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EVA HOMOLOVA

ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer

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Warm Up Activities using Authentic Materials (Part 1 of 5)

ESL lesson using job advertisements (14-18 years)

 

Go to Introduction

 

 

Create new words:

 

 Language and skills

vocabulary, spelling, combining letters into known words

 

 

 Level

beginners / intermediate / advanced

 

 

 Time

2 minutes and more (depends on teacher and learners)

 

 

 Materials

paper and pen (dictionary for checking spelling)

 

 

 Preparation

none

 

Procedure  Pair, group or individual work. The learners should write as many words as they can using letters in the words JOB ADVERTISEMENT. They can use fewer letters but not more. Examples: men, read, red, advent, tea, a, an, the, tear etc.

 

The teacher can decide on categories such as nouns, verbs, adjectives and learners have to write words that fall into the category or the topic is given such as PROFESSION, HOBBIES, TRAVELLING etc. and learners should write words that would fall under the topic label.

 

 

Fill in words:

 

 Language and skills

topic related vocabulary, spelling, dictionary work

 

 

 Level

intermediate / advanced

 

 

 Time

3 minutes and more

 

 

 Materials

paper, pen, dictionaries

 

Procedure: Individual/pair or group work.

 

The teacher writes words job advertisement on the blackboard like this:

 

J

O

B

 

Apply (an example)

D

V

Experience (an example)

R

T

I

S

E

M

E

N

T

 

These letters are initial letters of words learners must write. Less advanced learners can write any words, for advanced learners teacher can state the topic area such as JOBS (examples given), INTERESTS, ENVIRONMENT. In case the teacher uses this activity as a warm up activity for the lesson that aims at making use of job advertisements in developing language and skills, such areas as WORK, PROFESSION, WORK PLACE are strongly recommended.

 

The learners can check their words with each other or in dictionaries. This activity can be organized as a competition with a time limit.

 

 

Jobs around us:

 

 Language and skills

thematic vocabulary, spelling, dictionary work

 

 

 Level

pre-intermediate / intermediate / advanced

 

 

 Time

5 minutes and more

 

 

 Materials

paper and pen (dictionary for checking spelling)

 

 

 Preparation

none

 

Procedure: Individual work leading to class work. The teacher writes the alphabet in a column on the blackboard. The learners must use every letter as an initial letter of a job. If necessary the teacher can deliberately omit letters which are not initial letters of any job. Less advanced learners can use dictionaries, for advanced learners a time limit can be set.

 

Example: Accountant, Businessman, Correspondent, Designer, etc.

 

In the feedback stage a complete list of jobs can be written on the blackboard.

 

 

Who is this job for?

 

 Language and skills

scanning / answering questions

 

 

 Level

pre-intermediate / intermediate

 

 

 Time

10 minutes 

 

 

 Materials

copies of several adverts

 

 

 Preparation

questions written on the blackboard or transparency

 

Procedure: Learners work in pair and skim job adverts to find answers to the following question:

 

Which job would be suitable for someone who:

 

- Enjoys traveling?

- Has business experience and wants responsibility?

- Can't work during the day?

- Has got telephone skills?

- Can't work in the evenings or at weekend?

 

 

In the feedback session learners justify their ideas by forming statements such as:

 

Sales representative is a good job for someone who likes traveling.

 

 

 

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

 

2. Teaching Reading

3. Teaching Vocabulary and Grammar

4. Teaching Writing

5. Teaching Communication

 

 

Copyright 2004 Eva Homolova

 

 

