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KHALID AL SEGHAYER, PhD

alseghayer@yahoo.com

 

A Literature-Based Lesson

Khalid Al Seghayer holds the PhD in Foreign Language Education/Applied Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh. His research interests include computer-assisted language learning and second language reading. He has published in TESOL Quarterly, Language Learning and Technology, CALL Journal, Internet TESL Journal, CALICO Journal, CALL-EJ Online, and the APA News. He chaired the EFL Interest Section in TESOL from 2002 to 2003, and is currently the editor of TESOLs NNEST Newsletter and CALL Media Software editor of the Reading Matrix Journal.  alseghayer@yahoo.com

 

TopicYour Dad was just like you (a story by Dolores Johnson, 1993)

Target language: English as a Second/Foreign Language

Target Students Level:  Young Intermediate High ESL/EFL learners

Time: 150 minutes. (50 for each class)

 

Introduction

A literature-based approach in the second language (L2) classroom offers a variety of benefits. It encourages sense-making or meaning-making of a whole text (story, poem, etc). Fountas and Hannigan (1989) contend that once students understand the general meaning of the whole text, they are better prepared to deal with the analysis of the parts. A literature-based approach also promotes active engagement and collaborative work so that learners contribute to class activities through direct interaction with either the instructor or with peers. They also participate through sharing information, asking questions, and reflecting on their understanding, as well as working together to make sense of the text under study. Another advantage of this instructional approach is its incorporation of a human component so that learners can identify with characters who face common human conflicts and problems, such as fear, hate, love, etc. Learners have the opportunity to reflect on the characters actions and choices and then discuss whether they agree or disagree with the characters decisions (Adair-Hauck, 1996). Furthermore, a literature-based approach supports integrated as opposed to segregated skills and, as a result, its associated activities usually target in one lesson all the skills involved in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

The purpose of this lesson is to put into practice some of these benefits. To carry out this intention, a short story entitled Your dad was just like you by Dolores Johnson (1993) was chosen. This story tells about a boy named Peter who has been battling with his father over school work and various aspects of his life. One day while Peter was playing, he broke a trophy showcase belonging to his father which had been given to him by his own father when he was a little boy. Peter, out of fear of his fathers anger, went to his grandfather seeking protection from his dad.

This story was selected based on five components suggested by McWiliams (1993):

1. Time and setting

2. Characters with personality

3. A major problem

4. Includes a problem and attempts to solve it

5. Has a quick resolution and ending.

The lesson will be organized around three phases: pre-storytelling, storytelling, and post-storytelling

 

A- Objectives

Functional

Students will be able to predict what might happen in the story, identify vocabulary related to some social practice in American culture, and compare and contrast similarities and differences between American social relationships among family members and their own. They will also demonstrate comprehension by describing characters and events, recounting part of the story, and discussing Peters behavior.

Performance

Students will practice top-down strategies: listening for global understanding and guessing meaning from context. They will listen to and comprehend a short story in English, entitled Your dad was just like you, and demonstrate understanding through signals and actions. They will describe orally the main events and characters of the story. Finally, each student will assume the role of one of the main characters and write what he would do if put in that characters situation.

Grammatical

The grammatical feature suggested by the story is the past tense, especially simple past and past progressive. Instead of initially teaching these grammatical features, the emphasis will be placed on practicing and reinforcing their use. This will be done indirectly within the comprehension phase. Students will be directed to apply these skills when making oral presentations and when writing their compositions to discuss the characters and events in the story.

Culture

After listening to the story, students will compare and contrast the similarities and differences between American social relationships among family members and their own.

Some social practices in American culture will be highlighted, such as giving the child the chance to express his or her feelings, the importance of communication as the best means to solve family crises, child abuse, the phenomenon of running away from home, etc. This will enable students to engage in cross-cultural exchanges.

 

B- Equipment and Materials

- Over-sized depictions/drawings of important vocabulary

- Picture of the story episodes

- Transparencies

- Story map

- Discussion web

- Character chart

 

C- Procedures

Day One (Pre-Storytelling)

Anticipatory Set (5 Min.)

The teacher will start the class by talking briefly about the concept or the genera of the story, more precisely, its presentation of aspects of human life. Students will be asked to discuss the cultural values that can be derived from reading a story, as well as how, if at all, a story helps in improving ones language learning skills.

Warm-Up activity (10 Min.)

The class will proceed with an activity that will lead students to relate a story they know from their own experience; therefore, two warm-up activities will be employed. In order to generate a general discussion and engage students anticipation about the content of the story, they will be shown the title and the main picture of the story (See Appendix A). Then students will be asked to recall a story they have read or known regarding relationships among family members.

Presentation (35 Min.)

At this stage, two activities will be undertaken. First, students will be told the name of the story and its setting. They also will be shown an illustration of the main picture. Students will then exercise think bank where they are asked to brainstorm about vocabulary or ideas which might be used to tell the story. After that, students will be encouraged to see if the vocabulary predicted does appear in the story. This brings us to the second activity. Students will examine their prediction by means of Total Physical Response[s] (TPR) activities. They will be engaged in signaling activities such as pointing, touching, drawing, acting, etc. The aim of so doing is to introduce key vocabulary words, namely grandfather, father, dresser, jump, break, smiles, yell, run, walk, park, race, wind, rain, and trophy (See Appendix B).

 

Day Two (Story telling)

Anticipatory Set (5 Min.)

The first five minutes of the class will be spent on:

- Asking  students to recall the title of the story;

- Telling the students that the story, Your dad was jus like you, will be told.  

 

Warm-Up activity (10 Min.)

After showing the students some pictures of the story that were used in the previous class, they will be asked to name the vocabulary associated with each of the displayed pictures. Whoever mentions the correct word will be asked to write it next to the displayed picture.  

Presentation (35 Min.)

Time to tell the story. To best convey the meaning of the story during the sense-making phase, the teacher will tell the story using large illustrations, voices for different characters, and facial expressions to convey meaning. To ensure that the students are following the story and to hold their attention while it is being told, the following activities will be undertaken.

- First, to engage the students in the storytelling process, they will be asked to raise their objects (which have been distributed in advance) whenever they are mentioned in the story, as well as say the word belonging to the picture or naming the character.

 

- Second, to help the students focus on its critical components and to reflect on the story they have just been introduced to, a cubing activity will be used. Students will be put into groups of two or three and asked to fill in who, where, when and what happens in each box. They will be given transparencies to fill out for the cubing activity (See Appendix C).

 

Day Three (Post-Story telling)

Anticipatory Set (2 Min.)

The instructor will start by announcing the agenda for the days class and sharing with the students the rationale for utilizing these activities.

Warm-Up activity (5 Min.)

Students will be asked to relate what they remember from the first telling of the story. The visual illustrations used in the previous classes to recall names or events will be available to the students if they wish to use them. In pairs, students will reconstruct the meaning of the story on a story map.

Presentation (43 Min.)

In this final phase, in order to encourage collaboration in a meaningful context, to help students organize their thoughts or ideas, and to move from comprehension activities to those that stimulate their critical thinking skills, several activities will be used, including Story Mapping and Discussion Webbing. In pairs, students will reconstruct the meaning of the story on a story map and the whole class will engage in a story mapping discussion where groups of students agree or disagree with each other (See Appendix D). Then the class will move to another activity, Discussion Webbing, in which they analyze the events of the story to reach a conclusion about why they took place. The web discussion will revolve around the question of whether or not Peter should run away from home. After having the chance to express their positive or negative answers, students will reach a consensual agreement on whether or not Peter should stay home and fix what he broke (See Appendix E).

Assessment

During these activities, the instructor will circulate throughout the classroom and use a checklist to assess whether students are on task and actively participating.

Extension

This activity can be extended further by providing an opportunity for independent practice. Students may choose to take the role of one of the main characters and write what they would do if they were put in their situations; or they may write a reflective essay presenting what they have learned about American family relationships. Other possible activities would be asking students to individually create a different ending for the story or create their own stories.

Adaptability

The activities described can be used with any age group and proficiency level. They are, however, highly recommended for younger intermediate ESL learners who are assumed to enjoy being active during the storytelling phases; that is, signaling, moving around, completing sentences, etc.

Cited Works

Adair-Hauck, B. (1996). Practical whole language strategies for secondary and university level students. Foreign Language Annuals, 9 (2), 253-270.

Fountas, I. and Hannigan, I. (1989).  Making sense of whole language: the pursuit of informed teaching. Childhood Education, 65(3) 133-137.

McWilliams, Betsy. (1993). Storytelling Techniques. Unpublished handout. World Language Conference,  Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.   

 

Appendix A: The Title and Main Picture of the Story

 

Appendix B: Key Vocabulary

Grandfather Father Dresser

 

Jump Smile Yell

 

Run Walk Park

 

Race Wind Rain

 

 
Trophy Break  

 

Appendix C: Cubing Activity

 

Appendix D: Story Mapping Activity

 

Title:  Your Dad Was Just Like You

-------------------------------------------------------------------------

The setting:

 

This story took place in America and talks about the conflict between a father and his son.

 

 

Characters:

Grandfather

Father

Peter (the son)

 

The Problem:

 

While Peter was playing around, he broke a trophy showcase belonging to his father

and then went to his grandfather to seek his protection from his Dad.

 

 

Event # 1   Peter broke the trophy showcase belonging to his father.

Event # 2   Peter ran away from his fathers house to his grandfather's.

Event # 3   Peter explained how badly his father has been treating him lately.

Event # 4   Both Peter and his grandpa took a walk where his grandpa told him about his fathers childhood life.

 

The Solution:

 

After talking with his grandpa, Peter went back home,

gathered the broken trophy, fixed it, and then gave it to his Dad.

 

 

Appendix E: Discussion Webbing

 

Peter should stay home and fix what he broke

 

 

 

Yes

 

No

1. His father was right when he got angry at him

1. Peter was right when decided to move out to his grandfathers house.

 

2. Peter might join unwanted group when he ran away from home

 

2.  If he stayed home, his father would abuse him

 

3. His grandpa gave him a wise advice.

 

3.   Peter should seek help from somebody else other than his grandpa

 

 

Consensus

 

Best Reason Why:

 

 

