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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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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:..
Write an Annotated Lesson Plan for English Language Learners  by: Brittany Goss
Writing a lesson plan for English language learners can be challenging, especially if ELL students only make up part of your classroom, or if your lesson is on a subject other than language arts. It..
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..
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..
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..
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 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..
ESL Lesson – Money  by: js
The ESL lesson – Money – starts with a warmer in which students should name things that they see in the pictures such as ‘credit card’, ‘wallet’, ‘bank check’, ‘ATM’, ‘cash..
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..
ESL Game 2 - Taboo  by: Joe Tosczak
This game is called "TABOO." TABOO is a fun game that helps reinforce new vocabulary and it is a hoot to play! To play this game the teacher will first divide the class into two teams. The teacher..
Part 2 Dynamic English As a Foreign Language Learning Activities Your Learners Won't Refuse  by: Larry M. Lynch
More For Those Bored, Uninterested, Reluctant Foreign Language Learners As we said earlier, once again faced with the necessity of circumventing the problems of having bored, uninterested and..
ESL Game - Cover-up  by: kr
Title: Cover-up Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: flashcards, cover cards Procedure: Put pictures cards out on a table. Say each one twice and then give the students 20 seconds to memorize..
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..
Preschool Activities to Keep Them Busy  by: Mary Green
If you have a hard time coming up with preschool activities you are one of millions. It can be a difficult chore to come up with different things to do to keep such young children occupied. Young..
Can anyone give me some good lesson plans for the 6th grade?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I'm training to become a teacher. What kinds of things do 6th graders learn. Can someone give me a few lesson plans in the following subjects: Math Science English Social studies
Team Building Activities for Kids in the Classroom - Games, Activities, and Ideas for Classroom  by: Takuya Hikichi
"Guide" (also known as Blind Obstacle Course) is played in small groups of 4 to 7 people. One child from each group is designated to be blindfolded and guided through an obstacle course by the rest..
How to Teach English About Activities & Occupations to Children  by: Shannon Johnson
English is a difficult language to learn but breaking the subject into units and focusing on one aspect at a time can make the process easier for children, especially those whose first language is..
How to Teach ESL Listening & Speaking  by: Penny Morris
The number of English as a Second Language (ESL) learners in the U.S. has doubled from 1996 to 2011. These students face difficulties in the classroom as they try to keep up with students who are..
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..
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..
Teachers - Poetry For Children - 4 General Types  by: Meggin McIntosh
O Sliver of Liver (by Myra Cohn Livingston) O sliver of liver, Get lost! Go away! You tremble and quiver O sliver of liver-- You set me a shiver And spoil my day-- O sliver of liver, Get lost! Go..
| 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..
TUMMY RUB, HEAD PAT - Game  by: re
Try to pat your head with one hand while rubbing your stomach in circular motions with the other hand. [Edited by Administrator (admin) Sun, 26 Jun 2011, 10:30 AM]
How Children Can Read Faster and Better - Tips  by: Alvin Poh Hee Kwang
For most children, it is easy to learn to read faster. Their reading rate is often a matter of habit. But to begin, you may need to help them change some of their existing habits. Here're some tips..
Grammar Questions for ESL  by: Nicole Schmoll
Learning English as a second language (ESL) can be challenging and time consuming. Learning the grammar of the English language, particularly if your first language is not a derivative of Latin, such..
ROLL THE BLOCKS - Short Lesson  by: re
Stick selected common nouns on the six sides of one block. On another block, stick verbs or pronouns, or articles. Each group has a set of these two blocks. Within a set time limit, they take turns..
ESL Game - Concentration  by: kr
Title: Concentration Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocab or conversation pattern Materials: None Procedure: Assign each student an answer to the conversation question or a vocabulary word...
Standardized Testing Teaching Tips - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Standardized tests can be very stressful for children. Here, therefore, are some tips for parents and children that may help. Before the Test...for Parents and Children 1. Have children study every..
Teaching English to Middle School Children  by: Karen Hollowell
Middle school English teachers face a daily challenge helping sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders learn the basics of grammar. Integrating literature and encouraging students to write about what they..
How to Teach English in Middle & Secondary Schools  by: Susan Deschel
Teaching English to middle- and high-school students invokes a curriculum rich with reading, writing, listening and speaking--although not necessarily in that order. English and language arts..
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..
How to Teach ESL in a Multilevel Class  by: Brad Conway
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) students who perform at different levels requires you to differentiate your instruction to meet each student's educational needs. While teaching a..
Preschool Ideas - Learning the Letters  by: Mary Robinson
Exploring the letters of the alphabet is a great way to incorporate new themes and ideas into the preschool classroom, while teaching the fundamental building blocks to reading and writing. These..
International Pickle Week - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
Are you aware that International Pickle Week takes place the last two weeks in May? By all means, celebrate!! 1. Explain to your children that "in a pickle" is an expression that means a difficult..
Pumpkin teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
At this time of year, try using a REAL pumpkin when making your pies, bread, etc. Why? 1. Children will see what the inside of a pumpkin really looks like. Have them use adjectives to describe what..
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..
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..
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..
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..
ESL Game - Banana Tree Game  by: kr
Title: Banana Tree Game Type: Game Target: Review Materials: picture cards Procedure: Divide the class into 2 teams. Draw a banana tree on the board with about 9 rungs up the tree. Each team has a..
Take English Questions  by: ESL Free Lesson
Dear ESL Student, Native English speakers make mistakes too! These sentences were modified from national magazines and advertisements in the USA. Can you find the grammatical error in each one? 1.If..
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..
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..
The American English Accent:: The "Explosive" T And P Sounds - Lesson  by: Frank Gerace
The "explosive consonants" Earlier we said that the vowels are an important factor in hearing a "foreign" accent. But it is not only the vowels. The consonants also must be mastered. When we say that..
How to Teach Writing Skills to ESL Students  by: Delene Sholes
The teachers of speakers of English as a second language (ESL students) have a challenging but rewarding job. ESL students in a classroom may perform at different levels and come from countries with..
How to Make Pop Up Cards That Really Deliver  by: Scott Henderson
Pop ups are greeting cards that deliver a surprise. When you open the card, pieces inside move - they jump out at you, blossom into a 3-D construction, or move across the page. Pop ups have a long..
Team Building for ESL Classes  by: Susan Wheeler Capozza
Team building is an important skill for everyone to learn, but it can become especially essential for students who do not speak English as their native language. In an English-speaking school, these..
ESL Environmental Games  by: Valerie Madison
An ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher can center lessons around any topic, helping students to learn about other concepts while gaining language skills. Environmental games can teach students..
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..
Speaking To Yourself Can Be Dangerous! (The Importance Of Speaking Practice For ESL Learners) - Tips  by: Josef Essberger
There are 4 key skills when you learn a language: * listening * speaking * reading * writing Which one of these is the "Odd-Man-Out"? Which one of these is different from the other three? The answer..
ESL Lesson Plans for Teaching Writing  by: Aaron Whirl
Having devised many lesson plans for ESL class and taught a number of ESL writing classes over the years for classes of all levels, I know that teaching writing is among the most unique aspects of..
Prepositions I - Quiz  by: jt
Prepositions I 13. ___ the meantime, you can prepare dinner. On In Answer-In 14. Have you decided ___ a name ___ the baby yet? on, for about, to Answer-on, for 15. Are you still working ___ your..
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..
TEFL Lesson Planning - Warmers That Will Make Your Students Adore You - Part I  by: Adrian Allen
Lesson planning with TEFL warmers: essential for effective teaching. Part I To ensure effective learning for a language class, the challenge is to secure the students’ attention, and prepare their..
Re: Five Simple Spelling Rules - Lesson  by: Michael Bennett
today I wrote 'verging', but it didn't look right, so I changed it to 'vergeing' which looked better, but was underlined by the spell checker. Then I spent half an hour wandering round web sites..
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CLASSMATES - Short Lesson  by: yi
Materials: two rolls of toilet paper (perforated, so it's easy to tear) 1.Have all the students sit at their desk, without talking. 2.Take out two rolls of TP and tell the students to "Take as much..
How to Make English Crossword Puzzles - Lesson  by: Alexander Golishev
Hey teachers of English! Would you like to have a chance to keep your students busy at any given time during the class? Why not use thematic crossword puzzles which are both fun to do and extremely..
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 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..
How well-organized are you? - Lesson  by: Ali
How well organized are you? Language: bashful, scruffy, shabby, sluggish, reluctant, Type of activity: Speaking and Critical thinking / Pair work Objective: to practice lexis relating to time and..
ESL Communication Exercises  by: Joel Barnard
Communication is the purpose of all languages and, hence, the English language classroom should reflect this. Therefore, a variety of communication exercises and activities should form an integral..
Teaching ESL Grammar How Words are Constructed  by: John Olander
Words are constructed in different ways and students must understand the basic concepts of exactly how phrases are usually built to generate significance. So in this posting let me write about just a..
A Limerick: Sillyvizations - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day BSc MSc BEd
When sillyvizations collide (Invented word here, a pun.) one´s best to take it in stride. (In stride is an idiom.) There´s a lot of confusion and sometimes a fusion. (Fusion of what?) They come,..
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...
How Children Can Read Faster and Better - Tips  by: Alvin Poh Hee Kwang
For most children, it is easy to learn to read faster. Their reading rate is often a matter of habit. But to begin, you may need to help them change some of their existing habits. Here're some tips..
Lesson: Read Aloud and Spot the Differences #2  by: Greg Goodmacher
________________________________________Partner A Partner A Reads Aloud Tigers are large carnivores of the dog family. They live in the forests of Asia. Their yellow-orange fur has many purple..
Teach Pre-K kids numbers 1-100 - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
A good way to get them into routine is by when you transition you could clap all the way to 10 at the beginning of the year and then every few weeks extend it to 20 then 30 then 40 and so on and so..
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..
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..
Grammar Questions for ESL  by: Nicole Schmoll
Learning English as a second language (ESL) can be challenging and time consuming. Learning the grammar of the English language, particularly if your first language is not a derivative of Latin, such..
ESL Game - Clap-clap  by: kr
Title: Clap-clap Type: Active game Target: Any conversation pattern Materials: None Procedure: Make up actions for the answers to the question. For example, to practice “What’s the weather..
ESL Game - Body Clock  by: kr
Title: Body Clock Type: Active Game Target: Time Materials: circle marked on the floor Procedure: Ask students to make the hands of a clock with their bodies inside the circle on the floor. Yell out..
Find Someone Who... - Short Lesson  by: jin
"Find Someone Who..." helps ESL students practice asking and answering questions. Use this English game for high school students as an ice breaker on the first day of class, or as a regular lesson..
Re: Lesson Plan on Symbolism?  by: Anna Drake
I don't think "O Captain, My Captain" is too advanced for younger audiences, although 7th grade may be a little overwhelmed by it. I teach an abridged version in the 9th grade that includes around..
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..
Tools for ESL Conversation Class for Beginners  by: Maggie Gebremichael
ESL conversational classes should help beginner students gain speaking confidence and improve their English comprehension. Essential tools include creativity with lesson planning and audio speakers..
CHUNK READING - Short Lesson  by: re
Good for all levels, but first years in particular really get into it. The AET reads the text at a certain pace. At various stages, the JTE raises his/her hand and the students mark with a pencil the..
Optics Learning Games for Kids  by: Ashley Brooks
Difficulty: Easy Thaumatropes The most well known optical learning games involve optical illusions. Optical illusions allow kids to seehow multiple images, patterns and movement can combine to give..
Teaching English As a Second Language to Adults  by: Celia Webb
If you will be working with adult learners of English, start by assessing their needs. Many English as a Second Language students know what they want to learn. At the beginning their needs will most..
ESL Games - V  by: jt
Vocab with Rock, Scissors, Paper Lay the flashcards in a straight line on the floor. Assign two teams and have them line up at each end of the flashcard line. When you say 'Go' the first member from..
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..
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..
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..
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?..
How to Use Vocabulary Games in ESL Lessons  by: Contributor
In addition to core reading skills, acquiring vocabulary is a core part of an ESL curriculum. However, a successful vocabulary activity is dependent on a variety of factors and considerations. This..
Teaching Communication with Authentic Materials (Part 5 of 5) - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
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How to Use Teaching Aids in an ESL Classroom  by: Lane Cummings
Teaching aids are tremendously important in the ESL classroom, as they not only introduce real-life examples, but also give your students something tangible to use or see when learning grammar and..
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..
SCISSORS, PAPER, ROCK - How to play tips and videos - Short Lesson  by: re
(JANKENPON) Teach the students how to play this game in English. Finish with a prize. How to play: The players count aloud to three, or speak the name of the game (e.g. "Rock! Paper! Scissors!" 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..
Really Creative Ways to Teach Phonics  by: Audrey Lucas
Teachers use phonics to develop literacy in students by introducing sounds as signals for decoding words. Schools have used phonics on and off since the 19th century as an alternative to the..
Prepositions VIII - Quiz  by: jt
The workers went ___ strike because they thought their wages were too low. Answer-on He tried to warn his daughter ___ the dangers ___ going out alone ___ night. Answer-of, of, at Although we had..
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..
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.
How to Teach Your Child (student) to Read!  by: Monica Ryan
When learning to be a preschool teacher I found the literature for teaching children how to read was overwhelming. I was able to read from 3 years of age, yet I didn't understand how to teach it and..
| 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..
What to do when the students are not interested? - Tips  by: PL
Ask them questions about anything (friends, neighbors, family, hobbies, food: noodles, sushi, kinchi, pizza..). Also allow them to ask you questions. Find out what they like and want to do. Good luck!
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..
ESL Activities in the Regular Classroom  by: Lindsay Pietroluongo
When teaching ESL -- English as a second language -- to students who have been integrated in a traditional classroom, be culturally sensitive. A teacher's job is to provide language instruction to..
English Language Teaching - Using Toys as Educational Tools  by: Larry M. Lynch
Children love to play. Who can deny it? So why not use this universal characteristic to provide and promote English language learning as well? If you do, you can hardly go wrong. What child is going..
Scary Halloween Crafts - Tips  by: Angela Maroevich
Looking for some great Halloween crafts for your Halloween party, haunted house, or just for trick-or-treaters? A fun craft is something that can keep you occupied for hours on end especially if you..
ESL Game - Teacher Says  by: kr
Title: Teacher Says Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Make up actions for different vocabulary words. If your theme is sports then make up actions for “play..
Using English Videos And Music In EFL, ESL Classrooms - Tips  by: Kisito Futonge
a) Music: English songs can be used for a wide variety of ESL learning and teaching activities. They can start discussions on a topic or even become the centre of debate. This is especially true of..
How to Teach ESL Students to Speak English Fluently  by: Todd Bowerman
When learning a new language, fluency takes years of practice and requires constant learning, as there are always new rules and new words to discover. You can help your English as a Second Language..
Halloween Teaching Ideas  by: Tara Green
Teachers can use children's excitement over Halloween as an opportunity rather than a potential classroom distraction. With a little imagination, creative educators can develop age-appropriate lesson..
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..
How to Teach Numbers for ESL  by: Mike Arneson
Teaching numbers to ESL students is not an easy task. Some students will grasp the concepts very quickly, whereas others will have endless difficulties just getting the basics. For your students to..
Harry Potter's Intriguing Science Lesson Plans  by: Valerie Giles
Science Lesson Plans are magical when learned in Harry Potter's Chamber of Secrets at Hogwarts. Elementary education level students will use their imaginations to become wizard graduates as they..
Fun Kids Games To Keep Your Preschooler Busy And Happy!  by: Yogi Shinde
When its dull and raining and kids are having a bored and lazy afternoon, fun kids games like these can be just what you need to lighten up the afternoon. 1. Lets begin with the kids favourite toy -..
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...
How to Pronounce "-ed" for Regular Verbs  by: Pamela Ann Ludwig
The English language includes many irregular verbs that can prove frustrating for language learners. Although the sheer number of irregular verbs are quite confusing, regular verbs, when written,..
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..
Whiteboard English Games  by: Brendan Pelsue
Whiteboard games are an essential tool for any English teacher----teachers can use them to reward a class for good behavior while still teaching essential language and problem-solving skills. These..
Playing and Watching Sports: A Conversation Lesson - ESL Teacher Eric Roth Lesson  by: Eric Roth
PLAYING AND WATCHING SPORTS “The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility.” Michael Jordan (1963- ) NBA superstar Chatting: Talking about sports can be a great ice-breaker. Just do..
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..
Picture Frame Crafts For Your Kids Party - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
One of the most popular party favors is a framed picture of the party guest taken at your kids party. He or she could be showing off a silly hat or party costume, performing an outrageous party game..
Winter Theme Art Lessons  by: Zora Hughes
The changing seasons provide an ideal opportunity to help children create art projects related to a particular season. In particular, the snow and ice that come with winter provide teachers with..
WHO AM I? - Short Lesson  by: re
A student stands at the front of the class facing the blackboard. A student in the class stands up and says, Good morning (name). Who am I? . The student at the front has to guess who said it. This..