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Nonsense Poems are a category popular with children and some adults. They are written to entertain and most have no special meaning just interesting words and sounds and structure. Write this one on..
ESL Game - Monkey in the middle  by: kr
Title: Monkey in the middle Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: mini word/picture cards Procedure: Students sit in chairs in a circle. Each student has a mini word/picture card. One..
Scrapbooking Ideas for Kids - Tips  by: Kathleen Hudson
Many times at auctions, or estate sales, a box of books will turn up a real treasure, like a scrapbook that was kept by someone in their youth and sometimes through their adulthood. The book could be..
A Puzzle Poem: Wormfood - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Wormfood.... There are those who scorn Her but we come from Her. She provides. And when we grow old in our skins and tired of mind we return & dissolve/resolve in Her embrace. Total erasure of memory..
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..
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..
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..
ESL speaking activity - ESL lesson  by: Said-Ali
Trends, Internet… my life Type of activity: group work Level: pre intermediate up to advanced Aim: To talk about trends and discuss the importance of internet in our life in groups Preparation:..
Fun Halloween Games  by: James Watts
Looking for Halloween games for your next haunted party? Well then, you've come to the right place. Here you will find fun Halloween games for ghouls, both young and old. Pumpkin Hunt Plan a prize..
ESL English Listening Comprehension Activities for the Classroom - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
ESL English Listening Comprehension Activity for the Classroom 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..
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..
Teachers - Steps to Maintain Classroom Management - Dealing With Misbehavior  by: Meggin McIntosh
Behavior...misbehavior. Control...chaos. Learning...messing around. Teaching...babysitting. The truth is that, as a teacher, if you are unable to create and maintain a positive learning atmosphere,..
How to Teach English to Teenagers  by: Mary Johnson-Gerard, Ph.D.
Teenagers have a reputation for being difficult to motivate. Subject matter like English is not a priority on a teenager's to-do list. Engaging teenagers to learn the details of the English language..
Brain-Based Learning and Feelings: A lesson plan - ESL lesson  by: Nellie Deutsch
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English Preposition Games  by: Ben Urip
For many students of English, preposition is an easy material to learn. So easy is it, that they think they don't need any explanation from the teacher. What they need to do is just to open the..
MADLIBS - Short Lesson  by: re
This is a cloze activity where students must fill in the blanks of a storyline. The crazier the better. An example of this activity could be: This morning, I saw a _____________. It was __________...
How to Modify Preschool Lesson Plans for Children  by: Janet Beal
In a good classroom, the teacher makes the lesson plans, but the lesson plans do not "make" the teacher. Especially in preschool classrooms, teachers learn that each year's lesson plans must be..
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,..
Teaching Techniques and Classroom Management  by: Jason Geyser
Maximizing student interaction in class An important responsibility of an ESL teacher is to create an effective learning environment for learning to take place. This involves both actions and the..
ESL Games & Activities for Kids  by: Amber D. Walker
Teaching English as a second language to children can be exciting. They have a lot of energy and can learn the basics of a language quickly. However, children have shorter attention spans than adults..
ESL Game - Funky Mummy  by: kr
Title: Funky Mummy Type: Active Game Target: Health, Body parts, Halloween Materials: toilet paper rolls, body picture cards Procedure: Each group has one doctor. The rest are the patients. The..
Fun Elementary Lessons - Use Surprises and Silliness to Motivate the Student  by: Michelle Caskey
A fun way to motivate a student is to pack your lessons full of surprises and silliness. Positive emotions enhance learning and motivation. Your boys will have strong and lasting memories if they are..
Conversation Cards - Lesson  by: Charlie Siebert
This Game came from iteslj.org. The original posting was found in the following edition: Michael J. Brown Internet TESL Journal, Vol. IV, No. 8, August 1998 It was posted as an Adobe PDF file. In..
Language Activities for Possessive Nouns  by: Shae Hazelton
Possessive nouns are tough for many young children to learn because there are so many different ways to express ownership through language. Challenge your children to work with possessive nouns..
Using Drama for ESL Classes  by: Shula Hirsch
ESL, English as a Second Language, refers to teaching English to students whose native language is not English. ESL students come from a variety of countries and have varying abilities in the English..
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..
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 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..
classroom game (4) - Short Lesson  by: sam
Split the class into two teams, divid the the white board or chalk board into 2 groups. then you put to people up at the board from each team and ask them a question. who ever writes the answer..
Lesson that will teach kids the difference between wet and dry - Short Lesson  by: jt
We went through various items like sponges, toys, and even their hands. We showed that when the object is in liquid it is more slippery, and sometimes colder. To show dry we did the opposite.
Can anyone give me some help on a talk i have to give in my english lesson?  by: answers.yahoo.com
The talk has to be about 3 minutes and I have to talk about my work experience in a hotel, cooking (Catering Assistant) ANY HELP AT ALL WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!! Especially to help me with how I..
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..
How to Use Role Play to Teach ESL  by: S. Herlihy
ESL learners are those learning English as a second language. ESL students may range from the casual business traveler to the new immigrant to those seeking university admission. There are many..
How to Create an ESL Writing Lesson Plan  by: Nadine Smith
ESL writing lessons typically focus on texts and styles of writing common to English-speaking countries, such as paragraphs, letters, reports, summaries and different kinds of essays. These are the..
Anniversary-birthday Card - Lesson + quiz  by: Elite Hussar
The Story "Do you have any anniversary-birthday cards?" a man asked the stationer. "We have anniversary cards and we have birthday cards, but we don't carry one that combines both. Why?" "Simple ,"..
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..
BACK WRITING 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is a team. The last person in each row comes up to the teacher s desk and looks at a flash card. When all students have returned to their seats, the teacher says Start! and the game begins...
The spirit of giving teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
At this holiday time, take the opportunity to teach children about the spirit of giving. Giving takes many forms. You can give your time, such as volunteers do. You can make monetary, clothing or..
Kids Learn English Language through Interactivity and Colorful Design  by: Vladimir Chen
One of the most crucial methods in determining and mastering the English Language is to read, read, and read. It is told that a good reader is likewise a effective writer and a good speaker. One’s..
Classroom Games - Word Relay, Teacher Basketball & More  by: Lucas Kent
Word Relay This game is good to help review vocabulary and spelling. 1) Split the class into two teams and have a player from each team come to the board. 2) Divide the board in two and write a word..
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?..
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..
ESL Games - T  by: jt
Ten Students stand in a circle and chorus counting from 1-10. Instruct the students to each call out one, two or three of the numbers in numerical order. The student who calls out 'ten' must sit..
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..
Activities on Teaching Life Skills  by: Erin Schreiner
Much of the time a student spends in school is expended through the study of academic subjects. While these subjects are vital to a student's future success, basic life skills will also be important..
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..
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..
How to Teach English With American TV Drama  by: Tasos Vossos
Learning English means having the ability to speak the language, and there is no better way to practice than by watching television programs. Watching drama series, American in particular, offers..
Group Activities: Agree or Disagree?  by: Hyun
Group Activity: Agree or Disagree? after defining “strongly agree,” “agree,” “disagree” and “strongly disagree,” the leader reads out different statements of opinion and the students..
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..
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..
Game: Splat! - Short Lesson  by: sam
This is much less complicated than it sounds. It works for numbers from eight upwards and is suitable for kids aged eight onwards. 1.Kids stand in a circle, adult stands in the middle. 2.Adult makes..
ROW TAG - Short Lesson  by: re
Two students form a row by holding hands. They run around a designated area where the student on one end of the row tries to tag another student. If tagged, that student joins onto the end of the row..
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..
Activities for Teaching English to Adults  by: Kara Page
While most English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers include games for kids as part of their lesson plans, adults can also benefit from these types of interactive activities. For each activity you..
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!
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..
| 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..
Reading-Comprehension Skills, Part II - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
Do you remember that 'reading' means understanding the author's message, not just calling out words? If you cannot answer comprehension questions after reading a page, you have not truly read..
English Tutoring Activities  by: Sam Grover
The key to tutoring English for speakers of other languages (ESL) is keeping the students engaged. This is particularly true in tutoring settings, where the tutor is all the student can focus on. You..
Captain Underpants - A Writing Teacher's Perspective On An "Under" Hero  by: Lynn Sager
I have been working with a fourth grader for a number of months now. His parents speak English as a second language, and they are counting upon me to help him with writing his skills, reading..
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..
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..
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..
Increasing stress levels in the classroom  by: answers.yahoo.com
I need to teach stress and stress management to adults as part of an induction. Its a struggle to engage with them and I was wondering if anyone knew of a simple game that can be played in a..
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..
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..
How to Plan an English Class  by: John London
Whether you are teaching English at an elementary school, middle school, high school or college, the process of planning your lessons is largely the same. Basically, the more detailed your plan, the..
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..
Games: Blind man's bluff - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
Blind man's bluff or blind man's buff is a children's game played in a spacious area, such as outdoors or in a large room, in which one player, designated as "It", is blindfolded and gropes around..
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..
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..
Re: Game: Chinese whispers  by: variation
If you have an exceptionally large group, it is possible to split them into equal teams. A word/phrase is picked at random (this can be from a dictionary, thesaurus, any other book or magazine), and..
Ultimate Airplane Themed Games & Activities for your (any) Child's Birthday Party  by: Geoff Schurman
Are you looking for the Ultimate Airplane Themed Party Games and Activities? Well stop looking because they are right here... Good Luck and happy reading... "Paper Airplane Contest" Have each child..
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 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..
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 Children Christmas Spirit  by: Collaborator
Most people love the Christmas season, children especially. It's hard for them not to be greedy when relatives keep asking them to name the toys and electronics they want. The true spirit of..
Pictures teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
As you take pictures of your children and school events throughout the year, use them in Language Arts! For instance, your class went on a Field Trip to a farm. You saw various animals, went to the..
Helping Your Child Learn English  by: Dedi Walker
re you looking to assist your child in learning English as a second language? The following pieces of advice can work wonders for you when learning English with your child: * Use the English language..
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,..
Teaching Reading with Authentic Materials (Part 2 of 5) - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
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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..
Christmas Games for Children  by: Teresa Evans
If you are looking for Christmas games for children there many different games that you can choose from. There are Christmas games that can be played with large groups and there are other games that..
Class Activities in Teaching ESL Literary Terms  by: Victoria Thompson
The English as a Second Language student may need the teacher to adapt lessons so that he can fully understand literary terms, which lead to better text comprehension. The lessons should be taught on..
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,..
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..
Super Bubble Recipes - Become an Expert "Bubbleologist" - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
So, you want to become an expert "bubbleologist"? These super bubble recipes and homemade bubble wands will make you an expert at creating big, beautiful bubbles. A great activity for kids parties or..
Is Your Discipline Damaging the Spirit of the Child? - Tips  by: Judy H. Wright (educator)
If your parenting methods include abuse of any kind; physical, sexual, emotional or verbal, please get help to stop as soon as possible. Adults are supposed to safeguard and protect the young among..
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..
Angry People: Poem Analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Another poem for analysis. Angry People Confronted with direct antipathy? This meeting was sad serindipity. Maybe you should run? This isn't much fun. Sip deep from the cup of tranquili-tea. Dec...
How to Teach 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..
Trivia Questions - Hurray For Holland (2)  by: Deanna Mascle
1. What is the proper name of the country in northwestern Europe, bordered on the north and west by the North Sea, on the east by Germany, and on the south by Belgium? A. Holland B. The Netherlands..
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 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..
CAR RACE - Short Lesson  by: re
Place some flashcards end to end to resemble a race track. Include two or three brightly coloured blank cards in the track and place a starting and finishing line at a convenient part of the track...
Practical Writing Exercises for Advanced ESL Students  by: Leyla Norman
Advanced ESL students can be exposed to a wide variety of real-world English reading material. This gives them access to more topics about which to write. In addition, students are ready to practice..
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..
Law Schools & ESL Students  by: Miranda Morley
Law school is difficult for almost all students, even those with a history of academic success and a passion for legal affairs. If English is not a student's first language, and the student is..
Lesson 9 - My Modern Car  by: jt
The Story After lunch my friend and I paid the bill and made our way to my car. I took out my remote-control gadget and pressed the button which automatically unlocks the doors. Not having noticed..
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..
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..
Kids' Art - Making Halloween Spider Webs  by: Anthony Vecchioni
Here's a Halloween art project to do with your toddler or preschooler. It's very easy and it looks great around the house. Here's what you need: -8.5" x 11" black construction paper -white tempera or..
English Teaching Tips for ESL or EFL Teachers  by: Nevin Tracy
A native English speaker may be the particularly favorable natural conditions to be an ESL or EFL teacher, but it is still far from enough. Besides the formal training, there are some tips the ESL..
Preschool Lesson Plans - A Helpful Place to Go For Resources and Ideas  by: Melissa Brehaut
Preschool Lesson Plans are a great idea for any preschool educator or homeschooler of a preschooler. There are many free sites online to get many resources and I find these helpful as well. However I..
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..
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..
Draw the Tail (etc.) on the Donkey - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day
Most westerners know the traditional game called Pin the Tail on the Donkey. A blindfolded child is to pin a paper tail to a picture of a donkey. It challenges kids and is physical. I adapted this..
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..
Ten Easy Steps to Great Kids Party Games - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
One of the most important elements of any kids birthday party is the time spent playing party games. If well planned, they can make great memories for the birthday child and guests alike, if not,..
BASEBALL 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
The class is divided into two teams. Four chairs are placed in the shape of a baseball diamond. The AET/JTE proceeds to ask each team member a question which must be answered in a complete sentence...
How to Teach English Food Cooking Vocabulary  by: Michael J
Teaching English cooking and food vocabulary can be very exciting and rewarding. Teaching and also learning about cooking and food in a foreign language are difficult at first glance; however,..
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..
How to Give an English Class  by: Rachel Kolar
1 Review the standards for your district. The English class that you're teaching must meet those standards. If you are offering the class independently rather than as part of a school, check the..
ESL First Day of School Activities  by: Rebecca Bagwell
The first day of school for many ESL students can be frightening especially if attending a new school. On their first day, you can provide group activities that teach them about you as a teacher,..
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..
Lesson 4 - Wedding Gifts  by: jt
The Story Jack and his bride were opening their wedding gifts. After unwrapping each package, Lisa would exclaim enthusiastically, "We really need these towels" or "We'll enjoy eating off these..
5 Useful English Expressions  by: Linguarama
Idioms refer to phrases where their common meaning cannot be understood simply from the meanings of the individual words. They are cultural elements of speech and can prove a barrier to those who are..
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..
ESL Adverbs & Past Participle Exercises  by: Jack Stone
In the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom, adverbs and past participles can be particularly difficult to learn. However, incorporating exercises into these lessons can help students grasp..
COUNTING CARDS - Short Lesson  by: re
Use about 20 flashcards. Have a student say a number between one and twenty. Then start reading the flashcards. If the number is 7? for example, stop and do something special on the seventh card and..
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..
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..
Board and Card Games - Short Lesson  by: jin
There are board games and card games designed specifically for English language training. The most common feature of these games is that they require identification of an object and its associated..
TOUCH AND POINT - Short Lesson  by: re
Call out an instruction, for example Touch this book . As you do so, touch or point to the object with the whole class until they get the idea. If there are not many objects which the children can..
Flash Cards  by: js
Flash cards can be used for simple vocabulary drills, numbers, or memory games. Avoid using cards that translate a native language word into English. Rather, choose or make cards that use pictures or..
REPRODUCIBLE FOR CLASSROOM USE - REDUCING STRESS AND INCREASING HAPPINESS  by: Eric Roth, www.compellingconversations.com
= = > Reproducible Format REPRODUCIBLE FOR CLASSROOM USE REDUCING STRESS AND INCREASING HAPPINESS Student Name: Class: Teacher Date: We live in stressful times and often feel more stressed than..
Third Grade Christmas Lessons  by: April Fox
It can be hard to keep third-graders focused on learning during the festive Christmas season. It's hard to pay attention to schoolwork when thoughts of cookies, snow and presents under the tree are..
SUPERSTARS - Short Lesson  by: re
Describe some person who all the children know (perhaps a singer, sports personality, or another student or teacher) using the pattern She s from I think she likes and . Then ask the child on your..
English lesson – Traveling  by: js
At the beginning of the English lesson ‘Traveling’, students are offered twelve pictures of different types of transport which they should match with the following words: train, jet, cruise ship,..
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..
Scavenger Hunt - Short Lesson  by: jin
A fun way to introduce a new vocabulary word is to turn the word into a mystery. Introduce the word to the students by writing it on the board or overhead, but do not give them the definition...
Free Games For Kids - Fun Indoor Games And Activities  by: Yogi Shinde
Here are some fun and free games for kids, which is just what you need on a dull rainy day or on a lazy afternoon with your young one. Set a enthusiastic play area and get started with your young..
Class Activities in Teaching ESL Literary Terms  by: Victoria Thompson
The English as a Second Language student may need the teacher to adapt lessons so that he can fully understand literary terms, which lead to better text comprehension. The lessons should be taught on..
Ten Creative Ways to Teach Your (any) Child the Alphabet - Tips  by: Patty Hone
1. Make an Alphabet Book Make your own alphabet book with your kids. You can purchase a blank paper book at an educational supply store or you can make one with construction paper and a three-hole..
Teaching English to Kinesthetic Learners  by: Erin Schreiner
While some students can learn effectively through quiet study, others gain the most information through active learning activities. If you are charged with the task of teaching English to a..
WHISTLE DICTATION - Short Lesson  by: re
Select a passage that has a lot of whatever grammar point you want to focus on (e.g. adjectives). Dictate the passage. When you read, leave out the adjectives. Instead, whistle when there should be..
ESL Lesson Plans About Taking & Giving Directions  by: John Byk
Taking and giving directions in a foreign language is a basic but necessary skill to master, especially for students planning to spend time in a country or environment where the target language is..
Ultimate Airplane Themed Games & Activities for your (any) Child's Birthday Party  by: Geoff Schurman
Are you looking for the Ultimate Airplane Themed Party Games and Activities? Well stop looking because they are right here... Good Luck and happy reading... "Paper Airplane Contest" Have each child..
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..
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..
Sea Critters - English lesson  by: Simply ESL
Lesson 1: Shark and Fish Vocab Taught: shark, fish, dolphin, whale, crab Phonics taught: c-r-a-b Preparation: Flashcards Time: About an hour, depending on class size. Warmer - "Teacher Says" - 5-7..
Substitute ESL Class Ideas  by: Tammy Quinn Mckillip