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Title: Detective Type: Game Target: Possessives (Is the your __?) Materials: Student’s personal objects Procedure: Students take turns being "it" and go out of the classroom and wait for a while...
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..
Pronouns quiz  by: jt
Despite her parents complaints, she decided to live by ___ in New York City. her herself Answer-herself If you happen to see your parents this weekend, give ___ my best regards. him her them..
Halloween Party Games & Activities  by: Christie Leman
Aside from trick-or-treating, Halloween parties are the perfect way to celebrate fall's spookiest and most sugar-filled holiday. Most Halloween party hosts like to plan Halloween party games and..
How to Play an Easy ESL Game to Teach and Learn Names  by: Karen Farnen
If you are an English as Second Language (ESL) teacher and would like to easily learn your students' names, then you will want to play a name game. The students will benefit since they will practice..
ESL Game - Clap-clap  by: kr
Title: Clap-clap Type: Active game Target: Any conversation pattern Materials: None Procedure: Make up actions for the answers to the question. For example, to practice “What’s the weather..
English Conversation Games  by: Julia Estrela
English conversation games are useful additions to any ESL (English as a second language) curriculum. Along with providing valuable listening and speaking practice to students, conversation-based ESL..
Game: Questions - Short Lesson  by: sam
All four people take part in this game. The premise of this game is that two of the four people are put into a certain imaginary situation suggested by someone, and simply have a conversation that..
Geography Quiz: English Reading - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
1. One of the biggest islands in the world. 2. People eat a lot of imported food. 3. Almost half the people came from Ireland in the 1800s. 4. People are crazy about ice hockey. 5. Many men love to..
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..
How to Teach Your Child (student) to Read!  by: Monica Ryan
When learning to be a preschool teacher I found the literature for teaching children how to read was overwhelming. I was able to read from 3 years of age, yet I didn't understand how to teach it and..
JANKEN QUESTION GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Give each student five playing cards. Each playing card is a grid with five names down the side and five actions on the top (e.g. James, Hannah, Gail, Peter, Sanjit and wash the dishes, clear the..
Games That Teach Kids How to Speak English  by: S. Herlihy
Teaching children to speak English correctly requires patience and persistence. Students may struggle to learn to speak English because of factors such as a speech impediment, a poor academic..
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..
A Literature-Based Lesson - ESL lesson  by: Khalid Al Seghayer, PhD
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How to Teach ESL: Art Appreciation: Intermediate Speaking  by: Clayton Kim
When learning English, grammar and phonics are not the only things that are important. A well-rounded English curriculum is needed to fully understand the language. Learning about only one subject..
Fun Christmas Activities for the Classroom  by: Pamela Martin
Incorporating Christmas themes into classroom activities brings a touch of freshness at a time when students and teachers alike may be burning out a little. Art projects with Christmas designs are..
Sampling Homophones  by: A. D. Reed
Commonly Misspelled & Misspoken Words Some words that we might think of as homophones aren’t: they’re simply common misspellings of real words. Sometimes words are spelled correctly in and of..
ESL Quiz  by: jt
ESL Quiz – AS … AS Name: ________________ Date: _________________ Complete the sentences with the given adjectives and the correct set expression. blind – dry – easy – cold – free –..
Re: Excellent movie for English students - English lesson  by: ben
I would like to show my students a movie (helping the environment). Is there anything beside the movie: The Day After Tomorrow. tx
Reading and Writing Summer Activities - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
As summer approaches, reading and writing should be fun so children can reinforce their skills without feeling as though they are in school. Here are a few for you to try. 1. My Favorite Books a...
English as a Second Language Teaching Tips  by: Celia Webb
ESL students often develop sticking points or plateaus in learning English. To work past the difficult phases, teachers can try these classroom tested techniques which work with all age groups. Do..
How to Teach English to Kids in School  by: Karen Hollowell
Formal English instruction begins in kindergarten, if not before. It is often referred to as language arts, which provides the most accurate description of the many reading and writing skills that..
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..
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..
Ideas to Teach English Vocabulary & Grammar  by: Lucy Natek
People build up their grammar and vocabulary skills through a wide range of combined methods: reading, watching television, listening to music or using the Internet. When learning a new language it's..
Narrative Writing Activities for ESL  by: Harrison Pennybaker
Teaching English as a second language (ESL) can be challenging, especially writing, since writing in a second language is often very difficult. Narrative writing can make both teaching and learning..
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..
ESL Game - Musical Chairs  by: kr
Title: Musical Chairs Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary or Alphabet Materials: Picture cards, music Procedure: Arrange the chairs into a circle and attach a picture card on each chair. The..
Body Language - ESL lesson  by: Brenda Townsend Hall
Body Language Introduction This lesson gives practice in using the present simple tense. Text Read the text below and check the meanings of any words you do not understand in a dictionary. When we..
The Quiet Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
The Quiet Game is where you sit as quietly as possible for as long as you can. The last one to make a noise is the winner.
Scrapbooking Ideas for Kids - Tips  by: Kathleen Hudson
Many times at auctions, or estate sales, a box of books will turn up a real treasure, like a scrapbook that was kept by someone in their youth and sometimes through their adulthood. The book could be..
What's the Correct Word Order?  by: jt
a. beautiful b. to c. lady d. what e. young f. that g. happened h. ? AnswerWhat happened to that beautiful young lady? a. how b. us c. waiting d. has e. long f. she g. been h. for i. ? AnswerHow long..
Food Lesson Plans for Children  by: Paisley Parmer
While many lesson plans may use food as a material, most plans with food are about food itself. Teaching children about nutrition, the food pyramid and the healthy choices they can make begins with..
English Projects for ESL  by: Korey Egge Marquez
Project-based learning is an increasingly popular approach to instruction that allows students to engage in authentic learning activities based on their individual interests and motivation. For..
BACK WRITING 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is a team. The last person in each row comes up to the teacher s desk and looks at a flash card. When all students have returned to their seats, the teacher says Start! and the game begins...
ESL Game - Disappear  by: kr
Title: Disappear Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: flashcards Procedure: Put picture cards on a table and give students 10 seconds to look and memorize. Then they close their eyes and I..
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..
How to Teach ESL in PowerPoint  by: Renee Williams
PowerPoint presentations are an excellent tool for teaching ESL classes. They can be used to teach lessons, practice and review what students have learned. The presentations can be interactive, and..
Game for students. Contact Points - Short Lesson  by: gh
Divide up into groups of three or four. A low number is called and that is the exact number of body parts per group allowed to touch the ground. For example, in a group of three, if "Three" was..
Playing and Watching Sports: A Conversation Lesson - ESL Teacher Eric Roth Lesson  by: Eric Roth
PLAYING AND WATCHING SPORTS “The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility.” Michael Jordan (1963- ) NBA superstar Chatting: Talking about sports can be a great ice-breaker. Just do..
Native American Culture Activities - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
As many children learn about Native American culture during November, here are some activities and information about our first citizens. Do you like barbecues? How about clambakes? Well, the next..
Game: Heads up Seven up (2) - Short Lesson  by: sam
You need at least 14 people for this, another reason why this game was often played in school. Pick seven people to be 'it'. Everyone else puts their heads down and their thumbs up. The chosen seven..
INSTRUCTIONS - Short Lesson  by: re
One person stands at the blackboard with their back to the class. The other students can see a picture. The other students give instructions to the person at the blackboard. Compare the picture with..
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:..
Teaching Students To Enjoy Expressing Themselves With The Written Word  by: Aaron Whirl
Let's face it: ESL writing classes can be boring and predictable. Many students have an instinctive aversion to writing due to the fact that most writing lessons are routine and tedious. That's why..
Free Children's Sunday School Christmas Games & Crafts  by: Suzanne Akerman
The holiday season is one of the most exciting times for Sunday school lessons, and children love to participate in the festivities approaching Christmas. In your Sunday school class, help children..
| 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..
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..
English Topics for ESL  by: Caitlynn Lowe
The broad topic of English as a Second Language can be divided into smaller topics, and both young children and older adults studying ESL need a class geared toward their specific needs. Grammar and..
HOW 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..
Grade 6 ESL Games  by: Kara Page
Vocabulary, conjugations and definitions are an important part of learning English but quickly become monotonous. Students in sixth grade need activities that will keep them engaged and interested in..
How to Teach "Do & Does" & "Have & Has" to TESOL Students  by: Emile Heskey
Learning verbs in English can be difficult at times, particularly with irregular verbs such as "to be." However, in the case of "to do" and "to have," there is only one variation on the regular..
Match the Sentences  by: jt
Choose the equivalent or near-equivalent sentences. 1. He hates washing the dishes 2. He's not diplomatic. 3. He has no money. 4. He's a good driver. 5. He died from hunger. 6. He's the loser. 7. He..
How to Easily Remember Nouns and Verbs  by: Audrey Lucas
National standards for language arts require elementary students to recognize sentence structure and use it properly in written and spoken language. By recognizing parts of speech such as nouns and..
Match the Sentences  by: jt
Choose the equivalent or near-equivalent sentences. 1. He hates washing the dishes 2. He's not diplomatic. 3. He has no money. 4. He's a good driver. 5. He died from hunger. 6. He's the loser. 7. He..
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..
How to Use Music in the Adult ESL Classroom  by: Sophie Southern
Teaching English as a foreign or second language, often referred to as EFL and ESL, allow you to use fun and unique teaching materials in comparison to a traditional English class. Besides the..
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..
Games: Zip and bong - Short Lesson  by: sam
Playable by three (and to some extent two) or more players, the game involves the participants (if numerous, then seated in a circle) "passing" the word zip to the person on their right with their..
BROKEN TELEPHONE - Short Lesson  by: re
Someone whispers something to a student. Message must travel through the class. Last person says what s/he hears.
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..
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..
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..
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..
Using Google Earth in the Foreign Language Classroom  by: ravip
How to Make Classroom Board Games & Activities  by: games
Kids love games, and since it's hard for them to sit still, you need activities for them to get rid of some of that pent-up energy too. Here's a really big board game the kids will enjoy, and it's..
How to Teach the Alphabet to ESL Adults  by: Maggie McCormick
The traditional way for children to learn the alphabet is through singing the "ABC song." Trying to do this with adults will cause you, and them, to feel a bit silly. While many foreign languages..
10 Tips to Improve English Proficiency  by: Shawn Weldon
The one question I hear more than any other is, “How can I get better at English?” Being a good student and going to class is essential, but it is also important to enjoy English activities..
Sentence games - ESL lesson  by: Simon Mumford
We all know lots of word games and know that students like them. However, when it comes to games at sentence level, there does not seem to be much except the old favourite ‘jumbled sentences’. So..
ESL GAMES: Guess what’s in the Bag & Give It Back Game  by: Sabia
Guess what’s in the Bag: Put an object in a bag. Have a pupil touch it. S/he has to guess correctly. Or describe the item to the group. Give It Back Game: Have Students stand in a line. Give them..
ESL Work Safety  by: Bonnie Denmark
Whether teaching basic skills to English language learners or vocational English as a second language (VESL), English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors can help their students target specific..
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 Teaching Ideas - Lesson  by: Jophiel Aurora
Difficulty: Easy Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) can be a fun and rewarding career with great opportunities to travel, explore other cultures and learn new languages. Like many other..
ESL Elementary School Games  by: Valerie Madison
To reinforce grammatical concepts and vocabulary, mix games into your English as a second language (ESL) lessons. Games help kids to stay focused while practicing words and concepts that you've..
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..
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..
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..
Sunday School Lessons With Pine Cones (including Christmas Theme)  by: Sally Nash
Sunday school teachers can use pine cones as the basis of many crafts for their lessons. Pine cones lend themselves to lessons centered on Christmas and Easter, the two major events in the Christian..
Beginning Level ESL Lessons  by: Catherine Copeland
Beginning level English as a Second Language (ESL) activities often center around the basics of the English language, including introductions and common courtesy questions. Beginning level ESL..
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...
ESL GAMES: Duck Duck Goose Game & Counting Goose Game  by: Sabia
Duck Duck Goose Game In this game, kids sit down in a circle facing each other. One person is "it" and walks around the circle. As they walk around, they tap people's heads and say whether they are a..
Kids Money Counting Games  by: Corrine Lee
Difficulty: Easy Counting money can be a tricky skill to learn, but fortunately kids love to play with money, so they'reeager to practice. Thesegamesreinforce money counting skills all while kids..
April Fool's Day Activities Teaching Tips - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
April Fool's Day is quite an appropriate way to begin National Humor Month. Here is some background information plus a few activities for you to enjoy. Did you know that April Fool's Day began in..
How To Play Seven Up (Video) - Short Lesson  by: yun
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PICTIONARY - Short Lesson  by: re
To introduce this game, pick out a picture card that the students are familiar with. Don t show it to the students, but draw the object on the board and get the students to try to guess what it is...
Preschool Lessons on Hats  by: Helen Fitzgerald
Children love hats. They love dressing up, looking silly, laughing at other kids looking silly and playing parts. Use this love of hats to talk about jobs, act out roles, make books come to life and..
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..
First Grade Lesson Plans - Seven Must Haves for Student Success  by: Deanna M Schweitzer
Over the course of the school year, most students in first grade will develop the stamina to participate in more structured lessons for an increasingly longer period of time. It is amazing how much..
Fill-In-The-Blank - Short Lesson  by: js
Prepare a worksheet containing a text or song lyrics with key words blanked out. For beginners you can blank out alphabet letters and not whole words, choosing distinct sounds rather than silent..
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..
Drama games for ESL primary students  by: Erin Schreiner
As ESL students work to master English, they require constant practice; teachers can provide students with this practice by engaging them in drama activities. Role playing and acting allow students..
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..
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..
How to Teach ESL Grammar to Elementary Students  by: Sophie Southern
Teaching English as a second or foreign language, often referred to as ESL and EFL, can be an incredibly rewarding experience if you enjoy experiencing other cultures. Teaching ESL to elementary..
Esl games 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..
TESOL Games  by: Brian Gabriel
The acronym TESOL means Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Students of English generally need to enact a lot of repetition to really grind in the concepts of English and the extensive..
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..
ESL GAME: Category Tag  by: Sabia
Choose a category (e.g. food, weather, transportation, etc.). Students run around the room and the Teacher chases them. When the Teacher tags a Student, s/he must name a word from the category (e.g...
Free Trivia Questions From Fun Trivia  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: What is the heaviest snake? Answer: Anaconda Interesting Fact: There is a lot of controversy over which snake holds the world's record for massive size. The dimensions that have earned the..
What's the Correct Word Order?  by: jt
a. beautiful b. to c. lady d. what e. young f. that g. happened h. ? AnswerWhat happened to that beautiful young lady? a. how b. us c. waiting d. has e. long f. she g. been h. for i. ? AnswerHow long..
Using polite expressions: class ideas for teachers - Short Lesson  by: Ted
You could have the class brainstorm a list of polite words or expressions (please, may I, etc.). You could give the kids scenarios and they would have to act them out with each other as a way to..
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..
5 Ideas to Teach Prepositions to Your ESL Students - Lesson  by: Shannon Tani
It doesn't have to be difficult to teach prepositions to your ESL students. Granted, prepositions are a little bit harder because they are more of a concept than a mere vocabulary word. However,..
| Teaching ESL Vocabulary: Tips for TEFL Teachers  by: Ed Earl
It is very beneficial for ESL students to learn new vocabulary regularly. This article gives ESL teachers some ideas on how they can improve their ESL student's vocabulary. ESL students enjoy..
Face Painting Tips for Your Kids Party - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
If you can apply your own make-up or doodle a simple design, you can learn to face paint for a kids party. With these easy tips and techniques and a little practice, you'll be turning out all sorts..
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..
Spelling Tips For ESL Students  by: Celia Webb
Spelling in English is hard even for those of us who have been practicing for years! For one thing there are so many exceptions to the rules. The English language actually has two basic types of..
ESL Game - 4 corners  by: kr
Title: 4 corners Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: One student is it and stands in the middle of the class with their eyes closed. Each corner is represented by a..
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..
The Quiet Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
The Quiet Game is where you sit as quietly as possible for as long as you can. The last one to make a noise is the winner.
How to Teach English to Teenagers  by: Mary Johnson-Gerard, Ph.D.
Teenagers have a reputation for being difficult to motivate. Subject matter like English is not a priority on a teenager's to-do list. Engaging teenagers to learn the details of the English language..
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..
Gold Mine Story - Lesson  by: Lisa J. Lehr
Very short stories for children are not that common. Here is one. Robin Day Great-Great-Grandmother Cora’s Great Gold Mine Adventure as told to Lisa J. Lehr © Lisa J. Lehr 1997, 2006 My..
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..
BLINDFOLD - Short Lesson  by: re
One of the children is blindfolded and counts to ten. While she is counting, the other children can move around the room. The blindfolded child can also move. (If the room is large or the game is..
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..
WORDS AND PICTURES - Short Lesson  by: re
Give each of the children one set of picture flashcards and one set of words which corresponds to the flashcards. Each child places a set of picture cards in a column in front of her. The written..
Stuck Inside - 5 Fun Things to Do When It's Raining  by: Lisa Kirby
It's raining, it's pouring, I'm stuck inside, and it's boring! Is it raining cats and dogs? Are you going bonkers with the free time? Well then, have I got news for you! You can get rid of that..
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.
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..
some classroom games appropriate and fun for college students  by: answers.yahoo.com
I have to lead a discussion among college students. After I present all the information I would like to play a game with them to review the info and to encourage interaction. Any ideas? If it's any..
SURVIVAL - Short Lesson  by: re
This is a game to practise grammar structures. It is especially good to practise irregular verbs and tenses. Have all of the students practice the structure first. For example, if you want to review..
Re: Five Simple Spelling Rules - Lesson  by: Michael Bennett
today I wrote 'verging', but it didn't look right, so I changed it to 'vergeing' which looked better, but was underlined by the spell checker. Then I spent half an hour wandering round web sites..
Teaching Business English With "The Tractor Deal"  by: Dave Volek
Specs, specs, and specs! It's quite common for international business negotiators to use lots of numerical details. Each of these details must be precisely communicated for both sides of the..
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..
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..
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..
Teaching English Isn't That Easy  by: Matthew Tedstone
Anyone who has taught or is teaching English as a foreign language will know that it's not as easy as it might seem. "Teaching a bunch of 4 year old's to count to ten, what a doddle". Definitely not,..
Task 2 IELTS practice essays - Two Question Essays  by: IELTS Edits
Task 2 IELTS practice essays Two Question Essays 1. Nowadays we communicate less with our family members face to face. What are the causes of this ? What are some potential solutions ? 2. In many..
Teach ESL with Song Lyrics (Old English Farmer Song, Hadrian)  by: Robin Tim Day BSc MSc BEd
I use songs with children and teens in Korea and China. Did not have the chance to use songs in Canada and Kuwait where the curriculum was more rigid. Songs are really a form of whole language..
Activities for Teaching English As a Foreign Language  by: Sophie Southern
Teaching English as a foreign language, commonly referred to as TEFL, can be a rewarding way to help people learn while traveling or learning about new cultures. Focusing on helping your students..
Game for students. Rock-Paper-Scissors Tag - Short Lesson  by: gh
The group divides up in to two teams, one on each end of the playing area in their "safety zone." Each team takes 15 seconds to decide on rock, paper, or scissors for that round, then they meet at..
The Min Min Light : Australian Poem - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Barry Maslen and Robin Timothy Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
I met a nice chap, Barry Maslen, in a type of hostel-hotel in Manilla, Feb. 2006, and he agreed to let me post his poem. He has others if you want to contact him. Barry has a backgroud in livestock..
Playing and Watching Sports: A Conversation Lesson - ESL Teacher Eric Roth Lesson  by: Eric Roth
PLAYING AND WATCHING SPORTS “The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility.” Michael Jordan (1963- ) NBA superstar Chatting: Talking about sports can be a great ice-breaker. Just do..
Games to Teach English to Adults  by: Amber D. Walker
Teaching English as a second or other language to adults can be a joy. Adults tend to be well behaved and motivated much more than children do. However, adults can become frustrated easily when..
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...
Halloween Art Projects For Kids  by: ShowKidsTheFun
Fall is just around the corner, and with the cooler weather comes more inside time for the little ones. Naturally, they’re going to need something fun and creative to keep them busy. Help your kids..
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..
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..
Valentine's Day Quiz  by: jt
Valentine's Day ___ on February 14th. a. celebrates b. had celebrated c. is celebrated d. celebrated Answerc Cupid is the most famous ___ of Valentine. a. symbol b. sign c. motif d. hint Answera It's..
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..
Free Preschool Lesson Plans For Making Music With Your Preschooler  by: Denise Willms
Here are some free preschool lesson plans for making music with your preschool class or your own preschoolers at home. These are very simple, and will introduce your preschooler to listening and..