SURVIVAL - Short Lesson  by: re
This is a game to practise grammar structures. It is especially good to practise irregular verbs and tenses. Have all of the students practice the structure first. For example, if you want to review..
Find Someone Who... - Short Lesson  by: jin
"Find Someone Who..." helps ESL students practice asking and answering questions. Use this English game for high school students as an ice breaker on the first day of class, or as a regular lesson..
TEFL Speaking Lessons  by: Linsay Evans
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) can be a demanding and rewarding career. According to a 2005 article by Yi Yang in the "Internet TESL Journal," teaching English to non-native speakers..
What Games would a class of kindergarten children like better  by: answers.yahoo.com
Would they like board games , a series of computer games, or ball/sports games?
GIVING AND FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS/INSTRUCTIONS - DR. MA. Lourdes Eufrocina M. Palcuto Lesson:  by: DR. MA. LOURDES EUFROCINA M. PALCUTO
LESSON 1 LANGUAGE FUNCTION : GIVING AND FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS/INSTRUCTIONS LANGUAGE FOCUS : IMPERATIVES PREPOSITIONAL PHRASES PREPOSITIONS OBJECTIVES : At the end of the lesson, you should be able to:..
ESL 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 ..
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..
How to Make a Marshmallow Santa  by: Carole Ellis
These cute little marshmallow Santas are a great kids activity for a Christmas party or a fun trimming to tie on presents for teachers and relatives from kids. They can be hung on the tree--out of..
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...
what games and activities are suitable for kids ages 6-12 years old.I'm an english teacher in korea?  by: answers.yahoo.com
English is their second language so games and activities are suitable for them to learn in a fun way so that they wont easily get bored
The Story So Far- Episode 1 - podcast - Video  by: MagentaKristen
More stories at the: Short Stories for Teachers board
| ESL Game - The Spelling Race  by: Joe Tosczak
This ESL Game is one of my most popular games of all time! All of the students love to compete against one another to see who the best is... and this game always awards the best! This ESL Game is..
Teaching Tips - How to Write a Memorable Lesson  by: Darrell Causey
If you are tired of the boring lessons that come with your curriculum then start writing your own lessons. It's not that difficult and your students will appreciate the change. The first thing you..
Dictation - Short Lesson  by: js
Say a sentence at natural speed and ask learners to write down what you said. You'll probably need to repeat several times. Don't slow down your speed unless it's absolutely necessary. Then ask 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..
Emergency Lesson Plans, Real Lifesaving Tools for Teachers  by: Frank Holes Jr.
Everyone gets those situations in life where an emergency has come up, and you don't have the time (or sometimes the ability) to get a good lesson plan in to school for your students. Maybe you have..
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..
READ AND DRAW - Short Lesson  by: re
Read the passage and draw a picture. Or, read a passage and draw a comic strip to show the progression of the story. This can be the whole activity, or the final strip can be used to play further..
Similarities - Short Lesson  by: ritz
Give each person one or more colored shapes cut from construction paper. They need to find another person with a similar color, shape, or number of shapes and form pairs. Then they interview each..
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..
Math Word Problems in an ESL Classroom  by: Erik Bitter
As a math teacher in Asia, I face the same problem day in day out. My students cannot do math word problems. They simply don't understand them. And I am not talking about those 2, 3 students that..
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..
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..
Easy ESL Games  by: Kara Page
Any English as a Second Language (ESL) class has a variety of topics to cover. While learning grammar, proper pronunciation, reading and listening skills can sometimes require drills and repetition,..
Games That Teach Kids How to Speak English  by: S. Herlihy
Teaching children to speak English correctly requires patience and persistence. Students may struggle to learn to speak English because of factors such as a speech impediment, a poor academic..
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..
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..
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..
ESL Game: Hand-Pizza, Handburger, Sandwich, Sushi roll, Gim-bab - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed
This game or lesson is intended for small children in phonics level, or just above. The drama of pretending stimulates imagination and the children build up their foods vocabulary. They like the..
Lesson Plan Ideas on the Spanish Holidays  by: Matthew Huntington
Spanish-speaking countries have several unique holidays, as well as special customs for widely celebrated holidays such as Christmas and Easter. Discussing these holidays and participating in..
The Importance of Child's Play in Child Development (Games to play in class)  by: Brenda Geier
Children’s playtime should always be learning time. Parents, teachers and caregivers can conveniently accelerate three, four, five, six and seven-year old child development skills during playtime..
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
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..
BACK TO BACK - Short Lesson  by: re
Teams of two stand back to back and hook their arms around each other s arms. Race to a marker and then back to the starting line giving both the chance to run forward and backwards once.
10 Minute Critical Thinking Activities for English Classes  by: Hannah Wahlig
Critical thinking activities engage students' logic, rationality and judgment in problem-solving inquiries. English classes benefit from critical thinking activities because the activities activate..
Ten Ha-Ha-Hilarious Kids Party Games - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
PARROT GAME Divide guests into two equal groups, one is the Pirates, the other the Parrots. The parrots are very very grouchy and are not permitted to smile. The pirates can do anything they like to..
Christmas in England Crafts for Kids  by: Mason Howard
Christmas has a long and complex history, and the holiday as we know it today is a blend of historic traditions. Christmas is celebrated throughout the world with slight variances from one country to..
games for my class  by: answers.yahoo.com
hiya i have a class of 12 year olds, pne of 8 year olds and one of 6 year olds
Ideas for Storytelling  by: Chris
This idea comes from the tips newsletter, a free service provided weekly at Heads Up English. Storytelling always works well in the classroom or as homework. It allows students to incorporate the..
Adjective or Adverb 2  by: jt
She shouted ___ at him. a. angry b. angrily Answerb He is a __ worker. a. careless b. carelessly Answera If you ask ___, I will give it to you. a. nice b. nicely Answerb Be Quiet! I can't think ___..
The Perfect Society: A WebQuest on The Giver - ESL lesson  by: Nellie Deutsch
The Perfect Society! A WebQuest on The Giver by Lois Lowry Introduction Lois Lowry wrote a novel about a community that seems to function perfectly. The Giver appears to describe a perfect society...
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..
Tools for ESL Conversation Class for Beginners  by: Maggie Gebremichael
ESL conversational classes should help beginner students gain speaking confidence and improve their English comprehension. Essential tools include creativity with lesson planning and audio speakers..
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..
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..
Tag Questions - Has he? Hasn't he? Had he? - quiz  by: jt
He hasn't done it yet, ___? a. has he b. hasn't he c. had he Answer-a He's been to Italy twice, ___? a. has he b. hasn't he c. had he Answer-b He's got a camera, ___? a. has he b. hasn't he c. had he..
How to Teach Language With Kids' Games  by: Collaborator
Games are effective in teaching foreign language to children, as they are often based on repetition and players are motivated by competition to get the right answers. Whether you turn to the Internet..
| 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..
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..
Teaching Reading with Authentic Materials (Part 2 of 5) - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
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Christmas Lesson Plans for Toddlers  by: Erin O. Smith
Young children are always excited at Christmas. Incorporating the holiday into your lesson plans is a fun and educational way to reach toddlers. Christmas Music Classic songs with short simple..
ESL GAME: Heads Down, Thumbs Up  by: Sabia
Two children are chosen to stand up. All the others put their heads down on their desks with their eyes closed and thumbs sticking up. The two left standing must then gently touch one person each on..
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..
What did the teacher say? - quiz  by: jt
(Reported Speech) Mr. Smith: "Are you a student?" "What did Mr. Smith say?" Answer-"He asked if I was a student." Ms. Washington: "What is your name?" "What did Ms. Washington say?" Answer-"She asked..
For ESL Teachers - Teaching the Alphabet Effectively to Adult ESL Students - Lesson  by: Joan Pougiales, Ph.D.
Many adult ESL students have had limited educations and, even in their native languages, have limited literacy skills. For many, the concept of alphabetical order is unknown. Yet alphabetical order..
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,..
Successful Children's Birthday Party Activities  by: Stephanie Olsen
Successful Children's Birthday Party Activities ~ lots of fun, cheap, creative and even bilingual! ~ by Stephanie Olsen Having now somewhat recovered from Emily's seventh birthday party, I thought..
| Fun ESL Games - I Did!  by: Matt Tamsczak
This is a fun ESL game...in fact, out of all of the fun ESL games that I know ~ THIS ONE IS THE BEST. The reason why this game is the best is because it teaches speaking and listening at the same..
ESL Subject & Verb Agreement Exercises  by: Rebecca Bagwell
Learning English as a second language (ESL) can be a very hard undertaking. Speaking English well requires diligent practice and a willingness to keep trying even when making mistakes. Help your..
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..
How to Teach Conversation Techniques in ESL  by: Maggie McCormick
Conversation is an essential skill for ESL students, but it is one that can be difficult to master. The student needs to be able to understand what the other person is saying and know the correct..
Help with and idea for game for English class!?  by: answers.yahoo.com
Here's my assignment Create a game for reviewing a unit of literature or grammar or for reviewing vocabulary or spelling words. ( Tradiotional Spelling bees off limits) You will play game with the..
Read Aloud and Spot the Differences #1  by: Greg Goodmacher
This is similar to the conversation activity in which students look at pictures, describe the pictures, and discover the picture differences. However, this is done with a reading text and students..
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..
ESL Art Lessons  by: Jack Miller
Learning English as a second language (ESL) is often viewed as a basic process of memorizing words and phrases and learning how to use them in speaking and writing. But applying English to other..
ESL Game - Frozen Tag  by: kr
Title: Frozen Tag Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary or conversation Materials: None Procedure: One student is IT. IT tries to tag all of the other students. When the other students are tagged..
Write an English Lesson Plan for Grades 9-12  by: Catherine Day
Lesson planning is an important component of a teacher's daily work. Writing a detailed plan for each day of class can help teachers ensure that they are using the entire period in a way that..
Art Lessons for Christmas Around the World  by: Lauren Vork
The tradition of celebrating Christmas is one that has spread across the globe over the centuries, reaching many different continents and countries. Each culture that celebrates Christmas has its own..
Preschool Creative Activities - Fostering the Creative Spirit  by: Mary Robinson
Preschool is the time when children are allowed to explore their creative sides through arts, crafts, games, and creative play. As an instructor, it's crucial to incorporate a wide variety of..
"The Giving Tree" Lesson Ideas  by: Tom Ryan
First published in 1964, Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree" is a story about love, generosity and gratitude. This book, which follows the relationship between a boy and a tree, can be used in the..
Teaching English As a Second Language to Adults  by: Celia Webb
If you will be working with adult learners of English, start by assessing their needs. Many English as a Second Language students know what they want to learn. At the beginning their needs will most..
ESL GAME: The Bell Game  by: Sabia
You’ll need two bells. Make two teams. Show a flash card to the Students. The first Student to ring the bell and read the word correctly gets one point for her/his team.
Cooking in the Class - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
If you are teaching from books five times a week kids will get bored so like others I vary the material, and we sometimes do little cooking projects. Some teachers don't want to organize things like..
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.
Find Someone Who - Short Lesson  by: jp
Create a list of characteristics such as "likes chocolate," "has two children," or "can swim." There should be 10-15 items, and you can relate them to your lesson if you wish. Then let the learners..
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..
Match Game  by: Java game
Please follow this link: http://www.eslteachersboard.com/java/matchgame.htm
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.
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..
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..
ESL Lessons  by: englishlci.com
Meaning, a Brief Grasp for Foreign Speakers Accent is one of the vital parts to dominate if we wish to get and replicate native-like spoken English. It amounts to one of the main factors that will..
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..
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,..
Icebreaker games for co op class  by: answers.yahoo.com
I am teaching a co-op class of kids that range from 1st through the 4th grade and I would like some ideas for games that the kids can play to get to know each other better.
Boy with a Sling.. generic poem analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin T. Day BSc MSc BEd
I like to teach with short poems or songs as they are snack-size literature suitable for a 50 minute class period. Here is a short poem for class analysis like several others I have posted. There is..
Tag Questions - Have you? Are you? Do you?  by: jt
You don't smoke, ___? a. have you b. are you c. do you Answerc You haven't got a car, ___? a. have you b. are you c. do you Answera You don't know her, ___? a. have you b. are you c. do you Answerc..
For ESL Teachers - Teaching the Alphabet Effectively to Adult ESL Students  by: Joan Pougiales
Many adult ESL students have had limited educations and, even in their native languages, have limited literacy skills. For many, the concept of alphabetical order is unknown. Yet alphabetical order..
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...
Unscrambling - Short Lesson  by: jin
Play a game of "Unscrambling" to enrich vocabulary in particular categories, such as animals, transportation, fashion, sports, or media. For example, list four short, scrambled animal names,..
Games to Help Teach English  by: Kelly Gray
Playing games is a useful technique when teaching English to children and adults. The activity can help with fluency and with using the language in a conversational way. Games can be used in a..
How to Make ESL Lesson  by: Renee Williams
ESL lesson plans are a necessary tool to make sure students meet performance guidelines. Written plans are also essential to help teachers prepare for the class. Some schools require that lesson..
How To Teach Your (any) Children Social Skills - Tips  by: Alvin Poh Hee Kwang
As our children grow, they will be going to schools and interacting with lots of different people other. For example, friends and teachers. Hence it is necessary to teach them the social skills that..
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..
Sing A Song and Learn New Words  by: Celia Webb
Did you know you remember what you learn better if you use more of your senses during the learning? It’s true, the more of your five senses you can engage in the learning process, the more..
Verb Choice quiz  by: jt
I ___ a CD for you at the shopping center. a. buy b. buys c. bought Answerc - bought I ___ return your 10 dollars next week. a. am b. do c. will Answerc - will He ___ the first page of his book. a...
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..
ESL GAMES - Should I Be Using Them?  by: Matt Tamsczak
If you teach English overseas...should I be using ESL Games? The answer to this question is YES! The reason why you should be using teaching games is because they are proven to help students learn...
Games - Remember Their Class Mates Names  by: ws
I teach high school, but I think this could work in a smaller class of younger students too. The second day of school, my students choose an adjective that begins with the first letter of their name..
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..
English Topics for ESL  by: Caitlynn Lowe
The broad topic of English as a Second Language can be divided into smaller topics, and both young children and older adults studying ESL need a class geared toward their specific needs. Grammar and..
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:..
The Ultimate Checklist for Adult and Teen ESOL Language Learners  by: Steve McCrea
OBJECTIVE: To motivate students to set their own goals for the week. This worksheet helps students find their passions about why they are learning English. Send your suggestions for other activities...
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..
Easy ESL Games  by: Kara Page
Any English as a Second Language (ESL) class has a variety of topics to cover. While learning grammar, proper pronunciation, reading and listening skills can sometimes require drills and repetition,..
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..
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..
Toddler Christmas Activities for Sunday School  by: Carolyn Scheidies
Christmas activities for toddlers in Sunday school should be uncomplicated, straightforward and not take a great deal of time. Little children are active with attention spans that carry them quickly..
| 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..
Read Aloud and Spot the Differences #1  by: Greg Goodmacher
This is similar to the conversation activity in which students look at pictures, describe the pictures, and discover the picture differences. However, this is done with a reading text and students..
How to Create Effective Lesson Plans for Adults  by: Gale Macaulay-Newcombe
Teaching adults is quite different from teaching children. Adults have busy lives with many responsibilities and demands on their time, and they have chosen to allocate some of their limited,..
QUIZ BOWL - Short Lesson  by: re
Make up 60 or so questions based on material already covered. The questions can be comprehension questions, fill-in-the-blank, translation, etc. Divide the class into two teams. Give half of the..
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..
ESL Communication Exercises  by: Joel Barnard
Communication is the purpose of all languages and, hence, the English language classroom should reflect this. Therefore, a variety of communication exercises and activities should form an integral..
Teaching Sight Words in Context - Moving Beyond Flashcards  by: Carolea Williams
Sight words (also known as high-frequency words) are words good readers must instantly recognize. These "workhorse" words make up about 50 to 75 percent of the words children encounter in early..
Reflexive, Personal, and Indefinite Pronouns - Learn About Them!  by: Elizabeth O'brien
This lesson on three common pronouns (reflexive, personal, and indefinite) has definitions and examples to help you! A quick refresher: Pronouns are words that take the place of nouns. They are one..
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..
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 Games - M  by: jt
Magic Finger Print a letter of the alphabet on the board. Instruct the students to stand and face the board. Raise your 'magic finger' and trace the letter in the air. Be silly and use other parts of..
Groupwork in the ESL Classroom  by: Chris Cotter
When students work in pairs, their talk time increases. For example, a five-minute activity with two students speaking together would mean each person has roughly two-and-a-minutes of student talk..
Activities for the First Day of Class in English Composition  by: Sara Mahuron
The first day of class is an important day for teachers and students alike. What goes on in class this day can often set the course for the entire semester or year. Teachers are encouraged to be well..
3rd Grade Lessons for ESL Inclusion  by: Nadine Smith
Many schools struggle with how to handle ESL, or English as Second Language students, in mainstream classrooms. Sometimes school boards "pull" ESL students from English classrooms for special..
