talk like ____ mother. Answer-their Alex and I were late for ___ class . Answer-our Princess Caroline is wearing ___ new Gucci gown...
Teaching ESL to Children Using ESL Classroom Games  by: Stephen Stocker
There are times of the day when special activities such as ESL classroom games are very appropriate. Although the daily school timetable varies from country to country, it is usual for children aged..
How to Teach Pronunciation to ESL Learners  by: Collaborator
Pronunciation often gets ignored over grammar and vocabulary in ESL programs. However, it is just as important because with bad or garbled pronunciation, the spoken message gets lost. “I think”..
Winter Wonderland Trivia Questions  by: Deanna Mascle
1. Which is NOT a fact about winter in the animal kingdom? A. Some species of domesticated dog turn white in the winter. B. Mountain goats with their luxurious 3-inch long winter coats can endure..
| ESL Oral Activity - Using Adjectives to Describe People  by: Andrew Lawton
At some point in your ESL class you will present adjectives that describe people. This is a good opportunity to get your ESL students some much needed English speaking practice. I use the following..
Sunday School w/ toddlers?  by: answers.yahoo.com
Next week is our "step up Sunday" at church and all the teens teach the Sunday school classes. I am teaching the 0-2 class. There are not many in this class. They are mostly around the age of 2. They..
Interesting Facts From Trivial Topics  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: How do honey bees communicate? Answer: Dance Interesting Fact: The ability of honeybees to communicate direction and distance from the hive to nectar sources through dance "language" has..
How to Use Props in the Classroom  by: 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..
ERASE A DIALOGUE - Short Lesson  by: re
Model the dialogue or key sentence. Write it on the board. Read it line-by-line and have the students repeat it. Practise then erase a part of it. Have the students repeat replacing the erased bit...
ESL GAME: Orange, Orange, Orange Game  by: 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,..
How to Teach English to Absolute Beginners  by: Dori Pinkerton
Teaching the English language to absolute beginners is a challenging task, but also one that is rewarding and fun. You will be teaching language in a "real-world" sense; the people you will be..
ESL Game - Balloon Relay  by: kr
Title: Balloon Relay Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Balloon Procedure: Divide students into teams. Each team is split in half and stands in line opposite from each other as in a..
Teaching Preschool - Patience, Expectations, and Fun  by: Mary Robinson
"Not While I'm Wearing the Hat" Teaching preschool is never a walk in the park. One moment you're trying to sooth a crying child while tearing apart two others who are fighting over the last black..
Kids Money Counting Games  by: Corrine Lee
Difficulty: Easy Counting money can be a tricky skill to learn, but fortunately kids love to play with money, so they'reeager to practice. Thesegamesreinforce money counting skills all while kids..
INTERVIEW 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
JTE and ALT dress up and act out a TV interview. Students must listen and take notes. Quiz at the end.
Management Survey - A pre-intermediate lesson - ESL lesson  by: English-to-go
Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson™ Management Survey Pre-Reading Activities A: Vocabulary Part One: Match the following words with their meanings: Words company manager survey ..
Group Activities: Agree or Disagree?  by: Hyun
Group Activity: Agree or Disagree? after defining “strongly agree,” “agree,” “disagree” and “strongly disagree,” the leader reads out different statements of opinion and the students..
How to Create a Grammar Lesson Plan for an Intermediate ESL Class  by: contributor
Intermediate-level learners of English as a second language need plenty of practice in basic grammar concepts, as well as an ongoing exposure to more advanced concepts. Here's how to present a..
How to Multiply Fractions  by: Jen
How to Multiply Fractions If you have mastered adding and subtracting fractions, often multiplying fractions will seem a lot less complicated. Many of the steps feel similar, but much of the work..
Re: Excellent movie for English students - English lesson  by: ben
I would like to show my students a movie (helping the environment). Is there anything beside the movie: The Day After Tomorrow. tx
Teacher I'm Done! Tips  by: Kelly Mikesell
Every teacher has had this happen about 1,000 times. You send the children to complete a task and 10 seconds later someone is "done". I have a few ideas on curbing the "I'm done" that I'd like to..
How to Make a Poster in 60 Minutes - Design and Layout Tips  by: Jennifer Hogan
Are you someone who has had to make a poster, but wasn't sure where to start? Maybe you needed to make it for a school assignment, for a bake sale, for the science fair, for a baby shower or even for..
Weather Vocabulary: How to Explain to Your ESL Students Why it Snows  by: 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..
ESL Grammar Lesson Demo Video  by: 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..
How to Improve Reading for ESL Students  by: 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..
Game: 21 - Short Lesson  by: Park
All the players should sit in a circle. The basic idea is to go round the circle, counting upwards from 1. The loser is the person who says '21'. To start, the first player says 'To my left (or..
How to Use Realia in ESL Lessons  by: Contributor
Realia refers to the practice of using real, tangible things in the classroom to help your students connect with English on a different level. It involves visual, tactile and functional methods for..
ENGLISH LESSON  by: contributor
Dear Edward, My name’s Victoria and I’m your new e-pal. I’m 18 years old. I live in Lisbon with my family: my mum, my dad and my two brothers. She’s forty-two years old. He’s thirty-eight...
