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KHALID AL SEGHAYER, PhD

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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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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..
How to Teach English to 20 Year Old Adults  by: Karen Farnen
You have a special audience if you teach English to 20-year-old adult learners of English as a second language.Students reaching adulthood in the early 2000s make up part of the millennial generation..
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..
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..
Pre-Written Dialogs (any literate level, pairs) - Short Lesson  by: js
Many textbooks include sample dialogs, or you may write your own. They can be useful to break the ice with shy learners, but they are not truly communicative because no original language is produced...
How to Teach English With American TV Drama  by: Tasos Vossos
Learning English means having the ability to speak the language, and there is no better way to practice than by watching television programs. Watching drama series, American in particular, offers..
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..
How to Improve Your Questioning Techniques in the Classroom  by: David Stewart
Questions are one of the most effective weapons in a teacher's arsenal. They can be designed to stimulate curiosity, provoke ideas, clarify concepts and challenge beliefs. Students develop their..
Lesson ideas, activities for ESL teachers  by: Ted
You can do several things with parts of speech, you just have to modify it for the students' levels. Sorting activities are a good ESL activity, especially if you can pair a picture with the words..
Halloween Teaching Ideas  by: Tara Green
Teachers can use children's excitement over Halloween as an opportunity rather than a potential classroom distraction. With a little imagination, creative educators can develop age-appropriate lesson..
BACK TO BACK - Short Lesson  by: re
Teams of two stand back to back and hook their arms around each other s arms. Race to a marker and then back to the starting line giving both the chance to run forward and backwards once.
Games to Teach English to Children  by: Cara Batema
Language acquisition is an active learning task, and there are many games that can be used to help teach English to children. Games are motivating and can be used to teach reading, writing and..
ESL GAMES: Color Circles & Colors in the Air (for young kids)  by: Sabia
Color Circles: A good activity for young kids. Get some pieces of A3 paper and draw a large circle on each one. Pin the circles on different walls in the classroom. Model the activity: Say "Blue"..
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..
Adjusting Lesson Plans for Teaching ESL Students With Disabilities  by: Cooper Veeris
When adjusting lessons plans for teaching ESL students with disabilities, instructors must take into consideration the specific needs of the students. After understanding the nature of the..
ESL Game: Hand-Pizza, Handburger, Sandwich, Sushi roll, Gim-bab - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed
This game or lesson is intended for small children in phonics level, or just above. The drama of pretending stimulates imagination and the children build up their foods vocabulary. They like the..
INTERRUPTIONS - Short Lesson  by: re
Give the students instructions like Clap when you hear a word that starts with S. Snap your fingers when you hear the EEE sound. Stand up when you hear the end of sentence. Then read through a..
Fun Halloween Games  by: James Watts
Looking for Halloween games for your next haunted party? Well then, you've come to the right place. Here you will find fun Halloween games for ghouls, both young and old. Pumpkin Hunt Plan a prize..
The Triangle Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
This works best in a medium size group where only one or two people know the game. A person starts by saying 'This triangle goes from x to y to z'. Basically, x, y and z may be anything - people,..
ESL GAME: Make a Group Game  by: Sabia
Get rid of any tables and chairs. Get the kids together in one big group. Have the kids move around, mingling with each other. The kids ask you a question that you can answer with a number e.g...
Understand American Money - Lesson  by: ESL Free Lesson
Dear ESL Student, The American money system is logical and very easy to use. It is based on the dollar ($1.00), on which all cash and coins are dependent. There are 100 cents in a dollar. Coins are..
ESL 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 Make Pop Up Cards That Really Deliver  by: Scott Henderson
Pop ups are greeting cards that deliver a surprise. When you open the card, pieces inside move - they jump out at you, blossom into a 3-D construction, or move across the page. Pop ups have a long..
ESL Game - Duck Duck  by: kr
Title: Duck Duck Type: Active Game Target: Any conversation Materials: None Procedure: Students sit in a circle and close their eyes. I pick 2 students by touching them on the back. When I say go..
Ideas for Year 8 English lesson?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I'll be taking a Year 8 English lesson and need an idea for a one-off/cover lesson. Something interesting and fun, but where they will also LEARN. I've been told that I can choose absolutely anything..
The Story From the Chicken Coop  by: Ted Borgeas
Many years ago my grandfather, had a small farm and chickens. One morning he sent me out to the chicken coop to collect fresh eggs. He became concerned when I didn’t return after a shot interval...
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..
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..
Management Survey - A pre-intermediate lesson - ESL lesson  by: English-to-go
Pre-Intermediate Instant Lesson™ Management Survey Pre-Reading Activities A: Vocabulary Part One: Match the following words with their meanings: Words company manager survey ..
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..
Christmas Science Activities for Preschoolers  by: Mary Davis
Young children are curious about everything around them. A characteristic of preschoolers is to ask "why?" or "how?" repeatedly. Science for preschoolers includes the 'hows" and "whys" as well as..
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..
ERASE A SENTENCE - Short Lesson  by: re
Write a target sentence on the board. Read the sentence and ask the students to repeat it. Have all of the students stand up. Erase one word from the sentence. Have a student from the first row try..
10 + 1 Tips for Faster Fluency (English)  by: Minna Shiawase
Have you just decided to learn a foreign language? Do you feel like you’re too old? Too young? Not smart enough? Are you enrolled in a class and going nowhere? Is grammar killing you? Do strange..
How to Use Word Processing for ESL  by: Kara Page
Computers and technology can be a great way for teachers to further aid English as a Second Language (ESL) students in the classroom and at home. Word processing programs such as Microsoft Word..
Game: Chinese whispers - Short Lesson  by: sam
As many players as possible line up such that they can whisper to their immediate neighbors but not hear any players farther away. The player at the beginning of the line thinks of a phrase, and..
English Alphabet Games  by: Bridget Galbreath
Difficulty: Easy If you are an educator, teaching the alphabet in a fun and engaging way can ensure greater comprehension. One way to do this is throughgames. Children are more likely to retain..
Typing Lessons For Kids  by: Ash Tan
Typing lessons aim for three things, speed, discipline and accuracy. Kids naturally have the speed, but discipline and accuracy are not something that they like very much. For kids, typing lessons..
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..
Poem Analysis: Materialism - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Materialism and consumerism are facts in most of the world but how many teachers ask students to look at these matters in an analytical way or express an oposite view? We often say we are in a rat..
ESL game and questions only, please - ESL lesson  by: Said-Ali
It's me Ali again to this site with my NEW game. I am really happy to share my ESL games with my enthusiastic friends who are far from their home lands teaching ESL in China. Type of activity: Pair..
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..
Help with and idea for game for English class!?  by: answers.yahoo.com
Here's my assignment Create a game for reviewing a unit of literature or grammar or for reviewing vocabulary or spelling words. ( Tradiotional Spelling bees off limits) You will play game with the..
Subject/Verb Agreement - quiz  by: jt
The use of vitamin supplements and herbs (be) ___ becoming increasingly popular among Americans. Answer-is While many studies claim that vitamins and herbs can improve health, there (be) ___ a lot of..
ESL GAME: Burst a balloon  by: Sabia
Write down a short word on a piece of paper (e.g. a dog). Or you can write each letter on a different piece. Put it in the balloon and get a child to burst a balloon. Find the piece/s on the floor..
ESL Game - Line by Line  by: kr
Title: Line by Line Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Divide the class into teams. Draw a picture of the vocabulary words slowly, one line at a time. Teams guess what I am..
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..
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..
Classroom Games to Prevent Bullying  by: Jim Radenhausen
Bullying remains an issue in schools everywhere, leaving bullied kids scared and unsure about whether to tell an adult what's going on. Teachers can help students learn how to handle bullying..
English lesson plan: topic Food and Drink  by: js
The class objective of the English lesson plan Food and Drink is to introduce basic vocabulary, such as names of fruits, vegetables and meat, along with the verbs of food cooking and food..
Game for students. Tangle - Short Lesson  by: gh
Use one large group or multiple smaller groups. Groups form a circle, facing in, and reach across to join right hands with another person. Then they all join left hands with a different person. The..
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,..
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,..
Preschool Lessons - Using Fish, Freeze Tag and Groceries to teach the Letters "F" and "G"  by: Mary Robinson
When instructing preschool, it's best to keep the lessons simple and straightforward. One of the most important preschool lessons is the alphabet and its many letters. Many preschool teachers like to..
Fun Ways to Teach Things to Preschoolers  by: Mary Robinson
My philosophy for anyone working with preschool children is that the teacher must have a full resource file of fun ways to teach things to preschoolers. When you think of a preschool child, 3-5 year..
Calendar Teaching Tips - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Stop! Don't throw away those old calendars! There is so much you can do with a calendar to reinforce academic skills. Here are a few suggestions: 1. Writing - Use the pictures as story starters by..
Class Activities in Teaching ESL Literary Terms  by: Victoria Thompson
The English as a Second Language student may need the teacher to adapt lessons so that he can fully understand literary terms, which lead to better text comprehension. The lessons should be taught on..
30 Kids Party Favors for Pennies - Tips  by: Patricia Jensen
Party favors needn't be costly, just a simple remembrance of the good time guests had at your child's party. Each of these party favors cost under $1 per guest, some only pennies apiece. Shop dollar..
Exercises for ESL Kids  by: Jennifer Tolbert
Teachers call students who have a non-English primary language English Language Learners (ELLs). Usually ELL students get referred to the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at their school...
Christmas Art Lessons  by: Nikki Van De Walle
Christmas art can make a great gift or decoration in the house, while keeping your children occupied during the long break from school. Christmas crafts do not need to be expensive or elaborate and..
ESL GAMES: Color Circles & Colors in the Air (for young kids)  by: Sabia
Color Circles: A good activity for young kids. Get some pieces of A3 paper and draw a large circle on each one. Pin the circles on different walls in the classroom. Model the activity: Say "Blue"..
ESL GAME: Hop and Say  by: Sabia
Hop and Say is a pretty easy game to play. The Teacher brings a number of flash cards to class. The Teacher lines the cards up across the floor in a row. Two teams stand at the extremes of the row...
Name Bingo - Game  by: ritz
Hand out a blank grid with enough squares for the number of people in your class. The grid should have the same number of squares across and down. Give the students a few minutes to circulate through..
Teachers - Steps to Maintain Classroom Management - Dealing With Misbehavior  by: Meggin McIntosh
Behavior...misbehavior. Control...chaos. Learning...messing around. Teaching...babysitting. The truth is that, as a teacher, if you are unable to create and maintain a positive learning atmosphere,..
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..
Question Tags II - quiz  by: jt
You're coming to the party, ___? a. aren't you b. isn't you c. shouldn't you Answer-a It wasn't very difficult, ___? a. wasn't it b. isn't it c. was it Answer-c Tom is getting something for Sue, ___?..
ESL 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..
3rd Grade Art Lessons on the City  by: Dawn Sutton
Cityscapes provide a variety of art lessons for third grade students to develop their understanding of art concepts. Students can also experiment using a variety of art mediums and supplies such as..
1001 Descriptors - For Vocabulary Development - Primary Grades Through College (And Beyond!)  by: Meggin McIntosh
I love words - and I am assuming that if you are reading this article, then you do, too. Over the years I've done several different projects where I "messed around" and played with language. For..
How to Write an ESL Lesson Plan  by: Collaborator
Many ESL teachers, especially if they’re native English speakers, make the mistake of preparing mentally for a lesson without actually writing out a plan. This can backfire in many ways: You..
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..
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..
ESL Sense of Sight Activities  by: Joe Ashton
English as a second language (ESL) education has become an integral part of classrooms. Teachers prepared to accommodate ESL students are more successful than other teachers. Lessons should be geared..
Snow teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Winter is a perfect time to teach children about snow. 1. For those of you where snow is plentiful, here is a science experiment taken from Macmillan Seasonal Activity Packs/Winter Wonderland, 1986,..
ESL GAME: Exercises  by: Sabia
This one is great for over excited Students who need to burn off a bit of energy. It's also good for classroom commands and numbers. Stand the students in a line and call out instructions: "Jump 10..
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..
How to Make an Easy ESL Conversation Game  by: Collaborator
Teaching English as a second language can be fulfilling and challenging. One way to add some fun into the mix is playing a card game that can be tailored to suit whatever level you're teaching, from..
TEFL Teatime - English lesson  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL: Making a Cup of Tea You learned your language from your mother, or from those around you with whom you interacted on a regular basis. I know some Swedish only because my mother spoke Swedish to..
Lesson Plans for Infants and Toddlers  by: Tara Duggan
Whether you are running a day-care center, a play group or supervising your own children, having a plan can make the day go more smoothly. Focusing on safe, fun and engaging educational activities..
Effective Listening Activities for ESL Students  by: Chris Cotter
Most ESL students will say that listening is difficult, if not actually admit that this is their weakest skill. The difficulty comes down to two main points. The first point results from the pace,..
Download free lessons, quizzes, exercises, lessons plans, ESL ebooks  by: SC
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The Perfect Society: A WebQuest on The Giver - ESL lesson  by: Nellie Deutsch
The Perfect Society! A WebQuest on The Giver by Lois Lowry Introduction Lois Lowry wrote a novel about a community that seems to function perfectly. The Giver appears to describe a perfect society...
Help Children Learn English With Games  by: Joydeep Shankar Bhattacharya
"All work and no play makes jack a dull boy", we all must have heard this well known proverb many times before in our life. This proverb tells us that playing has a lot of significance in our life,..
How to Get Reluctant Kids to Write (Game)  by: Miriam Darnell
Being a gifted/learning-disabled child has afforded me the unexpected privilege of discovering new regions of my brain that few have ever explored. Because of this, I've come to look at things upside..
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..
ESL Game - Days Card Game  by: kr
Title: Days Card Game Type: Game Target: Days of the Week Materials: cards available form genkienglish.net Procedure: The days of the week in English have a special meaning. They each go with a..
Activities and Games to Teach English Vocabulary  by: Talia Kennedy
Teaching children new English vocabulary words can be difficult because they may have trouble conceptualizing their meanings. Providing a list of words and definitions is one presentation method but..
KIMBERLY S GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Spread out a number of flashcards or real objects. Have students repeat after you as you name each one. Then, cover all the cards or objects. The students must write down what they saw. Or, take one..
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 Control Your Class  by: John Parks
Even the most skilled teachers will have days when they lose control of their classroom. All it takes is a single rowdy kid and before you know it, you're sitting at your desk unsure of how to regain..
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..
How to Use Pictures in an ESL Classroom  by: Chance E. Gartneer
The environment of an English as a Second Language (ESL) class can be very challenging...especially for the teacher. Your students can come from all over the world with a variety of native tongues..
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 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..
Activities to Teach English  by: Victoria Thompson
Use interactive activities to teach English so the student will absorb and retain the information. The student should be an active participant in the learning to practice and master the English..
READ AND RUN - Short Lesson  by: re
Practise sentence structure, question/answer drill and dialogue memorisation. Get students into pairs. Write on two separate sheets of paper, either questions on one and answers on another, all..
How 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..
Spelling and Sentence Circle - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL game (adjust to all ages). Form a circle with the children. Teacher joins the circle too. Teacher walks into the center of the circle and says a word. Then teacher spells each letter while..
How to Teach Grammar Activities to ESL Students  by: Collaborator
Teaching grammar to ESL students is rather tricky because the rules of English grammar are not predictable and systematic. In today's ESL classrooms, more teachers are aiming towards the..
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..
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..
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,..
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..
ESL Games for Large Classes  by: River Lin
Ideally, ESL classes shouldn’t be large because for optimal language acquisition, students need ample opportunities to interact with English in real-life situations. Real-life learning..
Pilgrim Trivia Teaching Tips - 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 Oral Activity - Using Adjectives to Describe People  by: Andrew Lawton
At some point in your ESL class you will present adjectives that describe people. This is a good opportunity to get your ESL students some much needed English speaking practice. I use the following..
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.
The Humming Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
For this you need one child who is the quiet, studious type, and one who is the loud, sadistic type. The first child is required to either attempt to read a book, or simply go to sleep. The second..
7 Popular Character Costumes For Boys This Halloween  by: Nicola Kennedy
When it comes to boys, there are some standard costumes that you will see year after year at Halloween time. With many of them, they wear the costume year round in creative play. Some of them are not..
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..
Effective Listening Activities for ESL Students  by: Chris Cotter
Most ESL students will say that listening is difficult, if not actually admit that this is their weakest skill. The difficulty comes down to two main points. The first point results from the pace,..
ESL Games for Preschoolers  by: Elizabeth Brown
For ESL (English as a second language) preschoolers, learning English can be daunting, Games must be simple and clearly explained orally and visually, step by step, to avoid frustration. ESL..
Create Top Ten Lists for Lively Classrooms - ESL Teacher Eric Roth Lesson  by: Eric Roth
Americans, like many other people, love to create top ten lists. This technique can be very effective in sharing ideas and creating a lively classroom. You might want to introduce some core verbs and..
New hangman game (over 450 words), including 48 terms from the Lord of the Rings movies - ESL lesson  by: ESL Teachers Board
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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..
Ideas for Working With ESL Students  by: Leyla Norman
Teaching English as a second language to adult students or incorporating younger English language learners into a mainstream classroom can be challenging. Working with ESL students in any capacity..
Teaching First Words - Tips  by: Andrew Carter
I was enjoying a cup of coffee the other day, talking to a friend about teaching English to non-English speakers. He was speculating as to how I could presume to teach someone without knowing their..
ESL Game - Angry Gorilla  by: kr
Title: Angry Gorilla Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: flashcards, angry gorilla cards Procedure: Have a pile of flashcards that you want to review. Mix in a few angry gorilla..
TAJIMA TOWN - Short Lesson  by: re
Turn the classroom into a town with the desks representing different locations in the town. Make up signs to go on the desks. Get the students to direct other students around the room. Students can..
