ESL Teachers Board: ESL jobs, ESL resumes and free ESL resources


Return to home page



Back to Lessons & games for ESL teachers




Courtesy of


ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer


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




beginners / intermediate / advanced




2 minutes and more (depends on teacher and learners)




paper and pen (dictionary for checking spelling)






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




intermediate / advanced




3 minutes and more




paper, pen, dictionaries


Procedure: Individual/pair or group work.


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






Apply (an example)



Experience (an example)











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




pre-intermediate / intermediate / advanced




5 minutes and more




paper and pen (dictionary for checking spelling)






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




pre-intermediate / intermediate




10 minutes 




copies of several adverts




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



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..
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 Use Drama in ESL Lessons  by: Contributor
While some teachers may be apprehensive about using drama in ESL lessons, many students enjoy drama lessons because role-plays or "getting out of their skin" helps them overcome shyness. It also..
How to Teach Reading Comprehension  by: Mark Pennington
Teachers struggle with how to teach reading comprehension. The implicit-instruction teachers hope that reading a lot really will teach comprehension through some form of reading osmosis. The..
English Adjective Games  by: Contributor
Encouraging students to use adjectives other than "good" and "big" can be challenging. The best way to get students acquainted with using different adjectives is to turn the learning into a game...
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..
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..
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..
ESL Game - Red Light, Green Light  by: kr
Title: Red Light, Green Light Type: Active Game Target: Colours, Traffic Materials: Flashcards Procedure: Students start at back of room and when I show green card they yell green light and run..
Building Vocabulary Through Activities  by: Celia Webb
Studies show that people learn words best by engaging as many of the five senses as possible. Associating a new word with a smell, touch, taste, or sound helps us recall the word for later use. So in..
The Story From the Chicken Coop  by: Ted Borgeas
Many years ago my grandfather, had a small farm and chickens. One morning he sent me out to the chicken coop to collect fresh eggs. He became concerned when I didn’t return after a shot interval...
Outdoor Lessons for Pre-K ESL Students  by: Fiona Miller
Taking children out of doors can help them focus and enjoy lessons, especially if the weather is nice. When teaching children English, especially in a country where it is not widely spoken, it is..
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..
KATAKANA READING - Short Lesson  by: re
Read a passage pronouncing some of the words as if they were written in katakana. Give students a copy of the passage and ask them to circle words that were pronounced incorrectly. Assign points for..
Birthday Games - Lesson  by: Kimberly Hargis
Pop the Balloon! Before the party, blow up enough large-sized balloons so that there will be one per child. Do not blow up the balloons completely, leave them a little "soft." When it is time to play..
Vocab Test  by: jt
1. A person’s diet is what he eats and drinks, and it is highly important because both growth and health are ……………….. by it. 2.The harder a man works ,the more Calories he needs to..
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..
Preschool Theme Lesson Plans  by: Mary Robinson
Why Use Themed Lesson Plans? Preschool themes are not essential for a successful preschool lesson, but they do help bring everything together and keep students engaged in learning. For that reason,..
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..
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..
FIZZ BUZZ - Short Lesson  by: re
The first student in a row starts counting with one , the next student says two , the next three , etc. The number seven is unlucky, so no one is allowed to say it. Whenever seven should be said,..
Lesson Plan Subjects for Toddlers  by: Danielle North
Because early childhood is a time when learning occurs rapidly, it is important to ensure that toddlers are exposed to a variety of activities. From the time children are born to the age of 5 is when..
ESL Teaching Tip: How to Teach a Class With a Wide Range of English Levels  by: Kevin R Baker
With teaching English in China for many years, I often found myself in situations where I was thrust into a classroom as the new American English teacher. Before me there would be 30 - 40 grade..
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..
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..
How to Teach Speaking Activities to ESL Students  by: Collaborator
Speaking is the hardest skill to teach English language learners because of the language factor involved. It is also the most overlooked. Some ELL need time to acquire the language in order to..
Tips and Tricks (for teachers)  by: teach2learn05
Top 5 Christmas Movies  by:
The nights are drawing in, there's the hint of snow on the air, if you listen closely then you might just hear the pitter pat of reindeer hooves! With that in mind, The Round Up is proud to present..
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..
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,..
Games for Teaching English Grammar  by: Angela Watkins
Abate the dullness of learning grammar by using games to deconstruct the English language. A game can take the edge off of nervous or excited students and can help them to channel their creativity...
Vocabulary Games for Students  by: Rebecca Bagwell
Difficulty: Easy Students enjoy being active learners in a classroom. Teachers can use vocabularygamesthatencourage active participation to increase students' vocabulary retention. Vocabulary games..
Game: Balderdash - Short Lesson  by: sam
Balderdash is simple, fun, and lets everyone get involved. You'll need a dictionary, paper, and pencils and around 5-10 people, so at a big party you could make several groups. Each player gets a pad..
What Is An Abstract Noun? - 7 Activities That Focus On Identifying Abstract Nouns  by: Renee Goodrich
Abstract nouns refer to a state, concept or feeling and cannot be perceived by any of the five senses. If you want your students to be able to identify them then your students need to spend time..
Christmas Skits for Kids  by: Angela Roe
Look for Christmas skits that are age-appropriate for your group of kids. Divide roles with long speaking parts into smaller roles to include more children. Use a narrator to say the speaking parts..
About ESL Classes  by: Charlie Gaston
Learning a new language is tough. Great skill and structure is required to offer the student an information and resource-rich environment in which he can learn the basics of the English language,..
Christmas Word Games  by: Teresa Evans
Christmas word games are a great way to entertain kids in the lead up to Christmas. Not only are they great fun for the kids but they are also games that are educational too. There are many different..
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..
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..
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..