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KHALID AL SEGHAYER, PhD

alseghayer@yahoo.com

 

A Literature-Based Lesson

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

 

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

Target language: English as a Second/Foreign Language

Target Students Level:  Young Intermediate High ESL/EFL learners

Time: 150 minutes. (50 for each class)

 

Introduction

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

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

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

1. Time and setting

2. Characters with personality

3. A major problem

4. Includes a problem and attempts to solve it

5. Has a quick resolution and ending.

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

 

A- Objectives

Functional

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

Performance

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

Grammatical

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

Culture

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

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

 

B- Equipment and Materials

- Over-sized depictions/drawings of important vocabulary

- Picture of the story episodes

- Transparencies

- Story map

- Discussion web

- Character chart

 

C- Procedures

Day One (Pre-Storytelling)

Anticipatory Set (5 Min.)

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

Warm-Up activity (10 Min.)

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

Presentation (35 Min.)

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

 

Day Two (Story telling)

Anticipatory Set (5 Min.)

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

- Asking  students to recall the title of the story;

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

 

Warm-Up activity (10 Min.)

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

Presentation (35 Min.)

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

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

 

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

 

Day Three (Post-Story telling)

Anticipatory Set (2 Min.)

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

Warm-Up activity (5 Min.)

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

Presentation (43 Min.)

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

Assessment

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

Extension

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

Adaptability

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

Cited Works

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

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

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

 

Appendix A: The Title and Main Picture of the Story

 

Appendix B: Key Vocabulary

Grandfather Father Dresser

 

Jump Smile Yell

 

Run Walk Park

 

Race Wind Rain

 

 
Trophy Break  

 

Appendix C: Cubing Activity

 

Appendix D: Story Mapping Activity

 

Title:  Your Dad Was Just Like You

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

The setting:

 

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

 

 

Characters:

Grandfather

Father

Peter (the son)

 

The Problem:

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

The Solution:

 

After talking with his grandpa, Peter went back home,

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

 

 

Appendix E: Discussion Webbing

 

Peter should stay home and fix what he broke

 

 

 

Yes

 

No

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

3. His grandpa gave him a wise advice.

 

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

 

 

Consensus

 

Best Reason Why:

 

 