Game: Tag (2) - Short Lesson  by: sam
Tag is one of the oldest and most exciting outdoor games for children. An added benefit of playing tag is the level of physical activity – it is a great source of exercise! While there are many..
Geography Games for Students  by: Mackenzie Wright
Difficulty: Easy Playing geography classgamesis an excellent way to engage students and keep them on their toes.Games that lighten the mood make great fillers for the end of the period when lessons..
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..
English lesson - Telephoning - Things You Should Know  by: Manjusha Nambiar
Answering a private phone British people usually give their name or number. Hello. Susan Fernandez. Asking for a person To ask for a person you can say 'Could I speak to...? Americans usually say..
Korean/English Food Quiz - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL lesson (10+ years). I made this list a few years ago and it never fails to interest Korean students. Who isn't interested in food? With younger children it is best let them make small sketches..
ESL Lesson – Money  by: js
The ESL lesson – Money – starts with a warmer in which students should name things that they see in the pictures such as ‘credit card’, ‘wallet’, ‘bank check’, ‘ATM’, ‘cash..
Games: Who's Missing - Short Lesson  by: sam
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 Make Your Teaching Lessons Interesting?  by: Sky Joe
Being a teacher can be a very challenging and enriching career for a lot of people. The task and responsibility of a teacher is to enrich the knowledge of the young, preparing the students for their..
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..
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..
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..
How to Make Party Hat Creations with Paper Plates - Tips  by: Patricia Jensen
Inexpensive paper plates are the basic ingredient in how to make party hat creations for your kids party. If you have a unique party theme and can't find hats to match, just make your own. The kids..
From ABCs To Phonics - The Alphabet In The ESL Classroom - Lesson  by: Shannon Tani
Teaching the alphabet to your students can be as easy as uh...A...B...C! The first place that you want to start, especially if your kids are new to English, is with the ABC song. Sing it as often as..
ESL Game - Picasso  by: kr
Title: Picasso Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Divide students into teams. The first student from each team comes to the board and the teacher tells them a word in..
ESL game: vocab words - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
We do Connect Four with the vocab. Two teams - boys against girls. I ask the definitions and all of the vocab words are listed on the board. The kids collaborate with their teams before answering and..
Dinosaur Preschool Theme - When Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth  by: Mary Robinson
One of the most commonly used preschool themes is dinosaurs, since preschoolers love learning about the giant beasts that roamed the earth thousands of years ago. The possibilities of the dinosaur..
| 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..
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..
What words can you make using the letters, D G R A G E? this is for the game Bully during the english 5 class?  by: answers.yahoo.com
words have to be at least three characters long
Fun Stuff to Do With Seventh Graders During the First Week of School  by: Kevin Corbett
Icebreakers are activities used by teachers during the first week of class to get acquainted with students. Such activities can be particularly useful with lower secondary students like seventh..
Vocabulary Exercises for ESL Students  by: Erin Schreiner
Along with learning standard academic lessons, English as a Second Language (ESL) students must work to develop their English vocabulary so they can better understand information they encounter in..
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..
ESL Game - Mixed Up Words  by: Joe Tosczak
Living in Asia has been the most eye opening experience of my life. I have already had the chance to travel all over Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and China. Before I left I was just like everybody else.....
Do u have any games that can be played outdoor by college students, related to english?  by: answers.yahoo.com
my english class is going on a picnic in the next few days, and we need some games that can be played by the whole class... please, if u have some, tell me and explain it.
Question Formation II - quiz  by: jt
___ yesterday? a. Whose called b. Who called Answer-b ___ talk to? a. Who did you b. Who you did c. Who you Answer-a ___ you born? a. Where was b. Where are c. Where were Answer-c ___ to the train..
Ideas for ESL Classes  by: Wayne S
People all over the world are learning English as a second language. Some need to study English because they are moving to the United States. Many developing countries such as China are also..
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..
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..
ESL Activities for Primary Students  by: Rebecca Bagwell
Primary students retain more information when engaged with meaningful activities. ESL students need focused yet enjoyable classroom activities to help them become more confident in their English..
Three Keys To Teaching Your Child (student) The Alphabet  by: Deanna Mascle
Learning the alphabet is a key part of your child's education especially when it comes to learning to read and write. It is important that children learn not only to recite the letters in order, but..
How to Teach ESL: Art Appreciation: Intermediate Speaking  by: Clayton Kim
When learning English, grammar and phonics are not the only things that are important. A well-rounded English curriculum is needed to fully understand the language. Learning about only one subject..
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...
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..
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..
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 Improve Lesson Plans for Teaching English  by: Jennifer Brozak
Renowned author and educator William A. Ward once wrote, "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." Dedicated teachers..
Self-Editing of Essays - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL Student's Checklist for Systematic Self-Editing of Written Work (aimed at high school and university but should be used earlier). Writing is difficult for the beginner and doubly so in a..
Activities and Games That Help Teach ESL  by: Jim Radenhausen
Whatever language someone speaks fluently, they naturally think it should be the easiest for others to learn. English is no different, though many believe that it is the hardest language to learn for..
How do I Teach English Effectively to Kids  by: Karen Farnen
You can help kids learn English as a second language by adapting your lessons to their needs and enthusiasm. Use language suited to their age level and topics that interest them. Incorporate..
Early Writing - Three Ways to Encourage Literacy Through Writing  by: Mary Bogin
Early humans began writing with pictures of their lives on the walls of caves. We are visual. The human form seems to be stored in our minds from the memories of our ancestors. Universally, all..
How to Teach Parts of Speech to ESL Students  by: Jennifer Zimmerman
Understanding the parts of speech helps people become clear writers and speakers. It can also help those learning a second language better understand how that language works when speaking, writing or..
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..
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..
Nutrition Lesson Plans & Crafts for Kids  by: Anne Kinsey
Nutrition lesson plans and crafts can help kids to learn about nutrition and learn to value taking care of their bodies. When they are growing up in a world where fast-food commercials are flashed..
Ideas for an ESL Classroom  by: Jose Leiva
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are full of students from different cultures, backgrounds and English learning levels. One student might have an extensive vocabulary, while another has a..
Easter Activities for School  by: Teresa Evans
If you are looking for Easter activities for school, then you may want to try making Easter wreaths. Christmas isn't the only holiday that a decorative wreath can be displayed. Before Easter, the..
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..
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..
HOW MANY THINGS - Short Lesson  by: re
Students have to write down as many things as they can that fit the description you give. For example, How many things can you think of that are bigger than you? Other categories: are round, are long..
ESL Game - Picasso  by: kr
Title: Picasso Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Divide students into teams. The first student from each team comes to the board and the teacher tells them a word in..
SECRET PEN FRIEND - Short Lesson  by: re
Students are given the name of a classmate to whom they must write a letter. Students write the letter, describing themselves, but not signing their names. It will take at least one period to write..
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..
Icebreaker game for class - Short Lesson  by: trent
put silly words in a hat and get everyone to pull out two and thats what everybody has to refer to that person for the rest of the year then when your all done laugh and say got yah then give them a..
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..
How to Teach ESL Life Skills  by: Collaborator
Understanding grammar is an important part of learning English. However, if you teach adult immigrants, it is more important to teach them skills that help them do everyday life tasks. Not only will..
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Activities for Second Graders  by: Krystal Miller
Around Christmas, some second grade teachers choose to have a lesson plan about the book and movie, "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas." When planning lessons about the Grinch, use your imagination to..
How to Teach "Do & Does" & "Have & Has" to TESOL Students  by: Emile Heskey
Learning verbs in English can be difficult at times, particularly with irregular verbs such as "to be." However, in the case of "to do" and "to have," there is only one variation on the regular..
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..
I am an education major in college and I have to make a lesson plan, I am teaching an English lesson  by: answers.yahoo.com
Does anyone have any ideas? I dont know why but i can not think of anything that sounds like it would be fun. I also have to do an activity in class over the topic...so if anyone could help that..
Motivating ESL Students  by: Renee Vians
Many of the factors that affect the rate of language acquisition are beyond the instructor’s control. However, motivating ESL students is possible when you implement well-planned lessons,..
How to Teach Parts of Speech to ESL Students  by: Jennifer Zimmerman
Understanding the parts of speech helps people become clear writers and speakers. It can also help those learning a second language better understand how that language works when speaking, writing or..
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.
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,..
How to Teach English With Fun Learning Games  by: Deborah Jones
Teaching English can bring the teacher face-to-face with a multitude of obstacles that students need to overcome. Many of the students learning English will bring with them insecurities and a lack of..
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.
Visual Support Tips in the Preschool Class  by: Sheila Demers
By observing children in many different preschools, I've noticed that the classes which utilize an abundance of visual supports for children have far more independent and secure students. Many..
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..
ESL GAME: "May I have some juice, please?"  by: Sabia
Bring a small bottle of juice (e.g. orange juice) to class. At some point during the lesson, take out the bottle and have a sip. This almost certainly will cause a mini-riot of kids asking for some...
I need a english lesson plan for 8th grade- part of the class is testing-it needs to be quiet ..  by: answers.yahoo.com
the class is an hour long and i need to occupy half of the class while the other half is testing. does anyone have any ideas for a silent, independent activity related to language arts?
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..
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..
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..
Idea for demonstration lesson for English class?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I just started to teach English for kindergarten kids. I have to give a demonstration lesson to get new students. I'm suppose to prepare 20 min. lesson and 30 kids are coming. They are all 4 years..
SHOUT - Short Lesson  by: re
Introduce or review a set of flashcards by having students repeat them after you. Then divide the students into teams and ask the students to identify a card. The first person to identify the card..
ESL Game - Frozen Tag  by: kr
Title: Frozen Tag Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary or conversation Materials: None Procedure: One student is IT. IT tries to tag all of the other students. When the other students are tagged..
ROW RACE 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Show the first person in the first row a flash card. That student must say the word. Each student in her row must repeat the word. The last student gives the Japanese meaning as well. If any student..
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..
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..
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..
Tips on Teaching 3-Year-Olds ESL  by: Susan Thomas
The age of 3 is an important time for language development in children. Their grammar skills and expressive language improve, and children can follow requests with multiple steps. During this period..
SENTENCE SCRAMBLE - Short Lesson  by: re
Scramble up the words in a sentence. Students try to put the sentence back in the right order. Can be played as a whole class, in teams, or in pairs.
Take English Questions  by: ESL Free Lesson
Dear ESL Student, Native English speakers make mistakes too! These sentences were modified from national magazines and advertisements in the USA. Can you find the grammatical error in each one? 1.If..
Ideas for Working With ESL Students  by: Leyla Norman
Teaching English as a second language to adult students or incorporating younger English language learners into a mainstream classroom can be challenging. Working with ESL students in any capacity..
The Triangle Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
This works best in a medium size group where only one or two people know the game. A person starts by saying 'This triangle goes from x to y to z'. Basically, x, y and z may be anything - people,..
Harry Potter House Teams Work "Magic" in Classrooms - Game  by: Valerie Giles
Throughout every school year at Hogwarts School, Harry Potter and his schoolmates worked on a point system on their house teams. The 4 teams in the Harry Potter novels were Gryffindor, Ravenclaw,..
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..
Early Morning Entry Tasks For Teachers  by: Caroline Mackay
Many new teachers make the mistake of not utilizing every second that a student is in school. Many waste the first 10-20 minutes taking care of, what I call house keeping tasks such as; roll call,..
How to Set Up an ESL Classroom  by: Kathryn Walsh
Setting up a classroom is stressful enough. Setting up a classroom for ESL, or English as a Second Language students, is even more challenging. Each student could be from a different country and..
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 Use Visual Aids in an English Lesson  by: Paul Rance
Visual aids can be used to add color to an English lesson and can help to bring literature more alive. They can also be particularly useful for non-English speakers who are trying to learn English...
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...
Geography Games for Students  by: Mackenzie Wright
Difficulty: Easy Playing geography classgamesis an excellent way to engage students and keep them on their toes.Games that lighten the mood make great fillers for the end of the period when lessons..
Teaching Vocabulary and Grammar with Authentic Materials (Part 3 of 5) - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
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For ESL Learners - 10 Questions and Answers About Thanksgiving  by: Jane Wangersky
When did Thanksgiving start? The first Thanksgiving in the land that later became the U.S. was in 1621. It became a national holiday in 1863, during the Civil War. The first Thanksgiving in what..
How to Teach English to Adults  by: Collaborator
Learning English is essential to surviving in the United States and other English-speaking countries. Teaching English is a valuable skill because of the large number of adults who need to speak..
Games for TESOL Teachers  by: Joel Barnard
When teaching English to speakers of other languages (known as TESOL) it is vital to incorporate appropriate language games into your lessons. This is because games encourage students to practice..
Classroom Interaction in Teaching English as a Second Language  by: Heather Carreiro
For a new English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, figuring out classroom interaction can be tricky. A language-learning classroom tends to run much differently from a typical lecture-style..
Idea for demonstration lesson for English class?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I just started to teach English for kindergarten kids. I have to give a demonstration lesson to get new students. I'm suppose to prepare 20 min. lesson and 30 kids are coming. They are all 4 years..
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..
TYKES Halloween Games  by: kevntosh
oday at the TYKES Halloween Party, one of the games was to see who could make a Mummy out of their partner the fastest.
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..
My Game Plan  by: Hedda Tan
I have been teaching teenagers for almost 5 years now, and I find this group of students both challenging and rewarding to work with. The kids are challenging because they are at the beginning of..
ESL Game - Card Collection  by: kr
Title: Card Collection Type: Game Target: Any conversation Materials: mini cards Procedure: Each student gets a collection of cards of a certain number and on a certain theme. They write their name..
ESL game: Word chain - Short Lesson  by: jt
Word chain, also known as Grab on Behind, Last and First, and Alpha and Omega, is a word game in which players come up with words that begin with the letter or letters that the previous word ended..
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..
How to Choose Materials and Coursebooks for ESL Lessons  by: Collaborator
You have a new ESL class and the school has told you that you can choose your own course book or materials. Sounds good, but now you are faced with the task of evaluating and selecting a book, a..
ESL GAME: The Bell Game  by: Sabia
You’ll need two bells. Make two teams. Show a flash card to the Students. The first Student to ring the bell and read the word correctly gets one point for her/his team.
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..
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..
Warm-Up Activities for an ESL Adult  by: Leyla Norman
Warm-ups get English as a second language students' minds thinking in English before class. They help students focus on the lesson. They can take 10 minutes or less to do, and they generally get..
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.
How to Set Up an ESL Classroom  by: Kathryn Walsh
Setting up a classroom is stressful enough. Setting up a classroom for ESL, or English as a Second Language students, is even more challenging. Each student could be from a different country and..
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.
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...
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..
Great classroom games - Short Lesson  by: PL
you should really do something with the kids that they enjoy, not what you feel is fun. cause ive been in classes were the teacher does some boring games. for example you should do some games that..
Hints on how to encourage children to read - Tips  by: Ruowen Leung
• Keep a small basket filled with joke books, magazines, short stories, books of questions and answers, and books like Ripley’s Believe It or Not in each bathroom of your house. • Put a map of..
Prepositions I - Quiz  by: jt
Prepositions I 13. ___ the meantime, you can prepare dinner. On In Answer-In 14. Have you decided ___ a name ___ the baby yet? on, for about, to Answer-on, for 15. Are you still working ___ your..
ESL Tutoring Games  by: Danielle Herzog
Learning the various aspects of the English language can be fun for students when using games and creative activities. Tutors and educators can incorporate these ideas into their lesson plans to help..
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...
Kinesthetic Learning - Use Kinesthetic Learning Activities to Improve Comprehension  by: Adam Waxler
Did you know that while many students are visual learners and many others are auditory learners, most students actually prefer a combination of visual, auditory, AND kinesthetic learning. So what is..
How To Teach Irregular Verbs In An Interesting Way  by: Theo Grigore
Teaching is a process that involves a lot of work and creativity from the part of the teacher. The teacher needs to understand that students need to get involved as much as possible into the process..
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..
5 Free Games to Entertain the Kids When Traveling by Car - Activities  by: Mandy Ferry
When you are planning a big trip by car, you need to consider how you will entertain the kids. Sure a portion of the trip may be ruled out with sleeping (if you are lucky), your kids will no doubt be..
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..
Nine Things ESL Teachers Need to Plan For the First Day of Class  by: Jane Wangersky
Maybe it's the first time you've taught ESL, maybe you've been doing it for a while - but every new class is a new challenge. How do you get it started on the right track? · Find out the basics..
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..
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..
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..
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...
Re: Excellent movie for English students  by: Adam - teacher abroad
Pay It Forward. Great cast and message. Intl students relate very quick to this film. The movie portray western characters as anybody else instead of the usual well-off, smart people crowd-pleaser..
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..
Activities for Special Person's Day for Grade 4  by: Lily Mae
In fourth grade, children learn a variety of academic skills and concepts, but special attention also needs to focus on studying and celebrating their lives. An ideal way to do this is with a Special..