TEFL and ESL Board Games For the Classroom  by: Adrian Allen
Classroom board games are probably one of the most effective teaching tools available. Here we see how to stimulate and motivate students, and provide a welcome change to more standard classroom..
Ideas for ESL Classes  by: Wayne S
People all over the world are learning English as a second language. Some need to study English because they are moving to the United States. Many developing countries such as China are also..
ESL Game - Duck Duck  by: kr
Title: Duck Duck Type: Active Game Target: Any conversation Materials: None Procedure: Students sit in a circle and close their eyes. I pick 2 students by touching them on the back. When I say go..
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..
Adjective Activities for Middle School  by: Erin Schreiner
Adjectives are highly useful words that can do a great deal to enhance a piece of writing. Integrating adjectives gives the piece detail and flow. It also increases the reader's ability to visualize..
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..
2 more Puzzle Poems. "It" and "He Always lies to Me" - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. MSc. B.Ed.
Here are two puzzle poems for ESL learners. I would give this work to 12 year olds if thay have dictionaries. #1 2 big white teeth A very long nose Huge ears Bigger than a car. Can you spell it?..
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..
ESL GAME: Numbers Game  by: Sabia
You need 2 soft dices and 2 to 12 large numbers flash cards and point cards. Points can be done on the board or you can use surprises as points take a bag and have the kid pull out a surprise every..
How to Teach English  by: James Larkin Smith
There are many theories and opinions about how to teach English but here I would like to address the very nuts and bolts of what I do to teach beginners. As soon as you meet your student greet them..
English Teacher Training: Teaching English Writing Skills - an Experience  by: Turnoi
At our school, we have an English Teacher Training program with an equivalent of TESL Master degree option. In that program, course modules such as Language Pedagogy, Language Didactics, Linguistics,..
CAR RACE - Short Lesson  by: re
Place some flashcards end to end to resemble a race track. Include two or three brightly coloured blank cards in the track and place a starting and finishing line at a convenient part of the track...
Class Activities in Teaching ESL Literary Terms  by: Victoria Thompson
The English as a Second Language student may need the teacher to adapt lessons so that he can fully understand literary terms, which lead to better text comprehension. The lessons should be taught on..
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..
Ideas for Teaching English Games  by: Karen Hollowell
Teaching English is challenging because the subject encompasses so many areas and skills. In a typical year, an English teacher covers grammar, punctuation, sentence construction, parts of speech and..
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..
| Five Tips for ESL Teachers in the Classroom  by: Kevin R Baker
One of the greatest hindrances to ESL coaching is Teacher Talk Time (TTT). Teacher Talk Time is the amount of time that a teacher spends talking in the class. Since a tradition English class to..
NUMBERS 3 - Short Lesson  by: re
Let the children make groups, the number of children in each group corresponding to the number card held by one child in the group. For example, a child holding an 8-card, must find seven other..
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.
Lesson 8 - An Excellent Hammer  by: jt
The Story An apprentice blacksmith was told by his master to make a hammer. The lad had not the slightest idea how to begin, so he thought he'd be crafty to nip out and buy one. He duly showed the..
The Importance of Child's Play in Child Development (Games to play in class)  by: Brenda Geier
Children’s playtime should always be learning time. Parents, teachers and caregivers can conveniently accelerate three, four, five, six and seven-year old child development skills during playtime..
Halloween Games for the Perfect Halloween Party!  by: Nicole O'Reilly
With Halloween fast approaching it's time to dust off those dirty and cobwebbed Halloween games for the kids. Depending on the style of party you are throwing you may be looking for Halloween crafts,..
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..
Lesson Plan on Symbolism?  by: answers.yahoo.com
Hi. Does anyone out there have any creative ways to teach a lesson on symbolism in poetery? I'm teaching a 7th grade LA class and need a fun supplemntal activity to really hit home how symbolism..
1st grader needs extra help, ideas please!?  by: answers.yahoo.com
i need some tactics to teach a first grader to grasp reading. He goes to school but i believe the teachers dont show him special attention. websites w/ reading games,wrksheets, lessons! please i..
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.
MUSIC FROM AROUND THE WORLD - Short Lesson  by: re
Prepare a tape with bits of songs from near and far. Get students to guess where the music is from, or what language a song is being sung in. Can be made into a quiz or team competition. Also, can be..
Song and Dance Games - Short Lesson  by: yi
There are many songs and dances that kids can learn and act out that will help them with basic English vocabulary. Try "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" and "The Hokey Pokey" for starters...
Fun Idiomatic Expressions For ESL Students - Comparisons  by: Susan Thomason
It is inevitable and unavoidable. When you're an ESL student you'll sooner or later run across idiomatic expressions that will basically have you either scratching your head in puzzlement or laughing..
Halloween Art Projects For Kids  by: Nicole Dean
Fall is just around the corner, and with the cooler weather comes more inside time for the little ones. Naturally, they’re going to need something fun and creative to keep them busy. Help your kids..
TESOL Exercises  by: Danielle Hill
The teaching of English as a second language, or TESOL, requires that educators use a range of exercise formats and styles to engage students' interests and expand their abilities. For an effective..
Facebook in the Classroom VERSION 2  by: Steve
Using Facebook In the Classroom (Revisited) I posted an article about using Facebook in the classroom” on several teachers’ web sites and I got the following response: Steve: I found your plan..
How to Plan an English Class  by: John London
Whether you are teaching English at an elementary school, middle school, high school or college, the process of planning your lessons is largely the same. Basically, the more detailed your plan, the..
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,..
Christmas Theme Ideas for Preschoolers  by: Breann Kanobi
Though they do it in a wide variety of ways, most people in Western countries celebrate Christmas. Help preschool students understand and appreciate this tradition with a variety of Christmas-themed..
30 Kids Party Favors for Pennies - Tips  by: Patricia Jensen
Party favors needn't be costly, just a simple remembrance of the good time guests had at your child's party. Each of these party favors cost under $1 per guest, some only pennies apiece. Shop dollar..
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..
Fun Elementary Lessons - Use Surprises and Silliness to Motivate the Student  by: Michelle Caskey
A fun way to motivate a student is to pack your lessons full of surprises and silliness. Positive emotions enhance learning and motivation. Your boys will have strong and lasting memories if they are..
ESL GAME 5 Change Seats If  by: Joe Tosczak
This ESL Game is called, "Change Seat if..." And instead of always saying, "Change Seats if..." you could also say, "Switch Seats if," or "Trade seats if..." This ESL Game can be used as a warm up..
ESL Game 2 - Taboo  by: Joe Tosczak
This game is called "TABOO." TABOO is a fun game that helps reinforce new vocabulary and it is a hoot to play! To play this game the teacher will first divide the class into two teams. The teacher..
How John And Paul Help Me Teach English  by: Andrew Carter
How John and Paul help me teach English A brilliant and accessible way of Teaching English as a Foreign Language which I learnt as a student has proved to be the best tool in my box! Using Song..
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..
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..
Teach English With Songs Even If You're Not Musically Inclined  by: Richard J Graham
Although we hear a lot about how songs can help the English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom, if you're not musically inclined it can be tough to make it..
Help with and idea for game for English class!?  by: answers.yahoo.com
Here's my assignment Create a game for reviewing a unit of literature or grammar or for reviewing vocabulary or spelling words. ( Tradiotional Spelling bees off limits) You will play game with the..
Fun ESL Grammar Lessons  by: Joel Barnard
Incorporating grammar games and activities into your English class is essential when teaching students of English as a second language. Moreover, making these activities or games fun and exciting..
ESL Adverbs & Past Participle Exercises  by: Jack Stone
In the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom, adverbs and past participles can be particularly difficult to learn. However, incorporating exercises into these lessons can help students grasp..
The Meatrix (internet movie) - Lesson  by: Captain Jay Bird
How to run this lesson: The Meatrix Level: Pre-Intermediate/ Intermediate Time: 30 ( depending on discussion) Materials Needed:A fast internet connections on student machines An interactive..
English Language Games - The Fun Way of Learning  by: Karlee Demierre
I think one of the failures in English speaking countries when it comes to teaching second languages is that we do not make it fun. I remember starting French at age 7 and just repeating phrases over..
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..
7 Popular Character Costumes For Boys This Halloween  by: Nicola Kennedy
When it comes to boys, there are some standard costumes that you will see year after year at Halloween time. With many of them, they wear the costume year round in creative play. Some of them are not..
Easy Keyboard Christmas Music for Kids  by: Collaborator
Easy keyboard music is intended for kids to enjoy and to learn how to play. There are several strategies to make easy keyboard music friendly for kids for Christmas time. Other holiday music is..
How to Teach Writing Skills to ESL Students  by: Delene Sholes
The teachers of speakers of English as a second language (ESL students) have a challenging but rewarding job. ESL students in a classroom may perform at different levels and come from countries with..
Simple and Effective Warmers When Teaching English - Part 1  by: Natasha Mason
Warmers are a key ingredient to any successful English class. During a TEFL certificate course, you should be introduced to a range of warmers that you participate in but it's easy to forget to do..
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..
Tag Questions - Does she? Doesn't she? Did she? - quiz  by: jt
Tag Questions - Does she? Doesn't she? Did she? She works in a bank, ___? a. does she b. doesn't she c. did she Answer-b She didn't eat anything, ___? a. does she b. doesn't she c. did she Answer-c..
Interesting Facts From Trivial Topics  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: How do honey bees communicate? Answer: Dance Interesting Fact: The ability of honeybees to communicate direction and distance from the hive to nectar sources through dance "language" has..
ESL Chess Games with 2-4 kids - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
The whole class can make the figures/players with paper clay and chess boards with paper squares or ink. Paper clay is cheap and dries in a few days and then kids can paint it. The game of chess is..
The Name Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
Quite simply, you have to come up with the name of a celebrity, (or literary figure, cartoon character, etc) that would be commonly known to at least two of the participants, whose first name begins..
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 Game - Memory  by: kr
Title: Memory Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Word and picture cards Procedure: Divide students into teams. On the board place the picture cards in grid formation. On the other side of..
How To Teach Irregular Verbs In An Interesting Way  by: Theo Grigore
Teaching is a process that involves a lot of work and creativity from the part of the teacher. The teacher needs to understand that students need to get involved as much as possible into the process..
How to Teach Refugees English  by: Judith Willson
Planning ESL lessons for refugees is similar, in terms of the language, to any ESL class, but such classes have specific needs. In general, use common sense and sensitivity when planning lessons and..
Game: Radio - Short Lesson  by: sam
Usually 7, 8 or 9 people are required to play this game (However it is possible to play with 5 or 6 people). Once enough children are found to play the game, they all must sit in a circle. Then a..
How well-organized are you? - Lesson  by: Ali
How well organized are you? Language: bashful, scruffy, shabby, sluggish, reluctant, Type of activity: Speaking and Critical thinking / Pair work Objective: to practice lexis relating to time and..
CONCENTRATION 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Chant Concentration, concentration now begins! . Select a category. Students must say a member of that category within a time limit (usually within four handclaps).
Halloween Tips  by: Bridgitte Williams
Halloween is a time for tricks and treats. Halloween is a time meant for candy and sweets. Halloween is not the time to put any new lawn ornaments that may be dear to you in the front yard. Regarding..
ESL GAME: 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...
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..
Fun Lessons in Teaching Life Skills  by: Kim Fuller
Life skills are defined by the World Health Organization as "the ability for positive and adaptive behavior that enables a person to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of every day..
ESL Games - L  by: jt
Lego Spread Lego on the floor and call a color for the students to pick up. Continue until all the colors have been called. Allow the students to play with the blocks for a few minutes before packing..
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..
Regular Verb List and Verb Activities  by: Renee Goodrich
Here is a handy regular verb list of 100 every day verbs. Regular verbs are verbs that use "ed" when converted to past tense. For example, walk becomes walked. When teaching verbs to your students it..
Halloween Teaching Ideas  by: Tara Green
Teachers can use children's excitement over Halloween as an opportunity rather than a potential classroom distraction. With a little imagination, creative educators can develop age-appropriate lesson..
Harry Potter Makes Lesson Plans Exciting  by: Valerie Giles
With magic and mystery inspired by the Harry Potter stories, many ideas for teaching strategies and lesson plans come to mind. You can let your imagination run wild. Science lessons plans..
News Game - Short Lesson  by: jin
In the business world, keeping abreast on the most up-to-date business stories is very important. Print out several current news stories that relate to a particular business field appropriate for..
Why Test Your Child's Letter Knowledge?  by: Mary Bogin
Why Test Your Child's knowledge of the alphabet? Your child could be five years old or starting first grade. Maybe your child is in third grade, and hates his or her class and teachers are suggesting..
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..
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..
Guessing game: I spy - Short Lesson  by: sam
One person starts by choosing an object (a cow, for example) and says "I spy with my little eye, something beginning with C" or simply "I spy something beginning with C." The other players look..
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..
Teaching English Word Games  by: Sarah Davis
Games are tools that make it easier for children to learn new things. They can also help adults with learning new information. If the learning game is fun, the child or adult will want to play the..
ESL Game - Food Chain Evolution  by: kr
Title: Food Chain Evolution Type: Active Game Target: Animals Materials: None Procedure: Brainstorm with the students to develop a food chain of 5-7 animals from smallest to biggest. Review the..
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..
Make a Fairy Garden For Your Kids Party - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
A fairy garden is a great kids party activity, especially if your theme is a fairy party, garden party, or tea party. A dinosaur den or construction site garden is a fun alternative for little boys..
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..
| Five Tips for ESL Teachers in the Classroom  by: Kevin R Baker
One of the greatest hindrances to ESL coaching is Teacher Talk Time (TTT). Teacher Talk Time is the amount of time that a teacher spends talking in the class. Since a tradition English class to..
ESL Writing Games  by: Jake Reed
Teaching English as a second language can be a daunting challenge, even for experienced teachers. Writing can one of the more challenging aspects of learning the English language. Bored students can..
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.
Elections teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
An election brings many opportunities to relate curriculum to real life. Whether it is a local or national election, here are some ideas to try before and after Election Day. 1. Discuss how the..
How to Connect Words with ESL Exercises  by: Lane Cummings
ESL refers to English as a second language. An average ESL lesson consists of presenting the grammar, vocabulary or other language point of the day, checking student understanding of it, and writing..
English 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..
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..
ESL Game - Card Collection  by: kr
Title: Card Collection Type: Game Target: Any conversation Materials: mini cards Procedure: Each student gets a collection of cards of a certain number and on a certain theme. They write their name..
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..
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..
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..
ESL GAME: Question Game  by: Sabia
First the Teacher introduces the vocabulary by showing students the cards one after the other. Then later, the Teacher holds the cards to the chest, making sure students can't see them. The Teacher..
How to Prepare a Lesson Plan for American Red Cross Month  by: Collaborator
The American Red Cross aims to ease the hardships and suffering of people in America and around the world. March is American Red Cross Month. Here is how you can prepare a lesson plan to help..
ESL GAME: Question Game  by: Sabia
First the Teacher introduces the vocabulary by showing students the cards one after the other. Then later, the Teacher holds the cards to the chest, making sure students can't see them. The Teacher..
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..
3 Great Preschool 'Roof Over Your Head Day' Activities  by: Paula Jones
Roof over your head day is December 3. This is a great time to expose children to the different types of homes people live in, both here and around the world. Talk about the homes your children live..
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..
Classroom Games - Statues & Squiggles  by: Lucas Kent
Statues This is a fun game to give your students a break and some exercise. 1) Have the students stand up and push their chairs in so they have lots of room to move around. 2) Choose a scenario which..
ESL Teaching Techniques  by: Damon Verial
Teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) is a complicated and widely studied endeavor. Many techniques are involved in the teaching of English to non-native speakers. In general, a teacher must..
How to Make a Poster in 60 Minutes - Design and Layout Tips  by: Jennifer Hogan
Are you someone who has had to make a poster, but wasn't sure where to start? Maybe you needed to make it for a school assignment, for a bake sale, for the science fair, for a baby shower or even for..
Song and Dance Games - Short Lesson  by: yi
There are many songs and dances that kids can learn and act out that will help them with basic English vocabulary. Try "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" and "The Hokey Pokey" for starters...
Christmas in the Classroom  by: Shaunta Alburger
The Christmas holiday lends itself well to plenty of classroom decorating and activity ideas. The whole month of December can become a time of creativity and fun as you integrate the holiday into..
ESL game: Something's Different - Short Lesson  by: lee
Get the whole class together. Ask one of them to leave the room, then get the remaining students to change five things about the classroom. For example, you could put a chair on a table, or get two..
KATAKANA READING - Short Lesson  by: re
Read a passage pronouncing some of the words as if they were written in katakana. Give students a copy of the passage and ask them to circle words that were pronounced incorrectly. Assign points for..
classroom games, activities  by: answers.yahoo.com
such as hand game = trust paper game= picturnary From IloveMarmite: Classic..... I spy !! Classic..... I spy !! From lovelylexie: Buy The Gamester's Handbook from the Internet (dead ... Buy The..
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..
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..
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..
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..
TRANSLATION 3 - Short Lesson  by: re
Keep a list of the new words and phrases that the students have learned so far in Japanese (or the local language) and English. Using each row as a team, I pit the first student of each row against..
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Activities for Second Graders  by: Krystal Miller
Around Christmas, some second grade teachers choose to have a lesson plan about the book and movie, "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas." When planning lessons about the Grinch, use your imagination to..
Things That Are Good To Know! The Story So Far Podcast- Episode 6  by: Kristen
Hello! Here is the latest podcast addition for Story So Far. Some ESL teachers have been telling me that they like this podcast for ESL so I'll keep posting these. This one is 'Things that are good..
