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EVA HOMOLOVA

ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer

homolova@fhv.umb.sk

 

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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While many people have excellent English writing and speaking abilities, others either need to improve their English skills or are just starting to learn the language. Finding English lessons can be..
Task 2 IELTS practice essays - Discuss both views and give your own opinion  by: IELTS Edits
Task 2 IELTS practice essays Discuss both views and give your own opinion. 1. Many people think cheap air travel should be encouraged because it gives ordinary people freedom to travel further...
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..
Sketch and Hint Game (whole language) - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
I start using this game with very young children, phonics level, but it works best with 10+ children. Kids learn a few nouns and short sentences with the appropriate body language. It may not be..
Vowel Power: How to pronounce most English words by counting  by: Marcelo Montecinos
VOWEL POWER There are many people that can help you, in many ways, to learn how to pronounce English words, and, even though listening, singing and reading lyrics to music is also a fantastic way, it..
ESL 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..
Task 2 IELTS practice essays - Discuss both views and give your own opinion  by: IELTS Edits
Task 2 IELTS practice essays Discuss both views and give your own opinion. 1. Many people think cheap air travel should be encouraged because it gives ordinary people freedom to travel further...
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..
ESL Classroom Warm-Up Exercises  by: Kate Bradley
Are you a boring ESL teacher? If you start class without an interactive icebreaker or warm-up, the answer may be "yes." Putting your students in the English "zone" with an engaging warm-up exercise..
7 Quick And Easy Halloween Decorations To Make For Your Classroom  by: Renee Goodrich
Here are seven Halloween decorations you and your students can make quickly and easily. In most cases all you will need is some paper, glue and felt pens or paint. 1. Ghosts! Draw a large ghost on a..
Beginning of School Activities for Preschool - All About Us  by: Mary Robinson
If you're searching for fresh ideas for beginning of school activities for preschool, try this one. Some of the most memorable activities I have done are ones that span the school year. Parents and..
Teaching Tips - How to Write a Memorable Lesson  by: Darrell Causey
If you are tired of the boring lessons that come with your curriculum then start writing your own lessons. It's not that difficult and your students will appreciate the change. The first thing you..
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..
School File Folder Games  by: Laurie Darroch-Meekis
Difficulty: Easy Folder Gamesare easy and inexpensive to make. They take very little room to store.Schoolfolder games can be created by teachers or students. Folder games are a hands on opportunity..
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,..
Game: World's Worst - Short Lesson  by: sam
The premise of this game is that the four people are given categories of world's worst something or other and they all give examples of something in that category, for example, famous messages that..
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..
ESL Game - Hot Potato  by: kr
Title: Hot Potato Type: Active Game Target: Any conversation Materials: Ball Procedure: In the background, play some music. While the music is playing the first student should ask the target..
Winter Olympic Activities for Teachers  by: Charlotte Kirkwood
The Winter Olympics, held every four years, features sports like figure skating, bobsledding, ice hockey and snowboarding. For teachers looking to educate their classroom on the Winter Olympics, the..
The Orange Purple Poem  by: Robin T. Day BSc MSc BEd
The Orange Purple Poem There ye' are Maggie O'Shea and so you are makin' me day! Orange-ju fancy With the new boots and hat see! Now sit yer'sel' down Ye' been all over town., Together we'll slurple..
Icebreakers - THEM AGAINST YOU - Lesson  by: yi
On the first day of school challenge the students to a competition. Who can remember the most about the other. 1) The students start, taking turns they each stand up and tell at least 5 facts about..
English Grammar & Punctuation Lessons  by: Barbie Carpenter
Proper grammar and punctuation is the mark of a strong writer. Students need to learn grammar early in their education, and teachers should reinforce basic grammar concepts year after year. The best..
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)..
Winter Math Activities for Grade Six  by: Rebecca Dale
Educators concerned about student engagement often look for fun activities and themed lessons. Winter-themed math lessons help students master required concepts and celebrate the season. Sixth-grade..
ESL GAME: What’s the Time, Mister Wolf  by: Sabia
This is a traditional kid’s game. Practice with the kids the phrase "What time is it?" Practice the responses "it's 1 o'clock" "2 o'clock" etc. All the kids line up against one wall of the gym. One..
Advanced English Lesson Plan  by: Valerie Madison
Teaching advanced English students can be challenging and enjoyable as they gain fluency in the language have been working for so long to master. As with beginner students, though, you should..
How to Develop a Lesson Plan for ESL Children  by: Shaunta Alburger
An English as a Second Language (ESL) lesson plan is the same as any lesson plan. It provides a guideline for a day's study or for a longer, more complicated lesson that helps the teacher stay on..
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Activities for Second Graders  by: Krystal Miller
Around Christmas, some second grade teachers choose to have a lesson plan about the book and movie, "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas." When planning lessons about the Grinch, use your imagination to..
Learning Styles And Their Effect On Language Learning - Tips  by: Frank Gerace
Note: This article makes special reference to the effect of learning syles in the learning of Spanish but the principles are valid for all language learning. ¡LEER ES PODER! ¡Learning Spanish! How..
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..
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..
Find Someone Who... - Short Lesson  by: jin
"Find Someone Who..." helps ESL students practice asking and answering questions. Use this English game for high school students as an ice breaker on the first day of class, or as a regular lesson..
Jeopardy - Short Lesson  by: jin
This English game for high school students, based on the classic television show Jeopardy, helps them practice both listening and speaking. It's great for large or small classes, and dividing the..
Music 101: The Key To Pronunciation And Accent Reduction - Tips  by: Erin Corrigan (accent reduction ESL teacher)
“Without music life would be a mistake” These are the words of the famous German Philosopher Frederik Nietzsche, and as a specialist in pronunciation and Accent Reduction for non-native English..
Christmas Lesson Plans for Children  by: Elizabeth Stover
President Hoover spent much of his life traveling, promoting peace and realizing how all cultures contribute to the holiday so many diverse people share. Explain to children that many of our..
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..
I am an education major in college and I have to make a lesson plan, I am teaching an English lesson  by: answers.yahoo.com
Does anyone have any ideas? I dont know why but i can not think of anything that sounds like it would be fun. I also have to do an activity in class over the topic...so if anyone could help that..
Teaching Preschool Color and Shapes with Family Games  by: Laura Bankston
My kids just can't get enough of playing games with Mom and Dad--can yours? Sometimes we all take a break in the middle of the day and play a game together. Most of the time, I just make sure we play..
Strange Puns #1: for older students - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Timothy Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Show some of these to older students and let them discuss in groups and puzzle them out using the dictionary. 1. Let us eat lettuce. 2. Cycle paths psychopaths. 3. A minimun and a mini mum. 4. Take..
SPELLING GAME 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is given all of the letters of the alphabet on cards. Teacher calls out a word (no double letters) and the students race to spell it. Can also be used with words and sentences.
ESL 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..
ESL Games - R  by: jt
Run And Get It Divide the class into two teams and have them stand in two lines facing each other. Assign each team member a number from one to four. Place a few flashcards in the middle of the two..
Back-to-School - Fun First Day Activities  by: Jennifer Dobson
Sometimes it seems just as hard for teachers to head back to school at the end of the summer as it is for students. Ease into the school year by taking time to get to know each other before the work..
Kid Birthday Party Game Ideas - Balloon Fun - Activities  by: Mike Dougherty
Balloons, kids and birthday parties just seem to go together. When you take your children to almost any kind of an event for families, somebodies going to be giving balloons to the kiddies. And if..
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..
Tourism - Lesson  by: Ali
Tourism Intermediate+ Aims: Students discuss the advantages and disadvantages of tourism industry and ask questions from each other about tourism, as well as May holiday Language: Vocabulary about..
ROW RELAY - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is given a sheet of paper. Teacher calls out a category and each student in the row must write one word that corresponds to the category (e.g. day of the week, animals, name in romaji). Can..
Six Physical Education Games and Activities Your Elementary Students Will Love  by: Honey Krumholz
The physical education games that are described in this article can be played at the beginning of gym class as part of a warm exercise, during the period wholly or partially devoted to games or..
Family vacations teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
For many students, school is out for the summer and families are planning vacations. Whether you are going to a tourist attraction, visiting relatives out-of-town, or just staying home, children need..
How to Teach Contractions to ESL Students  by: Andrew Latham
Teaching the use of contractions is a challenge when dealing with students of English as a Second Language, ESL. Native speakers will immediately recognize the meaning of contractions and include..
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..
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..
When I Grow Up Preschool Activities  by: Mary Robinson
The best way to start a discussion with preschoolers on what they'd like to be when they grow up is to discuss a wide variety of professions. This way you are letting the children know all the..
ESL Games - I  by: jt
I Spy The teacher says "I spy with my little eye something beginning with G". Students try to guess the object (E.g. garbage can). Use classroom objects and with younger students use colors rather..
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..
ESL Game - Dice Addition  by: kr
Title: Dice Addition Type: Game Target: Any conversation Materials: None Procedure: Divide the students into groups and brainstorm sentences on the theme, for example what did you do yesterday;..
ESL Game - Angry Gorilla  by: kr
Title: Angry Gorilla Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: flashcards, angry gorilla cards Procedure: Have a pile of flashcards that you want to review. Mix in a few angry gorilla..
How to Teach Children the Seasons  by: Brendan O'Brien
One of the most fascinating subjects for children is nature. More specifically, children are curious about the four seasons and how weather and time work together outside and on the calendar. As a..
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..
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..
ESL GAME: Attention  by: Sabia
Call out commands such as: Attention Salute March in place... Stop Sit down Stand up Walk in a circle Clap your hands... Stop Run in place... Stop Jumping jacks... Stop Swim in place.... Stop At..
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..
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;..
Teaching Tips - How to Write a Memorable Lesson  by: Darrell Causey
If you are tired of the boring lessons that come with your curriculum then start writing your own lessons. It's not that difficult and your students will appreciate the change. The first thing you..
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..
Help Writing Your English Lesson Plan  by: IPRWire Staff Writer
Being in a teacher is a lot of fun and is the passion of many, but preparing for each classroom experience can be quite frustrating. Ensuring that your English lesson plan is well rounded and will..
How to Teach English Pronunciation to ESL Students Online  by: Mark Fellows
One of the biggest challenges to teaching ESL students is the capacity to adapt to the individual needs of students whose native phonology is different from that of English. Each student has..
WHO AM I? - Short Lesson  by: re
A student stands at the front of the class facing the blackboard. A student in the class stands up and says, Good morning (name). Who am I? . The student at the front has to guess who said it. This..
How to Teach Writing to ESL Learners  by: Brian Gabriel
Writing is one of the most difficult aspects of learning English as a Second Language (ESL). Practicing speaking and reading in the classroom supports the task of learning how to write, which is..
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..
3 Great Preschool 'Roof Over Your Head Day' Activities  by: Paula Jones
Roof over your head day is December 3. This is a great time to expose children to the different types of homes people live in, both here and around the world. Talk about the homes your children live..
What games can i play with my english class  by: answers.yahoo.com
they're kids like 8 to 11, and they re really basic, since they barely started studying english and their first language is spanish. i played games like hangman, and tic tac toe but i need more..
Interesting Activities for Teaching English Literature in the ESL  by: Kate Bradley
Alien cultural references, unknown idioms and strange vocabulary make teaching English literature to ESL students especially challenging. Engaging the students while teaching the story and its..
Our Consierge or Janitor - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Our Consierge or Janitor In basement, roof or cellar he's the congenial fella. Pushing broom, "You need a Room?" "Want me? Just you holler." 2005 1. The people who toil at dirty and very necessary..
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..
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..
Teaching Writing with Authentic Materials (Part 4 of 5) - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
Please wait to be redirected to http://www.eslteachersboard.com/s/AuthenticWriting.htm
Alphabet Pictures - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL lesson (memory helpers for kindergarten and phonics level). Young ESL learners need to be exposed to several methods to help them learn the alphabet. I teach the alphabet while making the..
Some Valuable Steps On Applying Clown Makeup! Seriously, We're Not Clowning Around Here - Tips  by: Maria Parise
Who doesn’t love being a clown? It’s a great costume idea for both adults and children. It looks like a lot of work to do clown makeup, but it’s actually quite easy. Here are the steps to..
Prepositions II - Quiz  by: jt
Yes. You may write ___ ink by in with Answer-in You can get there ___ bus or ___ foot. by, by with, with by, on Answer-by, on Look! We are flying ___ the ocean. over on in Answer-over John is sitting..
Categories using ten words - ESL lesson  by: Pierre Gauvin
Writing everything that comes to mind is what this activity is all about. The learners must scramble to write as many words related to a particular subject during a specific time period. The subject..
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..
Games for Advanced ESL Students  by: Kara Page
Even the most advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) students can easily become bored with repetitious exercises and rote memorization of vocabulary words. No matter their age, ESL students will..
Visual Support Tips in the Preschool Class  by: Sheila Demers
By observing children in many different preschools, I've noticed that the classes which utilize an abundance of visual supports for children have far more independent and secure students. Many..
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..
Winter Olympic Games Higher Faster Sneakier - Lesson  by: Ali
HIGHER FASTER SNEAKIER Content of the lesson: Turin Winter Olympics Speaking activity: Role play and discussion Language: Convincing, expressing reluctance Level: Intermediate + Warm-up: Put the..
How to Teach a Child to Read With Subtitles  by: Miranda Morley
For years, teachers and parents have argued over the best way to teach children how to read. Some have taught children using phonics, where students learn the sounds of letters and are asked to sound..
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..
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:..
Another poem for children age 5 to 12  by: Robin T. Day BSc MSc BEd
So the Natives told Me! "Very very hairy & very very wary is the Bing Ban Boon!" In many many way for weeks & months & days did I hunt it by the moon. I thought it large while others thought it small..
First Day Activities - Lesson  by: Eric
I have 1 activity that i almost always use the first day of class. it's a great way to get to know your students and for them to get to know you. First, i write 10 things about myself on the board. I..
Kids Outdoor Games And Activities - Get Back To Nature!  by: Yogi Shinde
In this day and age of computer games and television, some fun kids outdoor games and activities are what we need to get our kids physically fit and active. Kids these days are hooked on to..
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..
Understand American Money - Lesson  by: ESL Free Lesson
Dear ESL Student, The American money system is logical and very easy to use. It is based on the dollar ($1.00), on which all cash and coins are dependent. There are 100 cents in a dollar. Coins are..
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..
Questions and Answers Matching - Short Lesson  by: js
You need to have an even number of participants, so you may need to join in yourself. Get enough 3x5 cards so that you have one per person. On half of the cards write questions, and on the other half..
About English Conversation Classes  by: Serena Spinello
English conversation classes offer students the chance to improve their understanding and usage of the English language, increase their fluency and comprehension level, learn the various rules of the..
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..
ESL GAME: Preposition Race & Pronunciation Game  by: Sabia
Preposition Race: Give each child a toy. Then run around the room with the kids and say: put your toys on the table put them under the table put them behind the chair put them in the box……. ..
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..
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..
Dares, Deals and Challenges  by: Hedda Tan
It's been 8 days that I have not had a taste of my dear old, old friend - the soda! I was telling my kids about it when suddenly, I was struck by inspiration. And I thought to myself, why not? That..
Lesson Plan Ideas on the Spanish Holidays  by: Matthew Huntington
Spanish-speaking countries have several unique holidays, as well as special customs for widely celebrated holidays such as Christmas and Easter. Discussing these holidays and participating in..
The Right Cooperative Learning Strategies Can Eliminate a Major Problem With Cooperative Learning  by: Adam Waxler
Cooperative learning has long been touted as a great way to improve academic achievement. However, many teachers object to cooperative learning activities and other types of group work because they..
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..
School File Folder Games  by: Laurie Darroch-Meekis
Difficulty: Easy Folder Gamesare easy and inexpensive to make. They take very little room to store.Schoolfolder games can be created by teachers or students. Folder games are a hands on opportunity..
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..
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..
Ideas for ESL Classes  by: Wayne S
People all over the world are learning English as a second language. Some need to study English because they are moving to the United States. Many developing countries such as China are also..
Educational Classroom Games - Wheel of Fortune  by: Lucas Kent
GREAT GAME Wheel of fortune A useful tool to have for playing educational games in the classroom is a Sticky Ball. A Sticky Ball is a small plastic ball that is covered with miniature suction cups...
Games for Noun Clauses  by: Greg Ruland
Noun clauses can be difficult for beginning learners. Recognizing the structure of a sentence depends on recognizing its components, the parts of speech and their functions, and ultimately how they..
How to Use Visual Aids in an English Lesson  by: Paul Rance
Visual aids can be used to add color to an English lesson and can help to bring literature more alive. They can also be particularly useful for non-English speakers who are trying to learn English...
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..
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..
The Story So Far- Episode 1 - podcast - Video  by: MagentaKristen
More stories at the: Short Stories for Teachers board
Trivia Questions - For The Birds (2)  by: Deanna Mascle
1. Which is not a group term for birds? A. Flock B. Flight C. Volery D. Swarm D. Swarm TOPICS: Various insects can collectively be called a swarm but not birds! 2. Which of these is a fear of birds?..
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..
Trivia Questions And Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
Questions: 1. What is the primary language of most residents of Montreal? A. English B. French C. Canadian D. Montrealese 2. During what century was swimwear revolutionized? A. The 20th century with..
Motivating Reluctant Teens to Read  by: Celia Webb
Teens may turn into reluctant readers. Sometimes this is because the majority of the reading they do is for school and, therefore, work. Another cause may be that they are struggling with reading at..
Some great geometry/math games i can play with my students in class  by: answers.yahoo.com
It must be interactive so students would want to play.
How to Teach English With Fun Learning Games  by: Deborah Jones
Teaching English can bring the teacher face-to-face with a multitude of obstacles that students need to overcome. Many of the students learning English will bring with them insecurities and a lack of..