Preschool Science Themes - Water, Ice, Air  by: Mary Robinson
Teaching science to preschoolers requires hands-on play based learning activities. Water is an ideal medium to use for a variety of preschool science themes. The concepts of how water changes form,..
Teaching Grammar For Children  by: Clay R Mccoy
If you want to teach the grammar to your children, it is recommended for you to be able to find the best ways to let them understand everything easily. It is important to always remember that..
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..
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 Class Activities for Beginners  by: Maggie McCormick
Starting English classes can be very difficult for beginners, so it's up to you to help them through it. By choosing activities that are easy to do using English that they know, students will build..
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..
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,..
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,..
Teaching Seasons With Technology in Early Childhood Classrooms - Integrating Science and Technology  by: Kathy Cothran
A Michigan radio commercial announces that the "Greatest Show on Earth" happens every fall. I ask children to identify this show. You don't need a ticket. It happens outside. You can probably see..
How to Teach Business Etiquette in ESL  by: Rebecca Bagwell
With global businesses continually changing, more people are working on improving their English skills in order to be more effective. Learning business etiquette along with business English helps..
ESL Exercises for Frequently Used Adverbs  by: Andrea Helaine
An adverb is a word that modify verbs, adjectives or another adverb. Adverbs often answer the question of where, when and why something happened. When teaching ESL speakers about the use of adverbs,..
Child's Logic: A sad poem - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Child's Logic We found you under the old church stones. We knocked on doors, we looked for homes. This was good so we thought. This was good so we were taught. No mothers would take you in...? Down..
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...
Grammar Pop Quiz  by: contributor
Write the number of the correct answer in the brackets. 1. Ali is ________ of the twins. (1) as old (3) the older (2) the oldest (4) oldest ( ) 2. Science ________ my favourite subject all along. (1)..
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..
Possessive Exercises for ESL  by: Danielle Hill
When teaching possessives to speakers of English as a second language, use engaging and dynamic presentations, lessons and quizzes to help your students internalize forms and rules. Alternate both..
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..
Use Harry Potter Trivia in Effective Reading Lesson Plans (Questions)  by: Valerie Giles
Why not change the format of your comprehension questioning in your reading lesson plans for each Harry Potter novel? This will in fact work with any novel study. After each chapter or section of the..
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...
Grammar Exercises for ESL  by: Carol Luther
Courses in ESL (English as a Second Language) must cover a lot of territory in grammar. Because ESL students must understand the rules of English grammar and the multiple exceptions to those rules,..
Reported Speech at a Much Later Time - quiz  by: jt
Mary: "I will go downtown tomorrow." Jill: "Mary said (that) she would go downtown ___ ." a. on Friday b. tomorrow c. the following/next day Answer-c Mary: "I am going to play tennis today." Jill:..
How to Teach Conversation Techniques in ESL  by: Maggie McCormick
Conversation is an essential skill for ESL students, but it is one that can be difficult to master. The student needs to be able to understand what the other person is saying and know the correct..
English Phonetics: Wadaya!  by: Marcelo Montecinos
There is nothing worse than having studied years of English and travelling to the United States and hearing many Americans say “Wadayado?” or “Wadayadoing?” or simply “Wadaya”? In New..
The Function of Warm-Up Activities for Learning English  by: Robert LeBlanc
A good English as a Second Language lesson will have three distinct parts: a warm-up activity, new knowledge acquisition and practicing new knowledge. Each part of the lesson plays a vital role in..
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 ..
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..
WHAT S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? - Short Lesson  by: re
Have two different copies of a picture. Label one picture as correct and one as incorrect. Arrange the students in pairs and give one student the correct version and the other the incorrect version...
10 Minute ESL Games for Kid's Classrooms  by: Laura Wilson
Learning English as a second language can be difficult and frustrating for children already accustomed to using another language. ESL teachers can use short games that will make learning less..
How to Teach Vision Impaired ESL Students  by: Nicole Langton
Teachers who, generally, rely on printed materials to teach vocabulary and grammar to sighted students, may find it challenging to teach vision impaired ESL students. Since it's possible to learn a..
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..
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..
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..
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..
Vocabulary Game  by: Rowenna
This is a fun game that both children and adults enjoy. I have tried it in my foreign language classes. The class is divided into 2/3 groups. One person from each group sits in front with his back to..
Party Games That Make You Laugh  by: Steve Hatherley
A couple of years ago as one of our family parties wound down, one of my mother's friends said, "What a wonderful party - it's so wonderful to laugh. We don't laugh enough these days, don't you..
Four Ways to Encourage Students to Complete Homework  by: J.C. Sprenger
For most students, homework is considered to be an unwanted burden to be avoided at any cost. Other students will embrace the challenge of homework as well as the excitement of learning. While..
How to Set Objectives for a Lesson Plan  by: Collaborator
Objectives are appealing because they aim to make daily learning as statistical as standardized test scores. Teachers know that sometimes learning doesn't work in a linear way and often balk at..
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...
ESL GAME: Clothes Fun  by: Sabia
Students form teams of 2. Each team has a bag with some clothes in it. You ask: put on your hat etc.…. The first team members put on the clothes. He/She must say "This is my shirt" "These are my..
ESL Exercises in Present Continuous Tense  by: Nancy Kyllingstad
The present continuous verb tense describes action occurring in the moment. "He is washing dishes" implies that his hands are in the dishwater right now. Students need a firm grasp of the conjugation..
ESL Environmental Games  by: Valerie Madison
An ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher can center lessons around any topic, helping students to learn about other concepts while gaining language skills. Environmental games can teach students..
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..
Happy New Year! ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
These New Year activities will help to usher in a brand new year. January Starts the Year January, February, March, April, May. The first five months are A-OK. June and July, August, September, How..
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..
Kids' Easter Games  by: Teresa Evans
When Easter comes there are loads of kids' Easter games that you can use at school, at home or at Easter parties and celebrations. There are games that are loud and active and quieter games that are..
The Ten Parts of Speech With Clear Examples  by: Mark Pennington
1. A common noun is a person, place, idea, or thing. It is capitalized only at the start of a sentence. It can be a single word, a group of words, or a hyphenated word. Examples: The girl was..
Games: Zip and bong - Short Lesson  by: sam
Playable by three (and to some extent two) or more players, the game involves the participants (if numerous, then seated in a circle) "passing" the word zip to the person on their right with their..
Christmas Customs Around the World - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
December is well-known for Christmas but do you know how people in countries around the world celebrate it? Here are some customs from various parts of the world. Australia Greeting - Merry Christmas..
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..
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..
Teaching English Through Crafts (Art)  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
In any classroom, it is important to get students paying attention and listening. One way that I have found effective is to have students create simple, fun crafts. Children of all ages love to..
TEC ~ Simon Says (funny)  by: mooncrystle
ESL GAME: Preposition Race & Pronunciation Game  by: Sabia
Preposition Race: Give each child a toy. Then run around the room with the kids and say: put your toys on the table put them under the table put them behind the chair put them in the box……. ..
Women's History Month - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
All around the world, International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8. From small, informal gatherings to large, highly-organized events, this day honors women of the past, present, and future as..
Back to School Ideas For Using Your Digital Camera  by: Kathy Cothran
School's back in session. In most elementary classrooms around the country you find teachers taking digital photos of their students on the first day. What can you do with those pictures? Do you need..
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..
Halloween Activities for the Classroom  by: Veronica Ouellette
Halloween is a holiday that children throughout the United States look forward to each year. Most children enjoy dressing dress up as their favorite super hero, scary monster or another character and..
How to Teach Math to ESL Kids  by: Zachary Nguyen
Teachers are often required to teach an array of subjects to students in elementary, middle and high school. The process of teaching any subject to kids can be tough as it can be a difficult,..
How to Teach English  by: James Larkin Smith
There are many theories and opinions about how to teach English but here I would like to address the very nuts and bolts of what I do to teach beginners. As soon as you meet your student greet them..
Sentence games - ESL lesson  by: Simon Mumford
We all know lots of word games and know that students like them. However, when it comes to games at sentence level, there does not seem to be much except the old favourite ‘jumbled sentences’. So..
1001 Descriptors - For Vocabulary Development - Primary Grades Through College (And Beyond!)  by: Meggin McIntosh
I love words - and I am assuming that if you are reading this article, then you do, too. Over the years I've done several different projects where I "messed around" and played with language. For..
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..
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..
Kid Birthday Cake Idea Collection - Cake Decorating Without Fear - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
Our kid birthday cake idea collection makes cake decorating fun and fearless. You don't have to be a pastry chef to create a professional quality cake for your child's birthday or other special..
Camping Themed Lesson Plans  by: Renee Goodrich
Try these 20 camping theme activities with your students. 1) How many words can you make out of the word camping? (eg. pan, map) 2) Unscramble these three words: ihsfgni - mpfrieca - otcrh 3) Put..
ESL Game - Go Fish  by: kr
Title: Go Fish Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary, but especially phonics related Materials: playing cards related to your theme Procedure: Make up a set of cards for each group of students. Groups..
ESL GAME: Shark Danger Game  by: Sabia
The kids gather at one side of the room. The Teacher holds up one picture card and the kids have to make a sentence out of it, i.e. I like bears! Then they are allowed to jump (spread big pieces of..
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.
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..
Classroom Christmas Activities for High Schools  by: Michelle Brunet
As the Christmas break approaches, it is sometimes difficult to keep students focused on classroom work. Consider keeping your high school students engaged by leading holiday-related activities that..
ESL Game 4 Wheel of Fortune  by: Joe Tosczak
This ESL Game is called WHEEL OF FORTUNE. First divide your ESL class into two teams. One team can be the RED team and the other team can be the BLUE team. The teacher will think of a sentence or..
Fun Ways to Teach Things to Preschoolers  by: Mary Robinson
My philosophy for anyone working with preschool children is that the teacher must have a full resource file of fun ways to teach things to preschoolers. When you think of a preschool child, 3-5 year..
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..
Symmetry in Letters and Numbers, Puzzles  by: Robin T. Day BSc MSc BEd
Revised edition Here are some exercises/puzzles for ESL kids to learn the following science/math/geometry ideas. You will not be able to do all 7 puzzles in one 50 min. class. Introduce the following..
Pick a Particle: In, On or Up  by: jt
We will have to put my mother ___ when she visits us. Answer-up Shall we go ___ with the game now? Answer-on Legal cases can drag ___ for ever. Answer-on First you need to fill ___ the form...
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..
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..
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..
Easter Activities for School  by: Teresa Evans
If you are looking for Easter activities for school, then you may want to try making Easter wreaths. Christmas isn't the only holiday that a decorative wreath can be displayed. Before Easter, the..
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..
Building Vocabulary Through Activities  by: Celia Webb
Studies show that people learn words best by engaging as many of the five senses as possible. Associating a new word with a smell, touch, taste, or sound helps us recall the word for later use. So in..
Topics for First Conditional Speaking Activities  by: David Coodin
The first conditional is a grammatical structure for talking about what is possible in the present or future. The structure typically contains a phrase beginning with "if" that conditions the..
Creating a narrative (simple) - Lesson  by: Mark Cox
I took the book Where the Wild Things Are and photocopied just the images and gave them (in order) to groups of students. They had to look at the picture sequence and discuss what they thought the..
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...
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..
Grammar Games for Beginners  by: Wayne
Studying grammar is rarely thought of as fun. Yet it is an important component of effective communication. Grammar provides the rules that speakers and writers need to follow in order to be clearly..
Ideas for Working With ESL Students  by: Leyla Norman
Teaching English as a second language to adult students or incorporating younger English language learners into a mainstream classroom can be challenging. Working with ESL students in any capacity..
Easy Steps to Scrapbooking with Young Kids - Tips  by: Fion Lim
Kids grow up so fast and if you don't try to capture some of these wonderful memories through some means, they'll all slip through the fingers just in a snap. And scrapbooking is a fabulous way to..
Confidence Activities for School  by: Ann Olson
Teachers can show children how to do math problems, use proper English or exercise correctly, but they can also teach them something just as important--how to be emotionally confident. According to..
Halloween Activities for Young Children  by: Jamie Jefferson
Celebrate the annual Fright Night with these seventeen fun (and not so scary) ideas, especially for young children. 1. Try your hand at face painting, or allow your children to paint each other's..
The American Accent: Pronunciation Of The Vowels - Tips  by: Frank Gerace
The English Vowel SOUNDS-- Many learners of English have a distinct accent because they pronounce English with the vowels of their language. They commit this error because the English vowels are..
Multisensory Activities to Teach Letters  by: Shelley Frost
A multisensory approach to teaching letters engages young children through actions to make the learning more meaningful. The activities work well for individual or small group activities, such as a..
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..
CHUNK READING - Short Lesson  by: re
Good for all levels, but first years in particular really get into it. The AET reads the text at a certain pace. At various stages, the JTE raises his/her hand and the students mark with a pencil the..
ESL GAME: Concentration Game with Cards  by: Sabia
Prepare 10 cards (5 pairs) for your Students. Put the cards on the floor or on the table. Show them to your Students and turn them over. The Students should pay attention to the cards turned over...
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..
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..
ESL Game - Telephone Game  by: kr
Title: Telephone Game Type: Concentration game Target: Any vocabulary, pronunciation Materials: None Procedure: A vocabulary word is chosen and whispered by the teacher to the first student. They..
How to Adapt Writing for the ESL Student  by: Paul Argodale
Aural/oral second language learning occurs more or less naturally, much as it does for infants learning their first language. Reading and writing is a different story; people spend 12 or 13 years in..
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..
ESL game: Word chain - Short Lesson  by: jt
Word chain, also known as Grab on Behind, Last and First, and Alpha and Omega, is a word game in which players come up with words that begin with the letter or letters that the previous word ended..
2 more Puzzle Poems. "It" and "He Always lies to Me" - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. MSc. B.Ed.
Here are two puzzle poems for ESL learners. I would give this work to 12 year olds if thay have dictionaries. #1 2 big white teeth A very long nose Huge ears Bigger than a car. Can you spell it?..
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...
Food Quotations for Advanced ESL Students  by: ESLTiger
1.“Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.” —Aesop 2.“The proof of the pudding is in the eating. By a small sample, we may judge the whole of a piece.” —Miguel De..
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..
Christmas Skits for Kids  by: Angela Roe
Look for Christmas skits that are age-appropriate for your group of kids. Divide roles with long speaking parts into smaller roles to include more children. Use a narrator to say the speaking parts..
ESL Game - Musical Chairs  by: kr
Title: Musical Chairs Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary or Alphabet Materials: Picture cards, music Procedure: Arrange the chairs into a circle and attach a picture card on each chair. The..
Teaching the Plural of Nouns to English Language Learners  by: Kyra Sheahan
As you set out to teach the plural of nouns to English language learners, known as ELL, it's important to know exactly what level of English language knowledge they already possess. For some English..
| Five Tips for ESL Teachers in the Classroom  by: Kevin R Baker
One of the greatest hindrances to ESL coaching is Teacher Talk Time (TTT). Teacher Talk Time is the amount of time that a teacher spends talking in the class. Since a tradition English class to..
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..
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..
ESL game for children: What's the time, Mr Wolf? - Short Lesson  by: jt
One player is chosen to be Mr Wolf (the name usually remains "Mr Wolf" irrespective of the gender of the player). Mr Wolf stands at the opposite end of the playing field from the other players,..
30 Kids Party Favors for Pennies - Tips  by: Patricia Jensen
Party favors needn't be costly, just a simple remembrance of the good time guests had at your child's party. Each of these party favors cost under $1 per guest, some only pennies apiece. Shop dollar..
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..
Effective Listening Activities for ESL Students  by: Chris Cotter
Most ESL students will say that listening is difficult, if not actually admit that this is their weakest skill. The difficulty comes down to two main points. The first point results from the pace,..
Puzzles To Teach Vocabulary - ESL lesson  by: Sally Jennings
A Puzzle to Teach Vocabulary Class teams will compete by each making a “cross out puzzle.” This puzzle is a grid about six columns wide, by 10 lines long, solved by crossing out words..
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..
Using English Videos And Music In EFL, ESL Classrooms - Tips  by: Kisito Futonge
a) Music: English songs can be used for a wide variety of ESL learning and teaching activities. They can start discussions on a topic or even become the centre of debate. This is especially true of..
SPELLING GAME 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is a team. Give each row a whole alphabet on cards, so each student gets about 3 or 4 cards. Shout out a word which does not have the same letter in it. Students spell out the word by..
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 Teach Complex Sentences  by: Mark Pennington
More and more candidates for better paying jobs are now required to submit writing samples as part of the interview process. Many applicants with strong verbal skills fail to make the second round of..
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..
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 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..
ESL Activities With Little Preparation - Lesson  by: Keith Taylor
How often do you find yourself preparing a class, racking your brain for something different, a new activity to liven up a group of tired students, or just to bring something fresh to the classroom?..
Understand American Money - Lesson  by: ESL Free Lesson
Dear ESL Student, The American money system is logical and very easy to use. It is based on the dollar ($1.00), on which all cash and coins are dependent. There are 100 cents in a dollar. Coins are..