Classroom Activities For Young ESL Learners  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
The brain likes to learn in little bits. Young children have short attention spans. Put these two thoughts together and add the fact that learning a new language is not an easy task. Therefore, an..
ESL Game - Voice disguise  by: kr
Title: Voice disguise Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students close their eyes and one student is chosen by the teacher. That student must say the..
Getting ESL Students to Use Their English Outside of Class  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
Every time I begin a new class, I give my students a hand-out sheet with ideas to help improve their English outside of class. Most ESL students unfortunately seem to think their English is for use..
Describe the scene - Lesson  by: Mark Cox
Ss divide up into groups. I play a short clip of a movie with no sound. Half of the group watches the movie clip. The other half of the group is given a sheet of questions. The group that watched the..
How to Teach ESL Students to Notice Grammar  by: 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..
Top 5 Christmas Movies  by: theroundup.co.uk
The nights are drawing in, there's the hint of snow on the air, if you listen closely then you might just hear the pitter pat of reindeer hooves! With that in mind, The Round Up is proud to present..
Spelling Activities That Improve Spelling  by: Kimberly Arslan
Your child should get 100% on their spelling tests, right? Easier said than done because some parents struggle every week with getting their children to study their spelling lists. Never fear, we've..
Early Childhood Activities - Fun Ideas for Springtime  by: Mary Robinson
Simple is Better While in their formative years, children learn best through doing, which is why games and activities are an integral part of the preschool experience. Remember to select early..
ESL GAME: Picture Game  by: 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..
Classroom Activities For Young ESL Learners  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
The brain likes to learn in little bits. Young children have short attention spans. Put these two thoughts together and add the fact that learning a new language is not an easy task. Therefore, an..
How to Make Sea Shell Candles - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
Collecting sea shells along the beach is a favorite kids summer activity. Take it one step further by transforming their seaside treasures into beautiful decorations or kids make-and-take party..
How to Help Your Child (student) be Successful in Kindergarten - Tips  by: Tina O'Block
Your child’s first year of school should be a fun and exciting time. Children who are comfortable with and prepared for this first school experience are more likely to have rewarding and productive..
Teaching English to Kinesthetic Learners  by: Erin Schreiner
While some students can learn effectively through quiet study, others gain the most information through active learning activities. If you are charged with the task of teaching English to a..
Reading Comprehension Lessons For Primary-Elementary Students  by: Renee Goodrich
Reading comprehension lessons for primary/elementary students that you can do with any text. 1. Dictionary Meaning - Select a paragraph of a text and ask your students to circle the words that you..
ESL GAME: Birthday game  by: 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..
Adjective Activities for Middle School  by: Erin Schreiner
Adjectives are highly useful words that can do a great deal to enhance a piece of writing. Integrating adjectives gives the piece detail and flow. It also increases the reader's ability to visualize..
Spot the difference game #2  by: yu
Spot the difference is a name given to a puzzle where two versions of an image are shown side by side, and the player has to find differences between them. Usually, the image on the left is the..
Tag Questions - Does she? Doesn't she? Did she? - quiz  by: jt
Tag Questions - Does she? Doesn't she? Did she? She works in a bank, ___? a. does she b. doesn't she c. did she Answer-b She didn't eat anything, ___? a. does she b. doesn't she c. did she Answer-c..
English Spy Code - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: 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)..
Classroom Games for Kids  by: Alicia Bodine
There will be times when your class finishes up a subject a little early or has some free time in the school day when you can organize some games to play. These do not require you to leave the..
Narrative Writing Activities for ESL  by: 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..
Lyrics and Music For ESL Teachers  by: 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 only..
Got Grammar Games? Try Diagramming Sentences  by: 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 ways..
Fun Games & Activities for Teaching English in Junior High School  by: Marysia Walcerz
Bringing games into the classroom can be a great way to creatively engage students with their learning and have fun while taking a break from the usual classroom routine. Use games to work on new..
How to Play Halloween Party Games  by: Contributor
Halloween is a time for all good ghosts, ghouls and goblins to raise their spirits. Host a costume party for your little monster and organize some fun party games. Halloween games can be especially..
How to Teach English With Grammar Games  by: Carl Hose
English grammar rules are often confusing and difficult for students to grasp. Traditional teaching methods can be boring. An effective way to capture the attention of your students is by making a..
law day teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
You probably remember May Day on May 1 but did you know that Law Day is celebrated on that same date?! Here are some suggestions for celebrating: 1. Invite a local congressperson to visit your..
Interactive Story Telling - Lesson  by: Sue Swift
An activity which practises both listening and speaking in the classroom is interactive story telling. I usually use short stories, but if you wanted to and had the time you could also tell your..
English Lesson Plan – Wedding and Marriage  by: js
The Wedding and Marriage lesson is aimed at the acquisition of typical wedding vocabulary, and its use in both oral speech and writing. At the beginning of the class students are given a list of..
ESL GAME: Tornado Game  by: 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 cards on the..