How to Convey Class Rules to ESL Students  by: Carmen Clarke-Brown
In ESL classes, you can utilize role-playing simulations and incorporate anecdotes from students' own life experiences to guide students toward observing class rules. For instance, on the first day..
BULLRUSH (BRITISH BULLDOG) - Short Lesson  by: re
The students stand at one end of the gym. There are one or two students in the middle of the gym. A student in the middle calls out the name of one of the students at the end. That student has to run..
Teaching English to Middle School Children  by: Karen Hollowell
Middle school English teachers face a daily challenge helping sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders learn the basics of grammar. Integrating literature and encouraging students to write about what they..
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..
LADDER - Short Lesson  by: re
Students get in two lines facing each other. Both lines must contain the same number of people. The students then sit down, pairing up with the person who is in the same position in the other line...
Outdoor ESL Games  by: Michelle Brunet
Playing games with your English as a Second Language (ESL) students is a fun way for them to review concepts taught in class. Outdoor activities add another dimension of adventure. When you explain..
Tag Questions - Has he? Hasn't he? Had he? - quiz  by: jt
He hasn't done it yet, ___? a. has he b. hasn't he c. had he Answer-a He's been to Italy twice, ___? a. has he b. hasn't he c. had he Answer-b He's got a camera, ___? a. has he b. hasn't he c. had he..
ESL GAME: Put Up a Christmas Tree  by: Sabia
Make two teams. Tack a paper Xmas tree on the wall. Have your Students name flashcards or answer your questions and let them put up the Xmas tree with silver stars made of foil (one team) and paper..
ESL Role Play  by: George Stocker
Learning a language is a complex and long process as anyone who has tried will agree. One of the most difficult and frustrating things is making the transition from the classroom to the 'real' world...
Correct or Incorrect use of preposition?  by: jt
correct (c) or incorrect (i). She's a very selfish person who doesn't show any consideration for others. Answer-c On our school the teachers' basic hourly rate was increased by 5%. Answer-i (in,by)..
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..
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..
15 Tips For Helping Children With Learning The Alphabet Letters  by: Deanna Mascle
I volunteer four hours a week in my son's first grade classroom. I help out in a variety of ways but primarily I am involved in literacy activities. It is an exciting time in a child's literacy life..
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..
Writing Ideas for ESL Students  by: Leyla Norman
ESL students can write on a range of topics, from the beginning through advanced levels. Some writing activities are more abstract in nature and appropriate for advanced level students. Other..
Increase the Attention Span of Boys With These Tips  by: Michelle Caskey
As a general rule, the attention span of boys tends to be shorter than that of girls. Obviously this varies with each child. There are more boys who suffer from ADHD. And even boys who have wonderful..
Two Quick and Easy Dynamic Games Your English Language Learners Will Love  by: Larry M. Lynch
Do your English or foreign language learners like to play games? If they're at all like my students, of course they do. Are you looking for a short, fast-paced, dynamic activity your language..
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..
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 Exercises for Frequently Used Adverbs  by: Andrea Helaine
An adverb is a word that modify verbs, adjectives or another adverb. Adverbs often answer the question of where, when and why something happened. When teaching ESL speakers about the use of adverbs,..
Successful Children's Birthday Party Activities  by: Stephanie Olsen
Successful Children's Birthday Party Activities ~ lots of fun, cheap, creative and even bilingual! ~ by Stephanie Olsen Having now somewhat recovered from Emily's seventh birthday party, I thought..
CIRCLE MIME - Short Lesson  by: re
The children sit in a circle. One child stands in the centre and mimes an occupation/animal, etc. The other children try to guess what she is miming by asking, Are you ? The rules of the game are as..
Christmas Activities for Third Grade  by: Monica Patrick
Teachers and educators, who aren't restricted from teaching with Christmas themes, could use a number of activities with their students. Teachers should take advantage of the excitement surrounding..
How to Teach English Vocabulary Using Games  by: Peggy Epstein
Here's a quick cure for student insomnia: Hand out a list of definitions and say, "Start memorizing." Fortunately, vocabulary enhancement can be achieved by a range of more interesting methods. One..
Plan Your English Lesson  by: George Williams
It is not easy to plan a fresh and new class for your English students every week. Even though your teacher book gives you some great ideas not all of them are practical enough for your classroom...
Geography Bee Preparation - Lesson  by: Pamela Stevens
When preparing for a geography bee, students must extend their studies beyond map locations and into relationships or how one area influences another. Study Aids for Geography Bee Preparation Maps..
Trivia Game Questions and Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: Infants have more or less number of bones than adults? Answer: More Trivia Teaser: A baby's body has about 300 bones at birth. These eventually fuse, or grow together, to form the 206 bones..
ESL Exercises for Adults  by: Maggie McCormick
Hands-on activities that encourage speaking will help adults to learn English as a second language (ESL). Students need more than listening to a teacher's lesson or doing exercises in the..
Reading-Comprehension Skills, Part I - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
If you can read every word on a page, are you really reading? Well, maybe and maybe not! One definition of 'read' is "to utter aloud written matter;" if using this definition alone, of course you are..
How to Teach Listening Skills to Adult ESL Students  by: Karen Farnen
Strong listening skills will help your adult learners of English in their everyday lives as well as in their classes. Of the four language skills-- listening, speaking, reading and writing--listening..
ESL Game - SLAM game  by: kr
Title: SLAM game Type: Active Game Target: Any Vocabulary Materials: Flashcards Procedure: Let’s review the words. What room is this? (show the room picture cards) Okay now we are going to play a..
187 - Games and Activities for ESL Classes  by: Shaney Crawford
Collected by Shaney Crawford, Former Participant of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme (Fukushima) These games and activities have been collected from various sources: past issues of the..
ESL Teaching and Learning Tips, by Dr. Yanni Zack, an American ESL specialist  by: Steve
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Present Simple Negative Verbs - quiz  by: jt
Tom ___ like chocolate ice cream. a. doesn't b. don't Answera I ___ understand, do you? a. doesn't b. don't Answerb Dr. Watson ___ smoke, does he? a. doesn't b. don't Answera We ___ like classical..
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..
Simon Says - Short Lesson  by: jin
Simon Says can get high school and adult students giggling as they try to follow the commands, learning verbs and body parts. Simon may tell the students, "Touch your nose." He could also say, "Touch..
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..
School File Folder Games  by: Laurie Darroch-Meekis
Difficulty: Easy Folder Gamesare easy and inexpensive to make. They take very little room to store.Schoolfolder games can be created by teachers or students. Folder games are a hands on opportunity..
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..
The Rules of a Classroom for Three-Year-Olds  by: Veronica Maier
Teachers of a preschool classroom filled with three- and four-year-olds regularly post a set of rules for parents and children to read. These rules almost always include safety. Parents and teachers..
TEFL Techniques - The Van Game  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL Techniques – The Van Game The very best way of teaching English (or any other language!) is to get the student wanting to learn – hungry for new ways to express themselves in your language...
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 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..
ESL GAME: Slap that Word  by: Sabia
This game helps Students associate and reinforce written and spoken words that have been introduced during your lessons. You'll need these materials: fly swatter word wall (words written on a..
ESL Quick Writing Activities  by: Michelle Langley
Writing is an important part of any English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum, but it can be challenging as students typically learn to listen, speak, read and then achieve writing fluency, in..
ONE UP ONE DOWN - Short Lesson  by: re
The teacher starts by stating, One up, one down . Only the teacher knows that that refers to the position of the teacher s arms: one is holding his/her chin, the other is crossed against his/her..
Elementary Games for ESL Students  by: Michelle Langley
Games can help ESL students learn language much faster. Carleton University researchers Claire Dormann and Robert Biddle point out that "Affective learning is an important aspect of education that..
Second Grade Technology Lesson Plans  by: Collaborator
Technology is important even as early as elementary school. Use technology-oriented lesson plans with your second graders to get them interested in technology and to give them an idea of what the..
Classroom Activities and Games  by: tim
The real me Young children will really enjoy this art project that reviews the structure I like... and food words. Have the students draw a picture of themselves showing the foods they like, e.g...
Grammar Fitness - A Student-Friendly Activity  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
Let me begin by saying that this activity is really called "Dictation Race". However, students spend so much energy running up to the board and back to their partners that I have taken to calling it..
Easy Keyboard Christmas Music for Kids  by: Collaborator
Easy keyboard music is intended for kids to enjoy and to learn how to play. There are several strategies to make easy keyboard music friendly for kids for Christmas time. Other holiday music is..
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...
ESL Advanced Vocabulary Exercises  by: Lissa J
Once an ESL student progresses past the point of basic vocabulary, you need to bring in an entirely new set of exercises to continue to harness the student's mind and potential. There are several ESL..
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...
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..
Name that Tune Foreign Style - Short Lesson  by: gh
Create a musical trip around the world to enjoy during English or foreign language class by playing Name that Tune Foreign Language Edition. Before playing with high school students, make a CD with..
ESL 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..
Child Stories: Going Beyond - Lesson  by: Paul Arinaga
Despite the explosion of the Internet and various new media, child stories are still what most people want – whether they are adults or children themselves. Nonetheless, I wonder if we can’t..
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..
Telephone TESOL - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
Telephone TESOL This is a half hour lesson in Telephone English – aimed at Intermediate level students of English as a Second Language. It’s interesting to note that English sounds very different..
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..
Team Building Activities for Kids in the Classroom - Games, Activities, and Ideas for Classroom  by: Takuya Hikichi
"Guide" (also known as Blind Obstacle Course) is played in small groups of 4 to 7 people. One child from each group is designated to be blindfolded and guided through an obstacle course by the rest..
Christmas Activities for Kids at Home or at School  by: Teresa Evans
Whether you are looking for things to do at home or Christmas classroom activities, there are loads of different fun and educational Christmas activities for kids. As the holiday season approaches..
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..
Icebreaker game - Short Lesson  by: trent
You have someone in the middle of a circle of people with a ball and they have to throw the ball to someone and the person who recieves the ball has to tell the group somethin about themselves.
Adjective or Adverb quiz  by: jt
He's a ___ driver. a. dangerous b. dangerously Answera He ate his dinner very ___. a. quick b. quickly Answerb She's a ___ speller. a. bad b. badly Answera ___ the wind changed directions. a. Sudden..
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..
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 -..
How to Teach Grammar With Games  by: Brad Conway
Many students find learning conventional grammar too difficult or boring. However, teaching grammar does not have to be a drag. Entice students into learning grammar by playing games that are both..
Interesting Facts By Trivial Topics (2)  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: What was the first animal to fly in a manmade device? Answer: If you answered a sheep, duck, rooster or dog you were right! Interesting Fact: A dog was the first in space and a sheep, a..
Classroom Activities About Conflict  by: Cindy Phillips
The classroom is a place to teach basic skills such as reading, writing and arithmetic. In a fast-paced and demanding world, teaching life skills is equally important. Conflict resolution is an..
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..
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;..
10 Lesson Ideas for Printable Alphabet Letters  by: Renee Goodrich
It is easy to find printable alphabet letters on the internet. You can use fun or fancy alphabet letter styles for a range of alphabet focused activities. Here are 10 classroom uses for printable..
Free Birthday Games Ideas for Kids/students  by: Gail Leino
The internet is ripe with free birthday games ideas for those harried parents who are just looking for something to entertain the children. Well, a lot of ideas available are just the regular old..
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..
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..
Whiteboard English Games  by: Brendan Pelsue
Whiteboard games are an essential tool for any English teacher----teachers can use them to reward a class for good behavior while still teaching essential language and problem-solving skills. These..
ESL Exercises on Children's Personalities  by: Danielle Hill
Exercises related to personality are a great way of teaching young ESL students about a range of language and structure topics. For beginners, a personality-based lesson opens up the opportunity to..
Teach Kids A Second Language - Tips  by: George Williams
It is not easy teaching your child a second language. But it is a rewarding experience teaching them and you can open their young to explore a new world of sights and sounds. Even if you’re not..
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..
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..
Typing Lessons For Kids  by: Ash Tan
Typing lessons aim for three things, speed, discipline and accuracy. Kids naturally have the speed, but discipline and accuracy are not something that they like very much. For kids, typing lessons..
Game: Silent ball - Short Lesson  by: sam
Silent ball is a children's game in which a ball is thrown from player to player while everyone remains silent. The game only requires a single ball and participants will either sit on an elevated..
How to Teach English to Children Through Songs  by: Maggie McCormick
When teaching English as a second language (ESL) to children, songs can be an effective way to get your point across. Many children enjoy music, so including it in your lesson plan helps you to step..
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..
Grammar Test and Answer Key  by: jt
Directions: Read each sentence carefully. Determine the correct form of the verb using the time indicators as reference. Encircle the letter of the correct answer. 1. Animated movies _____ a lot over..
The Function of Warm-Up Activities for Learning English  by: Robert LeBlanc
A good English as a Second Language lesson will have three distinct parts: a warm-up activity, new knowledge acquisition and practicing new knowledge. Each part of the lesson plays a vital role in..
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..
Princess Birthday Party Ideas - An Enchanting Birthday - Activities  by: Mike Dougherty
Once upon a time in a kingdom run by the most wonderful king and queen (you), there lived a beautiful princess (your child) who was preparing to celebrate her birthday. Then one night the princess..
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..
Dares, Deals and Challenges  by: Hedda Tan
It's been 8 days that I have not had a taste of my dear old, old friend - the soda! I was telling my kids about it when suddenly, I was struck by inspiration. And I thought to myself, why not? That..
The Importance of Child's Play in Child Development (Games to play in class)  by: Brenda Geier
Children’s playtime should always be learning time. Parents, teachers and caregivers can conveniently accelerate three, four, five, six and seven-year old child development skills during playtime..
Make Vocabulary Games a Part of Your Free English Class  by: Ling L. Tong
Many adults that start learning English do not realize the value of games as part of their learning in a free English class. Young native English speakers regularly play games in school to enhance..
Teaching Writing with Authentic Materials (Part 4 of 5) - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
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Game: Chaos and Confusion - Short Lesson  by: sam
What happens is this. •Arthur approaches Belinda, and they introduce themselves and shake hands. They then swap names. •Arthur (now Belinda) shakes hands with Colin. Now Colin is to call himself..
Trivia Teaser Questions And Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: What is the deepest part of the ocean? Answer: Marianas Trench Trivia Teaser: Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench is the deepest point in Earth's oceans. The bottom there is 35,840 feet..
ESL Exercises for Adults  by: Maggie McCormick
Hands-on activities that encourage speaking will help adults to learn English as a second language (ESL). Students need more than listening to a teacher's lesson or doing exercises in the..
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,..
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..
Learn your students' names - Play a name game - Tips  by: jin
Ask students to tell you their names and one personal detail about themselves (e.g. “I have two cats” or “I play the flute and the cello”; as each person says his or her name, you as the..
Layout of Preschool Day Care Classroom - Setting Up the Classroom  by: Mary Robinson
One of the most important things to consider at the beginning of the school year is the layout of the preschool day care classroom. Since preschool is often a child's introduction to the world of..
How to Compose a Welcome Letter to Prospective Students & Parents  by: J.C. Sprenger
Many questions come to the mind of a first year teacher when trying to compose a letter to students and parents. Sometimes the fear of acceptance comes into play, as well as a host of other..
integrating daily life with reading comprehension - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Did you know there are many questions you could ask your child during common, daily activities that would reinforce a reading skill? Below are just a few scenarios. 1. Riding Around Town a. Have your..
Can anyone give me some good lesson plans for the 6th grade?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I'm training to become a teacher. What kinds of things do 6th graders learn. Can someone give me a few lesson plans in the following subjects: Math Science English Social studies
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..
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..
3 Great Preschool 'Roof Over Your Head Day' Activities  by: Paula Jones
Roof over your head day is December 3. This is a great time to expose children to the different types of homes people live in, both here and around the world. Talk about the homes your children live..
Writing Lessons for ESL First Grade Students  by: Stanley Goff
First grade students writing in English as a second language (ESL) are not that different from first grade students writing in English as a first language, because students are only beginning to..
Strategies for Teaching ESL Vocabulary  by: Laura Werner
Building vocabulary is one of the most basic forms of learning any language, not just English. Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) requires patience, energy, strategy and creativity. There..
Free Tailored ESL Lesson Plans  by: Chris Westergaard
Hello, I'm creating tailored lesson plans for anyone who wants them. Just leave a comment on my blog www.teflpragueandabroad.blogspot.com and I'll create one for you. Here is a lesson that I created..
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..
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..
ESL Lesson Plans for Health & Medicine Topics  by: Ian Moore
Although the health section of an English as a second language class can be somewhat difficult to teach because of the technical terms and vocabulary, it is an important topic to know nevertheless...
How to Teach English to a Korean Child  by: Rossana Coscolluela
Teaching English to non-English speakers such as Koreans may seem like a challenging and difficult task. It requires a lot of patience, understanding and perseverance. If you are an ESL teacher, you..
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..
How to Teach Math to ESL Kids  by: Zachary Nguyen
Teachers are often required to teach an array of subjects to students in elementary, middle and high school. The process of teaching any subject to kids can be tough as it can be a difficult,..
How to Create a Grammar Lesson Plan for a Beginner ESL Class  by: contributor
Teaching beginning English as a Second Language or ESL is very satisfying. Along with speaking and listening skills you will need to plan grammar lessons for your class. Creating grammar lesson plans..
Where can I find games for ESL classes?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I teach English at a Japanese elementary school, and I need idea for educational games. HELP!
Correct or Incorrect use of preposition?  by: jt
correct (c) or incorrect (i). She's a very selfish person who doesn't show any consideration for others. Answer-c On our school the teachers' basic hourly rate was increased by 5%. Answer-i (in,by)..