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..
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”..
Games to Teach English to Adults  by: Amber D. Walker
Teaching English as a second or other language to adults can be a joy. Adults tend to be well behaved and motivated much more than children do. However, adults can become frustrated easily when..
ESL Games - D  by: jt
Dance Of The Ostriches Pair up students and attach a flashcard to their backs. The object of the game is to look at the other student's flash card and yell out the word before they see yours. Draw It..
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...
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..
Classroom Christmas Activities for High Schools  by: Michelle Brunet
As the Christmas break approaches, it is sometimes difficult to keep students focused on classroom work. Consider keeping your high school students engaged by leading holiday-related activities that..
Take English Questions  by: ESL Free Lesson
Dear ESL Student, Native English speakers make mistakes too! These sentences were modified from national magazines and advertisements in the USA. Can you find the grammatical error in each one? 1.If..
Classroom Christmas Activities for High Schools  by: Michelle Brunet
As the Christmas break approaches, it is sometimes difficult to keep students focused on classroom work. Consider keeping your high school students engaged by leading holiday-related activities that..
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..
ESL Games - L  by: jt
Lego Spread Lego on the floor and call a color for the students to pick up. Continue until all the colors have been called. Allow the students to play with the blocks for a few minutes before packing..
ESL Game - Cover-up  by: kr
Title: Cover-up Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: flashcards, cover cards Procedure: Put pictures cards out on a table. Say each one twice and then give the students 20 seconds to memorize..
Trivia Questions And Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
YOUR TRIVIA QUESTION: Everyone knows that leprechauns are Irish fairies, but do you know how to track one down? A. Follow the rainbow B. Follow the yellow brick road C. Follow the sound of his..
Plastic's nay Romantic - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Another short poem for analysis and appreciation. For advanced teens and adults. Plastic's nay Romantic Give out flowers fellas. No thanks cast iron umbrellas. Let not the pragmatists control. There..
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..
English Class Activities for Beginners  by: Maggie McCormick
Starting English classes can be very difficult for beginners, so it's up to you to help them through it. By choosing activities that are easy to do using English that they know, students will build..
Trivia Questions, Interesting Facts - For The Birds  by: Deanna Mascle
1. How many eyelids do birds have? A. None B. One C. Two D. Three D. Three TOPICS: They have an upper lid resembling that of humans, a lower lid that closes when a bird sleeps, and a third lid,..
CLOZE - Short Lesson  by: re
Make two copies of a passage, each with (different) words missing. Blanks identify the missing words. The students read the passage aloud together to fill in the missing parts. Alternately, the..
ESL Grammar Games and Activities  by: Kara Page
Learning to read, write and speak with proper grammar is an important part of any English as a Second Language (ESL) class, no matter what the age or proficiency level. Include a few grammar focused..
Independence Fever (trivia questions - lesson)  by: Deanna Mascle
1. What event do Americans celebrate with a national holiday on July 4th? A. George Washington’s birthday B. King George III’s ascension to the throne of England C. Formal adoption of the..
Motivating Reluctant Teens to Read  by: Celia Webb
Teens may turn into reluctant readers. Sometimes this is because the majority of the reading they do is for school and, therefore, work. Another cause may be that they are struggling with reading at..
5 Free Games to Entertain the Kids When Traveling by Car - Activities  by: Mandy Ferry
When you are planning a big trip by car, you need to consider how you will entertain the kids. Sure a portion of the trip may be ruled out with sleeping (if you are lucky), your kids will no doubt be..
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..
ALPHABET 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Use chalk as a baton. Arrange teams behind a line before the blackboard. The first student writes A in her/her team s designated space, then passes the chalk to the next student. The fastest team..
What's The Time - Mr Wolf?  by: Andrew Carter
What’s the time, Mr Wolf? Here’s a lesson plan for teaching time telling to elementary level English language students. The lesson is based around an English playground game. One person stands..
Halloween Teaching Ideas  by: Tara Green
Teachers can use children's excitement over Halloween as an opportunity rather than a potential classroom distraction. With a little imagination, creative educators can develop age-appropriate lesson..
Kindergarten Activities - 30 Minutes Craft Activities (Art)  by: Maegan Wong
Creative expression begins early in life. Babies are top-notch explorers who will experiment with toys, touch and taste everything within reach, discover their body parts and mastering their body..
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..
Pick a Particle: In, On or Up  by: jt
We will have to put my mother ___ when she visits us. Answer-up Shall we go ___ with the game now? Answer-on Legal cases can drag ___ for ever. Answer-on First you need to fill ___ the form...
Verb Tense Exercises for ESL Students  by: Rebecca Bagwell
ESL students need a lot of practical experience using English in real-life situations. Verb tenses frustrate many ESL students because few languages have as many auxiliary words as English. Many ESL..
How to Use Films in ESL Classes  by: Sophie Southern
Teaching English as a second or foreign language, often referred to as ESL and EFL, can be fun and rewarding while at the same time presenting unique challenges. Communicating with students and staff..
How do you teach children about countries of the world  by: answers.yahoo.com
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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..
Halloween Activities for the Classroom  by: Veronica Ouellette
Halloween is a holiday that children throughout the United States look forward to each year. Most children enjoy dressing dress up as their favorite super hero, scary monster or another character and..
Ideas for a fun English class  by: answers.yahoo.com
What are some ideas for games and activities for English students? I have a group of eight students learning English as a second language (they're pretty fluent), all about 20 years old. What are..
ALPHABET 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Use big cards. Go through the alphabet once in order then mix them up. Introduce the pronunciation of B and V, M and N, and L and R carefully.
ESL Game - Red Light, Green Light  by: kr
Title: Red Light, Green Light Type: Active Game Target: Colours, Traffic Materials: Flashcards Procedure: Students start at back of room and when I show green card they yell green light and run..
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..
Preschool Lessons on Hats  by: Helen Fitzgerald
Children love hats. They love dressing up, looking silly, laughing at other kids looking silly and playing parts. Use this love of hats to talk about jobs, act out roles, make books come to life and..
Games - Remember Their Class Mates Names  by: ws
I teach high school, but I think this could work in a smaller class of younger students too. The second day of school, my students choose an adjective that begins with the first letter of their name..
ESL Literacy Teaching Techniques  by: Sophie Southern
ESL and EFL refer to teaching English as a second or foreign language. The main requirement to be an English teacher is being a native English speaker, but having a degree or TEFL certification..
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...
Hurricane teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
With this severe, active, hurricane season underway, here are some ideas to make areas of the curriculum relevant to your children. If you are in an area that experiences other natural phenomena,..
QUIZ - Short Lesson  by: re
Give the students a pop quiz on contemporary culture, your country, the school, or vocabulary.
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...
How to Use Pictures in an ESL Classroom  by: Chance E. Gartneer
The environment of an English as a Second Language (ESL) class can be very challenging...especially for the teacher. Your students can come from all over the world with a variety of native tongues..
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..
Classroom Games to Prevent Bullying  by: Jim Radenhausen
Bullying remains an issue in schools everywhere, leaving bullied kids scared and unsure about whether to tell an adult what's going on. Teachers can help students learn how to handle bullying..
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..
Elementary ESL Writing Activities  by: Rebecca Bagwell
English as a Second Language students benefit greatly from interactive writing activities. Writing provides ESL students a way to combine their speaking, listening and reading experiences into a..
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..
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..
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..
How To Play I Am Going On A Trip  by: Teresa Mills
Kid friendly vacations travel word games are great for keeping children occupied while traveling, but word games are also great for family fun while camping, hiking, or simply walking... In its..
| ESL Classroom Activity for Forming Sentences With Target Grammar  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..
Icebreakers - Biography Bingo - Short Lesson  by: choi
Create a bingo sheet based on discovering information about your classmates and information about the course material. Students must move around the room and ask questions of their classmates to..
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:..
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..
Fun games to teach a class  by: answers.yahoo.com
I have an assignment to make a game for a class. It has to be educational, and it can't be bingo or jeopardy. If you can remember any games you play with a class that would be cool. I am teaching..
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..
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CLASSMATES - Short Lesson  by: yi
Materials: two rolls of toilet paper (perforated, so it's easy to tear) 1.Have all the students sit at their desk, without talking. 2.Take out two rolls of TP and tell the students to "Take as much..
Card games for This/That/These/Those and Singular/Plural - ESL lesson  by: Jason D. Renshaw
From English Raven's Cardgames collection for Young Learners of English http://www.englishraven.com/trgamessingplural.html http://www.englishraven.com/cardgame_main.html Teaching the different forms..
Find the error: Classroom games - Short Lesson  by: PL
1) go around in Germany, and take pictures of sign that have some English errors....show the picture in class and see who can find the error first, and then get them to suggest corrections. 2) same..
Spelling Games Help Children Learn to Spell Words Easily  by: Jo Alelsto
Teaching kids to spell is usually troublesome because there are no definite rules in spelling. Children learning English at an early stage find it difficult to spell words by simply relying on..
ESL Grammar Games and Activities  by: Kara Page
Learning to read, write and speak with proper grammar is an important part of any English as a Second Language (ESL) class, no matter what the age or proficiency level. Include a few grammar focused..
Warm Up Activities using Authentic Materials (Part 1 of 5) - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
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Geography Bee Preparation - Lesson  by: Pamela Stevens
When preparing for a geography bee, students must extend their studies beyond map locations and into relationships or how one area influences another. Study Aids for Geography Bee Preparation Maps..
Similarities - Short Lesson  by: ritz
Give each person one or more colored shapes cut from construction paper. They need to find another person with a similar color, shape, or number of shapes and form pairs. Then they interview each..
Icebreakers - What do you already know on the topic? - Short Lesson  by: choi
Ask students (in groups or pairs) to jot down the most important thing they already know on the topic that the group will be exploring. Then each student will read out his or her idea, and each idea..
Group Activity: Agree or Disagree? - Lesson   by: de
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..
Outside Gym Games for ESL  by: Rebecca High
As the demand for English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers and programs increases both in the United States and abroad, resources to help teach and reinforce grammatical concepts become more and..
How to Use 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..
Activities on How to Teach English to Spanish Students in Elementary School  by: Sara Rajan
If you are teaching elementary Spanish-speaking students how to learn English, it is important to keep in mind, first of all, that the atmosphere the children are learning in must be comfortable and..
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 Spoken English Beginners  by: Contributor
Students can learn English by playing games, says Caty Buck, who is a special education and ESL teacher in Burnsville, MN. There are several different games that she suggests to teach students how to..
Scary Halloween Crafts - Tips  by: Angela Maroevich
Looking for some great Halloween crafts for your Halloween party, haunted house, or just for trick-or-treaters? A fun craft is something that can keep you occupied for hours on end especially if you..
Developing Your Lesson Plans  by: Mary Joyce
As a homeschooling parent you are acutely aware of how important it is to have daily plans and be organized. Everyone has their own methods and tactics. And most of these plans certainly weren’t..
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..
What words can you make using the letters, D G R A G E? this is for the game Bully during the english 5 class?  by: answers.yahoo.com
words have to be at least three characters long
Visual Support Tips in the Preschool Class  by: Sheila Demers
By observing children in many different preschools, I've noticed that the classes which utilize an abundance of visual supports for children have far more independent and secure students. Many..
ESL GAME: Happy Word Families  by: Sabia
Make several teams. Give four/three flashcards from a single word family (Animals, Transports, Food, etc) to each member of the group. The students look carefully at their cards. Then all the cards..
HALF AND HALF - Short Lesson  by: re
Students are given half of a sentence and have to find the person with the other half. Can be used with boring dialogues. Students must go to front of class and arrange themselves in order. Then they..
How to Play Bingo in an ESL Class  by: Kassie Jones
Games are a great way to incorporate language practice in the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom. They help contextualize target language in a way that students find enjoyable and..
How To 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..
Easter Activities for School  by: Teresa Evans
If you are looking for Easter activities for school, then you may want to try making Easter wreaths. Christmas isn't the only holiday that a decorative wreath can be displayed. Before Easter, the..
Re: Five Simple Spelling Rules - Lesson  by: Michael Bennett
today I wrote 'verging', but it didn't look right, so I changed it to 'vergeing' which looked better, but was underlined by the spell checker. Then I spent half an hour wandering round web sites..
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..
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..
Christmas Science Activities for Preschoolers  by: Mary Davis
Young children are curious about everything around them. A characteristic of preschoolers is to ask "why?" or "how?" repeatedly. Science for preschoolers includes the 'hows" and "whys" as well as..
How to Make a Model Volcano and Other Fun Kids Party Special Effects - Tips  by: Patricia Jensen
Kids love magic tricks and special effects because they surprise and delight with the unexpected. Here's a collection of easy yet impressive special effects to try at your next kids party. But..
ESL Class Exercises for Larger Class Sizes  by: Enzo Silvestri
ESL, or English as a Second Language, and is a growing field all over the world. There are many ways to teach ESL, ranging from individual to small groups to large classrooms. When teaching to..
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..
Reading Comprehension - ESL lesson  by: Nellie Deutsch
Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow: Online Distance Learning Online distance learning is an instructional system which connects learners with educational resources...
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
Using Pictures to Teach Narrative Writing with Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Lesson  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..
Strategies for Teaching ESL Vocabulary  by: Laura Werner
Building vocabulary is one of the most basic forms of learning any language, not just English. Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) requires patience, energy, strategy and creativity. There..
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..
Using Realia in the Classroom  by: Chris Soames
What is Realia? If you're thinking the word 'realia' sounds vaguely Latin, then you'd be correct. In the TEFL classroom, the word realia means using real items found in everyday life as an aid to..
ESL GAME: Heads Down, Thumbs Up  by: Sabia
Two children are chosen to stand up. All the others put their heads down on their desks with their eyes closed and thumbs sticking up. The two left standing must then gently touch one person each on..
1001 Descriptors - For Vocabulary Development - Primary Grades Through College (And Beyond!)  by: Meggin McIntosh
I love words - and I am assuming that if you are reading this article, then you do, too. Over the years I've done several different projects where I "messed around" and played with language. For..
How to Teach ESL to Haitian Students  by: Paul Higgins
Teaching English as a second language (ESL) to Haitian students can be both extremely rewarding and challenging. Cultural differences and the general lack of equipment or resources require you to..
Lesson to teach an English Class - Short Lesson  by: jt
You could try making a short "jeopardy" type game, or a jigsaw type activity in which you hand out pieces of the text, or written questions and answers and they move around the room to match up. At..
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..
Talka Lot - Lesson Test: Learning English  by: lp
A)Sentence stress: write the content words from two starting sentences in the correct order (1, 2, 3, etc.): i) three start next unit week ii) exam move up Ali five speaking passes level B)Write the..
FIND SOMEONE WHO - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a list of qualities or actions, etc. Students must find someone who fits those qualities someone who likes natto. i.e. Find
Simple Interactive ESL Games  by: Rebecca Bagwell
The best way to learn English is in natural everyday settings. However, many times the classroom setting can get in the way of that. Students put their "English cap" on when they enter the classroom,..
Just Horsing Around (Questions)  by: Deanna Mascle
1. What is the fear of horses called? A. Hippophobia B. Riddiophobia C. Sadlophobia D. Equiphobia A. Hippophobia TBD: Hey, you know we dosn't make this stuff up, right?!? 2. Which is NOT a form of..
Nutrition Lesson Plans & Crafts for Kids  by: Anne Kinsey
Nutrition lesson plans and crafts can help kids to learn about nutrition and learn to value taking care of their bodies. When they are growing up in a world where fast-food commercials are flashed..
Chinese jump rope - Short Lesson  by: sam
The game is typically played by three players (although more can participate) with a rope (or, more frequently, a string of rubber bands) of about 5-6 meters in length that has been tied into a..
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..
Re: EFL/ESL games (2) - English lesson  by: kirsteen06
What a great idea ! Have you used this in larger classes , must get rather rowdy !
How to Make Pop Up Cards That Really Deliver  by: Scott Henderson
Pop ups are greeting cards that deliver a surprise. When you open the card, pieces inside move - they jump out at you, blossom into a 3-D construction, or move across the page. Pop ups have a long..
ESL Clothing Games  by: Shelley Frost
Clothing games for ESL--English as a second language--instruction gives students a chance to boost their practical vocabulary. The topic lends itself educational games that also keep students..
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..
Free Birthday Games Ideas for Kids/students  by: Gail Leino
The internet is ripe with free birthday games ideas for those harried parents who are just looking for something to entertain the children. Well, a lot of ideas available are just the regular old..
Roundly Teaching Vocabulary in ESL Lessons  by: Les Perras
In my ESL lessons, I teach vocabulary in a roundly. What I mean is, my students get the chance to learn both the meaning of the new vocabulary and how to use it. You might say to me, "Sure Les,..
How to Teach ESL 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 Game - Clap Attack  by: kr
Title: Clap Attack Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocabulary, song or chant Materials: None Procedure: Students stand in a circle with their hands overlapping, each students right hand is in..
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..
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..