A Limerick: Sillyvizations - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day BSc MSc BEd
When sillyvizations collide (Invented word here, a pun.) one´s best to take it in stride. (In stride is an idiom.) There´s a lot of confusion and sometimes a fusion. (Fusion of what?) They come,..
ESL 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..
Games for Spoken English Classes for Adults  by: Stephanie Mitchell
Games for adult English as a second language (ESL) classes must strike a balance between linguistic simplicity, so the students will understand the vocabulary and syntax, and thematic complexity, so..
ESL GAME: Mallet Mallet  by: Sabia
Bring two chairs to the front or center of the class and put them back to back. Split the class into teams. Choose or let students volunteer to come sit back to back. Tell them what the rules are...
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,..
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..
How to Teach Parts of Speech to ESL Students  by: Jennifer Zimmerman
Understanding the parts of speech helps people become clear writers and speakers. It can also help those learning a second language better understand how that language works when speaking, writing or..
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CLASSMATES - Short Lesson  by: yi
Materials: two rolls of toilet paper (perforated, so it's easy to tear) 1.Have all the students sit at their desk, without talking. 2.Take out two rolls of TP and tell the students to "Take as much..
Using DVD and Video in Your ESL Class - Part One - Tips  by: Keith Taylor
Have you ever wondered how to use movies in your ESL classes, without just sitting your students down in front of the screen, hitting 'Play' and sitting back to watch? Here are a few ideas to get you..
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..
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 Effective Learning Strategies for Elementary Schools  by: Nicole Hunter
Students who speak English as a second language are becoming more prevalent in American schools every day. School districts are increasingly seeking to ways to effectively integrate English as a..
How do you teach children about countries of the world  by: answers.yahoo.com
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Culture Lesson for First Graders  by: Jody Zambrano
In every state's standards and objectives for first grade, there is a component to teach students about culture. Culture is a very broad term that can encompass everything from a people's form of..
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..
Winter Olympics Teaching Tips - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Do you recognize the names Giant Slalom, Luge, and Curling? Yes? Then you must be ready for the Winter Olympics! Here are a few suggestions to make them more meaningful to your children: 1. Let each..
ESL game for children: What's the time, Mr Wolf? - Short Lesson  by: jt
One player is chosen to be Mr Wolf (the name usually remains "Mr Wolf" irrespective of the gender of the player). Mr Wolf stands at the opposite end of the playing field from the other players,..
Blank Lesson Plan Templates - How to Make Your Own - Tips  by: Renee Goodrich
Blank lesson plan templates help you quickly and easily create a lesson. You can take an idea for a lesson and transform it into a well planned activity when you place it in a template. The template..
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.
Game: Who Am I? - Short Lesson  by: sam
Played in a group, with everyone involved sitting in a circle with no reflective surfaces nearby, the object of this game is to be the first player to guess their own identity correctly. The set-up..
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 game: Word chain - Short Lesson  by: jt
Word chain, also known as Grab on Behind, Last and First, and Alpha and Omega, is a word game in which players come up with words that begin with the letter or letters that the previous word ended..
Using Circle Time in ESL Classrooms - Lesson  by: Shannon Tani
Many ESL teachers may not be familiar with the idea of circle time. It is a part of lesson, usually the first thing that you do, where the concepts are repeated on a daily (or weekly) basis. It's..
Grammar Pop Quiz  by: contributor
Write the number of the correct answer in the brackets. 1. Ali is ________ of the twins. (1) as old (3) the older (2) the oldest (4) oldest ( ) 2. Science ________ my favourite subject all along. (1)..
ESL Grammar Games and Activities  by: Kara Page
Learning to read, write and speak with proper grammar is an important part of any English as a Second Language (ESL) class, no matter what the age or proficiency level. Include a few grammar focused..
Facebook in the Classroom VERSION 2  by: Steve
Using Facebook In the Classroom (Revisited) I posted an article about using Facebook in the classroom” on several teachers’ web sites and I got the following response: Steve: I found your plan..
How to Give an English Class  by: Rachel Kolar
1 Review the standards for your district. The English class that you're teaching must meet those standards. If you are offering the class independently rather than as part of a school, check the..
Childrens Educational Games - Fun Must Be in the Learning, and Learning Must Be in the Fun  by: George Mcnaney and Jan McNaney
Childrens educational games can be a great way to learn and they form an important part in your child's life. Childrens educational games develop a child's mind to learn to think logically, and..
Presidents' day parade and news conference teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
To celebrate Presidents' Day, why not have a Presidents' Day Parade and News Conference? 1. How many students do you have? Write the name of that many presidents on a piece of paper and have children..
Good outdoor games for a Kindergarten class  by: answers.yahoo.com
Creative games to play with a group of 20 six-year-olds outside.
BASEBALL 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
The class is divided into two teams. Four chairs are placed in the shape of a baseball diamond. The AET/JTE proceeds to ask each team member a question which must be answered in a complete sentence...
Let's Put the Fun Back Into Writing  by: Alma Hoffmann
Before leading a staff development workshop on writing at an elementary school, I asked the teachers at the school to complete a short survey for me. On the survey, one of the items asked teachers..
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 ___..
Creativity Games to Teach English  by: Miranda Morley
If you've ever taught a grammar lesson and noticed that your students were about ready to fall asleep, you know that English, no matter how interesting it is to you, isn't always fun for your..
Activities for the First Day of Class in English Composition  by: Sara Mahuron
The first day of class is an important day for teachers and students alike. What goes on in class this day can often set the course for the entire semester or year. Teachers are encouraged to be well..
The spirit of giving teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
At this holiday time, take the opportunity to teach children about the spirit of giving. Giving takes many forms. You can give your time, such as volunteers do. You can make monetary, clothing or..
ESL Lesson Plans for Health & Medicine Topics  by: Ian Moore
Although the health section of an English as a second language class can be somewhat difficult to teach because of the technical terms and vocabulary, it is an important topic to know nevertheless...
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 well-organized are you? - Lesson  by: Ali
How well organized are you? Language: bashful, scruffy, shabby, sluggish, reluctant, Type of activity: Speaking and Critical thinking / Pair work Objective: to practice lexis relating to time and..
Reported Speech - quiz  by: jt
Mary "I love chocolate." Jill: "Mary said (that) she ___ chocolate." a. loved b. loves c. loving Answer-a Mary: "I went skiing." Jill: "Mary said (that) she ___ skiing." a. went b. had gone c. have..
ESL GAME: Burst a balloon  by: Sabia
Write down a short word on a piece of paper (e.g. a dog). Or you can write each letter on a different piece. Put it in the balloon and get a child to burst a balloon. Find the piece/s on the floor..
Preschool Calendar Activities - Introducing the Calendar  by: Mary Robinson
Preschool is an excellent time to introduce children to the concepts of the calendar, days of the week and months of the year, and what better way to learn about these concepts than through games and..
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..
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..
Tools for Teachers: Dolch Sight Word Resources for Young Learner Reading - ESL lesson  by: Jason D. Renshaw
Tools for Teachers - English Raven's Dolch Sight Word Resources http://www.englishraven.com Jason D. Renshaw THE DOLCH SIGHT WORDS - AN OVERVIEW The famous Dolch Sight Word lists are named after E.W...
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..
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..
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..
Word Games to Increase Vocabulary  by: Celia Webb
Most of us recognize that play is an important way to learn all types of skills and knowledge. Play works as a way to learn for a couple of reasons. First, we are more motivated to do an activity if..
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..
For ESL Teachers - Teaching the Alphabet Effectively to Adult ESL Students  by: Joan Pougiales
Many adult ESL students have had limited educations and, even in their native languages, have limited literacy skills. For many, the concept of alphabetical order is unknown. Yet alphabetical order..
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..
Using Roll Paper For Preschool Projects  by: Eric Kampel
Maybe you are a teacher planning projects for your class. Perhaps you are a pre school or daycare director and need to make sure the students have plenty of opportunity to learn, socialize, learn..
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..
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..
Take English Questions  by: ESL Free Lesson
Dear ESL Student, Native English speakers make mistakes too! These sentences were modified from national magazines and advertisements in the USA. Can you find the grammatical error in each one? 1.If..
New pronunciation game idea  by: ESL+games
I've just posted a new idea for a pronunciation game based on minimal pairs, haven't had a chance to try it out yet!
Increasing stress levels in the classroom  by: answers.yahoo.com
I need to teach stress and stress management to adults as part of an induction. Its a struggle to engage with them and I was wondering if anyone knew of a simple game that can be played in a..
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..
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 Game 3 Heart Gun Bomb With Cards  by: Joe Tosczak
Heart, Gun, Bomb is one of the newest and funnest ESL Games in the world. This game is specifically for ESL teachers that want to help their students learn faster and have fun at the same time...
Creativity Games to Teach English  by: Miranda Morley
If you've ever taught a grammar lesson and noticed that your students were about ready to fall asleep, you know that English, no matter how interesting it is to you, isn't always fun for your..
The Story From the Chicken Coop  by: Ted Borgeas
Many years ago my grandfather, had a small farm and chickens. One morning he sent me out to the chicken coop to collect fresh eggs. He became concerned when I didn’t return after a shot interval...
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..
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..
20-Question Quiz about Capitals of the World  by: quiz
Please follow this link: http://www.eslteachersboard.com/java/capitals.htm#b
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..
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,..
ALPHABET 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Use chalk as a baton. Arrange teams behind a line before the blackboard. The first student writes A in her/her team s designated space, then passes the chalk to the next student. The fastest team..
Games to teach kids about going green and saving the environment (video)   by: td
Start with: Save water, introduction to recycling, how to use recycling containers, paking things in cloth bag, don't litter, show the video below ... Video author: Shanthi Balraj Baboo - Website:..
Baseball teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
We all know that Spring is the time for rebirth and kites but, to me, it is the time for Baseball Season to begin! Did you know that you could implement baseball (or any sport, for that matter)..
Setting Up Activities in a Young Learners' Class - ESL lesson  by: Alex Case, ESL Teacher and Freelance Writer
An ESL lesson. The difference between an activity that works and one that doesn’t often boils down to two things- how much the teacher believes in the activity and how well he or she sets it up...
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..
Kinesthetic Learning - Use Kinesthetic Learning Activities to Improve Comprehension  by: Adam Waxler
Did you know that while many students are visual learners and many others are auditory learners, most students actually prefer a combination of visual, auditory, AND kinesthetic learning. So what is..
Game that kids can play in the classroom to help them remmember their class mates names - Short Lesson  by: PL
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..
10 Minute ESL Games for Kid's Classrooms  by: Laura Wilson
Learning English as a second language can be difficult and frustrating for children already accustomed to using another language. ESL teachers can use short games that will make learning less..
ESL Reading Activity for Classroom - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
To check for understanding, after reading a story or a passage in an ESL class, students usually answer the questions that the textbook provides. This is not a bad thing, since the questions usually..
Adjective Order  by: jt
Select the correct order of the adjectives in these sentences, He invited that ___ lady to dinner. young beautiful beautiful young Answerbeautiful young These are ___ products. excellent agricultural..
English Lesson Plan: Education  by: js
The English lesson plan on the topic Education starts with a warming-up activity where students are encouraged to activate their education related vocabulary through visual aids such as pictures..
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..
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..
SHOPPING GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Divide the class into shopkeepers and shoppers. (You decide the balance.) Give shopkeepers a kind of shop (e.g. fishmonger) and a list of things to sell. They make up their own prices. Give shoppers..
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..
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..
Adjective or Adverb 2  by: jt
She shouted ___ at him. a. angry b. angrily Answerb He is a __ worker. a. careless b. carelessly Answera If you ask ___, I will give it to you. a. nice b. nicely Answerb Be Quiet! I can't think ___..
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..
Teaching ESL with Playing Cards  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
The standard pack of 52 cards is thought to have been invented in Persia. The back design usually looks like a Persian carpet. Many English speakers do not realize that a club was a soldier's symbol..
Teaching ESL to Children  by: George Stocker
Teaching ESL to children is challenging but also very rewarding. Before I walk into a class of 10-year olds, I take a deep breath. Children have no attention span AT ALL, and so I tell myself to slow..
How to Teach English in Middle & Secondary Schools  by: Susan Deschel
Teaching English to middle- and high-school students invokes a curriculum rich with reading, writing, listening and speaking--although not necessarily in that order. English and language arts..
Classroom Activities About Conflict  by: Cindy Phillips
The classroom is a place to teach basic skills such as reading, writing and arithmetic. In a fast-paced and demanding world, teaching life skills is equally important. Conflict resolution is an..
How to Teach Vocabulary to ESL Students  by: Collaborator
For ESL students, vocabulary is the most important element leading to reading comprehension. Without extensive vocabulary teaching and practice, ESL learners will not be able to reach the required..
How to Teach ESL Songs - A Guide For TEFL Teachers  by: Mark Aubrey
tudents really enjoy singing and songs are a fun way for them to learn new vocabulary and practice using the language. This article offers some tips on how you can use songs in your class to improve..
Topics for First Conditional Speaking Activities  by: David Coodin
The first conditional is a grammatical structure for talking about what is possible in the present or future. The structure typically contains a phrase beginning with "if" that conditions the..
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..
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..
Vocabulary Games for Students  by: Rebecca Bagwell
Difficulty: Easy Students enjoy being active learners in a classroom. Teachers can use vocabularygamesthatencourage active participation to increase students' vocabulary retention. Vocabulary games..
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..
Visual Support Tips in the Preschool Class  by: Sheila Demers
By observing children in many different preschools, I've noticed that the classes which utilize an abundance of visual supports for children have far more independent and secure students. Many..
ESL Game - Word chain  by: kr
Title: Word chain Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocabulary or sentence form Materials: None Procedure: The first student must say a vocabulary word or sentence such a “I played soccer.”..
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 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..
CONCENTRATION 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Chant Concentration, concentration now begins! . Select a category. Students must say a member of that category within a time limit (usually within four handclaps).
Health Activity Plans for Toddlers  by: Kelly Brown
Toddlers, who are children age 1 through about 3, are constantly learning about and exploring their surroundings. They are eager to discover new things and are old enough to learn basic information..
ESL Game - Hot Potato  by: kr
Title: Hot Potato Type: Active Game Target: Any conversation Materials: Ball Procedure: In the background, play some music. While the music is playing the first student should ask the target..
The ESL Grammar Translation Method  by: Kara Page
Choosing a method of teaching or learning English as a Second Language (ESL) mainly depends on the goals of the student. The grammar translation approach to language learning is an older method that..
Using Google Earth in the Foreign Language Classroom  by: ravip
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..
Kinesthetic Learning Activities - Try a Gallery Walk to Address the Kinesthetic Learning Style  by: Adam Waxler
It is very important for teachers to address a variety of different learning styles, including the kinesthetic learning style in which learning takes place by the student actually carrying out a..
How to Download Hanukkah Lesson Plans  by: Collaborator
Hanukkah is a holiday full of learning opportunities and activities for kids. The Festival of Lights and its traditional objects easily lend itself to craft projects, including making a milk carton..
Teaching Latitude and Longitude to Elementary Students Using Technology  by: Kathy Cothran
Teaching children about latitude and longitude is challenging at best. Asking children to visualize imaginary and invisible lines that only seem to exist on a map is beyond many young minds. When I..
Another poem for children age 5 to 12  by: Robin T. Day BSc MSc BEd
So the Natives told Me! "Very very hairy & very very wary is the Bing Ban Boon!" In many many way for weeks & months & days did I hunt it by the moon. I thought it large while others thought it small..
Reading-Comprehension Skills, Part II - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
Do you remember that 'reading' means understanding the author's message, not just calling out words? If you cannot answer comprehension questions after reading a page, you have not truly read..
Games for TESOL Teachers  by: Joel Barnard
When teaching English to speakers of other languages (known as TESOL) it is vital to incorporate appropriate language games into your lessons. This is because games encourage students to practice..
English Lesson Plan Ideas  by: Farhan Arshad
English is a core subject in the American school system. Students are typically required to take English classes up until they graduate from high school. There are plenty of English lesson-plan ideas..
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..
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..
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..
Free online games & quizzes for teachers and students  by: Steve
English Vocabulary: Basic Elements (Chemistry) (Flash) Blackjack, an ESL game (Perl) Poker, an ESL game (Perl) Super Hangman (Advanced) (Perl) Capitals of the World (Beginner) (Java) Write..
Grammar Pop Quiz  by: contributor
Write the number of the correct answer in the brackets. 1. Ali is ________ of the twins. (1) as old (3) the older (2) the oldest (4) oldest ( ) 2. Science ________ my favourite subject all along. (1)..
Games for a classroom - Short Lesson  by: PL
when i was in 6th grade i used to love doing trivia reviews where we would split the class into 2 teams and have them get in single file lines and face off against each other to answer questions, the..
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...
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.
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...
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..
Trivia Questions, Interesting Facts - For The Birds  by: Deanna Mascle
1. How many eyelids do birds have? A. None B. One C. Two D. Three D. Three TOPICS: They have an upper lid resembling that of humans, a lower lid that closes when a bird sleeps, and a third lid,..
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..
Acting Out Verbs - Short Lesson  by: jin
Act out certain verbs every time you repeat them in class, or play "The Verb Game" by saying a list of verbs quickly while the students act out each one. How fast can everyone go?
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..
Lesson 4 - Wedding Gifts  by: jt
The Story Jack and his bride were opening their wedding gifts. After unwrapping each package, Lisa would exclaim enthusiastically, "We really need these towels" or "We'll enjoy eating off these..
Ice Breaker Games for Adult ESL Students  by: Dan Chruscinski
Start your English as a Second Language (ESL) class for adults off with an icebreaker to give students a chance to get to know their peers while also practicing English in a relaxed setting...