Creating a Classroom Atmosphere For Writing  by: Alma Hoffmann
What inspires you to write??? Maybe seeing a gorgeous sunset or hearing your favorite song on the radio... What might inspire a classroom full of children to write? Interesting music? Amusing..
ESL GAME: Spiders and Candy  by: Sabia
Place all of the flashcards face up in the middle of the group. Have the Students turn around and cover their eyes. The Teacher places one marker under each card (either a piece of candy or a spider...
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..
Match Game  by: Java game
Please follow this link: http://www.eslteachersboard.com/java/matchgame.htm
Visual Support Tips in the Preschool Class  by: Sheila Demers
By observing children in many different preschools, I've noticed that the classes which utilize an abundance of visual supports for children have far more independent and secure students. Many..
ESL 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..
Im doing a classroom assistant course how can i make a good game  by: answers.yahoo.com
i have to design a game and use it.any1 know a site where i can make a story box????? let me know please
Game: 90-second Alphabet - Short Lesson  by: sam
This game includes three people. It starts as these three people are placed in a certain situation, suggested by a member of the audience, and they interact in various ways. The catch is that..
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..
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..
How do I Use Famous Speeches in ESL Classes?  by: Leyla Norman
Famous speeches are tools that can be used in a variety of contexts in an English as a second language classroom. You are not limited as a teacher to using them in one particular way. They can..
English Lesson Plans For Lazy Teachers  by: Alexander Golishev
The most amazing inventions were made because of human laziness. Think of the washing machine and the dish washer. They allow us to save so much time which we can spend on more interesting and useful..
How to Teach an ESL Lesson  by: Robin McDaniel
English as a Second Language (ESL) students are becoming more prevalent in our schools as the educational system is becoming more multiculturally oriented. Teaching ESL students requires some..
Game - Ultimate Frisbee - Short Lesson  by: sam
For this, you need one decent frisbee and a relatively flat piece of land. There are two teams, and the least on each team you can have is two, unless you plan on catching what you throw. Each team..
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..
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..
I look for activities and lesson plans for teaching law/rules in kindergarten?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I look for activities and lesson plans for teaching law/rules in kindergarten
ESL GAME: Burst a balloon  by: Sabia
Write down a short word on a piece of paper (e.g. a dog). Or you can write each letter on a different piece. Put it in the balloon and get a child to burst a balloon. Find the piece/s on the floor..
Learning English lessons  by: Steve
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How to Teach English to 20 Year Old Adults  by: Karen Farnen
You have a special audience if you teach English to 20-year-old adult learners of English as a second language.Students reaching adulthood in the early 2000s make up part of the millennial generation..
Kid Birthday Party Game Ideas - 7 Proven Winners - Activities  by: Mike Dougherty
Here are 7 classic kid birthday party game ideas that are always successful. And you can easily make all of them fit your party theme. Incredible Musical Statues They'll have lots of fun with this..
What are some fun activities for an english lesson?  by: answers.yahoo.com
i have a foreign student that needs to learn english. he knows the basic part of speech but can't seem to construct a sentence, he's at a university level.
Classroom game (2) - Short Lesson  by: jt
Have everyone write on a piece of paper something that describes them, then ball it up and wait until everyone is finished. When all are done, everyone throws their paper toward the middle of the..
A SAMPLE GRAMMAR LESSON PLAN  by: jt
Time: 20 min Level:intermediate Gender: M/F Age:15 Materials: pictures Interaction: T/Ss,Ss/T, Ss/Ss Assumptions: Ss know the present and the past tenses Anticipated Problems: Timing,elicitation..
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..
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..
English Lesson Plans For Lazy Teachers  by: Alexander Golishev
The most amazing inventions were made because of human laziness. Think of the washing machine and the dish washer. They allow us to save so much time which we can spend on more interesting and useful..
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..
Multi-cultural holiday party teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Happy Holidays! At this time of year, why not plan a multi-cultural holiday party? 1. Have your children research the holiday customs of their family's heritage country. Depending upon their ages,..
Third-Grade ESL Games  by: Ashley Leary
It is always a challenge to meet student needs and have fun at the same time. Furthermore, with the diversifying student population, there is a need for new and creative ideas for learning. Students..
Activities Using Music to Teach Adults ESL  by: Kathryn Rateliff Barr
Learning a new language offers many challenges and teachers use many strategies to help students achieve mastery. One strategy utilizes music to incorporate vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar to..
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..
ESL Vocabulary Activities for the 6th Grade  by: Amy Kestly
Learning new vocabulary words is an essential task for ESL students. While new vocabulary creates opportunities for writing and speaking, the words are often difficult to remember. Hearing and..
CHARADES - Short Lesson  by: re
It s usually best to introduce this game after playing Pictionary a few times. This game works well for verbs. Students pick out a verb card then they act out the verb. The other students try to..
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...
Lesson Plan About the Gingerbread Man  by: Shelley Frost
"The Gingerbread Man" delights children with its action and fanciful storyline. The fairy tale serves as the inspiration for preschool and early elementary lesson plan ideas. Literature-based..
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..
Teaching English With a Mirror - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
Teaching English with a Mirror Here’s a lesson plan aimed at Intermediate level students of English as a Second Language. As the students gather for the lesson, there are several mirrors on display..
Unscrambling - Short Lesson  by: jin
Play a game of "Unscrambling" to enrich vocabulary in particular categories, such as animals, transportation, fashion, sports, or media. For example, list four short, scrambled animal names,..
Teaching Ideas For the First Day of School  by: Tonia Lee
As teachers eye their empty classrooms the day before school starts where not a creature is stirring and hopefully not a mouse, teachers are filled with anticipation about what they will get for the..
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..
ESL Summarizing Games  by: Victoria Weinblatt
Reading or listening to a short article or story is a common English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom activity. Following the reading or listening portion of the lesson, teachers often employ a..
3rd Grade Art Lessons on the City  by: Dawn Sutton
Cityscapes provide a variety of art lessons for third grade students to develop their understanding of art concepts. Students can also experiment using a variety of art mediums and supplies such as..
Teaching Strategies - 11.5 Strategies for Better Communication in Your Lesson  by: Darrell Causey
One of the most important tasks a teacher must master is communication. The lesson has to be presented in a language that is familiar to the learner. If the teacher fails to communicate in a way that..
TEFL Techniques: My Friends the Stick Men  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL Techniques: My friends the stick men Any good language teacher (or so I have been taught!) should be able to make a lesson out of anything, anywhere. I am coming at this article from the..
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,..
Elmo Rhymes - Short Lesson  by: jin
Elmo Rhymes, a free online game sponsored by PBS Kids, features Elmo and other colorful images. Users are shown one object and asked to select any additional object whose name rhymes with that word...
Creative Movement for Children - ESL lesson  by: Kids on the Move!
Lesson #35: Rocket Day Objectives: To understand personal and general space while practicing locomotor skills and patterns. Materials Needed: Aluminum foil Toy rockets (or paper towel tube; 1 per..
The American English Accent: The Voiced And Unvoiced - Tips  by: Frank Gerace
The voiced and unvoiced consonants In this section we will try to clarify the difference between the voiced consonants and the unvoiced consonants. If you want to master English pronunciation you..
ESL Thanksgiving Games  by: Melanie J. Martin
Thanksgiving gives ESL students a great opportunity to learn about American culture. After all, it's one of the few holiday traditions that originated in the U.S. Make Thanksgiving lessons as fun as..
ESL Lesson Plans for Health & Medicine Topics  by: Ian Moore
Although the health section of an English as a second language class can be somewhat difficult to teach because of the technical terms and vocabulary, it is an important topic to know nevertheless...
Interviewing English Speakers and Tourists  by: Eric Roth, www.compellingconversations.com
= = > Reproducible Format Interviewing English Speakers and Tourists Your name: Person interviewed: Location: Date: 1. Can I ask you a few short questions for my English class? 2. Where are you from?..
How to Use Music in the ESL Classroom  by: Charlotte Johnson
The acronym "ESL" stands for English as a Second Language. Students who speak a native language other than English often receive ESL instruction in public schools. Music can be a highly efficient..
How to Compose a Welcome Letter to Prospective Students & Parents  by: J.C. Sprenger
Many questions come to the mind of a first year teacher when trying to compose a letter to students and parents. Sometimes the fear of acceptance comes into play, as well as a host of other..
Game: Chaos and Confusion - Short Lesson  by: sam
What happens is this. •Arthur approaches Belinda, and they introduce themselves and shake hands. They then swap names. •Arthur (now Belinda) shakes hands with Colin. Now Colin is to call himself..
How to Teach Complex Sentences  by: Mark Pennington
More and more candidates for better paying jobs are now required to submit writing samples as part of the interview process. Many applicants with strong verbal skills fail to make the second round of..
Effective Teaching Strategies Classroom Management And Teaching OESL  by: Giancarlo Dizon
In my six years of experience of teaching English as a secondary language to both students from the intermediate (4th-6th grades) and high school levels, I realized that no amount of knowledge and..
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)..
5 Reasons to Use Popular Movies for English Language Teaching  by: Larry M. Lynch
As progressive professionals in our continual search for additional resources, approaches, techniques and methods for expanding our repertoire of English language teaching tools, often, we need not..
ESL game: Something's Different - Short Lesson  by: lee
Get the whole class together. Ask one of them to leave the room, then get the remaining students to change five things about the classroom. For example, you could put a chair on a table, or get two..
How to Teach English to Preschoolers  by: Karen Hollowell
Preschoolers are at just the right age to begin learning basic English principles. They are eager to learn and hear what you have to teach them. Although they may seem to be more interested in..
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...
Harry Potter's Geography and Mapping Lesson Plans: Add a Little Magic to your Lesson Plans  by: Valerie Giles
Lesson plans for mapping and geography can be inspired from the Harry Potter series of books. Harry Potter was very lucky when Ron's twin brothers gave him a magical map. This map showed him all the..
What Spelling Champions Know Can Help Your Child Spell Better  by: Celia Webb
Have you ever wondered why spelling bee contestants are allowed to ask to have the word defined or used in a sentence? What spelling bee champions know is these questions reveal clues about how a..
Preschool Kids - "When I Grow Up, I Want To Be"  by: Mary Robinson
For preschool kids, one of the biggest open-ended questions they can be asked is "what do you want to be when you grow up?" When asked this question, many preschool kids tend to shoot for the stars...
Using DVD and Video in Your ESL Class - Part One - Tips  by: Keith Taylor
Have you ever wondered how to use movies in your ESL classes, without just sitting your students down in front of the screen, hitting 'Play' and sitting back to watch? Here are a few ideas to get you..
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..
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...
ESL English Lesson: Saudi driving ban for women  by: David Robinson
Today let’s talk about women not being allowed to drive a car in Saudi Arabia. Can you imagine a woman in your country not being allowed to drive a car simply because she is a woman? It’s hard to..
Preschool Science Themes - Water, Ice, Air  by: Mary Robinson
Teaching science to preschoolers requires hands-on play based learning activities. Water is an ideal medium to use for a variety of preschool science themes. The concepts of how water changes form,..
Typing Lessons For Kids  by: Ash Tan
Typing lessons aim for three things, speed, discipline and accuracy. Kids naturally have the speed, but discipline and accuracy are not something that they like very much. For kids, typing lessons..
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..
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..
ESL GAME: Happy Word Families  by: Sabia
Make several teams. Give four/three flashcards from a single word family (Animals, Transports, Food, etc) to each member of the group. The students look carefully at their cards. Then all the cards..
classroom-type activities for sixth grade (11-12 year old) students  by: answers.yahoo.com
Not homework-type assignments, please. I do have a curriculum to follow, but I want to know how to make things more interesting. I've written variations on games of Taboo and Trivial Pursuit, and I..
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..
Grammar quiz with answers - Prepositions  by: jt
Prepositions 1. I bought a new dress ___ the store. Answer- at 2. I found my car keys ___ my pocket. Answer- in 3. My friends are waiting ___ me ___ the mall. Answer- for Answer- at 4. I saw the..
Birds of a Feather (Questions)  by: Deanna Mascle
1. Which is not a group term for birds? A. Flock B. Flight C. Volery D. Swarm D. Swarm TBD: Various insects can collectively be called a swarm but not birds! 2. Which of these is a fear of birds? A...
English Games to Teach Imperatives  by: Chris Deziel
The imperative form is one of the least difficult aspects of the English language to master, and teaching it provides a good opportunity for the instructor to broaden students' vocabulary of..
ESL GAMES: Train Ride Game & Where is the Bell Game  by: Sabia
Train Ride Game: Have the Students form a train (standing in line holding onto each other). Choo choo around the classroom and call out instructions: faster slower turn left turn right stop go ..
Classroom game (2) - Short Lesson  by: jt
Have everyone write on a piece of paper something that describes them, then ball it up and wait until everyone is finished. When all are done, everyone throws their paper toward the middle of the..
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..
How to Teach Syllabication  by: Mark Pennington
As beginning readers begin to recognize the connection between speech sounds and letters (phonemic awareness), use the alphabetic code to begin sounding out and blending letter sounds (phonics), and..
Christmas Lesson Plans for Children  by: Elizabeth Stover
President Hoover spent much of his life traveling, promoting peace and realizing how all cultures contribute to the holiday so many diverse people share. Explain to children that many of our..
ESL GAME: Question Game  by: Sabia
First the Teacher introduces the vocabulary by showing students the cards one after the other. Then later, the Teacher holds the cards to the chest, making sure students can't see them. The Teacher..
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 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..
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..
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..
Games: Lorry Spotting - Short Lesson  by: sam
This game involves the spotting of various makes of lorries. The scoring is as follows: •Eddie Stobbart = 1 point (spot the name on front = bonus point) •Prestons of Potto = 5 points •Norbert..
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,..
Online Activities to Teach Preschool English  by: Jen Marx
Online activities for learning English are appropriate for preschoolers in both home and traditional schooling settings. They provide interactive experiences, while allowing children to become..
Reading-Comprehension Skills, Part I - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
If you can read every word on a page, are you really reading? Well, maybe and maybe not! One definition of 'read' is "to utter aloud written matter;" if using this definition alone, of course you are..
How to Improve Reading for ESL Students  by: Sophie Southern
Teaching English as a second or foreign language can be fun and rewarding, but it can also be challenging -- especially when you are teaching students with a very low English level. Reading skills..
Trivia Questions - For The Birds (2)  by: Deanna Mascle
1. Which is not a group term for birds? A. Flock B. Flight C. Volery D. Swarm D. Swarm TOPICS: Various insects can collectively be called a swarm but not birds! 2. Which of these is a fear of birds?..
How to Make Kids More Likeable? - Tips  by: Judy H. Wright (educator)
Nothing touches the heartstrings of a parent more than the plaintive cry “nobody likes me" or ”I don’t have any friends.” We wish there were something we could do to insure our child will be,..
Icebreaker game for class - Short Lesson  by: trent
put silly words in a hat and get everyone to pull out two and thats what everybody has to refer to that person for the rest of the year then when your all done laugh and say got yah then give them a..
How to Teach ESL Grammar  by: Karen Farnen
Modern ESL grammar instruction combines practice of structures with practice in communication. With the variety of resources available, every grammar class can address all learning styles. You can..
The Dancer's Secret -- A Short Horse Story  by: Randall Holman
It was sunset. The wind rode on the sharp edges of the mountains dragging the last bit of color away from the darkening hills. In a small cradle of two hills lay a beautiful girl. Her hair was long..
Perfect game to learn each other's names - Cross Circle - Short Lesson  by: yi
Everyone in a circle. One person (A) starts by calling another person's name (B). At that point, A starts walking towards B. Before A gets to B, B needs to call another name (C), so B frees her spot..
School File Folder Games  by: Laurie Darroch-Meekis
Difficulty: Easy Folder Gamesare easy and inexpensive to make. They take very little room to store.Schoolfolder games can be created by teachers or students. Folder games are a hands on opportunity..
Disadvantages of Teaching One to One Lessons in ESL  by: Brian Gabriel
Teaching ESL lessons one to one can be a rewarding experience: it allows student and teacher to get to know each other and it sharply focuses the learning experience. However, there are many..
How to Improve ESL Writing  by: Judith Willson
Writing is a skill that often appears to lag behind speaking fluency and reading comprehension in people learning English as a second or foreign language, especially if the English alphabet is..
Lesson Planning  by: Sumauli Mukherjee
A lesson plan is a teacher's detailed notes on how she intends to conduct a particular class or lesson for each day. It is a vital component of a teaching job. Some schools have specific formats,..
Vocabulary Games - Short Lesson  by: jin
There are many options with vocabulary games. The most common form is the crossword puzzle. You can use the puzzle to help new English speakers figure out the meaning of words based on clues either..
Sixth Grade English Grammar Study Tips  by: Miranda Morley
From peer pressure to puberty and athletics to academics, sixth grade can be one of the most frustrating times in a student's life. To make matters worse, sixth grade grammar students go from writing..
Online Activities to Teach Preschool English  by: Jen Marx
Online activities for learning English are appropriate for preschoolers in both home and traditional schooling settings. They provide interactive experiences, while allowing children to become..
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..
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..
The Question Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
You get a couple of students and the first one asks a question. For instance 'Why are we playing this game?', and the following person has to respond with a question, such as 'I don't know, didn't..
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..
Trivia Questions - For The Birds (2)  by: Deanna Mascle
1. Which is not a group term for birds? A. Flock B. Flight C. Volery D. Swarm D. Swarm TOPICS: Various insects can collectively be called a swarm but not birds! 2. Which of these is a fear of birds?..
Games or mini games to play in my PE class  by: answers.yahoo.com
please not tag or something lame.
Possessive Pronouns II - quiz  by: jt
John Anderson forgot ___ book. Answer-his Mary and Susan talk like ____ mother. Answer-their Alex and I were late for ___ class . Answer-our Princess Caroline is wearing ___ new Gucci gown...
| 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..