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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..
How to Make ESL Lesson  by: Renee Williams
ESL lesson plans are a necessary tool to make sure students meet performance guidelines. Written plans are also essential to help teachers prepare for the class. Some schools require that lesson..
Lesson 1 - Book Sale  by: jt
The Story "I may want to read it again one day" is the reason why my husband keeps every book he reads. Over 25 years most of them, never opened again after the first reading, have accumulated in our..
Halloween Activities for School Parties  by: Krystal Miller
When planning a Halloween party for school children, use your imagination to create "spooktacular" activities to keep them busy throughout the party. From a simple ghost craft to a game of pumpkin..
Create Your Own Country with Teaching Demonstration Video  by: Chris Westergaard
Here's a lesson that deals with students creating and talking about a made up country using a variety of different lexis. If you want your own lesson personally made for you, just let me know and I'm..
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...
Grammar Activity for ESL Class - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
Grammar Practice Activity for an ESL Classroom When teaching English grammar your book will probably have several ESL worksheets to drill the concept. These are useful exercises, but you will also..
ESL Games - M  by: jt
Magic Finger Print a letter of the alphabet on the board. Instruct the students to stand and face the board. Raise your 'magic finger' and trace the letter in the air. Be silly and use other parts of..
Grammar Games for Beginners  by: Wayne
Studying grammar is rarely thought of as fun. Yet it is an important component of effective communication. Grammar provides the rules that speakers and writers need to follow in order to be clearly..
Early Morning Entry Tasks For Teachers  by: Caroline Mackay
Many new teachers make the mistake of not utilizing every second that a student is in school. Many waste the first 10-20 minutes taking care of, what I call house keeping tasks such as; roll call,..
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..
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..
English Lesson Plan – Wedding and Marriage  by: js
The Wedding and Marriage lesson is aimed at the acquisition of typical wedding vocabulary, and its use in both oral speech and writing. At the beginning of the class students are given a list of..
How about a lesson about all the crazy stuff in English - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
-- such as the following: 1. Words such as "brought," "caramel," or "colonel" which have pronunciations that in no way resemble their spellings. 2. The insane number of confusing homonyms, such as..
How to Make ESL Lesson  by: Renee Williams
ESL lesson plans are a necessary tool to make sure students meet performance guidelines. Written plans are also essential to help teachers prepare for the class. Some schools require that lesson..
Game: Tag (2) - Short Lesson  by: sam
Tag is one of the oldest and most exciting outdoor games for children. An added benefit of playing tag is the level of physical activity – it is a great source of exercise! While there are many..
How to Teach English With Grammar Games  by: Carl Hose
English grammar rules are often confusing and difficult for students to grasp. Traditional teaching methods can be boring. An effective way to capture the attention of your students is by making a..
English Topics for ESL  by: Caitlynn Lowe
The broad topic of English as a Second Language can be divided into smaller topics, and both young children and older adults studying ESL need a class geared toward their specific needs. Grammar and..
TOUCH AND POINT - Short Lesson  by: re
Call out an instruction, for example Touch this book . As you do so, touch or point to the object with the whole class until they get the idea. If there are not many objects which the children can..
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..
Esl Teaching - Games For Successful Teachers - Short Lesson  by: Dan Sarle
If you have ever experienced teaching English as a second language to children then you know how difficult it can be at times to hold their attention. A possible solution to the problem is to run a..
ESL Memory Games  by: Nicholas Wyatt
ESL is the teaching of English as a second language, and, as with the teaching of any language, you must start out slowly to allow students to remember and understand the meanings of words so that..
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..
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..
For any ESL teachers, I need some good games for children and young teens to play and learn by. Any suggestion  by: answers.yahoo.com
For any ESL teachers
2 games - English Lesson  by: Azizbek
The Broken Telepone the players sit around the table or stand in a row. one player is chosen to start the game. this player whispers a word into the ear of his neighbor, who whispers what he heard to..
ESL Teaching Activities  by: Joel Barnard
A good teacher of English as a second language (ESL) uses a variety of different activities within each lesson. This maintains students' interest in the class and helps cater to different learning..
Lesson Plan Ideas on the Spanish Holidays  by: Matthew Huntington
Spanish-speaking countries have several unique holidays, as well as special customs for widely celebrated holidays such as Christmas and Easter. Discussing these holidays and participating in..
Jeopardy - Short Lesson  by: jin
This English game for high school students, based on the classic television show Jeopardy, helps them practice both listening and speaking. It's great for large or small classes, and dividing the..
Game: 90-second Alphabet - Short Lesson  by: sam
This game includes three people. It starts as these three people are placed in a certain situation, suggested by a member of the audience, and they interact in various ways. The catch is that..