PSYCHIC - Short Lesson  by: re
You must have two teachers for this game (which shouldn t be too hard to get). The first teacher is the psychic. That teacher leaves the room while the students give the other teacher a word for the..
Classroom Activities For Young ESL Learners  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
The brain likes to learn in little bits. Young children have short attention spans. Put these two thoughts together and add the fact that learning a new language is not an easy task. Therefore, an..
Fun Halloween Games  by: Lauren Vork
There is no holiday that inspires fun in quite the same way that Halloween does. For the celebration times before and after trick-or-treating (or just for those of us who are a bit too old for this),..
INTERRUPTIONS - Short Lesson  by: re
Give the students instructions like Clap when you hear a word that starts with S. Snap your fingers when you hear the EEE sound. Stand up when you hear the end of sentence. Then read through a..
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..
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...
Using Art in the ESL Classroom  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
Does Art have a place in language learning? I believe it does. Children are naturally creative. They respond to visual images and have most active imaginations. Isn't creating images what art I all..
Lesson: Dinosaur Preschool Theme  by: Mary Robinson
One of the most commonly used preschool themes is dinosaurs, since preschoolers love learning about the giant beasts that roamed the earth thousands of years ago. The possibilities of the dinosaur..
ESL GAME: 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,..
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:..
Lesson that will teach kids the difference between wet and dry - Short Lesson  by: jt
We went through various items like sponges, toys, and even their hands. We showed that when the object is in liquid it is more slippery, and sometimes colder. To show dry we did the opposite.
How to Use Props in the Classroom  by: Sally Nash
Props provide students with a link to the real world outside the classroom. They can add fun and intrigue to a lesson and spark the students' imagination. Drama and English as a Second Language..
INTERVIEW 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Can be used with any grammar point. Make up a list of questions that the students must ask each other. Leave a blank space after each question so the students can insert the name of the person who..
15 Tips For Helping Children With Learning The Alphabet Letters  by: Deanna Mascle
I volunteer four hours a week in my son's first grade classroom. I help out in a variety of ways but primarily I am involved in literacy activities. It is an exciting time in a child's literacy life..
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..
How to Test ESL Writing  by: Miranda Morley
Regardless of what you teach, assessing an ESL student's paper can be particularly challenging. Should you have the same expectations for ESL students' papers as you do for native speakers' writing?..
ESL & 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..
Family life - Lesson  by: Said-Ali
Family life Level Intermediate and above Time 25-30 minutes Aim To get students to share opinions, ideas Preparation Prepare a task sheet along the..
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..
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..
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..
ESL GAME: Preposition Race & Pronunciation Game  by: Sabia
Preposition Race: Give each child a toy. Then run around the room with the kids and say: put your toys on the table put them under the table put them behind the chair put them in the box……. ..
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:..
How to Teach Film-Related Vocabulary  by: Mel Candea
One of the most accessible ways to teach is using realia, or real-life language samples, in the form of advertisements, websites, music or film. Using film is particularly useful, not only because..
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,..
Getting ESL Students to Use Their English Outside of Class  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
Every time I begin a new class, I give my students a hand-out sheet with ideas to help improve their English outside of class. Most ESL students unfortunately seem to think their English is for use..
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,..
English Teaching Tips for ESL or EFL Teachers  by: Nevin Tracy
A native English speaker may be the particularly favorable natural conditions to be an ESL or EFL teacher, but it is still far from enough. Besides the formal training, there are some tips the ESL..
Got Grammar Games? Try Diagramming Sentences  by: Elizabeth O'brien
Grammar games can add some needed zest to your English grammar instruction. Looking for a new game? Try diagramming sentences! Seriously, your students will think that it's fun. There are a few ways..
Teaching English to Middle School Children  by: Karen Hollowell
Middle school English teachers face a daily challenge helping sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders learn the basics of grammar. Integrating literature and encouraging students to write about what they..
ESL Game - Cowboy  by: kr
Title: Cowboy Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Word/picture cards Procedure: 6 students with word/picture cards stand in a line with a chair behind them. I call out a word and the..
ROLL THE BLOCKS - Short Lesson  by: re
Stick selected common nouns on the six sides of one block. On another block, stick verbs or pronouns, or articles. Each group has a set of these two blocks. Within a set time limit, they take turns..
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..
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..
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..
Spelling Games With Index Cards - Lesson  by: Jessica Gerald
Whether you homeschool your children, or you just want a fun way to get them to practice their spelling words for the week, here are three games to make with index cards. They work best with..
The Top 3 TEFL Games For ESL Teachers  by: Ed Earl
When teaching English TEFL it is always beneficial to have some ESL games handy to reward the students when they behave well and work hard. In this article I will describe my three favourite ESL..
ESL 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..
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
ALT S APARTMENT - Short Lesson  by: re
Draw an empty apartment on the board. Have students try to guess the contents. Draw them in as they name them. For example, the students could ask, Is there a chair?.
Complaints - English lesson  by: Ali
Happy New Year to everyone! Teaching English in the class where the students are motivated and enthusiastic is very encouraging for the teacher. And having the students speak in ESL class is one of..
How to Teach English  by: James Larkin Smith
There are many theories and opinions about how to teach English but here I would like to address the very nuts and bolts of what I do to teach beginners. As soon as you meet your student greet them..
How to Write a Lesson Plan for Speaking English One-to-One  by: Sophie Southern
When you are teaching English as a foreign or second language, often referred to as EFL and ESL, you may come across situations where you need to give private classes to one client or student...
ESL Exercises on Future Tenses  by: David Stewart
One of the important grammar aspects students in English as a second language (ESL) class need to learn is the future tense. Getting them to write down their plans for the future can be a good way of..
How to Create a Grammar Lesson Plan for an Advanced ESL Class  by: contributor
Your advanced ESL class can hone their skills on conversation, popular media, literature, and a host of other activities. There will still be weak areas of grammar to address and watch for. With the..
Find It Fast - Short Lesson  by: jin
Find It Fast is a review game that can be played by all students in the classroom. When the teacher or leader asks a question, students race to the board and write down the answer to the question...
How to Use Pictures in an ESL Classroom  by: Chance E. Gartneer
The environment of an English as a Second Language (ESL) class can be very challenging...especially for the teacher. Your students can come from all over the world with a variety of native tongues..
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..
How to Control Your Class  by: John Parks
Even the most skilled teachers will have days when they lose control of their classroom. All it takes is a single rowdy kid and before you know it, you're sitting at your desk unsure of how to regain..
Writing Prompts Your Students Will Love - Lesson  by: Jennifer Dobson
Prompts are useful for many different kinds of writing exercises. You might choose to use a writing prompt as a daily warm-up activity. Writing prompts are also useful to have on hand for when..
CLOZE - Short Lesson  by: re
Make two copies of a passage, each with (different) words missing. Blanks identify the missing words. The students read the passage aloud together to fill in the missing parts. Alternately, the..
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..
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..
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..
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..
MEMORY GAME 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is a team. Select a grammar point to practise. The first student in each row must make a sentence using this grammar point and a topic (e.g. I like and food ). The first student might say, I..
How to Teach the Alphabet  by: Mark Pennington
The old "Alphabet Song" has proved to be a remarkable tool to assist learning the pronunciation and sequence of the English alphabet. The melody, written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, has certainly..
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..
How to Use Dictation as the Basis for an ESL Class  by: Collaborator
Dictation may seem an old-fashioned way to teach English as a Second Language. But it can offer an interesting way to engage the students in vocabulary, listening, writing and pronunciation skills...
ESL Picture Games  by: Renee Williams
Picture cards play a large part in teaching vocabulary to students learning English as a second language. The pictures help students learn English words for common objects. The games add variety to..
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..
Prepositions I - Quiz  by: jt
Prepositions I 13. ___ the meantime, you can prepare dinner. On In Answer-In 14. Have you decided ___ a name ___ the baby yet? on, for about, to Answer-on, for 15. Are you still working ___ your..
ESL Game: Hand-Pizza, Handburger, Sandwich, Sushi roll, Gim-bab - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed
This game or lesson is intended for small children in phonics level, or just above. The drama of pretending stimulates imagination and the children build up their foods vocabulary. They like the..
ONE UP ONE DOWN - Short Lesson  by: re
The teacher starts by stating, One up, one down . Only the teacher knows that that refers to the position of the teacher s arms: one is holding his/her chin, the other is crossed against his/her..
Vocabulary Games for Students  by: Rebecca Bagwell
Difficulty: Easy Students enjoy being active learners in a classroom. Teachers can use vocabularygamesthatencourage active participation to increase students' vocabulary retention. Vocabulary games..
What words can you make using the letters, D G R A G E? this is for the game Bully during the english 5 class?  by: answers.yahoo.com
words have to be at least three characters long
Games for Teaching Business to ESL Students  by: Kara Page
Many business professionals all over the world are preparing to enter a global workforce by enrolling in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Teachers for these ESL business classes should..
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..
3 Great Preschool 'Roof Over Your Head Day' Activities  by: Paula Jones
Roof over your head day is December 3. This is a great time to expose children to the different types of homes people live in, both here and around the world. Talk about the homes your children live..
Games that kids can play in the classroom to help them remmember their class mates names - Short Lesson  by: jt
The second day of school, my students choose an adjective that begins with the first letter of their name (ex: Crazy Chris). They go around the room saying each person in front of them-the first..
LEARNING TO DANCE - Activities  by: re
You need a large tarp or a large sheet of plastic, a tarp that you d take camping works best, and you d always have it for the day when there s 15 minutes left of the class and your teacher says OK,..
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..
English Lesson Plan Ideas  by: Farhan Arshad
English is a core subject in the American school system. Students are typically required to take English classes up until they graduate from high school. There are plenty of English lesson-plan ideas..
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..
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..
ESL Role Play  by: George Stocker
Learning a language is a complex and long process as anyone who has tried will agree. One of the most difficult and frustrating things is making the transition from the classroom to the 'real' world...
ESL Interactive Listening and Speaking Activity for Any Classroom - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
ESL teachers are always looking to get their students some good speaking practice. This next activity will get each English learner speaking and listening to sentences that contain the grammar and..
The Ultimate Checklist for Adult and Teen ESOL Language Learners  by: Steve McCrea
OBJECTIVE: To motivate students to set their own goals for the week. This worksheet helps students find their passions about why they are learning English. Send your suggestions for other activities...
MEMORY GAME 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is a team. Select a grammar point to practise. The first student in each row must make a sentence using this grammar point and a topic (e.g. I like and food ). The first student might say, I..
How to Teach ESL to Preschoolers  by: Collaborator
If you know how to teach ESL to preschoolers, you will be in a good position to find a teaching job abroad. In many non-English-speaking countries, it is becoming popular for parents to start their..
How to Differentiate a Lesson in a Mixed Group With ESL Students  by: Sarah Zlockie
Students, regardless of age or ability level, learn at different rates and have widely varying interests, which makes any type of classroom teaching rigorous. When students of English as a second..
Teaching Prepositions Through a Craft  by: Joel Tolson
Learning prepositions can be quite difficult for individuals who are studying English as a second language. This is in part because some languages lack prepositional phrases: these languages convey..
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..
Using Pictures to Teach Narrative Writing with Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry  by: Trina Allen
Subject: Sixth Grade Language Arts – Segregation and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Time allotted: 90 minutes Organization: large group Objective: Students will demonstrate the understanding of the..
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..
Whiteboard English Games  by: Brendan Pelsue
Whiteboard games are an essential tool for any English teacher----teachers can use them to reward a class for good behavior while still teaching essential language and problem-solving skills. These..
Dinosaur Preschool Theme - When Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth  by: Mary Robinson
One of the most commonly used preschool themes is dinosaurs, since preschoolers love learning about the giant beasts that roamed the earth thousands of years ago. The possibilities of the dinosaur..
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)..
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..
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..
Animal Crime Scene Investigator - A science and ESL lesson  by: Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. / theregalswan.com
Expected Learning Outcomes Students will understand predation and how nature controls the over-population of species. Students will have an understanding of how crime scene investigation requires the..
Games to Teach English to Kids  by: Nina Makofsky
There are several games that educators and parents can use to help non-English-speaking kids learn the language. In general, children are quick learners. If they are in English-immersion settings,..
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..
Icebreaker Games for ESL  by: Alexandra Wright
English as a Second Language (ESL) students, especially beginner speakers, are often uncomfortable communicating in the language that they are learning. Facilitating opportunities for students to..
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..
The Dictionary Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
Everyone sits in a circle and the first player takes the dictionary and is allowed to look at it for about five minutes. The player chooses an interesting word and writes it on a slip of paper along..
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...
Halloween Teaching Ideas  by: Tara Green
Teachers can use children's excitement over Halloween as an opportunity rather than a potential classroom distraction. With a little imagination, creative educators can develop age-appropriate lesson..
Language Activities for Possessive Nouns  by: Shae Hazelton
Possessive nouns are tough for many young children to learn because there are so many different ways to express ownership through language. Challenge your children to work with possessive nouns..
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..
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..
ESL game and questions only, please - ESL lesson  by: Said-Ali
It's me Ali again to this site with my NEW game. I am really happy to share my ESL games with my enthusiastic friends who are far from their home lands teaching ESL in China. Type of activity: Pair..
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..
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..
Ideas for Teaching 75 ESL  by: Betty Jean Steinshouer
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) is a challenge whether you are tutoring one student or teaching a large classroom of 75. Thinking ahead, planning your class in short increments, getting..
ESL GAMES: Alphabet Letter Puzzle & Alphabet Packets  by: Sabia
Alphabet Letter Puzzle: Give out different letters cut in two (in three or in four). It is a good idea to use different colours for each letter to help the children if the letters should become mixed..
Children's poem for 12-18+ yrs.  by: Robin T. Day BSc MSc BEd
Diversity or Diverse City What is the purpose of porpoise and for that matter turtle or tortoise? Things scamper and sing they fin and they wing but what of the purpose of porpise? The roll of the..
ESL 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: Sticky Fingers  by: Sabia
First designate a 'key word' like Dog, or Cat. Each student grabs one of your fingers. Start yelling out random words. This works best if you use a bunch of nonsense words that sound like the key..
classroom game (4) - Short Lesson  by: sam
Split the class into two teams, divid the the white board or chalk board into 2 groups. then you put to people up at the board from each team and ask them a question. who ever writes the answer..
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..
Classroom Game with a Fluffy Ball  by: teacher
u can buy a fluffy ball and they sit down on the ground like a group circle and then they have to toss the ball to a person and say there name quick and then if they don't say it quick or they don't..
ESL GAME: Numbers Game  by: Sabia
You need 2 soft dices and 2 to 12 large numbers flash cards and point cards. Points can be done on the board or you can use surprises as points take a bag and have the kid pull out a surprise every..
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..
Journal Writing Topics for Middle School Students  by: Shelley Frost
Journal activities benefit middle school students in numerous ways. The obvious skill improved by the activity is writing. Students practice putting thoughts onto paper without the pressure of a..
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..
Icebreakers - THEM AGAINST YOU - Lesson  by: yi
On the first day of school challenge the students to a competition. Who can remember the most about the other. 1) The students start, taking turns they each stand up and tell at least 5 facts about..
Christmas Activities for Third Grade  by: Monica Patrick
Teachers and educators, who aren't restricted from teaching with Christmas themes, could use a number of activities with their students. Teachers should take advantage of the excitement surrounding..
ESL GAMES: Color Circles & Colors in the Air (for young kids)  by: Sabia
Color Circles: A good activity for young kids. Get some pieces of A3 paper and draw a large circle on each one. Pin the circles on different walls in the classroom. Model the activity: Say "Blue"..
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..
ESL Game - Tic Tac Toe  by: kr
Title: Tic Tac Toe Type: Paper activity Target: Past tense or any vocabulary Materials: Paper and pencil Procedure: Students are in pairs and write down plain present tense verbs in each square of a..
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..
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 Games for Large Classes  by: River Lin
Ideally, ESL classes shouldn’t be large because for optimal language acquisition, students need ample opportunities to interact with English in real-life situations. Real-life learning..
ESL GAME: “Do that" & "Don’t do that” Game  by: Sabia
Grant each child 5 points before you begin Have the kids do your simple commands: sit down jump etc and then say don’t jump (don’t change your in tonation). If some of them do jump, chase them..
Lesson Plan About the Gingerbread Man  by: Shelley Frost
"The Gingerbread Man" delights children with its action and fanciful storyline. The fairy tale serves as the inspiration for preschool and early elementary lesson plan ideas. Literature-based..
ESL GAME 5 Change Seats If  by: Joe Tosczak
This ESL Game is called, "Change Seat if..." And instead of always saying, "Change Seats if..." you could also say, "Switch Seats if," or "Trade seats if..." This ESL Game can be used as a warm up..
Halloween Theme Ideas - 20 Fun Halloween Activities For Your Students  by: Renee Goodrich
Here are 20 Halloween activities to write on the board. They should keep your students very busy. Give them a few at a time or use them as activities to work through over a week. 1. Write 2 reasons..
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..
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,..
Make a Fairy Garden For Your Kids Party - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
A fairy garden is a great kids party activity, especially if your theme is a fairy party, garden party, or tea party. A dinosaur den or construction site garden is a fun alternative for little boys..
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..
TEFL Teatime - English lesson  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL: Making a Cup of Tea You learned your language from your mother, or from those around you with whom you interacted on a regular basis. I know some Swedish only because my mother spoke Swedish to..
Teachers - Tips For Parents to Help Students Become Readers and Studiers  by: Meggin McIntosh
Teachers need parents to be part of the teaching and learning team. In some cases, parents know exactly what to do and are immense resources for supporting and extending the learning that is going on..
Spring cleaning teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Okay! It's Spring! Time for cleaning! Along with painting the house, planting new flowers, and/or cleaning out the garage; get children involved in cleaning their rooms, closets, classrooms, or..