Preschool Lessons - Using Fish, Freeze Tag and Groceries to teach the Letters "F" and "G"  by: Mary Robinson
When instructing preschool, it's best to keep the lessons simple and straightforward. One of the most important preschool lessons is the alphabet and its many letters. Many preschool teachers like to..
Blindfold Activities in the TEFL classroom  by: William Sullivan
One method of creating a genuine information gap is through the use of blindfold activities. Blindfolds can be employed in a variety of ways in the TEFL/foreign language classroom to foster a truly..
How to Improve Spoken English Using Games  by: 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 course,..
ESL Basic Lessons  by: 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..
ESL GAME: Tornado Game  by: 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 cards on the..
NUMBERS CHAIN - Short Lesson  by: re
Assign every student a number. One student starts by saying her number and then says another number. For example, Three Twenty-seven . The Twenty-seven refers to one of the other students in the..
How to Teach Contractions to ESL Students  by: 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..
Sea Critters - English lesson  by: Simply ESL
Lesson 1: Shark and Fish Vocab Taught: shark, fish, dolphin, whale, crab Phonics taught: c-r-a-b Preparation: Flashcards Time: About an hour, depending on class size. Warmer - "Teacher Says" - 5-7..
Active Learning Activities - Response Cards  by: Adam Waxler
As a teacher I am always looking for ways to keep my students actively involved in my lessons. One of my favorite active learning activities is to simply have students use Response Cards. The reason..
Kids Educational Games - Learning Through Play  by: Yogi Shinde
Some fun kids educational games are all you will ever need to teach your little preschooler their basics. Weather we are talking about learning to tell time, recognise the coins, know their letters..
English lesson – Job  by: js
The English lesson – Job starts with a warm-up where students should guess people’s professions after looking at the pictures. The pictures are the cumulative images of typical traits..
ESL Games - Q  by: jt
Question Chain Have the students sit in a circle. The teachers starts by asking the student on the right a question. That student must answer the question and ask the next student the same question...
Preschool Calendar Activities - Introducing the Calendar  by: Mary Robinson
Preschool is an excellent time to introduce children to the concepts of the calendar, days of the week and months of the year, and what better way to learn about these concepts than through games and..
How to Teach English to Young Learners (TEYL)  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
Children from Grade One up are not as dependent as preschoolers. This article will focus on those pre-elementary ages. Here is the scenario... It is the first day of school and you are the new..
Telephone - Short Lesson  by: jp
Divide the group into two teams and have them stand in single file lines. Whisper a somewhat complex sentence (according to their level) into the ear of the first person in each line. Make sure no..
Activities to Teach ESL Students Subject-Verb Agreements  by: 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..
How to Teach ESL Speaking  by: 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 he/she..
ESL Teaching and Learning Tips, by Dr. Yanni Zack, an American ESL specialist  by: Steve
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ERASE A SENTENCE - Short Lesson  by: re
Write a target sentence on the board. Read the sentence and ask the students to repeat it. Have all of the students stand up. Erase one word from the sentence. Have a student from the first row try..
MULTIPLE CHOICE - Short Lesson  by: re
Make up a test with multiple choice answers. Test their understanding of the grammatical structure that you are working on. Offer several incorrect English sentences as options.
Games for Adult ESL  by: 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 of..
ADJECTIVES 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Choose some advertisements with big print and not too much writing on them. Number them clearly. Black out two adjectives from each and make a list of the missing words. Before the lesson, post the..
How to Teach English to Absolute Beginners  by: Dori Pinkerton
Teaching the English language to absolute beginners is a challenging task, but also one that is rewarding and fun. You will be teaching language in a "real-world" sense; the people you will be..
Grammar Activities and Games  by: Anne Clarke
Grammar activities and games make learning about grammar fun for students. And why shouldn’t learning be fun? Here are four grammar activities and games: Grammar Activities and Games – Tic Tac..
English lesson – Job  by: js
The English lesson – Job starts with a warm-up where students should guess people’s professions after looking at the pictures. The pictures are the cumulative images of typical traits..
Face Paint Recipes - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
These easy face paint recipes show how to make homemade face paint using common household ingredients. Mix and store in baby food jars or discarded film canisters. Be ready for your next kids party..
ESL GAME: Sound Game  by: 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..
Creative Christmas Writing Activities  by: Kimberlee Broaddus
When Christmastime rolls around, teachers look for ways to keep students engaged with fun and interesting writing ideas. They can generate a variety of creative Christmas writing lesson plans by..
Writing Prompts Your Students Will Love - Lesson  by: Jennifer Dobson
Prompts are useful for many different kinds of writing exercises. You might choose to use a writing prompt as a daily warm-up activity. Writing prompts are also useful to have on hand for when..
Horse and Cattle English: Terms - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Timothy Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Here is a cursory collection of horse and cattle terms used in common English. It compliments the list of Bird and Dog English posted much earlier. As a teacher you/one can use these terms in a..
How to Use Songs and Music in ESL Lessons  by: Collaborator
Using songs in an ESL classroom is a great way to motivate students of all ages to learn English. Using songs helps improve students' listening and reading skills. Songs help facilitate the..
Fun Ways to Celebrate Birthdays in the Classroom - Activities  by: Jen Dobson
Let's admit it: the last place any kid wants to be on her birthday is at school. But there are ways to make the day fun for the birthday child - while getting some lessons done in the process...