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 Teach English to Teenagers  by: Mary Johnson-Gerard, Ph.D.
Teenagers have a reputation for being difficult to motivate. Subject matter like English is not a priority on a teenager's to-do list. Engaging teenagers to learn the details of the English language..
ESL 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..
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,..
How to Convey Class Rules to ESL Students  by: Carmen Clarke-Brown
In ESL classes, you can utilize role-playing simulations and incorporate anecdotes from students' own life experiences to guide students toward observing class rules. For instance, on the first day..
MADLIBS - Short Lesson  by: re
This is a cloze activity where students must fill in the blanks of a storyline. The crazier the better. An example of this activity could be: This morning, I saw a _____________. It was __________...
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..
Teaching US History - Lesson  by: dd walker
I am teaching a US citizenship class for US immigrants at a fairly high level of English ability. I have a simple but great game called "Who Am I"? Here's how it goes. I photocopied faces of American..
Lesson 9 - My Modern Car  by: jt
The Story After lunch my friend and I paid the bill and made our way to my car. I took out my remote-control gadget and pressed the button which automatically unlocks the doors. Not having noticed..
FILL IN THE GRID - Short Lesson  by: re
Draw a grid with the names of countries down one side and verbs across the top e.g. Canada, Italy, Japan, India, UK and play, speak, eat, study, use. Then fill in the middle with appropriate answers..
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..
The Living Rope  by: Kenny Kiskis
To demonstrate the impact the first 18 years has on the remainder of a person’s life, ClassroomProducts.com has developed the concept of “The Living Rope”. Children and young adults have..
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..
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...
How to Give an English Class  by: Rachel Kolar
1 Review the standards for your district. The English class that you're teaching must meet those standards. If you are offering the class independently rather than as part of a school, check the..
ESL English Listening Comprehension Activities for the Classroom - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
ESL English Listening Comprehension Activity for the Classroom An ESL teacher always needs to get his students speaking and listening to English. As we all know, our students many times don’t hear..
SPELLING GAME 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is a team. Give each row a whole alphabet on cards, so each student gets about 3 or 4 cards. Shout out a word which does not have the same letter in it. Students spell out the word by..
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...
Back to School Ideas For Using Your Digital Camera  by: Kathy Cothran
School's back in session. In most elementary classrooms around the country you find teachers taking digital photos of their students on the first day. What can you do with those pictures? Do you need..
Best Free Kids Games to Play With Your Little Preschooler  by: Yogi Shinde
Some good fun and free kids games are all you need to teach your little preschooler their letters, numbers, colors or almost anything educational. Little time and enthusiasm are the only ingredients..
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..
Classroom Games - Draw the Teacher, 3D Tic-Tac-Toe & More  by: Lucas Kent
Stand Up, Sit Down, Turn Around This is a great review game for shapes, angles and more. 1) Draw the various shapes on the board. 2) Point to each shape and say its name. 3) Students repeat the..
How Can Dance Be Brought Into an ESL Classroom?  by: Ashley Brown
Teaching would be a cookie-cutter profession if all students learned the same. Teach the same lesson plan to several different classes, and you will soon find this to be a fact. Teachers of English..
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..
Earth Day - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
Earth Day, April 22, is set aside for all of us to think about our planet and how to take care of it. It is a time to think about the most efficient ways to use Earth's natural resources. One such..
5 Easy Steps So Kids Can Write Articles Too  by: Kenton Verhoeff
I learn at home, and mom insists that writing is important. I agree. But, I don’t like to just write for a grade, so I wanted something more important to do with my work. I write articles to sell..
Grammar Test and Answer Key  by: jt
Directions: Read each sentence carefully. Determine the correct form of the verb using the time indicators as reference. Encircle the letter of the correct answer. 1. Animated movies _____ a lot over..
| Teaching ESL by Way of Conversation in E-Learning  by: Sue Gench
Teaching ESL by way of conversation, a common practice in face-face-instruction, is becoming highly motivating to ESL students in e-learning. I hear from teachers I work with and from my own teaching..
How to Teach Definite & Indefinite Articles in English  by: Karen Silvestri
Articles are adjectives. The articles "a" and "an" are called indefinite articles and the article "the" is called a definite article. "A" is used before consonant sounds, and "an" is used before..
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..
ESL GAME: Color Game  by: Sabia
This is a good one for teaching the names of colors to young children. Arrange various colors of construction paper in a circle. Play some music and have the children march around the circle. Stop..
Learning The Alphabet Letters By Making Learning Fun  by: Deanna Mascle
Learning the alphabet letters is an important part of early childhood education but it can be fun, too. Here are some fun suggestions to make alphabet fun for your child. A Fun: Make paper airplanes..
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..
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..