Motivating Reluctant Teens to Read  by: Celia Webb
Teens may turn into reluctant readers. Sometimes this is because the majority of the reading they do is for school and, therefore, work. Another cause may be that they are struggling with reading at..
Tag Questions - With Assorted Verbs - quiz  by: jt
Match the tag questions on the right with the sentence on the left. Write your choices in the boxes on the left. Click on the answer button to see if your answers are correct or let JavaScript check..
Icebreakers - Lifeline - - Short Lesson  by: le
Provide each person with a large sheet of paper and a marker or pen. Have them write their name and create their "lifeline" on the sheet - drawing or writing significant events in their life from..
President's Day Activities For The New Year  by: Darren W Chow
Presidents Day is the day that the nation honors the men who have held the highest honor in the land. With 43 past Presidents over more than 300 years of being a country, the United States has had..
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...
"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..
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..
Lesson Plan Ideas on the Spanish Holidays  by: Matthew Huntington
Spanish-speaking countries have several unique holidays, as well as special customs for widely celebrated holidays such as Christmas and Easter. Discussing these holidays and participating in..
Strange Synonyms & Antonyms  by: A. D. Reed
Some Strange Synonyms & Antonyms English contains a few word pairs that function as synonyms, antonyms, or both. And there’s that strange pair, “careen” and “career,” both of which mean..
Kids Educational Games - Learning Through Play  by: Yogi Shinde
Some fun kids educational games are all you will ever need to teach your little preschooler their basics. Weather we are talking about learning to tell time, recognise the coins, know their letters..
TEFL Techniques: The Weather Forecast - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL Techniques: The Weather Forecast The UK is blessed with ‘weather’ rather than ‘climate’ – i.e., like Forrest Gump’s famous Box of Chocolates, you never know what you’re going to..
TEFL Techniques: The Weather Forecast - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL Techniques: The Weather Forecast The UK is blessed with ‘weather’ rather than ‘climate’ – i.e., like Forrest Gump’s famous Box of Chocolates, you never know what you’re going to..
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..
Preschool Curriculum - Let the Calendar be Your Guide  by: Mary Robinson
Follow the Calendar When planning a preschool curriculum, most instructors like to use the calendar year and its occurrences as their basic structural component. This keeps the curriculum relevant..
I need a english lesson plan for 8th grade- part of the class is testing-it needs to be quiet ..  by: answers.yahoo.com
the class is an hour long and i need to occupy half of the class while the other half is testing. does anyone have any ideas for a silent, independent activity related to language arts?
ESL Game - The Crocodile Game  by: Joe Tosczak
If you want to become the best ESL teacher in your school; then learn from the best ESL teachers in the world. This is one of the best ESL Games and there is no reason why you shouldn't be playing it..
Active Learning Activities - Response Cards  by: Adam Waxler
As a teacher I am always looking for ways to keep my students actively involved in my lessons. One of my favorite active learning activities is to simply have students use Response Cards. The reason..
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..
Fun Ways to Celebrate Birthdays in the Classroom - Activities  by: Jen Dobson
Let's admit it: the last place any kid wants to be on her birthday is at school. But there are ways to make the day fun for the birthday child - while getting some lessons done in the process...
Re: Chinese Jump Rope (game)  by: Dana
Hello, When we played this as elemty. kids (now 41 yrs. old) once you finished the first sequince of jumps we then moved from the rope around our 'ankles' to our knees 'kneesees' then to our thighs,..
TESOL Tips  by: Erin Schreiner
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) teachers must adopt creativity and flexibility when planning and implementing their lessons. To meet the needs of their students, these..
ESL Teacher Robin Day Lessons: Countable and Non-countable Nouns - ESL lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
COUNTABLE and NON-COUNTABLE NOUNS This is a standard topic to teach in ESL/EFL classes. Beginner teachers do not do a good job of it and I have seen students get mixed up or confused in Korea and..
Part 2 Dynamic English As a Foreign Language Learning Activities Your Learners Won't Refuse  by: Larry M. Lynch
More For Those Bored, Uninterested, Reluctant Foreign Language Learners As we said earlier, once again faced with the necessity of circumventing the problems of having bored, uninterested and..
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..
TESOL Methods  by: ojcsteve
This demonstrates using the color chart used in the Silent Way
Halloween Art Projects For Kids  by: Nicole Dean
Fall is just around the corner, and with the cooler weather comes more inside time for the little ones. Naturally, they’re going to need something fun and creative to keep them busy. Help your kids..
Task 2 IELTS practice essays - To what extent do you agree or disagree?  by: IELTS Edits
Task 2 IELTS practice essays To what extent do you agree or disagree? 1. Popular events like the World Cup for football and other international sporting occasions are essential in easing..
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..
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?..
PASS THE FLAG - Short Lesson  by: re
Prepare a list of questions, give a flag to the first person in each row. The first person to raise his/her flag may answer the question. If the answer is correct, the student may pass the flag to..
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..
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..
Poem Analysis: Materialism - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Materialism and consumerism are facts in most of the world but how many teachers ask students to look at these matters in an analytical way or express an oposite view? We often say we are in a rat..
Preschool Valentine Games - Will You Be Mine, Valentine?  by: Mary Robinson
Valentine's Day is a favorite for children since it provides an opportunity to express their love for the important people in their lives as well as a clever excuse to eat candy. It's also a great..
A Teacher's Ramblings: A Lesson Plan for Classroom Rules  by: Jo Karabasz
Remember, I teach English. If you are required to cite standards for every lesson, you may have to do some adapting for standards in other subject areas. Rules Lesson Plan Subject Area: Language Arts..
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..
Idea for demonstration lesson for English class?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I just started to teach English for kindergarten kids. I have to give a demonstration lesson to get new students. I'm suppose to prepare 20 min. lesson and 30 kids are coming. They are all 4 years..
Free Tailored ESL Lesson Plans  by: Chris Westergaard
Hello, I'm creating tailored lesson plans for anyone who wants them. Just leave a comment on my blog www.teflpragueandabroad.blogspot.com and I'll create one for you. Here is a lesson that I created..
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..
Interesting Facts By Trivial Topics (2)  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: What was the first animal to fly in a manmade device? Answer: If you answered a sheep, duck, rooster or dog you were right! Interesting Fact: A dog was the first in space and a sheep, a..
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..
5 Reasons to Use Popular Movies for English Language Teaching  by: Larry M. Lynch
As progressive professionals in our continual search for additional resources, approaches, techniques and methods for expanding our repertoire of English language teaching tools, often, we need not..
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..
Teaching Strategies - 11.5 Strategies for Better Communication in Your Lesson  by: Darrell Causey
One of the most important tasks a teacher must master is communication. The lesson has to be presented in a language that is familiar to the learner. If the teacher fails to communicate in a way that..
Upper Primary School Games  by: Bridget Galbreath
Difficulty: Easy Games are an effective way to teach, not just younger elementary students, but older elementarystudents as well. Games can help foster greater comprehension of subject matter..
Classroom Activities For Young ESL Learners  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
The brain likes to learn in little bits. Young children have short attention spans. Put these two thoughts together and add the fact that learning a new language is not an easy task. Therefore, an..
Halloween Games for the Perfect Halloween Party!  by: Nicole O'Reilly
With Halloween fast approaching it's time to dust off those dirty and cobwebbed Halloween games for the kids. Depending on the style of party you are throwing you may be looking for Halloween crafts,..
Primary Classroom Activities - CLT Fun Learning Experiences in Action  by: Larry Icabandi Nabiong
Communicative language teaching or C-L-T is one of the best ways of learning the language. What with the interactions by the pupils through varied activities, learning is both fun and meaningful...
Christmas Science Activities for Preschoolers  by: Mary Davis
Young children are curious about everything around them. A characteristic of preschoolers is to ask "why?" or "how?" repeatedly. Science for preschoolers includes the 'hows" and "whys" as well as..
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..
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..
Activities and Games to Teach English Vocabulary  by: Talia Kennedy
Teaching children new English vocabulary words can be difficult because they may have trouble conceptualizing their meanings. Providing a list of words and definitions is one presentation method but..
Reading Goals for Third Graders - Tips  by: Celia Webb
At the third grade level, teachers are shifting their emphasis from some of the mechanics of reading-related skills to the conceptual skills related to reading. Children are being stretched to think..
ESL Game - Round the World  by: kr
Title: Round the World Type: Active Game Target: Any conversation Materials: picture cards Procedure: Divide the class into groups of about 5-6 Each group will have on leader. The leader keeps the..
Topics for First Conditional Speaking Activities  by: David Coodin
The first conditional is a grammatical structure for talking about what is possible in the present or future. The structure typically contains a phrase beginning with "if" that conditions the..
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..
How to Incorporate Math Into Second Language Learning  by: Erin Schreiner
English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers, generally focus on teaching their students the basics of the English language. Teachers can add academic value to these lessons by integrating..
Nutrition Lesson Plans & Crafts for Kids  by: Anne Kinsey
Nutrition lesson plans and crafts can help kids to learn about nutrition and learn to value taking care of their bodies. When they are growing up in a world where fast-food commercials are flashed..
Possessive Exercises for ESL  by: Danielle Hill
When teaching possessives to speakers of English as a second language, use engaging and dynamic presentations, lessons and quizzes to help your students internalize forms and rules. Alternate both..
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..
Reading Goals for Third Graders - Tips  by: Celia Webb
At the third grade level, teachers are shifting their emphasis from some of the mechanics of reading-related skills to the conceptual skills related to reading. Children are being stretched to think..
Some good games for teaching ESL: abc game - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
The abc game. Do all word's starting with A going in a circle. When they can not think of any more go to B and so on.
What games can i play with my english class  by: answers.yahoo.com
they're kids like 8 to 11, and they re really basic, since they barely started studying english and their first language is spanish. i played games like hangman, and tic tac toe but i need more..
ESL Game - Clothes Relay  by: kr
Title: Clothes Relay Type: Active Game Target: Clothes vocabulary Materials: Old clothes Procedure: Students line up across from a pile of clothes in teams. The first student runs to the pile of..
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..
Categories using ten words - ESL lesson  by: Pierre Gauvin
Writing everything that comes to mind is what this activity is all about. The learners must scramble to write as many words related to a particular subject during a specific time period. The subject..
RELAY GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Students are in six rows. Several reading cards are made up. Students have to read the card then pass it to the next person in the row. The person at the end of the row hands it across to the next..
The Ultimate Checklist for Adult and Teen ESOL Language Learners  by: Steve McCrea
OBJECTIVE: To motivate students to set their own goals for the week. This worksheet helps students find their passions about why they are learning English. Send your suggestions for other activities...
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..
For ESL Teachers - Teaching the Alphabet Effectively to Adult ESL Students  by: Joan Pougiales
Many adult ESL students have had limited educations and, even in their native languages, have limited literacy skills. For many, the concept of alphabetical order is unknown. Yet alphabetical order..
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
SONG: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 - Short Lesson  by: re
Students stand in a circle holding hands. The song goes like this: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (students walk seven steps in one direction) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (walk seven steps in the other direction) 2, 3 (clap..
READ AND RUN - Short Lesson  by: re
Practise sentence structure, question/answer drill and dialogue memorisation. Get students into pairs. Write on two separate sheets of paper, either questions on one and answers on another, all..
How to Use Dictation as the Basis for an ESL Class  by: Collaborator
Dictation may seem an old-fashioned way to teach English as a Second Language. But it can offer an interesting way to engage the students in vocabulary, listening, writing and pronunciation skills...
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..
Some good games for teaching ESL: abc game - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
The abc game. Do all word's starting with A going in a circle. When they can not think of any more go to B and so on.
Preschool Science Themes - Water, Ice, Air  by: Mary Robinson
Teaching science to preschoolers requires hands-on play based learning activities. Water is an ideal medium to use for a variety of preschool science themes. The concepts of how water changes form,..
Look, See or Watch - quiz  by: jt
"Kids, please, ___ at the blackboard!" a. look b. see c. watch Answera "Be quiet and let me ___ the football match!" a. look b. saw c. watch Answerc Cats can ___ in the dark. a. see b. seeing c...
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..
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..
Teach Your (any) Children the Art of Letter Writing - Tips  by: Aldene Fredenburg
With the ease of Internet communications, letter writing has become almost a lost art. But there are times when a handwritten note or letter is more appropriate, and much more appreciated, than an..
What's The Time - Mr Wolf?  by: Andrew Carter
What’s the time, Mr Wolf? Here’s a lesson plan for teaching time telling to elementary level English language students. The lesson is based around an English playground game. One person stands..
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..
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..
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..
ESL Game - Charades  by: kr
Title: Charades Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students are divided into 2 teams. One person from one team comes up to the front where the teacher gives them a..
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..
Teachers - Five Great Games and Activities For You to Get to Know Your Students  by: Honey Krumholz
Now that the new school year is fast approaching, it's important that teachers get to know their new students, students get to know their teacher and students get to know each other. During my 30..
The ESL Grammar Translation Method  by: Kara Page
Choosing a method of teaching or learning English as a Second Language (ESL) mainly depends on the goals of the student. The grammar translation approach to language learning is an older method that..
7 Popular Character Costumes For Boys This Halloween  by: Nicola Kennedy
When it comes to boys, there are some standard costumes that you will see year after year at Halloween time. With many of them, they wear the costume year round in creative play. Some of them are not..
ESL games: Party Invitations - Short Lesson  by: lee
The whole class sits in a circle. Tell them that it’s your birthday next week and that you’re planning a birthday party. They are all invited... but on one condition. They must bring you a..
English lesson – Music  by: js
The first exercise in the English lesson ‘Music’ is to match the pictures of different musical instruments with their names. The pictures of the following instruments are offered: • — Piano..
How to Use Word Processing for ESL  by: Kara Page
Computers and technology can be a great way for teachers to further aid English as a Second Language (ESL) students in the classroom and at home. Word processing programs such as Microsoft Word..
Grammar game - Short Lesson  by: jin
Show students how English words often derive from other languages; explain that those words are called cognates. Play a guessing game by writing an assortment of foreign language words on the board..
DICTIONARY ADVICE - Short Lesson  by: re
Using one or more English dictionaries, present some common problems, such as: not enough money, relating to a difficult person, the future, etc. After the class picks a problem, you open the..
Match Game  by: Java game
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ESL Game - Line by Line  by: kr
Title: Line by Line Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Divide the class into teams. Draw a picture of the vocabulary words slowly, one line at a time. Teams guess what I am..
17 Activities That Teach Writing Without Worksheets!  by: Julie Rebboah
The recent push for early academic achievement has left many preschoolers and kindergartners dealing with an excessive amounts of worksheets. Children learn best through hands-on experiences...
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..
How to Teach Adjectives to ESL  by: James Stuart
Adjectives are descriptive words that modify nouns and pronouns. They usually come before the noun they modify and can be grouped together with several other adjectives to accurately describe..
Preschool Crafts - The Mighty Letter "M"  by: Mary Robinson
While some preschool instructors prefer to stick to the calendar to structure their curriculums, others use the letters of the alphabet for their lesson plans. Here are some great preschool crafts..
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..
Email Game - Short Lesson  by: jin
Emails play a vital role in today's business world. Most students feel more comfortable writing business English than speaking it, yet they still need pointers on how to clearly write emails. Divide..
Classroom Activities on Tribes  by: A.N. Pike
Keeping your lesson plan interesting can often feel like a losing battle. Not all students learn or absorb information in the same way. However, simply standing in front of your class and talking at..
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..
Spelling Tips For ESL Students  by: Celia Webb
Spelling in English is hard even for those of us who have been practicing for years! For one thing there are so many exceptions to the rules. The English language actually has two basic types of..
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..
Computer Games - Short Lesson  by: sam
Make sure you have a variety of games. It's pretty easy to find a video rental place that will rent them out. If you have two youngsters to entertain, try getting two Game Boys and two Pokémon..
NUMBER GROUPS - Short Lesson  by: re
The students walk around a designated area. The teacher calls out a number and students have to make a group according to the number called out. If a student cannot get into a group, then they stand..
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...
An ice breaker game with 15-18 years old - Short Lesson  by: trent
I was on a company training course and this was quite good. Each person draws a quick picture to reveal things about themselves, (does not have to be a picture can be anything) to give clues their..
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..
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..
Grammar Activity for ESL Class - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
Grammar Practice Activity for an ESL Classroom When teaching English grammar your book will probably have several ESL worksheets to drill the concept. These are useful exercises, but you will also..
Grammar Review - quiz  by: Amy Nutt
It's time to test yourself and see how much you have learned about grammar. Take a look at each of the twenty questions below and choose the answer that you feel best fits the sentence. You should..
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.
WHY? - Short Lesson  by: re
Ask the students questions like: Why have you got ~~ in your bag? For example, the ~~ could be a monkey, an axe, Kocho-sensei. Students who come up with the best/most outrageous answers win a prize...
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..
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..
Family vacations teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
For many students, school is out for the summer and families are planning vacations. Whether you are going to a tourist attraction, visiting relatives out-of-town, or just staying home, children need..
ESL Writing Games  by: Jake Reed
Teaching English as a second language can be a daunting challenge, even for experienced teachers. Writing can one of the more challenging aspects of learning the English language. Bored students can..
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..
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..
ESL Activities Uncovered!  by: Kelvin Nikkel
ESL activities are a crucial part of any ESL lesson plan. If you are not including activities within your class or tutorage, then you are missing out on one of the strongest tools at your disposal...
Teaching ESL: How to Have a Successful English Corner  by: Kevin R Baker
I must admit that after hearing "What-a is-a your favorite-a color?" for the 100th time, I was not too interested in English corners. The idea was to give the Chinese students an opportunity to speak..
How to follow directions lesson for kids - Short Lesson  by: jt
There's a simple exercise I've used called "obstacles." I ask for two volunteers. One child is blindfolded and the other is not. The one with the blindfold stands at a starting place in the room...