ESL Large Class Speaking Activities  by: Karen Farnen
If you teach a large ESL conversation class of more than 35 or 50 students, giving them all speaking practice can be difficult. You cannot personally engage in lengthy one-on-one interactions with..
Is Your Discipline Damaging the Spirit of the Child? - Tips  by: Judy H. Wright (educator)
If your parenting methods include abuse of any kind; physical, sexual, emotional or verbal, please get help to stop as soon as possible. Adults are supposed to safeguard and protect the young among..
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..
Tips to Create New Teaching Activities  by: Ivana Vitali
Are you a teacher? Are your class activities starting to bore you? Do you feel like your students need more encouragement during your lessons? If your answer to any of these questions was “yes”,..
ESL Beginner Lesson Plans  by: Contributor
Immigration to the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and the United States has increased over the past decade, and English is now the language of international business and finance. English as a..
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..
Lesson to teach an English Class - Short Lesson  by: jt
You could try making a short "jeopardy" type game, or a jigsaw type activity in which you hand out pieces of the text, or written questions and answers and they move around the room to match up. At..
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...
Teach ESL with Song Lyrics (Old English Farmer Song, Hadrian)  by: Robin Tim Day BSc MSc BEd
I use songs with children and teens in Korea and China. Did not have the chance to use songs in Canada and Kuwait where the curriculum was more rigid. Songs are really a form of whole language..
Mother's Day Activities: Teaching Tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Do you remember this Howard Johnson song titled "M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means the World to Me)?" 'M' is for the million things she gave me, 'O' means only that she's growing old, 'T' is for the..
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..
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..
WORDS AND PICTURES - Short Lesson  by: re
Give each of the children one set of picture flashcards and one set of words which corresponds to the flashcards. Each child places a set of picture cards in a column in front of her. The written..
How to Teach ESL Listening & Speaking  by: Penny Morris
The number of English as a Second Language (ESL) learners in the U.S. has doubled from 1996 to 2011. These students face difficulties in the classroom as they try to keep up with students who are..
HANDS DOWN - Short Lesson  by: re
This game can be played on the ground, on a table, anywhere that is flat and big enough to fit all of your buddies. Everyone intertwines their hands, palms facing downwards and you are all in a..
Game: Questions - Short Lesson  by: sam
All four people take part in this game. The premise of this game is that two of the four people are put into a certain imaginary situation suggested by someone, and simply have a conversation that..
Spectacular Sound Bingo - Short Lesson  by: jin
Spectacular Sound Bingo, a free online game sponsored by PBS Kids, features the characters from the television show 'Super Why.' Students may choose from three difficulty levels, including easy,..
Creating ESL Lesson Plans: Part 3  by: Eli McGeever
Taking your lessons to the next level. In this section we’ll take a look at ways that you can improve you basic lesson plan. These tips can help your good lessons become great lessons! These tips,..
Use Any Noun Worksheet Or List For These Lessons  by: Renee Goodrich
1) Using All The Nouns - After using a noun worksheet, ask the students to create a story that includes all the nouns. The challenge is to use them logically and without placing them in a long list...
Increasing Vocabulary Through Independent Reading  by: Celia Webb
What is independent reading? And how can it help increase vocabulary? Independent reading is the reading we do of our own volition. It could be a romance novel, sports magazine, or local newspaper...
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..
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..
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..
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..
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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..
ESL Games - F  by: jt
Fashion Show Have each student stand up one at a time and elicit from the class what he or she is wearing. Find It The teacher holds up a letter flashcard. The students must search around the room to..
How to Write a Script for Lesson Plans  by: Emile Heskey
Writing a script for lesson plans involves working out what you are going to say to explain a new idea or concept to the students. More experienced teachers often do this planning without being..
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..
Elastics or French Skipping - Lesson  by: sam
This was a real girl's game that left you with scuffed knees and sorted the men from the boys (so to speak). You needed precision jumping skills and supreme concentration to excel at this game, and..
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..
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..
The Use of Pictures in Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Tips  by: Andrew Carter
They say that a picture paints a thousand words. We think of the value of the family album: there’s Martin aged about one, when we were living in Stanley; there’s Mum about a thousand years ago..
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..
Really Creative Ways to Teach Phonics  by: Audrey Lucas
Teachers use phonics to develop literacy in students by introducing sounds as signals for decoding words. Schools have used phonics on and off since the 19th century as an alternative to the..
| Teaching ESL in Multilevel Classrooms  by: Shelley Vernon
Every ESL classroom has multilevel students, but in most cases the students are comparable enough in ability to all benefit from the same activities and lesson plans. A truly ESL multilevel classroom..
ESL Teaching Ideas - Lesson  by: Jophiel Aurora
Difficulty: Easy Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) can be a fun and rewarding career with great opportunities to travel, explore other cultures and learn new languages. Like many other..
Alot is Not a Word,........... it's Two. - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Alot is not a word but two words and this error is seen a lot in many countries including those where English is the main language. Kids spell what they hear and they hear these two words run..
Book Review and Reflection - ESL lesson  by: Nellie Deutsch
Book Review and Reflection Read a book in English and fill in the following information: Your name: Your e-mail: Information about the book Title: Author: Number of pages: Please answer the following..
ESL Games for Kids With Genki English  by: Jackie Stark
Instructors who teach English as a second language (ESL) have many options when it comes to programs to use in their classrooms. One of those options is Genki English, a popular system in Japan for..
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..
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...
ESL Pronoun Games  by: Jack Stone
Success in an English as a second language (ESL) classroom requires concentration, focus and discipline. However, occasional games can ease the workload and allow students to relax. The best games in..
Developing Your Lesson Plans  by: Mary Joyce
As a homeschooling parent you are acutely aware of how important it is to have daily plans and be organized. Everyone has their own methods and tactics. And most of these plans certainly weren’t..
Horse and Cattle English: Terms - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Timothy Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Here is a cursory collection of horse and cattle terms used in common English. It compliments the list of Bird and Dog English posted much earlier. As a teacher you/one can use these terms in a..
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..
ESL Game - Fast/slow motion  by: kr
Title: Fast/slow motion Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: picture cards Procedure: Have a pile of picture cards and show them to the class one by one in either fast motion or slow motion...
Classroom Game - Math  by: teacher
u can play like this game like u give me a math problem and after that they have to walk around the room until they figure it out if they figure it out then they pretend that they shot them like say..
How to Teach ESL to Koreans  by: Lee-Ann Jacobson
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) requires a certain level of skill regardless of who your students are. Since Korean students are exposed mainly to English grammar and vocabulary in their..
Five Simple Spelling Rules - Tips  by: http://www.writing.com/
1. “I before E except after C” I was first introduced to this little chant in the first grade and it has served me well ever since. However, its simplicity is deceiving! Remember this is American..
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..
Substitute ESL Class Ideas  by: Tammy Quinn Mckillip
If you're going to work as a substitute English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, you'll need to have plenty of educational games and exercises ready to share with your class on a moment's notice...
Classroom Games for Kids  by: Alicia Bodine
There will be times when your class finishes up a subject a little early or has some free time in the school day when you can organize some games to play. These do not require you to leave the..
How to Teach History Using Film  by: Michael Hinckley
One of the great challenges in a college history class is engaging students with material that entertains while it teaches. One of the best ways of accomplishing this is to incorporate films into..
Interesting ESL group activities - ESL lesson  by: Joanne Elliott, professional international freelance writer
From experience, the best way to teach children English is to not only get them physically involved within the lesson, but also to create the illusion that they are simply playing games. And rather..
Drama Activities for ESL Classes  by: Lucia Mata
Drama activities are a great way to add dynamic to any classroom, especially to ESL classes. ESL students can not only overcome their shyness of speaking a language not native to them, but they also..
Developing Good Homework Habits  by: Celia Webb
Children will be more successful at school if they develop good homework habits at an early age. Parents play an important role in helping the child figure out how to do their homework well. Learning..
Teaching English Language to Beginners  by: Mako Fisher
Young students especially, have short attention spans and quickly lose concentration so in order to keep lesson momentum and the student interested in the topic at hand, break the lesson time down..
For ESL Teachers - Teaching the Alphabet Effectively to Adult ESL Students - Lesson  by: Joan Pougiales, Ph.D.
Many adult ESL students have had limited educations and, even in their native languages, have limited literacy skills. For many, the concept of alphabetical order is unknown. Yet alphabetical order..
ESL Book Review- Zero Prep- Ready-to-Go Activities for the Language Classroom  by: Jane Wangersky
Okay, it's a cliché to say a book changed your life, but this book changed mine. It cut my prep time down to minutes. Using the activities in this book, I learned how to teach for two hours using..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
ESL GAME: Orange, Orange, Orange Game  by: Sabia
The children sit in a circle. Each child is given the name of a fruit. One person is chosen to stand in the centre of the circle. He/she repeats the name of one of the fruits three times e.g. orange,..
How to Teach 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..
Vocabulary Game  by: Rowenna
This is a fun game that both children and adults enjoy. I have tried it in my foreign language classes. The class is divided into 2/3 groups. One person from each group sits in front with his back to..
How to Teach Sound-by-Sound Spelling Blending  by: Mark Pennington
Learning how to do sound-by-sound spelling blending takes a bit of practice. Position your students such that your body does not obstruct their views of the board. Use black or blue markers for the..
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..
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..
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..
Teaching English as a Second Language - A Lesson About Fans  by: Andrew Carter
FANS – there’s a word, plural, which conjures up a few different images for the native speaker. Here’s a lesson about fans. As the students enter the room, the teacher overdoes the welcome with..
Fun Language Games for Children  by: Natalie Dave Martin
Teaching English or any other foreign language to young children should be fun and enjoyable experience, both for children and for teacher. Best way is to do it through games, songs and stories. Here..
Basic English Lesson Plan  by: Chelsea Hoffman
If you're just starting out as an English teacher, or if you're simply a substitute teacher who has been hired for the job rather quickly, you might feel a little stressed out when it comes to making..
Native American Culture Activities - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
As many children learn about Native American culture during November, here are some activities and information about our first citizens. Do you like barbecues? How about clambakes? Well, the next..
Tips: Sensory Table Ideas For Preschoolers  by: Mary Robinson
Sensory tables can be found in virtually every preschool. These tables are comprised of either a large, commercial table or a shallow, plastic tub that is then filled with various items perfect for..
Games - Remember Their Class Mates Names  by: ws
I teach high school, but I think this could work in a smaller class of younger students too. The second day of school, my students choose an adjective that begins with the first letter of their name..
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..
TEFL Speaking Lessons  by: Linsay Evans
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) can be a demanding and rewarding career. According to a 2005 article by Yi Yang in the "Internet TESL Journal," teaching English to non-native speakers..
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...
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..
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..
Pronouns quiz  by: jt
Despite her parents complaints, she decided to live by ___ in New York City. her herself Answer-herself If you happen to see your parents this weekend, give ___ my best regards. him her them..
Interesting Activities for ESL Classes  by: Ben Holck
Most English as a Second Language students have sat through many dry lessons where they've simply learned vocabulary or phrases and repeated it numerous times. While it is necessary to increase one's..
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..
Mother's Day Activities: Teaching Tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Do you remember this Howard Johnson song titled "M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means the World to Me)?" 'M' is for the million things she gave me, 'O' means only that she's growing old, 'T' is for the..
How to Play Halloween Party Games  by: Contributor
Halloween is a time for all good ghosts, ghouls and goblins to raise their spirits. Host a costume party for your little monster and organize some fun party games. Halloween games can be especially..
Fun games to teach a class  by: answers.yahoo.com
I have an assignment to make a game for a class. It has to be educational, and it can't be bingo or jeopardy. If you can remember any games you play with a class that would be cool. I am teaching..
Various Spotting Games - Short Lesson  by: sam
•Pick an object ahead (say a lamp post), close your eyes and say 'Now!' when you think you are beside it. •Every time you spot a flag you make a blowing sound like the noise of a flag blowing in..
What's the Correct Word Order?  by: jt
a. beautiful b. to c. lady d. what e. young f. that g. happened h. ? AnswerWhat happened to that beautiful young lady? a. how b. us c. waiting d. has e. long f. she g. been h. for i. ? AnswerHow long..
How to Use Films in ESL Classes  by: Sophie Southern
Teaching English as a second or foreign language, often referred to as ESL and EFL, can be fun and rewarding while at the same time presenting unique challenges. Communicating with students and staff..
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..
20-Question Quiz about Capitals of the World  by: quiz
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ESL Games for Children  by: Amber D. Walker
Teaching English to children can be very rewarding, but teachers must face many challenges. Children may learn languages quickly, but they also get frustrated and bored easily and need to be..
Preschool Creative Activities - Fostering the Creative Spirit  by: Mary Robinson
Preschool is the time when children are allowed to explore their creative sides through arts, crafts, games, and creative play. As an instructor, it's crucial to incorporate a wide variety of..
Classroom Game: Scavenger hunt (variation) - Short Lesson  by: sam
A scavenger hunt is a game in which the organizers prepare a list defining specific items, using which the participants — individuals or teams — seek to gather all items on the list — usually..
Using Trade Books in the Classroom  by: Celia Webb
Looking for a way to encourage your students' interest in a topic? Trade books can provide the needed spark. Trade books, which are primarily designed to entertain and inform outside the classroom,..
WHAT S THIS? - Short Lesson  by: re
Get an ordinary object, like a pen, and ask the students, What is this? The students will probably answer It s a pen. Then tell them that it s not, and mime what it really is. For example, pretend to..
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 - 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..
ESL Relay Games  by: Victoria Weinblatt
Difficulty: Easy Relaygamesin the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom offer a welcome change toeveryday lessons. ESL relay games are ideal for a large class because everyone takes a turn and..
Movement Lesson Plans for Toddlers  by: Tess Reynolds
Young children are naturally full of energy and spend much of their time hopping, jumping and running. Toddlers need practice to learn these skills and can often become restless if they have to sit..
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 - MASH  by: kr
Title: MASH Type: Paper activity Target: House Vocabulary Materials: Flashcards Procedure: Now we are going to play one of my favourite games when I was a kid. It is a fortune game. It is called MASH..
Approaches to Teaching ESL  by: Glenda Race
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) requires organization, interaction and accommodation. ESL teachers and volunteers need the organizational skills to plan each lesson according to each..
Ways to Increase Interaction in ESL Classrooms  by: Catherine Kohn
Interactive lessons have become standard practice in classrooms across the nation. The shift from lecturing to student-driven learning is now commonplace. In the ESL classroom such learning..
controversial topic for my english class  by: answers.yahoo.com
It needs to be something that you wouldn't expect anyone to talk about, but not to crazy It cannot be anything like steroids in baseball, abortion, video game violence, racism. Something that you..
How to Create an ESL Writing Lesson Plan  by: Nadine Smith
ESL writing lessons typically focus on texts and styles of writing common to English-speaking countries, such as paragraphs, letters, reports, summaries and different kinds of essays. These are the..
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..
Five Points for Effective ESL Warm Up Activities  by: Chris Cotter
The warm up of a lesson usually receives far less attention than it should. Teachers spend a lot of time selecting grammar worksheets to introduce and practice the language. Unfortunately, when it..
Great suggestion  by: Mr. Scott
Thanks for this information.
Preschool Ideas - Learning the Letters  by: Mary Robinson
Exploring the letters of the alphabet is a great way to incorporate new themes and ideas into the preschool classroom, while teaching the fundamental building blocks to reading and writing. These..
| English Money Idioms: An ESL Learner's List  by: J. Reese
When I was young, I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is. - Oscar Wilde While probably not the most important thing in life, money does, in..
Halloween Fun  by: Bridgitte Williams
Halloween should be an exciting and fun time. Here are some ways to enjoy it even more. 1. Plan a Halloween party at your house. Party plans could include these things. Get some good DVDs to show to..
Sentence games - ESL lesson  by: Simon Mumford
We all know lots of word games and know that students like them. However, when it comes to games at sentence level, there does not seem to be much except the old favourite ‘jumbled sentences’. So..
Interactive ESL Reading Exercises and Activities  by: Sarah Fardell
Using interactive exercises and games is a great way to teach reading in the ESL classroom. Reading is often the first thing students will master, and so it is important to get it right. For all of..
Lesson plan: How to paraphrase in academic writing  by: Xuan Liu
Learning objectives: 1. The students will understand the importance of paraphrasing in academic setting. 2. The students will learn about the difference between paraphrasing and quoting. 3. The..
Picture Frame Crafts For Your Kids Party - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
One of the most popular party favors is a framed picture of the party guest taken at your kids party. He or she could be showing off a silly hat or party costume, performing an outrageous party game..
Kindergarten Activities - 30 Minutes Craft Activities (Art)  by: Maegan Wong
Creative expression begins early in life. Babies are top-notch explorers who will experiment with toys, touch and taste everything within reach, discover their body parts and mastering their body..
Classroom Game - Silent Ball  by: teacher
students stand on chairs. They are absolutely silent. They throw the ball to each other. If someone drops it, they are out and sit down. If it is a bad throw, the thrower is out, not the catcher. If..
Six Dynamic English As A Foreign Language Activities That Always Motivate Learners  by: Larry M. Lynch
Are You Still Struggling to Teach English? Are you still struggling to teach English to unmotivated, reluctant LEP learners? Well don't blame them entirely just yet. Try making your EFL classes more..
How to Encourage Kids to Read  by: Christine Gayle
In over twenty years as a teacher the number one question parents asked about most was How To Encourage Kids To Read. This is a problem that most parents face at one time or another. My advice to the..
ESL game: vocab words - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
We do Connect Four with the vocab. Two teams - boys against girls. I ask the definitions and all of the vocab words are listed on the board. The kids collaborate with their teams before answering and..
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..
English Teachers - How to Get Your EFL Language Learners to LOVE English Class  by: Larry M. Lynch
How Do Your EFL Learners Feel? How do your English as a foreign language learners feel about coming to English class? Do they look forward to it because they know, "We're going to do all kinds of..
ESL Daily Life Exercises  by: Erin Schreiner
One of the first lessons an ESL student must learn is how to navigate the English-speaking world in which they live. By engaging your ESL students in activities designed to teach skills necessary for..
Face Paint Recipes - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
These easy face paint recipes show how to make homemade face paint using common household ingredients. Mix and store in baby food jars or discarded film canisters. Be ready for your next kids party..
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..
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..
How to Teach Writing to ESL Students  by: Sarah Dray
Writing can be one of the most difficult aspects of ESL teaching. Because of the complexities of writing, many teachers simply avoid the area, instead concentrating on reading and pronunciation...
Writing Activities for Teaching English in Middle School  by: Kayla Lowe
Writing skills are among the most important English lessons taught to middle school students. These skills are those that they will use throughout high school, college and their careers. Expository,..
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..
ESL GAME: Catch counting game  by: Sabia
Have the students stand in a circle. Start randomly tossing the small ball around the circle. When a person catches the ball, they say the next consecutive number. It's so easy and so much fun. The..
Improving Vocabulary - Seven Ideas for ESL Students  by: Celia Webb
Do you want to improve your command of the English language? Many English as a Second Language (ESL) learners reach a point where their English does not get any better. They have learned the basics..
Language Arts Lesson Plan for Second Grade  by: Randi McCreary
The second grade language arts curriculum often revolves around developing reading and writing skills. Students are ready to incorporate a higher level of comprehension in their reading, and place..
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..
Study Tips for Students  by: Simone Mary
Every student knows the importance of studying. However at times studying can be tedious and boring. Studying is not usually a favorite past time of most students, although there are those who enjoy..
ESL Game - Mixed Up Sentences  by: Joe Tosczak
This is another one of those "very easy to learn" ESL Games. This game is similiar to the "Mixed Up Words" ESL Game...but this game is more geared towards more advanced students. When I first started..
Characteristics of a Good ESL Practice Activity  by: Maggie Gebremichael
English as a Second Language (ESL) activities have different characteristics and purposes. For example, a grammar activity given as a worksheet can be successful when it reinforces information for..
Classroom Games for ESL Students  by: Alexis Vega-Singer