If you're going to work as a substitute English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, you'll need to have plenty of educational games and exercises ready to share with your class on a moment's notice...
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..
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..
ESL GAME: Around the world trip  by: Sabia
Give each student, pair or group, some scissors for paper, glue (prit-stick glue works well), large sheets of B4 card and a selection of travel brochures. Students plan a trip (or give a report)..
Homophones & Homonyms  by: A. D. Reed
Being Forward with my Foreword Homophones, also called homonyms, are words that sound alike but have different meanings and, usually, spellings. Some are near misses, like “desperate” and..
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..
FIND YOUR GROUP - Short Lesson  by: re
Every student is given a card with some information on it. Students have to ask each other questions to find out who belongs in the same group as they do. For example, if a card says, high school..
Pronouns quiz  by: jt
Despite her parents complaints, she decided to live by ___ in New York City. her herself Answer-herself If you happen to see your parents this weekend, give ___ my best regards. him her them..
How to Come Up With a Lesson Plan  by: Collaborator
Most people who would like to become teachers don't consider the time and effort that goes into writing a lesson plan, which really benefits both the student and the teacher. Even after taking..
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..
ESL Reading Lesson - Using Context for Reading Literacy  by: jt
The use of contextual clues can be one of the best ways to improve students' reading skills. Unfortunately, students often insist on understanding each word when reading. Realizing that a text can be..
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..
Christmas Art Activities for Middle School  by: Sarah Lipoff
Christmas art activities for middle school students are a great way to celebrate the season and encourage students to get into the act of giving. These projects are appropriate to do in the classroom..
LEARNING TO DANCE - Activities  by: re
You need a large tarp or a large sheet of plastic, a tarp that you d take camping works best, and you d always have it for the day when there s 15 minutes left of the class and your teacher says OK,..
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..
Improve Reading Comprehension Through Purpose-Setting  by: Adam Waxler
These days, teaching reading is the job of ALL teachers regardless of the subject area or grade level. The fact is if you want your students to do well they MUST be able to comprehend the material..
English Teaching Tips for ESL or EFL Teachers  by: Nevin Tracy
A native English speaker may be the particularly favorable natural conditions to be an ESL or EFL teacher, but it is still far from enough. Besides the formal training, there are some tips the ESL..
Conversation Cards - Lesson  by: Charlie Siebert
This Game came from iteslj.org. The original posting was found in the following edition: Michael J. Brown Internet TESL Journal, Vol. IV, No. 8, August 1998 It was posted as an Adobe PDF file. In..
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,..
Subject and Verb Agreement - quiz  by: jt
Is the sentence correct or incorrect? Compare it with the correct answer. The last questions on the test were very difficult. Correct Incorrect Answer-Correct: The last questions on the test were..
Easy Ornament Crafts for First Grade Students  by: Rebecca Miller
Easy ornament crafts are a great way to teach young minds about art, patterns and textures. Creating arts and craft projects with their own hands usually brings forth a feeling of accomplishment...
Teaching Communication with Authentic Materials (Part 5 of 5) - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
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Reading and Vocabulary Activity for the ESL Classroom - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
In any ESL class you will eventually come to a point where the class will read a passage out loud as a class. The following is an activity that you can use to make this exercise even more beneficial..
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..
ESL GAME: Whispers  by: Sabia
Put the Students into a circle. Whisper a simple sentence or word into the first student’s ear. He or She must say the exact same sentence to the next student. And so on until the last student in..
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..
Fun Elementary Lessons - Use Surprises and Silliness to Motivate the Student  by: Michelle Caskey
A fun way to motivate a student is to pack your lessons full of surprises and silliness. Positive emotions enhance learning and motivation. Your boys will have strong and lasting memories if they are..
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..
Subject and Verb Agreement - quiz  by: jt
Is the sentence correct or incorrect? Compare it with the correct answer. The last questions on the test were very difficult. Correct Incorrect Answer-Correct: The last questions on the test were..
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..
Ideas for in-class learning games/activities for college students  by: answers.yahoo.com
This activity is called "snowball fight".
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 Writing Activities  by: Cheryl Carpinello
Writing assignments developed for regular education students can also be used with students who are learning English as a second language. Writing at first about topics that are familiar to ESL..
Adjective Order  by: jt
Select the correct order of the adjectives in these sentences, He invited that ___ lady to dinner. young beautiful beautiful young Answerbeautiful young These are ___ products. excellent agricultural..
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..
TESOL Games  by: Brian Gabriel
The acronym TESOL means Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Students of English generally need to enact a lot of repetition to really grind in the concepts of English and the extensive..
Teaching Kindergarten English  by: Sharon Penn
English in the lower grades is incorporated into a Language Arts program. The language arts are listening, speaking, reading and writing. Generally, these language arts skills are learned in the..
A Puzzle Poem: Wormfood - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Wormfood.... There are those who scorn Her but we come from Her. She provides. And when we grow old in our skins and tired of mind we return & dissolve/resolve in Her embrace. Total erasure of memory..
Teaching English At The Dog Pound - Tips  by: Andrew Carter
Following up a local press article about a homeless St Bernard cross called Benny I took a student to our local Dog’s Trust kennels. The exercise involved the student scanning the local paper for a..
Interest Facts - Scare Crow Trivia Questions And Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
1. What is a scarecrow? A. A device to scare birds B. A device to keep farmers company C. A device to motivate gardeners D. A device to entertain visitors A. A device to scare birds TOPICS: A..
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..
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..
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..
ESL Exercises for Beginners  by: Lissa J
ESL, or English as a Second Language, is an important subject for some students all over the world. You may encounter many different levels of ESL students in your classroom, and Patty Middleton, an..
5 Useful English Expressions  by: Linguarama
Idioms refer to phrases where their common meaning cannot be understood simply from the meanings of the individual words. They are cultural elements of speech and can prove a barrier to those who are..
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..
How to Improve Spoken English Using Games  by: Lisa B Scott
Once you've completed an accent reduction course and learned some new sounds, you need to practice those sounds to improve your spoken English and make it a habit in everyday conversation. Of course,..
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..
Games to Teach English to Kids  by: Nina Makofsky
There are several games that educators and parents can use to help non-English-speaking kids learn the language. In general, children are quick learners. If they are in English-immersion settings,..
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."..
Early Childhood Activities - Fun Ideas for Springtime  by: Mary Robinson
Simple is Better While in their formative years, children learn best through doing, which is why games and activities are an integral part of the preschool experience. Remember to select early..
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..
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..
How Not to Teach Context Clues  by: Mark Pennington
To most intermediate, middle, high school, and college teachers, teaching context clues means helping students consciously identify and apply strategies to figure out the meaning of unknown words..
Fun ESL Games for Kids  by: Kara Page
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) can often involve vocabulary lists, essays and rote memorization. However, many children will benefit from ESL games in the classroom. The key to a..
Vocabulary Games for ESL Students  by: Randi McCreary
English as a Second Language students can acquire knowledge and understanding of the English language when they are immersed in its vocabulary. Providing different scenarios and activities for..
5 Ways to get your class excited about their school trip  by: Tim Jenkins
‘Teacher’ is a title that is not merely given but rewarded. The role means you have a duty to the student to instruct, inform, inspire and care. Your juggling expertise is about to jump another..
Possessive Pronouns quiz  by: jt
Possessive Pronouns It belongs to me, it's ___ Answer-mine It belongs to my father, it's ___ Answer-his It belongs to her, it's ___ Answer-hers It belongs to Mr. and Mrs. Smith, it's ___..
Is Your Discipline Damaging the Spirit of the Child? - Tips  by: Judy H. Wright (educator)
If your parenting methods include abuse of any kind; physical, sexual, emotional or verbal, please get help to stop as soon as possible. Adults are supposed to safeguard and protect the young among..
ESL Games & Activities for Kids  by: Amber D. Walker
Teaching English as a second language to children can be exciting. They have a lot of energy and can learn the basics of a language quickly. However, children have shorter attention spans than adults..
ESL Game - Last Man Standing  by: kr
Title: Last Man Standing Type: Game Target: Any conversation Materials: None Procedure: Ask one row of students to stand up. The others remain seated. Ask “What do you want to do?” to all..
Classroom Games for ESL Students  by: Alexis Vega-Singer
Following a textbook is a good way to teach ESL, but sometimes you want to mix things up a little and regain your students' attention. Try some of these games to get students moving around and using..
Good games to play in class  by: answers.yahoo.com
thankyou for all your answers!
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..
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..
English lesson plan – In the house  by: js
This lesson plan introduces both the types of houses and the ‘inside the house’ vocabulary. The lesson starts with a warmer where students should identify different types of houses which they see..
Critical Thinking Lesson Plans - Four-Corners Debate  by: Adam Waxler
In today's world it is even more important than ever for teachers to create critical thinking lesson plans that challenge students to think for themselves. One of my favorite critical thinking lesson..
Cooperative Learning Activities - 3 Things to Remember When Using Cooperative Group Learning  by: Adam Waxler
Most students learn better with one-to-one interactions or in small groups where they can follow the conversation better and indicate when they don't understand. This is one of the big advantages of..
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..
Hand-Piano Song Game - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
ESL game that also includes: Potato Song, Peas Pudding Song, Fish Song, Little Piggy Song, Teddy Bear Song, 1, 2 Buckle My Shoe Song, Crazy Song and Shadows (adjust to all ages) Have the children..
Simple and Effective Warmers When Teaching English - Part 1  by: Natasha Mason
Warmers are a key ingredient to any successful English class. During a TEFL certificate course, you should be introduced to a range of warmers that you participate in but it's easy to forget to do..
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..
Plan Your English Lesson  by: George Williams
It is not easy to plan a fresh and new class for your English students every week. Even though your teacher book gives you some great ideas not all of them are practical enough for your classroom...
Activities to Do With Students Using Adjectives & Adverb Phrases  by: Krystal Miller
Teach students about adjective and adverb phrases with educational classroom activities. You can modify the activities from easy to difficult depending on the age group. Activities allow the students..
Activities for the First Day of Class for Adult ESL Students  by: Amy Kestly
Adult ESL students are learning English for a variety of reasons. While some may need English for business purposes, others may want to learn a new language so that they can travel. With students'..
English Worksheets For ESL Students Vs. Native Speaking Students  by: Aaron Whirl
It goes without saying that English worksheets, and especially English grammar worksheets, are anything but one-size-fits-all. In fact, nothing could be farther from the truth. For example, lesson..
Using Circle Time in ESL Classrooms - Lesson  by: Shannon Tani
Many ESL teachers may not be familiar with the idea of circle time. It is a part of lesson, usually the first thing that you do, where the concepts are repeated on a daily (or weekly) basis. It's..
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..
Aeon Interview ...What is the best 5 minutes lesson to teach?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I am trying to think of a fun and interesting lesson that will be engaging for students in an Aeon ESL interview. I was thinking of doing one these: weather; animals - male, female, baby;..
Aeon Interview ...What is the best 5 minutes lesson to teach?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I am trying to think of a fun and interesting lesson that will be engaging for students in an Aeon ESL interview. I was thinking of doing one these: weather; animals - male, female, baby;..
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..
Vocabulary Beat - Short Lesson  by: jin
A way to teach students how to remember new words and meanings is by using them with beats and rhythms from popular songs and commercials. If you are playing this game for the first time, give..
Objectives and tips for using listening comprehension passages in class...  by: Jason Renshaw
I recently wrote up a series of considerations and tips for using the listening strand in my Boost! series from Pearson Longman, but they can be used for any listening passages from any sources...
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 Games to Increase Vocabulary  by: Celia Webb
Most of us recognize that play is an important way to learn all types of skills and knowledge. Play works as a way to learn for a couple of reasons. First, we are more motivated to do an activity if..
Boy with a Sling  by: Robin Tim Day BSc MSc BEd
Here is a short poem for class analysis like others I have posted. I like to teach with short poems or songs as they are snack size literature suitable for a 50 minute class period. Boy with a Sling..
Speak English inside the classroom - Short Lesson  by: PL
Tell them that they should speak English inside the classroom. If they forget about this rule, they should pay at least 5 cents per day. And if ever the money reached to $50-$100, well, buy something..
Fun Halloween Games  by: James Watts
Looking for Halloween games for your next haunted party? Well then, you've come to the right place. Here you will find fun Halloween games for ghouls, both young and old. Pumpkin Hunt Plan a prize..
Game: Red Rover - Short Lesson  by: sam
This game is fun when you have a big group of kids involved. Pick teams of equal size. Each team member holds hands tightly to create a chain. One side starts by picking someone on the opposing team..
Reported Speech - quiz  by: jt
Mary "I love chocolate." Jill: "Mary said (that) she ___ chocolate." a. loved b. loves c. loving Answer-a Mary: "I went skiing." Jill: "Mary said (that) she ___ skiing." a. went b. had gone c. have..
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..
Can you think of any fun hands-on art activities for Kindergarten?  by: answers.yahoo.com
Nothing crafty please. Preferably something that will allow students to use their individual creativity. Note: I am not asking people to do my job for me lol. I have a lesson plan for tomorrow, but I..
Kinesthetic Learning Activities - Try a Gallery Walk to Address the Kinesthetic Learning Style  by: Adam Waxler
It is very important for teachers to address a variety of different learning styles, including the kinesthetic learning style in which learning takes place by the student actually carrying out a..
Preschool Lessons - Using Fish, Freeze Tag and Groceries to teach the Letters "F" and "G"  by: Mary Robinson
When instructing preschool, it's best to keep the lessons simple and straightforward. One of the most important preschool lessons is the alphabet and its many letters. Many preschool teachers like to..
How to Teach ESL for Younger Groups  by: Sally Nash
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to younger groups can be rewarding because students are usually enthusiastic and eager to learn. However, younger children lose concentration easily, so it..
ESL Games - H  by: jt
Hangman Use review words from past lessons. The teacher chooses a word and writes the appropriate number of spaces on the board. Students guess a letter one by one. If the student guesses correctly,..
How to Help Your Child (student) be Successful in Kindergarten - Tips  by: Tina O'Block
Your child’s first year of school should be a fun and exciting time. Children who are comfortable with and prepared for this first school experience are more likely to have rewarding and productive..
Beginner ESL Games  by: Rebecca Bagwell
For beginner students in ESL classes, lessons can quickly get overwhelming. Learning any new language is a challenge, and English is particularly hard for many people. In your ESL classroom, offer..
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..
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..
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..
How to Use the Match Game as a Lesson Plan  by: Kelly Masi
Lesson plans using a matching game will encourage the students to actively participate in the game, learning as they play. The game can be customized to include matching pictures or words based on..
How to Prepare Lesson Plans for Gifted Students  by: Collaborator
Lesson plans for gifted students differ from lesson plans for regular students, because you must take into account the different ways that gifted students learn. Gifted students are more than just..
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..
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..
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..
Playing the ‘Switch’ Card Game  by: Silven
Before there was a card game called Uno, there was a great game called Switch which families have enjoyed for generations. The Uno game utilizes the Switch rules and has created purpose designed..
The Crime of Double Negatives - Revealed!  by: Susan Thomason
Among the many challenges learning English as second language poses, an all time classic is a double negative. Since double negatives do exist and in fact are quite correct in other languages, for..
Making Book Reviews Easy For Your ESL Class  by: Jane Wangersky
Reviewing a book in a foreign language seems like an overwhelming task at first - but it's one you can lead your ESL students through by getting them to answer the right questions and respond to the..
Elastics or French Skipping - Lesson  by: sam
This was a real girl's game that left you with scuffed knees and sorted the men from the boys (so to speak). You needed precision jumping skills and supreme concentration to excel at this game, and..
Sunday School w/ toddlers?  by: answers.yahoo.com
Next week is our "step up Sunday" at church and all the teens teach the Sunday school classes. I am teaching the 0-2 class. There are not many in this class. They are mostly around the age of 2. They..
SENTENCE GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is a team. Give each student in the row some cards that are a part of a sentence. Students have to make sentences. Award points according to the fastest. You may want to use sentences that..
How Can Dance Be Brought Into an ESL Classroom?  by: Ashley Brown
Teaching would be a cookie-cutter profession if all students learned the same. Teach the same lesson plan to several different classes, and you will soon find this to be a fact. Teachers of English..
How to Teach History Using Film  by: Michael Hinckley
One of the great challenges in a college history class is engaging students with material that entertains while it teaches. One of the best ways of accomplishing this is to incorporate films into..
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)..
games that kids can play in the classroom to help them remmember their class mates names  by: answers.yahoo.com
Games in classroom (teacher) to play with kids so that they can now all the childrens names in the class.
Playing the ‘Switch’ Card Game  by: Silven
Before there was a card game called Uno, there was a great game called Switch which families have enjoyed for generations. The Uno game utilizes the Switch rules and has created purpose designed..
Einstein's Riddle - Can You Solve It? - Lesson  by: Steve Gillman
Some have said Einstein's riddle is the worlds hardest riddle. It isn't. The story is that Albert Einstein created it as a young man, and claimed that 98% of the world population couldn't solve it...
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..
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:..
English Language Games - The Fun Way of Learning  by: Karlee Demierre
I think one of the failures in English speaking countries when it comes to teaching second languages is that we do not make it fun. I remember starting French at age 7 and just repeating phrases over..
Teaching English Learners in Beginner and Elementary Level With Small Games  by: Nevin Tracy
I bet neither the teachers nor the students would like to have the experience of dull and boring class atmosphere, therefore, as a qualified ESL teacher, to well mastering some small games is of..
A and AN - Short Lesson  by: re
Draw a large a and a large an on separate pieces of paper. It is best if these words are written inside amusing animal shapes. Divide the class into two teams. The first child from each team puts..
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...
Preschool English Teaching Activities  by: Lily Mae
Preschool is a very defining time for a child. The foundations of important concepts and ideas are laid in preschool. In the content area of English, for example, the foundations of reading and..
Preschool Calendar Activities - Introducing the Calendar  by: Mary Robinson
Preschool is an excellent time to introduce children to the concepts of the calendar, days of the week and months of the year, and what better way to learn about these concepts than through games and..
Teacher I'm Done! Tips  by: Kelly Mikesell
Every teacher has had this happen about 1,000 times. You send the children to complete a task and 10 seconds later someone is "done". I have a few ideas on curbing the "I'm done" that I'd like to..
FIND YOUR PARTNER - Short Lesson  by: re
Prepare a set of cards with different names, occupations, friends names, and likes and dislikes. For example, one card might say My name is Yumi. My friend is Chikako. I work at a university. I like..
The Top 3 TEFL Games For ESL Teachers  by: Ed Earl
When teaching English TEFL it is always beneficial to have some ESL games handy to reward the students when they behave well and work hard. In this article I will describe my three favourite ESL..
ESL Resources and Games  by: River Lin
Because English as a Second Language (ESL) is taught and studied all over the world, sometimes in remote areas with limited resources, many teachers and students turn to the Internet for their ESL..
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..
TOEIC Grammar Quiz  by: contributor
TOEIC Grammar Quiz 3. Write down your answers. Check them at TOEIC Gram Quiz 3 Review. 51. Last year's ___A_____ alumni fundraising drive raised over 100 million dollars for university research..
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 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 Teach English Verb Tense to Children  by: Susan Ruckdeschel
When students can understand the various functions that verbs serve and how they can change to reflect past, present and future events, as well as why they change, they're well on their way to..