ESL 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..
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..
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..
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..
Using Classical Music In The English As A Foreign Language Classroom  by: Larry M. Lynch
Activities for using music in TEFL In some of my previous English as a foreign Language Teaching articles we've opened discussion over the varied uses of music in the English as a Foreign Language..
Sketch and Hint Game (whole language) - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed
I start using this game with very young children, phonics level, but it works best with 10+ children. Kids learn a few nouns and short sentences with the appropriate body language. It may not be..
Fun First Grade Christmas Math Activities  by: Crystal Smith
During the Christmas season, the excitement of the holidays will be on all the children's minds. Rather than fighting against it, you can include some of the Christmas mood in your lessons, such as..
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..
ESL Game - Picasso  by: kr
Title: Picasso Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Divide students into teams. The first student from each team comes to the board and the teacher tells them a word in..
How to Demonstrate ESL Games  by: Carson Pierre
Demonstrating a game for ESL students can sometimes be as challenging as teaching the lesson. Before you begin to demonstrate the activity, make sure the students have a clear understanding of the..
ESL Game - Dice Addition  by: kr
Title: Dice Addition Type: Game Target: Any conversation Materials: None Procedure: Divide the students into groups and brainstorm sentences on the theme, for example what did you do yesterday;..
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..
ESL Activities With Little Preparation - Lesson  by: Keith Taylor
How often do you find yourself preparing a class, racking your brain for something different, a new activity to liven up a group of tired students, or just to bring something fresh to the classroom?..
Upper Primary School Games  by: Bridget Galbreath
Difficulty: Easy Games are an effective way to teach, not just younger elementary students, but older elementarystudents as well. Games can help foster greater comprehension of subject matter..
Activities for Teaching English to Adults  by: Kara Page
While most English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers include games for kids as part of their lesson plans, adults can also benefit from these types of interactive activities. For each activity you..
Lesson 8 - Delicious Pie  by: jt
The Story We were two Australian student nurses training at an English hospital. During visiting hours, we would take a break in the ward kitchen and often a kindly visitor would slip us a cake or..
How to Teach English to Adults  by: Collaborator
Learning English is essential to surviving in the United States and other English-speaking countries. Teaching English is a valuable skill because of the large number of adults who need to speak..
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..
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..
Toddler Christmas Activities for Sunday School  by: Carolyn Scheidies
Christmas activities for toddlers in Sunday school should be uncomplicated, straightforward and not take a great deal of time. Little children are active with attention spans that carry them quickly..
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...
The American English Accent: The Voiced And Unvoiced - Tips  by: Frank Gerace
The voiced and unvoiced consonants In this section we will try to clarify the difference between the voiced consonants and the unvoiced consonants. If you want to master English pronunciation you..
Game: Tag (2) - Short Lesson  by: sam
Tag is one of the oldest and most exciting outdoor games for children. An added benefit of playing tag is the level of physical activity – it is a great source of exercise! While there are many..
How to Teach Using Film Trailers  by: James Gapinski
While the newest consumer gadget typically dominates tech news, technological advancements influence many other facets of daily life, including education. Teachers and administrators use tech devices..
ESL Video Games  by: Tasos Vossos
English as a second language video games are interactive applications specifically designed to help beginners or advanced students with their English language studies. They are simple flash-based..
Elmo Rhymes - Short Lesson  by: jin
Elmo Rhymes, a free online game sponsored by PBS Kids, features Elmo and other colorful images. Users are shown one object and asked to select any additional object whose name rhymes with that word...
Ice Breaker Games for Adult ESL Students  by: Dan Chruscinski
Start your English as a Second Language (ESL) class for adults off with an icebreaker to give students a chance to get to know their peers while also practicing English in a relaxed setting...
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..
Foreign language teachers........lesson ideas  by: answers.yahoo.com
For my Spanish III class we are reviewing descriptions (such as I'm tall, he's short, etc.) I am supposed to go over this for a whole hour. (I'm student teaching so I don't get a lot of say in it)..
BINGO WITH NAMES - Short Lesson  by: re
Prepare a bingo grid with a question and YES/NO written in each square. For example, Do you like to swim? , Are you a good baseball player? , or whatever target sentence you are currently studying...
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..
Projects to Improve English for ESL Students  by: Nadine Smith
ESL students need activities that force them to use conversational English on a daily basis in order to improve. Long-term language projects offer many benefits for ESL students over short-term..
Lesson Plans for Christmas Activities for 2nd Grade  by: Samantha Volz
Christmas is a time for celebration and excitement, especially for children anticipating a visit from the big man in the big sleigh. Through Christmas activities in the classroom, teachers can share..
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..
Fun Ways to Teach Things to Preschoolers  by: Mary Robinson
My philosophy for anyone working with preschool children is that the teacher must have a full resource file of fun ways to teach things to preschoolers. When you think of a preschool child, 3-5 year..
Thomas Edison teaching Tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Do you know who invented the talking doll? How about the electric vote-recorder? Would you be surprised to learn it was the same man who invented the phonograph and the electric incandescent light..
The Best ESL Lesson Plans  by: Joel Barnard
Making good, well-researched lesson plans is imperative in order to effectively teach learners of English as a second language. As you develop as a teacher, the time required to prepare for a lesson..
Tag Questions - Does she? Doesn't she? Did she? - quiz  by: jt
Tag Questions - Does she? Doesn't she? Did she? She works in a bank, ___? a. does she b. doesn't she c. did she Answer-b She didn't eat anything, ___? a. does she b. doesn't she c. did she Answer-c..
Symmetry in Letters and Numbers, Puzzles  by: Robin T. Day BSc MSc BEd
Revised edition Here are some exercises/puzzles for ESL kids to learn the following science/math/geometry ideas. You will not be able to do all 7 puzzles in one 50 min. class. Introduce the following..
Acrostics is fun - Lesson  by: Elephant
Try acrostics. My students really like this game, especially when ice creams await the winners. Acrostics is a game in which the class is divided into groups of three or four. The teacher writes..
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 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 Help Your Child (student) be Successful in Kindergarten - Tips  by: Tina O'Block
Your child’s first year of school should be a fun and exciting time. Children who are comfortable with and prepared for this first school experience are more likely to have rewarding and productive..
| ESL Oral Activity - Using Adjectives to Describe People  by: Andrew Lawton
At some point in your ESL class you will present adjectives that describe people. This is a good opportunity to get your ESL students some much needed English speaking practice. I use the following..
GRAMMAR GAMBLE 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
The teacher writes a sentence on the board. Students, in teams, decide whether the sentence is Correct (C) or Incorrect (I) and hold up the appropriate letter on a pre-made card. The teams who raised..
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 - Line by Line  by: kr
Title: Line by Line Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Divide the class into teams. Draw a picture of the vocabulary words slowly, one line at a time. Teams guess what I am..
ADJECTIVES 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Write down three adjectives and ask pairs of students to write down as many things they can think of that all three adjectives apply to. For example, big, cold, beautiful might apply to snowman,..
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..
Useful Phrasal Verbs For ESL Students  by: Susan Thomason
If you're an ESL student who happens to be more than puzzled about how phrasal verbs are used and what they mean, you'll find this guide will come in really handy. 1.A phrasal verb is a verb used..
Good ice breaker/introduction game to play with my students - Short Lesson  by: pr
Snow ball fight: 1. Have students write down three interesting facts about themselves. 2. They ball them up and throw them across the room. 3. Everyone picks one up and opens it 4. The object is to..
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: Rope Jump  by: Sabia
You need a rope for this one! Have the Students stand behind each other in a line. Hold a rope (have a Student hold the other end) at a height that the Students should be able to jump over. On the..
ESL 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..
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..
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 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..
Teach English With Songs Even If You're Not Musically Inclined  by: Richard J Graham
Although we hear a lot about how songs can help the English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom, if you're not musically inclined it can be tough to make it..
2nd Grade Lesson Plan Ideas  by: Tiffany Roget
Various lesson plans are available if you're interested in adding entertaining, educational hands-on activities to your daily routine. Use craft-oriented materials such as markers, stickers and..
Roundly Teaching Vocabulary in ESL Lessons  by: Les Perras
In my ESL lessons, I teach vocabulary in a roundly. What I mean is, my students get the chance to learn both the meaning of the new vocabulary and how to use it. You might say to me, "Sure Les,..
Christmas in England Crafts for Kids  by: Mason Howard
Christmas has a long and complex history, and the holiday as we know it today is a blend of historic traditions. Christmas is celebrated throughout the world with slight variances from one country to..
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..
ONE UP ONE DOWN - Short Lesson  by: re
The teacher starts by stating, One up, one down . Only the teacher knows that that refers to the position of the teacher s arms: one is holding his/her chin, the other is crossed against his/her..
TYKES Halloween Games  by: kevntosh
oday at the TYKES Halloween Party, one of the games was to see who could make a Mummy out of their partner the fastest.
Make Your Next Grammar Lesson Off the Hook!  by: Sean Lords
In my experiences teaching English abroad, I’ve found a couple of things to be true. One, nothing ever goes as planned. No matter how much you rehearse ahead of time, how much time and effort you..
Math Word Problems in an ESL Classroom  by: Erik Bitter
As a math teacher in Asia, I face the same problem day in day out. My students cannot do math word problems. They simply don't understand them. And I am not talking about those 2, 3 students that..
English Coversation Games - Short Lesson  by: jin
Play English conversation games to help students learn English at a faster rate. Assign students to a group, and give each of them a part to play. Then, give each student a goal, and ask them to..
How to Start Teaching Colors to Toddlers  by: Jenny Esposito
In teaching anything to young children, repetition is the key! Colors is one of the first concepts that toddlers are capable of learning. The best way to introduce concepts like colors to toddlers is..
ESL Game - Hot Potato  by: kr
Title: Hot Potato Type: Active Game Target: Any conversation Materials: Ball Procedure: In the background, play some music. While the music is playing the first student should ask the target..
Easy ESL Games  by: Kara Page
Any English as a Second Language (ESL) class has a variety of topics to cover. While learning grammar, proper pronunciation, reading and listening skills can sometimes require drills and repetition,..
ESL Reading Games  by: Mary Grace Konzier
There are many interactive group activities teachers can incorporate into the English as a second language (ESL) classroom to increase students' reading abilities and grammar comprehension. These..
ESL GAME: Sweet Ring Toss Game  by: Sabia
Spread flashcards or toys on the table cloth on the floor. Have the children take turns tossing the rings after naming the objects they want. You can make this game harder or easier by having the..
Classroom Games to Prevent Bullying  by: Jim Radenhausen
Bullying remains an issue in schools everywhere, leaving bullied kids scared and unsure about whether to tell an adult what's going on. Teachers can help students learn how to handle bullying..
Christmas Programs for Pre-k Through Kindergarten  by: Roz Zurko
Christmas programs for pre-k through kindergarten need to be easy enough for this age group to learn without overwhelming them. This is still an age where you want to concentrate first on giving the..
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..
The Rules of a Classroom for Three-Year-Olds  by: Veronica Maier
Teachers of a preschool classroom filled with three- and four-year-olds regularly post a set of rules for parents and children to read. These rules almost always include safety. Parents and teachers..
How to Get Reluctant Kids to Write (Game)  by: Miriam Darnell
Being a gifted/learning-disabled child has afforded me the unexpected privilege of discovering new regions of my brain that few have ever explored. Because of this, I've come to look at things upside..
About Teaching Adult ESL Classes to Multi-Level Learners  by: Pamela Ann Ludwig
Teaching English as a second language to adults presents certain challenges. Students will have different reasons for learning English, various levels of education and experience with foreign..
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..
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..
speed dating (in the classroom) - Lesson  by: www.jason-ism.com
This project is for introducing oneself and starting conversations. If you go to http://www.jason-ism.com/speeddating.html this will be easy for you to print out. Go to http://www.jason-ism.com for..
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 ___..
SPELLING BEE - Short Lesson  by: re
Students line up at the back and the front of the classroom. Each student is given a question. If they get it right, they go to the back of the line. If they get it wrong, they must sit down. The..
BASEBALL 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Draw a baseball diamond and a score board on the board. Students, in turn, are at bat and choose how difficult a question to attempt: a single, double, triple, or homerun. If a student answers..
Sketch and Hint Game (whole language) - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed
I start using this game with very young children, phonics level, but it works best with 10+ children. Kids learn a few nouns and short sentences with the appropriate body language. It may not be..
Free Online Trivia Game Questions  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: What is the tallest mountain in the world? Answer: Everest Trivia Teaser: Mt. Everest, on the border of Nepal and Tibet, China, is the world's tallest mountain and highest elevation with a..
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..
Preschool Alphabet Crafts - 40 Ways To Make Letters (Art)  by: Renee Goodrich
Preschoolers can make temporary letters. Take a photo of these if you can. They can also make permanent letters which can be glued on to card. If the medium is heavier than paper use craft glue. Here..
Question Formation II - quiz  by: jt
___ yesterday? a. Whose called b. Who called Answer-b ___ talk to? a. Who did you b. Who you did c. Who you Answer-a ___ you born? a. Where was b. Where are c. Where were Answer-c ___ to the train..
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..
Math Word Problems in an ESL Classroom  by: Erik Bitter
As a math teacher in Asia, I face the same problem day in day out. My students cannot do math word problems. They simply don't understand them. And I am not talking about those 2, 3 students that..
How to Use Cognitive Principles for ESL Teaching  by: Miranda Morley
Anyone can stand at a podium or sit at a desk and dispense ESL grammar rules, but a good teacher is one who knows how to help students process that information and walk away with the practical skill..
Tips To Learn English  by: George Williams
Do you have any plan to pursue your further education abroad? Will you need English for your career or your education? If so, you may wish to investigate your options for learning, or improving, your..
Adverb English Activities for Grammar School  by: Vivian Wagner
Adverbs tell how, when and where things happen, and they're a vital part of language and communication. They can be difficult for children to learn, however, and teachers must explain exactly what..
ESL Writing Games  by: Jake Reed
Difficulty: Easy Teaching English as a second language can be a daunting challenge, even for experienced teachers.Writing can one of the more challenging aspects of learning the English language...
TESOL Methods  by: ojcsteve
This demonstrates using the color chart used in the Silent Way
Lesson Plans for Infants and Toddlers  by: Tara Duggan
Whether you are running a day-care center, a play group or supervising your own children, having a plan can make the day go more smoothly. Focusing on safe, fun and engaging educational activities..
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..
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..
Describe the scene - Lesson  by: Mark Cox
Ss divide up into groups. I play a short clip of a movie with no sound. Half of the group watches the movie clip. The other half of the group is given a sheet of questions. The group that watched the..
Christmas School Activities Bring the Festive Season Into the Classroom  by: Teresa Evans
Introduce a few Christmas school activities into your program and the children in your class will think you are wonderful. What they won't realize is that they are actually still doing school work..
Baseball teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
We all know that Spring is the time for rebirth and kites but, to me, it is the time for Baseball Season to begin! Did you know that you could implement baseball (or any sport, for that matter)..
Developing English Language Speaking and Conversation Skills in LEP Learners  by: Larry M. Lynch
Focus on Speaking When asked by the Department Director to "focus on developing speaking ability" with a group of adult university learners supposedly in the upper intermediate level, I embarked on a..
ESL GAME: Happy Word Families  by: Sabia
Make several teams. Give four/three flashcards from a single word family (Animals, Transports, Food, etc) to each member of the group. The students look carefully at their cards. Then all the cards..
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..
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..
The Ultimate Checklist for Adult and Teen ESOL Language Learners  by: Steve McCrea
OBJECTIVE: To motivate students to set their own goals for the week. This worksheet helps students find their passions about why they are learning English. Send your suggestions for other activities...
Spelling Tips for Kids  by: Simone Mary
Writing and spelling are closely linked. If you don't know how to spell, writing can be more difficult than it should be. Becoming a good speller is important to your development as a writer...
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..
Ideas for Storytelling  by: Chris
This idea comes from the tips newsletter, a free service provided weekly at Heads Up English. Storytelling always works well in the classroom or as homework. It allows students to incorporate the..
ESL GAME: Sticky Fingers  by: Sabia
First designate a 'key word' like Dog, or Cat. Each student grabs one of your fingers. Start yelling out random words. This works best if you use a bunch of nonsense words that sound like the key..
ESL and TEFL: Teaching Children Grammar through Games  by: Shelley Vernon
One of the questions ESL and TEFL teachers are asking on forums the world over is: how can you teach grammar through games? If you don’t want your class to glaze over with dictation, writing..
COLLECTION - Short Lesson  by: re
Collect one thing from every student and put it into a bag. Get students to close their eyes and take things out of the bag one by one. Students go one by one and ask each other Is this your ? They..
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..
EFL & ESL Games  by: Pamela Ann Ludwig
Games are an excellent way to take a break from the standard material in ESL (English as a Second Language)/ EFL (English as a Foreign Language) classes. Games make class time more fun and..
ESL Exercises: How to Write an Essay  by: Biju Sukumaran
Learning English as a Second Language is not an easy task. For most non-native speakers, English is fraught with grammatical inconsistencies and awkward phrases. An excellent exercise to promote..
This Read Along Technique Increases Comprehension  by: Don C Jones
Once your child can read most words at a reasonable pace, have her read to you in the following way: Choose a book that is somewhat challenging, but not too difficult. One way to make this judgment..
Freewriting - Short Lesson  by: js
Give learners 5 minutes to just write their thoughts. You may guide them by providing a question or topic (beginners will probably need guidance), or give them complete freedom. Make sure they just..
Elementary ESL Writing Activities  by: Rebecca Bagwell
English as a Second Language students benefit greatly from interactive writing activities. Writing provides ESL students a way to combine their speaking, listening and reading experiences into a..
Telephone TESOL - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
Telephone TESOL This is a half hour lesson in Telephone English – aimed at Intermediate level students of English as a Second Language. It’s interesting to note that English sounds very different..