Following a textbook is a good way to teach ESL, but sometimes you want to mix things up a little and regain your students' attention. Try some of these games to get students moving around and using..
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..
How to Create an Attitude of Cooperation - Tips  by: Judy H. Wright
Having been a parent educator and a PBS consultant for Ready to Learn for many years, I have had the unique opportunity to work with Head Start families, Child Care Providers, and parents as well as..
Reading Comprehension Activities for ESL Students  by: Tonya Yirka
When working with ESL (English as a second language) adult students, remember that they are probably proficient in their native language and can read in that language as well. Therefore, they have..
Icebreakers - Pack your suitcase - Short Lesson  by: choi
Ask students to make a list of 10 things they would pack up in the event of a disaster, or going off for a whole year to another country that is far away. ‘Things’ packed do not literally have to..
Spelling Activities That Improve Spelling  by: Kimberly Arslan
Your child should get 100% on their spelling tests, right? Easier said than done because some parents struggle every week with getting their children to study their spelling lists. Never fear, we've..
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..
Halloween Howler (Questions)  by: Deanna Mascle
1. What rock star worked as a gravedigger before starting his musical career? A. Roy Orbison B. Billy Joel C. Mick Jaggar D. Rod Stewart 1. What famous rock star worked as a gravedigger before..
How to Teach Listening to EFL/ESL Learners  by: Heather Laurent
Listening is one of the four fundamental skills taught in the EFL/ESL classroom in addition to speaking, reading and writing. Not only is listening the most frequently-used skill, it is often the..
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..
Game for students. Coin-Flip Relay - Short Lesson  by: gh
Form two lines with everyone holding hands to either side of you. Flip a coin where the lead persons in each line can see the outcome. If it is "heads," the line-leaders must squeeze the next..
How to Come Up With a Lesson Plan  by: Collaborator
Most people who would like to become teachers don't consider the time and effort that goes into writing a lesson plan, which really benefits both the student and the teacher. Even after taking..
Scary Halloween Crafts - Tips  by: Angela Maroevich
Looking for some great Halloween crafts for your Halloween party, haunted house, or just for trick-or-treaters? A fun craft is something that can keep you occupied for hours on end especially if you..
ESL 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..
ESL Lesson Plans on Food  by: Ian Moore
The food unit can be a crucial one because it is extremely beneficial for someone studying English to learn how to use food items in a sentence. This unit not only introduces the use of count and..
Ultimate Airplane Themed Games & Activities for your (any) Child's Birthday Party  by: Geoff Schurman
Are you looking for the Ultimate Airplane Themed Party Games and Activities? Well stop looking because they are right here... Good Luck and happy reading... "Paper Airplane Contest" Have each child..
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..
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:..
The where and why of apostrophes - Lesson  by: J. McCorquodale
Can we handle the apostrophes? For sure we can... But quite a number of english speaking individuals do not seem to know how, as can be seen by the number of errors in shop signs and advertisements...
Learning the Basics Like the Alphabet and Numbers  by: Theresea Hughes
We all want our children to succeed in learning and the first mini hurdle that they have to overcome is learning the basics like the alphabet and numbers. Yet trying to get a toddler to memorize..
what games and activities are suitable for kids ages 6-12 years old.I'm an english teacher in korea?  by: answers.yahoo.com
English is their second language so games and activities are suitable for them to learn in a fun way so that they wont easily get bored
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..
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..
Preschool Creative Activities - Fostering the Creative Spirit  by: Mary Robinson
Preschool is the time when children are allowed to explore their creative sides through arts, crafts, games, and creative play. As an instructor, it's crucial to incorporate a wide variety of..
ESL Game - Giants, Wizards and Dwarves  by: kr
Title: Giants, Wizards and Dwarves Type: Active Game Target: Fairy Tale theme Materials: None Procedure: This game is an active version of Rock Scissors Paper. Instead of Rock there is Giants,..
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..
ESL GAME: Blow that fish  by: Sabia
Make two teams. Tell each team to make a paper fish. Line the teams up at the starting line. Then you start asking questions; when a student answers the question correctly, he gets a chance to blow..
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..
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..
What's the Correct Word Order?  by: jt
a. brightly b. is shining c. sun d. the AnswerThe sun is shining brightly. a. in b. lives c. my sister d. New York AnswerMy sister lives in New York. a. birds b. sing AnswerBirds sing. a. cloth b...
Crossing Cultures - Lesson  by: Ali
Level: intermediate upper Time: 40-60 minutes Aim: Have the students talk about different cultures and traveling to a foreign country. Procedure Bring in the class some pictures of some people who..
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..
ESL GAME: Clothes Fun  by: Sabia
Students form teams of 2. Each team has a bag with some clothes in it. You ask: put on your hat etc.…. The first team members put on the clothes. He/She must say "This is my shirt" "These are my..
How to Engage Students in ESL Classes  by: Janet Beal
Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) presents teachers with a number of challenges. One of the main ones involves strategies to keep students interested and engaged while tackling a complex..
English Language Teaching - Using Toys as Educational Tools  by: Larry M. Lynch
Children love to play. Who can deny it? So why not use this universal characteristic to provide and promote English language learning as well? If you do, you can hardly go wrong. What child is going..
How to Write a Children's Christmas Story  by: Mary Beth Magee
Writing for children requires a great story, intriguing characters and descriptive detail, all couched in vocabulary appropriate to the age group. Use resources such as Alijandra Mogilner's..
Neologisms  by: A. D. Reed
Neologisms William Shakespeare was one of the greatest coiners of words in the history of the English language. In our information age, innovative businesses are among the most prolific generators of..
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..
BOARD GAMES - Short Lesson  by: re
Make up a board game for any grammar point. Model the game after a well-known game, such as Snakes (chutes) and Ladders, or make your own. Have squares for missing a turn, getting an extra turn,..
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..
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.
Teaching Preschool - Patience, Expectations, and Fun  by: Mary Robinson
"Not While I'm Wearing the Hat" Teaching preschool is never a walk in the park. One moment you're trying to sooth a crying child while tearing apart two others who are fighting over the last black..
Kids 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..
classroom game (3) - Short Lesson  by: sam
Got this idea from Hocus Focus- from the newspapers, usually near the Comics section: Get two or three students to go in front of the class. There will be a "before and after" comparison. For the..
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,..
How to Teach English With Ludic Activities  by: Nicki Callahan
Ludic, or spontaneous, activities are effective tools when teaching English. These activities encourage students to practice their language skills on the spot and without preparation. These exercises..
The Story So Far- Episode 1 - podcast - Video  by: MagentaKristen
More stories at the: Short Stories for Teachers board
Tips in Teaching English for Specific Purposes (ESP) for Tourism  by: Majlinda Miftari
English for Specific Purposes (ESP) is a course designed to meet specific needs of the learners and helps them to accomplish their English skills. They get the possibility to use the language for..
Interactive ESL Reading Exercises and Activities  by: Sarah Fardell
Using interactive exercises and games is a great way to teach reading in the ESL classroom. Reading is often the first thing students will master, and so it is important to get it right. For all of..
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,..
WHICH PICTURE? - Short Lesson  by: re
Give students a reading passage with 2 to 5 pictures on the bottom. Get them to read the passage then guess which picture goes with the passage.
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..
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...
Lesson: Teacher ask class  by: teach
Easy I wanna know what cool things you guys have managed to buy with twenty dollars. Maybe write it or draw it? Fun and great to know students better and their level of English. Sample: Student A:..
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..
Games for English Lessons  by: Carrie Perles
For many students, the words "English class" are synonymous with "boring." You can spice up English class with some fun games to review any concept they've been learning, from grammar to literature..
Easter Activities for the Classroom  by: Teresa Evans
If you need Easter activities for the classroom, you will find that you have many different activities from which to choose. You may like to have the children create Easter crafts but there are also..
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..
ESL Games to Play  by: Reena Das
According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, 3.8 million students in the United States enrolled in English learning classes for the 2003--2004 school year. With the rise of..
Games for Teaching English to a Child  by: Phillip Chappell
Teaching young students English as a Second Language, ESL, can be fun for both the students and for the instructor, especially with the use of games. According to the Cambridge University Press,..
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..
How Not to Teach Context Clues  by: Mark Pennington
To most intermediate, middle, high school, and college teachers, teaching context clues means helping students consciously identify and apply strategies to figure out the meaning of unknown words..
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...
Going Beyond Hello - ESL Teacher Eric Roth Lesson  by: Eric Roth Lesson
GOING BEYOND HELLO “Accept me as I am – only then will we discover each other.” Federico Fellini (1920-1993), Italian director/screenwriter Telling Your Story: Please interview the person..
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..
How to make a grammar lesson great  by: Ramya Raju
The one thing we learned as trainee English teachers was that any point of time you are dealing with several syllabi – the prescribed one, the version of the prescribed one that you customize for..
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..
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
Effective Lesson Plan Making Strategies  by: Sweety Kaur
Planning is an integral part of any activity that you do as it is the only thing that can ensure the smooth completion of your activity. An effective plan can let you work in a proper way and also..
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..
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..
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..
Geography Games for Students  by: Mackenzie Wright
Difficulty: Easy Playing geography classgamesis an excellent way to engage students and keep them on their toes.Games that lighten the mood make great fillers for the end of the period when lessons..
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..
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..
Using Pictures to Teach Narrative Writing with Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Lesson  by: Trina Allen
Subject: Sixth Grade Language Arts – Segregation and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Time allotted: 90 minutes Organization: large group Objective: Students will demonstrate the understanding of the..
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,..
How to Use Movies to Teach English Literacy  by: Aaron Reynolds
Since the day that motion pictures became popular in nickelodeons, the American public has been fascinated with film. Movies have a special power to sway and influence your emotions. Movies are also..
Teaching the Plural of Nouns to English Language Learners  by: Kyra Sheahan
As you set out to teach the plural of nouns to English language learners, known as ELL, it's important to know exactly what level of English language knowledge they already possess. For some English..
How to Encourage Kids to Read  by: Christine Gayle
In over twenty years as a teacher the number one question parents asked about most was How To Encourage Kids To Read. This is a problem that most parents face at one time or another. My advice to the..
Advice on how to teach English to a student with a learning problem - ESL lesson  by: From our discussion forum
Dear Kwako, I'm trying to teach privately a 11-year old with a learning problem - she's really struggling with English. She likes to play video games. I am the 5th teacher they hired for Alice. She..
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..
Native American Culture Activities - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
As many children learn about Native American culture during November, here are some activities and information about our first citizens. Do you like barbecues? How about clambakes? Well, the next..
Common complaints of families with teenagers - Lesson  by: Ali
Debate Topic: Common complaints of families with teenagers. Time: 90 (ninety) minutes Level: intermediate upper Objective: The L-s will practice Oral English skills through debate. Warmer: Tell to..
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..
Motivating ESL Students  by: Renee Vians
Many of the factors that affect the rate of language acquisition are beyond the instructor’s control. However, motivating ESL students is possible when you implement well-planned lessons,..
How to Adapt Writing for the ESL Student  by: Paul Argodale
Aural/oral second language learning occurs more or less naturally, much as it does for infants learning their first language. Reading and writing is a different story; people spend 12 or 13 years in..
How to Make a Christmas Tree With Geometric Shapes  by: Jonra Springs
Geometric shapes commonly make up the parts of Christmas trees in drawings and crafts. Smaller shapes represent the different types of tree decorations. Teachers use Christmas tree crafts for math..
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..
ESL & Teaching Secondary Colors  by: Elise Vogler
Color words are a basic vocabulary item in any English as a Second Language classroom. The primary colors consist of red, yellow and blue. The secondary colors are ones that consist of two primary..
Game: Seven Up - Short Lesson  by: sam
Seven Up (sometimes called "Heads Up, Seven Up", "Heads Up, Thumbs Up", "Thumbs Up, Seven Up", or "Heads Down, Thumbs Up") is a traditional children's game that is played in primary schools, and to a..
Favourite ice breaker games - Short Lesson  by: trent
If you need a game for a bunch of people - a fun one is to make everyone get in line in order of their birthdays without speaking. They can only use hand gestures and other ways of conveying their..
How to Write a Sample Checklist for ESL Students  by: Deronte Smith
Checklists can be a great tool in the field of education, and particularly important in keeping students on track and focused; however, when doing so for English as a Second Language (ESL) students..
How to Make a Christmas Tree With Geometric Shapes  by: Jonra Springs
Geometric shapes commonly make up the parts of Christmas trees in drawings and crafts. Smaller shapes represent the different types of tree decorations. Teachers use Christmas tree crafts for math..
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,..
Re: EFL/ESL games (2) - English lesson  by: kirsteen06
What a great idea ! Have you used this in larger classes , must get rather rowdy !
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..
2 Great Preschool Polar Bear Activities  by: Paula Jones
In the United States, Polar Bears have become synonymous with Coca-Cola advertisements. We watch cute polar bears have parties and fun while drinking Coca-Cola soda in the Arctic. Preschool children..
How to Make English Crossword Puzzles - Lesson  by: Alexander Golishev
Hey teachers of English! Would you like to have a chance to keep your students busy at any given time during the class? Why not use thematic crossword puzzles which are both fun to do and extremely..
Reading Comprehension - ESL lesson  by: Nellie Deutsch
Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow: Online Distance Learning Online distance learning is an instructional system which connects learners with educational resources...
Three Fun Ideas for Teaching Grammar to TEFL Learners  by: Larry M. Lynch
Grammar. The very mention of the word strikes fear into the heart of the staunchest language learner. Many English EFL and ESL teachers also feel the pit of their stomach churn at the thought of..
From ABCs To Phonics - The Alphabet In The ESL Classroom - Lesson  by: Shannon Tani
Teaching the alphabet to your students can be as easy as uh...A...B...C! The first place that you want to start, especially if your kids are new to English, is with the ABC song. Sing it as often as..
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.
Learn your students' names - Use a seating chart for the first few classes - Tips  by: jin
Ask students to sit in the same place for a few classes o help you learn their names more quickly.
Common complaints of families with teenagers - Lesson  by: Ali
Debate Topic: Common complaints of families with teenagers. Time: 90 (ninety) minutes Level: intermediate upper Objective: The L-s will practice Oral English skills through debate. Warmer: Tell to..
Matisse Lesson Plans for Children  by: Stephany Elsworth
Henri Matisse, a French artist who lived from 1869 to 1954, was one of the most notable painters of the 20th century. He led the post-Impressionist Fauvist artistic movement, a style that used..
STORE - Short Lesson  by: re
Open a pretend store in the classroom. If it is a restaurant, let the students place the orders etc.
ESL Game - Mixed Up Sentences  by: Joe Tosczak
This is another one of those "very easy to learn" ESL Games. This game is similiar to the "Mixed Up Words" ESL Game...but this game is more geared towards more advanced students. When I first started..
English ESL Activities  by: Evelyn King
English ESL activities are a wonderful way of introducing new topics, vocabulary and grammar to foreign learners of English, as well as consolidating knowledge. Activities such as games or role play..
ESL Game - Ball throw  by: kr
Title: Ball throw Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary or sentence patter Materials: Ball Procedure: Throw the ball to a student. The student catches it and says a word or sentence, for example,..
What are some fun, exciting ways to teach space to first graders?  by: answers.yahoo.com
They're all great writers, but I want to challenge them to do something outside of their comfort zone. Worksheets etc I can handle for "fun activities" during their own time (they love doing them,..
Games to Teach English  by: Natalie Grace
Learning another language can be difficult for many people. Those who wish to learn English can have trouble understanding its unique conventions. Perhaps you are teaching someone or a group of..
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..
Christmas Lesson Plans for Toddlers  by: Erin O. Smith
Young children are always excited at Christmas. Incorporating the holiday into your lesson plans is a fun and educational way to reach toddlers. Christmas Music Classic songs with short simple..
Game - Hana Ichi Monme: traditional Japanese children's game - Lesson  by: sam
Hana Ichi Monme (花一匁?) is a traditional Japanese children's game. The game is similar to the game Red Rover in the Western world. This game is often played in kindergartens and..
A-B PAIRWORK - Short Lesson  by: re
Student A is given half of the information and Student B is given the other half. Students have to work together and ask each other questions to fill in the missing information on each of their..
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..
Inexpensive Art & Craft Ideas for Three-Year-Olds  by: Sid Williams III
Swiss child psychologist Jean Piaget identified four stages in a child's learning. Three-year-olds are in the second stage, the pre-operational period, which lasts from age 2 until 6 1/2 or 7. At..
Ten Ha-Ha-Hilarious Kids Party Games - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
PARROT GAME Divide guests into two equal groups, one is the Pirates, the other the Parrots. The parrots are very very grouchy and are not permitted to smile. The pirates can do anything they like to..
English As a Second Language Teaching Activities  by: Simon Fuller
Whether you're teaching your class of students their first words of English as a second language or want to reinforce what has already been learned, a popular method of keeping things fun while also..
Spelling Games Help Children Learn to Spell Words Easily  by: Jo Alelsto
Teaching kids to spell is usually troublesome because there are no definite rules in spelling. Children learning English at an early stage find it difficult to spell words by simply relying on..
Re: Excellent movie for English students - English lesson  by: ben
I would like to show my students a movie (helping the environment). Is there anything beside the movie: The Day After Tomorrow. tx
ALPHABET 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Use big cards. Go through the alphabet once in order then mix them up. Introduce the pronunciation of B and V, M and N, and L and R carefully.
SNOWBALL - Short Lesson  by: re
Hold a soft ball in front of you and say dramatically something like I want to go home! or I m going to eat a hamburger! . Throw the ball to one of the children, help her repeat what you say and..
Teaching ESL to Children Using ESL Classroom Games  by: Stephen Stocker
There are times of the day when special activities such as ESL classroom games are very appropriate. Although the daily school timetable varies from country to country, it is usual for children aged..
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..
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..
Game: Splat! - Short Lesson  by: sam
This is much less complicated than it sounds. It works for numbers from eight upwards and is suitable for kids aged eight onwards. 1.Kids stand in a circle, adult stands in the middle. 2.Adult makes..
How to Teach a Child English One to One - Tips  by: Shelley Vernon
On the ESL forums one often sees teachers asking for ideas to make their one to one lessons more fun. Many teachers are brilliant in the classroom but are at a loss for ideas when it comes to..
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..
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..
ESL Review Games: Alphabet Game  by: Jack Stone
Difficulty: Easy Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) is a difficult task, especially when teaching beginnerswho know very little of the English language. However, the strategic implementation..
Astronomy: Prepositions  by: jt
Astronomers study the planets ___ our solar system. a. among b. below c. in Answer-c Stars are balls of gas that give ___ light. a. away b. in c. out Answer-c A galaxy is a system ___ stars. a. of b...
ESL Exercises With Money & Checks  by: Lissa J
Patty Middleton, an English as Second Language teacher in St Paul, Minnesota, with a degree in ESL from Hamline University, says it is important to incorporate exercises with money and checks into..
Finding More English Pronunciation Tips on YouTube!  by: Eric Roth, www.compellingconversations.com
Finding More English Pronunciation Tips on YouTube! Student Name: Class: Teacher: Date: Find a quality YouTube videoclip that provides a tip on English pronunciation that you would like to share with..
Matisse Lesson Plans for Children  by: Stephany Elsworth
Henri Matisse, a French artist who lived from 1869 to 1954, was one of the most notable painters of the 20th century. He led the post-Impressionist Fauvist artistic movement, a style that used..
ESL Tutoring Games  by: Danielle Herzog
Learning the various aspects of the English language can be fun for students when using games and creative activities. Tutors and educators can incorporate these ideas into their lesson plans to help..
Games That Teach Kids How to Speak English  by: S. Herlihy
Teaching children to speak English correctly requires patience and persistence. Students may struggle to learn to speak English because of factors such as a speech impediment, a poor academic..
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...
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..
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..
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..
Short Stories for Intermediate ESL  by: Leyla Norman
Short stories open up a world of literature to English as a second language (ESL) students. Incorporating short stories into your students' lessons along with other types of authentic reading..
| Fun 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..
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..
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..
The Prefix Relays - Short Lesson  by: jin
Challenge students to a session of "The Prefix Relays." After presenting six prefixes, let students put the lesson to the test. Divide them into two relay teams. Provide each team with a pile of root..
What should I teach in my first English as a foreign language lesson for beginners  by: answers.yahoo.com
I will be teaching 2 adults who I believe and a very basic grasp of English.
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...
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..
Teaching Grammar - 5 Tips to Help You and Your Students  by: Elizabeth O'brien
1. Know Your Subject This is obvious, but it must be said. I have sat in classroom where the teacher told the students that adjectives modified nouns, pronouns, and other adjectives. Ahhhhh!..
7 Activities to Promote Reading For Preschoolers  by: Christine Gayle