Lesson 1 - Book Sale  by: jt
The Story "I may want to read it again one day" is the reason why my husband keeps every book he reads. Over 25 years most of them, never opened again after the first reading, have accumulated in our..
Lesson: Teacher ask class  by: teach
Easy I wanna know what cool things you guys have managed to buy with twenty dollars. Maybe write it or draw it? Fun and great to know students better and their level of English. Sample: Student A:..
ESL game and questions only, please - ESL lesson  by: Said-Ali
It's me Ali again to this site with my NEW game. I am really happy to share my ESL games with my enthusiastic friends who are far from their home lands teaching ESL in China. Type of activity: Pair..
How to Teach ESL Lesson Plans  by: 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..
What games can i play with my english class  by: answers.yahoo.com
they're kids like 8 to 11, and they re really basic, since they barely started studying english and their first language is spanish. i played games like hangman, and tic tac toe but i need more..
Making a Hypothesis - quiz  by: jt
1. I wish I ___ younger. Life does not seem so attractive at the age of 45. a. am b. were c. had been Answerb Supposing you ___ $3 million in your bank account. Would you give any to charity? a. have..
INTERVIEW 3 - Short Lesson  by: re
Write the names of famous people or the names of countries on the backs of a set of cards. Shuffle these interview cards and place them on a pile face down on the table or floor. Each child takes..
Free 8th Grade Language Arts Lesson Plans  by: Alexandra Schmidt
Creating lesson plans can be a time-consuming and stressful effort for teachers and other educators. Luckily, there are many teachers who have already created lesson plans and curricula and equally..
Activities and Games to Teach English Vocabulary  by: Talia Kennedy
Teaching children new English vocabulary words can be difficult because they may have trouble conceptualizing their meanings. Providing a list of words and definitions is one presentation method but..
Scavenger Hunt - Short Lesson  by: jin
A fun way to introduce a new vocabulary word is to turn the word into a mystery. Introduce the word to the students by writing it on the board or overhead, but do not give them the definition...
Try to rearrange the words bellow.  by: contributor
1 looking I'm for my glasses. 2 reading? of you are What book kind 3 is Why Pamela crying? 4 Kharkov economics National studying University. Paul is at 5 is everyone Why laughing? 6 for waiting Are..
Basic Level English Lesson Plan - Sports Theme?  by: answers.yahoo.com
Where can i get an English lesson plan about sports? I also need dialogue for conversation! Thanks.
Matisse Lesson Plans for Children  by: Stephany Elsworth
Henri Matisse, a French artist who lived from 1869 to 1954, was one of the most notable painters of the 20th century. He led the post-Impressionist Fauvist artistic movement, a style that used..
Simple ESL Games  by: 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'..
Lessons on Sharing and Respect  by: Rita Webb
Children are miniature adults. They are people with their own feelings, their own personalities, and their own preferences. So the question begs to be asked: How would you feel if the governing..
TRANSLATION 3 - Short Lesson  by: re
Keep a list of the new words and phrases that the students have learned so far in Japanese (or the local language) and English. Using each row as a team, I pit the first student of each row against..
Using Right and Left Brain Activities in English Language Teaching and Learning  by: Larry M. Lynch
In my English language teaching experience I've found it to be highly effective to use a multi-modal approach (D. Lazear) combined with multi-media based activities for maximum effect and language..
ESL Games - F  by: jt
Fashion Show Have each student stand up one at a time and elicit from the class what he or she is wearing. Find It The teacher holds up a letter flashcard. The students must search around the room to..
ESL Work Safety  by: 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..
Spelling Tips For ESL Students  by: Celia Webb
Spelling in English is hard even for those of us who have been practicing for years! For one thing there are so many exceptions to the rules. The English language actually has two basic types of..
ESL GAME 5 Change Seats If  by: Joe Tosczak
This ESL Game is called, "Change Seat if..." And instead of always saying, "Change Seats if..." you could also say, "Switch Seats if," or "Trade seats if..." This ESL Game can be used as a warm up..
Creating a Classroom Atmosphere For Writing  by: Alma Hoffmann
What inspires you to write??? Maybe seeing a gorgeous sunset or hearing your favorite song on the radio... What might inspire a classroom full of children to write? Interesting music? Amusing..
ESL Game - Duck Duck  by: kr
Title: Duck Duck Type: Active Game Target: Any conversation Materials: None Procedure: Students sit in a circle and close their eyes. I pick 2 students by touching them on the back. When I say go..
Trivia Questions And Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
Questions: 1. What is the primary language of most residents of Montreal? A. English B. French C. Canadian D. Montrealese 2. During what century was swimwear revolutionized? A. The 20th century with..
ESL Grammar Exercises on Adjectives  by: 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..
Fun Language Games for Children  by: Natalie Dave Martin
Teaching English or any other foreign language to young children should be fun and enjoyable experience, both for children and for teacher. Best way is to do it through games, songs and stories. Here..
Activities to Promote Fluency in Adult ESL Students  by: 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..