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..
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,..
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..
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..
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..
ESL Games - D  by: jt
Dance Of The Ostriches Pair up students and attach a flashcard to their backs. The object of the game is to look at the other student's flash card and yell out the word before they see yours. Draw It..
ESL Thanksgiving Games  by: Melanie J. Martin
Thanksgiving gives ESL students a great opportunity to learn about American culture. After all, it's one of the few holiday traditions that originated in the U.S. Make Thanksgiving lessons as fun as..
Lesson 4 - Vacuum Cleaner  by: jt
The Story A man selling vacuum cleaners appeared at the door of an old lady's cottage and, without allowing the woman to speak, rushed into the living room and threw a large bag of dirt all over her..
What kind of games can I play with a class of 35 or more middle school students with lower level english?  by: answers.yahoo.com
i teach english in public school in korea. i have been assigned to team teacher but we have decided the students need more fun so i have them 45 minutes a week and need some games that can work with..
The ESL Grammar Translation Method  by: Kara Page
Choosing a method of teaching or learning English as a Second Language (ESL) mainly depends on the goals of the student. The grammar translation approach to language learning is an older method that..
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..
Toddler Christmas Science Activities  by: Andra Land
Preschool and home-school teachers of toddler-age children find that time moves rapidly during the busy month of December. For many people, Christmas is the focus of the month. Capture the excitement..
Fun Games for Children Training in Martial Arts  by: Eric Gehler
Keeping children interested in their Martial Arts training requires an element of fun and games. Traditionalists are usually only concerned with the discipline and structure of their training, but..
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..
Small Group Activities for Kindergarten  by: Rebecca Lindburg
Children learn through play. When designing a group program for young children, it is best to make it playful to help them learn and to keep them interested. Varying the activity can help children..
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..
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..
ESL games: Party Invitations - Short Lesson  by: lee
The whole class sits in a circle. Tell them that it’s your birthday next week and that you’re planning a birthday party. They are all invited... but on one condition. They must bring you a..
How to Teach English Speaking Skills  by: Karen LoBello
The number of American school-aged children who speak a language other than English in the home rose from 3.8 million to 10.9 million between 1979 and 2008, according to the National Center for..
There is/are ... lesson or introduction - Game  by: mesmark
The Table Game: Accumulate as many items as you can, a pencil, tape, a stuffed animal, a CD, a coffee cup, anything. Set each item on a table or desk in front of the class one at a time and after..
ESL GAMES: Train Ride Game & Where is the Bell Game  by: Sabia
Train Ride Game: Have the Students form a train (standing in line holding onto each other). Choo choo around the classroom and call out instructions: faster slower turn left turn right stop go ..
Plastic's nay Romantic - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Another short poem for analysis and appreciation. For advanced teens and adults. Plastic's nay Romantic Give out flowers fellas. No thanks cast iron umbrellas. Let not the pragmatists control. There..
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...
Tips for Teaching ESL Grammar  by: Joel Barnard
There is no doubt that a knowledge of grammar rules is essential for the mastery of a language, says Penny Ur in her book, "Grammar Practice Activities." A teacher relating lists of rules, forms and..
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..
Talka Lot - Lesson Test: Learning English  by: lp
A)Sentence stress: write the content words from two starting sentences in the correct order (1, 2, 3, etc.): i) three start next unit week ii) exam move up Ali five speaking passes level B)Write the..
ESL 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...
Grammar Activity for ESL Class - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
Grammar Practice Activity for an ESL Classroom When teaching English grammar your book will probably have several ESL worksheets to drill the concept. These are useful exercises, but you will also..
Games Silent Ball (variation)  by: teacher
Silent Ball. Students pass a koosh ball or nerf ball to each other, but the point of the game is they have to try to get the attention of the person with the ball silently (hints the name). Students..
There is/are ... lesson or introduction - Game  by: mesmark
The Table Game: Accumulate as many items as you can, a pencil, tape, a stuffed animal, a CD, a coffee cup, anything. Set each item on a table or desk in front of the class one at a time and after..
The Last Spin: A WebQuest on Teenage Gangs - ESL lesson  by: Nellie Deutsch
Using a WebQuest for ESL/EFL literature lesson based on The Last Spin by By Ed McBain / Evan Hunter A Lesson Plan: Using A WebQuest for an ESL/EFL literature lesson based on The Last Spin By Ed..
Women's History Month - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
All around the world, International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8. From small, informal gatherings to large, highly-organized events, this day honors women of the past, present, and future as..
Simple Past or Past Continuous - A Dialog - quiz  by: jt
Fill in the blanks with the simple past or past continuous form of the verbs. Then click on the answer button to see the correct answers. A: Hi, Mary. I ___ (see/neg.) Answerdidn't see you at school..
Perfect game to learn each other's names - Cross Circle - Short Lesson  by: yi
Everyone in a circle. One person (A) starts by calling another person's name (B). At that point, A starts walking towards B. Before A gets to B, B needs to call another name (C), so B frees her spot..
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..
The Library - quiz  by: jt
Yesterday I ___ to the library for information. a. go b. went c. gone Answerb I used the catalog to ___ books. a. look out b. look on c. look up Answerc I could use the catalog ___ . a. myself b...
How to Get Reluctant Kids to Write (Game)  by: Miriam Darnell
Being a gifted/learning-disabled child has afforded me the unexpected privilege of discovering new regions of my brain that few have ever explored. Because of this, I've come to look at things upside..
How to Convey Class Rules to ESL Students  by: Carmen Clarke-Brown
In ESL classes, you can utilize role-playing simulations and incorporate anecdotes from students' own life experiences to guide students toward observing class rules. For instance, on the first day..
Suggestions for classroom games (large group -elementary school age)  by: answers.yahoo.com
I need to find a way to keep the group quiet and not bored. My idea was allong the lines of the game 7 up. I am looking for any other suggestions, that dont require much materials.
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..
Developing English Language Speaking and Conversation Skills in LEP Learners  by: Larry M. Lynch
Focus on Speaking When asked by the Department Director to "focus on developing speaking ability" with a group of adult university learners supposedly in the upper intermediate level, I embarked on a..
ESL GAME: Slap that Word  by: Sabia
This game helps Students associate and reinforce written and spoken words that have been introduced during your lessons. You'll need these materials: fly swatter word wall (words written on a..
How to Teach ESL in a Multilevel Class  by: Brad Conway
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) students who perform at different levels requires you to differentiate your instruction to meet each student's educational needs. While teaching a..
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...
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;..
Teaching English Grammar to Kids  by: Alexis Kunsak
Teaching children in a group is a balancing act between keeping everyone's attention and not letting the focus of the lesson disappear in the excitement. Teaching grammar is no different than..
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..
Christmas Activity Ideas  by: Teresa Evans
As Christmas gets closer there are many different worthwhile Christmas Activity Ideas that you can use to get children in a festive mood and to keep them busy. Children can make decorations, make..
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..
Re: Alot is Not a Word,........... it's Two. - ESL lesson - English lesson  by: Bob Slefty
dear mr day you append qualifications to your name and pontificate most grandiosely and yet make the astonishing claim that icecream is singular and therefore lots of icecream is erroneous. icecream..
1st grader needs extra help, ideas please!?  by: answers.yahoo.com
i need some tactics to teach a first grader to grasp reading. He goes to school but i believe the teachers dont show him special attention. websites w/ reading games,wrksheets, lessons! please i..
FILL IN THE GRID - Short Lesson  by: re
Draw a grid with the names of countries down one side and verbs across the top e.g. Canada, Italy, Japan, India, UK and play, speak, eat, study, use. Then fill in the middle with appropriate answers..
Activities for the First Day of Class in English Composition  by: Sara Mahuron
The first day of class is an important day for teachers and students alike. What goes on in class this day can often set the course for the entire semester or year. Teachers are encouraged to be well..
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..
| 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..
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..
How to Teach Listening Skills to TESOL Students  by: Christina Dillon
Listening skills are especially important for students of a new language. Teach your students to give each other constructive feedback to ensure that they are listening and understanding..
How to Choose Materials and Coursebooks for ESL Lessons  by: Collaborator
You have a new ESL class and the school has told you that you can choose your own course book or materials. Sounds good, but now you are faced with the task of evaluating and selecting a book, a..
Useful Phrasal Verbs For ESL Students  by: Susan Thomason
If you're an ESL student who happens to be more than puzzled about how phrasal verbs are used and what they mean, you'll find this guide will come in really handy. 1.A phrasal verb is a verb used..
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..
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..
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..
NUMBERS 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Use flashcards to teach any group of numbers. Practise counting forwards, then backwards, then by 2s, or 4s, etc.
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..
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..
Computer Games - Short Lesson  by: jin
Computer games may be made with English learning in mind, or may have features that play to that effect. Popcap Games produces Bookworm, a game in which a user must construct English words from..
BULLRUSH (BRITISH BULLDOG) - Short Lesson  by: re
The students stand at one end of the gym. There are one or two students in the middle of the gym. A student in the middle calls out the name of one of the students at the end. That student has to run..
Debate Topics for an ESL English Class  by: Joel Barnard
Classes with a language level of lower-intermediate upwards should be able to engage in debates if the teacher chooses a topic carefully and teaches the relevant vocabulary. Ensure that all students..
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..
PICTURE ASSOCIATION - Short Lesson  by: re
Draw various pictures that illustrate a Let s Read story. Review the story with the children. Then, divide the students into teams. Each team is given a copy of the pictures. The students must..
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..
ESL Practice Exercises Using Parallel Structure  by: Victoria Gorski
Parallel structure refers to sentences that express one or more similar ideas using the same pattern of words. The ideas are normally joined using conjunctions, such as "and" or "or." An example of..
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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Math Word Problems in an ESL Classroom  by: Erik Bitter
As a math teacher in Asia, I face the same problem day in day out. My students cannot do math word problems. They simply don't understand them. And I am not talking about those 2, 3 students that..
Unscrambling - Short Lesson  by: jin
Play a game of "Unscrambling" to enrich vocabulary in particular categories, such as animals, transportation, fashion, sports, or media. For example, list four short, scrambled animal names,..
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;..
ESL GAME: Rescuers  by: Sabia
Give out animal flashcards (3 per each student). Put a paper crocodile in front of each flashcard. Tell them that they are rescuers and they can save their animals from the crocodiles by answering..
Children's Chinese Games  by: Sarah Schreiber
Whether you are teaching kids about Chinese New Year or hosting a children's party, playing traditional Chinese games is a fun activity. There are a wide variety of games to choose from, some of..
Vocabulary Exercises for ESL Students  by: Erin Schreiner
Along with learning standard academic lessons, English as a Second Language (ESL) students must work to develop their English vocabulary so they can better understand information they encounter in..
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,..
Effective Listening Activities for ESL Students  by: Chris Cotter
Most ESL students will say that listening is difficult, if not actually admit that this is their weakest skill. The difficulty comes down to two main points. The first point results from the pace,..
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..
Game: Simon says (with samples) - Short Lesson  by: sam
Simon says is a game for three or more players (most often children). One of the people is "it" – i.e., Simon. The others must do what Simon tells them to do when asked with a phrase beginning with..
Question Tags II - quiz  by: jt
You're coming to the party, ___? a. aren't you b. isn't you c. shouldn't you Answer-a It wasn't very difficult, ___? a. wasn't it b. isn't it c. was it Answer-c Tom is getting something for Sue, ___?..
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..
Pen, paper and board games - ESL lesson  by: Simon Mumford
Low on resources? No photocopier? Time to fill? Here are some activities which need no other material than a pen and board and pen and paper. Manual mouse clicks Write the words you want students to..
What did the teacher say? - quiz  by: jt
(Reported Speech) Mr. Smith: "Are you a student?" "What did Mr. Smith say?" Answer-"He asked if I was a student." Ms. Washington: "What is your name?" "What did Ms. Washington say?" Answer-"She asked..
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..
For ESL Teachers - Teaching the Alphabet Effectively to Adult ESL Students  by: Joan Pougiales
Many adult ESL students have had limited educations and, even in their native languages, have limited literacy skills. For many, the concept of alphabetical order is unknown. Yet alphabetical order..
Using Right and Left Brain Activities in English Language Teaching and Learning  by: Larry M. Lynch
In my English language teaching experience I've found it to be highly effective to use a multi-modal approach (D. Lazear) combined with multi-media based activities for maximum effect and language..
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..
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..
Fun Lessons in Teaching Life Skills  by: Kim Fuller
Life skills are defined by the World Health Organization as "the ability for positive and adaptive behavior that enables a person to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of every day..
Back-to-School - Fun First Day Activities  by: Jennifer Dobson
Sometimes it seems just as hard for teachers to head back to school at the end of the summer as it is for students. Ease into the school year by taking time to get to know each other before the work..
The Right Cooperative Learning Strategies Can Eliminate a Major Problem With Cooperative Learning  by: Adam Waxler
Cooperative learning has long been touted as a great way to improve academic achievement. However, many teachers object to cooperative learning activities and other types of group work because they..
Games for Advanced ESL Students  by: Kara Page
Even the most advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) students can easily become bored with repetitious exercises and rote memorization of vocabulary words. No matter their age, ESL students will..
INTERVIEW 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
JTE and ALT dress up and act out a TV interview. Students must listen and take notes. Quiz at the end.
HIDDEN CARDS - Short Lesson  by: re
Hide vocabulary flash cards around the room (the game can also be played outside), making sure that they are all clearly in, on, or under something. Tell the children how many cards have been hidden...
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..
BINGO WITH NAMES - Short Lesson  by: re
Prepare a bingo grid with a question and YES/NO written in each square. For example, Do you like to swim? , Are you a good baseball player? , or whatever target sentence you are currently studying...
How to Compose a Welcome Letter to Prospective Students & Parents  by: J.C. Sprenger
Many questions come to the mind of a first year teacher when trying to compose a letter to students and parents. Sometimes the fear of acceptance comes into play, as well as a host of other..
How to Improve ESL Writing  by: Judith Willson
Writing is a skill that often appears to lag behind speaking fluency and reading comprehension in people learning English as a second or foreign language, especially if the English alphabet is..
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...
Creating a narrative (simple) - Lesson  by: Mark Cox
I took the book Where the Wild Things Are and photocopied just the images and gave them (in order) to groups of students. They had to look at the picture sequence and discuss what they thought the..
Bubble Recipe Secrets - Ten Tips and Techniques to Making Super Bubbles  by: Patricia Jensen
Making and blowing bubbles with your kids is one of the most carefree pastimes imaginable - giggles guaranteed! And yet, blowing bubbles without knowing these simple bubble recipe secrets can turn..
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 - 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..
Alphabet cards game - Short Lesson  by: PL
Make up the alphabet cards...big enough to place on the board and be seen by all (if you have a magnetic board put magnets on the back of the cards). Game: 1) Introduce the game by introducing each..
Classroom Games - Math Relay and Super Word  by: Lucas Kent
Here are a couple of great games for your daily lessons! Math Hurdles This is a great game to review number facts and to get some exercise. 1) Tell students to find a partner that is about the same..
GO TO SLEEP - Short Lesson  by: re
Divide the class into groups. Let students decide their order within the group (1 to 6). The students in each group put their heads down except for the number ones. Think of a sentence and write one..
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..
Game - Who's Missing - Short Lesson  by: sam
Who's Missing is a game for children ages kindergarten through 6th grade, and is often played in the classroom. In this game, one student hides his or her eyes while other children trade seats and..
ESL game: Running words - ESL lesson  by: Said-Ali
Running words Type of activity: whole class Time: 10-15 minutes as a warmer You will divide class into four teams. Students will be given particular topic. They will choose one secretary to each..
Using Classical Music In The English As A Foreign Language Classroom  by: Larry M. Lynch
Activities for using music in TEFL In some of my previous English as a foreign Language Teaching articles we've opened discussion over the varied uses of music in the English as a Foreign Language..
ROW RACE 3 - Short Lesson  by: re
All students remain seated. Place five picture cards (use any nouns covered so far) on the desk of the first student in each row. The first student picks up a card and asks a question about the card...
How to Get Reluctant Kids to Write (Game)  by: Miriam Darnell
Being a gifted/learning-disabled child has afforded me the unexpected privilege of discovering new regions of my brain that few have ever explored. Because of this, I've come to look at things upside..
Idiom Exercises for ESL Students  by: Nadine Smith
Idioms are words or phrases with non-literal meanings, such as "kick the bucket" or "tell on someone." According to the Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms, learning and using idiomatic expressions is..
Christmas Classroom Games - Give Your Favorite Games a Christmas Twist!  by: Teresa Evans
Christmas classroom games are a great way to bring the festive season into the classroom so that the students and the teacher can have some fun. Sometimes Christmas classroom games can be created..
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..
TEFL Techniques: My Friends the Stick Men  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL Techniques: My friends the stick men Any good language teacher (or so I have been taught!) should be able to make a lesson out of anything, anywhere. I am coming at this article from the..
TEFL Homework - The Diary - Tips  by: Andrew Carter
A student learning English as a Second Language by total immersion (living with English speakers, only speaking English for two to four weeks, for example) is at a distinct advantage when it come to..
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...
Mini-lesson in grammar for 4th to 6th - Lesson  by: Jacob Dix
gradersMini-Lesson: Stand up for what you say. Age group:4th to 6th graders (9-12 years old) Theoretical background: The idea behind this lecture is to turn grammar into a game using..
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..
How to Teach Grammar Prepositions With Total Physical Response (TPR)  by: Kristie Sweet
Total Physical Response is a teaching technique that uses physical action to assist in language learning. Dr. James J. Asher, the original developer of TPR, based the technique on the premise that..
ESL Game: 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..