Have you ever noticed how much little 4 and 5 year old children like to just play? They seem to take even the most trivial of activities and turn them into something fun. So why not make a game out..
How to Multiply Fractions  by: Jen
How to Multiply Fractions If you have mastered adding and subtracting fractions, often multiplying fractions will seem a lot less complicated. Many of the steps feel similar, but much of the work..
ESL GAME: Letter Game  by: Sabia
Divide the Students into 2 teams. Get them to sit in two lines and show the last Student at the back of each row a letter. Scratch the letter on the back of the last student. The student does the..
How to Explain Halloween to Children  by: Contributor
Halloween is lots of fun for kids - mostly because it usually involves getting dressed up and eating candy. There's more to Halloween than trick-or-treating, though, and you may want to share the..
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..
How to Teach ESL Speaking  by: Chris Cotter
A person's skill with English as a foreign language (EFL) is often measured by the speaking ability of the students. The student may score well on tests or have an extensive vocabulary, but he/she..
Role Plays (intermediate-advanced, pairs) - Short Lesson  by: js
Role plays are far more communicative than pre-written dialogs, but they are often challenging for beginners or shy students because they must come up with their own language to fit a particular..
CARD GAMES - Short Lesson  by: re
Adapt any card games you know to a grammar point. E.g. Old Maid, Go Fish, Crazy Eights, Speed, etc. Also, these games can be taught to an English club.
Guided Reading in Kindergarten?  by: Kelly Mikesell
Many teachers ask me about guided reading in Kindergarten. They ask about what to do with students who aren't reading, what to do after they read the book, how to start guided reading, and why they..
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..
The Hero's Journey And Casablanca: Teaching The Monomyth  by: James Frieden
Casablanca has it all: moving love story; stunning artistry; and captivating characters. It's a classic film that millions watch again and again. However, did you know that Casablanca was also an..
Reading Comprehension Lessons For Primary-Elementary Students  by: Renee Goodrich
Reading comprehension lessons for primary/elementary students that you can do with any text. 1. Dictionary Meaning - Select a paragraph of a text and ask your students to circle the words that you..
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..
Camping Themed Lesson Plans  by: Renee Goodrich
Try these 20 camping theme activities with your students. 1) How many words can you make out of the word camping? (eg. pan, map) 2) Unscramble these three words: ihsfgni - mpfrieca - otcrh 3) Put..
| ESL Game - 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..
ESL Conditional Games  by: River Lin
An excellent strategy to use when teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) is to incorporate games to either teach a new skill or to practice a newly acquired skill. Learning to speak English..
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..
PICTIONARY - Short Lesson  by: re
To introduce this game, pick out a picture card that the students are familiar with. Don t show it to the students, but draw the object on the board and get the students to try to guess what it is...
How to Teach Daily Routines to ESL  by: Shelley Gray
Routines and procedures can be the greatest factors in operating a successful classroom. According to Dr. Brandi Simonsen of the Center for Behavioral Education and Research, teacher and student..
Teaching English - Some Easy Ideas  by: Theresa Nahim
If you've ever studied another language, then you know how difficult it is to navigate the landscape of the new culture. Even if you never have, studying a language cannot be relegated to words alone..
Teaching English to Non-English Speaking Children  by: Lucy Dale
The easiest time to learn a language is as a child. Children can use the abilities they are developing to acquire their native language to develop skills in other languages as well. English is a..
Year 8 (age 13-14) English Level test. - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. MSc. B.Ed.
I used the following to test the English level of new students coming to our school in Kuwait. ESL students sometimes enjoy testing themselves. Year 8 (age 13-14) English Level Test. 1. Fill the..
TEFL Techniques: Comparing Cathedrals - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
The value of getting your student or students out of the confines of the classroom cannot be underestimated. Trips and visits not only improve the student teacher relationship, but they are brilliant..
Spelling Games Help Children Learn to Spell Words Easily  by: Jo Alelsto
Teaching kids to spell is usually troublesome because there are no definite rules in spelling. Children learning English at an early stage find it difficult to spell words by simply relying on..
Valentine's Day Quiz  by: jt
Valentine's Day ___ on February 14th. a. celebrates b. had celebrated c. is celebrated d. celebrated Answerc Cupid is the most famous ___ of Valentine. a. symbol b. sign c. motif d. hint Answera It's..
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?
fun games to play with a high school class  by: answers.yahoo.com
I am the teacher in a high school classroom and my students love to play games. We have played the same games for such a long time that many of them are losing their fun. Any suggestions for fun,..
Scavenger Hunt - Short Lesson  by: jin
A fun way to introduce a new vocabulary word is to turn the word into a mystery. Introduce the word to the students by writing it on the board or overhead, but do not give them the definition...
5 Free Games to Entertain the Kids When Traveling by Car - Activities  by: Mandy Ferry
When you are planning a big trip by car, you need to consider how you will entertain the kids. Sure a portion of the trip may be ruled out with sleeping (if you are lucky), your kids will no doubt be..
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..
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..
That's a paradox: Classroom game - Short Lesson  by: PL
Paraphrasing: In Catch 22, you can get out of the military if you are crazy. If you are sane, then you have to stay. However, to fly the missions, you have to be crazy. Only thing is, if you know its..
Hindi Sentence - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
This short lesson will interest teachers and students of English who want to know about the Hindi words that have entered into common English. This happened in Victorian times when the British united..
7 Activities to Promote Reading For Preschoolers  by: Christine Gayle
Have you ever noticed how much little 4 and 5 year old children like to just play? They seem to take even the most trivial of activities and turn them into something fun. So why not make a game out..
Various Spotting Games - Short Lesson  by: sam
•Pick an object ahead (say a lamp post), close your eyes and say 'Now!' when you think you are beside it. •Every time you spot a flag you make a blowing sound like the noise of a flag blowing in..
ESL Teaching Materials and Lesson Plans  by: Pamela Ann Ludwig
Teaching English as a second language can prove to be a fun and interesting job, especially when you think "outside the book." Students always appreciate the use of authentic materials in class. When..
Classroom Game: mine sweeper (2) - Short Lesson  by: jt
Take 25 sheets of paper and arrange them in a 5 x 5 grid. On one side, write a risk like "expand into a new sector" or "take out a loan to improve cash flow" or "do nothing". On the other side, write..
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..
Teaching English Grammar to Kids  by: Alexis Kunsak
Teaching children in a group is a balancing act between keeping everyone's attention and not letting the focus of the lesson disappear in the excitement. Teaching grammar is no different than..
How to Choose Materials and Coursebooks for ESL Lessons  by: Collaborator
You have a new ESL class and the school has told you that you can choose your own course book or materials. Sounds good, but now you are faced with the task of evaluating and selecting a book, a..
ESL 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..
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..
TRANSLATION 4 - Short Lesson  by: re
Prepare cards that have 5 English words on them or 5 Japanese (or the local language) words. In rows, students compete to finish the most translation cards. The first person in the row goes to the..
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..
What's Missing? - Short Lesson  by: jin
Arrange several objects in a line in front of a group of children, naming each one as you place it in the row. Have the children repeat the name of each object. Then cover the objects with a cloth...
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..
ESL Activities for Primary Students  by: Rebecca Bagwell
Primary students retain more information when engaged with meaningful activities. ESL students need focused yet enjoyable classroom activities to help them become more confident in their English..
Trivia Teaser / Questions (2)  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: How far does human blood travel during one day? Answer: 12,000 miles Trivia Teaser: On average the blood fully circulates in the human body some seven to eight times per minute. Question:..
Brain-Based Learning and Feelings: A lesson plan - ESL lesson  by: Nellie Deutsch
Please wait to be redirected to http://www.eslteachersboard.com/s/brain-based-learning.htm
Columbus Day Exercises for ESL Students  by: Mallory Ferland
Columbus day, observed on the second Monday in October, is a celebration in the United States that commemorates the discovery of the New World by European explorers. Most countries in North, South..
Prepositions IV - Quiz  by: jt
They plan to arrive in Paris ___ July 4th. a. in b. on c. at Answer-on In times of war, soldiers usually dream ___ their home. a. of b. with c. over Answer-of It was discovered that he didn't die ___..
2 Great Penguin Preschool Activities  by: Paula Jones
Penguins have always been an interest to preschool children. The distinctive penguin waddle is a sight to see as well as their characteristic tuxedo type body. Penguins are so popular with preschool..
Can anyone give me some help on a talk i have to give in my english lesson?  by: answers.yahoo.com
The talk has to be about 3 minutes and I have to talk about my work experience in a hotel, cooking (Catering Assistant) ANY HELP AT ALL WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!! Especially to help me with how I..
ESL Game - Whispers  by: kr
Title: Whispers Type: Active game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students are divided into 2 teams. Each team stands in a line. The first student from each team comes to the..
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...
Dictation - Short Lesson  by: js
Say a sentence at natural speed and ask learners to write down what you said. You'll probably need to repeat several times. Don't slow down your speed unless it's absolutely necessary. Then ask a..
How to Teach Sound-by-Sound Spelling Blending  by: Mark Pennington
Learning how to do sound-by-sound spelling blending takes a bit of practice. Position your students such that your body does not obstruct their views of the board. Use black or blue markers for the..
ESL GAME: Do you have…?  by: Sabia
It’s simple for the kids to pick up "Do you have a ...?" when talking about one specific thing. Split the group into several groups. Assign each group a different word (this is the thing that that..
Art Lessons for Christmas Around the World  by: Lauren Vork
The tradition of celebrating Christmas is one that has spread across the globe over the centuries, reaching many different continents and countries. Each culture that celebrates Christmas has its own..
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,..
How to Teach the Alphabet to ESL  by: Lily Mae
No matter if you are a native English speaker or you are learning English as a second language (ESL), learning the letters of the alphabet is the first phase of reading and writing instruction. Once..
Harry Potter's Intriguing Science Lesson Plans  by: Valerie Giles
Science Lesson Plans are magical when learned in Harry Potter's Chamber of Secrets at Hogwarts. Elementary education level students will use their imaginations to become wizard graduates as they..
How to Prepare Lesson Plans for Gifted Students  by: Collaborator
Lesson plans for gifted students differ from lesson plans for regular students, because you must take into account the different ways that gifted students learn. Gifted students are more than just..
Interactive ESL Reading Exercises and Activities  by: Sarah Fardell
Using interactive exercises and games is a great way to teach reading in the ESL classroom. Reading is often the first thing students will master, and so it is important to get it right. For all of..
ESL Game - Fast/slow motion  by: kr
Title: Fast/slow motion Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: picture cards Procedure: Have a pile of picture cards and show them to the class one by one in either fast motion or slow motion...
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)..
MIDNIGHT - Short Lesson  by: re
The students stand in a circle and number off from 1 to 5. The teacher calls out a number. The students who are that number run around the circle and into the middle to touch something. The first..
Tips on Teaching 3-Year-Olds ESL  by: Susan Thomas
The age of 3 is an important time for language development in children. Their grammar skills and expressive language improve, and children can follow requests with multiple steps. During this period..
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 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..
Guided Reading in Kindergarten?  by: Kelly Mikesell
Many teachers ask me about guided reading in Kindergarten. They ask about what to do with students who aren't reading, what to do after they read the book, how to start guided reading, and why they..
Share an creative activity/game that would enable children 6-8 and 11-14 have fun at the same time learn  by: answers.yahoo.com
I am responsible for a group of children this weekend, two groups and I am having trouble thinking of either board games, card games, and/or phyical games that innercity children would love to play..
89 - Games and Activities for the English as a Second Language Classroom  by: hyn
Activities that can be used with higheachievers in English course 1- Cut-Up Sentence Kabadi Level: Any This is a combination of a basic TEFL game and the Indian(?) game Kabadi(?). Prepare some cut up..
ESL Games 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..
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..
Interesting and easy ESL games  by: answers.yahoo.com
To teach 5 - 7 year olds 1. acticles and 2. Pronouns
Warm Up Activities using Authentic Materials (Part 1 of 5) - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
Please wait to be redirected to http://www.eslteachersboard.com/s/AuthenticWarmUp.htm
How to Use Videos to Teach English  by: Erin Schreiner
Learning the English language is a complex undertaking. As with learning any language, non-native speakers have to navigate a river of vocabulary, grammatical exceptions and language nuances. The..
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..
Ten Ha-Ha-Hilarious Kids Party Games - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
PARROT GAME Divide guests into two equal groups, one is the Pirates, the other the Parrots. The parrots are very very grouchy and are not permitted to smile. The pirates can do anything they like to..
How to Teach the Alphabet to ESL Adults  by: Maggie McCormick
The traditional way for children to learn the alphabet is through singing the "ABC song." Trying to do this with adults will cause you, and them, to feel a bit silly. While many foreign languages..
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..
Money Games for Elementary Students - Tips  by: Natalie Stern
Difficulty: Easy It's never too early to start educating kids about money and good financial habits, according to Australia's Financial Literacy Foundation, Office for Women. Teaching elementary..
Game for students. Contact Points - Short Lesson  by: gh
Divide up into groups of three or four. A low number is called and that is the exact number of body parts per group allowed to touch the ground. For example, in a group of three, if "Three" was..
ESL Games for Kids With Genki English  by: Jackie Stark
Instructors who teach English as a second language (ESL) have many options when it comes to programs to use in their classrooms. One of those options is Genki English, a popular system in Japan for..
How to Teach US History Using Backwards Lesson Plans  by: Breann Kanobi
The backwards lesson plan is both a technique and teaching method that can be applied to most subjects. In order to teach United States (US) history using backwards lesson plans, you must determine..
ESL GAMES: Guess what’s in the Bag & Give It Back Game  by: Sabia
Guess what’s in the Bag: Put an object in a bag. Have a pupil touch it. S/he has to guess correctly. Or describe the item to the group. Give It Back Game: Have Students stand in a line. Give them..
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..
ESL Kids Classroom Structure  by: Kyle
Hey everybody! I have been teaching ESL at a small school in China for just over 2 years. We teach two levels of students. Level 1 is kindergarten, and level 2 is primary school kids until the age of..
ESL Worksheets and Lesson Plans for ESL Classrooms  by: Aaron Whirl
All teachers of ESL or EFL classes should make a regular habit of making ESL worksheets. Although many ESL teachers chose this profession mainly because it allows for travel and adventure, this is no..
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 Games - H  by: jt
Hangman Use review words from past lessons. The teacher chooses a word and writes the appropriate number of spaces on the board. Students guess a letter one by one. If the student guesses correctly,..
Learning the Basics Like the Alphabet and Numbers  by: Theresea Hughes
We all want our children to succeed in learning and the first mini hurdle that they have to overcome is learning the basics like the alphabet and numbers. Yet trying to get a toddler to memorize..
Find the error: Classroom games - Short Lesson  by: PL
1) go around in Germany, and take pictures of sign that have some English errors....show the picture in class and see who can find the error first, and then get them to suggest corrections. 2) same..
ESL Lesson Plan 'The Odd Couple' Gradable/Ungradable Adjectives  by: Chris Westergaard
The Odd Couple, Gradable/Ungradable Adjectives - Intermediate and Above This lesson gets students speaking about a mocked past vacation using gradable and ungradable adjectives. It can be used with..
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..
Must Have Materials for the ESL Classroom - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
ESL tools. Teacher collects and decorates with these materials but the children should make most of them in class. They take possession of the room in this way, something like territorial marking for..
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 Work Safety  by: Bonnie Denmark
Whether teaching basic skills to English language learners or vocational English as a second language (VESL), English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors can help their students target specific..
Song and Dance Games - Short Lesson  by: jin
There are many songs and dances that kids can learn and act out that will help them with basic English vocabulary. Try "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" and "The Hokey Pokey" for starters...
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..
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..
Classroom Game - Math  by: teacher
u can play like this game like u give me a math problem and after that they have to walk around the room until they figure it out if they figure it out then they pretend that they shot them like say..
Teaching English As a Second Language to Young Children  by: Susan King
Chinese is two separate main languages: Cantonese, which is spoken in southern China, and Mandarin, which is spoken more to the north and is actually the official language of China. Whichever you..
Easter Activities for School  by: Teresa Evans
If you are looking for Easter activities for school, then you may want to try making Easter wreaths. Christmas isn't the only holiday that a decorative wreath can be displayed. Before Easter, the..
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..
Re: Excellent movie for English students  by: Adam - teacher abroad
Pay It Forward. Great cast and message. Intl students relate very quick to this film. The movie portray western characters as anybody else instead of the usual well-off, smart people crowd-pleaser..
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..
Game: Hot Potato - Short Lesson  by: sam
This works well for Christmas parties or other gift-exchange parties, or perhaps would be a good way to distribute goodies. You will need a wrapped gift for every child that will be playing and music..
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..
Game: 21 - Short Lesson  by: Park
All the players should sit in a circle. The basic idea is to go round the circle, counting upwards from 1. The loser is the person who says '21'. To start, the first player says 'To my left (or..
Writing Activities for Teaching English in Middle School  by: Kayla Lowe
Writing skills are among the most important English lessons taught to middle school students. These skills are those that they will use throughout high school, college and their careers. Expository,..
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..
ESL Game - MASH  by: kr
Title: MASH Type: Paper activity Target: House Vocabulary Materials: Flashcards Procedure: Now we are going to play one of my favourite games when I was a kid. It is a fortune game. It is called MASH..
Body Language - ESL lesson  by: Brenda Townsend Hall
Body Language Introduction This lesson gives practice in using the present simple tense. Text Read the text below and check the meanings of any words you do not understand in a dictionary. When we..
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..
Introduction Games Teaching Tips - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, M.S.
What? Already?! Teachers are busy preparing for the new school year. One way to set a positive tone in the classroom is to make sure all the children know one another. Here are a few introduction..
Building Vocabulary - 5 Ideas for Increasing Your Child's Vocabulary While Running Errands  by: Celia Webb
Want to help your child learn more words? Do you also want to keep them occupied while traveling to the grocery store, around town on errands, or even on vacation? Here are five word-related..
GIVE ME - Short Lesson  by: re
Like show me. Students must give you the objects that you ask for. Can be played as row race or by the whole class at once.
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..
WHAT S THIS? - Short Lesson  by: re
Get an ordinary object, like a pen, and ask the students, What is this? The students will probably answer It s a pen. Then tell them that it s not, and mime what it really is. For example, pretend to..
Teaching Communication with Authentic Materials (Part 5 of 5) - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
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English Lesson Plan – Wedding and Marriage  by: js
The Wedding and Marriage lesson is aimed at the acquisition of typical wedding vocabulary, and its use in both oral speech and writing. At the beginning of the class students are given a list of..
Puzzle Poem #2, Analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Do You Know Them? Aliens in the garden, solar bathers all. Foreign more than those in space, chryso-green in every place. Rhizoform reticulate terraform ubiquitous. Animal, vegetable, mineral?..
How to Teach 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,..
ESL Color Games  by: Lane Cummings
Learning colors is a necessity for students of English in order to build their vocabulary and assist them in speaking and reading. Learning a broad range of colors can help students describe people,..
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..
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..
Preschool Theme - Planting a Garden To Celebrate Spring!  by: Mary Robinson
Planting a Garden to celebrate Spring! The snow is melting, the trees are budding once again, and the puddles are collecting at street corners: that's right, spring has sprung, and what better place..
Mexican Man Frying an Egg - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day BSc MSc BEd.
Here is a puzzle you can give ESL kids on the black board. Can you see the puzzle now? Children love it and it has a bit of vocabulary for them: egg, egg white, yellow yolk, fry pan or frying pan,..
Activities About Travel for ESL Adult Students  by: Jonathan Rigden
English as a second language (ESL) students are generally understood as immigrants to an English-speaking country, so the subject of travel is readily apparent and poignant to them, perhaps more so..
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..
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..
Game - Hana Ichi Monme: traditional Japanese children's game - Lesson  by: sam
Hana Ichi Monme (花一匁?) is a traditional Japanese children's game. The game is similar to the game Red Rover in the Western world. This game is often played in kindergartens and..
Reading and Vocabulary Activity for the ESL Classroom - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
In any ESL class you will eventually come to a point where the class will read a passage out loud as a class. The following is an activity that you can use to make this exercise even more beneficial..
Interesting and easy ESL games  by: answers.yahoo.com
To teach 5 - 7 year olds 1. acticles and 2. Pronouns
ESL Conversation Games  by: Jack Stone
In the English as a second language (ESL) classroom, conversation is one of the most difficult skills to teach. While students usually have no problem conversing in their first language, dialoguing..
Poem Analysis for Teens & Young Adults - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
A Life Popping out of Mom. "Pop goes the weasel." Pop 'n' pizza 'n' pop music 'n' popcorn. Pop 'n' Mom see me off to college. Pop the Champagne: Graduation! Pop into bed. Oops we're married. Pop the..
TEFL Lesson Plans - Hobbies  by: Andrew Carter