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..
Task 2 IELTS practice essays - Do you agree or disagree?  by: IELTS Edits
Task 2 IELTS practice essays Do you agree or disagree? 1. Some people believe that arts like music and painting should not be funded by the government. Others believe that these are important for a..
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..
Time-line board games - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
Time-line board games are fun to make. You just need poster board arts n craft supplies, dice, 3 x 5 cards a time line from early US history. What to do: Make a path for the time line on the poster..
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.
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 -..
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...
ESL Games - B  by: jt
The Ball Throw the ball to a student and ask that student a question. The student answers and throws the ball to another student asking the same question. E.g. "Can you...?", "Yes, I can. / No, I..
How to Teach Adults Basic English  by: Angela Watkins
For some adult students, the English language is easy to understand, both in grammar and in pronunciation. For other adults learning the language it can be a painful and difficult process to..
Problem-Solving - Short Lesson  by: js
This works best with small groups. Present a problem (a scenario, possibly) and give groups some time to discuss the best approaches or solutions and come to agreement on a course of action. The..
How to Teach Culture in ESL Classes  by: Laura Dixon
English as a second language (ESL) classes generally emphasize English grammar and vocabulary to lay the foundation for speaking, reading and writing correctly in English. Yet these classes are also..
SURVEY 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a survey using what and who and when, and comparatives (bigger) and superlatives (biggest). Compile the results and make a graph for the class.
Elastics or French Skipping - Lesson  by: sam
This was a real girl's game that left you with scuffed knees and sorted the men from the boys (so to speak). You needed precision jumping skills and supreme concentration to excel at this game, and..
Present Simple Verbs  by: jt
She ___ four languages. a. speak b. speaks Answerb Jane is a teacher. She ___ French. a. teach b. teaches Answerb When the kettle ___, will you make some tea? a. boil b. boils Answerb I always ___..
Prepositions VII - Quiz  by: jt
___ Thanksgiving, we usually eat cranberry sauce with our roasted turkey. On, In Answer-On They were reassured ___ the outcome ___ the elections. about, in by, of Answer-by, of We always take a trip..
St. Patrick's Day teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Top o' the mornin' to ye! Do you have your green ready to wear? Whether or not you are Irish, this holiday is fun for all and presents the opportunity for a multi-cultural lesson. Here are some ideas..
SECRET NUMBERS GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Students are assigned numbers randomly. The students say their numbers in front of the class and the other students try to remember everyone s numer. The students must try to keep their number a..
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..
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..
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..
Reading-Comprehension Skills, Part II - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
Do you remember that 'reading' means understanding the author's message, not just calling out words? If you cannot answer comprehension questions after reading a page, you have not truly read..
Tips to Create New Teaching Activities  by: Ivana Vitali
Are you a teacher? Are your class activities starting to bore you? Do you feel like your students need more encouragement during your lessons? If your answer to any of these questions was “yes”,..
Sketch Artists (Vocab Lesson) with Video  by: Chris Westergaard
ESL Lesson Plan - Lexis - Appearance "Sketch Artists" Here's a lesson that you can do with intermediates and up. I just shot the video for it (coming soon) so make sure to take a look at it. The..
Tips to Create New Teaching Activities  by: Ivana Vitali
Are you a teacher? Are your class activities starting to bore you? Do you feel like your students need more encouragement during your lessons? If your answer to any of these questions was “yes”,..
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..
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..
Games to Make & Play With Irregular Verbs  by: Michael Signal
Children will learn the concept of verb tense simply by hearing and using more speech as they grow and develop. Most children start out by generalizing the past tense rules they hear in some regular..
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..
TEFL and Baking, A Fine Mix! - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL and baking – a fine mix! One of the things we like to do for our students, who stay with us for total immersion in the English Language (the best way to learn), is bake our own bread...
FAMILY TREES - Short Lesson  by: re
This activity can be used to introduce members of the family (Mike is my brother), review possessive adjectives (shoyuukaku), and the possessive s . Draw your own family tree and explain its history...
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..
KIMBERLY S GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Spread out a number of flashcards or real objects. Have students repeat after you as you name each one. Then, cover all the cards or objects. The students must write down what they saw. Or, take one..
Phonics - Teaching Vowel Sounds To Children Leaning to Read  by: Lindsey Watson
When teaching children how to read using a phonic teaching programme there are various elements which need to be clearly understood. This article focuses on how to teach children the various..
Telephone Game - Short Lesson  by: jin
Many ESL students have difficulty polishing their telephone skills. Even advanced ESL students have a hard time concentrating on their business English skills on the telephone. One way to practice..
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.....
89 - Games and Activities for the English as a Second Language Classroom  by: hyn
Activities that can be used with higheachievers in English course 1- Cut-Up Sentence Kabadi Level: Any This is a combination of a basic TEFL game and the Indian(?) game Kabadi(?). Prepare some cut up..
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...
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..
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...
ESL Game - Food Chain Evolution  by: kr
Title: Food Chain Evolution Type: Active Game Target: Animals Materials: None Procedure: Brainstorm with the students to develop a food chain of 5-7 animals from smallest to biggest. Review the..
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..
Activities to Do With Students Using Adjectives & Adverb Phrases  by: Krystal Miller
Teach students about adjective and adverb phrases with educational classroom activities. You can modify the activities from easy to difficult depending on the age group. Activities allow the students..
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..
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..
Hilarious Halloween Games: Fun And Frolics For All Hallows Eve  by: Nigel Patterson
If you're planning a Halloween party this year, a fun selection of Halloween games is a sure way to keep guests happy. And even if you just want something to keep the kids entertained after they've..
Small Words for Small People (ESL Children) - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL game (Phonics Level or just after Alphabet) After Kindergarten and Introductory Phonetics, small children are often put into a Beginners English class using books like Let's Go 1. Often they..
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..
Classroom Games for Kids  by: Alicia Bodine
There will be times when your class finishes up a subject a little early or has some free time in the school day when you can organize some games to play. These do not require you to leave the..
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..
ESL Summary Building Skills Exercises  by: Lissa J
Summary building is an important part of understanding a language. Even natural-born English speakers might be in a situation where they don't understand every word and do not know entirely what is..
ESL GAME: Action Race  by: Sabia
This is a fun game using actions. Use actions like: jump hop clap run etc. Have the Students split into two teams and sit in lines with a chair by each team and one chair at the other end of the..
Stress-Free Kids Party Planning - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
Another birthday's on the horizon, and you're stressing over every little detail. Throwing a party can be nerve-wracking and kids parties come with added pressures. The prospect of keeping a group of..
Bring On The Music To Help Your (any) Child Learn Faster And More Effectively - Tips  by: Alvin Poh Hee Kwang
Do you remember how you first learned the alphabet? I am quite sure that the majority of us learnt it by singing the ABC Song: 'ABCDEFG-HIJKLMNOP-QRS-TUV-WXY-and-Z...' There is no doubt that music..
"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..
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..
German lesson with audio - ESL lesson  by: ESL Teachers Board
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How to Make an Easy ESL Conversation Game  by: Collaborator
Teaching English as a second language can be fulfilling and challenging. One way to add some fun into the mix is playing a card game that can be tailored to suit whatever level you're teaching, from..
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..
Increasing stress levels in the classroom  by: answers.yahoo.com
I need to teach stress and stress management to adults as part of an induction. Its a struggle to engage with them and I was wondering if anyone knew of a simple game that can be played in a..
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..
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,..
Singing in Kindergarten - Why Kids Need It  by: Kelly Mikesell
We sing all day. We sing at calendar, we sing in reading, we sing for math, we sing in science, we sing to line up, we sing to sit down, we sing when we're excited, and we sing just for fun. Most..
How to Make a Low-Prep Conversation Activity for ESL  by: Collaborator
If you teach ESL, you can do a conversation activity that you can get ready in five minutes and use for several types of practice. You can keep your class engrossed without the need to photocopy or..
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..
Scrapbooking Ideas for Kids - Tips  by: Kathleen Hudson
Many times at auctions, or estate sales, a box of books will turn up a real treasure, like a scrapbook that was kept by someone in their youth and sometimes through their adulthood. The book could be..
ESL Game - Copy cat  by: kr
Title: Copy cat Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students say a vocabulary word and do an action to go with it. The student beside them must copy exactly the action and..
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..
Classroom activities  by: contributor
Year : Year 4 Date : 29.4.2010 Time : 8.00am-9.00am (60minutes) Theme : World of Knowledge Topic : Animals at Zoo Objectives : At the end of the lesson, pupils should be able to: I) Identify various..
Classroom Games - Statues & Squiggles  by: Lucas Kent
Statues This is a fun game to give your students a break and some exercise. 1) Have the students stand up and push their chairs in so they have lots of room to move around. 2) Choose a scenario which..
ESL GAME: ABC Circle Game  by: Sabia
The children sit in a circle and each of them holds letter flash card, play music while your kids pass the letters round. It they find it difficult to coordinate receiving and passing the cards..
Puzzle Poem #2, Analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Do You Know Them? Aliens in the garden, solar bathers all. Foreign more than those in space, chryso-green in every place. Rhizoform reticulate terraform ubiquitous. Animal, vegetable, mineral?..
How to Teach Advanced English Classes  by: Karen Hollowell
Teaching Advanced English classes is not easy, but teaching students can be rewarding as you watch your students' abilities grow each day. The purpose of these classes is to increase academic..
ESL Classroom Activities - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
Most ESL students thrive on social interaction. Whatever you are teaching it is always wise to come up with activities that get people moving around the room. Getting students to work together to..
Interest Facts - Scare Crow Trivia Questions And Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
1. What is a scarecrow? A. A device to scare birds B. A device to keep farmers company C. A device to motivate gardeners D. A device to entertain visitors A. A device to scare birds TOPICS: A..
ESL Game - How many Can you name?  by: kr
Title: How many Can you name? Type: Paper Activity Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Paper and pencil Procedure: This is basically a pop quiz, but challenge the students to close their books and make..
ESL GAME: Flashlight Word Game  by: Sabia
Start off the game by turning off the lights. Point the flashlight at a particular word on the Word Wall. The teacher calls on a student to read the word. When the child has read the word, it is..
Plan Your English Lesson  by: George Williams
It is not easy to plan a fresh and new class for your English students every week. Even though your teacher book gives you some great ideas not all of them are practical enough for your classroom...
Free Preschool Lesson Plans For Making Music With Your Preschooler  by: Denise Willms
Here are some free preschool lesson plans for making music with your preschool class or your own preschoolers at home. These are very simple, and will introduce your preschooler to listening and..
ESL Games for Very Young Learners  by: Patrice Lesco
English as a Second Language, or ESL, games for young learners provide a fun and informative method of learning English language skills. Role playing and puppet theatres are two games that strengthen..
Sea Critters - English lesson  by: Simply ESL
Lesson 1: Shark and Fish Vocab Taught: shark, fish, dolphin, whale, crab Phonics taught: c-r-a-b Preparation: Flashcards Time: About an hour, depending on class size. Warmer - "Teacher Says" - 5-7..
5 Simple Tips on How You Can Throw an Incredibly Fun Classroom Party  by: Asa Mills
Are you a class mother or someone who is responsible for organizing a classroom party? Organizing a classroom party can be overwhelming. Unlike your child’s birthday party where you would only..
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..
Guide to Lesson Planning and a Sample Lesson Plan  by: Christopher S Lee
If you are in need of a sample lesson plan, the first thing to look at is to understand what makes a good lesson. To understand, here is a basic format for a lesson. Lesson Sample Teacher: School:..
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..
Song and Dance Games - Short Lesson  by: yi
There are many songs and dances that kids can learn and act out that will help them with basic English vocabulary. Try "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" and "The Hokey Pokey" for starters...
Stuck Inside - 5 Fun Things to Do When It's Raining  by: Lisa Kirby
It's raining, it's pouring, I'm stuck inside, and it's boring! Is it raining cats and dogs? Are you going bonkers with the free time? Well then, have I got news for you! You can get rid of that..
Winter Olympics Teaching Tips - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Do you recognize the names Giant Slalom, Luge, and Curling? Yes? Then you must be ready for the Winter Olympics! Here are a few suggestions to make them more meaningful to your children: 1. Let each..
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..
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..
ESL Lesson Plans on Food  by: Ian Moore
The food unit can be a crucial one because it is extremely beneficial for someone studying English to learn how to use food items in a sentence. This unit not only introduces the use of count and..
English Pronunciation For The ESL Learner - Tips  by: Lynn Bo
What is an accent? An accent is the carryover of sounds from the speaker’s original language to the second language. When we are infants we literally have the ability to speak any language in the..
KARUTA 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Spread some flashcards on the table or floor. The children put their hands on their heads. When you call out a card, they try to touch or slap their hands on it. The successful child says what the..
Parts of Speech Worksheets for ESL Students  by: Tamara Van Hooser
Sentence structure varies from language to language so learning how the parts of speech work together to form a grammatically correct sentence is the cornerstone of beginning ESL classes. Grammar..
French Language Lessons for Children (including Christmas in France)  by: Lisa Dorward
A good French lesson will be taught in French as much as possible, incorporate consistent material and encourage student participation through reading, writing and speaking. A great French lesson..
Spectacular Sound Bingo - Short Lesson  by: jin
Spectacular Sound Bingo, a free online game sponsored by PBS Kids, features the characters from the television show 'Super Why.' Students may choose from three difficulty levels, including easy,..
Write a Lesson Plan for Teaching English As a Foreign Language to Kids  by: Wendy Rose Gould
Many countries from across the world place a strong emphasis on learning English. This begins at a young age and continues even through college. Teaching the language to children is a great..
The Use of Pictures in Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Tips  by: Andrew Carter
They say that a picture paints a thousand words. We think of the value of the family album: there’s Martin aged about one, when we were living in Stanley; there’s Mum about a thousand years ago..
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...
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...
Creating a Kids Theme Party - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
The easiest way to plan a great kids party is to start with a theme into which all the different party elements fit perfectly. Your most important input in deciding on the party theme should come..
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..
How to Teach the Alphabet to ESL  by: Lily Mae
No matter if you are a native English speaker or you are learning English as a second language (ESL), learning the letters of the alphabet is the first phase of reading and writing instruction. Once..
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..
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..
Icebreakers - Interview your neighbour - Short Lesson  by: choi
Have students work in pairs to interview each other for a few minutes. They can take notes about their interview partners that will be reported in a summary to the rest of the group. The interview..
Free Reading Comprehension Activities - Three Brilliant Ideas! - Lesson  by: Renee Goodrich
These activities are designed for primary/elementary students. 1. Taking it Personally Ask your students to do the following. Draw the face of one of the characters of the story you are exploring on..
ESL Adverbs & Past Participle Exercises  by: Jack Stone
In the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom, adverbs and past participles can be particularly difficult to learn. However, incorporating exercises into these lessons can help students grasp..
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'..
ESL game: Simon Says - Short Lesson  by: lee
A party game that works well with English students as a way of practising listening to and understanding commands. The teacher says a number of simple commands, such as, ‘Put your hands on your..
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..
Lesson 5 - I'm Staying Here  by: jt
The Story The traveling salesman had booked himself in for the night in a small boarding-house, but due to a lengthy business meeting he did not arrive until after midnight. He could see no signs of..
VOTE - Short Lesson  by: re
Rows of students work as a team. Each row is given three number cards (1,2,3). The teacher asks a question with three answers. Students guess which one is right as a group and place their group vote...
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..
Tips on Lesson Planning for the New Teacher  by: Sonya Wilson
Depending on the school you work for, you may be required to turn in lesson plans weekly or biweekly. Some schools may require a scope and sequence that covers the majority of the year. However you..
Classroom Activities for ESL Students  by: Michael Roennevig
Teaching English as a second or foreign language can often rely too heavily on theory and the use or textbooks. An important part of developing your students' confidence, though, is to encourage them..
WEATHER REPORTER - Short Lesson  by: re
Make up map and weather possibilities, then do a weather report. Get the students to try.
7 Ways to Teach Counting - Lesson  by: Shannon Tani
It's easy to teach counting when you've got a few good ideas up your sleeve. Young students need a lot of repetition when they are learning to count. The more practice you can get in, the better...
Teaching First Words - Tips  by: Andrew Carter
I was enjoying a cup of coffee the other day, talking to a friend about teaching English to non-English speakers. He was speculating as to how I could presume to teach someone without knowing their..
Game: Red Rover - Short Lesson  by: sam
This game is fun when you have a big group of kids involved. Pick teams of equal size. Each team member holds hands tightly to create a chain. One side starts by picking someone on the opposing team..
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..
Lesson: Camping trip gear  by: teach
Ask you class: Which items they need for a camping trip, write all the items they tell you. Shelter Cooking Clothes Personal Miscellaneous First aid kit
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..
Vocabulary Beat - Short Lesson  by: jin
A way to teach students how to remember new words and meanings is by using them with beats and rhythms from popular songs and commercials. If you are playing this game for the first time, give..
Using DVD and Video in Your ESL Class, Part Two - Tips  by: Keith Taylor
Have you ever wondered how to use video in your ESL classes, without just sitting your students down in front of the screen and hitting 'Play'? Here are five more activities for you to try. 1..
Improving Vocabulary in Three Easy Steps  by: Celia Webb
There are close to one million words in the English language. That's a lot of words! Too many words for even dictionaries to list (most dictionaries confine themselves to several hundred thousand..
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..
Exercises for ESL Kids  by: Jennifer Tolbert
Teachers call students who have a non-English primary language English Language Learners (ELLs). Usually ELL students get referred to the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at their school...
Warm-Up Activities for Elementary-Level ESL Classes  by: Ross P Purdy
The warm-up is one of the most important elements of any English lesson. Warm-up activities relax your students, get them into "English mode," and - perhaps most importantly - set them up for success..
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..
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..
How to Teach English Games  by: Andrew Button
English can be a challenging subject for native speakers and second language students alike. English grammar is famously unconventional, and known for having a wide range of informal conventions. For..
TEFL Techniques: Read the Signs!  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL Techniques: Read the Signs! When learning a new language there are four key skills to master: reading, writing, listening and speaking. As you develop the skills, so you develop your competence..
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..
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 Use Short Grammar Games to Teach English  by: Karen Hollowell
Grammar is one of those subjects that is essential, but not exactly exciting to learn. Students have to remember lots of mechanics and usage rules and learn to diagram sentences. Teachers usually use..
ESL Lesson Ideas  by: Joel Barnard
All ESL, or English as a second language, lessons should ideally contain one or more interactive activities. These activities encourage students to communicate with each other in English in order to..
File Folder Games For Preschoolers  by: Mary Robinson
Preschoolers should be learning about a wide variety of topics including shapes, numbers, colors, letters, and more. A great way to teach these basics is with file folder games for preschoolers which..
Weather Vocabulary: How to Explain to Your ESL Students Why it Snows  by: Collaborator
Explain the water cycle to your students. Water flows from a source, is heated by the sun and evaporates into microscopic water vapor. The water vapor rises, cools off and condenses onto dust and..