MEMORY GAME 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is a team. Select a grammar point to practise. The first student in each row must make a sentence using this grammar point and a topic (e.g. I like and food ). The first student might say, I..
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..
Grammar quiz with answers - Prepositions  by: jt
Prepositions 1. I bought a new dress ___ the store. Answer- at 2. I found my car keys ___ my pocket. Answer- in 3. My friends are waiting ___ me ___ the mall. Answer- for Answer- at 4. I saw the..
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...
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..
Halloween Theme Ideas - 20 Fun Halloween Activities For Your Students  by: Renee Goodrich
Here are 20 Halloween activities to write on the board. They should keep your students very busy. Give them a few at a time or use them as activities to work through over a week. 1. Write 2 reasons..
ESL Games - O  by: jt
Object Toss Select three soft objects. Assign object#1 the question "Do you want some milk?", assign object#2 the response "Yes, I do." And object#3, "No, I don't". Toss each object to a student and..
Re: Lesson Plan on Symbolism?  by: Anna Drake
I don't think "O Captain, My Captain" is too advanced for younger audiences, although 7th grade may be a little overwhelmed by it. I teach an abridged version in the 9th grade that includes around..
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..
Jigsaw Puzzle Picture Frame  by: Lisa Kirby
Don't throw out those old puzzles when you lose a piece. Save them for these cool picture frames. They make great gifts. You can add paint, glitter, or any fuzzy, sparkling, or other crafty stuff..
classroom game (4) - Short Lesson  by: sam
Split the class into two teams, divid the the white board or chalk board into 2 groups. then you put to people up at the board from each team and ask them a question. who ever writes the answer..
Icebreaker Games for ESL  by: Alexandra Wright
English as a Second Language (ESL) students, especially beginner speakers, are often uncomfortable communicating in the language that they are learning. Facilitating opportunities for students to..
| ESL Oral Activity - Using Adjectives to Describe People  by: Andrew Lawton
At some point in your ESL class you will present adjectives that describe people. This is a good opportunity to get your ESL students some much needed English speaking practice. I use the following..
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..
How to Teach Conversation Techniques in ESL  by: Maggie McCormick
Conversation is an essential skill for ESL students, but it is one that can be difficult to master. The student needs to be able to understand what the other person is saying and know the correct..
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..
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..
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..
ESL Game 4 Wheel of Fortune  by: Joe Tosczak
This ESL Game is called WHEEL OF FORTUNE. First divide your ESL class into two teams. One team can be the RED team and the other team can be the BLUE team. The teacher will think of a sentence or..
ESL Games for Past Tense  by: Victoria Weinblatt
Learning the past tense form of verbs in English is an important basic conversational skill. English as a second language (ESL) students need to learn two sets of verbs, regular and irregular. The..
Christmas Writing Activities for Fifth Grade  by: Kimberlee Broaddus
Students all around the world celebrate the traditions surrounding the Christmas holiday. Teachers create lesson plans that incorporate Christmas into the academic curriculum of fifth grade students...
Foreign Movie Review Form - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Here is a movie review form I used to hand out in Korean university classes. Students like to watch and review movies. It makes a good homework assignment. Ask the student to review a foreign film...
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..
Classroom Games - Statues & Squiggles  by: Lucas Kent
Statues This is a fun game to give your students a break and some exercise. 1) Have the students stand up and push their chairs in so they have lots of room to move around. 2) Choose a scenario which..
Ten Easy Steps to Great Kid Party Food - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
This simple guide to kid party food turns your kids party into a fun food fest. Learn what turns kids on when it comes to party fare, and how to make it quick, easy, and impressive. Ten Easy Steps to..
ESL Writing Games  by: Jake Reed
Teaching English as a second language can be a daunting challenge, even for experienced teachers. Writing can one of the more challenging aspects of learning the English language. Bored students can..
Third-Grade ESL Games  by: Ashley Leary
It is always a challenge to meet student needs and have fun at the same time. Furthermore, with the diversifying student population, there is a need for new and creative ideas for learning. Students..
ESL Warm-Up Games  by: Rebecca Bagwell
When your students first arrive to their ESL (English as a second language) class, they may or may not be ready to learn English. Help your ESL students out by playing warm-up games at the start of..
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..
How to Teach English to 20 Year Old Adults  by: Karen Farnen
You have a special audience if you teach English to 20-year-old adult learners of English as a second language.Students reaching adulthood in the early 2000s make up part of the millennial generation..
Crossing Cultures - Lesson  by: Ali
Level: intermediate upper Time: 40-60 minutes Aim: Have the students talk about different cultures and traveling to a foreign country. Procedure Bring in the class some pictures of some people who..
How to Use Songs when Teaching English as a Second Language  by: Collaborator
When teaching English as a second language, whether to children or adults, you have to be very creative in ways to keep their interests. Since the best way to learn a second or foreign language is..
Classroom activities  by: contributor
Year : Year 4 Date : 29.4.2010 Time : 8.00am-9.00am (60minutes) Theme : World of Knowledge Topic : Animals at Zoo Objectives : At the end of the lesson, pupils should be able to: I) Identify various..
Spelling Tips for Kids  by: Simone Mary
Writing and spelling are closely linked. If you don't know how to spell, writing can be more difficult than it should be. Becoming a good speller is important to your development as a writer...
English Grammar & Punctuation Lessons  by: Barbie Carpenter
Proper grammar and punctuation is the mark of a strong writer. Students need to learn grammar early in their education, and teachers should reinforce basic grammar concepts year after year. The best..
Teaching English Tips to Stay in Control of a Large Class  by: Shelley Vernon
Teaching English with games is becoming standard through out ESL classrooms of the world. And this is good news, because children love to learn through games, and become much more motivated students..
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..
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..
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..
ESL Picture Games  by: Renee Williams
Picture cards play a large part in teaching vocabulary to students learning English as a second language. The pictures help students learn English words for common objects. The games add variety to..
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 lesson plan: Computer and Technology  by: js
The English lesson plan – Computer and Technology begins with a warming up exercise of matching words and pictures. In the pictures, students can see different gadgets such as iPhone, digital..
ESL Teaching Tip: How to Teach a Class With a Wide Range of English Levels  by: Kevin R Baker
With teaching English in China for many years, I often found myself in situations where I was thrust into a classroom as the new American English teacher. Before me there would be 30 - 40 grade..
ESL 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..
Prepositions VI - Quiz  by: jt
The winner of the competition was ___ the drawing-room. a. on b. in c. at Answer-b Everybody sat ___ the floor, but Mr. Spencer sat ___ a chair ___ the corner. a. over - in - on b. about - on - at c...
How do I Teach English With Movies?  by: Freddie Silver
Whether you teach English to second language learners or to native English speakers, your goal is to enhance the literacy skills of your students. There is an abundance of high-interest novels and..
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..
Ten Classic Kids Party Games With a Twist - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
The most exciting part of a kids party is the party games, and why not start with the classics? We've all played musical chairs, pin-the-tail, and limbo. But have you played them like this? Learn how..
ESL Game - Concentration  by: kr
Title: Concentration Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocab or conversation pattern Materials: None Procedure: Assign each student an answer to the conversation question or a vocabulary word...
Using Art in the ESL Classroom  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
Does Art have a place in language learning? I believe it does. Children are naturally creative. They respond to visual images and have most active imaginations. Isn't creating images what art I all..
How To Make Your Teaching Lessons Interesting?  by: Sky Joe
Being a teacher can be a very challenging and enriching career for a lot of people. The task and responsibility of a teacher is to enrich the knowledge of the young, preparing the students for their..
Fun Stuff to Do With Seventh Graders During the First Week of School  by: Kevin Corbett
Icebreakers are activities used by teachers during the first week of class to get acquainted with students. Such activities can be particularly useful with lower secondary students like seventh..
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 ___..
How to Modify Preschool Lesson Plans for Children  by: Janet Beal
In a good classroom, the teacher makes the lesson plans, but the lesson plans do not "make" the teacher. Especially in preschool classrooms, teachers learn that each year's lesson plans must be..
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..
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..
Board Games for ESL  by: Melanie J. Martin
Board games are a great way to enliven an ESL (English as a Second Language) class. Older students as well as younger ones can enjoy them and strengthen their English skills in the process. Games..
Preschool Kids - "When I Grow Up, I Want To Be"  by: Mary Robinson
For preschool kids, one of the biggest open-ended questions they can be asked is "what do you want to be when you grow up?" When asked this question, many preschool kids tend to shoot for the stars...
First Grade Classroom Games (Primary)  by: Megan Shoop
Difficulty: Easy For the most part, first graders dislike sitting still for long periods of time. This means that their attentioncan easily waver in the classroom if you don't get them up and moving..
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..
English lesson – Music  by: js
The first exercise in the English lesson ‘Music’ is to match the pictures of different musical instruments with their names. The pictures of the following instruments are offered: • — Piano..
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..
Use Of Power Points In Programs - Tips  by: C.S. Mackay
If you have the equipment for displaying power points in auditoriums or gymnasiums then the use of Power Point Programs during a program can be very effective. They can use them to emphasis a point..
How to Teach Numbers for ESL  by: Mike Arneson
Teaching numbers to ESL students is not an easy task. Some students will grasp the concepts very quickly, whereas others will have endless difficulties just getting the basics. For your students to..
Lesson 2 - In Pajamas  by: jt
The Story Staying at a hotel in Yarmauth, I couldn't sleep because the television in the residents' lounge was so loud. As I could see from the top of the stairs, the lounge was in total darkness, so..
ESL Exercises for Frequently Used Adverbs  by: Andrea Helaine
An adverb is a word that modify verbs, adjectives or another adverb. Adverbs often answer the question of where, when and why something happened. When teaching ESL speakers about the use of adverbs,..
Ideas for ESL Games  by: Kara Page
Studying English as a Second Language (ESL) can often be monotonous, particularly when lessons include rote memorization, repetition and lectures; however, you can adapt nearly any ESL topic, whether..
Word Association - Short Lesson  by: ritz
The teacher starts the game by saying a word, such as "Hotel". For example: Teacher: Hotel Student A: Bed Student B: Room Student C: Service Student D: Food Student E: Restaurant Student F: Chinese..
Pen, paper and board games - ESL lesson  by: Simon Mumford
Low on resources? No photocopier? Time to fill? Here are some activities which need no other material than a pen and board and pen and paper. Manual mouse clicks Write the words you want students to..
Dares, Deals and Challenges  by: Hedda Tan
It's been 8 days that I have not had a taste of my dear old, old friend - the soda! I was telling my kids about it when suddenly, I was struck by inspiration. And I thought to myself, why not? That..
TEC ~ Simon Says (funny)  by: mooncrystle
BACK TO BACK - Short Lesson  by: re
Teams of two stand back to back and hook their arms around each other s arms. Race to a marker and then back to the starting line giving both the chance to run forward and backwards once.
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..
How To Play I Am Thinking Of A Person  by: Teresa Mills
Kid friendly vacations travel word games are great for keeping children occupied while traveling, but word games are also great for family fun while camping, hiking, or simply walking... "I am..
Idea for demonstration lesson for English class?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I just started to teach English for kindergarten kids. I have to give a demonstration lesson to get new students. I'm suppose to prepare 20 min. lesson and 30 kids are coming. They are all 4 years..
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...
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..
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..
Creating ESL Lesson Plans: Part 1  by: Eli McGeever
This article is broken down into three parts: 1. Why create a lesson plan? 2. What to include in a successful lesson plan 3. Enhancing your lessons Why create a lesson plan for your ESL classroom?..
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...
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..
Preschool Calendar Activities - Introducing the Calendar  by: Mary Robinson
Preschool is an excellent time to introduce children to the concepts of the calendar, days of the week and months of the year, and what better way to learn about these concepts than through games and..
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..
Tips To Learn English  by: George Williams
Do you have any plan to pursue your further education abroad? Will you need English for your career or your education? If so, you may wish to investigate your options for learning, or improving, your..
Topics for ESL Speaking Class  by: Maggie McCormick
Speaking is often one of the most difficult aspects of learning English as a second language (ESL). For students of ESL, it is difficult to quickly explain thoughts and feelings in a new language. A..
Geometric Chirstmas Tree Crafts  by: Benna Crawford
Getting ready for Christmas decorating can easily be a lesson in geometry for anyone who is feeling creative. Tree ornaments, from photo frames to paper chains, start out as common geometric shapes..
Many Classroom Games  by: hyn
Action Race: This is a fun game using actions. Use actions like jump, hop, clap, run etc. Have the Ss split into two teams and sit in lines with a chair by each team and one chair at the other end of..
3rd Grade Lessons for ESL Inclusion  by: Nadine Smith
Many schools struggle with how to handle ESL, or English as Second Language students, in mainstream classrooms. Sometimes school boards "pull" ESL students from English classrooms for special..
Teaching Prepositions - ESL lesson  by: Said-Ali
ESL Game Teaching Prepositions This game worked well in my classes especially when I applied it as a warmer up. I wanted to share it with my friends who are doing their best teaching ESL overseas...
| English Money Idioms: An ESL Learner's List  by: J. Reese
When I was young, I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is. - Oscar Wilde While probably not the most important thing in life, money does, in..
ESL Game - Clueless  by: kr
Title: Clueless Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Word or picture cards Procedure: One student has a card pinned to their back or stuck on their forehead. The rest of the class knows what..
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,..
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..
Mini-lesson in grammar for 4th to 6th - Lesson  by: Jacob Dix
gradersMini-Lesson: Stand up for what you say. Age group:4th to 6th graders (9-12 years old) Theoretical background: The idea behind this lecture is to turn grammar into a game using..
Ideas for Working With ESL Students  by: Leyla Norman
Teaching English as a second language to adult students or incorporating younger English language learners into a mainstream classroom can be challenging. Working with ESL students in any capacity..
Kid Birthday Cake Idea Collection - Cake Decorating Without Fear - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
Our kid birthday cake idea collection makes cake decorating fun and fearless. You don't have to be a pastry chef to create a professional quality cake for your child's birthday or other special..
Increase the Attention Span of Boys With These Tips  by: Michelle Caskey
As a general rule, the attention span of boys tends to be shorter than that of girls. Obviously this varies with each child. There are more boys who suffer from ADHD. And even boys who have wonderful..
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..
Game for the class and prize - Short Lesson  by: jt
Monopoly board game and prize, candy bars. Board games are a fun and interesting way to learn new material and review lessons in almost any subject.
Korean Essential Classroom Commands/Words for ESL Teachers with Audio - ESL lesson  by: ESL Teachers Board
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ESL Games to Introduce Yourself  by: Fiona Miller
The first day of class in an ESL (English as a second language) classroom is similar to the first day of class in any other subject. Students are typically nervous and unsure of what to expect...
ESL GAME: Slap that Word  by: Sabia
This game helps Students associate and reinforce written and spoken words that have been introduced during your lessons. You'll need these materials: fly swatter word wall (words written on a..
Writing Ideas for ESL Students  by: Leyla Norman
ESL students can write on a range of topics, from the beginning through advanced levels. Some writing activities are more abstract in nature and appropriate for advanced level students. Other..
Christmas Games for Sunday School Kids  by: Lane Cummings
Christmas games for Sunday school children should ideally teach them about the religious aspects of Christmas in an enjoyable manner. While children may get wrapped up in the fun or friendly..
Spelling and Sentence Circle - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL game (adjust to all ages). Form a circle with the children. Teacher joins the circle too. Teacher walks into the center of the circle and says a word. Then teacher spells each letter while..
Irish Eyes - Trivia Game Questions and Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
1. How many kingdoms was early Celtic Ireland divided into? A. 150 B. 15 C. 5 D. 1 A. 150 TRIVIA: Early Celtic Ireland was divided into 150 local kingdoms ruled by 5 provincial kings and one High..
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..
The Question Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
You get a couple of students and the first one asks a question. For instance 'Why are we playing this game?', and the following person has to respond with a question, such as 'I don't know, didn't..
Advanced English Lesson Plan  by: Valerie Madison
Teaching advanced English students can be challenging and enjoyable as they gain fluency in the language have been working for so long to master. As with beginner students, though, you should..
ESL Reading Lesson - Using Context for Reading Literacy  by: jt
The use of contextual clues can be one of the best ways to improve students' reading skills. Unfortunately, students often insist on understanding each word when reading. Realizing that a text can be..
LEARNING TO DANCE - Activities  by: re
You need a large tarp or a large sheet of plastic, a tarp that you d take camping works best, and you d always have it for the day when there s 15 minutes left of the class and your teacher says OK,..
How to Teach English Pronunciation Using Phonemes and Games  by: Shelley Vernon
Proper pronunciation is often overlooked in the language teaching field. English textbooks and instruction manuals barely touch on the subject. Yet proper pronunciation is a major part of learning..
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..
Weather Forecast - Lesson + quiz  by: Elite Hussar
The Story While we were sailing, my friend tuned in to listen to the weather forecast on a local radio station. Over the airwaves, there was a pause and an audible shuffling of papers, followed by a..
ESL Interactive Grammar Exercises  by: Kara Page
Although there is a place for rote memorization of grammar rules in the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom, more interactive exercises will engage students and encourage them to be more..
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,..
Kid Birthday Cake Idea Collection - Cake Decorating Without Fear - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
Our kid birthday cake idea collection makes cake decorating fun and fearless. You don't have to be a pastry chef to create a professional quality cake for your child's birthday or other special..
Activities for the First Day of Class for Adult ESL Students  by: Amy Kestly
Adult ESL students are learning English for a variety of reasons. While some may need English for business purposes, others may want to learn a new language so that they can travel. With students'..
Puzzles To Teach Vocabulary - ESL lesson  by: Sally Jennings
A Puzzle to Teach Vocabulary Class teams will compete by each making a “cross out puzzle.” This puzzle is a grid about six columns wide, by 10 lines long, solved by crossing out words..