Sweet-Face Oxen: Child's Poem - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: ROBIN DAY B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Sweet-Face Oxen I'd love to ride a cow or ox, to scratch its ear, to walk and talk. They are such kindly beasts you know, to bear us forth to reap or sow. I'd lay or sit or sing or play upon my..
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..
Talk a Lot Lesson Test – Books  by: englishbanana.com
Talk a Lot Elementary Book 3 © English Banana.com A) Translate these words into English from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA): a) LDåflKîäL= ___________________ d) LDqêfäK]L=..
Lesson: Dinosaur Preschool Theme  by: Mary Robinson
One of the most commonly used preschool themes is dinosaurs, since preschoolers love learning about the giant beasts that roamed the earth thousands of years ago. The possibilities of the dinosaur..
ESL GAME: Sweet Ring Toss Game  by: Sabia
Spread flashcards or toys on the table cloth on the floor. Have the children take turns tossing the rings after naming the objects they want. You can make this game harder or easier by having the..
TRANSLATION 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Teacher says words in Japanese (or the local language) and students must translate them into English. Make it a race for points. 1 translation = one point.
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..
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,..
WORD RACE - Short Lesson  by: re
First student from each row comes to the board. Teacher calls out a letter. Students must write down all the words they can think of that begin with that letter. Teacher calls time s up after about..
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..
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..
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..
This Read Along Technique Increases Comprehension  by: Don C Jones
Once your child can read most words at a reasonable pace, have her read to you in the following way: Choose a book that is somewhat challenging, but not too difficult. One way to make this judgment..
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,..
Examples of Indefinite and Reflexive Pronouns  by: Elizabeth O'brien
Can you name some examples of indefinite and reflexive pronouns? Do you know what they are? Before we look at examples, let's have a little refresher. Pronouns Do you remember the eight parts of..
How to Teach an ESL Class About Signs & Symbols  by: Nicole Dyles
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) classes about signs and symbols is very important. Students need to be able to identify and understand various signs and symbols that they see in their..
How to Teach ESL in a Multilevel Class  by: Brad Conway
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) students who perform at different levels requires you to differentiate your instruction to meet each student's educational needs. While teaching a..
ESL Game - Going Camping  by: kr
Title: Going Camping Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocab, or phonics Materials: None Procedure Tell the class you are going on a camping trip. If the students want to join, they have to say..
About English Conversation Classes  by: Serena Spinello
English conversation classes offer students the chance to improve their understanding and usage of the English language, increase their fluency and comprehension level, learn the various rules of the..
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..
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:..
ESL Problem Solving Games  by: Abby Slutsky
English as a Second language (ESL) students have the challenge of mastering a new language as they learn. Understanding and communicating in a foreign language can make it difficult for even a very..
ERASE A SENTENCE - Short Lesson  by: re
Write a target sentence on the board. Read the sentence and ask the students to repeat it. Have all of the students stand up. Erase one word from the sentence. Have a student from the first row try..
Learn your students' names - Take a picture of students as they are seated - Tips  by: jin
(and ask them to keep these seats for the first few classes) and write in their names next to their images. (This should only be used with the express permission of ALL students in the class.)
Evan's Fun Word Game  by: Don C Jones
A couple of years ago we had a student at our reading center who invented a word game that we have used ever since. As part of our normal lesson we make word cards that the student practices at home...
ESL Telephone Games  by: Kara Page
For English as a Second Language students, learning to speak and understand English on the telephone is a particularly challenging task, as many students rely on reading facial expressions and..
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..
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..
How to Teach Your Child To Read  by: Don C Jones
Reading should be fun, but to enjoy reading, one must be a good reader. Would tennis be fun if the ball never went over the net? This technique is the result of over 50 years experience teaching..
Helping Your Child Learn to Read - 4 to 6 years old  by: Celia Webb
Children in the four- to six-year old age bracket are ready to engage with the language they have learned so far. They can learn words at an amazing rate. Providing them with a language-rich..
Fun Christmas Science Experiments  by: Ilana Boyum
The Christmas holidays can be a challenging time to keep kids focused and engaged at school, as visions of winter vacation, Christmas presents and snowmen take center stage in their minds. Teachers..
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..
Classroom Fitness Games  by: Erin Schreiner
Difficulty: Easy With the growing epidemic of childhood obesity looming, teachers should take any opportunity theycanto get their students moving in class. Along with the obvioushealthbenefits,..
How to Find English Lessons  by: Collaborator
While many people have excellent English writing and speaking abilities, others either need to improve their English skills or are just starting to learn the language. Finding English lessons can be..
Grammar Fitness - A Student-Friendly Activity  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
Let me begin by saying that this activity is really called "Dictation Race". However, students spend so much energy running up to the board and back to their partners that I have taken to calling it..
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,..
Geography Quiz #2 - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Geography Quix #2. - English lesson By: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed. cowboy4444@hotmail.com> Date: 6 January 2006 1. This is one of the biggest islands in the world. 2. It is the only African..
BATTLESHIP - Short Lesson  by: re
Students get into pairs facing one another. Each student gets a game sheet. The game sheet includes two grids. One grid is for the students to place his battleships on. The other grid is for the..
Listening - ESL lesson  by: franklin johnson erowe
Of the four language skills, listening has been sadly neglected. students develop a certain degree of proficiency in reading, writing and speaking but not in listening. Their listening comprehension..
Fun Stuff to Do With Seventh Graders During the First Week of School  by: Kevin Corbett
Icebreakers are activities used by teachers during the first week of class to get acquainted with students. Such activities can be particularly useful with lower secondary students like seventh..
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..
ESL GAMES: Socks on Hands & Spin the Bottle  by: Sabia
Socks on Hands: Students need to put socks on their hands and try to pick up a flashcard they named! It is hard because socks make the card slippery. More cards = more points. Spin the Bottle: ..
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..
ESL Game - Snowball fight  by: kr
Title: Snowball fight Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary or conversation Materials: Pictures printed on paper Procedure: Divide students into 2 teams and make a line which the teams cannot..
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..
How to Come Up With a Mini Lesson  by: Rosalinda Flores-Martinez
There are many topics to choose from for ESL (English as a Second Language) classes. But then, the teacher must be cautious. Topics should interest and ignite a zeal on the students. In this way,..
Talk a Lot Lesson Test – Books  by: englishbanana.com
Talk a Lot Elementary Book 3 © English Banana.com A) Translate these words into English from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA): a) LDåflKîäL= ___________________ d) LDqêfäK]L=..
Find Someone Who - Short Lesson  by: jp
Create a list of characteristics such as "likes chocolate," "has two children," or "can swim." There should be 10-15 items, and you can relate them to your lesson if you wish. Then let the learners..
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
Freewriting - Short Lesson  by: js
Give learners 5 minutes to just write their thoughts. You may guide them by providing a question or topic (beginners will probably need guidance), or give them complete freedom. Make sure they just..
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.
Lesson Plans for Christmas Activities for 2nd Grade  by: Samantha Volz
Christmas is a time for celebration and excitement, especially for children anticipating a visit from the big man in the big sleigh. Through Christmas activities in the classroom, teachers can share..
How to Teach ESL Students to Speak English Fluently  by: Todd Bowerman
When learning a new language, fluency takes years of practice and requires constant learning, as there are always new rules and new words to discover. You can help your English as a Second Language..
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 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..
Using English Videos And Music In EFL, ESL Classrooms - Tips  by: Kisito Futonge
a) Music: English songs can be used for a wide variety of ESL learning and teaching activities. They can start discussions on a topic or even become the centre of debate. This is especially true of..
How to 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 Math Games - Two Fun Ways to Learn Your Numbers  by: Mary Robinson
Emphasizing the Fundamentals Preschool is the time in a child's life where some of the most basic concepts of education such as reading, writing and arithmetic are introduced, and the fundamentals..
Tailoring Training To Meet The Needs Of Your Students  by: Charity Weber
Pretesting students is the key to finding measurable gains in the classroom, whether it is in a public school setting or in an corporate employee training program. By finding out what material the..
ESL Game - Unscramble sentences  by: kr
Title: Unscramble sentences Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary, but especially phonics related Materials: scrambled sentences on the computer or the board Procedure: Divide the class into teams. Put..
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...
Irish Eyes - Trivia Game Questions and Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
1. How many kingdoms was early Celtic Ireland divided into? A. 150 B. 15 C. 5 D. 1 A. 150 TRIVIA: Early Celtic Ireland was divided into 150 local kingdoms ruled by 5 provincial kings and one High..
Games for Noun Clauses  by: Greg Ruland
Noun clauses can be difficult for beginning learners. Recognizing the structure of a sentence depends on recognizing its components, the parts of speech and their functions, and ultimately how they..
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..
Some great geometry/math games i can play with my students in class  by: answers.yahoo.com
It must be interactive so students would want to play.
Grammar quiz with answers - Prepositions  by: jt
Prepositions 1. I bought a new dress ___ the store. Answer- at 2. I found my car keys ___ my pocket. Answer- in 3. My friends are waiting ___ me ___ the mall. Answer- for Answer- at 4. I saw the..
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..
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..
Perfect game to learn each other's names - Cross Circle - Short Lesson  by: yi
Everyone in a circle. One person (A) starts by calling another person's name (B). At that point, A starts walking towards B. Before A gets to B, B needs to call another name (C), so B frees her spot..
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..
The Story So Far- Episode 1 - podcast - Video  by: MagentaKristen
More stories at the: Short Stories for Teachers board
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..
How to Teach Visual Spatial Learners  by: Jena Names
Sharpen your pencils! Visual Spatial learners learn best through pictures and illustrations. Visual Spatial learners think in pictures. Once they have a picture of the concept, they've got it! No..
Trivia Questions - For The Birds (2)  by: Deanna Mascle
1. Which is not a group term for birds? A. Flock B. Flight C. Volery D. Swarm D. Swarm TOPICS: Various insects can collectively be called a swarm but not birds! 2. Which of these is a fear of birds?..
English Grammar & Punctuation Lessons  by: Barbie Carpenter
Proper grammar and punctuation is the mark of a strong writer. Students need to learn grammar early in their education, and teachers should reinforce basic grammar concepts year after year. The best..
Game: The Car Alphabet - Short Lesson  by: sam
Another word game involves number plates on other cars. What you do is take the three letters on the number plate and try and make up a sentence/phrase/name that these letters could be an acronym..
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)..
Classroom Fitness Games  by: Erin Schreiner
Difficulty: Easy With the growing epidemic of childhood obesity looming, teachers should take any opportunity theycanto get their students moving in class. Along with the obvioushealthbenefits,..
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..
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 Ideas For the First Day of School  by: Tonia Lee
As teachers eye their empty classrooms the day before school starts where not a creature is stirring and hopefully not a mouse, teachers are filled with anticipation about what they will get for the..
How to Teach English Speaking Skills  by: Karen LoBello
The number of American school-aged children who speak a language other than English in the home rose from 3.8 million to 10.9 million between 1979 and 2008, according to the National Center for..
Warm-Up Activities for an ESL Adult  by: Leyla Norman
Warm-ups get English as a second language students' minds thinking in English before class. They help students focus on the lesson. They can take 10 minutes or less to do, and they generally get..
Foreign Movie Review Form - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Here is a movie review form I used to hand out in Korean university classes. Students like to watch and review movies. It makes a good homework assignment. Ask the student to review a foreign film...
English Words Used in the Korean Language - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL lesson (8+ years but can adjust to all ages). I have been collecting words (see list below) that Koreans have adopted from other languages. It is sort of a mini-vocabulary within their own..
How to Teach English to a Korean Child  by: Rossana Coscolluela
Teaching English to non-English speakers such as Koreans may seem like a challenging and difficult task. It requires a lot of patience, understanding and perseverance. If you are an ESL teacher, you..
Similes and Metaphors – Practice  by: jt
Identify each sentence as a simile or a metaphor. Then explain the meaning of the comparison. 1. Traveling to other countries is like trying other lives. (simile / metaphor) Meaning:..
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.
Games to Teach Children Learning English  by: Amy Kestly
Playing games in the classroom is a fun, relaxing way for non-native speaking children to practice their English. It is easy for students to get frustrated when they do not understand something or..
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..
ESL Games & Activities About Countries of the World  by: Victoria Thompson
The English as a Second Language classroom is filled with student representatives from around the globe, and each student learns from his peers. Design activities to represent the students' countries..
Spelling Games  by: Benetta Strydom
The following spelling games can be used by parents to reinforce spelling in children: SPELLING GAME 1: USE BOARD GAMES, SUCH AS MONOPOLY Play any game that is normally played with dice with the..
Teaching the Third Conditional to ESL Students  by: Keith Taylor
Here's an effective way to teach the third conditional to your ESL students. 1. First, write a short story (a few paragraphs is fine) about someone who had a bad day. The first paragraph could start..
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..
Idea for demonstration lesson for English class?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I just started to teach English for kindergarten kids. I have to give a demonstration lesson to get new students. I'm suppose to prepare 20 min. lesson and 30 kids are coming. They are all 4 years..
Fun Games for Children Training in Martial Arts  by: Eric Gehler
Keeping children interested in their Martial Arts training requires an element of fun and games. Traditionalists are usually only concerned with the discipline and structure of their training, but..
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..
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..
Fun First Grade Christmas Math Activities  by: Crystal Smith
During the Christmas season, the excitement of the holidays will be on all the children's minds. Rather than fighting against it, you can include some of the Christmas mood in your lessons, such as..
| Fun ESL Games - I Did!  by: Matt Tamsczak
This is a fun ESL game...in fact, out of all of the fun ESL games that I know ~ THIS ONE IS THE BEST. The reason why this game is the best is because it teaches speaking and listening at the same..
ESL 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..
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 Exercises: How to Write an Essay  by: Biju Sukumaran
Learning English as a Second Language is not an easy task. For most non-native speakers, English is fraught with grammatical inconsistencies and awkward phrases. An excellent exercise to promote..
Using DVD and Video in Your ESL Class - Part One - Tips  by: Keith Taylor
Have you ever wondered how to use movies in your ESL classes, without just sitting your students down in front of the screen, hitting 'Play' and sitting back to watch? Here are a few ideas to get you..
ESL Game - Balloon Relay  by: kr
Title: Balloon Relay Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Balloon Procedure: Divide students into teams. Each team is split in half and stands in line opposite from each other as in a..
English Games for ESL Students  by: Meg Campbell
Learning English can be a very difficult task for ESL (English as a Second Language) students. Unlike many other languages, numerous grammatical and pronunciation rules in English are made to be..
Christmas Lesson Plans for Children  by: Elizabeth Stover
President Hoover spent much of his life traveling, promoting peace and realizing how all cultures contribute to the holiday so many diverse people share. Explain to children that many of our..
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..
Some Valuable Steps On Applying Clown Makeup! Seriously, We're Not Clowning Around Here - Tips  by: Maria Parise
Who doesn’t love being a clown? It’s a great costume idea for both adults and children. It looks like a lot of work to do clown makeup, but it’s actually quite easy. Here are the steps to..
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..
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..
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 Integrate Microsoft Excel With Grammar Lesson Plans  by: Filonia LeChat
Arming students with good grammar skills may seem like a standard building block of elementary or secondary school, but giving learners the ability to communicate may have lasting positive results..
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..
ESL Reading Games  by: Mary Grace Konzier
There are many interactive group activities teachers can incorporate into the English as a second language (ESL) classroom to increase students' reading abilities and grammar comprehension. These..
ESL 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..
When to Use Shall - A Short English Lesson for EFL/ESL Students  by: Kevin M Stafford
Since shall is not regularly used in American English, numerous EFL/ESL students learning English from American teachers are not taught how to use the word. If the word is talked about in class, it..
ESL GAME: Preposition Race & Pronunciation Game  by: Sabia
Preposition Race: Give each child a toy. Then run around the room with the kids and say: put your toys on the table put them under the table put them behind the chair put them in the box……. ..
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..
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..
Using DVD and Video in Your ESL Class - Part One - Tips  by: Keith Taylor
Have you ever wondered how to use movies in your ESL classes, without just sitting your students down in front of the screen, hitting 'Play' and sitting back to watch? Here are a few ideas to get you..
WHO AM I? - Short Lesson  by: re
A student stands at the front of the class facing the blackboard. A student in the class stands up and says, Good morning (name). Who am I? . The student at the front has to guess who said it. This..
How to Set Objectives for a Lesson Plan  by: Collaborator
Objectives are appealing because they aim to make daily learning as statistical as standardized test scores. Teachers know that sometimes learning doesn't work in a linear way and often balk at..
What was the best assignment you ever had to complete in a high school English class?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I am trying to add some creative and fun assignments to my lesson plans. I teach English IV (British literature) to seniors, but I'm interested in activities from any high school English class. If I..
Preschool Themes - 4 Fun Ways to Teach Letters  by: Mary Robinson
The Importance of the ABC's Integral to any preschool curriculum is the learning the letters of the alphabet, not only because it's a crucial step towards reading but it is also among the easiest of..
Fun Classroom Games & Activities  by: Miriam C
Difficulty: Easy Classroomgamesand activities can bring an element of fun to your class. These activities are a greatbreak from regular work. They allow students to work off steam before a holiday..
Icebreaker games - Short Lesson  by: trent
have everyone say their name, and their favorite hobby.
ESL Writing Games  by: Jake Reed
Teaching English as a second language can be a daunting challenge, even for experienced teachers. Writing can one of the more challenging aspects of learning the English language. Bored students can..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
ESL GAME: Shark Danger Game  by: Sabia
The kids gather at one side of the room. The Teacher holds up one picture card and the kids have to make a sentence out of it, i.e. I like bears! Then they are allowed to jump (spread big pieces of..
Ten Easy Steps to Great Kid Party Food - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
This simple guide to kid party food turns your kids party into a fun food fest. Learn what turns kids on when it comes to party fare, and how to make it quick, easy, and impressive. Ten Easy Steps to..