House Writing Activities for 1st Grade ESL Students  by: Cristel Wood
Performing writing activities daily increases literacy and fluency in ESL students. Writing activities can be used for any subject, and allow students to practice basic grammar skills while at the..
Game: Seven Up - Short Lesson  by: sam
Seven Up (sometimes called "Heads Up, Seven Up", "Heads Up, Thumbs Up", "Thumbs Up, Seven Up", or "Heads Down, Thumbs Up") is a traditional children's game that is played in primary schools, and to a..
Tips and Tricks (for teachers)  by: teach2learn05
Teachers - Poetry For Children - 4 General Types  by: Meggin McIntosh
O Sliver of Liver (by Myra Cohn Livingston) O sliver of liver, Get lost! Go away! You tremble and quiver O sliver of liver-- You set me a shiver And spoil my day-- O sliver of liver, Get lost! Go..
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..
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..
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.
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..
Games & Activities for Teaching English  by: Suzanne Akerman
Learning English is vital for students who want to succeed in school, but it can be a challenge, particularly for those who don't speak English at home. Plan a variety of games 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..
Principles for Teaching ESL  by: Victoria Gorski
ESL (English as a Second Language) needs to be taught in an active and interesting way, allowing students to participate in lessons and develop language skills to use in real situations. Any student..
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..
Activities and Games That Help Teach ESL  by: Jim Radenhausen
Whatever language someone speaks fluently, they naturally think it should be the easiest for others to learn. English is no different, though many believe that it is the hardest language to learn for..
Lesson 8 - An Excellent Hammer  by: jt
The Story An apprentice blacksmith was told by his master to make a hammer. The lad had not the slightest idea how to begin, so he thought he'd be crafty to nip out and buy one. He duly showed 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..
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..
Ten Easy Steps to Great Kid Party Food - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
This simple guide to kid party food turns your kids party into a fun food fest. Learn what turns kids on when it comes to party fare, and how to make it quick, easy, and impressive. Ten Easy Steps to..
Fun Christmas Science Experiments  by: Ilana Boyum
The Christmas holidays can be a challenging time to keep kids focused and engaged at school, as visions of winter vacation, Christmas presents and snowmen take center stage in their minds. Teachers..
Improving Vocabulary - Seven Ideas for ESL Students  by: Celia Webb
Do you want to improve your command of the English language? Many English as a Second Language (ESL) learners reach a point where their English does not get any better. They have learned the basics..
Guessing game: I spy - Short Lesson  by: sam
One person starts by choosing an object (a cow, for example) and says "I spy with my little eye, something beginning with C" or simply "I spy something beginning with C." The other players look..
How to Use Films in ESL Classes  by: Sophie Southern
Teaching English as a second or foreign language, often referred to as ESL and EFL, can be fun and rewarding while at the same time presenting unique challenges. Communicating with students and staff..
Food Lesson Plans for Children  by: Paisley Parmer
While many lesson plans may use food as a material, most plans with food are about food itself. Teaching children about nutrition, the food pyramid and the healthy choices they can make begins with..
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..
TEC ~ Simon Says (funny)  by: mooncrystle
The American English Accent:: The "Explosive" T And P Sounds - Lesson  by: Frank Gerace
The "explosive consonants" Earlier we said that the vowels are an important factor in hearing a "foreign" accent. But it is not only the vowels. The consonants also must be mastered. When we say that..
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..
Harry Potter House Teams Work "Magic" in Classrooms - Game  by: Valerie Giles
Throughout every school year at Hogwarts School, Harry Potter and his schoolmates worked on a point system on their house teams. The 4 teams in the Harry Potter novels were Gryffindor, Ravenclaw,..
English Lesson Plans - How to Avoid Writing a Plan For ESL Class  by: Alexander Golishev
Teaching languages can be the most fun and rewarding experience; however a lot of ESL teachers get really frustrated with having to write lesson plans over and over again. Here is the typical..
Teaching English to Middle School Children  by: Karen Hollowell
Middle school English teachers face a daily challenge helping sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders learn the basics of grammar. Integrating literature and encouraging students to write about what they..
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..
Whiteboard English Games  by: Brendan Pelsue
Whiteboard games are an essential tool for any English teacher----teachers can use them to reward a class for good behavior while still teaching essential language and problem-solving skills. These..
How to Teach ESL Grammar to Elementary Students  by: Sophie Southern
Teaching English as a second or foreign language, often referred to as ESL and EFL, can be an incredibly rewarding experience if you enjoy experiencing other cultures. Teaching ESL to elementary..
ESL Games - M  by: jt
Magic Finger Print a letter of the alphabet on the board. Instruct the students to stand and face the board. Raise your 'magic finger' and trace the letter in the air. Be silly and use other parts of..
ESL Game 3 Heart Gun Bomb With Cards  by: Joe Tosczak
Heart, Gun, Bomb is one of the newest and funnest ESL Games in the world. This game is specifically for ESL teachers that want to help their students learn faster and have fun at the same time...
DROP THE HANKY - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a circle and sit down. One person is IT and has the hanky (handkerchief). She walks around the outside of the circle and drops the handkerchief behind someone. As soon as that person realizes..
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 Teaching Tip: How to Teach a Class With a Wide Range of English Levels  by: Kevin R Baker
With teaching English in China for many years, I often found myself in situations where I was thrust into a classroom as the new American English teacher. Before me there would be 30 - 40 grade..
Fun ESL Grammar Lessons  by: Joel Barnard
Incorporating grammar games and activities into your English class is essential when teaching students of English as a second language. Moreover, making these activities or games fun and exciting..
How to Create an ESL Listening Lesson Plan  by: Nadine Smith
Lesson plans ensure success by establishing goals and then outlining activities to reach these goals. The particular goals of an English as a Second Language (ESL) listening lesson plan depend on the..
Creating ESL Lesson Plans: Part 2  by: Eli McGeever
What to include in a successful lesson plan Ok, so, you’ve decided that making a lesson plan for your classes is a good idea. Now what? A lesson plan can’t include just anything, heck that’s..
Fun Idiomatic Expressions For ESL Students - Comparisons  by: Susan Thomason
It is inevitable and unavoidable. When you're an ESL student you'll sooner or later run across idiomatic expressions that will basically have you either scratching your head in puzzlement or laughing..
What Games Can I Use in an English Lesson?  by: Chris Soames
Excellent question! Games are a fantastic addition to any TEFL lesson and inject a good dose of fun into the classroom. There are many reasons why you should include games in your lessons, and for a..
Game: I Went to the Store - Short Lesson  by: sam
In this game, the first player will start the game by saying 'I went to the store, and I bought...', followed by something that starts with the letter 'A'. The next person says the same thing..
What are some good games to play with kindergarten kids?  by: answers.yahoo.com
This is a spoken English class, so im looking for more of an English game to play in class.
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..
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..
Simple Interactive ESL Games  by: Rebecca Bagwell
The best way to learn English is in natural everyday settings. However, many times the classroom setting can get in the way of that. Students put their "English cap" on when they enter the classroom,..
How to Teach Chinese With Children's Games  by: Jean Gochenour
Teaching a foreign language to young students who aren't yet fluent with their own language can pose a challenge. But the benefits of beginning language instruction at a young age outweigh the..
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..
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..
Teach Your Child to Read (Reading)  by: Mary Bogin
Would you like to teach your child to read? You are very proud when your child begins to pick up books. You didn't get books at the baby shower, or did you? I have the methods to teach you how to..
pia... - Game  by: chrissy
this game doesn't really have a name, my kids call it "pia" which means throw in chinese...its very simple and the kids beg me for it everyday i have them...alls u will need for this game is two wet..
Tag Questions - With Assorted Verbs - 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..
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..
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...
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..
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..
Standardized Testing Teaching Tips - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Standardized tests can be very stressful for children. Here, therefore, are some tips for parents and children that may help. Before the Test...for Parents and Children 1. Have children study every..
Some good games that you can play in any English Class  by: answers.yahoo.com
Games that involve reading, writing, grammar, etc.? I teach English in a high school but I'm looking for games to use with other age groups too.
I need a english lesson plan for 8th grade- part of the class is testing-it needs to be quiet ..  by: answers.yahoo.com
the class is an hour long and i need to occupy half of the class while the other half is testing. does anyone have any ideas for a silent, independent activity related to language arts?
10 Tips to Improve English Proficiency  by: Shawn Weldon
The one question I hear more than any other is, “How can I get better at English?” Being a good student and going to class is essential, but it is also important to enjoy English activities..
CHARADES - Short Lesson  by: re
It s usually best to introduce this game after playing Pictionary a few times. This game works well for verbs. Students pick out a verb card then they act out the verb. The other students try to..
7 Ways to Use Songs and Music in the ESL - EFL Classroom  by: Craig Peterson
For teachers of ESL and EFL, it is necessary to go beyond the book and use alternative activities in the classroom. What could be more fun than using songs to teach English? Here are seven ways that..
ESL Scavenger Hunt - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
The Hunt (Adapt this to your own school and student level.) This game promotes group English activity (team work), use of a dictionary and comprehension of complex sentences. Students must write full..
For Halloween/The Monster Mash, A Graveyard SMASH (short story I wrote when I was 11)  by: Meggy Moo
Have you heard of the Monster Mash? I suppose you know the story of how it came to be, right? Well, I'm here to tell the TRUE story to you. It sarted out late one night, when all monsters where out..
Questions and Answers Matching - Short Lesson  by: js
You need to have an even number of participants, so you may need to join in yourself. Get enough 3x5 cards so that you have one per person. On half of the cards write questions, and on the other half..
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..
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..
English Alphabet Games  by: Bridget Galbreath
Difficulty: Easy If you are an educator, teaching the alphabet in a fun and engaging way can ensure greater comprehension. One way to do this is throughgames. Children are more likely to retain..
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..
Kids Homemade Party Hat Ideas - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
Try these one-of-a-kind kids party hat ideas for your next kids party. Create a colorful cast of characters with a few bits of paper, paint, glitter and glue. From fancy bonnets to sombreros, wizard..
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..
ESL game for children: What's the time, Mr Wolf? - Short Lesson  by: jt
One player is chosen to be Mr Wolf (the name usually remains "Mr Wolf" irrespective of the gender of the player). Mr Wolf stands at the opposite end of the playing field from the other players,..
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..
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..
Do you like (noun)? Lesson Plan for Young Learners - Lesson  by: Stefan Chiarantano
Target Language: Do you like (noun)? Yes, I do. No, I don’t Vocabulary: pizza, sushi, spaghetti, cheese, milk (flashcards) Target: Young Learners Greetings and Warm-up: Greet the class with a..
Game: Silent ball - Short Lesson  by: sam
Silent ball is a children's game in which a ball is thrown from player to player while everyone remains silent. The game only requires a single ball and participants will either sit on an elevated..
TEFL Lesson Planning - Warmers That Will Make Your Students Adore You - Part I  by: Adrian Allen
Lesson planning with TEFL warmers: essential for effective teaching. Part I To ensure effective learning for a language class, the challenge is to secure the students’ attention, and prepare their..
Creative Approach to Authentic Materials in ESL - Introduction - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
Please wait to be redirected to http://www.eslteachersboard.com/s/AuthenticIntro.htm
Mystery Identities (any literate level, group) - Short Lesson  by: ritz
Write the names of famous people or places (or use animals or fruits for a simplified version) onto 3x5 cards. Attach a card to each learner's back. Give them time to mingle and ask each other..
Journal Writing Topics for Middle School Students  by: Shelley Frost
Journal activities benefit middle school students in numerous ways. The obvious skill improved by the activity is writing. Students practice putting thoughts onto paper without the pressure of a..
Maybe Not a Nightmare: Poem - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Maybe Not a Nightmare What becomes to those who fall eternally? Acceptance? Boredom? Sleep? 1998 1. Dreaming of falling is a common motif. 2. Falling suggests danger, an accident or some terrible..
Make Your Next Grammar Lesson Off the Hook!  by: Sean Lords
In my experiences teaching English abroad, I’ve found a couple of things to be true. One, nothing ever goes as planned. No matter how much you rehearse ahead of time, how much time and effort you..
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..
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,..
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..
How to Teach TESOL  by: Leyla Norman
Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) can be done in a number of different environments. You might teach children or adults, at home or abroad. Consider which population you want to..
Ten Ways to Use Local Resources in ESL Teaching  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
Without question, the ever-increasing number of textbooks and CDs available to teachers of ESL (English as a Second Language) is a valuable resource. The Internet is yet another resource with a..
Lesson Plans on the Mouth for Toddlers  by: Miriam C
The mouth offers several different learning opportunities for toddlers. Toddlers are at an age where a basic overview can be turned into several lesson plans and strategies. The mouth can incorporate..
Questions and Answers Matching - Short Lesson  by: js
You need to have an even number of participants, so you may need to join in yourself. Get enough 3x5 cards so that you have one per person. On half of the cards write questions, and on the other half..
An Old Favourite Revisited - ESL lesson  by: Dave
Hi, For Conversational English exercise, the game "Twenty Questions" is simple, fast and can be made as easy or as difficult as you choose. "Twenty Questions" has been around for a very long time and..
How to Teach TESOL  by: Leyla Norman
Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) can be done in a number of different environments. You might teach children or adults, at home or abroad. Consider which population you want to..
ESL Game: Airplane competition:  by: Sabia
First, have your Students make some paper airplanes. Stand the Students in a line and let them test fly their planes. For the competition, assign different classroom objects points (e.g. table 5..
Keep Your Cool - Tips  by: Judy H. Wright (educator)
Know your limits. Accept what you can’t change and let go of things out of your control. Ease your tension. Take a walk; listen to music, splash cold water on your face. Earn small rewards when you..
How to Use Dictation as the Basis for an ESL Class  by: Collaborator
Dictation may seem an old-fashioned way to teach English as a Second Language. But it can offer an interesting way to engage the students in vocabulary, listening, writing and pronunciation skills...
SENTENCE SCRAMBLE - Short Lesson  by: re
Scramble up the words in a sentence. Students try to put the sentence back in the right order. Can be played as a whole class, in teams, or in pairs.
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..
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..
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 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..
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..
Animals & Pets for ESL Games & Activities  by: Kirsten Silven-Hoell
Teaching English as a second language using associations with animals and pets provides visual and mental stimulation to a sometimes repetitive task. In addition, there are a variety of games and..
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..
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..
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..
Using Realia in the Classroom  by: Chris Soames
What is Realia? If you're thinking the word 'realia' sounds vaguely Latin, then you'd be correct. In the TEFL classroom, the word realia means using real items found in everyday life as an aid to..
ESL GAMES: Color Circles & Colors in the Air (for young kids)  by: Sabia
Color Circles: A good activity for young kids. Get some pieces of A3 paper and draw a large circle on each one. Pin the circles on different walls in the classroom. Model the activity: Say "Blue"..
ESL 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..
Just Horsing Around (Questions)  by: Deanna Mascle
1. What is the fear of horses called? A. Hippophobia B. Riddiophobia C. Sadlophobia D. Equiphobia A. Hippophobia TBD: Hey, you know we dosn't make this stuff up, right?!? 2. Which is NOT a form of..
Classroom Games to Prevent Bullying  by: Jim Radenhausen
Bullying remains an issue in schools everywhere, leaving bullied kids scared and unsure about whether to tell an adult what's going on. Teachers can help students learn how to handle bullying..
Sampling Homophones  by: A. D. Reed
Commonly Misspelled & Misspoken Words Some words that we might think of as homophones aren’t: they’re simply common misspellings of real words. Sometimes words are spelled correctly in and of..
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.
A SAMPLE GRAMMAR LESSON PLAN  by: jt
Time: 20 min Level:intermediate Gender: M/F Age:15 Materials: pictures Interaction: T/Ss,Ss/T, Ss/Ss Assumptions: Ss know the present and the past tenses Anticipated Problems: Timing,elicitation..
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..
Easy ESL Games  by: Kara Page
Any English as a Second Language (ESL) class has a variety of topics to cover. While learning grammar, proper pronunciation, reading and listening skills can sometimes require drills and repetition,..
ROLL THE BLOCKS - Short Lesson  by: re
Stick selected common nouns on the six sides of one block. On another block, stick verbs or pronouns, or articles. Each group has a set of these two blocks. Within a set time limit, they take turns..
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..
Interactive ESL Reading Exercises and Activities  by: Sarah Fardell
Using interactive exercises and games is a great way to teach reading in the ESL classroom. Reading is often the first thing students will master, and so it is important to get it right. For all of..
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..
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..
Game: Improvise - Short Lesson  by: sam
This is fun for older kids, age ten or so and older, and for groups of five to eight. Two kids start out acting a scene which can be anything at all: playing ball, dancing, eating a meal, driving a..
Halloween Activities for School Parties  by: Krystal Miller
When planning a Halloween party for school children, use your imagination to create "spooktacular" activities to keep them busy throughout the party. From a simple ghost craft to a game of pumpkin..
KENDO - Short Lesson  by: re
Review the names of the parts of the body. Get a student to draw pictures of people with all of the parts studied. Using wrapping paper rolls, students must hit the drawing on the spot that you call..