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..
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..
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..
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...
Teachers - Tips For Parents to Help Students Become Readers and Studiers  by: Meggin McIntosh
Teachers need parents to be part of the teaching and learning team. In some cases, parents know exactly what to do and are immense resources for supporting and extending the learning that is going on..
COLLECTION - Short Lesson  by: re
Collect one thing from every student and put it into a bag. Get students to close their eyes and take things out of the bag one by one. Students go one by one and ask each other Is this your ? They..
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..
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..
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..
Playing the ‘Switch’ Card Game  by: Silven
Before there was a card game called Uno, there was a great game called Switch which families have enjoyed for generations. The Uno game utilizes the Switch rules and has created purpose designed..
ESL Exercises to Improve Writing Grammar  by: Lissa J
Writing grammar is an important part of ESL learning, says Patty Middleton, who has a degree in ESL from Hamline University and who currently teaches ESL in St. Paul, Minnesota. It is important to..
Similes and Metaphors – Practice  by: jt
Identify each sentence as a simile or a metaphor. Then explain the meaning of the comparison. 1. Traveling to other countries is like trying other lives. (simile / metaphor) Meaning:..
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..
BACK TO BACK - Short Lesson  by: re
Teams of two stand back to back and hook their arms around each other s arms. Race to a marker and then back to the starting line giving both the chance to run forward and backwards once.
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..
14 Classroom Management Tips for Substitute Teachers  by: Jason Castellucci
Classroom management was the biggest challenge I faced as a substitute teacher. Walking into a class for the first time, I was clueless about the absent teacher's classroom procedures and..
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..
Lesson 2 - Anniversary-birthday Card  by: jt
The Story "Do you have any anniversary-birthday cards?" a man asked the stationer. "We have anniversary cards and we have birthday cards, but we don't carry one that combines both. Why?" "Simple ,"..
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..
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!),..
Creative Approach to Authentic Materials in ESL - Introduction - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
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Game: Piñata - Short Lesson  by: sam
Using a Piñata Traditionally, the piñata game is played as the highlight of a party – at both children's and adult's parties. It is often used to replace more traditional games such as Pin the..
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..
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..
How to Improve Lesson Plans for Teaching English  by: Jennifer Brozak
Renowned author and educator William A. Ward once wrote, "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." Dedicated teachers..
Information Gap (any level, pairs) - Short Lesson  by: js
Each learner has limited information which the other needs. They must ask each other questions to get the information. To be more communicative, the answers should have some degree of ambiguity that..
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..
QUIZ - Short Lesson  by: re
Give the students a pop quiz on contemporary culture, your country, the school, or vocabulary.
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..
Free ESL Listening Exercises  by: Thomas McNish
English as a second language, or ESL learners, are people who want to become fluent in English as their second language. Simply reading English or teaching yourself through books is difficult and..
Ten Classic Kids Party Games With a Twist - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
The most exciting part of a kids party is the party games, and why not start with the classics? We've all played musical chairs, pin-the-tail, and limbo. But have you played them like this? Learn how..
Cowboy Culture: 3 Movies That Teach the Western Genre  by: James Frieden
A setting sun sliding behind a mountain range, the creak of a leather saddle, the jingle of spurs...a tanned, dirt streaked man sits atop his shifting horse. He tilts up the brim of his worn, creased..
ESL Interactive Grammar Exercises  by: Kara Page
Although there is a place for rote memorization of grammar rules in the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom, more interactive exercises will engage students and encourage them to be more..
How to Teach English to a Korean Child  by: Rossana Coscolluela
Teaching English to non-English speakers such as Koreans may seem like a challenging and difficult task. It requires a lot of patience, understanding and perseverance. If you are an ESL teacher, you..
ESL GAME: Apple Pass  by: Sabia
Apple Pass: Have all Students sit in a circle. Use a fake apple and toss it to one Student. But you must say one English word as you pass. The Student then throws to another Student and says a..
How to make a grammar lesson great  by: Ramya Raju
The one thing we learned as trainee English teachers was that any point of time you are dealing with several syllabi – the prescribed one, the version of the prescribed one that you customize for..
How to Improve Reading for ESL Students  by: Sophie Southern
Teaching English as a second or foreign language can be fun and rewarding, but it can also be challenging -- especially when you are teaching students with a very low English level. Reading skills..
ESL GAME: Unusual Musical Chairs  by: Sabia
Fix the target vocabulary (i.e. jobs) on each chair. Play music and have the students dance or jump. When the music stops, the students all go for the chairs. There is a chair for each student except..
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...
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..
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 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..
Grammar Activities and Games  by: Anne Clarke
Grammar activities and games make learning about grammar fun for students. And why shouldn’t learning be fun? Here are four grammar activities and games: Grammar Activities and Games – Tic Tac..
RELAY GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Students are in six rows. Several reading cards are made up. Students have to read the card then pass it to the next person in the row. The person at the end of the row hands it across to the next..
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..
Getting ESL Students to Use Their English Outside of Class  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
Every time I begin a new class, I give my students a hand-out sheet with ideas to help improve their English outside of class. Most ESL students unfortunately seem to think their English is for use..
Simple ESL Games  by: Tiffany Roget
Make learning easy for English as a Second Language (ESL) students with exciting games and activities. They teach social, grammar, vocabulary and speaking skills and strengthen young peoples'..
How to Teach English Pronunciation Using Phonemes and Games  by: Shelley Vernon
Proper pronunciation is often overlooked in the language teaching field. English textbooks and instruction manuals barely touch on the subject. Yet proper pronunciation is a major part of learning..
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..
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..
Games for Teaching the English Language  by: Nicholas Robbins
When teaching English as a second language or even as a primary one, games can be an invaluable tool that allow players to more easily assimilate the knowledge. Games with simple rules are best to..
ESL Game - Monkey in the middle  by: kr
Title: Monkey in the middle Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: mini word/picture cards Procedure: Students sit in chairs in a circle. Each student has a mini word/picture card. One..
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..
How to Teach Listening Skills to TESOL Students  by: Christina Dillon
Listening skills are especially important for students of a new language. Teach your students to give each other constructive feedback to ensure that they are listening and understanding..
Fun Ways to Teach Things to Preschoolers  by: Mary Robinson
My philosophy for anyone working with preschool children is that the teacher must have a full resource file of fun ways to teach things to preschoolers. When you think of a preschool child, 3-5 year..
Improving Spelling with Games  by: Steve Hall
You got it! You can do just about any type of learning for a child or an individual learning a second language through the use of various computer games. You are sure to find something that will fit..
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..
ESL Game - Last Man Standing  by: kr
Title: Last Man Standing Type: Game Target: Any conversation Materials: None Procedure: Ask one row of students to stand up. The others remain seated. Ask “What do you want to do?” to all..
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..
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 Improve Lesson Plans for Teaching English  by: Jennifer Brozak
Renowned author and educator William A. Ward once wrote, "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." Dedicated teachers..
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..
Chinese Jump Rope (game)  by: Sheree Marty
Imagine having a great time playing with just a simple piece of elastic string! Chinese Jump Rope is a jumping game popular around the world! Chinese Jump Rope found me as a child and once again,..
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..
BACK TO BACK - Short Lesson  by: re
Teams of two stand back to back and hook their arms around each other s arms. Race to a marker and then back to the starting line giving both the chance to run forward and backwards once.
SPACE RACE - Short Lesson  by: re
Arrange flash cards on a table or on the floor in the shape of a race track. Insert cards to represent the sun and a black hole. Give each of the children a set of counters and one rocket (or..
Easy Steps to Scrapbooking with Young Kids - Tips  by: Fion Lim
Kids grow up so fast and if you don't try to capture some of these wonderful memories through some means, they'll all slip through the fingers just in a snap. And scrapbooking is a fabulous way to..
Korean Essential Classroom Commands/Words for ESL Teachers with Audio - ESL lesson  by: ESL Teachers Board
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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..
I look for activities and lesson plans for teaching law/rules in kindergarten?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I look for activities and lesson plans for teaching law/rules in kindergarten
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...
Hide the chalk - Lesson  by: Azizbek
One player is chosen to be a "searcher" who goes to the corner of the room, turns towards the wall. another player the "hider" is chosen to hide the chalk in the room. after the chalk is hidden, the..
ESL 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..
How to Teach Film-Related Vocabulary  by: Mel Candea
One of the most accessible ways to teach is using realia, or real-life language samples, in the form of advertisements, websites, music or film. Using film is particularly useful, not only because..
Can anyone give me some good lesson plans for the 6th grade?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I'm training to become a teacher. What kinds of things do 6th graders learn. Can someone give me a few lesson plans in the following subjects: Math Science English Social studies
For Halloween/The Monster Mash, A Graveyard SMASH (short story I wrote when I was 11)  by: Meggy Moo
Have you heard of the Monster Mash? I suppose you know the story of how it came to be, right? Well, I'm here to tell the TRUE story to you. It sarted out late one night, when all monsters where out..
Games for a classroom - Short Lesson  by: PL
when i was in 6th grade i used to love doing trivia reviews where we would split the class into 2 teams and have them get in single file lines and face off against each other to answer questions, the..
How to Teach ESL in a Multilevel Class  by: Brad Conway
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) students who perform at different levels requires you to differentiate your instruction to meet each student's educational needs. While teaching a..
Using Right and Left Brain Activities in English Language Teaching and Learning  by: Larry M. Lynch
In my English language teaching experience I've found it to be highly effective to use a multi-modal approach (D. Lazear) combined with multi-media based activities for maximum effect and language..
Sentence Combining - quiz  by: jt
Match to have a meaningful sentence. 1. The rain started 2. Bob's car is old 3. He was a famous hockey player 4. I wrote many books 5. They had to cancel the meeting 6. No one knows for sure 7. You..
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..
Icebreakers - Biography Bingo - Short Lesson  by: choi
Create a bingo sheet based on discovering information about your classmates and information about the course material. Students must move around the room and ask questions of their classmates to..
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..
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..
Examples of Indefinite and Reflexive Pronouns  by: Elizabeth O'brien
Can you name some examples of indefinite and reflexive pronouns? Do you know what they are? Before we look at examples, let's have a little refresher. Pronouns Do you remember the eight parts of..
How to Write Effective Lesson Plans for ELLs  by: Glenda Race
English language learners (ELLs) of all levels need to develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in English. These abilities are best addressed through lesson plans that integrate such..
ESL Games for Large Classes  by: River Lin
Ideally, ESL classes shouldn’t be large because for optimal language acquisition, students need ample opportunities to interact with English in real-life situations. Real-life learning..
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..
classroom games for subject-verb-agreement to teach grade 8 children  by: answers.yahoo.com
Please introduce some classroom games for
ESL Intermediate Exercises  by: Lane Cummings
Exercises are crucial for intermediate ESL students. These exercises need to reinforce the lessons that they've already learned so that the information becomes second nature to students. There are..
Useful Phrases For Doing Business In English  by: Linguarama
When it comes to English for business you’ll find there are a number of expressions that you probably won’t encounter in casual speech. Here are five expressions that you might hear if you are..
5 Classroom Management Tips For Dealing With A Noisy Class  by: Rob Johnson
1. The first thing to remember is that you are the boss. Self belief is incredibly important in this job. You can’t expect pupils to respond positively to you unless you believe, really believe,..
Family ESL Exercises  by: Beth Ortega
Learning a new language as a family provides an opportunity to grow closer while improving skills. English as a second language is difficult for adults and children. Utilizing resources outside of a..
Christmas Classroom Games - Give Your Favorite Games a Christmas Twist!  by: Teresa Evans
Christmas classroom games are a great way to bring the festive season into the classroom so that the students and the teacher can have some fun. Sometimes Christmas classroom games can be created..
ESL Game - Line by Line  by: kr
Title: Line by Line Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Divide the class into teams. Draw a picture of the vocabulary words slowly, one line at a time. Teams guess what I am..
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..
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..
ESL Game - 2 min Speed  by: kr
Title: 2 min Speed Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Timer Procedure: Set a timer for 2 mins. Challenge the students to see how many times they can recite the vocabulary..
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..
How to Give an English Class  by: Rachel Kolar
1 Review the standards for your district. The English class that you're teaching must meet those standards. If you are offering the class independently rather than as part of a school, check the..
Conversations For a Non-Native English Speaker - Part 2  by: Cashmere Lashkari
Some time back I had written an article on teaching first generation speakers of the English Language basic conversation skills. I had focused on areas that they will need to be comfortable speaking..
ESL GAMES: Socks on Hands & Spin the Bottle  by: Sabia
Socks on Hands: Students need to put socks on their hands and try to pick up a flashcard they named! It is hard because socks make the card slippery. More cards = more points. Spin the Bottle: ..
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..
Weather Vocabulary: How to Explain to Your ESL Students Why it Snows  by: Collaborator
Explain the water cycle to your students. Water flows from a source, is heated by the sun and evaporates into microscopic water vapor. The water vapor rises, cools off and condenses onto dust and..
Effective Teaching Strategies Classroom Management And Teaching OESL  by: Giancarlo Dizon
In my six years of experience of teaching English as a secondary language to both students from the intermediate (4th-6th grades) and high school levels, I realized that no amount of knowledge and..
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..
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?
TANGLE - Short Lesson  by: re
Everyone in a group stands in a circle with their eyes closed. Each person then extends an arm into the middle of the circle and grips whichever hand they come into contact with. When everyone has a..
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..
How to Teach English Pronunciation to ESL Students Online  by: Mark Fellows
One of the biggest challenges to teaching ESL students is the capacity to adapt to the individual needs of students whose native phonology is different from that of English. Each student has..
English Alphabet Games  by: Bridget Galbreath
Difficulty: Easy If you are an educator, teaching the alphabet in a fun and engaging way can ensure greater comprehension. One way to do this is throughgames. Children are more likely to retain..
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..
FIND YOUR PARTNER - Short Lesson  by: re
Prepare a set of cards with different names, occupations, friends names, and likes and dislikes. For example, one card might say My name is Yumi. My friend is Chikako. I work at a university. I like..
The Yes/No Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
One of the basic forms of this game is to choose absolutely anything and allow the target individual to ask questions with a possible Yes/No answer. The game is played with one player as the victim..
How to Create Effective Lesson Plans for Adults  by: Gale Macaulay-Newcombe
Teaching adults is quite different from teaching children. Adults have busy lives with many responsibilities and demands on their time, and they have chosen to allocate some of their limited,..
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..
A Puzzle Poem: Wormfood - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Wormfood.... There are those who scorn Her but we come from Her. She provides. And when we grow old in our skins and tired of mind we return & dissolve/resolve in Her embrace. Total erasure of memory..
Preschool Activities - Using Alligators And Apples To Teach The Letter "A"  by: Mary Robinson
The Overall Experience When approaching preschool from an educational perspective, it's important to remember that at that tender age children learn holistically, that is from the whole experience,..
How to Teach Vision Impaired ESL Students  by: Nicole Langton
Teachers who, generally, rely on printed materials to teach vocabulary and grammar to sighted students, may find it challenging to teach vision impaired ESL students. Since it's possible to learn a..
The Story From the Chicken Coop  by: Ted Borgeas
Many years ago my grandfather, had a small farm and chickens. One morning he sent me out to the chicken coop to collect fresh eggs. He became concerned when I didn’t return after a shot interval...
ESL Quick Writing Activities  by: Michelle Langley
Writing is an important part of any English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum, but it can be challenging as students typically learn to listen, speak, read and then achieve writing fluency, in..
Tic-Tac Toe - Short Lesson  by: yi
Create a traditional tic-tac-toe table. You can create this table on the board where you conduct most of your teaching. You can also be creative by using materials like colored cloth to create a..
The Kevin Bacon Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
Slightly older children might wish to take part in the Kevin Bacon Game. The theory is that every living actor in Hollywood can be linked to Kevin Bacon in just five steps - plus some of the dead..
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..
ESL GROUP DYNAMICS - ESL lesson  by: FRANKLIN JOHNSON
ACTIVITY 1 : GETTING ACQUAINTED OBJECTIVES : To share something about self in a non-threatening way and learn from others. TIME LIMIT : 30 - 45 MINUTES PROCEDURES : A. 1. Form a circle of chairs...
ESL Elementary Games  by: Joel Barnard
Games are an important part of most ESL, or English as a second language, lessons. They provide motivation as well as offering students the opportunity to communicate meaningfully in English. For..
Top 5 Christmas Movies  by: theroundup.co.uk
The nights are drawing in, there's the hint of snow on the air, if you listen closely then you might just hear the pitter pat of reindeer hooves! With that in mind, The Round Up is proud to present..
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..
Winter Math Activities for Grade Six  by: Rebecca Dale
Educators concerned about student engagement often look for fun activities and themed lessons. Winter-themed math lessons help students master required concepts and celebrate the season. Sixth-grade..
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..
Alphabet Soup - Short Lesson  by: jin
Alphabet Soup, a free online game provided by PBS Kids, features characters from the television show 'Between the Lions.' Users are provided a sample sentence with a missing word, and once the..
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..
Activities to Do With Students Using Adjectives & Adverb Phrases  by: Krystal Miller
Teach students about adjective and adverb phrases with educational classroom activities. You can modify the activities from easy to difficult depending on the age group. Activities allow the students..
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..
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..
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 game: Pass the parcel - Short Lesson  by: jt
Pass the parcel is a popular British children's party game in which a parcel is passed from person to person around a circle, somewhat similar in its logistics to musical chairs. In preparation for..
ESL Games  by: Claudine Williams
ESL Games Difficulty: Easy ESLgamesare games for students who are learning English as a second language. These games areconsidered edutainment because they entertain and educate students. The level..
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..
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..
Activities For ESL Students: Tips For Teaching Children ESL  by: Alber Roth
There is always a lot of preparation that goes into teaching anyone ESL. However, teaching children is entirely another ballgame. You need to remember that your are teaching a room full of children..