Lesson: Dinosaur Preschool Theme  by: Mary Robinson
One of the most commonly used preschool themes is dinosaurs, since preschoolers love learning about the giant beasts that roamed the earth thousands of years ago. The possibilities of the dinosaur..
Game: Improvise - Short Lesson  by: sam
This is fun for older kids, age ten or so and older, and for groups of five to eight. Two kids start out acting a scene which can be anything at all: playing ball, dancing, eating a meal, driving a..
Teaching English Grammar to Kids  by: Alexis Kunsak
Teaching children in a group is a balancing act between keeping everyone's attention and not letting the focus of the lesson disappear in the excitement. Teaching grammar is no different than..
Lesson Planning  by: Sumauli Mukherjee
A lesson plan is a teacher's detailed notes on how she intends to conduct a particular class or lesson for each day. It is a vital component of a teaching job. Some schools have specific formats,..
ESL Summarizing Games  by: Victoria Weinblatt
Reading or listening to a short article or story is a common English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom activity. Following the reading or listening portion of the lesson, teachers often employ a..
| Teaching ESL by Way of Conversation in E-Learning  by: Sue Gench
Teaching ESL by way of conversation, a common practice in face-face-instruction, is becoming highly motivating to ESL students in e-learning. I hear from teachers I work with and from my own teaching..
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..
Game: Super Heroes - Short Lesson  by: sam
All four people take part in this game. It starts with one super hero sitting around. His super power is usually suggested by the audience as is the crisis that he must face, for example, the world..
How to Use Cognitive Principles for ESL Teaching  by: Miranda Morley
Anyone can stand at a podium or sit at a desk and dispense ESL grammar rules, but a good teacher is one who knows how to help students process that information and walk away with the practical skill..
Christmas 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..
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..
Ideas for Teaching 75 ESL  by: Betty Jean Steinshouer
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) is a challenge whether you are tutoring one student or teaching a large classroom of 75. Thinking ahead, planning your class in short increments, getting..
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..
Organization teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
At this time of year, teachers are wondering where their summer went! Nevertheless, you are gearing up for another school year. Prepare by getting organized from the inside out. To me, August 1..
How to Control Your Class  by: John Parks
Even the most skilled teachers will have days when they lose control of their classroom. All it takes is a single rowdy kid and before you know it, you're sitting at your desk unsure of how to regain..
Suggestions for classroom games (large group -elementary school age)  by: answers.yahoo.com
I need to find a way to keep the group quiet and not bored. My idea was allong the lines of the game 7 up. I am looking for any other suggestions, that dont require much materials.
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..
Fizzy Sherbet: A Sweet Science Lesson for Your Kids! - Lesson  by: Lindsay Small
Fizzy sherbet in a paper bag with a strawberry lollipop was probably my favorite treat as a child, but I never knew what was in the sherbet and why it sparkled and tingled on my tongue! Try making..
ESL Game - Clothes Relay  by: kr
Title: Clothes Relay Type: Active Game Target: Clothes vocabulary Materials: Old clothes Procedure: Students line up across from a pile of clothes in teams. The first student runs to the pile of..
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..
ESL Games to Introduce Yourself  by: Fiona Miller
The first day of class in an ESL (English as a second language) classroom is similar to the first day of class in any other subject. Students are typically nervous and unsure of what to expect...
ESL 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..
How Teachers Can Decrease Classroom Management Problems by Increasing Class Participation  by: Adam Waxler
One of the major factors contributing to classroom management problems is the fact that the students simply are not involved in the lesson. Therefore, it is easy to conclude that if a teacher can..
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..
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 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..
Gerunds Made Easy - A Simple Lesson With Clear Explanations and Plenty of Examples  by: Elizabeth O'brien
Gerunds are a hybrid of nouns and verbs. You remember that nouns and verbs are two of the eight parts of speech, right? Here is a silly way to think of it: If a noun and a verb got married, their..
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..
READ AND RUN - Short Lesson  by: re
Practise sentence structure, question/answer drill and dialogue memorisation. Get students into pairs. Write on two separate sheets of paper, either questions on one and answers on another, all..
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..
ESL Game - Clothes Relay  by: kr
Title: Clothes Relay Type: Active Game Target: Clothes vocabulary Materials: Old clothes Procedure: Students line up across from a pile of clothes in teams. The first student runs to the pile of..
ESL Game - Dice Addition  by: kr
Title: Dice Addition Type: Game Target: Any conversation Materials: None Procedure: Divide the students into groups and brainstorm sentences on the theme, for example what did you do yesterday;..
English Spy Code - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL game (10-12 years). Here is a game for 10-12 year olds. Ask children to decode the following phrases: 1. U R A Q T (You are a cutie). 2. R U O K ? (Are you Ok?). 3. eye heart U ( I love you)..
SENTENCE SCRAMBLE - Short Lesson  by: re
Scramble up the words in a sentence. Students try to put the sentence back in the right order. Can be played as a whole class, in teams, or in pairs.
Try to rearrange the words bellow.  by: contributor
1 looking I'm for my glasses. 2 reading? of you are What book kind 3 is Why Pamela crying? 4 Kharkov economics National studying University. Paul is at 5 is everyone Why laughing? 6 for waiting Are..
Classroom Games for First Graders (Primary)  by: Kimberlee Broaddus
Difficulty: Easy First graders are beginning to read and learn basic numbers. Teachers play a variety of classroomgameswith their students to help reinforce daily learning. Marilyn Jager Adams of..
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  by: Renee Williams
ESL games are games for students who are learning English as a second language. These games are considered edutainment because they entertain and educate students. The level of entertainment..
Hand Games for Kids Big and Small - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Timothy Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Over the years I have seen and invented several hand games that engage children. I would not call these lessons but they open a type of dialogue with children who speak very little English. Here are..
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..
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..
Easy Keyboard Christmas Music for Kids  by: Collaborator
Easy keyboard music is intended for kids to enjoy and to learn how to play. There are several strategies to make easy keyboard music friendly for kids for Christmas time. Other holiday music is..
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..
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..
Game: Who Am I? (2) - Short Lesson  by: sam
For this game you will need some slips of paper. On each of which you write the name of a famous figure, like say Marilyn Monroe, Donald Duck, Mozart, Godzilla, Lieschen Müller or George W Bush for..
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..
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
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..
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...
Christmas Programs for Children  by: Anne Kinsey
Children's Christmas programs are an ideal way to get kids involved in learning about and sharing the true meaning of Christmas. While children might get the impression from popular culture that..
WHAT S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? - Short Lesson  by: re
Have two different copies of a picture. Label one picture as correct and one as incorrect. Arrange the students in pairs and give one student the correct version and the other the incorrect version...
ESL Business Vocabulary Games  by: Tasos Vossos
The "business language" is one of the most difficult topics when learning English. The idioms, slang and the wide variety of technical terms used in business are a nightmare even for native speakers...
English lesson – Job  by: js
The English lesson – Job starts with a warm-up where students should guess people’s professions after looking at the pictures. The pictures are the cumulative images of typical traits..
ESL Exercises for Frequently Used Adverbs  by: Andrea Helaine
An adverb is a word that modify verbs, adjectives or another adverb. Adverbs often answer the question of where, when and why something happened. When teaching ESL speakers about the use of adverbs,..
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..
Christmas School Activities Bring the Festive Season Into the Classroom  by: Teresa Evans
Introduce a few Christmas school activities into your program and the children in your class will think you are wonderful. What they won't realize is that they are actually still doing school work..
Tips To Learn English  by: George Williams
Do you have any plan to pursue your further education abroad? Will you need English for your career or your education? If so, you may wish to investigate your options for learning, or improving, your..
Pre-Written Dialogs (any literate level, pairs) - Short Lesson  by: js
Many textbooks include sample dialogs, or you may write your own. They can be useful to break the ice with shy learners, but they are not truly communicative because no original language is produced...
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..
Game Gingerbread Man Hunt  by: ws
The teacher would cut out or make a gingerbread man with paper. and hide it somewhere in the school. and we went to each class asking them if they'd seen a gingerbread man walking around anywhere...
Students can be shown the mistakes they commonly make when doing a reading comprehension exam. - Tips  by: Renee Goodrich
Students can be shown the mistakes they commonly make when doing a reading comprehension exam. Identifying these mistakes and practicing ways to avoid them is a powerful way to prepare. What mistakes..
Going To - quiz  by: jt
What ___ this weekend? a. you are going to do b. are you going to do c. your gonna do Answerb I'm not sure. ___ anything special? a. Are you going to do b. You are going to do c. Is going to do..
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..
GIVING AND FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS/INSTRUCTIONS - DR. MA. Lourdes Eufrocina M. Palcuto Lesson:  by: DR. MA. LOURDES EUFROCINA M. PALCUTO
LESSON 1 LANGUAGE FUNCTION : GIVING AND FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS/INSTRUCTIONS LANGUAGE FOCUS : IMPERATIVES PREPOSITIONAL PHRASES PREPOSITIONS OBJECTIVES : At the end of the lesson, you should be able to:..
ESL Advanced Vocabulary Exercises  by: Lissa J
Once an ESL student progresses past the point of basic vocabulary, you need to bring in an entirely new set of exercises to continue to harness the student's mind and potential. There are several ESL..
Activities for Special Person's Day for Grade 4  by: Lily Mae
In fourth grade, children learn a variety of academic skills and concepts, but special attention also needs to focus on studying and celebrating their lives. An ideal way to do this is with a Special..
Name that Tune Foreign Style - Short Lesson  by: gh
Create a musical trip around the world to enjoy during English or foreign language class by playing Name that Tune Foreign Language Edition. Before playing with high school students, make a CD with..
ESL Games - O  by: jt
Object Toss Select three soft objects. Assign object#1 the question "Do you want some milk?", assign object#2 the response "Yes, I do." And object#3, "No, I don't". Toss each object to a student and..
How To Effectively Use Games In The Preschool And Elementary ESL Classroom  by: Shelley Vernon
Organization. The first thing you should do when start teaching a preschool or elementary school ESL class is to figure out how to organize your class. For the younger students you'll want to change..
Spelling Tips for Kids  by: Simone Mary
Writing and spelling are closely linked. If you don't know how to spell, writing can be more difficult than it should be. Becoming a good speller is important to your development as a writer...
QUIZ BOWL - Short Lesson  by: re
Make up 60 or so questions based on material already covered. The questions can be comprehension questions, fill-in-the-blank, translation, etc. Divide the class into two teams. Give half of the..
ESL Scavenger Hunt - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
The Hunt (Adapt this to your own school and student level.) This game promotes group English activity (team work), use of a dictionary and comprehension of complex sentences. Students must write full..
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..
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..
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..
TEFL and ESL Board Games For the Classroom  by: Adrian Allen
Classroom board games are probably one of the most effective teaching tools available. Here we see how to stimulate and motivate students, and provide a welcome change to more standard classroom..
TYKES Halloween Games  by: kevntosh
oday at the TYKES Halloween Party, one of the games was to see who could make a Mummy out of their partner the fastest.
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..
The Dictionary Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
Everyone sits in a circle and the first player takes the dictionary and is allowed to look at it for about five minutes. The player chooses an interesting word and writes it on a slip of paper along..
Re: Excellent movie for English students  by: Teacher
The movie Duplex does have a nice opening narrated by Danny Devito. Try also, My Best Friend's Wedding - Starring Julia Roberts.
3 Great Preschool Cookie Day Activities  by: Paula Jones
December 4th is National Cookie Day. Kids love cookies and will be excited to try these preschool cookie day activities. Try baking and decorating cookies with your children. Read stories about..
TESOL Methods  by: ojcsteve
This demonstrates using the color chart used in the Silent Way
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..
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..
Chopstick pass - Short Lesson  by: yi
Sometimes at the dinner table, kids get anxious for things to start. This game is a simple game to make dinner table wait times go by fast and with fun. For this game each child needs a set of..
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..
Teach English With Songs Even If You're Not Musically Inclined  by: Richard J Graham
Although we hear a lot about how songs can help the English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom, if you're not musically inclined it can be tough to make it..
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..
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..
Self-Editing of Essays - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL Student's Checklist for Systematic Self-Editing of Written Work (aimed at high school and university but should be used earlier). Writing is difficult for the beginner and doubly so in a..
Kids Homemade Party Hat Ideas - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
Try these one-of-a-kind kids party hat ideas for your next kids party. Create a colorful cast of characters with a few bits of paper, paint, glitter and glue. From fancy bonnets to sombreros, wizard..
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..
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..
Present Simple Negative Verbs  by: jt
1. Tom ___ like chocolate ice cream. a. doesn't b. don't 2. I ___ understand, do you? a. doesn't b. don't 3. Dr. Watson ___ smoke, does he? a. doesn't b. don't 4. We ___ like classical music very..
Synonym Standoff - Short Lesson  by: jin
Play to increase vocabulary while learning to use a thesaurus. Have students draw pictures of simple objects like cats or houses. Then pair students and have them challenge each other to describe the..
School Christmas Holiday Activities  by: Athena Hessong
Keep your students occupied during the anticipation of the Christmas holidays. The busier the students are, the less likely they will be to become distracted by the upcoming break. Use the holidays..
How to Teach the English Alphabet to Nursery Children  by: Collaborator
Teaching a child to learn the alphabet is very rewarding to both you and the child. Children are usually anxious to learn and absorb what is taught while playing games. Learning through play is a..
Find It Fast - Short Lesson  by: jin
Find It Fast is a review game that can be played by all students in the classroom. When the teacher or leader asks a question, students race to the board and write down the answer to the question...
How to play the game 7up - Short Lesson  by: jt
You get a group of people. Most sit down while a few stand up and are "it" I guess you would say. The ones standing tell the other players "Heads down, thumbs up" While the players who are sitting..
Groupwork in the ESL Classroom  by: Chris Cotter
When students work in pairs, their talk time increases. For example, a five-minute activity with two students speaking together would mean each person has roughly two-and-a-minutes of student talk..
Teaching Ideas for ESL Students  by: Renee Williams
Although English language learners speak and repeat English in the classroom, they often don't use what they learn at home. Authentic lessons based on everyday activities will encourage the students..
Roundly Teaching Vocabulary in ESL Lessons  by: Les Perras
In my ESL lessons, I teach vocabulary in a roundly. What I mean is, my students get the chance to learn both the meaning of the new vocabulary and how to use it. You might say to me, "Sure Les,..
ESL Games - O  by: jt
Object Toss Select three soft objects. Assign object#1 the question "Do you want some milk?", assign object#2 the response "Yes, I do." And object#3, "No, I don't". Toss each object to a student and..
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..
Introduction game for students (1) - Short Lesson  by: jt
While students are sitting on desktops or standing in a circle, the teacher tosses a ball to a student who then introduces himself and tells his favorite game or activity. He then tosses the ball to..
Tag Questions - With Be - quiz  by: jt
Match the tag questions on the right with the sentence on the left. Write your choices in the boxes on the left. Click on the answer button to see if your answers are correct or let JavaScript check..
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..
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..
ROW RELAY - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is given a sheet of paper. Teacher calls out a category and each student in the row must write one word that corresponds to the category (e.g. day of the week, animals, name in romaji). Can..
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..
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..
Classroom Group Activities for Intro to Business  by: Brenda Priddy
An intro to business class is one of the first classes that students take covering business practices and basics. Students in this class are most likely college freshmen or sophomores, unfamiliar..
7 Quick And Easy Halloween Decorations To Make For Your Classroom  by: Renee Goodrich
Here are seven Halloween decorations you and your students can make quickly and easily. In most cases all you will need is some paper, glue and felt pens or paint. 1. Ghosts! Draw a large ghost on a..
How to Teach English to Preschoolers  by: Karen Hollowell
Preschoolers are at just the right age to begin learning basic English principles. They are eager to learn and hear what you have to teach them. Although they may seem to be more interested in..
How to Teach ESL Lesson Plans  by: Robin McDaniel
English as a Second Language (ESL) students are becoming more prevalent in our schools as the educational system is becoming more multiculturally oriented. Teaching ESL students requires some..
Advanced Games for Teaching English to Children  by: Cooper Veeris
Advanced games provide the playground to teach children English without the pressure of traditional textbook learning. Games allow children to pick up concepts quickly while retaining information...
How to Teach an ESL Lesson  by: Robin McDaniel
English as a Second Language (ESL) students are becoming more prevalent in our schools as the educational system is becoming more multiculturally oriented. Teaching ESL students requires some..
Questions and Answers Matching - Short Lesson  by: js
You need to have an even number of participants, so you may need to join in yourself. Get enough 3x5 cards so that you have one per person. On half of the cards write questions, and on the other half..
ESL Lesson Plans for Health & Medicine Topics  by: Ian Moore
Although the health section of an English as a second language class can be somewhat difficult to teach because of the technical terms and vocabulary, it is an important topic to know nevertheless...
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 Play Bingo in an ESL Class  by: Kassie Jones
Games are a great way to incorporate language practice in the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom. They help contextualize target language in a way that students find enjoyable and..
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.
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..
Third-Grade Christmas Craft Ideas  by: Aya Pauli
Christmas craft ideas for a third-grade class need to use slightly more advanced techniques than crafts for young kids, but keep the process shorter than crafts for older kids. Third-grade 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..
ESL Role Play  by: George Stocker
Learning a language is a complex and long process as anyone who has tried will agree. One of the most difficult and frustrating things is making the transition from the classroom to the 'real' world...
How to Teach ESL Using Music  by: Collaborator
Music is a great way to teach ESL. Song lyrics introduce new vocabulary and remind the students that language is expression. To begin your lesson plan, select a song. The lyrics may be for a grammar..
ESL 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..
ESL Vocabulary Activities for the 6th Grade  by: Amy Kestly
Learning new vocabulary words is an essential task for ESL students. While new vocabulary creates opportunities for writing and speaking, the words are often difficult to remember. Hearing and..