Borrowing and Loaning/Lending Lesson - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
EFL QUIZ: BORROWING and LOANING/LENDING (advanced children or young adults) to borrow = to take or get or receive (billi-da in Korean) Note the direction of movement!! to loan = to give (ju-say-yo..
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..
Vocabulary Games - Short Lesson  by: jin
There are many options with vocabulary games. The most common form is the crossword puzzle. You can use the puzzle to help new English speakers figure out the meaning of words based on clues either..
ESL Lesson Plans for Teaching Writing  by: Aaron Whirl
Having devised many lesson plans for ESL class and taught a number of ESL writing classes over the years for classes of all levels, I know that teaching writing is among the most unique aspects of..
ESL Game - Balloon Game  by: kr
Title: Balloon Game Type: Active game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Balloon Procedure: Practice vocabulary words. The students then stand in a circle and a balloon is hit into the air. The object..
ESL Reading Activity for Classroom - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
To check for understanding, after reading a story or a passage in an ESL class, students usually answer the questions that the textbook provides. This is not a bad thing, since the questions usually..
Preschool Activities - Ideas  by: Mary Joyce
One of the better approaches, when trying to think of preschool activities or preschool lessons for you and your child to do for home school activities, is that you don’t get bogged down trying to..
Prizes for ESL Classes That Don't Cost Anything  by: Marissa Willman
Prizes are useful tools to keep ESL classes motivated, as well as reward students for their hard work. Although candy, stickers and pencils are generally the foundation of an ESL teacher's prize..
How to Teach English to 20 Year Old Adults  by: Karen Farnen
You have a special audience if you teach English to 20-year-old adult learners of English as a second language.Students reaching adulthood in the early 2000s make up part of the millennial generation..
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..
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..
English ESL Games  by: Patricia K. Maggio
Learning English as a second or additional language can be tedious and challenging, especially for kids. If the activities are fun, students will enjoy doing them and be more likely to remember the..
ESL Classroom Activity for Vocabulary Practice - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
To get students to learn the many ESL vocabulary words that you will present in any given class you will need lots of different activities to change things up. This next activity has the students..
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..
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..
ESL Games - S  by: jt
Scrabble Write a selection of letters on the board. Explain to the students that they have to make up as many words as possible from the given letters. Model one or two examples on the board for..
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..
How do you teach children about countries of the world  by: answers.yahoo.com
How do you teach children about
Flash Cards - Building Academic Skills  by: Barbara Morgan
One of the first learning tools schools use to help children develop memorization skills is the flash cards. Flash cards are very effective for learning colors, shapes, vocabulary words and math..
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..
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...
Game: Four Square (2) - Short Lesson  by: sam
Much like hopscotch you can create your own four square arena by drawing one with chalk or using masking tape. You will also need a rubber ball, or any ball that is good for bouncing. Draw or lay out..
Hints on how to encourage children to read - Tips  by: Ruowen Leung
• Keep a small basket filled with joke books, magazines, short stories, books of questions and answers, and books like Ripley’s Believe It or Not in each bathroom of your house. • Put a map of..
SNOWBALL - Short Lesson  by: re
Hold a soft ball in front of you and say dramatically something like I want to go home! or I m going to eat a hamburger! . Throw the ball to one of the children, help her repeat what you say and..
How to Teach English Learners  by: Lee Millisaw
Teaching English to non-native speakers requires substantial preparation. Some beginning teachers may find it necessary to become certified and learn ESL teaching methods from professionals while..
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..
Tag Questions - Have you? Are you? Do you?  by: jt
You don't smoke, ___? a. have you b. are you c. do you Answerc You haven't got a car, ___? a. have you b. are you c. do you Answera You don't know her, ___? a. have you b. are you c. do you Answerc..
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..
How to get started teaching ESL? - Lesson  by: answers.yahoo.com
I have just volunteered to take over a class from an experienced ESL teacher. Yikes! I have some lesson plans from esl-images.com and some other information. I am looking for good, practical advice..
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...
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..
Plastic's nay Romantic - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Another short poem for analysis and appreciation. For advanced teens and adults. Plastic's nay Romantic Give out flowers fellas. No thanks cast iron umbrellas. Let not the pragmatists control. There..
How to Demonstrate ESL Games  by: Carson Pierre
Demonstrating a game for ESL students can sometimes be as challenging as teaching the lesson. Before you begin to demonstrate the activity, make sure the students have a clear understanding of the..
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..
Symmetry in Letters and Numbers, Puzzles  by: Robin T. Day BSc MSc BEd
Revised edition Here are some exercises/puzzles for ESL kids to learn the following science/math/geometry ideas. You will not be able to do all 7 puzzles in one 50 min. class. Introduce the following..
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..
President's Day Activities For The New Year  by: Darren W Chow
Presidents Day is the day that the nation honors the men who have held the highest honor in the land. With 43 past Presidents over more than 300 years of being a country, the United States has had..
Guided Reading in Kindergarten?  by: Kelly Mikesell
Many teachers ask me about guided reading in Kindergarten. They ask about what to do with students who aren't reading, what to do after they read the book, how to start guided reading, and why they..
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..
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..
GRAMMAR GAMBLE 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
The teacher writes a sentence on the board. Students, in teams, decide whether the sentence is Correct (C) or Incorrect (I) and hold up the appropriate letter on a pre-made card. The teams who raised..
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..
Games: Lorry Spotting - Short Lesson  by: sam
This game involves the spotting of various makes of lorries. The scoring is as follows: •Eddie Stobbart = 1 point (spot the name on front = bonus point) •Prestons of Potto = 5 points •Norbert..
Animal Crime Scene Investigator - A science and ESL lesson  by: Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. / theregalswan.com
Expected Learning Outcomes Students will understand predation and how nature controls the over-population of species. Students will have an understanding of how crime scene investigation requires the..
ESL Game - Countdown  by: kr
Title: Countdown Type: Concentration game Target: Any conversation, fluency Materials: Timer Procedure: The first student says the question part of the conversation, for example, “Will you help..
How to Modify a Lesson Plan for ESL Students  by: Paul Argodale
Adapting lesson plans for ESL students requires teachers to think about their work in new and creative ways. While at first blush the introduction of limited-English-proficient students may seem an..
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..
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..
How to Teach English About Activities & Occupations to Children  by: Shannon Johnson
English is a difficult language to learn but breaking the subject into units and focusing on one aspect at a time can make the process easier for children, especially those whose first language is..
How to Prepare a Lesson Plan for American Red Cross Month  by: Collaborator
The American Red Cross aims to ease the hardships and suffering of people in America and around the world. March is American Red Cross Month. Here is how you can prepare a lesson plan to help..
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..
Free online ESL games & quizzes  by: gh
English Vocabulary: Basic Elements (Chemistry) (Flash) Capitals of the World (Beginner) (Java) Write the Capital (Intermediate) (Java) Match Game (Beginner) (Java) Reading Speed..
Learn your students' names - Use a seating chart for the first few classes - Tips  by: jin
Ask students to sit in the same place for a few classes o help you learn their names more quickly.
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..
Re: Halloween movie for students (kids) - Tips  by: dell
Monster's Inc. Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
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..
Write an English Lesson Plan for Grades 9-12  by: Catherine Day
Lesson planning is an important component of a teacher's daily work. Writing a detailed plan for each day of class can help teachers ensure that they are using the entire period in a way that..
ESL Intermediate Exercises  by: Lane Cummings
Exercises are crucial for intermediate ESL students. These exercises need to reinforce the lessons that they've already learned so that the information becomes second nature to students. There are..
Camping Themed Lesson Plans  by: Renee Goodrich
Try these 20 camping theme activities with your students. 1) How many words can you make out of the word camping? (eg. pan, map) 2) Unscramble these three words: ihsfgni - mpfrieca - otcrh 3) Put..
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..
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,..
Creating ESL Lesson Plans: Part 1  by: Eli McGeever
This article is broken down into three parts: 1. Why create a lesson plan? 2. What to include in a successful lesson plan 3. Enhancing your lessons Why create a lesson plan for your ESL classroom?..
Outside Gym Games for ESL  by: Rebecca High
As the demand for English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers and programs increases both in the United States and abroad, resources to help teach and reinforce grammatical concepts become more and..
1st grader needs extra help, ideas please!?  by: answers.yahoo.com
i need some tactics to teach a first grader to grasp reading. He goes to school but i believe the teachers dont show him special attention. websites w/ reading games,wrksheets, lessons! please i..
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..
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..
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..
ESL Game - Clueless  by: kr
Title: Clueless Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Word or picture cards Procedure: One student has a card pinned to their back or stuck on their forehead. The rest of the class knows what..
English Lesson Plan: Education  by: js
The English lesson plan on the topic Education starts with a warming-up activity where students are encouraged to activate their education related vocabulary through visual aids such as pictures..
Kids' Easter Games  by: Teresa Evans
When Easter comes there are loads of kids' Easter games that you can use at school, at home or at Easter parties and celebrations. There are games that are loud and active and quieter games that are..
English ESL Games  by: Patricia K. Maggio
Learning English as a second or additional language can be tedious and challenging, especially for kids. If the activities are fun, students will enjoy doing them and be more likely to remember the..
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.
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..
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,..
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...
Crossing Cultures - Lesson  by: Ali
Level: intermediate upper Time: 40-60 minutes Aim: Have the students talk about different cultures and traveling to a foreign country. Procedure Bring in the class some pictures of some people who..
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..
Preschool Theme Lesson Plans  by: Mary Robinson
Why Use Themed Lesson Plans? Preschool themes are not essential for a successful preschool lesson, but they do help bring everything together and keep students engaged in learning. For that reason,..
ESL Flash Games for Beginners  by: Lesley Henton
If you or someone you know is learning English as a second language (ESL) there are many online resources that can help. Online ESL flash games can be can be both fun and educational. Even kids'..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
Halloween Activities for School Parties  by: Krystal Miller
When planning a Halloween party for school children, use your imagination to create "spooktacular" activities to keep them busy throughout the party. From a simple ghost craft to a game of pumpkin..
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..
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..
Mystery Identities (any literate level, group) - Short Lesson  by: ritz
Write the names of famous people or places (or use animals or fruits for a simplified version) onto 3x5 cards. Attach a card to each learner's back. Give them time to mingle and ask each other..
Classroom Number Wall Games  by: James Mascia
Difficulty: Easy Trying to teach young students numbers and how to use them can be a challenge. A number wall caneasily solve that problem. It can be anything: a whiteboard, a chalkboard, or even..
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..
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..
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...
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..
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..
Childrens Educational Games - Fun Must Be in the Learning, and Learning Must Be in the Fun  by: George Mcnaney and Jan McNaney
Childrens educational games can be a great way to learn and they form an important part in your child's life. Childrens educational games develop a child's mind to learn to think logically, and..
Ten Ways to Make Nightly Reading Assignments Enjoyable  by: Julie Rebboah
It's hard to fit reading into a busy family schedule. With the tips listed below, it can become a treasured time in your daily routine. Incorporate these ideas into your child's reading assignments..
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..
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..
Teaching English as a Second Language - A Lesson About Fans  by: Andrew Carter
FANS – there’s a word, plural, which conjures up a few different images for the native speaker. Here’s a lesson about fans. As the students enter the room, the teacher overdoes the welcome with..
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..
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..
GRAMMAR GAMBLE 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
The teacher writes a sentence on the board. Students, in teams, decide whether the sentence is Correct (C) or Incorrect (I) and hold up the appropriate letter on a pre-made card. The teams who raised..
Nine Things ESL Teachers Need to Plan For the First Day of Class  by: Jane Wangersky
Maybe it's the first time you've taught ESL, maybe you've been doing it for a while - but every new class is a new challenge. How do you get it started on the right track? · Find out the basics..
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..
ESL Game - Countdown  by: kr
Title: Countdown Type: Concentration game Target: Any conversation, fluency Materials: Timer Procedure: The first student says the question part of the conversation, for example, “Will you help..
Thomas Edison teaching Tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Do you know who invented the talking doll? How about the electric vote-recorder? Would you be surprised to learn it was the same man who invented the phonograph and the electric incandescent light..
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..
How about a lesson about all the crazy stuff in English - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
-- such as the following: 1. Words such as "brought," "caramel," or "colonel" which have pronunciations that in no way resemble their spellings. 2. The insane number of confusing homonyms, such as..
Tips on How to Teach English  by: Marie Jones
Students across the globe choose to study English to further business and travel opportunities, as well as to improve daily communication with peers and family members. With more than 380 million..
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..
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'..
Teaching Tips - How to Write a Memorable Lesson  by: Darrell Causey
If you are tired of the boring lessons that come with your curriculum then start writing your own lessons. It's not that difficult and your students will appreciate the change. The first thing you..
ESL Outside Games  by: Becky Bright
Outside games for English as a Second Language (ESL) students provide cognitive anchors that will remain with the student long after the activity is completed. They are a hands-on and cooperative..
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..
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..
Picking at a Rose: Love Poem Analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Picking at a Rose To the stones the last petals fall. The softness, the smoothness, the smellness, memories yes. Not relived, recalled. But in the garden waiting along the shining wall another bud be..
WHAT S THIS? - Short Lesson  by: re
Get an ordinary object, like a pen, and ask the students, What is this? The students will probably answer It s a pen. Then tell them that it s not, and mime what it really is. For example, pretend to..
Thomas Edison teaching Tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Do you know who invented the talking doll? How about the electric vote-recorder? Would you be surprised to learn it was the same man who invented the phonograph and the electric incandescent light..
Icebreakers - Lifeline - - Short Lesson  by: le
Provide each person with a large sheet of paper and a marker or pen. Have them write their name and create their "lifeline" on the sheet - drawing or writing significant events in their life from..
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..
Lesson Plans for "The Gift of the Magi"  by: Pamela Rivers
"The Gift of the Magi" is a short story written by O. Henry in 1906. The story revolves around a married couple who wish to buy each other presents for Christmas but have little money. So each can..
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..
How You Can Help Your (any) Child To Be An Avid Reader - Tips  by: Alvin Poh Hee Kwang
Reading is the most efficient and economical way to help anyone to acquire information, knowledge, skills and improve on one self. And it is most wonderful to help your child to be a great reader as..
How to Set Up an ESL Classroom  by: Kathryn Walsh
Setting up a classroom is stressful enough. Setting up a classroom for ESL, or English as a Second Language students, is even more challenging. Each student could be from a different country and..
Game for students. Contact Points - Short Lesson  by: gh
Divide up into groups of three or four. A low number is called and that is the exact number of body parts per group allowed to touch the ground. For example, in a group of three, if "Three" was..
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 - 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..
The Prefix Relays - Short Lesson  by: jin
Challenge students to a session of "The Prefix Relays." After presenting six prefixes, let students put the lesson to the test. Divide them into two relay teams. Provide each team with a pile of root..
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..
ESL Game - Balloon Game  by: kr
Title: Balloon Game Type: Active game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Balloon Procedure: Practice vocabulary words. The students then stand in a circle and a balloon is hit into the air. The object..
Pairwork in the ESL / EFL Classroom  by: Chris Cotter
A lot goes into a successful lesson. Teachers must consider the level of the students, and how this applies to the target language. Teachers must consider the length of the class, how it ties in with..
Maybe Not a Nightmare: Poem - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Maybe Not a Nightmare What becomes to those who fall eternally? Acceptance? Boredom? Sleep? 1998 1. Dreaming of falling is a common motif. 2. Falling suggests danger, an accident or some terrible..
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..
For Halloween/The Monster Mash, A Graveyard SMASH (short story I wrote when I was 11)  by: Meggy Moo
Have you heard of the Monster Mash? I suppose you know the story of how it came to be, right? Well, I'm here to tell the TRUE story to you. It sarted out late one night, when all monsters where out..
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..
| Teaching ESL Vocabulary: Tips for TEFL Teachers  by: Ed Earl
It is very beneficial for ESL students to learn new vocabulary regularly. This article gives ESL teachers some ideas on how they can improve their ESL student's vocabulary. ESL students enjoy..
The American English Accent:: The "Explosive" T And P Sounds - Lesson  by: Frank Gerace
The "explosive consonants" Earlier we said that the vowels are an important factor in hearing a "foreign" accent. But it is not only the vowels. The consonants also must be mastered. When we say that..
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..
International Pickle Week - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
Are you aware that International Pickle Week takes place the last two weeks in May? By all means, celebrate!! 1. Explain to your children that "in a pickle" is an expression that means a difficult..
President's Day Activities For The New Year  by: Darren W Chow
Presidents Day is the day that the nation honors the men who have held the highest honor in the land. With 43 past Presidents over more than 300 years of being a country, the United States has had..
KARUTA (SNAP) 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Most Japanese children already know this game. It s a great way to introduce new vocabulary, in that it only requires recognition or even partial recognition of the new material. First spread out..
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..
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..
How to Teach English to Kids in School  by: Karen Hollowell
Formal English instruction begins in kindergarten, if not before. It is often referred to as language arts, which provides the most accurate description of the many reading and writing skills that..
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..