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..
Tic-Tac Toe - Short Lesson  by: yi
Create a traditional tic-tac-toe table. You can create this table on the board where you conduct most of your teaching. You can also be creative by using materials like colored cloth to create a..
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..
Icebreakers - What do you already know on the topic? - Short Lesson  by: choi
Ask students (in groups or pairs) to jot down the most important thing they already know on the topic that the group will be exploring. Then each student will read out his or her idea, and each idea..
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..
Teachers - Tips For Parents to Help Students Become Readers and Studiers  by: Meggin McIntosh
Teachers need parents to be part of the teaching and learning team. In some cases, parents know exactly what to do and are immense resources for supporting and extending the learning that is going on..
Class Activities in Teaching ESL Literary Terms  by: Victoria Thompson
The English as a Second Language student may need the teacher to adapt lessons so that he can fully understand literary terms, which lead to better text comprehension. The lessons should be taught on..
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..
Question Formation - quiz  by: jt
Decide if the question is grammatically correct or incorrect. Who wrote the book "Of Mice and Men"? Correct Incorrect Answer-Correct: Who wrote the book "Of Mice and Men"? When they get married?..
ESL speaking activity - ESL lesson  by: Said-Ali
Trends, Internet… my life Type of activity: group work Level: pre intermediate up to advanced Aim: To talk about trends and discuss the importance of internet in our life in groups Preparation:..
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...
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..
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..
Game: Any Number - Short Lesson  by: sam
The group is divided into little groups of around three or four, and given a piece of A4 paper and some crayons. The piece of paper is folded from top to bottom so that there is a section for each..
ESL Teaching Tip: How to Teach a Class With a Wide Range of English Levels  by: Kevin R Baker
With teaching English in China for many years, I often found myself in situations where I was thrust into a classroom as the new American English teacher. Before me there would be 30 - 40 grade..
Curriculum/Teaching Objectives for ESL Conversation Classes  by: Dawn Sutton
English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors teach reading and writing in English; however, teaching effective communication skills is also an important objective. Teaching students to carry out..
Ten Classic Kids Party Games With a Twist - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
The most exciting part of a kids party is the party games, and why not start with the classics? We've all played musical chairs, pin-the-tail, and limbo. But have you played them like this? Learn how..
Using Roll Paper For Preschool Projects  by: Eric Kampel
Maybe you are a teacher planning projects for your class. Perhaps you are a pre school or daycare director and need to make sure the students have plenty of opportunity to learn, socialize, learn..
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...
How to Connect Words with ESL Exercises  by: Lane Cummings
ESL refers to English as a second language. An average ESL lesson consists of presenting the grammar, vocabulary or other language point of the day, checking student understanding of it, and writing..
Teaching English As a Second Language to Adults  by: Celia Webb
If you will be working with adult learners of English, start by assessing their needs. Many English as a Second Language students know what they want to learn. At the beginning their needs will most..
ESL Activities: About Schools  by: Kristle Jones
Create fun and engaging ESL activities about school. ESL activities are one of the keys to successful language learning. Make the activities relevant to things that the students do and see on a daily..
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..
Halloween Activities - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
With more and more Halloween celebrations taking place in the classroom, at home parties, or at community events, here are some cross-curricular Halloween activities for you to enjoy. 1. Read a..
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..
Lesson Plans for Infants and Toddlers  by: Tara Duggan
Whether you are running a day-care center, a play group or supervising your own children, having a plan can make the day go more smoothly. Focusing on safe, fun and engaging educational activities..
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..
ESL GAME: Attention  by: Sabia
Call out commands such as: Attention Salute March in place... Stop Sit down Stand up Walk in a circle Clap your hands... Stop Run in place... Stop Jumping jacks... Stop Swim in place.... Stop At..
ESL game for children: What's the time, Mr Wolf? - Short Lesson  by: jt
One player is chosen to be Mr Wolf (the name usually remains "Mr Wolf" irrespective of the gender of the player). Mr Wolf stands at the opposite end of the playing field from the other players,..
ESL Activities: About Schools  by: Kristle Jones
Create fun and engaging ESL activities about school. ESL activities are one of the keys to successful language learning. Make the activities relevant to things that the students do and see on a daily..
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.
ESL Teaching Strategies for Middle Schoolers  by: Damon Verial
As a student becomes more proficient in her native language, her ability to develop English literacy becomes stronger. Therefore, as an ESL -- English as a second language -- teacher of middle school..
Disadvantages of Teaching One to One Lessons in ESL  by: Brian Gabriel
Teaching ESL lessons one to one can be a rewarding experience: it allows student and teacher to get to know each other and it sharply focuses the learning experience. However, there are many..
ESL Games - P  by: jt
Paper Airplane Contest Give students a couple of minutes to make an airplane and one minute to test them. Divide the students into two teams and have the teams stand at the back of the room. Ask a..
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..
Optics Learning Games for Kids  by: Ashley Brooks
Difficulty: Easy Thaumatropes The most well known optical learning games involve optical illusions. Optical illusions allow kids to seehow multiple images, patterns and movement can combine to give..
Lessons on Sharing and Respect  by: Rita Webb
Children are miniature adults. They are people with their own feelings, their own personalities, and their own preferences. So the question begs to be asked: How would you feel if the governing..
Present Simple Verbs  by: jt
She ___ four languages. a. speak b. speaks Answerb Jane is a teacher. She ___ French. a. teach b. teaches Answerb When the kettle ___, will you make some tea? a. boil b. boils Answerb I always ___..
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
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..
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..
Got Grammar Games? Try Diagramming Sentences  by: Elizabeth O'brien
Grammar games can add some needed zest to your English grammar instruction. Looking for a new game? Try diagramming sentences! Seriously, your students will think that it's fun. There are a few ways..
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..
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..
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..
Games for a classroom - Short Lesson  by: PL
when i was in 6th grade i used to love doing trivia reviews where we would split the class into 2 teams and have them get in single file lines and face off against each other to answer questions, the..
ESL Activities in the Regular Classroom  by: Lindsay Pietroluongo
When teaching ESL -- English as a second language -- to students who have been integrated in a traditional classroom, be culturally sensitive. A teacher's job is to provide language instruction to..
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..
Phonics - Teaching Vowel Sounds To Children Leaning to Read  by: Lindsey Watson
When teaching children how to read using a phonic teaching programme there are various elements which need to be clearly understood. This article focuses on how to teach children the various..
Practice Vocabulary - Lesson  by: ESL Free Lesson
"Changing" money Scene: You are in a store, and you want to play the video game there . You need coins to operate the game, but you only have a ten dollar bill. You desire to ask the owner of the..
Lesson 8 - Delicious Pie  by: jt
The Story We were two Australian student nurses training at an English hospital. During visiting hours, we would take a break in the ward kitchen and often a kindly visitor would slip us a cake or..
Ideas for ESL Classes  by: Wayne S
People all over the world are learning English as a second language. Some need to study English because they are moving to the United States. Many developing countries such as China are also..
Teachers - Five Great Games and Activities For You to Get to Know Your Students  by: Honey Krumholz
Now that the new school year is fast approaching, it's important that teachers get to know their new students, students get to know their teacher and students get to know each other. During my 30..
KARUTA (SNAP) 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Most Japanese children already know this game. It s a great way to introduce new vocabulary, in that it only requires recognition or even partial recognition of the new material. First spread out..
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..
WHY? - Short Lesson  by: re
Ask the students questions like: Why have you got ~~ in your bag? For example, the ~~ could be a monkey, an axe, Kocho-sensei. Students who come up with the best/most outrageous answers win a prize...
| The "Wright" Game For an ESL Class  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
Mr. Wright is a great party game for ESL classrooms. It is a fun game for Christmas or any other party occasion. You have to supply a small gift...probably several since your students will want to..
ESL GAME: ABC Circle Game  by: Sabia
The children sit in a circle and each of them holds letter flash card, play music while your kids pass the letters round. It they find it difficult to coordinate receiving and passing the cards..
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..
Ideas for Year 8 English lesson?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I'll be taking a Year 8 English lesson and need an idea for a one-off/cover lesson. Something interesting and fun, but where they will also LEARN. I've been told that I can choose absolutely anything..
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..
ESL Teacher Activities  by: Tiffany Roget
Whether you're teaching an entire classroom of students or one child at home to ensure success in school, there are activities, games and exercises available to assist your efforts. These activities..
SHOPPING GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Divide the class into shopkeepers and shoppers. (You decide the balance.) Give shopkeepers a kind of shop (e.g. fishmonger) and a list of things to sell. They make up their own prices. Give shoppers..
Going To - quiz  by: jt
What ___ this weekend? a. you are going to do b. are you going to do c. your gonna do Answerb I'm not sure. ___ anything special? a. Are you going to do b. You are going to do c. Is going to do..
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 - Line by Line  by: kr
Title: Line by Line Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Divide the class into teams. Draw a picture of the vocabulary words slowly, one line at a time. Teams guess what I am..
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..
ESL Games - 2 Games That Are a Must in the ESL Classroom  by: Kelvin Nikkel
ESL Games are an absolute must in the ESL classroom. If you are teaching ESL and not including games in your ESL lesson plan, then you are totally missing out on some serious enjoyment and your..
How to Give an English Class  by: Rachel Kolar
1 Review the standards for your district. The English class that you're teaching must meet those standards. If you are offering the class independently rather than as part of a school, check the..
Teaching Vocabulary and Grammar with Authentic Materials (Part 3 of 5) - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
Please wait to be redirected to http://www.eslteachersboard.com/s/AuthenticVocabulary.htm
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..
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
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..
ESL Game - Word Delete  by: kr
Title: Word Delete Type: Concentration game Target: Any sentence, question, or conversation pattern Materials: None Procedure: One student at a time says one word from the chosen pattern. For..
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..
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..
Active Learning Activities - Response Cards  by: Adam Waxler
As a teacher I am always looking for ways to keep my students actively involved in my lessons. One of my favorite active learning activities is to simply have students use Response Cards. The reason..
Pair Interviews - Short Lesson  by: ritz
Pairs interview each other, using specified questions for intermediates and open format for advanced students. Then they take turns introducing their partner to the whole class. Be sensitive to..
Game: Who Am I? (2) - Short Lesson  by: sam
For this game you will need some slips of paper. On each of which you write the name of a famous figure, like say Marilyn Monroe, Donald Duck, Mozart, Godzilla, Lieschen Müller or George W Bush for..
The Question Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
You get a couple of students and the first one asks a question. For instance 'Why are we playing this game?', and the following person has to respond with a question, such as 'I don't know, didn't..
Halloween Games for Students  by: Kara Page
Difficulty: Easy Holidayslike Halloween are a great opportunity for teachers to introduce fun and educationalgamesto the classroom. Between the candy and the costumes, Halloween is a favorite holiday..
Lesson 2 - Anniversary-birthday Card  by: jt
The Story "Do you have any anniversary-birthday cards?" a man asked the stationer. "We have anniversary cards and we have birthday cards, but we don't carry one that combines both. Why?" "Simple ,"..
TEFL Lesson Planning - Warmers That Will Make Your Students Adore You - Part I  by: Adrian Allen
Lesson planning with TEFL warmers: essential for effective teaching. Part I To ensure effective learning for a language class, the challenge is to secure the students’ attention, and prepare their..
Spelling and Sentence Circle - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL game (adjust to all ages). Form a circle with the children. Teacher joins the circle too. Teacher walks into the center of the circle and says a word. Then teacher spells each letter while..
Geometric Chirstmas Tree Crafts  by: Benna Crawford
Getting ready for Christmas decorating can easily be a lesson in geometry for anyone who is feeling creative. Tree ornaments, from photo frames to paper chains, start out as common geometric shapes..
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.
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..
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 Give an English Class  by: Rachel Kolar
1 Review the standards for your district. The English class that you're teaching must meet those standards. If you are offering the class independently rather than as part of a school, check the..
Interesting Facts By Trivial Topics (2)  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: What was the first animal to fly in a manmade device? Answer: If you answered a sheep, duck, rooster or dog you were right! Interesting Fact: A dog was the first in space and a sheep, a..
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..
How to Use English ESL Worksheets  by: Lane Cummings
Teachers use worksheets in the ESL classroom primarily as a tool for teaching grammar. After you present a new grammatical form to the class, worksheets can directly test students' comprehension of..
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..
ESL Writing Games  by: Jake Reed
Teaching English as a second language can be a daunting challenge, even for experienced teachers. Writing can one of the more challenging aspects of learning the English language. Bored students can..
Five First Steps for Teaching Art in the Classroom  by: Mary Bogin
You now have your degree in teaching art, and you walk into the room of excited pre-teens, and have to get the job done in thirty minutes, maybe forty-five, if you are lucky. Here are five easy steps..
How to Teach English Games  by: Andrew Button
English can be a challenging subject for native speakers and second language students alike. English grammar is famously unconventional, and known for having a wide range of informal conventions. For..
ESL GAME: Sticky Fingers  by: Sabia
First designate a 'key word' like Dog, or Cat. Each student grabs one of your fingers. Start yelling out random words. This works best if you use a bunch of nonsense words that sound like the key..
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,..
TRANSLATION 3 - Short Lesson  by: re
Keep a list of the new words and phrases that the students have learned so far in Japanese (or the local language) and English. Using each row as a team, I pit the first student of each row against..
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..
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..
Preschool Lessons - Using Fish, Freeze Tag and Groceries to teach the Letters "F" and "G"  by: Mary Robinson
When instructing preschool, it's best to keep the lessons simple and straightforward. One of the most important preschool lessons is the alphabet and its many letters. Many preschool teachers like to..
Write an English Lesson Plan for Grades 9-12  by: Catherine Day
Lesson planning is an important component of a teacher's daily work. Writing a detailed plan for each day of class can help teachers ensure that they are using the entire period in a way that..
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..
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..
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..
ESL Reading Activity for Classroom - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
To check for understanding, after reading a story or a passage in an ESL class, students usually answer the questions that the textbook provides. This is not a bad thing, since the questions usually..
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..
CHUNK READING - Short Lesson  by: re
Good for all levels, but first years in particular really get into it. The AET reads the text at a certain pace. At various stages, the JTE raises his/her hand and the students mark with a pencil the..
How to Teach Dialogue in ESL Teaching  by: Angela Watkins
Pronunciation of English vocabulary words is often difficult for those learning English as a second language. Strengthen the articulation of vocabulary and the use of proper grammar with dialogue..
Debate Topics for an ESL English Class  by: Joel Barnard
Classes with a language level of lower-intermediate upwards should be able to engage in debates if the teacher chooses a topic carefully and teaches the relevant vocabulary. Ensure that all students..
TESOL Tips  by: Erin Schreiner
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) teachers must adopt creativity and flexibility when planning and implementing their lessons. To meet the needs of their students, these..
ESL GAMES: Color Circles & Colors in the Air (for young kids)  by: Sabia
Color Circles: A good activity for young kids. Get some pieces of A3 paper and draw a large circle on each one. Pin the circles on different walls in the classroom. Model the activity: Say "Blue"..
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..
Free Games For Kids - Fun Indoor Games And Activities  by: Yogi Shinde
Here are some fun and free games for kids, which is just what you need on a dull rainy day or on a lazy afternoon with your young one. Set a enthusiastic play area and get started with your young..
Typing Lessons For Kids  by: Ash Tan
Typing lessons aim for three things, speed, discipline and accuracy. Kids naturally have the speed, but discipline and accuracy are not something that they like very much. For kids, typing lessons..
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,..
Grammar Questions for ESL  by: Nicole Schmoll
Learning English as a second language (ESL) can be challenging and time consuming. Learning the grammar of the English language, particularly if your first language is not a derivative of Latin, such..
Christmas Theme Ideas for Language Arts  by: Mary Johnson-Gerard, Ph.D.
The study of language arts includes reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing or visual literacy. Developing language arts activities for students related to Christmas offers a special..
ESL Games - A  by: jt
Alphabet Shout Out Randomly choose an alphabet flashcard and award a point to the first student who shouts out a word beginning with that letter. Alphabet Writing Relay Divide and line up the..
SURVEY 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a survey using what and who and when, and comparatives (bigger) and superlatives (biggest). Compile the results and make a graph for the class.
ESL Activities Uncovered!  by: Kelvin Nikkel
ESL activities are a crucial part of any ESL lesson plan. If you are not including activities within your class or tutorage, then you are missing out on one of the strongest tools at your disposal...
Practice Vocabulary - Lesson  by: ESL Free Lesson
"Changing" money Scene: You are in a store, and you want to play the video game there . You need coins to operate the game, but you only have a ten dollar bill. You desire to ask the owner of the..
Using Classical Music In The English As A Foreign Language Classroom  by: Larry M. Lynch
Activities for using music in TEFL In some of my previous English as a foreign Language Teaching articles we've opened discussion over the varied uses of music in the English as a Foreign Language..
Re: Lesson Plan on Symbolism?  by: Anna Drake
I don't think "O Captain, My Captain" is too advanced for younger audiences, although 7th grade may be a little overwhelmed by it. I teach an abridged version in the 9th grade that includes around..
English as a Second Language Teaching Tips  by: Celia Webb
ESL students often develop sticking points or plateaus in learning English. To work past the difficult phases, teachers can try these classroom tested techniques which work with all age groups. Do..
ESL Games - I  by: jt
I Spy The teacher says "I spy with my little eye something beginning with G". Students try to guess the object (E.g. garbage can). Use classroom objects and with younger students use colors rather..
Weather Forecast - Lesson + quiz  by: Elite Hussar
The Story While we were sailing, my friend tuned in to listen to the weather forecast on a local radio station. Over the airwaves, there was a pause and an audible shuffling of papers, followed by a..