I took a poll at the end of our last lesson together – I asked my students what their favourite hobby was? Someone said ‘football’ (that’s ‘soccer’ to our cousins across the Atlantic!),..
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..
Lesson for Telling Time for ESL Students  by: Kate Coen
If you can remember how you learned to tell the time, you may recall the teacher holding up some sort of cardboard or plastic clock with hands that she moved around to indicate different times. She..
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..
Pre-Beginning ESL Lessons for Adults  by: Sarah Patrick
The need for adult ESL, or English as a second language, classes in the United States is massive. According to the Human Resources Department at the University of Texas at Austin, more than one..
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..
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 Use Songs and Music in ESL Lessons  by: Collaborator
Using songs in an ESL classroom is a great way to motivate students of all ages to learn English. Using songs helps improve students' listening and reading skills. Songs help facilitate the..
Teaching Tips for Teachers Who Work With the Mentally Challenged  by: Luke Boston
Teaching mentally challenged children is a fulfilling and rewarding career choice. In order to help special needs children get the best out of their education, you will need to engage and inspire..
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..
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
BACK WRITING 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
After reading a text, each student selects about 5 new, difficult or unusual words. In pairs, they write the words one at a time (with their fingers) on their partners backs. The partner guesses the..
Winter ESL Activities  by: Allison Rogers
Students who do not speak English as their first language are referred to as English as a Second Language students (ESL). ESL students require specific strategies for learning both English and the..
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..
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..
Teaching the Plural of Nouns to English Language Learners  by: Kyra Sheahan
As you set out to teach the plural of nouns to English language learners, known as ELL, it's important to know exactly what level of English language knowledge they already possess. For some English..
Group Activity: Agree or Disagree? - Lesson   by: de
Group Activity: Agree or Disagree? After defining “strongly agree,” “agree,” “disagree” and “strongly disagree,” the leader reads out different statements of opinion and the students..
| ESL Classroom Activity for Forming Sentences With Target Grammar  by: Andrew Lawton
Most ESL students thrive on social interaction. Whatever you are teaching it is always wise to come up with activities that get people moving around the room. Getting students to work together to..
Teaching High Level Lexis to Business English Learners - Lesson  by: Sue Swift
Do business English students need phrasal verbs, metaphorical and idiomatic language, and the full range of lexis used by native speakers? Many learners will use English predominantly as a lingua..
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..
English comunication games??  by: answers.yahoo.com
I'm an english teacher student from Sweden who's working in Spain for the summer. I do have lots of ideas for my classes, but can anyone please give me some suggestions of comunicationgames?? The..
Sentence games - ESL lesson  by: Simon Mumford
We all know lots of word games and know that students like them. However, when it comes to games at sentence level, there does not seem to be much except the old favourite ‘jumbled sentences’. So..
Who Or Whom? One Tip to Help Your Students Use Proper Grammar  by: Elizabeth O'brien
Using proper grammar when it comes to choosing who or whom can be tricky. Or, it seems tricky. That's probably because you were never taught how to tell when to use each of these. There is a clear..
Finding More English Pronunciation Tips on YouTube!  by: Eric Roth, www.compellingconversations.com
Finding More English Pronunciation Tips on YouTube! Student Name: Class: Teacher: Date: Find a quality YouTube videoclip that provides a tip on English pronunciation that you would like to share with..
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..
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 Spelling Games  by: Michelle Clark
Students who are studying English as a Second Language will benefit from a variety of games and educational experiences. Choose task-based games and games that focus on instant reading and spelling..
ESL Relay Games  by: Victoria Weinblatt
Difficulty: Easy Relaygamesin the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom offer a welcome change toeveryday lessons. ESL relay games are ideal for a large class because everyone takes a turn and..
ESL Game - Betting on Mr. Monkey  by: kr
Title: Betting on Mr. Monkey Type: Game Target: any conversations Materials: Picture cards, fake money Procedure: Hand out fake money to the students. Ask each student a question from the target..
Six Dynamic English As A Foreign Language Activities That Always Motivate Learners  by: Larry M. Lynch
Are You Still Struggling to Teach English? Are you still struggling to teach English to unmotivated, reluctant LEP learners? Well don't blame them entirely just yet. Try making your EFL classes more..
How to Teach English Using Word Games  by: David Stewart
Word games can serve not merely as a break from routine, but also as a means of improving vocabulary and comprehension. These games lend themselves well to modification to suit your requirement..
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..
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..
Research Paper Writing Skills  by: Jack Smith
Step 1. Choose Your Topic. When choosing a topic, choose one in which you are interested, and for which there is enough information. If your topic is too broad, you will have difficulty completing..
Lesson 3 - Weather Forecast  by: jt
The Story While we were sailing, my friend tuned in to listen to the weather forecast on a local radio station. Over the airwaves, there was a pause and an audible shuffling of papers, followed by a..
The Ball Relay Race For Kids - Short Lesson  by: yi
Another relay game that is perfect for a party outdoors is the Ball Relay. For this game you are going to need a lot of balls. Get small, medium and large balls, golf, ping pong, soccer, softball,..
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..
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..
Tag Questions - quiz  by: jt
Decide what the correct tag question should be for each comment Luciano Pavarotti is a great singer, ___ ___? Answer-isn't he? It isn't very cold today, ___ ___? Answer-is it? Ms. Patton assigns a..
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..
Re: Five Simple Spelling Rules - Lesson  by: Michael Bennett
today I wrote 'verging', but it didn't look right, so I changed it to 'vergeing' which looked better, but was underlined by the spell checker. Then I spent half an hour wandering round web sites..
Misunderstandings Due To Accents - Tips  by: Lynn Bo
America is a melting pot. That is what they say. New York City is certainly proof of that especially Queens NY. We have Greeks, Peruvians, Italians, Korean, Spanish and Indians. We in fact have..
Creating Fun, Fascinating Conversations about Pets - ESL Teacher Eric Roth Lesson  by: Eric Roth
Do you love pets? Do you carry a picture of your favorite pet? Are you closer to your pet than your neighbor? Brother? Personally, I'm a dog person. I even named my publishing company after my first..
Japlish and ESL - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day and Bryony Keleher
An ESL lesson: Japlish and ESL plus International Japanese Words Japlish is like Konglish (Korean English). People are very interested in the distorted or hybrid English words for different reasons..
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..
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.
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..
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..
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...
Short Poem Analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Ghoulish Grandchild My goldfish ate my Granny "Impossible', you say. It did so eat my Granny and finished her today. What first appears impossible was the action of a beast. It did so eat my Granny,..
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:..
Korean Essential Classroom Commands/Words for ESL Teachers with Audio - ESL lesson  by: ESL Teachers Board
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ESL Game - Countdown  by: kr
Title: Countdown Type: Concentration game Target: Any conversation, fluency Materials: Timer Procedure: The first student says the question part of the conversation, for example, “Will you help..
ESL Computer Games  by: Kara Page
Difficulty: Easy Playingcomputer games online is a popular pastime for many students, but it can be a way to studyEnglish too. A few websites offer free and fun English as a Second Language (ESL)..
Sentence games - ESL lesson  by: Simon Mumford
We all know lots of word games and know that students like them. However, when it comes to games at sentence level, there does not seem to be much except the old favourite ‘jumbled sentences’. So..
St. Patrick's Day teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Top o' the mornin' to ye! Do you have your green ready to wear? Whether or not you are Irish, this holiday is fun for all and presents the opportunity for a multi-cultural lesson. Here are some ideas..
Money Games for Elementary Students - Tips  by: Natalie Stern
Difficulty: Easy It's never too early to start educating kids about money and good financial habits, according to Australia's Financial Literacy Foundation, Office for Women. Teaching elementary..
Reading and Vocabulary Activity for the ESL Classroom - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
In any ESL class you will eventually come to a point where the class will read a passage out loud as a class. The following is an activity that you can use to make this exercise even more beneficial..
ESL Worksheets and Lesson Plans for ESL Classrooms  by: Aaron Whirl
All teachers of ESL or EFL classes should make a regular habit of making ESL worksheets. Although many ESL teachers chose this profession mainly because it allows for travel and adventure, this is no..
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 Make a Marshmallow Santa  by: Carole Ellis
These cute little marshmallow Santas are a great kids activity for a Christmas party or a fun trimming to tie on presents for teachers and relatives from kids. They can be hung on the tree--out of..
How to Teach Gerunds  by: Collaborator
The gerund can be one of the most perplexing parts of language due to its varied use. Not every -ing word is a gerund, and the way a gerund is used in grammar changes according to the words preceding..
ESL Interactive Games  by: Kara Page
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes often include repetitive drills and exercises. In order to get students more engaged in your ESL lessons, try introducing a few interactive games with..
ESL GAME: Math Game  by: Sabia
Put the students into groups of 4 or 5. Give each group a die. One person in the group rolls the die. The Students remember the number. The other Student rolls the die. The students add up the..
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..
How to Use Video in Classroom Activities  by: Emily Howe
Many teachers shy away from bringing video and other media into the classroom, fearing technical difficulty or excessive prep time. Learning your way around the equipment may require an extra effort..
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..
classroom game (3) - Short Lesson  by: sam
Got this idea from Hocus Focus- from the newspapers, usually near the Comics section: Get two or three students to go in front of the class. There will be a "before and after" comparison. For the..
Vacuum Cleaner - Lesson + quiz  by: Elite Hussar
The Story A man selling vacuum cleaners appeared at the door of an old lady's cottage and, without allowing the woman to speak, rushed into the living room and threw a large bag of dirt all over her..
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..
Encouraging Your Child to Read - How to Develop a Bookworm  by: Celia Webb
Are you looking for ways to get your child excited about reading? As publishers of children's books, we often hear from parents about their reluctant readers and what they have done to encourage..
RACE AGAINST TIME - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a worksheet that has three types of problems. Divide the sheet into four parts. For example, if your three types of problems are Translation, Answer the Question, and Unscramble the Sentences,..
How to Teach ESL: Art Appreciation: Intermediate Speaking  by: Clayton Kim
When learning English, grammar and phonics are not the only things that are important. A well-rounded English curriculum is needed to fully understand the language. Learning about only one subject..
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...
The Eight Great Spelling Rules  by: Mark Pennington
Although the American-English spelling system has evolved from many sources, there are specific patterns that are well-worth learning. These spelling patterns, or spelling rules, all have exceptions;..
Building Vocabulary - Five Ideas for Increasing Your Vocabulary  by: Celia Webb
Do you want to expand your vocabulary so you can more clearly express yourself? Large vocabularies are not only a sign of education; the use of unusual and precise words can help you describe your..
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.
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..
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..
Best Free Kids Games to Play With Your Little Preschooler  by: Yogi Shinde
Some good fun and free kids games are all you need to teach your little preschooler their letters, numbers, colors or almost anything educational. Little time and enthusiasm are the only ingredients..
WORD SEARCH - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a list of words and hide them in a grid of letters. Students must find the words. To make it more difficult, give the students the present tense and tell them to look for the past tense, for..
Guided Reading in Kindergarten?  by: Kelly Mikesell
Many teachers ask me about guided reading in Kindergarten. They ask about what to do with students who aren't reading, what to do after they read the book, how to start guided reading, and why they..
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..
Halloween Classroom Activities  by: Teresa Evans
If you are looking for Halloween classroom activities, you have wide choice of games and activities that you can use. You can incorporate Halloween activities into math lessons, writing lessons, art..
Teaching ESL Vocabulary - 5 Stages to Success - Lesson  by: Shannon Tani
This can be a daunting task even for the most accomplished of teachers. Young and old students alike can be uncomfortable and shy when dealing with vocabulary words they do not know. I've found that..
Game Idea - One Truth and One Lie  by: Chris Cotter
One Lie and One Truth This activity words well when your students need to improve fluency. Here they will be able to present information, but also must answer quickly and creatively to questions. It..
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..
Warm-Up Activities for an ESL Adult  by: Leyla Norman
Warm-ups get English as a second language students' minds thinking in English before class. They help students focus on the lesson. They can take 10 minutes or less to do, and they generally get..
Preschool 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..
Chocolate Easter Nests Your Kids (students) Will Love to Make - Lesson  by: Carol Boles
Instead of coloring eggs this Easter how about having your kids make edible chocolate Easter nests? These nests are easy to concoct and will look and taste just like the expensive candy nests you see..
How to Teach "Do & Does" & "Have & Has" to TESOL Students  by: Emile Heskey
Learning verbs in English can be difficult at times, particularly with irregular verbs such as "to be." However, in the case of "to do" and "to have," there is only one variation on the regular..
How are you? Lesson Plan for Young Learners - Lesson  by: Stefan Chiarantano
Target Language: How are you? I’m (adjective). Vocabulary: happy, sad, hungry, mad (flashcards) Target: Young Learners Greetings and Warm-up: Greet the class with a good-morning or good-afternoon..
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..
ESL Vocabulary Games  by: Richard Beglan
Expanding an ESL student's vocabulary is vital for developing English skills; however, it would be boring and ineffective to simply teach lists of words. Vocabulary games are a sound way to help..
Some Simple Math Games  by: Benetta Strydom
Mathematics has long been recognized for it's mental benefits. Working with numbers improves your concentration, memory, focus, problem solving skills, and general clarity of thought. To enjoy these..
ESL Review Games: Alphabet Game  by: Jack Stone
Difficulty: Easy Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) is a difficult task, especially when teaching beginnerswho know very little of the English language. However, the strategic implementation..
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..
What should I teach in my first English as a foreign language lesson for beginners  by: answers.yahoo.com
I will be teaching 2 adults who I believe and a very basic grasp of English.
What 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..
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..
English Teacher Activities  by: Miranda Morley
In addition to developing fun, engaging activities that will keep students interested, English teachers must interact with parents and assess students. Although these activities create time..
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...
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..
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..
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,..
How to Use Films in ESL Classes  by: Sophie Southern
Teaching English as a second or foreign language, often referred to as ESL and EFL, can be fun and rewarding while at the same time presenting unique challenges. Communicating with students and staff..
Teaching Grammar To ESL Students Using Games and Activities  by: Aaron Whirl
It can be quite difficult for young ESL students to get comfortable using English, especially given the notoriously daunting nature of English grammar. With the specific parts of speech and extensive..
| How TEFL Teachers Can Improve ESL Students Conversation Skills  by: Ed Earl
It is important for ESL students to gain the confidence to use the language they have learnt when talking to native speakers. This article offers ways in which ESL teachers can help their ESL..
Grammar Lessons for ESL in Middle School  by: Joel Barnard
Teaching English grammar is an integral part of any ESL, or English as a second language, course. It is particularly important when teaching a middle school ESL course as it is these grammatical..
Get to Know You Activities - Create Bingo Cards For Get to Know You Bingo  by: Adam Waxler
I recently wrote an article discussing the importance of teachers using get to know you activities to reduce classroom management problems and improve academic achievement. In that article I shared..
Activities on Noun Clauses  by: Kathryn Rateliff Barr
A noun clause -- a phrase containing a subject and a verb attached to a complete sentence, such as “Jerry will come if he can” -- functions as a noun. Keywords signal the beginning of a noun..
ESL GAMES: Guess what’s in the Bag & Give It Back Game  by: Sabia
Guess what’s in the Bag: Put an object in a bag. Have a pupil touch it. S/he has to guess correctly. Or describe the item to the group. Give It Back Game: Have Students stand in a line. Give them..
Motivating Children to Read at Home - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
Parents, you are your children's first - and lifelong - teacher. By instilling a love for reading in them, you will be opening up their world to a lifetime of adventure, information, and so much..
ESL Game - Pictionary  by: kr
Title: Pictionary Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students are divided into 2 teams. One person from one team comes up to the front where the teacher gives them a..
Christmas Art Activities for Teachers  by: Lily Mae
Teachers can harness the excitement of Christmas for educational purposes with lessons about the holiday and the customs that surround it. When teaching about Christmas, use art projects to provide..
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,..
ESL GAME: Don’t Step on Me  by: Sabia
Prepare mats with different vocabulary words on them. Place them all over the floor. Teacher needs to call out one of the words. Students need to quickly try to stand on any mat BUT that one. The..
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..
Beginning ESL Exercises  by: Roz Calvert
Making English as a Second Language lessons relevant to the students' everyday life is the most motivating factor for adult learners, say C. Ray Graham and Mark M. Walsh in their "Adult Education ESL..
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..
PLEASE - Short Lesson  by: re
Give some instructions to the children (e.g. Please open your books. Please stand up. Please touch the door.). Mime or gesture to help them guess what to do. The children can then take turns giving..
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..
How to Prepare and Present Methods in ESL Teaching  by: Michael Monet
A teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL) students must take a different approach to teaching basic subjects. ESL students are simultaneously learning a second language and a skill set in a..
ESL GAME: Basketball  by: Sabia
Students take a shot at the trash box. First ask a question to Student 1. If s/he answers correctly, then s/he can have a shot at the basket. If the Student gets the ball in the basket, then s/he..
Trivia Questions - For The Birds  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?..
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..
The Best ESL Grammar Lessons  by: James Stuart
Grammar is an important part of any language, as it forms the rules for usage. If a student doesn't have a strong grasp of English grammar, his comprehension and output might not be as strong as..
Game: Hit, Miss Or Maybe - Short Lesson  by: sam
The game2 revolves around a single player being interrogated by the rest of the people involved to seek their hidden identity. The player under the spotlight decides upon a famous individual (past or..
Trivia Questions And Answers By A Trivia Break  by: Deanna Mascle
1. What was the name of the first computer game? A. Pong B. Tennis for Two C. Pacman D. Donkey Kong 2. How were the Hawaiian Islands settled? A. By pirates B. By Polynesians C. By Spaniards D. By..
French lesson with audio (116 audios) - ESL lesson  by: ESL Teachers Board
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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..
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..
How to Teach TESOL  by: Leyla Norman
Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) can be done in a number of different environments. You might teach children or adults, at home or abroad. Consider which population you want to..
Teaching personal lessons (English lessons)?  by: answers.yahoo.com
Please share some ideas for teaching one to one English lessons. These are pretty tough lessons to teach cuz the teacher/student usually feel they have to be *on* all the time. What activities can I..
Science Ideas With a Christmas Theme  by: Donny Quinn
Science is all around us, explaining the mysteries of every part of life including Christmas. From the animals involved in nativity scenes to Christmas decorations, you can find resources for lessons..
Phonics: A teaching method  by: Silven
Teaching Phonics simply means to teach of the relationship between sounds and their spellings. The aim of phonics lessons is to instruct students in common sound-spelling relationships so that they..
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..
WORD INTO SENTENCE RACE - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is a team. Use words from the last few lessons and put them on cards. Give each row about 1 or 2 minutes. Show the first student of a row a card (e.g. write). That student has to say a..
How to Teach English Speaking Skills for ESL  by: Ian
Although ESL deals with reading and writing, speaking is often the most important and difficult of the three aspects of learning the language. Because speaking deals with having the confidence to say..
Elastics or French Skipping - Lesson  by: sam
This was a real girl's game that left you with scuffed knees and sorted the men from the boys (so to speak). You needed precision jumping skills and supreme concentration to excel at this game, and..
Present Simple 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..
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..
Conversation : Getting Started  by: ESLTiger
Activity One Divide into groups of four. In conversation, it is often helpful to show other people that we understand what they are trying to communicate. A smile, a nod of the head, and eye contact..
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..
Read Aloud and Spot the Differences #1  by: Greg Goodmacher
This is similar to the conversation activity in which students look at pictures, describe the pictures, and discover the picture differences. However, this is done with a reading text and students..
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..
How to Teach English to Kids in School  by: Karen Hollowell
Formal English instruction begins in kindergarten, if not before. It is often referred to as language arts, which provides the most accurate description of the many reading and writing skills that..
Icebreakers - Interview your neighbour - Short Lesson  by: choi
Have students work in pairs to interview each other for a few minutes. They can take notes about their interview partners that will be reported in a summary to the rest of the group. The interview..
ESL 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..
ESL Lesson 1 - I, You, We, He, She  by: jt
When you are teaching ESL skills, particularly to beginners, it is important to use a lot of hand gestures such as pointing as you review “I” and “you.” Using modeling and visual aids can..
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..