Preschool Activities to Keep Them Busy  by: Mary Green
If you have a hard time coming up with preschool activities you are one of millions. It can be a difficult chore to come up with different things to do to keep such young children occupied. Young..
QUESTION WORDS - Short Lesson  by: re
First, make sure the students know the meanings of basic question words: who, what when, where, and how. Then, make a sheet with 10 or so sentences that answer some of those questions. Below the..
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..
classroom games for subject-verb-agreement to teach grade 8 children  by: answers.yahoo.com
Please introduce some classroom games for
Effective Lesson Plans for Reading  by: Morgan Hamilton
As an instructor of English (reading, writing, lit, creative writing, etc.) and as an online course developer, I have found many valuable teacher resources for linguistic, literary, and rhetorical..
Teaching English to Non-English Speaking Children  by: Lucy Dale
The easiest time to learn a language is as a child. Children can use the abilities they are developing to acquire their native language to develop skills in other languages as well. English is a..
TESOL Methods  by: ojcsteve
This demonstrates using the color chart used in the Silent Way
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..
TWENTY QUESTIONS - Short Lesson  by: re
The teacher thinks of something and the students have 20 opportunities to ask the teacher a yes/no question to try to figure out what it is. The teacher can only say yes or no in response to the..
Students can be shown the mistakes they commonly make when doing a reading comprehension exam. - Tips  by: Renee Goodrich
Students can be shown the mistakes they commonly make when doing a reading comprehension exam. Identifying these mistakes and practicing ways to avoid them is a powerful way to prepare. What mistakes..
classroom-type activities for sixth grade (11-12 year old) students  by: answers.yahoo.com
Not homework-type assignments, please. I do have a curriculum to follow, but I want to know how to make things more interesting. I've written variations on games of Taboo and Trivial Pursuit, and I..
20-Question Quiz about Capitals of the World  by: quiz
Please follow this link: http://www.eslteachersboard.com/java/capitals.htm#b
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 Prefix Relays - Short Lesson  by: jin
Challenge students to a session of "The Prefix Relays." After presenting six prefixes, let students put the lesson to the test. Divide them into two relay teams. Provide each team with a pile of root..
Re: Halloween movie for students (kids) - Tips  by: dell
Monster's Inc. Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
What is the Correct Form of the Verb?  by: jt
Many of these words need to be changed. Read the sentence, decide what the answer should be, then click on the word to see the answer. I have often drive driven a car by myself. My best friend live..
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..
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)..
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..
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,..
9 Reasons Why You Should Use Songs to Teach English as a Foreign Language  by: Larry M. Lynch
Using Songs to Teach Foreign Language Language teachers can and should use songs as part of their classroom teaching repertoire. Songs contain authentic language, are easily obtainable, provide..
SURVIVAL - Short Lesson  by: re
This is a game to practise grammar structures. It is especially good to practise irregular verbs and tenses. Have all of the students practice the structure first. For example, if you want to review..
Christmas 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..
How to Write a Children's Christmas Story  by: Mary Beth Magee
Writing for children requires a great story, intriguing characters and descriptive detail, all couched in vocabulary appropriate to the age group. Use resources such as Alijandra Mogilner's..
How to Teach ESL Students to Notice Grammar  by: Veronica Lanning
Teaching English language learners to notice the rules of grammar can be effective in helping them produce spontaneous speech. Explicit instruction of grammar rules, accompanied with structured..
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,..
Preschool Christmas Light Art Activities  by: Katharine Mitchell
The colorful glow of a strand of blinking Christmas lights, or a more subdued strand of twinkling white bulbs, fascinate children and adults alike during the winter holidays, and beyond...
How to Modify Preschool Lesson Plans for Children  by: Janet Beal
In a good classroom, the teacher makes the lesson plans, but the lesson plans do not "make" the teacher. Especially in preschool classrooms, teachers learn that each year's lesson plans must be..
ESL Games to Learn Relative Pronouns  by: Philippa Jones
A relative pronoun is a word that connects two ideas within a sentence together, and it refers to a noun that has already been used. "Who," "which," "that," "whoever" and "whichever" are common..
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..
asking for/ giving directions  by: pep2u
Lesson Plan Level Elementary Lesson length 45 mins Objective To be able to ask for, give and understand instructions Target Language Where is the.......? Can you tell me where the.........is? Is the,..
PICTIONARY - Short Lesson  by: re
To introduce this game, pick out a picture card that the students are familiar with. Don t show it to the students, but draw the object on the board and get the students to try to guess what it is...
Vacuum Cleaner - Lesson + quiz  by: Elite Hussar
The Story A man selling vacuum cleaners appeared at the door of an old lady's cottage and, without allowing the woman to speak, rushed into the living room and threw a large bag of dirt all over her..
ESL Game - Go Fish  by: kr
Title: Go Fish Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary, but especially phonics related Materials: playing cards related to your theme Procedure: Make up a set of cards for each group of students. Groups..