Sweet-Face Oxen: Child's Poem - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: ROBIN DAY B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Sweet-Face Oxen I'd love to ride a cow or ox, to scratch its ear, to walk and talk. They are such kindly beasts you know, to bear us forth to reap or sow. I'd lay or sit or sing or play upon my..
Look, See or Watch - quiz  by: jt
"Kids, please, ___ at the blackboard!" a. look b. see c. watch Answera "Be quiet and let me ___ the football match!" a. look b. saw c. watch Answerc Cats can ___ in the dark. a. see b. seeing c...
Party Games to Spice Up a Celebration  by: Gail Leino
There are many types of party games, adult games, kid's games, and store bought and homemade and each is appropriate for a different audience. Many of you remember playing the old spin the bottle..
How to Use Pictures to Help ESL Students  by: Kenrick Callwood
Everyone has a different style of learning and English as a Second Language students are no different. Studies show that there are roughly six different learning styles that most people use to..
ESL Game - Circle It!  by: kr
Title: Circle It! Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None (or picture cards) Procedure: Divide students into 2 teams. Write the vocab words on the board. 2 students from each team..
Principles for Teaching ESL  by: Victoria Gorski
ESL (English as a Second Language) needs to be taught in an active and interesting way, allowing students to participate in lessons and develop language skills to use in real situations. Any student..
Teaching ESL with Playing Cards  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
The standard pack of 52 cards is thought to have been invented in Persia. The back design usually looks like a Persian carpet. Many English speakers do not realize that a club was a soldier's symbol..
Games: Who's Missing - Short Lesson  by: sam
Who's Missing is a game for children ages kindergarten through 6th grade, and is often played in the classroom. In this game, one student hides his or her eyes while other children trade seats and..
Calendar Teaching Tips - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Stop! Don't throw away those old calendars! There is so much you can do with a calendar to reinforce academic skills. Here are a few suggestions: 1. Writing - Use the pictures as story starters by..
Poem: My Dear Old Shirt - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day BSc MSc BEd.
My dear old shirt was laying there. Methinks it was a wash and wear. T´was tax deductible, indestructible (or so I thought) warm and cozy, oh so huggable. Now I lay thee down to rest in a hole like..
Inspirational Humorous Christmas Stories  by: Kate Taylor
Christmas time is often a time when families gather together for some great food, good company and funny stories that truly bring out the real meaning of Christmas. If you are interested in finding..
Lyrics and Music For ESL Teachers  by: Bobby Stark / LYRICSnMUSIC
Song lyrics can be a great way to teach students a new language. It's fun and a natural. With over 2.7 million song lyrics LYRICSnMUSIC is the most comprehensive lyric sites on the internet. Not only..
Vocabulary Ball - Short Lesson  by: gh
Instead of sitting inside and learning building vocabulary skills or memorizing facts, play a game of fact dodge ball. The kicker has to answer a question or spell out a vocabulary word before..
Pronunciation Games for ESL  by: Veronica Romualdez
Pronunciation games can be played to teach ESL students to improve their speech and to help pronounce difficult sounds. Pronunciation games are used to practice speaking in English while teaching..
Christmas Science Activities for Preschoolers  by: Mary Davis
Young children are curious about everything around them. A characteristic of preschoolers is to ask "why?" or "how?" repeatedly. Science for preschoolers includes the 'hows" and "whys" as well as..
Preschool Learning Activities: Emotional Development & Fine Motor Skills Development in Preschoolers  by: Marisa Robinson
Preschool learning activities vary in many different forms. If you use alittle creativity, you can come up with great preschool activities and learning activities for preschoolers and children...
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..
Lesson Plans for Christmas Activities for 2nd Grade  by: Samantha Volz
Christmas is a time for celebration and excitement, especially for children anticipating a visit from the big man in the big sleigh. Through Christmas activities in the classroom, teachers can share..
How to Teach the Alphabet  by: Mark Pennington
The old "Alphabet Song" has proved to be a remarkable tool to assist learning the pronunciation and sequence of the English alphabet. The melody, written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, has certainly..
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..
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..
Games to Help Teach English  by: Kelly Gray
Playing games is a useful technique when teaching English to children and adults. The activity can help with fluency and with using the language in a conversational way. Games can be used in a..
Interactive Reading Activity for ESL Classroom - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
In your ESL class you will most likely have students reading out loud when you are covering a reading passage. One way to do this is to have students take turns reading one sentence or paragraph at a..
Music 101: The Key To Pronunciation And Accent Reduction - Tips  by: Erin Corrigan (accent reduction ESL teacher)
“Without music life would be a mistake” These are the words of the famous German Philosopher Frederik Nietzsche, and as a specialist in pronunciation and Accent Reduction for non-native English..
GRAMMAR GAMBLE 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
The teacher writes a sentence on the board. Students, in teams, decide whether the sentence is Correct (C) or Incorrect (I) and hold up the appropriate letter on a pre-made card. The teams who raised..
How to Control Your Class  by: John Parks
Even the most skilled teachers will have days when they lose control of their classroom. All it takes is a single rowdy kid and before you know it, you're sitting at your desk unsure of how to regain..
How to Teach Dialogue in ESL Teaching  by: Angela Watkins
Pronunciation of English vocabulary words is often difficult for those learning English as a second language. Strengthen the articulation of vocabulary and the use of proper grammar with dialogue..
How to Write a College Application Lesson Plan  by: Miriam C
lesson on filling out a college application is great for junior and senior high school students. This basic lesson will make the college application process easier and is especially important for..
Fun Kids Games To Keep Your Preschooler Busy And Happy!  by: Yogi Shinde
When its dull and raining and kids are having a bored and lazy afternoon, fun kids games like these can be just what you need to lighten up the afternoon. 1. Lets begin with the kids favourite toy -..
How to Teach 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 Games for Past Tense  by: Victoria Weinblatt
Learning the past tense form of verbs in English is an important basic conversational skill. English as a second language (ESL) students need to learn two sets of verbs, regular and irregular. The..
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!..
ESL Subject & Verb Agreement Exercises  by: Rebecca Bagwell
Learning English as a second language (ESL) can be a very hard undertaking. Speaking English well requires diligent practice and a willingness to keep trying even when making mistakes. Help your..
Educational Classroom Games - Wheel of Fortune  by: Lucas Kent
GREAT GAME Wheel of fortune A useful tool to have for playing educational games in the classroom is a Sticky Ball. A Sticky Ball is a small plastic ball that is covered with miniature suction cups...
10 Minute ESL Games for Kid's Classrooms  by: Laura Wilson
Learning English as a second language can be difficult and frustrating for children already accustomed to using another language. ESL teachers can use short games that will make learning less..
ESL Practice Activities for Gender Pronouns  by: Nikki Dodd
Many ESL students have trouble with several specific parts of grammatical English regardless of their backgrounds and nationalities. These include articles, prepositions and gender pronouns. The..
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..
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..
ESL GAME: Rhyming Pair Game  by: Sabia
Make a rhyming pairs set of cards with one word on each card. If you have young kids you can use pictures instead of words. Place the cards face down on the table. Students must take it in turns to..
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...
Two Quick and Easy Dynamic Games Your English Language Learners Will Love  by: Larry M. Lynch
Do your English or foreign language learners like to play games? If they're at all like my students, of course they do. Are you looking for a short, fast-paced, dynamic activity your language..
Teaching Ideas For the First Day of School  by: Tonia Lee
As teachers eye their empty classrooms the day before school starts where not a creature is stirring and hopefully not a mouse, teachers are filled with anticipation about what they will get for the..
Question Formation - quiz  by: jt
Decide if the question is grammatically correct or incorrect. Who wrote the book "Of Mice and Men"? Correct Incorrect Answer-Correct: Who wrote the book "Of Mice and Men"? When they get married?..
Preschool Games - Babies, Balloons and Cookie Games to Teach the Letters "B" and "C"  by: Mary Robinson
Fun and Games Since preschoolers learn best by doing, try incorporating some of these preschool games and activities when teaching children about the alphabet. The first series of preschool games..
Ideas to Follow-Up Activities in ESL Teaching  by: Danielle Hill
When teaching any foreign language, repetition is key to your students' advancement. To solidify their understanding of new topics, it can be helpful to devise memorable and interesting follow-up..
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..
TUMMY RUB, HEAD PAT - Game  by: re
Try to pat your head with one hand while rubbing your stomach in circular motions with the other hand. [Edited by Administrator (admin) Sun, 26 Jun 2011, 10:30 AM]
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..
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..
Game that kids can play in the classroom to help them remmember their class mates names - Short Lesson  by: PL
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..
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..
Cooperative Learning Activities - 3 Things to Remember When Using Cooperative Group Learning  by: Adam Waxler
Most students learn better with one-to-one interactions or in small groups where they can follow the conversation better and indicate when they don't understand. This is one of the big advantages of..
ROLL THE BLOCKS - Short Lesson  by: re
Stick selected common nouns on the six sides of one block. On another block, stick verbs or pronouns, or articles. Each group has a set of these two blocks. Within a set time limit, they take turns..
Ideas for a fun English class  by: answers.yahoo.com
What are some ideas for games and activities for English students? I have a group of eight students learning English as a second language (they're pretty fluent), all about 20 years old. What are..
Re: some classroom games appropriate and fun for college students  by: Ami
Games can add another dimension of learning to the classroom even at the college level. Two of my best professors, both with doctorate degrees, used games now and then to add pizazz to the material...
Games for Bored Students  by: Rebecca Bagwell
Difficulty: Easy For years, teachers have known the best way to engage students is with interactive lessons andhands-on learning. However, not every lesson lends itself to fun, engagingteaching..
ROW RACE 3 - Short Lesson  by: re
All students remain seated. Place five picture cards (use any nouns covered so far) on the desk of the first student in each row. The first student picks up a card and asks a question about the card...
Object Pronouns  by: jt
"Is she writing to Leonardo di Caprio?" "Yes, she is in love with ___!" a. her b. him c. his Answer-b "John is making a lot of noise!" "I'll ask ___ to be quiet." a. him b. it c. its Answer-a "Please..
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: 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..
ESL game: Something's Different - Short Lesson  by: lee
Get the whole class together. Ask one of them to leave the room, then get the remaining students to change five things about the classroom. For example, you could put a chair on a table, or get two..
Games for Spoken English Beginners  by: Contributor
Students can learn English by playing games, says Caty Buck, who is a special education and ESL teacher in Burnsville, MN. There are several different games that she suggests to teach students how to..
How to Teach English to Young Kids Through Songs/Music  by: Collaborator
A wonderful tool that early childhood educators can use when teaching English to children is by reinforcement of skills picked up by the use of songs and music. The best way to use songs with..
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..
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..
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..
Re: Excellent movie for English students  by: Teacher
The movie Duplex does have a nice opening narrated by Danny Devito. Try also, My Best Friend's Wedding - Starring Julia Roberts.
5 Classroom Management Tips For Dealing With A Noisy Class  by: Rob Johnson
1. The first thing to remember is that you are the boss. Self belief is incredibly important in this job. You can’t expect pupils to respond positively to you unless you believe, really believe,..
Question Formation - quiz  by: jt
Decide if the question is grammatically correct or incorrect. Who wrote the book "Of Mice and Men"? Correct Incorrect Answer-Correct: Who wrote the book "Of Mice and Men"? When they get married?..
Pair Interviews - Short Lesson  by: ritz
Pairs interview each other, using specified questions for intermediates and open format for advanced students. Then they take turns introducing their partner to the whole class. Be sensitive to..
ESL Game: 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..
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..
QUICKIE WORD GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Groups of students write down as many Christmas words as they can think of. Then, cross out words which the other groups have thought of. Group with the most words left wins. Other categories:..
Question Formation - quiz  by: jt
Decide if the question is grammatically correct or incorrect. Who wrote the book "Of Mice and Men"? Correct Incorrect Answer-Correct: Who wrote the book "Of Mice and Men"? When they get married?..
First Grade Reading Comprehension - Three Ways to Help Your Students Create Meaning  by: Renee Goodrich
First Graders need to do things with a text to create meaning. They need to play with it, pull it apart, and connect it with their reality. Try these activities with your class. 1. Create a picture..
Poem Analysis: Limerick Aphrodisiac - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
This short poem can be examined in the same ways as others I have posted this month. It is a little difficult for ESL learners and deals with an adult subject. Young and older men are more..
ESL Speaking Exercises  by: Maggie McCormick
Speaking English is perhaps the hardest part about learning English as a foreign language. Because of this, teachers should dedicate a portion of every lesson to ESL speaking exercises. Choose..
CHUNK READING - Short Lesson  by: re
Good for all levels, but first years in particular really get into it. The AET reads the text at a certain pace. At various stages, the JTE raises his/her hand and the students mark with a pencil the..
FAMILY TREES - Short Lesson  by: re
This activity can be used to introduce members of the family (Mike is my brother), review possessive adjectives (shoyuukaku), and the possessive s . Draw your own family tree and explain its history...
ESL Games - T  by: jt
Ten Students stand in a circle and chorus counting from 1-10. Instruct the students to each call out one, two or three of the numbers in numerical order. The student who calls out 'ten' must sit..
TEC ~ Simon Says (funny)  by: mooncrystle
Easy ESL Games  by: Kara Page
Any English as a Second Language (ESL) class has a variety of topics to cover. While learning grammar, proper pronunciation, reading and listening skills can sometimes require drills and repetition,..
How to Differentiate a Lesson in a Mixed Group With ESL Students  by: Sarah Zlockie
Students, regardless of age or ability level, learn at different rates and have widely varying interests, which makes any type of classroom teaching rigorous. When students of English as a second..
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..
Game for the class and prize - Short Lesson  by: jt
Monopoly board game and prize, candy bars. Board games are a fun and interesting way to learn new material and review lessons in almost any subject.
How to 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..
How To Use A Jeopardy PowerPoint Template Effectively When Co-Teaching As a Native Teacher  by: Daniel E Massicotte
Everyone knows about the TV show Jeopardy. Surprisingly, your students will also have heard of it. Regardless of their familiarity with the show, they all love playing a simulation in class of the TV..
How to Teach Writing to ESL Learners  by: Brian Gabriel
Writing is one of the most difficult aspects of learning English as a Second Language (ESL). Practicing speaking and reading in the classroom supports the task of learning how to write, which is..
Top 5 Christmas Movies  by: theroundup.co.uk
The nights are drawing in, there's the hint of snow on the air, if you listen closely then you might just hear the pitter pat of reindeer hooves! With that in mind, The Round Up is proud to present..
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..
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..
Music in the Classroom Set-Up Helps in Comprehension Development  by: Tina Sanchez
Input of Music on Children Balances Prep Schools and Helps in Reading and Comprehension Children, especially those in the introductory level, tend to get distracted easily as their attention span..
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..
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..
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..
Using DVD and Video in Your ESL Class, Part Two - Tips  by: Keith Taylor
Have you ever wondered how to use video in your ESL classes, without just sitting your students down in front of the screen and hitting 'Play'? Here are five more activities for you to try. 1..
The American Accent: Pronunciation Of The Vowels - Tips  by: Frank Gerace
The English Vowel SOUNDS-- Many learners of English have a distinct accent because they pronounce English with the vowels of their language. They commit this error because the English vowels are..
Adjective or Adverb quiz  by: jt
He's a ___ driver. a. dangerous b. dangerously Answera He ate his dinner very ___. a. quick b. quickly Answerb She's a ___ speller. a. bad b. badly Answera ___ the wind changed directions. a. Sudden..
How to Improve ESL Writing  by: Judith Willson
Writing is a skill that often appears to lag behind speaking fluency and reading comprehension in people learning English as a second or foreign language, especially if the English alphabet is..
How to Make Lesson Planning Easy  by: braniac
Lesson planning is a big part of every teachers job. The lesson can make all the difference in whether kids learn and planing those lessons can take a lot of time. In fact, many teachers work extra..
ESL Classroom Games & Activities  by: Kara Page
Learning English as a Second Language (ESL) can be challenging for students of any age. While most ESL lessons will include memorization of new vocabulary, writing practice and repetition for..
What Spelling Champions Know Can Help Your Child Spell Better  by: Celia Webb
Have you ever wondered why spelling bee contestants are allowed to ask to have the word defined or used in a sentence? What spelling bee champions know is these questions reveal clues about how a..
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..
How To Teach Your (any) Children Social Skills - Tips  by: Alvin Poh Hee Kwang
As our children grow, they will be going to schools and interacting with lots of different people other. For example, friends and teachers. Hence it is necessary to teach them the social skills that..
Interest Facts - Scare Crow Trivia Questions And Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
1. What is a scarecrow? A. A device to scare birds B. A device to keep farmers company C. A device to motivate gardeners D. A device to entertain visitors A. A device to scare birds TOPICS: A..
I look for activities and lesson plans for teaching law/rules in kindergarten?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I look for activities and lesson plans for teaching law/rules in kindergarten
Sunday School w/ toddlers?  by: answers.yahoo.com
Next week is our "step up Sunday" at church and all the teens teach the Sunday school classes. I am teaching the 0-2 class. There are not many in this class. They are mostly around the age of 2. They..
| 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..
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..
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..
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.
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,..
Spring cleaning teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Okay! It's Spring! Time for cleaning! Along with painting the house, planting new flowers, and/or cleaning out the garage; get children involved in cleaning their rooms, closets, classrooms, or..
ESL GAME: ABC Circle Game  by: Sabia
The children sit in a circle and each of them holds letter flash card, play music while your kids pass the letters round. It they find it difficult to coordinate receiving and passing the cards..
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..
First Grade Classroom Games (Primary)  by: Megan Shoop
Difficulty: Easy For the most part, first graders dislike sitting still for long periods of time. This means that their attentioncan easily waver in the classroom if you don't get them up and moving..
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;..