HOW TO - Short Lesson  by: re
Take the instructions for doing something simple (making toast, doing the dishes, etc.). Cut the instructions up. Students have to put the instructions in the right order. Don t forget to include..
7 Essential Body Language Tips  by: Pete Grand
The secrets of our body language have been around forever yet people constantly fail to recognize the importance of using body language to their advantage. Did you know that people only pay attention..
English lesson plan: topic Food and Drink  by: js
The class objective of the English lesson plan Food and Drink is to introduce basic vocabulary, such as names of fruits, vegetables and meat, along with the verbs of food cooking and food..
This is What You Should Not Do When Encouraging a Young Child to Read and Talk  by: Celia Webb
Studies show that most mothers respond appropriately to their baby’s attempts to communicate. However, there are four ways of responding which do not help your child learn to speak and, later on,..
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..
ESL Lesson Plans on Food  by: Ian Moore
The food unit can be a crucial one because it is extremely beneficial for someone studying English to learn how to use food items in a sentence. This unit not only introduces the use of count and..
Spot the difference game #2  by: yu
Spot the difference is a name given to a puzzle where two versions of an image are shown side by side, and the player has to find differences between them. Usually, the image on the left is the..
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..
Children's Activities for the Wise Men  by: Adele Hibiscus
Activities for teaching children about the three wise men can be done creatively and tell abut their significance in the Christmas story detailing the birth of the baby, Jesus of Nazareth. Engaging..
Preschool Crafts - Dinosaur, Eggs, And Elephant Crafts To Teach The Letters "D" And "E"  by: Mary Robinson
Get Crafty! One of the best parts of a preschooler's day is arts and crafts time. Preschool crafts allow children an opportunity to express their individuality and creativity as well as teaching..
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..
TEFL Visits - London Numbers - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL Visits – London numbers Although we live outside London, it’s still a major tool in our Teaching English as a Second Language toolbox. Going there is a treat – going home at the end of a..
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..
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..
How to Write a Lesson Plan for Speaking English One-to-One  by: Sophie Southern
When you are teaching English as a foreign or second language, often referred to as EFL and ESL, you may come across situations where you need to give private classes to one client or student...
How 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..
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..
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..
Christmas Games for Sunday School Kids  by: Lane Cummings
Christmas games for Sunday school children should ideally teach them about the religious aspects of Christmas in an enjoyable manner. While children may get wrapped up in the fun or friendly..
How to Teach ESL and Teach Your Students to Sell  by: braniac
I sell Melaleuca products to supplement my teaching income. One of my students sells Mary Kay products. I let her do a presentation in class as long as she spoke in English. I teach at a community..
Present Simple Verbs  by: jt
She ___ four languages. a. speak b. speaks Answerb Jane is a teacher. She ___ French. a. teach b. teaches Answerb When the kettle ___, will you make some tea? a. boil b. boils Answerb I always ___..
Cowboy Culture: 3 Movies That Teach the Western Genre  by: James Frieden
A setting sun sliding behind a mountain range, the creak of a leather saddle, the jingle of spurs...a tanned, dirt streaked man sits atop his shifting horse. He tilts up the brim of his worn, creased..
ESL Conjunction Exercises  by: Melanie J. Martin
Conjunctions might seem dull and lifeless--they're not action words, and they don't describe interesting people, places or things. Still, they're necessary for getting a point across. You don't have..
ESL Methods for Mainstream Teachers  by: Suchi Rudra
Any teacher can be a language teacher, and teaching English as a second language (ESL) is not much different from teaching a subject such as English grammar to native English-speaking students...
How to Write an ESL Report  by: Justin L. Richman
An ESL (English as a Second Language) report is a report aimed at evaluating the classroom performance of a student for whom English is his second language. This type of student often needs special..
How to make a grammar lesson great  by: Ramya Raju
The one thing we learned as trainee English teachers was that any point of time you are dealing with several syllabi – the prescribed one, the version of the prescribed one that you customize for..
How to Teach Grammar Prepositions With Total Physical Response (TPR)  by: Kristie Sweet
Total Physical Response is a teaching technique that uses physical action to assist in language learning. Dr. James J. Asher, the original developer of TPR, based the technique on the premise that..
ESL Activities: About Schools  by: Kristle Jones
Create fun and engaging ESL activities about school. ESL activities are one of the keys to successful language learning. Make the activities relevant to things that the students do and see on a daily..
Preschool Crafts For Kids - 3 Important Tips  by: Mary Robinson
Preschool crafts are an essential part of any preschool lesson. Without crafts, young students will lose interest, not be able to fully understand and appreciate the lesson, and will miss out on..
How to Use Realia in ESL Lessons  by: Contributor
Realia refers to the practice of using real, tangible things in the classroom to help your students connect with English on a different level. It involves visual, tactile and functional methods for..
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...
WHICH PICTURE? - Short Lesson  by: re
Give students a reading passage with 2 to 5 pictures on the bottom. Get them to read the passage then guess which picture goes with the passage.
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,..
Match Game  by: Java game
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EXPLANARY - Short Lesson  by: re
Show the students several flashcards that they are familiar with. Tell them to try to remember the cards. Then, shuffle the cards and start describing the top card without showing it to the students...
English lesson plan: Computer and Technology  by: js
The English lesson plan – Computer and Technology begins with a warming up exercise of matching words and pictures. In the pictures, students can see different gadgets such as iPhone, digital..
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 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..
How to Teach English to Small Kids  by: Kevin Ann Reinhart
Small children absorb language easily making them wonderfully responsive to learning English as a second language. Child-centered, conversation-based activities are a good place to begin as you and..
Good outdoor games for a Kindergarten class  by: answers.yahoo.com
Creative games to play with a group of 20 six-year-olds outside.
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..
Grammar Quiz  by: contributor
Part A: Rewrite the following sentences, using synonyms for the underlined words. 1. The lightning flashed across the black sky as the trees bent in the wind...
INTERRUPTIONS - Short Lesson  by: re
Give the students instructions like Clap when you hear a word that starts with S. Snap your fingers when you hear the EEE sound. Stand up when you hear the end of sentence. Then read through a..
| ESL Game - The Phonics Game  by: Joe Tosczak
This ESL Game is called, "The Phonics Game." This game is very easy to play and the students absolutely love it. First - You will need to make a giant grid on the board. On the top of the grid you..
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.
SIMON SAYS (SENSEI SAYS) - Short Lesson  by: re
Students must follow the teacher s instructions. If the teacher says Sensei says before an instruction, the students must do whatever the sensei says. If the teacher doesn t say Sensei says first,..
High Intensity Physical Education Games  by: M. J. Joachim
Difficulty: Easy Using energy efficiently builds strength and endurance. That's the goal of high intensity workouts,whether you are rapidly lifting heavy weights, stimulating your heart through..
Substitute ESL Class Ideas  by: Tammy Quinn Mckillip
If you're going to work as a substitute English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, you'll need to have plenty of educational games and exercises ready to share with your class on a moment's notice...
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..
Learning The Alphabet Letters - Use Food To Teach Your Child The Alphabet  by: Deanna Mascle
As the parent of a preschooler, you should make alphabet lessons an important part of your daily routine. Waiting until your child starts preschool or kindergarten to begin work on the alphabet will..
Halloween Party Games & Activities  by: Christie Leman
Aside from trick-or-treating, Halloween parties are the perfect way to celebrate fall's spookiest and most sugar-filled holiday. Most Halloween party hosts like to plan Halloween party games and..
How do I Teach English With Movies?  by: Freddie Silver
Whether you teach English to second language learners or to native English speakers, your goal is to enhance the literacy skills of your students. There is an abundance of high-interest novels and..
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..
ESL Last Day Games  by: Joel Barnard
Students of English as a second language, or ESL, are unlikely to be particularly receptive to a traditional lesson structure on the last day of class. Instead, provide a lesson that gives you and..
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..
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..
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..
Chinese Jump Rope (game)  by: Sheree Marty
Imagine having a great time playing with just a simple piece of elastic string! Chinese Jump Rope is a jumping game popular around the world! Chinese Jump Rope found me as a child and once again,..
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..
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..
Song and Dance Games - Short Lesson  by: jin
There are many songs and dances that kids can learn and act out that will help them with basic English vocabulary. Try "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" and "The Hokey Pokey" for starters...
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..
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..
Adjective Activities for Middle School  by: Erin Schreiner
Adjectives are highly useful words that can do a great deal to enhance a piece of writing. Integrating adjectives gives the piece detail and flow. It also increases the reader's ability to visualize..
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..
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..
Acting Out Verbs - Short Lesson  by: jin
Act out certain verbs every time you repeat them in class, or play "The Verb Game" by saying a list of verbs quickly while the students act out each one. How fast can everyone go?
Grammar Lessons for ESL in Middle School  by: Joel Barnard
Teaching English grammar is an integral part of any ESL, or English as a second language, course. It is particularly important when teaching a middle school ESL course as it is these grammatical..
Game: The City Alphabet - Short Lesson  by: sam
One player names a town/city eg New York. The next person has to name a town beginning with the last letter of the previous town/city in this example Albany would do. No repeats of towns are allowed,..
How to Come Up With a Lesson Plan  by: Collaborator
Most people who would like to become teachers don't consider the time and effort that goes into writing a lesson plan, which really benefits both the student and the teacher. Even after taking..
Word Games to Increase Vocabulary  by: Celia Webb
Most of us recognize that play is an important way to learn all types of skills and knowledge. Play works as a way to learn for a couple of reasons. First, we are more motivated to do an activity if..
How To Use A Jeopardy PowerPoint Template Effectively When Co-Teaching As a Native Teacher  by: Daniel E Massicotte
Everyone knows about the TV show Jeopardy. Surprisingly, your students will also have heard of it. Regardless of their familiarity with the show, they all love playing a simulation in class of the TV..
How to Write a Sample Checklist for ESL Students  by: Deronte Smith
Checklists can be a great tool in the field of education, and particularly important in keeping students on track and focused; however, when doing so for English as a Second Language (ESL) students..
ESL GAMES: Alphabet Soup and Alphabet Missing Letter  by: Sabia
Alphabet Soup: Place plastic letters in a bowl. Divide flashcards by their beginning letters. Each student draws a letter from the bowl and then finds the flashcards associated with that letter...
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..
BOP, BOPPITY, BOP - Short Lesson  by: re
Students sit in a circle. One student goes in the middle. The person in the middle must approach one of the people in the centre and say either bop or bop, bippity, bop, bop, bop . If the person in..
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..
Monstrous Trivia, Questions  by: Deanna Mascle
1. The Abominable Snowman, Yeti, Bigfoot, and Sasquatch appear in one form or another in which epics? A. Ancient Sumaria epic B. Russian literature C. Anglo-Saxon literature D. Greek mythology E. All..
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..
Hurricane Quiz  by: jt
Hurricane season ___ June 1 and ___ November 30. a. stops, moves b. begins, ends c. badly, worst d. circles, runs Answerb A hurricane is a tropical storm with winds that ___ a constant speed of 74..
ESL 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..
English ESL Lesson Plans  by: Lane Cummings
English ESL lesson plans should all have the same basic format regardless of the grammar point that you're teaching: a "lead in," a picture, question or object that grabs the student's attention, a..
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..
Active ESL Games  by: Amber D. Walker
Learning another language can be difficult and frustrating, both for adults and children. English is a particularly complicated and contradictory language, so using games in the classroom can take..
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
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..
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 Throw A Great Halloween Party On A Limited Budget With 5 Great Ideas - Tips  by: Nicola Kennedy
Most of the time, we find ourselves pinching pennies to get by another week. However, when it comes to a party, you really want your kids to enjoy themselves. Here are some ways you can make a..
Activities to Teach English  by: Victoria Thompson
Use interactive activities to teach English so the student will absorb and retain the information. The student should be an active participant in the learning to practice and master the English..
English Preposition Games  by: Ben Urip
For many students of English, preposition is an easy material to learn. So easy is it, that they think they don't need any explanation from the teacher. What they need to do is just to open the..
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..
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..
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..
TEFL Lesson Plans - Hobbies  by: Andrew Carter
I took a poll at the end of our last lesson together – I asked my students what their favourite hobby was? Someone said ‘football’ (that’s ‘soccer’ to our cousins across the Atlantic!),..
Preschool Winter Activities - Escaping the Winter Blues  by: Mary Robinson
While many adults seem to get trapped in the winter blues, winter is most often seen as a time of wonder and enchantment for children. Explore the many facets of the polar season with these preschool..
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..
Fun Easter Games For Kids  by: K. Ryan
With Easter right around the corner, your kids will be excited about coloring eggs. There are egg dying kits in most stores which are inexpensive yet provide you and your children hours of fun. It's..
Various Spotting Games - Short Lesson  by: sam
•Pick an object ahead (say a lamp post), close your eyes and say 'Now!' when you think you are beside it. •Every time you spot a flag you make a blowing sound like the noise of a flag blowing in..
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..
Teaching Space and the Solar System  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..
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
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 English Verb Tense to Children  by: Susan Ruckdeschel
When students can understand the various functions that verbs serve and how they can change to reflect past, present and future events, as well as why they change, they're well on their way to..
Brain-Based Learning and Feelings: A lesson plan - ESL lesson  by: Nellie Deutsch
Please wait to be redirected to http://www.eslteachersboard.com/s/brain-based-learning.htm
Weather Forecast - Lesson + quiz  by: Elite Hussar
The Story While we were sailing, my friend tuned in to listen to the weather forecast on a local radio station. Over the airwaves, there was a pause and an audible shuffling of papers, followed by a..
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..
ESL Game - Memory  by: kr
Title: Memory Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Word and picture cards Procedure: Divide students into teams. On the board place the picture cards in grid formation. On the other side of..
How to Explain Halloween to Children  by: Contributor
Halloween is lots of fun for kids - mostly because it usually involves getting dressed up and eating candy. There's more to Halloween than trick-or-treating, though, and you may want to share the..
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..
Black History Games & Activities for ESL Students  by: Emily Potter
The history of black Americans is one that is sometimes painful and sometimes rich, but always an important part of the history of the United States. Students who are learning English as a second..
Healthy Habits for Winter teaching Tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
During the winter, when colds are plentiful and the absentee rate is high, reinforce appropriate healthy habits. 1. Have children use their dictionary skills to look up the word 'contagious.' Then..
Bring On The Music To Help Your (any) Child Learn Faster And More Effectively - Tips  by: Alvin Poh Hee Kwang
Do you remember how you first learned the alphabet? I am quite sure that the majority of us learnt it by singing the ABC Song: 'ABCDEFG-HIJKLMNOP-QRS-TUV-WXY-and-Z...' There is no doubt that music..
'Point-de-la-mot' game - Short Lesson  by: PL
One game I played when I taught french to elementary students during my student teaching year was 'Point-de-la-mot' (creative, I know - haha.. not at all - Point to the Word) I would make two big..
Christmas Writing Activities for Fifth Grade  by: Kimberlee Broaddus
Students all around the world celebrate the traditions surrounding the Christmas holiday. Teachers create lesson plans that incorporate Christmas into the academic curriculum of fifth grade students...
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..
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..
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 Teach English With Ludic Activities  by: Nicki Callahan
Ludic, or spontaneous, activities are effective tools when teaching English. These activities encourage students to practice their language skills on the spot and without preparation. These exercises..
Some Simple Math Games  by: Benetta Strydom
Mathematics has long been recognized for it's mental benefits. Working with numbers improves your concentration, memory, focus, problem solving skills, and general clarity of thought. To enjoy these..
ESL Game - Tug of War  by: kr
Title: Tug of War Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary, sentence forms, conversation, review Materials: Procedure: Divide students into 2 teams. Draw a rope on the board with a certain number of..
Fun Ways to Celebrate Birthdays in the Classroom - Activities  by: Jennifer Dobson
If you celebrate each of your student's birthdays throughout the school year, you will likely run out of ideas before your students run out of birthdays. Here are some easy ways to help your students..
Halloween Games for Students  by: Kara Page
Difficulty: Easy Holidayslike Halloween are a great opportunity for teachers to introduce fun and educationalgamesto the classroom. Between the candy and the costumes, Halloween is a favorite holiday..
Bring On The Music To Help Your (any) Child Learn Faster And More Effectively - Tips  by: Alvin Poh Hee Kwang
Do you remember how you first learned the alphabet? I am quite sure that the majority of us learnt it by singing the ABC Song: 'ABCDEFG-HIJKLMNOP-QRS-TUV-WXY-and-Z...' There is no doubt that music..
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..
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..
Misunderstandings Due To Accents - Tips  by: Lynn Bo
America is a melting pot. That is what they say. New York City is certainly proof of that especially Queens NY. We have Greeks, Peruvians, Italians, Korean, Spanish and Indians. We in fact have..
English Pronunciation Activities  by: Kara Page
Improving pronunciation in English is a vital part of achieving fluency and mastery of the language. Include it in English lessons regardless of age or proficiency. English pronunciation activities..
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..
Face Painting Tips for Your Kids Party - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
If you can apply your own make-up or doodle a simple design, you can learn to face paint for a kids party. With these easy tips and techniques and a little practice, you'll be turning out all sorts..
ESL Game - The Money Game  by: Joe Tosczak
So you are somewhere in Asia standing inside a classroom full of screaming ESL students. You were not trained by your school and they expect you to just "Be the Best Teacher" and make the school a..
Activities to Teach ESL Students Subject-Verb Agreements  by: Teresa Dashwood
Subject-verb agreement in English is one of the most confusing aspects for all language learners, including native English speakers. For English as a Second Language students, the subject-verb..
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..
ESL Games for Very Young Learners  by: Patrice Lesco
English as a Second Language, or ESL, games for young learners provide a fun and informative method of learning English language skills. Role playing and puppet theatres are two games that strengthen..
Hand-Piano Song Game - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
ESL game that also includes: Potato Song, Peas Pudding Song, Fish Song, Little Piggy Song, Teddy Bear Song, 1, 2 Buckle My Shoe Song, Crazy Song and Shadows (adjust to all ages) Have the children..
Ten Classic Kids Party Games With a Twist - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
The most exciting part of a kids party is the party games, and why not start with the classics? We've all played musical chairs, pin-the-tail, and limbo. But have you played them like this? Learn how..
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..
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..
Teachers - Steps to Maintain Classroom Management - Dealing With Misbehavior  by: Meggin McIntosh
Behavior...misbehavior. Control...chaos. Learning...messing around. Teaching...babysitting. The truth is that, as a teacher, if you are unable to create and maintain a positive learning atmosphere,..
I have to create a lesson plan for my english class and i have to teach the word synecdoche?  by: answers.yahoo.com
does anyone know where or how i would go about doing this?
5 Useful English Expressions  by: Linguarama
Idioms refer to phrases where their common meaning cannot be understood simply from the meanings of the individual words. They are cultural elements of speech and can prove a barrier to those who are..
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..
Lesson 4 - Wedding Gifts  by: jt
The Story Jack and his bride were opening their wedding gifts. After unwrapping each package, Lisa would exclaim enthusiastically, "We really need these towels" or "We'll enjoy eating off these..
2 Great Preschool Polar Bear Activities  by: Paula Jones
In the United States, Polar Bears have become synonymous with Coca-Cola advertisements. We watch cute polar bears have parties and fun while drinking Coca-Cola soda in the Arctic. Preschool children..
Writing About the Seasons for First Grade  by: Jennifer VanBaren