2 games - English Lesson  by: Azizbek
The Broken Telepone the players sit around the table or stand in a row. one player is chosen to start the game. this player whispers a word into the ear of his neighbor, who whispers what he heard to..
asking for/ giving directions  by: pep2u
Lesson Plan Level Elementary Lesson length 45 mins Objective To be able to ask for, give and understand instructions Target Language Where is the.......? Can you tell me where the.........is? Is the,..
ESL Game - SLAM game  by: kr
Title: SLAM game Type: Active Game Target: Any Vocabulary Materials: Flashcards Procedure: Let’s review the words. What room is this? (show the room picture cards) Okay now we are going to play a..
Chopstick pass - Short Lesson  by: yi
Sometimes at the dinner table, kids get anxious for things to start. This game is a simple game to make dinner table wait times go by fast and with fun. For this game each child needs a set of..
ESL Games - 2 Games That Are a Must in the ESL Classroom  by: Kelvin Nikkel
ESL Games are an absolute must in the ESL classroom. If you are teaching ESL and not including games in your ESL lesson plan, then you are totally missing out on some serious enjoyment and your..
3 Preschool 'Read A New Book Month' Activities  by: Paula Jones
December is Read a New Book month. This is a great opportunity to expose your children to new books. Spend some time focusing on early literacy skills during this month. Your children will enjoy..
integrating daily life with reading comprehension - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Did you know there are many questions you could ask your child during common, daily activities that would reinforce a reading skill? Below are just a few scenarios. 1. Riding Around Town a. Have your..
Re: some classroom games appropriate and fun for college students  by: Ami
Games can add another dimension of learning to the classroom even at the college level. Two of my best professors, both with doctorate degrees, used games now and then to add pizazz to the material...
Spectacular Sound Bingo - Short Lesson  by: jin
Spectacular Sound Bingo, a free online game sponsored by PBS Kids, features the characters from the television show 'Super Why.' Students may choose from three difficulty levels, including easy,..
How to Introduce Business English Into the ESL Classroom  by: 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..
Playing Make-Believe Games Together With Your Children  by: Autumn Lockwood
Children always appear to enjoy playing make-believe games. Frequently even the simplest imaginary games are able to keep a youngster entertained for several hours. Make-believe is a wonderful way..
Sketch Artists (Vocab Lesson) with Video  by: 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..
How to Teach Film-Related Vocabulary  by: Mel Candea
One of the most accessible ways to teach is using realia, or real-life language samples, in the form of advertisements, websites, music or film. Using film is particularly useful, not only because..
ESL Book Review- Zero Prep- Ready-to-Go Activities for the Language Classroom  by: 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 using..
Game for students. Tangle - Short Lesson  by: gh
Use one large group or multiple smaller groups. Groups form a circle, facing in, and reach across to join right hands with another person. Then they all join left hands with a different person. The..
Spelling Activities That Improve Spelling  by: Kimberly Arslan
Your child should get 100% on their spelling tests, right? Easier said than done because some parents struggle every week with getting their children to study their spelling lists. Never fear, we've..
ESL Lesson Ideas  by: 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..
Lesson Plans  by: James Baker
Many people who have been teaching TEFL for awhile get tired of writing lesson plans. The benefit of writing them once is, you will not have to do them again. Make sure you always keep a copy of the..
Drama games for ESL primary students  by: 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..
Writing Activities for Teaching English in Middle School  by: Kayla Lowe
Writing skills are among the most important English lessons taught to middle school students. These skills are those that they will use throughout high school, college and their careers. Expository,..
ESL Game - 5 Corners  by: Joe Tosczak
This game is called "Corners." It is very easy to play and it is a lot of fun! You can play this game at the beginning of class to warm the students up; or at any time that you sense that the..
Ideas to Teach English Vocabulary & Grammar  by: Lucy Natek
People build up their grammar and vocabulary skills through a wide range of combined methods: reading, watching television, listening to music or using the Internet. When learning a new language it's..
Horse and Cattle English: Terms - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Timothy Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Here is a cursory collection of horse and cattle terms used in common English. It compliments the list of Bird and Dog English posted much earlier. As a teacher you/one can use these terms in a..
Lessons for Beginner ESL Students  by: 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..
ESL GAME: Charades  by: 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..
Icebreakers - THEM AGAINST YOU - Lesson  by: yi
On the first day of school challenge the students to a competition. Who can remember the most about the other. 1) The students start, taking turns they each stand up and tell at least 5 facts about..
Help Writing Your English Lesson Plan  by: Bill Boyd
Being in a teacher is a lot of fun and is the passion of many, but preparing for each classroom experience can be quite frustrating. Ensuring that your English lesson plan is well rounded and will..
ESL Game - Days Card Game  by: kr
Title: Days Card Game Type: Game Target: Days of the Week Materials: cards available form genkienglish.net Procedure: The days of the week in English have a special meaning. They each go with a..
Vocabulary Games for ESL Students  by: 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..
What Spelling Champions Know Can Help Your Child Spell Better  by: Celia Webb
Have you ever wondered why spelling bee contestants are allowed to ask to have the word defined or used in a sentence? What spelling bee champions know is these questions reveal clues about how a..