My Game Plan  by: Hedda Tan
I have been teaching teenagers for almost 5 years now, and I find this group of students both challenging and rewarding to work with. The kids are challenging because they are at the beginning of..
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..
ESL Interactive Listening and Speaking Activity for Any Classroom - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
ESL teachers are always looking to get their students some good speaking practice. This next activity will get each English learner speaking and listening to sentences that contain the grammar and..
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..
Optics Learning Games for Kids  by: Ashley Brooks
Difficulty: Easy Thaumatropes The most well known optical learning games involve optical illusions. Optical illusions allow kids to seehow multiple images, patterns and movement can combine to give..
Methods for Teaching TESOL  by: Sam Grover
The key to TESOL teaching is engaging your students. In contrast to other subjects like math, history or science, learning a language requires a great deal of memorization and habit development. This..
ESL Writing Activities for Grade 4  by: Helen Jain
Students who are learning English as a second language, or ESL students, can have some struggles when studying in school. The students are not only learning about the topics teachers are going over..
How to Teach Business Etiquette in ESL  by: Rebecca Bagwell
With global businesses continually changing, more people are working on improving their English skills in order to be more effective. Learning business etiquette along with business English helps..
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..
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...
Game: Chaos and Confusion - Short Lesson  by: sam
What happens is this. •Arthur approaches Belinda, and they introduce themselves and shake hands. They then swap names. •Arthur (now Belinda) shakes hands with Colin. Now Colin is to call himself..
Halloween Tips  by: Bridgitte Williams
Halloween is a time for tricks and treats. Halloween is a time meant for candy and sweets. Halloween is not the time to put any new lawn ornaments that may be dear to you in the front yard. Regarding..
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..
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..
How do I Use Famous Speeches in ESL Classes?  by: Leyla Norman
Famous speeches are tools that can be used in a variety of contexts in an English as a second language classroom. You are not limited as a teacher to using them in one particular way. They can..
Useful Phrases For Doing Business In English  by: Linguarama
When it comes to English for business you’ll find there are a number of expressions that you probably won’t encounter in casual speech. Here are five expressions that you might hear if you are..
Prepositions I - Quiz  by: jt
Prepositions I 13. ___ the meantime, you can prepare dinner. On In Answer-In 14. Have you decided ___ a name ___ the baby yet? on, for about, to Answer-on, for 15. Are you still working ___ your..
WHAT ARE YOU DOING? - Short Lesson  by: re
This game is to be played in pairs. One person starts by saying an action: I m walking on stilts, what are you doing? The partner must then act out this action and at the same time, say another..
FORTUNE TELLER - Short Lesson  by: re
(in progress) Instructions:(make the origami fortune teller, then use it for whatever in class)
How To Teach ESL Students to Read  by: Nicki Callahan
Knowing a second language not only helps children expand their knowledge base and familiarity with the culture, this skill will also be of benefit should they choose to travel later on in life...
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..
20-Question Quiz about Capitals of the World  by: quiz
Please follow this link: http://www.eslteachersboard.com/java/capitals.htm#b
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..
How to Present Simple Continuous ESL Exercises  by: Rick Warden
Both older and younger students study English for general learning, for college qualifying examinations and for career requirements. While there are many different approaches to teaching ESL, using..
Using Realia in the Classroom  by: Chris Soames
What is Realia? If you're thinking the word 'realia' sounds vaguely Latin, then you'd be correct. In the TEFL classroom, the word realia means using real items found in everyday life as an aid to..
Inspirational Humorous Christmas Stories  by: Kate Taylor
Christmas time is often a time when families gather together for some great food, good company and funny stories that truly bring out the real meaning of Christmas. If you are interested in finding..
Some great geometry/math games i can play with my students in class  by: answers.yahoo.com
It must be interactive so students would want to play.
An ice breaker game with 15-18 years old - Short Lesson  by: trent
I was on a company training course and this was quite good. Each person draws a quick picture to reveal things about themselves, (does not have to be a picture can be anything) to give clues their..
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..
Word Chains for Kids & Adults - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Words are usually taught to children from their basic root syllables of Latin, Greek, German, etc., but there is another approach. A few years ago I posted Small Words for Small People on this site..
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..
WHY? - Short Lesson  by: re
Ask the students questions like: Why have you got ~~ in your bag? For example, the ~~ could be a monkey, an axe, Kocho-sensei. Students who come up with the best/most outrageous answers win a prize...
ESL GAME: Mallet Mallet  by: Sabia
Bring two chairs to the front or center of the class and put them back to back. Split the class into teams. Choose or let students volunteer to come sit back to back. Tell them what the rules are...
ESL Game - Unscramble sentences  by: kr
Title: Unscramble sentences Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary, but especially phonics related Materials: scrambled sentences on the computer or the board Procedure: Divide the class into teams. Put..
Write an Annotated Lesson Plan for English Language Learners  by: Brittany Goss
Writing a lesson plan for English language learners can be challenging, especially if ELL students only make up part of your classroom, or if your lesson is on a subject other than language arts. It..
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..
Learning English with Fun by Playing Scrabble - Lesson  by: Heris Yunora
One most important rule of mastering something quickly is to have a genuine pleasure in it. This same rule is equally valid for English. There is no difference whether to master mathematics or a..
ESL Game - Round the World  by: kr
Title: Round the World Type: Active Game Target: Any conversation Materials: picture cards Procedure: Divide the class into groups of about 5-6 Each group will have on leader. The leader keeps the..
Word Play - Four Literary Games Even Kids Enjoy  by: Lynn Sager
I have tutored too many students who feel uncomfortable writing in their own language. By the fourth grade, they have stopped wanting to write anything because everything they write receives a grade...
Talka Lot - Lesson Test: Learning English  by: lp
A)Sentence stress: write the content words from two starting sentences in the correct order (1, 2, 3, etc.): i) three start next unit week ii) exam move up Ali five speaking passes level B)Write the..
ESL Activities Uncovered!  by: Kelvin Nikkel
ESL activities are a crucial part of any ESL lesson plan. If you are not including activities within your class or tutorage, then you are missing out on one of the strongest tools at your disposal...
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..
Best Free Kids Games to Play With Your Little Preschooler  by: Yogi Shinde
Some good fun and free kids games are all you need to teach your little preschooler their letters, numbers, colors or almost anything educational. Little time and enthusiasm are the only ingredients..
Lesson Ideas for ESL Students  by: Catherine Copeland
Studying English as a second language is not as basic as other classes might be. There are a lot of different aspects to learning a new language, especially one that is most likely to be used in..
Cooking in the Class - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
If you are teaching from books five times a week kids will get bored so like others I vary the material, and we sometimes do little cooking projects. Some teachers don't want to organize things like..
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..
ESL Primary Games  by: Victoria Weinblatt
Primary school students have an enthusiasm for learning that teachers can capitalize on by playing educational English as a second language (ESL) games in the classroom. Dividing students into teams..
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..
Games that kids can play in the classroom to help them remmember their class mates names - Short Lesson  by: jt
The second day of school, my students choose an adjective that begins with the first letter of their name (ex: Crazy Chris). They go around the room saying each person in front of them-the first..
Preschool Ideas - Learning the Letters  by: Mary Robinson
Exploring the letters of the alphabet is a great way to incorporate new themes and ideas into the preschool classroom, while teaching the fundamental building blocks to reading and writing. These..
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..
Active Learning Activities - Guided Lecture  by: Adam Waxler
Wow...lecturing and active learning are certainly two concepts that one would not expect to see in the same sentence. In fact, as a proponent of active learning activities, lecturing is not something..
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..
Fill-In-The-Blank - Short Lesson  by: js
Prepare a worksheet containing a text or song lyrics with key words blanked out. For beginners you can blank out alphabet letters and not whole words, choosing distinct sounds rather than silent..
How to Play Memory in Your ESL Class  by: Joe Tosczak
This ESL Game is called MEMORY. To play Memory all you need is a deck of playing cards. Shuffle the deck and then place the cards face down on a table. The way to win this game is to have the most..
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..
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..
ESL Game 2 - Taboo  by: Joe Tosczak
This game is called "TABOO." TABOO is a fun game that helps reinforce new vocabulary and it is a hoot to play! To play this game the teacher will first divide the class into two teams. The teacher..
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..
How to Use a Story to Improve a Student's Vocabulary Level in an ESL  by: Rebecca Mayglothling
ESL, or English as a Second Language, students learn English through many different methods, such as reading, listening, speaking and repeating. The best method of learning is different for each..
Ways to Increase Interaction in ESL Classrooms  by: Catherine Kohn
Interactive lessons have become standard practice in classrooms across the nation. The shift from lecturing to student-driven learning is now commonplace. In the ESL classroom such learning..
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..
ESL Game - Clothes Relay  by: kr
Title: Clothes Relay Type: Active Game Target: Clothes vocabulary Materials: Old clothes Procedure: Students line up across from a pile of clothes in teams. The first student runs to the pile of..
First Steps to Learning to Podcast With Your Students - Teaching With Technology  by: Kathy Cothran
You've heard your students talk about the various podcasts they are downloading to their ipods, but you are wondering what it is and how it can apply to your classroom. A podcast is a digital media..
20 questions, the secret pick - Short Lesson  by: jin
Line up objects in front of the children. Say, "One of these things is my secret thing! You can ask me questions, and I'll answer yes or no to help you figure out which thing is my secret thing."..
Lesson Plans for "The Gift of the Magi"  by: Pamela Rivers
"The Gift of the Magi" is a short story written by O. Henry in 1906. The story revolves around a married couple who wish to buy each other presents for Christmas but have little money. So each can..
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..
Hurricane teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
With this severe, active, hurricane season underway, here are some ideas to make areas of the curriculum relevant to your children. If you are in an area that experiences other natural phenomena,..
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..
Using Google Earth in the Foreign Language Classroom  by: ravip
Ten Ha-Ha-Hilarious Kids Party Games - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
PARROT GAME Divide guests into two equal groups, one is the Pirates, the other the Parrots. The parrots are very very grouchy and are not permitted to smile. The pirates can do anything they like to..
BATTLESHIP - Short Lesson  by: re
Students get into pairs facing one another. Each student gets a game sheet. The game sheet includes two grids. One grid is for the students to place his battleships on. The other grid is for the..
Free Children's Sunday School Christmas Games & Crafts  by: Suzanne Akerman
The holiday season is one of the most exciting times for Sunday school lessons, and children love to participate in the festivities approaching Christmas. In your Sunday school class, help children..
Game: Four Square (2) - Short Lesson  by: sam
Much like hopscotch you can create your own four square arena by drawing one with chalk or using masking tape. You will also need a rubber ball, or any ball that is good for bouncing. Draw or lay out..
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..
Teaching English as a Second Language Games  by: Eric Benac
Teaching English as a second language can be a difficult job. People's minds wrap around their native language and it can be difficult to break their paradigm. It can also be difficult to keep..
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...
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..
Projects to Improve English for ESL Students  by: Nadine Smith
ESL students need activities that force them to use conversational English on a daily basis in order to improve. Long-term language projects offer many benefits for ESL students over short-term..
Reading Goals for First Graders - Tips  by: Celia Webb
The reading goals for each grade level guide the teacher's efforts as they work with your child. If you know what those goals are, you can supplement the in-class instruction with home activities to..
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.
How to Get Reluctant Kids to Write (Game)  by: Miriam Darnell
Being a gifted/learning-disabled child has afforded me the unexpected privilege of discovering new regions of my brain that few have ever explored. Because of this, I've come to look at things upside..
Spelling Games  by: Benetta Strydom
The following spelling games can be used by parents to reinforce spelling in children: SPELLING GAME 1: USE BOARD GAMES, SUCH AS MONOPOLY Play any game that is normally played with dice with the..
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..
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..
ESL game: Running words - ESL lesson  by: Said-Ali
Running words Type of activity: whole class Time: 10-15 minutes as a warmer You will divide class into four teams. Students will be given particular topic. They will choose one secretary to each..
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..
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 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..
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The American Accent: Pronunciation Of The Vowels - Tips  by: Frank Gerace
The English Vowel SOUNDS-- Many learners of English have a distinct accent because they pronounce English with the vowels of their language. They commit this error because the English vowels are..
Free ESL Listening Exercises  by: Thomas McNish
English as a second language, or ESL learners, are people who want to become fluent in English as their second language. Simply reading English or teaching yourself through books is difficult and..
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..
some classroom games appropriate and fun for college students  by: answers.yahoo.com
I have to lead a discussion among college students. After I present all the information I would like to play a game with them to review the info and to encourage interaction. Any ideas? If it's any..
| 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 Teach English About Activities & Occupations to Children  by: Shannon Johnson
English is a difficult language to learn but breaking the subject into units and focusing on one aspect at a time can make the process easier for children, especially those whose first language is..
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..
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,..
How to Teach the Alphabet  by: Mark Pennington
The old "Alphabet Song" has proved to be a remarkable tool to assist learning the pronunciation and sequence of the English alphabet. The melody, written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, has certainly..
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..
Teaching the Plural of Nouns to English Language Learners  by: Kyra Sheahan
As you set out to teach the plural of nouns to English language learners, known as ELL, it's important to know exactly what level of English language knowledge they already possess. For some English..
Teaching With Macaroni And Chick Peas - Lesson  by: Adrian Allen
Some years ago I found myself teaching English in a summer school in England. The classes (20 students) were 4 hours long - all morning. It's hard to keep children's attention for this long when..
ESL Worksheets & Games  by: River Lin
Worksheets and games are standard procedure for many ESL classrooms. As students learn English as a second language, they begin to process not only the mechanics of grammar, but also the nuances of..
CONCENTRATION 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Chant Concentration, concentration now begins! . Select a category. Students must say a member of that category within a time limit (usually within four handclaps).
ESL Teaching Techniques  by: Damon Verial
Teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) is a complicated and widely studied endeavor. Many techniques are involved in the teaching of English to non-native speakers. In general, a teacher must..
How to 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..
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..
English Games for ESL Students  by: Meg Campbell
Learning English can be a very difficult task for ESL (English as a Second Language) students. Unlike many other languages, numerous grammatical and pronunciation rules in English are made to be..
Classroom Group Activities for Intro to Business  by: Brenda Priddy
An intro to business class is one of the first classes that students take covering business practices and basics. Students in this class are most likely college freshmen or sophomores, unfamiliar..
speed dating (in the classroom) - Lesson  by: www.jason-ism.com
This project is for introducing oneself and starting conversations. If you go to http://www.jason-ism.com/speeddating.html this will be easy for you to print out. Go to http://www.jason-ism.com for..
Food - ESL lesson  by: Tim
Food Make a list of foods and fruits you use in your country in cooking. Vegetables Fruits What are some fruits and vegetables and meats that are only eaten in one country. For example quandongs are..
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'..
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..
Learning & Teaching Styles in Foreign- & Second-Language Education  by: Betty Jean Steinshouer
Foreign language education involves a completely different teaching style from TESOL (Teaching English for Speakers of Other Language) or TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language). Likewise,..
speed dating (in the classroom) - Lesson  by: www.jason-ism.com
This project is for introducing oneself and starting conversations. If you go to http://www.jason-ism.com/speeddating.html this will be easy for you to print out. Go to http://www.jason-ism.com for..
ESL Exercises for Frequently Used Adverbs  by: Andrea Helaine
An adverb is a word that modify verbs, adjectives or another adverb. Adverbs often answer the question of where, when and why something happened. When teaching ESL speakers about the use of adverbs,..
First Day Activities for High School Chemistry  by: Mary MacIntosh
Chemistry has the potential to be one of the most interesting high school classes, full of hands-on experiments and impressive chemical reactions. Unfortunately, the first day is often bogged down by..
Preschool Activities to Keep Them Busy  by: Mary Green
If you have a hard time coming up with preschool activities you are one of millions. It can be a difficult chore to come up with different things to do to keep such young children occupied. Young..
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..
Guided Reading in Kindergarten?  by: Kelly Mikesell
Many teachers ask me about guided reading in Kindergarten. They ask about what to do with students who aren't reading, what to do after they read the book, how to start guided reading, and why they..
ESL Games to Introduce Yourself  by: Fiona Miller
The first day of class in an ESL (English as a second language) classroom is similar to the first day of class in any other subject. Students are typically nervous and unsure of what to expect...
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..
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..
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..
Learn English at Better at English! with Podcasts  by: betteratenglish.com
Click to read the latest news. For free-transcripts of podcasts, follow the links above or visit www.betteratenglish.com
ESL Game - Cover-up  by: kr
Title: Cover-up Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: flashcards, cover cards Procedure: Put pictures cards out on a table. Say each one twice and then give the students 20 seconds to memorize..
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 Activities for Middle School  by: Margo Dill
ESL middle school students need practice with English in real-life situations. In the classroom, a teacher can use role playing, conversations and daily activities such as cooking or asking for..
Teaching Strategies - 11.5 Strategies for Better Communication in Your Lesson  by: Darrell Causey
One of the most important tasks a teacher must master is communication. The lesson has to be presented in a language that is familiar to the learner. If the teacher fails to communicate in a way that..