This is What You Should Not Do When Encouraging a Young Child to Read and Talk  by: Celia Webb
Studies show that most mothers respond appropriately to their baby’s attempts to communicate. However, there are four ways of responding which do not help your child learn to speak and, later on,..
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 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,..
Class Activities for ESL  by: Cindy Phillips
ESL, English as a Second Language, refers to the instruction available for those whose primary language is not English. ESL classes are taught in both elementary and secondary schools as well as to..
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..
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..
2nd Grade Science Lesson Plans  by: Jennifer Zimmerman
Second graders love to learn about science. They are at an age when they can complete tasks and read directions independently, but they still have a lot of enthusiasm for learning. They love to learn..
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 Goals for the 3rd Grade  by: Mary Grace Konzier
When students are learning English they are also learning how to read and write. Writing in third grade involves learning how to put stories together focusing on the introduction, the body and the..
STATUES - Short Lesson  by: re
Play the traditional game of statues. All the children stand up and dance or move around to some lively music. When the music stops, they have to stand completely still or else they are eliminated..
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..
How about a lesson about all the crazy stuff in English - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
-- such as the following: 1. Words such as "brought," "caramel," or "colonel" which have pronunciations that in no way resemble their spellings. 2. The insane number of confusing homonyms, such as..
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..
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...
How To Teach ESL Students to Read  by: Nicki Callahan
Knowing a second language not only helps children expand their knowledge base and familiarity with the culture, this skill will also be of benefit should they choose to travel later on in life...
Preschool Creative Activities - Fostering the Creative Spirit  by: Mary Robinson
Preschool is the time when children are allowed to explore their creative sides through arts, crafts, games, and creative play. As an instructor, it's crucial to incorporate a wide variety of..
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..
Questions & Answers - quiz  by: jt
Match the questions with the answers. 1. Who are you waiting for? a. No, not yet. 2. What happened to Bob? b. Home. 3. How long does it take you to get there? c. He broke his leg. 4. Can you tell me..
Clapping game - Short Lesson  by: sam
Claps commonly included in patterns are clapping one's own hands, clapping both hands of a partner, and clapping one hand of a partner, generally across such as the right hand of each player. The..
ESL Elementary School Games  by: Melanie J. Martin
To reinforce grammatical concepts and vocabulary, mix games into your English as a second language (ESL) lessons. Games help kids to stay focused while practicing words and concepts that you've..
Recommendations for ESL Conversation Textbooks  by: Sherrie McCarthy
Speaking is a vital aspect of language learning, but also the area that holds the most fear for many students. Students often hate to make mistakes, or are not very good at small talk, and holding..
700 Idioms defined in context, and a sample short story - ESL lesson  by: Sally Jennings
I am an ESL tutor with a BA in English (language) and extra courses in Lingusitics. I have developed a guide to 700 idioms, slang, and proverbs defined by using a short context statement for each..
Preschool Activity - Cutting Shapes and Lines  by: Rachel Paxton
Cutting with scissors is a learned activity. By three years old your child should have no problem holding a pair of child-sized scissors. It takes them awhile to master this new skill, however, so be..
Fun Language Games for Children  by: Natalie Dave Martin
Teaching English or any other foreign language to young children should be fun and enjoyable experience, both for children and for teacher. Best way is to do it through games, songs and stories. Here..
Games That Teach Kids How to Speak English  by: S. Herlihy
Teaching children to speak English correctly requires patience and persistence. Students may struggle to learn to speak English because of factors such as a speech impediment, a poor academic..
ESL Olympic Games Activities  by: Kara Page
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) is more than just grammar and vocabulary. It's about educating children about the world they live in and how language does not have to be a barrier. The..
Fun Junior High Sunday School Games  by: Justin Mattick
Games are a great way to impart lessons in your Sunday school classroom and test your students' knowledge. Games can break up the rhythm of the lesson and keep your students awake, and they can be..
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=..
How to Teach ESL and Teach Your Students to Sell  by: braniac
I sell Melaleuca products to supplement my teaching income. One of my students sells Mary Kay products. I let her do a presentation in class as long as she spoke in English. I teach at a community..
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..
The Hero's Journey And Casablanca: Teaching The Monomyth  by: James Frieden
Casablanca has it all: moving love story; stunning artistry; and captivating characters. It's a classic film that millions watch again and again. However, did you know that Casablanca was also an..
How to Adapt Writing for the ESL Student  by: Paul Argodale
Aural/oral second language learning occurs more or less naturally, much as it does for infants learning their first language. Reading and writing is a different story; people spend 12 or 13 years in..
Strange Puns #2 - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. MSc. B.Ed.
Here are some more strange puns and a puzzle for really smart teens. In Kuwait kids attent ICT class which means Internet Computer Training, so I ask them "Why is ICT best in summer?" They don't know..
Learn your students' names - Use name tents - Tips  by: jin
Ask students to write their names on a folded index card on their desks for the first few classes.
7 Ways to Use Songs and Music in the ESL - EFL Classroom  by: Craig Peterson
For teachers of ESL and EFL, it is necessary to go beyond the book and use alternative activities in the classroom. What could be more fun than using songs to teach English? Here are seven ways that..
Halloween Activities for the Classroom  by: Veronica Ouellette
Halloween is a holiday that children throughout the United States look forward to each year. Most children enjoy dressing dress up as their favorite super hero, scary monster or another character and..
English Tutoring Games  by: Kat Walcott
The key to being able to successfully teach English to nonnative speakers is to teach the language in a lighthearted and entertaining way. When working with children in particular, interactive games..
Practical Writing Exercises for Advanced ESL Students  by: Leyla Norman
Advanced ESL students can be exposed to a wide variety of real-world English reading material. This gives them access to more topics about which to write. In addition, students are ready to practice..
Mexican Man Frying an Egg - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day BSc MSc BEd.
Here is a puzzle you can give ESL kids on the black board. Can you see the puzzle now? Children love it and it has a bit of vocabulary for them: egg, egg white, yellow yolk, fry pan or frying pan,..
ESL GAME: Picture Game  by: Sabia
Choose a picture and do not let the children see it. Place a sheet with slits (or several pieces with holes of different sizes) over the picture. The Students have to guess and name what is depicted..
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..
ESL Interactive Games  by: Kara Page
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes often include repetitive drills and exercises. In order to get students more engaged in your ESL lessons, try introducing a few interactive games with..
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..
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..
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..
Tips: Sensory Table Ideas For Preschoolers  by: Mary Robinson
Sensory tables can be found in virtually every preschool. These tables are comprised of either a large, commercial table or a shallow, plastic tub that is then filled with various items perfect for..
Five Senses Exercises for ESL  by: Emily Corfe
If you teach children or adults English as a second language, you can help them connect with each of the five senses and the correct English vocabulary by using fun-filled games and exercises. If you..
Teachers - Poetry For Children - 8 Suggestions For Experiencing Poetry  by: Meggin McIntosh
There are so many ways to experience poetry. Nodelman (1992) offers eight suggestions on how to do so. For each of his suggestions (used as subheadings below), I will provide writing activities that..
Preschool language lesson plans  by: answers.yahoo.com
I need two language lesson plans that aren't reading a st**id book or some rhymes.
NUMBERS 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Have the students make a circle, sitting down, and hand out cards with the numbers you want to teach the children. Every child need not necessarily have a number. Sit in the circle and call number 1,..
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..
Fun Language Games for Children  by: Natalie Dave Martin
Teaching English or any other foreign language to young children should be fun and enjoyable experience, both for children and for teacher. Best way is to do it through games, songs and stories. Here..
Activities to Teach ESL Students Subject-Verb Agreements  by: Teresa Dashwood
Subject-verb agreement in English is one of the most confusing aspects for all language learners, including native English speakers. For English as a Second Language students, the subject-verb..
YES/NO 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Teachers ask students yes/no questions. In their answers, students must NOT use yes or no. Give a prize to the student who lasts the longest.
English comunication games??  by: answers.yahoo.com
I'm an english teacher student from Sweden who's working in Spain for the summer. I do have lots of ideas for my classes, but can anyone please give me some suggestions of comunicationgames?? The..
Some good games that you can play in any English Class  by: answers.yahoo.com
Games that involve reading, writing, grammar, etc.? I teach English in a high school but I'm looking for games to use with other age groups too.
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)..
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..
Game: Questions - Short Lesson  by: sam
All four people take part in this game. The premise of this game is that two of the four people are put into a certain imaginary situation suggested by someone, and simply have a conversation that..
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..
ESL Game - Musical Chairs  by: kr
Title: Musical Chairs Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary or Alphabet Materials: Picture cards, music Procedure: Arrange the chairs into a circle and attach a picture card on each chair. The..
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..
Multisensory Activities to Teach Letters  by: Shelley Frost
A multisensory approach to teaching letters engages young children through actions to make the learning more meaningful. The activities work well for individual or small group activities, such as a..
Games That Teach Kids How to Speak English  by: S. Herlihy
Teaching children to speak English correctly requires patience and persistence. Students may struggle to learn to speak English because of factors such as a speech impediment, a poor academic..
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 Game - Pictionary  by: kr
Title: Pictionary Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students are divided into 2 teams. One person from one team comes up to the front where the teacher gives them a..
ESL 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..
Game: I Went to the Store - Short Lesson  by: sam
In this game, the first player will start the game by saying 'I went to the store, and I bought...', followed by something that starts with the letter 'A'. The next person says the same thing..
English Language Teaching - Using Toys as Educational Tools  by: Larry M. Lynch
Children love to play. Who can deny it? So why not use this universal characteristic to provide and promote English language learning as well? If you do, you can hardly go wrong. What child is going..
Teaching English to Non-English Speaking Children  by: Lucy Dale
The easiest time to learn a language is as a child. Children can use the abilities they are developing to acquire their native language to develop skills in other languages as well. English is a..
ESL Game - Cover-up  by: kr
Title: Cover-up Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: flashcards, cover cards Procedure: Put pictures cards out on a table. Say each one twice and then give the students 20 seconds to memorize..
Columbus Day Exercises for ESL Students  by: Mallory Ferland
Columbus day, observed on the second Monday in October, is a celebration in the United States that commemorates the discovery of the New World by European explorers. Most countries in North, South..
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..
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..
Hand-Piano Song Game - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
ESL game that also includes: Potato Song, Peas Pudding Song, Fish Song, Little Piggy Song, Teddy Bear Song, 1, 2 Buckle My Shoe Song, Crazy Song and Shadows (adjust to all ages) Have the children..
Fill-In-The-Blank - Short Lesson  by: js
Prepare a worksheet containing a text or song lyrics with key words blanked out. For beginners you can blank out alphabet letters and not whole words, choosing distinct sounds rather than silent..
How to 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..
Spelling Tic-Tac-Toe Game - Lesson  by: Eric
Here's a great game to help kids with their spelling. Materials Whiteboard or blackboard or paper or wall, its up to you 9 words that you want to practice. How to play Pick 9 words that you want to..
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,..
Drama Activities for ESL Classes  by: Lucia Mata
Drama activities are a great way to add dynamic to any classroom, especially to ESL classes. ESL students can not only overcome their shyness of speaking a language not native to them, but they also..
ESL Outside Games  by: Becky Bright
Outside games for English as a Second Language (ESL) students provide cognitive anchors that will remain with the student long after the activity is completed. They are a hands-on and cooperative..
ESL Quiz  by: jt
ESL Quiz – AS … AS Name: ________________ Date: _________________ Complete the sentences with the given adjectives and the correct set expression. blind – dry – easy – cold – free –..
Grammar Games - Short Lesson  by: jin
Play grammar games with ESL students to promote their own learning. Buck suggests playing whole group games, in which you take a ball and start with a verb in its full form, like To Be. Then, throw..
Free Children's Sunday School Christmas Games & Crafts  by: Suzanne Akerman
The holiday season is one of the most exciting times for Sunday school lessons, and children love to participate in the festivities approaching Christmas. In your Sunday school class, help children..
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..
Techniques for Teaching ESL Students  by: Cristel Wood
Developing good ESL teaching techniques will allow your students to learn more quickly, to speak more fluently, and will help you, the teacher, maintain an efficient classroom. In the past, ESL was..
What's the Correct Word Order?  by: jt
a. brightly b. is shining c. sun d. the AnswerThe sun is shining brightly. a. in b. lives c. my sister d. New York AnswerMy sister lives in New York. a. birds b. sing AnswerBirds sing. a. cloth b...
Speak Softly Because You Can't Carry A Stick Anymore  by: ESLTiger
Speak Softly Because You Can't Carry A Stick Anymore Problem: You walk into a classroom and there is a loud chatter going on. How do you quiet down the students without stressfully shouting your..
Mind Mapping - How To Use Mind Maps To Teach Difficult Grammar Points  by: Jon Lewis
If you are a language teacher, you probably already use mind maps to help your students learn vocabulary. These mind maps are sometimes referred to as "vocabulary networks" or "word maps". One..
Game: Red Rover - Short Lesson  by: sam
This game is fun when you have a big group of kids involved. Pick teams of equal size. Each team member holds hands tightly to create a chain. One side starts by picking someone on the opposing team..
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..
Active Learning Activities - Guided Lecture  by: Adam Waxler
Wow...lecturing and active learning are certainly two concepts that one would not expect to see in the same sentence. In fact, as a proponent of active learning activities, lecturing is not something..
20-Question Quiz about Capitals of the World  by: quiz
Please follow this link: http://www.eslteachersboard.com/java/capitals.htm#b
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..
Warm-Up Activities for Elementary-Level ESL Classes  by: Ross P Purdy
The warm-up is one of the most important elements of any English lesson. Warm-up activities relax your students, get them into "English mode," and - perhaps most importantly - set them up for success..
A Limerick: Sillyvizations - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day BSc MSc BEd
When sillyvizations collide (Invented word here, a pun.) one´s best to take it in stride. (In stride is an idiom.) There´s a lot of confusion and sometimes a fusion. (Fusion of what?) They come,..
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..
Word Play - Four Literary Games Even Kids Enjoy  by: Lynn Sager
I have tutored too many students who feel uncomfortable writing in their own language. By the fourth grade, they have stopped wanting to write anything because everything they write receives a grade...
How to Use Newspaper Articles for ESL Classes  by: Jonathan Rigden
Newspapers are a useful source of information for ESL learners for a variety of reasons. Newspapers generally operate on a slightly more formal level than everyday conversation, which makes the..
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..
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..
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..
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..
How to Use Movies to Teach English Literacy  by: Aaron Reynolds
Since the day that motion pictures became popular in nickelodeons, the American public has been fascinated with film. Movies have a special power to sway and influence your emotions. Movies are also..
Word Search Puzzles: The Perfect Game For Your New Reader's Party  by: Gail Leino
Is your new reader having a party? Why not incorporate word search puzzles and games into the theme, and entertain the new readers as they learn? Once a child begins to read, they naturally look for..
ESL Game - Detective  by: kr
Title: Detective Type: Game Target: Possessives (Is the your __?) Materials: Student’s personal objects Procedure: Students take turns being "it" and go out of the classroom and wait for a while...
Six Dynamic English As A Foreign Language Activities That Always Motivate Learners  by: Larry M. Lynch
Are You Still Struggling to Teach English? Are you still struggling to teach English to unmotivated, reluctant LEP learners? Well don't blame them entirely just yet. Try making your EFL classes more..
Questions to Ask for Reading Comprehension - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
This article will focus on Bloom's Taxonomy of Questions...in other words, kinds of questions to ask in order to assure reading comprehension and foster higher-level thinking. In 1956, Benjamin Bloom..
Game for students. Shoe-Pile Relay Race - Short Lesson  by: gh
Everyone takes off their shoes and puts them in a big pile, then forms two lines about 10 feet away. At "Go," the first persons in each line race to the shoe pile and must find their shoes and put..
Teachers Learn About Basic Tips on Getting Ready For Art Lessons  by: Clara M. Berta
Are you a new instructor responsible for teaching art lessons? Do you want to be prepared when teaching your kindergarten students art lessons? Are you nervous? In case this is you, then stop feeling..
ESL Game - Line Quiz  by: kr
Title: Line Quiz Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary, or conversation pattern Materials: flashcards Procedure: 2 teams stand in a line and I ask the front 2 people a question such as “What do you..
TRANSLATION 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Give students a page of something printed in Japanese (or the local language). Get them to translate any words that they can into English. Give them points for every word that they translate. TV..
TESOL Methods  by: ojcsteve
This demonstrates using the color chart used in the Silent Way
Teaching Present & Past Tense Verbs to First Graders  by: Stacy Zeiger
First graders must learn about verb tenses in order to begin developing reading comprehension and critical language skills. Lessons about past and present verbs should consist of visual and..
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..
Use Harry Potter Trivia in Effective Reading Lesson Plans (Questions)  by: Valerie Giles
Why not change the format of your comprehension questioning in your reading lesson plans for each Harry Potter novel? This will in fact work with any novel study. After each chapter or section of the..
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..
Similarities - Short Lesson  by: ritz
Give each person one or more colored shapes cut from construction paper. They need to find another person with a similar color, shape, or number of shapes and form pairs. Then they interview each..
Short Poem Analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Ghoulish Grandchild My goldfish ate my Granny "Impossible', you say. It did so eat my Granny and finished her today. What first appears impossible was the action of a beast. It did so eat my Granny,..
games for my class  by: answers.yahoo.com
hiya i have a class of 12 year olds, pne of 8 year olds and one of 6 year olds
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..
ESL Daily Life Exercises  by: Erin Schreiner
One of the first lessons an ESL student must learn is how to navigate the English-speaking world in which they live. By engaging your ESL students in activities designed to teach skills necessary for..
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..
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 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 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..
ESL Game: Change Seats If  by: Joe Tosczak
This ESL Game is called, "Change Seat if..." And instead of always saying, "Change Seats if..." you could also say, "Switch Seats if," or "Trade seats if..." This ESL Game can be used as a warm up..
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..
How to Plan an ESL lesson  by: Contributor
Whether you teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults or children, this foolproof lesson plan template will work for you. It will also work no matter the country you're teaching in, be it..
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..
Teaching Kindergarten English  by: Sharon Penn
English in the lower grades is incorporated into a Language Arts program. The language arts are listening, speaking, reading and writing. Generally, these language arts skills are learned in the..
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..
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..
Misunderstandings Due To Accents - Tips  by: Lynn Bo
America is a melting pot. That is what they say. New York City is certainly proof of that especially Queens NY. We have Greeks, Peruvians, Italians, Korean, Spanish and Indians. We in fact have..
Game: Red Rover - Short Lesson  by: sam
This game is fun when you have a big group of kids involved. Pick teams of equal size. Each team member holds hands tightly to create a chain. One side starts by picking someone on the opposing team..
Preschool Lessons - Developing an Age Appropriate Curriculum  by: Mary Robinson
Students will lose interest in preschool lessons if they are not direct and focused. Lessons should have a clear purpose, and teachers should remind students of the lesson multiple times. Just as in..
Write an Annotated Lesson Plan for English Language Learners  by: Brittany Goss
Writing a lesson plan for English language learners can be challenging, especially if ELL students only make up part of your classroom, or if your lesson is on a subject other than language arts. It..
simple classroom games like hangman or ispy, for a small class  by: answers.yahoo.com
Can anybody recommend
Classroom game: uno card game. How to play - Lesson  by: ye
The deck consists of cards of 4 colors: red, green, blue, and yellow. The ranks in each color are 0-9. There are 3 "action" cards in each color, labeled "skip", "draw two", and "reverse". There are..
Standardized Testing Teaching Tips - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Standardized tests can be very stressful for children. Here, therefore, are some tips for parents and children that may help. Before the Test...for Parents and Children 1. Have children study every..
English Lesson Plans With Color Pictures  by: Alexander Golishev
There has been an ongoing debate among ESL/EFL teachers whether color pictures and other visual aids can help learners of English improve vocabulary acquisition. As an ESL teacher, I have always been..
ESL 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..
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..
Game: Seven Up - Short Lesson  by: sam
Seven Up (sometimes called "Heads Up, Seven Up", "Heads Up, Thumbs Up", "Thumbs Up, Seven Up", or "Heads Down, Thumbs Up") is a traditional children's game that is played in primary schools, and to a..
Prepositions I - Quiz  by: jt
Prepositions I 13. ___ the meantime, you can prepare dinner. On In Answer-In 14. Have you decided ___ a name ___ the baby yet? on, for about, to Answer-on, for 15. Are you still working ___ your..
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..
Whisper Circle - Short Lesson  by: yi