For ESL Learners - Five Tips to Help You Remember New English Vocabulary Words  by: Joan Pougiales
Learning new vocabulary is easy. Remembering new vocabulary is much more difficult. This is what my students tell me all the time. Experts who study memory say that we need to hear or see or use a..
ESL Exercises on Children's Personalities  by: 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..
Five Simple Spelling Rules - Tips  by: http://www.writing.com/
1. “I before E except after C” I was first introduced to this little chant in the first grade and it has served me well ever since. However, its simplicity is deceiving! Remember this is American..
ESL Game - Pictionary  by: kr
Title: Pictionary Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students are divided into 2 teams. One person from one team comes up to the front where the teacher gives them a..
Third Grade Christmas Art Lessons  by: Andra Land
Parents of third graders who want to give their children instruction in art at home have an array of options --- from simple drawings to multi-step crafts. Unlike younger kids, third-graders have..
Grammar Activity for ESL Class - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
Grammar Practice Activity for an ESL Classroom When teaching English grammar your book will probably have several ESL worksheets to drill the concept. These are useful exercises, but you will also..
The Best ESL Lesson Plans  by: Joel Barnard
Making good, well-researched lesson plans is imperative in order to effectively teach learners of English as a second language. As you develop as a teacher, the time required to prepare for a lesson..
Some Valuable Steps On Applying Clown Makeup! Seriously, We're Not Clowning Around Here - Tips  by: Maria Parise
Who doesn’t love being a clown? It’s a great costume idea for both adults and children. It looks like a lot of work to do clown makeup, but it’s actually quite easy. Here are the steps to..
Subject and Verb Agreement - quiz  by: jt
Is the sentence correct or incorrect? Compare it with the correct answer. The last questions on the test were very difficult. Correct Incorrect Answer-Correct: The last questions on the test were..
Research Paper Writing Skills  by: Jack Smith
Step 1. Choose Your Topic. When choosing a topic, choose one in which you are interested, and for which there is enough information. If your topic is too broad, you will have difficulty completing..
ESL GAME: Put Up a Christmas Tree  by: 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 - Food Chain Evolution  by: kr
Title: Food Chain Evolution Type: Active Game Target: Animals Materials: None Procedure: Brainstorm with the students to develop a food chain of 5-7 animals from smallest to biggest. Review the..
How to Integrate Microsoft Excel With Grammar Lesson Plans  by: 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..
ESL Game - Bingo  by: kr
Title: Bingo Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: paper and pencil Procedure: Students draw a 3x3 (or bigger) grid and fill in the squares with vocabulary words. Call out vocab words at..
Can anyone give me some help on a talk i have to give in my english lesson?  by: answers.yahoo.com
The talk has to be about 3 minutes and I have to talk about my work experience in a hotel, cooking (Catering Assistant) ANY HELP AT ALL WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!! Especially to help me with how I..
| Teaching ESL in Multilevel Classrooms  by: Shelley Vernon
Every ESL classroom has multilevel students, but in most cases the students are comparable enough in ability to all benefit from the same activities and lesson plans. A truly ESL multilevel classroom..
How to Use Music in the ESL Classroom  by: 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 Introduce Business English Into the ESL Classroom  by: 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..
ADJECTIVES 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Choose some advertisements with big print and not too much writing on them. Number them clearly. Black out two adjectives from each and make a list of the missing words. Before the lesson, post the..
Jigsaw Puzzle Picture Frame  by: Lisa Kirby
Don't throw out those old puzzles when you lose a piece. Save them for these cool picture frames. They make great gifts. You can add paint, glitter, or any fuzzy, sparkling, or other crafty stuff..
Harry Potter Makes Lesson Plans Exciting  by: Valerie Giles
With magic and mystery inspired by the Harry Potter stories, many ideas for teaching strategies and lesson plans come to mind. You can let your imagination run wild. Science lessons plans..
Practical Writing Exercises for Advanced ESL Students  by: 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..
How to Teach English Food Cooking Vocabulary  by: Michael J
Teaching English cooking and food vocabulary can be very exciting and rewarding. Teaching and also learning about cooking and food in a foreign language are difficult at first glance; however,..
FIND YOUR PARTNER - Short Lesson  by: re
Prepare a set of cards with different names, occupations, friends names, and likes and dislikes. For example, one card might say My name is Yumi. My friend is Chikako. I work at a university. I like..
ESL Kids Game: Bowling - Short Lesson  by: Max Powles
Here is a game I stumbled upon on 'youtube'. check it out.
The Story So Far- Episode 4- podcast - video  by: Kristen
The Story So Far- Episode 4- Podcast - Video This video shows things that are fun to do in the winter time. This episode features segments made all in Canada, and every segment has a touch of snow in..
Learning Styles And Their Effect On Language Learning - Tips  by: Frank Gerace
Note: This article makes special reference to the effect of learning syles in the learning of Spanish but the principles are valid for all language learning. ¡LEER ES PODER! ¡Learning Spanish! How..
Correct or Incorrect use of preposition?  by: jt
correct (c) or incorrect (i). She's a very selfish person who doesn't show any consideration for others. Answer-c On our school the teachers' basic hourly rate was increased by 5%. Answer-i (in,by)..