Elementary students often learn about the four different seasons and the characteristics of each. First-grade students are generally just beginning to learn how to write and many first-grade teachers..
Game: Four People on a Couch - Short Lesson  by: sam
This is a game for two teams of four (any two equal teams will do, but four seems traditional) and it is best played in a lounge, since you'll have a couch there. The aim of the game is to get all..
How to Use Games to Teach English  by: Deborah Jones
Games are used to teach English to liven up lessons and create a relaxed learning atmosphere where students feel confident to practice new language skills. The games provide alternative ways of..
ESL GAME: Telephone Numbers  by: Sabia
Make the list of the telephone numbers of the kids. Then have one of the kids write one of the telephone numbers on the board (you tell the ciphers one be one). Ask: “Whose telephone number is..
ESL & 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..
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..
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..
Teaching Preschool - Patience, Expectations, and Fun  by: Mary Robinson
"Not While I'm Wearing the Hat" Teaching preschool is never a walk in the park. One moment you're trying to sooth a crying child while tearing apart two others who are fighting over the last black..
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..
ESL GAME: Do you have…?  by: Sabia
It’s simple for the kids to pick up "Do you have a ...?" when talking about one specific thing. Split the group into several groups. Assign each group a different word (this is the thing that that..
Game: Paper, Rock, Scissors - Short Lesson  by: sam
The game of Paper, Rock, Scissors is both a means of entertainment and a way to make quick, easy decisions when confronted with two different options or opinions. This game is almost exclusively..
ESL GAME: Make a Group Game  by: Sabia
Get rid of any tables and chairs. Get the kids together in one big group. Have the kids move around, mingling with each other. The kids ask you a question that you can answer with a number e.g...
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..
Lesson 5 - I'm Staying Here  by: jt
The Story The traveling salesman had booked himself in for the night in a small boarding-house, but due to a lengthy business meeting he did not arrive until after midnight. He could see no signs of..
ESL Practice Activities for Gender Pronouns  by: Nikki Dodd
Many ESL students have trouble with several specific parts of grammatical English regardless of their backgrounds and nationalities. These include articles, prepositions and gender pronouns. The..
Cowboy Culture: 3 Movies That Teach the Western Genre  by: James Frieden
A setting sun sliding behind a mountain range, the creak of a leather saddle, the jingle of spurs...a tanned, dirt streaked man sits atop his shifting horse. He tilts up the brim of his worn, creased..
Writing Prompts Your Students Will Love - Lesson  by: Jennifer Dobson
Prompts are useful for many different kinds of writing exercises. You might choose to use a writing prompt as a daily warm-up activity. Writing prompts are also useful to have on hand for when..
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..
Christmas Classroom Activities for Fun and Learning  by: Teresa Evans
There are many different Christmas classroom activities that can be used with students in the lead up to Christmas. Many of these are both fun and also educational so that while the children enjoy..
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.
Preschool Art Projects - Play-Based Learning  by: Mary Robinson
One of my life's missions for all preschool teachers is to teach the importance of play in preschool. I strive to use play-based learning for all my preschool classes, especially with preschool art..
Classroom activities  by: contributor
Year : Year 4 Date : 29.4.2010 Time : 8.00am-9.00am (60minutes) Theme : World of Knowledge Topic : Animals at Zoo Objectives : At the end of the lesson, pupils should be able to: I) Identify various..
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 Large Class Speaking Activities  by: Karen Farnen
If you teach a large ESL conversation class of more than 35 or 50 students, giving them all speaking practice can be difficult. You cannot personally engage in lengthy one-on-one interactions with..
Game: Piñata - Short Lesson  by: sam
Using a Piñata Traditionally, the piñata game is played as the highlight of a party – at both children's and adult's parties. It is often used to replace more traditional games such as Pin the..
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..
What are some good card games to use in an ESL classroom  by: answers.yahoo.com
So far we´ve played Uno (great for colors and numbers), BS, and Go Fish (great for "Do you have___?¨") Can you think of any others?
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..
Techniques for Teaching ESL Students  by: Cristel Wood
Developing good ESL teaching techniques will allow your students to learn more quickly, to speak more fluently, and will help you, the teacher, maintain an efficient classroom. In the past, ESL was..
ESL game: Simon Says - Short Lesson  by: lee
A party game that works well with English students as a way of practising listening to and understanding commands. The teacher says a number of simple commands, such as, ‘Put your hands on your..
How to Use Newspaper Articles for ESL Classes  by: Jonathan Rigden
Newspapers are a useful source of information for ESL learners for a variety of reasons. Newspapers generally operate on a slightly more formal level than everyday conversation, which makes the..
ESL 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...
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..
FIZZ BUZZ - Short Lesson  by: re
The first student in a row starts counting with one , the next student says two , the next three , etc. The number seven is unlucky, so no one is allowed to say it. Whenever seven should be said,..
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..
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..
The Living Rope  by: Kenny Kiskis
To demonstrate the impact the first 18 years has on the remainder of a person’s life, ClassroomProducts.com has developed the concept of “The Living Rope”. Children and young adults have..
Storyline - Short Lesson  by: jp
Divide into groups of 4-6 people. Give everyone a sheet of paper and ask them to write the first sentence of a story at the top of the page. It may begin "Once upon a time..." if they like. Then they..
ESL Game - Days Card Game  by: kr
Title: Days Card Game Type: Game Target: Days of the Week Materials: cards available form genkienglish.net Procedure: The days of the week in English have a special meaning. They each go with a..
Spot the difference game #2  by: yu
Spot the difference is a name given to a puzzle where two versions of an image are shown side by side, and the player has to find differences between them. Usually, the image on the left is the..
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..
The Name Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
Quite simply, you have to come up with the name of a celebrity, (or literary figure, cartoon character, etc) that would be commonly known to at least two of the participants, whose first name begins..
ESL Game - Cowboy  by: kr
Title: Cowboy Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Word/picture cards Procedure: 6 students with word/picture cards stand in a line with a chair behind them. I call out a word and the..
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..
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..
Christmas Writing Activities for Fifth Grade  by: Kimberlee Broaddus
Students all around the world celebrate the traditions surrounding the Christmas holiday. Teachers create lesson plans that incorporate Christmas into the academic curriculum of fifth grade students...
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..
Preschool Games - Babies, Balloons and Cookie Games to Teach the Letters "B" and "C"  by: Mary Robinson
Fun and Games Since preschoolers learn best by doing, try incorporating some of these preschool games and activities when teaching children about the alphabet. The first series of preschool games..
The Hero's Journey And Casablanca: Teaching The Monomyth  by: James Frieden
Casablanca has it all: moving love story; stunning artistry; and captivating characters. It's a classic film that millions watch again and again. However, did you know that Casablanca was also an..
How to Make Lesson Planning Easy  by: braniac
Lesson planning is a big part of every teachers job. The lesson can make all the difference in whether kids learn and planing those lessons can take a lot of time. In fact, many teachers work extra..
Boy with a Sling  by: Robin Tim Day BSc MSc BEd
Here is a short poem for class analysis like others I have posted. I like to teach with short poems or songs as they are snack size literature suitable for a 50 minute class period. Boy with a Sling..
Anniversary-birthday Card - Lesson + quiz  by: Elite Hussar
The Story "Do you have any anniversary-birthday cards?" a man asked the stationer. "We have anniversary cards and we have birthday cards, but we don't carry one that combines both. Why?" "Simple ,"..
5 Ways to get your class excited about their school trip  by: Tim Jenkins
‘Teacher’ is a title that is not merely given but rewarded. The role means you have a duty to the student to instruct, inform, inspire and care. Your juggling expertise is about to jump another..
How to Create an Attitude of Cooperation - Tips  by: Judy H. Wright
Having been a parent educator and a PBS consultant for Ready to Learn for many years, I have had the unique opportunity to work with Head Start families, Child Care Providers, and parents as well as..
Music in the Classroom Set-Up Helps in Comprehension Development  by: Tina Sanchez
Input of Music on Children Balances Prep Schools and Helps in Reading and Comprehension Children, especially those in the introductory level, tend to get distracted easily as their attention span..
Spectacular Sound Bingo - Short Lesson  by: jin
Spectacular Sound Bingo, a free online game sponsored by PBS Kids, features the characters from the television show 'Super Why.' Students may choose from three difficulty levels, including easy,..
How to 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..
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 - Voice disguise  by: kr
Title: Voice disguise Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students close their eyes and one student is chosen by the teacher. That student must say the..
How to Teach History Using Film  by: Michael Hinckley
One of the great challenges in a college history class is engaging students with material that entertains while it teaches. One of the best ways of accomplishing this is to incorporate films into..
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 Teach English to a Taiwanese Child  by: Flora Richards-Gustafson
A Taiwanese child is always at the right age to learn English or any other new language. It has been scientifically proven that young brains are more easily able to learn and process different..
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..
How many words does a 5th grader write for english normally? - Lesson  by: answers.yahoo.com
I have to write a lesson plan for a college class. I chose 5th grade English. The only problem is that no schools will tell me the normal word count for 5th grade essays. PLEASE help me, I just..
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..
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..
The Book Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
Each person should choose a book from the shelves, hopefully providing a mix of familiar and obscure volumes. One player commences by reading the title of their book and any 'blurb' from the dust..
A Christmas and Chanukah Play - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
Learn about Christmas and Chanukah through this conversation between two friends. Narrator: Two friends, Greg and Charlie, meet at a park on a Saturday afternoon. Greg is carrying a basketball. Greg:..
Song and Dance Games - Short Lesson  by: jin
There are many songs and dances that kids can learn and act out that will help them with basic English vocabulary. Try "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" and "The Hokey Pokey" for starters...
Speak English inside the classroom - Short Lesson  by: PL
Tell them that they should speak English inside the classroom. If they forget about this rule, they should pay at least 5 cents per day. And if ever the money reached to $50-$100, well, buy something..
Prepositions VI - Quiz  by: jt
The winner of the competition was ___ the drawing-room. a. on b. in c. at Answer-b Everybody sat ___ the floor, but Mr. Spencer sat ___ a chair ___ the corner. a. over - in - on b. about - on - at c...
Game: The City Alphabet - Short Lesson  by: sam
One player names a town/city eg New York. The next person has to name a town beginning with the last letter of the previous town/city in this example Albany would do. No repeats of towns are allowed,..
First Day Activities for Elementary ESL Classes  by: Joel Barnard
The first day of an elementary class is an opportunity for you to get to know the students and for them to get to know you and each other. It's also a good time to give them some indication of what..
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..
Trivia Questions And Answers By A Trivia Break  by: Deanna Mascle
1. What was the name of the first computer game? A. Pong B. Tennis for Two C. Pacman D. Donkey Kong 2. How were the Hawaiian Islands settled? A. By pirates B. By Polynesians C. By Spaniards D. By..
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..
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..
Encourage Genuine Fluency: Give Students a Chance to Ask and Answer Real Questions  by: Tim B Cornwall
Students need a role play in which answers are unknown to their conversation partner, regardless of how well they might know each other. The problem, however, is that a role play often takes too much..
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 Activity - Paper Airplane Game  by: Jamie Rochfort
Directions: • Issue each student with 2 or 3 A4 sheets of scrap paper along with the written instructions (see below); • Provide a demonstration for the class by making one with the step-by-step..
Setting Up Activities in a Young Learners' Class - ESL lesson  by: Alex Case, ESL Teacher and Freelance Writer
An ESL lesson. The difference between an activity that works and one that doesn’t often boils down to two things- how much the teacher believes in the activity and how well he or she sets it up...
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..
Game: Chinese whispers - Short Lesson  by: sam
As many players as possible line up such that they can whisper to their immediate neighbors but not hear any players farther away. The player at the beginning of the line thinks of a phrase, and..
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..
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,..
TEFL Teatime - English lesson  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL: Making a Cup of Tea You learned your language from your mother, or from those around you with whom you interacted on a regular basis. I know some Swedish only because my mother spoke Swedish to..
Body Language - ESL lesson  by: Brenda Townsend Hall
Body Language Introduction This lesson gives practice in using the present simple tense. Text Read the text below and check the meanings of any words you do not understand in a dictionary. When we..
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:..
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..
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..
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..
Spelling Activities That Improve Spelling  by: Kimberly Arslan
Your child should get 100% on their spelling tests, right? Easier said than done because some parents struggle every week with getting their children to study their spelling lists. Never fear, we've..
English Activities for Teenagers for the First Day of Class  by: Bonnie Sludikoff
The first day of English class is a great time to get students acclimated to the expectations of your classroom and get them excited for the type of work you will be doing with them. Focus on..
Lesson Plans for Teaching Life Skills  by: Kay Miranda
Teaching life skills is a valuable resource that gives students more than information, it gives people tools to navigate through the world. Life skills range from vocational training to money..
Games to teach kids about going green and saving the environment (video)   by: td
Start with: Save water, introduction to recycling, how to use recycling containers, paking things in cloth bag, don't litter, show the video below ... Video author: Shanthi Balraj Baboo - Website:..
Lesson 1 - A Soldier's Lie  by: jt
The Story Once a soldier asked his commanding officer for a day's leave to attend his sister's wedding. The officer asked him to wait outside the door for a few minutes while he considered the..
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
Christmas Art Activities for Elementary Children  by: Heidi Cardenas
Everyone learns quickly and remembers better when the lessons are fun and interesting. Elementary grade school art activities provide opportunities to learn colors, motor skills, topics and themes as..
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..
ESL Game - Word chain  by: kr
Title: Word chain Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocabulary or sentence form Materials: None Procedure: The first student must say a vocabulary word or sentence such a “I played soccer.”..
Storyline - Short Lesson  by: jp
Divide into groups of 4-6 people. Give everyone a sheet of paper and ask them to write the first sentence of a story at the top of the page. It may begin "Once upon a time..." if they like. Then they..
ESL Conditional Games  by: River Lin
An excellent strategy to use when teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) is to incorporate games to either teach a new skill or to practice a newly acquired skill. Learning to speak English..
How to Create a Grammar Lesson Plan for an Intermediate ESL Class  by: contributor
Intermediate-level learners of English as a second language need plenty of practice in basic grammar concepts, as well as an ongoing exposure to more advanced concepts. Here's how to present a..
Playing the ‘Switch’ Card Game  by: Silven
Before there was a card game called Uno, there was a great game called Switch which families have enjoyed for generations. The Uno game utilizes the Switch rules and has created purpose designed..
Five Senses Exercises for ESL  by: Emily Corfe
If you teach children or adults English as a second language, you can help them connect with each of the five senses and the correct English vocabulary by using fun-filled games and exercises. If you..
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 Games for Jobs  by: Susan Deschel
English as a second language can be a challenge for adults with limited English-speaking background. Teaching the language through games is especially effective when geared to their interests, such..
Halloween Party Games & Activities  by: Christie Leman
Aside from trick-or-treating, Halloween parties are the perfect way to celebrate fall's spookiest and most sugar-filled holiday. Most Halloween party hosts like to plan Halloween party games and..
| 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..
Verb Forms Quiz - Gerund or Infinitive? - quiz  by: jt
I remember _____ the Queen in London. a. meet b. to meet c. meeting d. to meeting Answerc Did you remember _____ the letter? a. post b. to post c. posting d. to posting Answerb I'm not used _____ up..
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..
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 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..
How to Teach Recounts in English Class  by: Erin Schreiner
Recounts are purportedly factual accounts of events from those who actively participated in the occurrences. Students are often interested in recounts because they provide a voyeuristic opportunity..
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 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 to Make a Low-Prep Conversation Activity for ESL  by: Collaborator
If you teach ESL, you can do a conversation activity that you can get ready in five minutes and use for several types of practice. You can keep your class engrossed without the need to photocopy or..
Adult ESL Activity With Prepositions  by: Ana Koose
Prepositions are difficult to teach as much as they are difficult to learn for non-English-speaking students. It is hard for students to remember their proper use, especially since there are so many..
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..
Games for Spoken English Classes for Adults  by: Stephanie Mitchell
Games for adult English as a second language (ESL) classes must strike a balance between linguistic simplicity, so the students will understand the vocabulary and syntax, and thematic complexity, so..
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..
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..
How to Teach ESL to Koreans  by: Lee-Ann Jacobson
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) requires a certain level of skill regardless of who your students are. Since Korean students are exposed mainly to English grammar and vocabulary in their..
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..
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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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
MEMORY GAME 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Divide the class into 6 groups. Give each group a pattern to practise and get them to fill in their own answers. For example. Group 1 might have to practise and memorize I get up at Each member of..
FAMILY TREES - Short Lesson  by: re
This activity can be used to introduce members of the family (Mike is my brother), review possessive adjectives (shoyuukaku), and the possessive s . Draw your own family tree and explain its history...
Classroom Game: Scavenger hunt (variation) - Short Lesson  by: sam
A scavenger hunt is a game in which the organizers prepare a list defining specific items, using which the participants — individuals or teams — seek to gather all items on the list — usually..
Christmas Art Activities for Middle School  by: Sarah Lipoff
Christmas art activities for middle school students are a great way to celebrate the season and encourage students to get into the act of giving. These projects are appropriate to do in the classroom..
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..
Fun World History Games  by: Valerie Martin
Difficulty: Easy Bothkids and adults often thinkof history as dry and boring, when it's actually filled with excitingstories. History lessons tell some of the best stories that humans have created,..
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 Games - J  by: jt
Jeopardy Make a jeopardy grid on the white board as follows: Jeopardy Fruit Sports Animals Body 10 _______ _______ _______ _______ 20 _______ _______ _______ _______ 30 _______ _______ _______..
Children's poem for 12-18+ yrs.  by: Robin T. Day BSc MSc BEd
Diversity or Diverse City What is the purpose of porpoise and for that matter turtle or tortoise? Things scamper and sing they fin and they wing but what of the purpose of porpise? The roll of the..
Adverb Lesson Activities on How, Where & When  by: David Coodin
An adverb is a word that describes how, where, when or why an action is completed. It can also modify an adjective or another adverb. Although we use adverbs all the time in spoken and written..
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..
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..
ESL Game - ABC back drawing  by: kr
Title: ABC back drawing Type: Concentration game Target: Alphabet Materials: None Procedure: The teacher draws a letter on the back of the first student. The student then tries to decipher which..
Third Grade Christmas Art Lessons  by: Andra Land
Parents of third graders who want to give their children instruction in art at home have an array of options --- from simple drawings to multi-step crafts. Unlike younger kids, third-graders have..
Things That Are Good To Know! The Story So Far Podcast- Episode 6  by: Kristen
Hello! Here is the latest podcast addition for Story So Far. Some ESL teachers have been telling me that they like this podcast for ESL so I'll keep posting these. This one is 'Things that are good..
Alphabet Soup - Short Lesson  by: jin
Alphabet Soup, a free online game provided by PBS Kids, features characters from the television show 'Between the Lions.' Users are provided a sample sentence with a missing word, and once the..
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..
ESL GAME: Appearance Game  by: Sabia
Choose a student to begin. This student steps out of the room. Hand a ring to another student. All students in the classroom should see who receives the ring. Call student to return to class. He or..
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...
Lesson 5 - Wedding Gown  by: jt