Whisper Circle is a fun game that will also depend on group compatibility. First, align your students into groups. Each group should have at least seven but no more than 10 people. Choose a leader..
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..
Sudoku game - Short Lesson  by: ye
The objective is to fill a 9×9 grid with digits so that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3×3 sub-grids that compose the grid (also called "boxes", "blocks", "regions", or "sub-squares")..
Trivia Teaser / Questions (2)  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: How far does human blood travel during one day? Answer: 12,000 miles Trivia Teaser: On average the blood fully circulates in the human body some seven to eight times per minute. Question:..
ESL GAME: Basketball  by: Sabia
Students take a shot at the trash box. First ask a question to Student 1. If s/he answers correctly, then s/he can have a shot at the basket. If the Student gets the ball in the basket, then s/he..
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?..
ESL Conversation Role-Play Exercises  by: Lissa K Johnson
Patty Middleton, an ESL teacher with an MFA in ESL from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, offers several suggestions as to the most effective ESL conversation role-play exercises you can do with..
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..
Face Painting Tips for Your Kids Party - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
If you can apply your own make-up or doodle a simple design, you can learn to face paint for a kids party. With these easy tips and techniques and a little practice, you'll be turning out all sorts..
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..
English comunication games??  by: answers.yahoo.com
I'm an english teacher student from Sweden who's working in Spain for the summer. I do have lots of ideas for my classes, but can anyone please give me some suggestions of comunicationgames?? The..
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..
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..
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..
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..
Game: Two balls and a wall - Short Lesson  by: Tom
Is a children's game played in the United Kingdom. The game is played by standing next to a wall and throwing a ball at the ground so that it bounces off the ground, then wall, and returns to the..
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..
English ESL Classroom Grammar Activities - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
Learning English grammar can be a dry boring experience for ESL learners. Getting students to work together in interactive groups with a common goal will wake the class up on grammar teaching days...
Grammar Lessons for ESL in Middle School  by: Joel Barnard
Teaching English grammar is an integral part of any ESL, or English as a second language, course. It is particularly important when teaching a middle school ESL course as it is these grammatical..
English lesson – Job  by: js
The English lesson – Job starts with a warm-up where students should guess people’s professions after looking at the pictures. The pictures are the cumulative images of typical traits..
ESL Games for Very Young Learners  by: Patrice Lesco
English as a Second Language, or ESL, games for young learners provide a fun and informative method of learning English language skills. Role playing and puppet theatres are two games that strengthen..
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...
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..
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..
Game: Questions - Short Lesson  by: sam
All four people take part in this game. The premise of this game is that two of the four people are put into a certain imaginary situation suggested by someone, and simply have a conversation that..
HALF AND HALF - Short Lesson  by: re
Students are given half of a sentence and have to find the person with the other half. Can be used with boring dialogues. Students must go to front of class and arrange themselves in order. Then they..
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..
Creative Approach to Authentic Materials in ESL - Introduction - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
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TEFL Techniques: Comparing Cathedrals - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
The value of getting your student or students out of the confines of the classroom cannot be underestimated. Trips and visits not only improve the student teacher relationship, but they are brilliant..
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;..
Preschool Winter Activities - Escaping the Winter Blues  by: Mary Robinson
While many adults seem to get trapped in the winter blues, winter is most often seen as a time of wonder and enchantment for children. Explore the many facets of the polar season with these preschool..
English Topics for ESL  by: Caitlynn Lowe
The broad topic of English as a Second Language can be divided into smaller topics, and both young children and older adults studying ESL need a class geared toward their specific needs. Grammar and..
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 Lesson Plans on Food  by: Ian Moore
The food unit can be a crucial one because it is extremely beneficial for someone studying English to learn how to use food items in a sentence. This unit not only introduces the use of count and..
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..
Team Building for ESL Classes  by: Susan Wheeler Capozza
Team building is an important skill for everyone to learn, but it can become especially essential for students who do not speak English as their native language. In an English-speaking school, these..
How to Plan a No-Materials ESL Lessons  by: Writer
There are many reasons why you may plan a no-materials ESL lesson. You may have been called in to substitute for another teacher just 20 minutes before the lesson, you may need a change of pace to..
ESL Primary Games  by: Victoria Weinblatt
Primary school students have an enthusiasm for learning that teachers can capitalize on by playing educational English as a second language (ESL) games in the classroom. Dividing students into teams..
Drama Activities for ESL Classes  by: Lucia Mata
Drama activities are a great way to add dynamic to any classroom, especially to ESL classes. ESL students can not only overcome their shyness of speaking a language not native to them, but they also..
Educational Sesame Street Party  by: Gail Leino
Teachers can easily make use of the Sesame Street characters to throw a nice Sesame Street party in the classroom. Just about every kid likes to watch the television show and just about every adult..
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 ___..
The Min Min Light : Australian Poem - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Barry Maslen and Robin Timothy Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
I met a nice chap, Barry Maslen, in a type of hostel-hotel in Manilla, Feb. 2006, and he agreed to let me post his poem. He has others if you want to contact him. Barry has a backgroud in livestock..
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..
Geography Games for Students  by: Mackenzie Wright
Difficulty: Easy Playing geography classgamesis an excellent way to engage students and keep them on their toes.Games that lighten the mood make great fillers for the end of the period when lessons..
A Limerick: Sillyvizations - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day BSc MSc BEd
When sillyvizations collide (Invented word here, a pun.) one´s best to take it in stride. (In stride is an idiom.) There´s a lot of confusion and sometimes a fusion. (Fusion of what?) They come,..
Kids and Writing - Six Tools for Making Kids Love to Write  by: Lynn Sager
If we want our children to love writing, we have to make writing essential to their lives. I have worked with too many eighth graders who have already decided that clear writing is beyond their..
How to Adapt Writing for the ESL Student  by: Paul Argodale
Aural/oral second language learning occurs more or less naturally, much as it does for infants learning their first language. Reading and writing is a different story; people spend 12 or 13 years in..
How to Write an English Lesson Plan for Foreigners  by: Missy J. Talbot
An English lesson plan is generally written in English. However, if the lesson plan itself is for English as a second language learners, or foreigners who are just beginning to understand English,..
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..
Pilgrim Trivia Teaching Tips (THANKSGIVING) - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
How much do you know about the Mayflower, Pilgrims, and Wampanoag Indians? Here are some interesting facts about them. Before the Pilgrims hired her, the Mayflower was in the wine trade with France;..
ESL GAME: Catch counting game  by: Sabia
Have the students stand in a circle. Start randomly tossing the small ball around the circle. When a person catches the ball, they say the next consecutive number. It's so easy and so much fun. The..
ESL Grammar Exercises on Adjectives  by: Joel Barnard
Adjectives make up about one-fourth of the English language, and native speakers may use these adjectives in a variety of ways and forms. Therefore, it is important that an English language teacher..
Pre-Beginning ESL Lessons for Adults  by: Sarah Patrick
The need for adult ESL, or English as a second language, classes in the United States is massive. According to the Human Resources Department at the University of Texas at Austin, more than one..
3 Preschool 'Read A New Book Month' Activities  by: Paula Jones
December is Read a New Book month. This is a great opportunity to expose your children to new books. Spend some time focusing on early literacy skills during this month. Your children will enjoy..
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..
Preschool Lesson Plans - A Helpful Place to Go For Resources and Ideas  by: Melissa Brehaut
Preschool Lesson Plans are a great idea for any preschool educator or homeschooler of a preschooler. There are many free sites online to get many resources and I find these helpful as well. However I..
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.
Alot is Not a Word,........... it's Two. - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Alot is not a word but two words and this error is seen a lot in many countries including those where English is the main language. Kids spell what they hear and they hear these two words run..
How to Adapt Textbook Activities in an ESL Class  by: Contributor
Not every textbook appeals to every ESL class. Some content may be too difficult or challenging. There also might be topics that are not particularly motivating for students. Adapting textbook..
How to Use Songs and Music in ESL Lessons  by: Collaborator
Using songs in an ESL classroom is a great way to motivate students of all ages to learn English. Using songs helps improve students' listening and reading skills. Songs help facilitate the..
The Best ESL Grammar Lessons  by: James Stuart
Grammar is an important part of any language, as it forms the rules for usage. If a student doesn't have a strong grasp of English grammar, his comprehension and output might not be as strong as..
Lesson Plans for Christmas Traditions for Preschoolers  by: Helen Fitzgerald
In addition to all the usual Christmas crafts and games, this year include some international Christmas traditions in your preschool lessons. Children will be fascinated to hear how things are done..
English lesson plan – In the house  by: js
This lesson plan introduces both the types of houses and the ‘inside the house’ vocabulary. The lesson starts with a warmer where students should identify different types of houses which they see..
Some Simple Math Games  by: Benetta Strydom
Mathematics has long been recognized for it's mental benefits. Working with numbers improves your concentration, memory, focus, problem solving skills, and general clarity of thought. To enjoy these..
ESL Game - Telephone Game  by: kr
Title: Telephone Game Type: Concentration game Target: Any vocabulary, pronunciation Materials: None Procedure: A vocabulary word is chosen and whispered by the teacher to the first student. They..
How to Teach Recounts in English Class  by: Erin Schreiner
Recounts are purportedly factual accounts of events from those who actively participated in the occurrences. Students are often interested in recounts because they provide a voyeuristic opportunity..
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..
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..
Alphabet Treasure Hunt For Your Preschool and Kindergarten Group  by: Narcissa Summerfield
Struggling with your class recognizing the alphabet? You are not alone. Teachers everywhere must accommodate many forms of learning to reach every student. Although the following suggestions are not..
SECRET PEN FRIEND - Short Lesson  by: re
Students are given the name of a classmate to whom they must write a letter. Students write the letter, describing themselves, but not signing their names. It will take at least one period to write..
Teaching Space and the Solar System - Lesson  by: Robert McKenzie
Outer space and the solar system is one of the most interesting topics discussed in school because of the countless colorful heavenly bodies occupying the universe and the idea that there is actually..
English Activities for Teenagers for the First Day of Class  by: Bonnie Sludikoff
The first day of English class is a great time to get students acclimated to the expectations of your classroom and get them excited for the type of work you will be doing with them. Focus on..
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.
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...
Game for students to know each other: Scavenger hunt - Short Lesson  by: sam
Give everyone a list of items and make them ask other classmates if they have something that fits the list. The list could either be innocuous items, e.g. who has a student id or wearing a casio..
BROKEN TELEPHONE - Short Lesson  by: re
Someone whispers something to a student. Message must travel through the class. Last person says what s/he hears.
Helping Your (any) Child Make and Keep Friends - Tips  by: Judy H. Wright
What Children Look for in a Friend? Is this child fun to be with? Is this child trustworthy? Does this child help me achieve my goals? Does this child make me feel good about myself? Is this child..
Verb Forms Quiz - Gerund or Infinitive? - quiz  by: jt
I remember _____ the Queen in London. a. meet b. to meet c. meeting d. to meeting Answerc Did you remember _____ the letter? a. post b. to post c. posting d. to posting Answerb I'm not used _____ up..
How to Teach a Child English One to One - Tips  by: Shelley Vernon
On the ESL forums one often sees teachers asking for ideas to make their one to one lessons more fun. Many teachers are brilliant in the classroom but are at a loss for ideas when it comes to..
Looking for ideas to bring 'fun' in the classroom?  by: answers.yahoo.com
As an education major, I'm looking for ideas on ways that I can incorperate fun into my lessons. I've heard of students being awarded 'money' to buy small items form a 'shop' in the classroom. Other..
For ESL Teachers - Teaching the Alphabet Effectively to Adult ESL Students - Lesson  by: Joan Pougiales, Ph.D.
Many adult ESL students have had limited educations and, even in their native languages, have limited literacy skills. For many, the concept of alphabetical order is unknown. Yet alphabetical order..
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..
TRANSLATION 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Give students a page of something printed in Japanese (or the local language). Get them to translate any words that they can into English. Give them points for every word that they translate. TV..
ESL Game - Wheel of Fortune  by: kr
Title: Wheel of Fortune Type: Game Target: Any vocab, sentences, and conversation patterns Materials: Wheel to spin Procedure: Put a hangman sentence/word on the board in blanks. Divide the class..
Sing A Song and Learn New Words  by: Celia Webb
Did you know you remember what you learn better if you use more of your senses during the learning? It’s true, the more of your five senses you can engage in the learning process, the more..
Why Use Word Games in Teaching English?  by: Katie Eyles
Teaching English in today's classroom is changing. Rarely do students sit in neat rows, copying spelling words. Instead, they work at an interactive whiteboard or on a computer. They learn in..
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,..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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)..
Tips on Alphabet Learning  by: Hema Baahu
Here are a few suggestions you may consider in helping children learn to identify the letters of the alphabet: The alphabet song: This is perhaps the most basic, but is very useful. Do sing the..
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..
ESL GAME: Math Game  by: Sabia
Put the students into groups of 4 or 5. Give each group a die. One person in the group rolls the die. The Students remember the number. The other Student rolls the die. The students add up the..
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..
89 - Games and Activities for the English as a Second Language Classroom  by: hyn
Activities that can be used with higheachievers in English course 1- Cut-Up Sentence Kabadi Level: Any This is a combination of a basic TEFL game and the Indian(?) game Kabadi(?). Prepare some cut up..
Conversation : Getting Started  by: ESLTiger
Activity One Divide into groups of four. In conversation, it is often helpful to show other people that we understand what they are trying to communicate. A smile, a nod of the head, and eye contact..
English Pronunciation For The ESL Learner - Tips  by: Lynn Bo
What is an accent? An accent is the carryover of sounds from the speaker’s original language to the second language. When we are infants we literally have the ability to speak any language in the..
ESL Game - Fast/slow motion  by: kr
Title: Fast/slow motion Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: picture cards Procedure: Have a pile of picture cards and show them to the class one by one in either fast motion or slow motion...
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..
What should I teach in my first English as a foreign language lesson for beginners  by: answers.yahoo.com
I will be teaching 2 adults who I believe and a very basic grasp of English.
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..
Easter Activities for School  by: Teresa Evans
If you are looking for Easter activities for school, then you may want to try making Easter wreaths. Christmas isn't the only holiday that a decorative wreath can be displayed. Before Easter, the..
How to Teach English to Children Through Activities  by: Harvey Birdman
Teaching children English through activities is a great way to get them involved in learning. This will also help those students who learn more through doing than listening. One example: have the..
Classroom game: uno card game. How to play - Lesson  by: ye
The deck consists of cards of 4 colors: red, green, blue, and yellow. The ranks in each color are 0-9. There are 3 "action" cards in each color, labeled "skip", "draw two", and "reverse". There are..
How to Teach ESL and Teach Your Students to Sell  by: braniac
I sell Melaleuca products to supplement my teaching income. One of my students sells Mary Kay products. I let her do a presentation in class as long as she spoke in English. I teach at a community..
ESL GAME: Simon Says  by: Sabia
A good review for body parts: e.g. "Simon says touch your knees". You could change Simon to your name to avoid confusion. When Teacher says a sentence without the word "Simon" (e.g. "Touch your..
Finding More English Pronunciation Tips on YouTube!  by: Eric Roth, www.compellingconversations.com
Finding More English Pronunciation Tips on YouTube! Student Name: Class: Teacher: Date: Find a quality YouTube videoclip that provides a tip on English pronunciation that you would like to share with..
ESL Game - Harry Potter  by: kr
Title: Harry Potter Type: Active Game Target: “What are you doing?” verbs, commands Materials: None (or newspaper wands for fun) Procedure: 1/3 of the students get wands and become Voldemorts...
ANAGRAMS (WORD SCRAMBLES) 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Mix up vocabulary words and get the students to unscramble them. Can be played in teams, in pairs, or with the whole class. The team who can unscramble the word (i.e. say it in English) and give its..
Thanksgiving - Fact Or Myth? Teaching Children to Investigate the Story Behind Thanksgiving  by: Kathy Cothran
Is what we celebrate in America today based on fact or myth? Did the pilgrims and the Native Americans really have a peaceful relationship that lead to a beautiful sharing feast? What primary..
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..
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..
Bringing The Game of Bingo to The Classroom  by: Drake Crossland
Bingo is a game of chance that has been played by young and old for years. The object of a standard game of Bingo is to get five numbers in a row. The first one to accomplish this wins a prize...
Teachers - Poetry For Children - 4 General Types  by: Meggin McIntosh
O Sliver of Liver (by Myra Cohn Livingston) O sliver of liver, Get lost! Go away! You tremble and quiver O sliver of liver-- You set me a shiver And spoil my day-- O sliver of liver, Get lost! Go..
ESL GAME: Whispers  by: Sabia
Put the Students into a circle. Whisper a simple sentence or word into the first student’s ear. He or She must say the exact same sentence to the next student. And so on until the last student in..
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...
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..
Interesting Activities for Teaching English Literature in the ESL  by: Kate Bradley
Alien cultural references, unknown idioms and strange vocabulary make teaching English literature to ESL students especially challenging. Engaging the students while teaching the story and its..
ESL GAMES: Guess what’s in the Bag & Give It Back Game  by: Sabia
Guess what’s in the Bag: Put an object in a bag. Have a pupil touch it. S/he has to guess correctly. Or describe the item to the group. Give It Back Game: Have Students stand in a line. Give them..
BOGGLE 4X4 - Short Lesson  by: re
BOGGLE 4X4 grid with letters. Students try to make words out of the connecting letters in any direction (as long as the letters are in fact touching one another).
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..
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..
Smartboard Activities for Christmas  by: Elizabeth Stover
Research by organizations such as the Smarter Kids Foundation and The George Lucas Educational Foundation continue to support the use of the latest technology in the classroom. Technology, most of..
ESL 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..
Teaching English Isn't That Easy  by: Matthew Tedstone
Anyone who has taught or is teaching English as a foreign language will know that it's not as easy as it might seem. "Teaching a bunch of 4 year old's to count to ten, what a doddle". Definitely not,..
Adjectives Lesson Plan - Adjective Practice For Your Students  by: Renee Goodrich
This is a great way to get your students to explore the variety of adjectives that can be applied to one noun. Take any noun and write it on the board. Ask your students to help you use adjectives to..
Using English Videos And Music In EFL, ESL Classrooms - Tips  by: Kisito Futonge
a) Music: English songs can be used for a wide variety of ESL learning and teaching activities. They can start discussions on a topic or even become the centre of debate. This is especially true of..
ESL 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..
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,..
What are some good games to play with kindergarten kids?  by: answers.yahoo.com
This is a spoken English class, so im looking for more of an English game to play in class.
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..
How to Teach ESL to Kindergarten Children  by: Karen Frances
With kindergarten age children, the emphasis for teaching English as a second language should be on fun. Children in this age group might just be starting to learn to recognize letters and words in..
ESL Lesson Plans on Food  by: Ian Moore
The food unit can be a crucial one because it is extremely beneficial for someone studying English to learn how to use food items in a sentence. This unit not only introduces the use of count and..
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..
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..
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..
ESL Game - Whiz Bong  by: kr
Title: Whiz Bong Type: Active game Target: Any Vocabulary (small amount, 2-5 words) Materials: None Procedure: Get the students to stand in a circle. The first person starts by asking “Will you..
ESL Game - Fast/slow motion  by: kr
Title: Fast/slow motion Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: picture cards Procedure: Have a pile of picture cards and show them to the class one by one in either fast motion or slow motion...
How to Create a Christmas Lesson Plan for Kindergarten  by: Kim Waits
Christmas is a magical time for students as well as teachers. Classrooms are buzzing with the excitement of parties and joyful pageants. The Christmas holiday offers an abundance of learning..
Hilarious Halloween Games: Fun And Frolics For All Hallows Eve  by: Nigel Patterson
If you're planning a Halloween party this year, a fun selection of Halloween games is a sure way to keep guests happy. And even if you just want something to keep the kids entertained after they've..
Teaching English Isn't That Easy  by: Matthew Tedstone
Anyone who has taught or is teaching English as a foreign language will know that it's not as easy as it might seem. "Teaching a bunch of 4 year old's to count to ten, what a doddle". Definitely not,..
Icebreakers - What's in a name? - Short Lesson  by: choi
Ask everyone to say their (preferred) name, and ask them to give at least one piece of information on why they were called this name (or some interesting feature of their name, such as a different..
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..
How to Teach Advanced English Classes  by: Karen Hollowell
Teaching Advanced English classes is not easy, but teaching students can be rewarding as you watch your students' abilities grow each day. The purpose of these classes is to increase academic..
ESL 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..