Alot is Not a Word,........... it's Two. - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Alot is not a word but two words and this error is seen a lot in many countries including those where English is the main language. Kids spell what they hear and they hear these two words run..
ESL Methods for Mainstream Teachers  by: 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 Teach ESL in PowerPoint  by: 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..
ESL Games - W  by: jt
What's Missing? Scatter 8-10 flashcards face up on the table. Give the students a minute to look at them, then have them close their eyes and take away one flashcard. Tell the students to open their..
Sixth Grade English Grammar Study Tips  by: 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 writing..
Environmental Science Lessons for Kids  by: 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,..
TEFL Techniques: Comparing Cathedrals - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
The value of getting your student or students out of the confines of the classroom cannot be underestimated. Trips and visits not only improve the student teacher relationship, but they are brilliant..
Smartboard Activities for Christmas  by: Elizabeth Stover
Research by organizations such as the Smarter Kids Foundation and The George Lucas Educational Foundation continue to support the use of the latest technology in the classroom. Technology, most of..
TIC TAC TOE - Short Lesson  by: re
Divide the class into two teams and place some flashcards on the board in a square grid. The first child on one team points to any card and tries to say what it is, make a sentence about it, or..
How to Teach Grammar Prepositions With Total Physical Response (TPR)  by: 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..
Halloween Safety Tips for Kids  by: Michelle Annese
Hey Kids and Parents... Here are some ways for you to keep this year's Halloween Safe & Sound: If your going with friends, make sure you know who you are going with and there is a parent along to..
TRANSLATION 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Give students a page of something printed in Japanese (or the local language). Get them to translate any words that they can into English. Give them points for every word that they translate. TV..
Christmas Theme Ideas for Preschoolers  by: Breann Kanobi
Though they do it in a wide variety of ways, most people in Western countries celebrate Christmas. Help preschool students understand and appreciate this tradition with a variety of Christmas-themed..
Icebreakers - What's in a name? - Short Lesson  by: choi
Ask everyone to say their (preferred) name, and ask them to give at least one piece of information on why they were called this name (or some interesting feature of their name, such as a different..
ESL Speaking Exercises  by: 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..
Spelling Tips For ESL Students  by: Celia Webb
Spelling in English is hard even for those of us who have been practicing for years! For one thing there are so many exceptions to the rules. The English language actually has two basic types of..
Anniversary-birthday Card - Lesson + quiz  by: Elite Hussar
The Story "Do you have any anniversary-birthday cards?" a man asked the stationer. "We have anniversary cards and we have birthday cards, but we don't carry one that combines both. Why?" "Simple ,"..
SUPERSTARS - Short Lesson  by: re
Describe some person who all the children know (perhaps a singer, sports personality, or another student or teacher) using the pattern She s from I think she likes and . Then ask the child on your..
English As a Second Language Teaching Activities  by: Simon Fuller
Whether you're teaching your class of students their first words of English as a second language or want to reinforce what has already been learned, a popular method of keeping things fun while also..
Object Pronouns  by: jt
"Is she writing to Leonardo di Caprio?" "Yes, she is in love with ___!" a. her b. him c. his Answer-b "John is making a lot of noise!" "I'll ask ___ to be quiet." a. him b. it c. its Answer-a "Please..
Game: 90-second Alphabet - Short Lesson  by: sam
This game includes three people. It starts as these three people are placed in a certain situation, suggested by a member of the audience, and they interact in various ways. The catch is that..
Word Surfing in organized vocabulary notebooks - ESL lesson  by: Will McCulloch, Vocabulary Developer
"Word Surfing" in organized vocabulary notebooks (secondary and adult) Common sense tells us that as more words can be used in a meaningful manner, the easier it becomes to communicate effectively...
Games for Teaching English Grammar  by: Angela Watkins
Abate the dullness of learning grammar by using games to deconstruct the English language. A game can take the edge off of nervous or excited students and can help them to channel their creativity...
Create Your Own Guided Reading Curriculum to Improve Your Child's (student) Reading Skills  by: Jon Kelly
To help your child improve his or her reading skills, teachers use what is known as reading levels to help create guided reading curriculums. Each reading level has a set of books that are..
ESL GAMES: Balloon Game & Balloon Badminton  by: 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..
English Teaching Tips for ESL or EFL Teachers  by: Nevin Tracy
A native English speaker may be the particularly favorable natural conditions to be an ESL or EFL teacher, but it is still far from enough. Besides the formal training, there are some tips the ESL..
ESL Game - Word chain  by: kr
Title: Word chain Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocabulary or sentence form Materials: None Procedure: The first student must say a vocabulary word or sentence such a “I played soccer.”..
ESL Games & Activities About Countries of the World  by: Victoria Thompson
The English as a Second Language classroom is filled with student representatives from around the globe, and each student learns from his peers. Design activities to represent the students' countries..
New hangman game (over 450 words), including 48 terms from the Lord of the Rings movies - ESL lesson  by: ESL Teachers Board
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ROW RACE 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Students in front row stand up. Teacher asks them a question. If a student responds correctly, they get to sit down. When there is only one person left in the row, that person s column has to stand...