The Story When my sister got married, she wore my mother's wedding dress. The day she tried it on, the gown fitted her exactly and mother started to cry. "You're not losing a daughter," I reminded..
Getting ESL Students to Use Their English Outside of Class  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
Every time I begin a new class, I give my students a hand-out sheet with ideas to help improve their English outside of class. Most ESL students unfortunately seem to think their English is for use..
Esl games for large classes  by: answers.yahoo.com
i am teaching english in china, and i am needing games!! i have been teaching for a few months already, so do have quite a few games that i play, however, everybody seems to only know a limited..
ESL GAMES: Alphabet Soup and Alphabet Missing Letter  by: Sabia
Alphabet Soup: Place plastic letters in a bowl. Divide flashcards by their beginning letters. Each student draws a letter from the bowl and then finds the flashcards associated with that letter...
Grammar Activities and Games  by: Anne Clarke
Grammar activities and games make learning about grammar fun for students. And why shouldn’t learning be fun? Here are four grammar activities and games: Grammar Activities and Games – Tic Tac..
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 Encourage Kids to Read  by: Christine Gayle
In over twenty years as a teacher the number one question parents asked about most was How To Encourage Kids To Read. This is a problem that most parents face at one time or another. My advice to the..
ESL Lesson Plans on Food  by: Ian Moore
The food unit can be a crucial one because it is extremely beneficial for someone studying English to learn how to use food items in a sentence. This unit not only introduces the use of count and..
Bigger Bigger Smaller Smaller Game - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL game (10+ years, builds vocabulary). Also included: Taste Game, Materials Game, Hotter Colder Game With students in a circle around a big table or sitting on the floor, point to something..
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..
Movement Lesson Plans for Toddlers  by: Tess Reynolds
Young children are naturally full of energy and spend much of their time hopping, jumping and running. Toddlers need practice to learn these skills and can often become restless if they have to sit..
Playing Make-Believe Games Together With Your Children  by: Autumn Lockwood
Children always appear to enjoy playing make-believe games. Frequently even the simplest imaginary games are able to keep a youngster entertained for several hours. Make-believe is a wonderful way..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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 English As a Second Language to Young Children  by: Susan King
Chinese is two separate main languages: Cantonese, which is spoken in southern China, and Mandarin, which is spoken more to the north and is actually the official language of China. Whichever you..
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,..
How to Adapt Textbook Activities in an ESL Class  by: Contributor
Not every textbook appeals to every ESL class. Some content may be too difficult or challenging. There also might be topics that are not particularly motivating for students. Adapting textbook..
Christmas Writing Activities for Elementary Ages  by: Shelley Frost
Incorporate the Christmas holiday into writing activities for an engaging elementary school activity. Children may improve their writing skills without even realizing it because it is an enjoyable..
Hide the chalk - Lesson  by: Azizbek
One player is chosen to be a "searcher" who goes to the corner of the room, turns towards the wall. another player the "hider" is chosen to hide the chalk in the room. after the chalk is hidden, the..
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..
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..
Group Activities: Agree or Disagree?  by: Hyun
Group Activity: Agree or Disagree? after defining “strongly agree,” “agree,” “disagree” and “strongly disagree,” the leader reads out different statements of opinion and the students..
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..
ESL Game: Change Seats If  by: Joe Tosczak
This ESL Game is called, "Change Seat if..." And instead of always saying, "Change Seats if..." you could also say, "Switch Seats if," or "Trade seats if..." This ESL Game can be used as a warm up..
Teaching English - Some Easy Ideas  by: Theresa Nahim
If you've ever studied another language, then you know how difficult it is to navigate the landscape of the new culture. Even if you never have, studying a language cannot be relegated to words alone..
Monstrous Trivia, Questions  by: Deanna Mascle
1. The Abominable Snowman, Yeti, Bigfoot, and Sasquatch appear in one form or another in which epics? A. Ancient Sumaria epic B. Russian literature C. Anglo-Saxon literature D. Greek mythology E. All..
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..
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..
Tips and Tricks (for teachers)  by: teach2learn05
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..
10 Handy Uses for Large Alphabet Letters in the Classroom  by: Renee Goodrich
It is easy to find large alphabet stencils on the internet. That's good news because they are really useful in the classroom. Here are ten easy ideas. 1. GAME MARKERS Students gather where the card..
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..
Objectives and tips for using listening comprehension passages in class...  by: Jason Renshaw
I recently wrote up a series of considerations and tips for using the listening strand in my Boost! series from Pearson Longman, but they can be used for any listening passages from any sources...
Christmas Art Activities for Elementary Children  by: Heidi Cardenas
Everyone learns quickly and remembers better when the lessons are fun and interesting. Elementary grade school art activities provide opportunities to learn colors, motor skills, topics and themes as..
Game: Four People on a Couch - Short Lesson  by: sam
This is a game for two teams of four (any two equal teams will do, but four seems traditional) and it is best played in a lounge, since you'll have a couch there. The aim of the game is to get all..
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..
I have to create a lesson plan for my english class and i have to teach the word synecdoche?  by: answers.yahoo.com
does anyone know where or how i would go about doing this?
Class Activities for ESL  by: Cindy Phillips
ESL, English as a Second Language, refers to the instruction available for those whose primary language is not English. ESL classes are taught in both elementary and secondary schools as well as to..
The SLAM Game - Lesson  by: Eric
I can play this game at least once every 4 classes and the kids are always excited! This is good for practicing new vocab and short sentences (ie. He has a ball.) Materials Flashcards (4 - unlimited)..
Instant Coloring Page Lesson Ideas - Lesson  by: Renee Goodrich
Here are seven instant lessons ideas that use coloring pages to extend and engage your class. This is a terrific way to settle younger students - ten minutes coloring in will calm and focus them..
Top 5 Christmas Movies  by: theroundup.co.uk
The nights are drawing in, there's the hint of snow on the air, if you listen closely then you might just hear the pitter pat of reindeer hooves! With that in mind, The Round Up is proud to present..
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 Teach English to Young Kids Through Songs/Music  by: Collaborator
A wonderful tool that early childhood educators can use when teaching English to children is by reinforcement of skills picked up by the use of songs and music. The best way to use songs with..
ESL Activities and Games  by: Maggie McCormick
ESL activities and games help your students to get involved in the class and improve their English skills. You can use games to reinforce the lessons that you teach in an entertaining way. Some ESL..
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..
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..
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..
Christmas Art Activities for Teachers  by: Lily Mae
Teachers can harness the excitement of Christmas for educational purposes with lessons about the holiday and the customs that surround it. When teaching about Christmas, use art projects to provide..
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..
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,..
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..
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..
How to Teach Your Beginner ESL Students About Weather  by: Collaborator
This article explains how to teach beginning students about weather. It is a common topic but weather conditions and weather words are local. For example, most of my students never saw snow, and are..
Spring cleaning teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Okay! It's Spring! Time for cleaning! Along with painting the house, planting new flowers, and/or cleaning out the garage; get children involved in cleaning their rooms, closets, classrooms, or..
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..
How to Teach ESL Speaking  by: Chris Cotter
A person's skill with English as a foreign language (EFL) is often measured by the speaking ability of the students. The student may score well on tests or have an extensive vocabulary, but he/she..
ESL 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..
ESL Effective Learning Strategies for Elementary Schools  by: Nicole Hunter
Students who speak English as a second language are becoming more prevalent in American schools every day. School districts are increasingly seeking to ways to effectively integrate English as a..
Lesson by a Chinese student learning English - ESL lesson  by: Anne Wang
I'm not good at writing, really. But it takes a lot of practice as my foreign teachers told us. He told us not to only memorize vocabularies but to make use of them. He made us listened to songs and..
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..
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..
Activities on Noun Clauses  by: Kathryn Rateliff Barr
A noun clause -- a phrase containing a subject and a verb attached to a complete sentence, such as “Jerry will come if he can” -- functions as a noun. Keywords signal the beginning of a noun..
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 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..
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 Use Songs For Teaching English  by: Shelley Vernon
ESL teachers can use songs for teaching English to their students with great success. ESL songs can bring energy to the classroom, boost students' confidence, and provide a much needed active..
Guide to Lesson Planning and a Sample Lesson Plan  by: Christopher S Lee
If you are in need of a sample lesson plan, the first thing to look at is to understand what makes a good lesson. To understand, here is a basic format for a lesson. Lesson Sample Teacher: School:..
Kids Money Counting Games  by: Corrine Lee
Difficulty: Easy Counting money can be a tricky skill to learn, but fortunately kids love to play with money, so they'reeager to practice. Thesegamesreinforce money counting skills all while kids..
What Is An Abstract Noun? - 7 Activities That Focus On Identifying Abstract Nouns  by: Renee Goodrich
Abstract nouns refer to a state, concept or feeling and cannot be perceived by any of the five senses. If you want your students to be able to identify them then your students need to spend time..
Christmas Math Activities for Elementary School Kids  by: Shelley Frost
The excitement and merriment of Christmas challenges the concentration of many elementary students. Instead of fighting the holiday, incorporate it into your curriculum to make the lessons more..
Presidents' day parade and news conference teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
To celebrate Presidents' Day, why not have a Presidents' Day Parade and News Conference? 1. How many students do you have? Write the name of that many presidents on a piece of paper and have children..
Sunday School Christmas Games  by: Leslie Lane
Christmas is a time of celebration for many people, and for those of Christian faiths, the holiday's celebrations can extend into the Sunday school curriculum. In a Sunday school class, kids can have..
WORD SEARCH - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a list of words and hide them in a grid of letters. Students must find the words. To make it more difficult, give the students the present tense and tell them to look for the past tense, for..
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..
Reading-Comprehension Skills, Part II - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
Do you remember that 'reading' means understanding the author's message, not just calling out words? If you cannot answer comprehension questions after reading a page, you have not truly read..
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..
Present Simple Verbs  by: jt
She ___ four languages. a. speak b. speaks Answerb Jane is a teacher. She ___ French. a. teach b. teaches Answerb When the kettle ___, will you make some tea? a. boil b. boils Answerb I always ___..
How to Make a Tree Out of Construction Paper  by: Karren Doll Tolliver
Kids can make a simple evergreen tree from construction paper and a few other inexpensive craft supplies. The tree will be three-dimensional and can be placed on shelves or tabletops. Children can..
ESL 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..
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..
Children are Taught Through Visual Basics  by: tchr
or-ange then show a pic of an orange etc and they slowly build up a vocabulary
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..
New hangman game (over 450 words), including 48 terms from the Lord of the Rings movies - ESL lesson  by: ESL Teachers Board
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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..
Improve Reading Comprehension Through Purpose-Setting  by: Adam Waxler
These days, teaching reading is the job of ALL teachers regardless of the subject area or grade level. The fact is if you want your students to do well they MUST be able to comprehend the material..
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,..
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..
| 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..
Art Lesson Plans for Christmas in a Middle School  by: Angela Baird
The Christmas holiday can easily become an integral part of your December lesson plan. Using Christmas can keep kids focused on their lessons because it reminds them that the excitement of the..
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 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..
How To Throw A Great Halloween Party On A Limited Budget With 5 Great Ideas - Tips  by: Nicola Kennedy
Most of the time, we find ourselves pinching pennies to get by another week. However, when it comes to a party, you really want your kids to enjoy themselves. Here are some ways you can make a..
ESL Activities and Jobs  by: Joel Barnard
Teachers of English as a second language, or ESL, should begin introducing basic job vocabulary in class when students are at a beginner language level. They should continue reinforcing this..
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,..
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..
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..
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,..
ESL GAME: Letter Game  by: Sabia
Divide the Students into 2 teams. Get them to sit in two lines and show the last Student at the back of each row a letter. Scratch the letter on the back of the last student. The student does the..
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..
Compound Modifiers  by: jt
Match to have a meaningful sentence.. 1. The police officer made him pay 2. Mary's husband bought her 3. Her brother married 4. The teacher set up 5. He lent me 6. The secretary typed 7. Watch out!..
Teaching Students To Enjoy Expressing Themselves With The Written Word  by: Aaron Whirl
Let's face it: ESL writing classes can be boring and predictable. Many students have an instinctive aversion to writing due to the fact that most writing lessons are routine and tedious. That's why..
89 - Games and Activities for the English as a Second Language Classroom  by: hyn
Activities that can be used with higheachievers in English course 1- Cut-Up Sentence Kabadi Level: Any This is a combination of a basic TEFL game and the Indian(?) game Kabadi(?). Prepare some cut up..
ESL Games - 2 Games That Are a Must in the ESL Classroom  by: Kelvin Nikkel
ESL Games are an absolute must in the ESL classroom. If you are teaching ESL and not including games in your ESL lesson plan, then you are totally missing out on some serious enjoyment and your..
Spot the difference game #2  by: yu
Spot the difference is a name given to a puzzle where two versions of an image are shown side by side, and the player has to find differences between them. Usually, the image on the left is the..
Children's poem for 12-18+ yrs.  by: Robin T. Day BSc MSc BEd
Diversity or Diverse City What is the purpose of porpoise and for that matter turtle or tortoise? Things scamper and sing they fin and they wing but what of the purpose of porpise? The roll of the..
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..
Why Use Word Games in Teaching English?  by: Katie Eyles
Teaching English in today's classroom is changing. Rarely do students sit in neat rows, copying spelling words. Instead, they work at an interactive whiteboard or on a computer. They learn in..
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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..
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..
MADLIBS - Short Lesson  by: re
This is a cloze activity where students must fill in the blanks of a storyline. The crazier the better. An example of this activity could be: This morning, I saw a _____________. It was __________...
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..
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 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..
For ESL Learners - Five Tips to Help You Remember New English Vocabulary Words  by: Joan Pougiales
Learning new vocabulary is easy. Remembering new vocabulary is much more difficult. This is what my students tell me all the time. Experts who study memory say that we need to hear or see or use a..
Hide the chalk - Lesson  by: Azizbek
One player is chosen to be a "searcher" who goes to the corner of the room, turns towards the wall. another player the "hider" is chosen to hide the chalk in the room. after the chalk is hidden, the..
Back to School Get to Know You Activities  by: Adam Waxler
Success in the classroom is all about relationships...both the teacher-student relationship and the student-student relationship. By building upon these relationships teachers will see a decrease in..
Lesson 3 - Weather Forecast  by: jt
The Story While we were sailing, my friend tuned in to listen to the weather forecast on a local radio station. Over the airwaves, there was a pause and an audible shuffling of papers, followed by a..
How John And Paul Help Me Teach English  by: Andrew Carter
How John and Paul help me teach English A brilliant and accessible way of Teaching English as a Foreign Language which I learnt as a student has proved to be the best tool in my box! Using Song..
Class Activities in Teaching ESL Literary Terms  by: Victoria Thompson
The English as a Second Language student may need the teacher to adapt lessons so that he can fully understand literary terms, which lead to better text comprehension. The lessons should be taught on..
The Crime of Double Negatives - Revealed!  by: Susan Thomason
Among the many challenges learning English as second language poses, an all time classic is a double negative. Since double negatives do exist and in fact are quite correct in other languages, for..
How to Create a Christmas Lesson Plan for Kindergarten  by: Kim Waits
Christmas is a magical time for students as well as teachers. Classrooms are buzzing with the excitement of parties and joyful pageants. The Christmas holiday offers an abundance of learning..
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..
Game for students. Coin-Flip Relay - Short Lesson  by: gh
Form two lines with everyone holding hands to either side of you. Flip a coin where the lead persons in each line can see the outcome. If it is "heads," the line-leaders must squeeze the next..
Board and Card Games - Short Lesson  by: jin
There are board games and card games designed specifically for English language training. The most common feature of these games is that they require identification of an object and its associated..
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..
BROKEN TELEPHONE - Short Lesson  by: re
Someone whispers something to a student. Message must travel through the class. Last person says what s/he hears.
Prepositions III -Quiz  by: jt
___ his way to Japan he stopped over in Los Angeles. On In Answer-On Thanks ___ all you've done for me. for about Answer-for You should spend your money ___ something worthwhile. with on Answer-on Is..
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..
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..
How to Teach US History Using Backwards Lesson Plans  by: Breann Kanobi
The backwards lesson plan is both a technique and teaching method that can be applied to most subjects. In order to teach United States (US) history using backwards lesson plans, you must determine..
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..
Children's ESL Games  by: hyn
Children’s ESL Games (Maya’s complete list) Action Race: This is a game that the children absolutely love. Using actions like run, jump, clap, run etc. the children race from one point to..
Productive Play (game)  by: Darlene Zagata
How many times have your kids nagged you to stop what you were doing and play a game with them? It always seemed that when I was busy my kids would want me to play a game. It was irritating because I..
How to Initiate Your Child Into Learning the English Language  by: Adriana A Noton
There are many benefits to children learning the English language. Most parents want their children to learn English so that they will have all of the opportunities available to them when they are..
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..
INTERRUPTIONS - Short Lesson  by: re
Give the students instructions like Clap when you hear a word that starts with S. Snap your fingers when you hear the EEE sound. Stand up when you hear the end of sentence. Then read through a..
Game for the class and prize - Short Lesson  by: jt
Monopoly board game and prize, candy bars. Board games are a fun and interesting way to learn new material and review lessons in almost any subject.
How to Prepare and Present Methods in ESL Teaching  by: Michael Monet
A teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL) students must take a different approach to teaching basic subjects. ESL students are simultaneously learning a second language and a skill set in a..
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..
Online Activities for ESL Students  by: Deborah Jones
Thanks to the Internet, language learning is more entertaining than ever, with many sites offering free activities to help ESL students progress faster in their English learning. Both spoken English..
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 Indoor Games  by: answers.yahoo.com
Ok, In My Homeroom On Monday i am hosting a game that we get to play in my classroom. Any good idea's for games? We cant do hide and go seek, or truth or dare, or any of those From uuu_killer:..
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..
Problem-Solving - Short Lesson  by: js
This works best with small groups. Present a problem (a scenario, possibly) and give groups some time to discuss the best approaches or solutions and come to agreement on a course of action. The..
Using the Press as a Language Teaching Tool - Tips  by: Andrew Carter
One of a ‘toolbox’ of teaching techniques that I use with my overseas students in my role as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is our local paper! When you consider this, remember..
File Folder Games For Preschoolers  by: Mary Robinson
Preschoolers should be learning about a wide variety of topics including shapes, numbers, colors, letters, and more. A great way to teach these basics is with file folder games for preschoolers which..
Lesson 2 - In Pajamas  by: jt
The Story Staying at a hotel in Yarmauth, I couldn't sleep because the television in the residents' lounge was so loud. As I could see from the top of the stairs, the lounge was in total darkness, so..
How to Come Up With a Lesson Plan  by: Collaborator
Most people who would like to become teachers don't consider the time and effort that goes into writing a lesson plan, which really benefits both the student and the teacher. Even after taking..
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...
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..
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 - 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..
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..
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: 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..
How to Initiate Your Child Into Learning the English Language  by: Adriana A Noton
There are many benefits to children learning the English language. Most parents want their children to learn English so that they will have all of the opportunities available to them when they are..
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.
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..
ESL Summary Building Skills Exercises  by: Lissa J
Summary building is an important part of understanding a language. Even natural-born English speakers might be in a situation where they don't understand every word and do not know entirely what is..
Improve Reading Comprehension Through Purpose-Setting  by: Adam Waxler
These days, teaching reading is the job of ALL teachers regardless of the subject area or grade level. The fact is if you want your students to do well they MUST be able to comprehend the material..
English Language Games - The Fun Way of Learning  by: Karlee Demierre
I think one of the failures in English speaking countries when it comes to teaching second languages is that we do not make it fun. I remember starting French at age 7 and just repeating phrases over..
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..
Preschool English Teaching Activities  by: Lily Mae
Preschool is a very defining time for a child. The foundations of important concepts and ideas are laid in preschool. In the content area of English, for example, the foundations of reading and..
Beginning Level ESL Lessons  by: Catherine Copeland
Beginning level English as a Second Language (ESL) activities often center around the basics of the English language, including introductions and common courtesy questions. Beginning level ESL..
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..
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..
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...
Activities for ESL Teachers  by: Sampson Quain
English as a second language (ESL) is a program designed to teach English to students who don't speak the language or those who want to improve their fluency. ESL classes cover reading, grammar,..
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 Grammar Exercises on Adjectives  by: Joel Barnard
Adjectives make up about one-fourth of the English language, and native speakers may use these adjectives in a variety of ways and forms. Therefore, it is important that an English language teacher..
Lesson Plans for Teaching Life Skills  by: Kay Miranda
Teaching life skills is a valuable resource that gives students more than information, it gives people tools to navigate through the world. Life skills range from vocational training to money..
FIND YOUR MATCH - Short Lesson  by: re
Divide the class into two teams. Give one team Vocabulary cards and the other team Japanese Meaning cards so that one card goes to each student. When the teacher says start students from one team try..
Game for students. Coin-Flip Relay - Short Lesson  by: gh
Form two lines with everyone holding hands to either side of you. Flip a coin where the lead persons in each line can see the outcome. If it is "heads," the line-leaders must squeeze the next..
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..
ESL GAME 5 Change Seats If  by: Joe Tosczak
This ESL Game is called, "Change Seat if..." And instead of always saying, "Change Seats if..." you could also say, "Switch Seats if," or "Trade seats if..." This ESL Game can be used as a warm up..
Song and Dance Games - Short Lesson  by: yi
There are many songs and dances that kids can learn and act out that will help them with basic English vocabulary. Try "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" and "The Hokey Pokey" for starters...
Name Bingo - Game  by: ritz
Hand out a blank grid with enough squares for the number of people in your class. The grid should have the same number of squares across and down. Give the students a few minutes to circulate through..
How To Help Your Child (student) Do Better In School - Motivating Your Child - Tips  by: Simon Ronald
Often, one of the most difficult and lasting effects of a poor assessment is the emotional mark it leaves. A child with a bad assessment may feel terrible and may feel like simply giving up. It is..
Activities for ESL Teachers  by: Sampson Quain
English as a second language (ESL) is a program designed to teach English to students who don't speak the language or those who want to improve their fluency. ESL classes cover reading, grammar,..
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..
English Teachers - How to Get Your EFL Language Learners to LOVE English Class  by: Larry M. Lynch
How Do Your EFL Learners Feel? How do your English as a foreign language learners feel about coming to English class? Do they look forward to it because they know, "We're going to do all kinds of..
Tools for ESL Teachers  by: Amanda Wehner
ESL teachers need to ensure that they have all of the necessary tools before stepping into a classroom. English learners require lessons and assessments that cater to their language abilities. ESL..
Learning the Basics Like the Alphabet and Numbers  by: Theresea Hughes
We all want our children to succeed in learning and the first mini hurdle that they have to overcome is learning the basics like the alphabet and numbers. Yet trying to get a toddler to memorize..
English Lesson Plan: Describing People  by: js
At the beginning of the English lesson plan – People – students are asked to describe the people they see in the pictures. Specifically they should identify gender, age, and a possible occupation..
| 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..
ESL Game - Food Chain Evolution  by: kr
Title: Food Chain Evolution Type: Active Game Target: Animals Materials: None Procedure: Brainstorm with the students to develop a food chain of 5-7 animals from smallest to biggest. Review the..
Preschool English Teaching Activities  by: Lily Mae
Preschool is a very defining time for a child. The foundations of important concepts and ideas are laid in preschool. In the content area of English, for example, the foundations of reading and..
ESL Games for Kids With Genki English  by: Jackie Stark
Instructors who teach English as a second language (ESL) have many options when it comes to programs to use in their classrooms. One of those options is Genki English, a popular system in Japan for..
Trivia Questions And Answers By A Trivia Break  by: Deanna Mascle
1. What was the name of the first computer game? A. Pong B. Tennis for Two C. Pacman D. Donkey Kong 2. How were the Hawaiian Islands settled? A. By pirates B. By Polynesians C. By Spaniards D. By..
Question Formation Quiz  by: jt
Choose the suitable words. 1. ___ yesterday? a. Whose called b. Who called 2. ___ talk to? a. Who did you b. Who you did c. Who you 3. ___ you born? a. Where was b. Where are c. Where were 4. ___ to..
Lesson 9 - My Modern Car  by: jt
The Story After lunch my friend and I paid the bill and made our way to my car. I took out my remote-control gadget and pressed the button which automatically unlocks the doors. Not having noticed..
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..
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..
Tips on Learning Numbers and Counting  by: Hema Baahu
Here are a few suggestions you may consider in helping children learn to count and identify numbers: 1. Children must learn the sounds of the numbers one, two, three etc, first. Sing number rhymes..
Lesson 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..
Pair Interviews - Short Lesson  by: ritz
Pairs interview each other, using specified questions for intermediates and open format for advanced students. Then they take turns introducing their partner to the whole class. Be sensitive to..
Adjusting Lesson Plans for Teaching ESL Students With Disabilities  by: Cooper Veeris
When adjusting lessons plans for teaching ESL students with disabilities, instructors must take into consideration the specific needs of the students. After understanding the nature of the..
ESL GAME: Hop and Say  by: Sabia
Hop and Say is a pretty easy game to play. The Teacher brings a number of flash cards to class. The Teacher lines the cards up across the floor in a row. Two teams stand at the extremes of the row...
Creative Shoebox Diorama Ideas For the School Season  by: Will Kalif
Shoebox Dioramas are a part of every school year and in just about every grade they serve as a wonderful learning tool. They are used to learn the arts and crafts of making things and they are used..
English Pronunciation For The ESL Learner - Tips  by: Lynn Bo
What is an accent? An accent is the carryover of sounds from the speaker’s original language to the second language. When we are infants we literally have the ability to speak any language in the..
ESL Speaking Exercises  by: Maggie McCormick
Speaking English is perhaps the hardest part about learning English as a foreign language. Because of this, teachers should dedicate a portion of every lesson to ESL speaking exercises. Choose..
Interest Facts - Scare Crow Trivia Questions And Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
1. What is a scarecrow? A. A device to scare birds B. A device to keep farmers company C. A device to motivate gardeners D. A device to entertain visitors A. A device to scare birds TOPICS: A..
ESL Activities and Games  by: Maggie McCormick
ESL activities and games help your students to get involved in the class and improve their English skills. You can use games to reinforce the lessons that you teach in an entertaining way. Some ESL..
Spelling Activities That Improve Spelling  by: Kimberly Arslan
Your child should get 100% on their spelling tests, right? Easier said than done because some parents struggle every week with getting their children to study their spelling lists. Never fear, we've..
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..
Geography Quiz: English Reading - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
1. One of the biggest islands in the world. 2. People eat a lot of imported food. 3. Almost half the people came from Ireland in the 1800s. 4. People are crazy about ice hockey. 5. Many men love to..
Christmas in the Classroom  by: Shaunta Alburger
The Christmas holiday lends itself well to plenty of classroom decorating and activity ideas. The whole month of December can become a time of creativity and fun as you integrate the holiday into..
| 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..
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..
Ideas to Teach English Vocabulary & Grammar  by: Lucy Natek
People build up their grammar and vocabulary skills through a wide range of combined methods: reading, watching television, listening to music or using the Internet. When learning a new language it's..
How to Make a Low-Prep Conversation Activity for ESL  by: Collaborator
If you teach ESL, you can do a conversation activity that you can get ready in five minutes and use for several types of practice. You can keep your class engrossed without the need to photocopy or..
Grammar Activities for ESL Students  by: Kara Page
Learning the proper rules and exceptions to the English language is a great challenge for English as a Second Language (ESL) students of any age. Grammar activities in the ESL classroom should be as..
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..
The Story So Far- Episode 4- podcast - video  by: Kristen
The Story So Far- Episode 4- Podcast - Video This video shows things that are fun to do in the winter time. This episode features segments made all in Canada, and every segment has a touch of snow in..
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 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..
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..
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..
Preschool Activities - Using Alligators And Apples To Teach The Letter "A"  by: Mary Robinson
The Overall Experience When approaching preschool from an educational perspective, it's important to remember that at that tender age children learn holistically, that is from the whole experience,..
How to Test ESL Writing  by: Miranda Morley
Regardless of what you teach, assessing an ESL student's paper can be particularly challenging. Should you have the same expectations for ESL students' papers as you do for native speakers' writing?..
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: Action Race  by: Sabia
This is a fun game using actions. Use actions like: jump hop clap run etc. Have the Students split into two teams and sit in lines with a chair by each team and one chair at the other end of the..
Teaching USED TO to ESL Students - Lesson  by: Keith Taylor
Here's a way to introduce the structure "used to" to your ESL students. 1 Find or draw on the board a picture of someone who looks like they could have just won some money. A photo from a magazine of..
How to Teach History Using Film  by: Michael Hinckley
One of the great challenges in a college history class is engaging students with material that entertains while it teaches. One of the best ways of accomplishing this is to incorporate films into..
Teaching Preschool - Patience, Expectations, and Fun  by: Mary Robinson
"Not While I'm Wearing the Hat" Teaching preschool is never a walk in the park. One moment you're trying to sooth a crying child while tearing apart two others who are fighting over the last black..
Teaching ESL to Children  by: George Stocker
Teaching ESL to children is challenging but also very rewarding. Before I walk into a class of 10-year olds, I take a deep breath. Children have no attention span AT ALL, and so I tell myself to slow..
Teaching English Word Games  by: Sarah Davis
Games are tools that make it easier for children to learn new things. They can also help adults with learning new information. If the learning game is fun, the child or adult will want to play the..
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..
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..
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..
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..
The Top 3 TEFL Games For ESL Teachers  by: Ed Earl
When teaching English TEFL it is always beneficial to have some ESL games handy to reward the students when they behave well and work hard. In this article I will describe my three favourite ESL..
ESL Speaking Exercises  by: Maggie McCormick
Speaking English is perhaps the hardest part about learning English as a foreign language. Because of this, teachers should dedicate a portion of every lesson to ESL speaking exercises. Choose..
ESL Chess Games with 2-4 kids - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
The whole class can make the figures/players with paper clay and chess boards with paper squares or ink. Paper clay is cheap and dries in a few days and then kids can paint it. The game of chess is..
Question Formation - quiz  by: jt
Decide if the question is grammatically correct or incorrect. Who wrote the book "Of Mice and Men"? Correct Incorrect Answer-Correct: Who wrote the book "Of Mice and Men"? When they get married?..
SPEECH CONTEST - Short Lesson  by: re
Stage a pretend speech contest. Use two or three students as judges, and you or JTE as final judge. Have bronze, silver and gold prizes. For longer passages, have students work in teams to present a..
What are some fun, exciting ways to teach space to first graders?  by: answers.yahoo.com
They're all great writers, but I want to challenge them to do something outside of their comfort zone. Worksheets etc I can handle for "fun activities" during their own time (they love doing them,..
Games to Teach English to Kids  by: Nina Makofsky
There are several games that educators and parents can use to help non-English-speaking kids learn the language. In general, children are quick learners. If they are in English-immersion settings,..
Kinesthetic Learning Activities - Try a Gallery Walk to Address the Kinesthetic Learning Style  by: Adam Waxler
It is very important for teachers to address a variety of different learning styles, including the kinesthetic learning style in which learning takes place by the student actually carrying out a..
Interesting and easy ESL games  by: answers.yahoo.com
To teach 5 - 7 year olds 1. acticles and 2. Pronouns
Write a Lesson Plan for Teaching English As a Foreign Language to Kids  by: Wendy Rose Gould
Many countries from across the world place a strong emphasis on learning English. This begins at a young age and continues even through college. Teaching the language to children is a great..
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..
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 to Do With Students Using Adjectives & Adverb Phrases  by: Krystal Miller
Teach students about adjective and adverb phrases with educational classroom activities. You can modify the activities from easy to difficult depending on the age group. Activities allow the students..
Making a Hypothesis - quiz  by: jt
1. I wish I ___ younger. Life does not seem so attractive at the age of 45. a. am b. were c. had been Answerb Supposing you ___ $3 million in your bank account. Would you give any to charity? a. have..
DICE GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Make dice (saikoro) about 10cm x 10cm or larger. Go through the numbers with the students. I explain eleven (7-11) and twelve (difficult) for 5th and 6th graders. I play boys vs. girls in a line. The..
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..
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)..
News Game - Short Lesson  by: jin
In the business world, keeping abreast on the most up-to-date business stories is very important. Print out several current news stories that relate to a particular business field appropriate for..
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..
TIC TAC TOE - Short Lesson  by: re
Divide the class into two teams and place some flashcards on the board in a square grid. The first child on one team points to any card and tries to say what it is, make a sentence about it, or..
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..
Christmas in the Classroom  by: Shaunta Alburger
The Christmas holiday lends itself well to plenty of classroom decorating and activity ideas. The whole month of December can become a time of creativity and fun as you integrate the holiday into..
How to Teach English to Absolute Beginners  by: Dori Pinkerton
Teaching the English language to absolute beginners is a challenging task, but also one that is rewarding and fun. You will be teaching language in a "real-world" sense; the people you will be..
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..
ESL Effective Learning Strategies for Elementary Schools  by: Nicole Hunter
Students who speak English as a second language are becoming more prevalent in American schools every day. School districts are increasingly seeking to ways to effectively integrate English as a..
ROW TAG - Short Lesson  by: re
Two students form a row by holding hands. They run around a designated area where the student on one end of the row tries to tag another student. If tagged, that student joins onto the end of the row..
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 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,..
English Teachers - How to Get Your EFL Language Learners to LOVE English Class  by: Larry M. Lynch
How Do Your EFL Learners Feel? How do your English as a foreign language learners feel about coming to English class? Do they look forward to it because they know, "We're going to do all kinds of..
How to Create a Grammar Lesson Plan for an Intermediate ESL Class  by: contributor
Intermediate-level learners of English as a second language need plenty of practice in basic grammar concepts, as well as an ongoing exposure to more advanced concepts. Here's how to present a..
CONCENTRATION 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Magnetic cards are put on the board with blank backs. The cards are arranged in pairs so that English words match Japanese words. Students must turn over the cards until they find a match. If they..
ESL speaking activity - ESL lesson  by: Said-Ali
Trends, Internet… my life Type of activity: group work Level: pre intermediate up to advanced Aim: To talk about trends and discuss the importance of internet in our life in groups Preparation:..
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..
WORD SEARCH - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a list of words and hide them in a grid of letters. Students must find the words. To make it more difficult, give the students the present tense and tell them to look for the past tense, for..
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..
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..
ESL Games  by: Claudine Williams
ESL Games Difficulty: Easy ESLgamesare games for students who are learning English as a second language. These games areconsidered edutainment because they entertain and educate students. The level..
Children's poem for 12-18+ yrs.  by: Robin T. Day BSc MSc BEd
Diversity or Diverse City What is the purpose of porpoise and for that matter turtle or tortoise? Things scamper and sing they fin and they wing but what of the purpose of porpise? The roll of the..
Angry People: Poem Analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Another poem for analysis. Angry People Confronted with direct antipathy? This meeting was sad serindipity. Maybe you should run? This isn't much fun. Sip deep from the cup of tranquili-tea. Dec...
ESL Game - Tic Tac Toe  by: kr
Title: Tic Tac Toe Type: Paper activity Target: Past tense or any vocabulary Materials: Paper and pencil Procedure: Students are in pairs and write down plain present tense verbs in each square of a..
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,..
Drama Activities for ESL Classes  by: Lucia Mata
Drama activities are a great way to add dynamic to any classroom, especially to ESL classes. ESL students can not only overcome their shyness of speaking a language not native to them, but they also..
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..
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 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..
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..
Winter Wonderland Trivia Questions  by: Deanna Mascle
1. Which is NOT a fact about winter in the animal kingdom? A. Some species of domesticated dog turn white in the winter. B. Mountain goats with their luxurious 3-inch long winter coats can endure..
ideas for a good auditory game I could make for my classroom  by: answers.yahoo.com
I need to make an auditory game for my college class to be used in a classroom between grades K-2. I need to tape record the directions and sounds for the children to listen to; they will follow..
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..
Christmas Lessons for Sunday School  by: Joey Papa
Christmas is a special time for Christians around the world. It's the season in which believers celebrate the birth of the Messiah and remember how gracious God was to give his only Son. Teaching the..
The “Students won’t talk” Problem  by: ESLTiger
Some students will not talk in class because they are too shy or anxious. This is not only true for beginners, but also for some students who are fairly advanced in their listening, reading, and..
YOU ARE THE TEACHER - Short Lesson  by: re
Give each student a sentence to either correct or say that it is OK. Get each one to explain their sentence.
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..
Early Childhood Activities - Fun Ideas for Springtime  by: Mary Robinson
Simple is Better While in their formative years, children learn best through doing, which is why games and activities are an integral part of the preschool experience. Remember to select early..
How to Use Songs in the Classroom  by: Hannington Dia
Music has arguably impacted every person on the planet. Most people have their own favorite singers or composers who have profoundly influenced or touched them. According to a 2003 Gallup poll, 97..
Preschool Crafts For Kids - 3 Important Tips  by: Mary Robinson
Preschool crafts are an essential part of any preschool lesson. Without crafts, young students will lose interest, not be able to fully understand and appreciate the lesson, and will miss out on..
How to Teach English to a Taiwanese Child  by: Flora Richards-Gustafson
A Taiwanese child is always at the right age to learn English or any other new language. It has been scientifically proven that young brains are more easily able to learn and process different..
How to Teach Literature to ESL Students  by: Nadine Smith
Literature can help enhance an English as a Second Language (ESL) reader's knowledge of language rules and his ability to communicate effectively. While the culture presented in English literary..
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..
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 Game - MASH  by: kr
Title: MASH Type: Paper activity Target: House Vocabulary Materials: Flashcards Procedure: Now we are going to play one of my favourite games when I was a kid. It is a fortune game. It is called MASH..
ESL Quiz  by: jt
ESL Quiz – AS … AS Name: ________________ Date: _________________ Complete the sentences with the given adjectives and the correct set expression. blind – dry – easy – cold – free –..
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..