Create Top Ten Lists for Lively Classrooms - ESL Teacher Eric Roth Lesson  by: Eric Roth
Americans, like many other people, love to create top ten lists. This technique can be very effective in sharing ideas and creating a lively classroom. You might want to introduce some core verbs and..
Interesting Activities for Teaching English Literature in the ESL  by: Kate Bradley
Alien cultural references, unknown idioms and strange vocabulary make teaching English literature to ESL students especially challenging. Engaging the students while teaching the story and its..
Esl games for large classes  by: answers.yahoo.com
i am teaching english in china, and i am needing games!! i have been teaching for a few months already, so do have quite a few games that i play, however, everybody seems to only know a limited..
Game: Heads up Seven up (2) - Short Lesson  by: sam
You need at least 14 people for this, another reason why this game was often played in school. Pick seven people to be 'it'. Everyone else puts their heads down and their thumbs up. The chosen seven..
How to Teach the Alphabet to ESL  by: 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..
Sunday School Christmas Games  by: Leslie Lane
Christmas is a time of celebration for many people, and for those of Christian faiths, the holiday's celebrations can extend into the Sunday school curriculum. In a Sunday school class, kids can have..
Calendar Teaching Tips - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Stop! Don't throw away those old calendars! There is so much you can do with a calendar to reinforce academic skills. Here are a few suggestions: 1. Writing - Use the pictures as story starters by..
Trivia Game Questions  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: What is the tallest mountain in the world? Answer: Everest Trivia Teaser: Mt. Everest, on the border of Nepal and Tibet, China, is the world's tallest mountain and highest elevation with a..
Snow teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Winter is a perfect time to teach children about snow. 1. For those of you where snow is plentiful, here is a science experiment taken from Macmillan Seasonal Activity Packs/Winter Wonderland, 1986,..
Games I could teach a high school class that would involve writing on the board  by: answers.yahoo.com
Try this:
Poem Analysis: Materialism - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Materialism and consumerism are facts in most of the world but how many teachers ask students to look at these matters in an analytical way or express an oposite view? We often say we are in a rat..
Giving and Checking Instructions - Tips  by: Sue Swift
Some of the activities that we use in the classroom are fairly complex in terms of the way they’re organised, and I doubt if there are many teachers who can honestly claim that they’ve never got..
Back to School Get to Know You Activities  by: Adam Waxler
Success in the classroom is all about relationships...both the teacher-student relationship and the student-student relationship. By building upon these relationships teachers will see a decrease in..
ESL GAME: Birthday game  by: 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..
Classroom Game - Silent Ball  by: teacher
students stand on chairs. They are absolutely silent. They throw the ball to each other. If someone drops it, they are out and sit down. If it is a bad throw, the thrower is out, not the catcher. If..
Fun First Grade Christmas Math Activities  by: Crystal Smith
During the Christmas season, the excitement of the holidays will be on all the children's minds. Rather than fighting against it, you can include some of the Christmas mood in your lessons, such as..
ROW RACE 3 - Short Lesson  by: re
All students remain seated. Place five picture cards (use any nouns covered so far) on the desk of the first student in each row. The first student picks up a card and asks a question about the card...
Using Pictures to Teach Narrative Writing with Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry  by: Trina Allen
Subject: Sixth Grade Language Arts – Segregation and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Time allotted: 90 minutes Organization: large group Objective: Students will demonstrate the understanding of the..
How to Teach Using Film Trailers  by: James Gapinski
While the newest consumer gadget typically dominates tech news, technological advancements influence many other facets of daily life, including education. Teachers and administrators use tech devices..
Bringing The Game of Bingo to The Classroom  by: Drake Crossland
Bingo is a game of chance that has been played by young and old for years. The object of a standard game of Bingo is to get five numbers in a row. The first one to accomplish this wins a prize...
ESL GAME: Simon Says  by: 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..
How to Write a Children's Christmas Story  by: Mary Beth Magee
Writing for children requires a great story, intriguing characters and descriptive detail, all couched in vocabulary appropriate to the age group. Use resources such as Alijandra Mogilner's..
Game: Heads up Seven up (2) - Short Lesson  by: sam
You need at least 14 people for this, another reason why this game was often played in school. Pick seven people to be 'it'. Everyone else puts their heads down and their thumbs up. The chosen seven..
Game for students to know each other: Scavenger hunt - Short Lesson  by: sam
Give everyone a list of items and make them ask other classmates if they have something that fits the list. The list could either be innocuous items, e.g. who has a student id or wearing a casio..
How to Teach Writing to ESL Students  by: 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...
Students can be shown the mistakes they commonly make when doing a reading comprehension exam. - Tips  by: Renee Goodrich
Students can be shown the mistakes they commonly make when doing a reading comprehension exam. Identifying these mistakes and practicing ways to avoid them is a powerful way to prepare. What mistakes..
Elmo Rhymes - Short Lesson  by: jin
Elmo Rhymes, a free online game sponsored by PBS Kids, features Elmo and other colorful images. Users are shown one object and asked to select any additional object whose name rhymes with that word...