How to Teach English to Children Through Songs  by: Maggie McCormick
When teaching English as a second language (ESL) to children, songs can be an effective way to get your point across. Many children enjoy music, so including it in your lesson plan helps you to step..
Halloween Art Projects For Kids  by: ShowKidsTheFun
Fall is just around the corner, and with the cooler weather comes more inside time for the little ones. Naturally, they’re going to need something fun and creative to keep them busy. Help your kids..
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..
Columbus Day Exercises for ESL Students  by: Mallory Ferland
Columbus day, observed on the second Monday in October, is a celebration in the United States that commemorates the discovery of the New World by European explorers. Most countries in North, South..
Adverb English Activities for Grammar School  by: Vivian Wagner
Adverbs tell how, when and where things happen, and they're a vital part of language and communication. They can be difficult for children to learn, however, and teachers must explain exactly what..
ESL 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.
Im doing a classroom assistant course how can i make a good game  by: answers.yahoo.com
i have to design a game and use it.any1 know a site where i can make a story box????? let me know please
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 PowerPoint Games  by: Riccardo Giovanniello
Playing classroom games is a fun and engaging way to practice the fundamentals of the English language. The PowerPoint software from Microsoft provides a tool to help keep students interested in the..
ESL Games - G  by: jt
Gestures Use western gestures in your class. Expressions Gestures Hello wave Goodbye wave It's cold Put arms around shoulders It's hot Fan your face with hands No! shake your head "no" Come here move..
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..
Word Chains for Kids & Adults - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Words are usually taught to children from their basic root syllables of Latin, Greek, German, etc., but there is another approach. A few years ago I posted Small Words for Small People on this site..
ESL Classroom Warm-Up Exercises  by: Kate Bradley
Are you a boring ESL teacher? If you start class without an interactive icebreaker or warm-up, the answer may be "yes." Putting your students in the English "zone" with an engaging warm-up exercise..
Who Or Whom? One Tip to Help Your Students Use Proper Grammar  by: Elizabeth O'brien
Using proper grammar when it comes to choosing who or whom can be tricky. Or, it seems tricky. That's probably because you were never taught how to tell when to use each of these. There is a clear..
Creating a narrative (simple) - Lesson  by: Mark Cox
I took the book Where the Wild Things Are and photocopied just the images and gave them (in order) to groups of students. They had to look at the picture sequence and discuss what they thought the..
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..
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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..
Using Google Earth in the Foreign Language Classroom  by: ravip
Lesson 5 - Wedding Gown  by: jt
The Story When my sister got married, she wore my mother's wedding dress. The day she tried it on, the gown fitted her exactly and mother started to cry. "You're not losing a daughter," I reminded..
Classroom Number Wall Games  by: James Mascia
Difficulty: Easy Trying to teach young students numbers and how to use them can be a challenge. A number wall caneasily solve that problem. It can be anything: a whiteboard, a chalkboard, or even..
ESL Game - Balloon Relay  by: kr
Title: Balloon Relay Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Balloon Procedure: Divide students into teams. Each team is split in half and stands in line opposite from each other as in a..
Teaching English as a Second Language Games  by: Eric Benac
Teaching English as a second language can be a difficult job. People's minds wrap around their native language and it can be difficult to break their paradigm. It can also be difficult to keep..
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..
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..
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...
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..
Song and Dance Games - Short Lesson  by: jin
There are many songs and dances that kids can learn and act out that will help them with basic English vocabulary. Try "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" and "The Hokey Pokey" for starters...
Write a Lesson Plan for Teaching English As a Foreign Language to Kids  by: Wendy Rose Gould
Many countries from across the world place a strong emphasis on learning English. This begins at a young age and continues even through college. Teaching the language to children is a great..
Easter Activities for School  by: Teresa Evans
If you are looking for Easter activities for school, then you may want to try making Easter wreaths. Christmas isn't the only holiday that a decorative wreath can be displayed. Before Easter, the..
SUPERSTARS - Short Lesson  by: re
Describe some person who all the children know (perhaps a singer, sports personality, or another student or teacher) using the pattern She s from I think she likes and . Then ask the child on your..
Reading Goals for Second Graders - Tips  by: Celia Webb
At the second grade level, readers are starting to become more able to work on their own. They are exploring the use of the written word and know where to find answers to questions they might have..
Hand Games for Kids Big and Small - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Timothy Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Over the years I have seen and invented several hand games that engage children. I would not call these lessons but they open a type of dialogue with children who speak very little English. Here are..
MEMORY GAME 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Divide the class into 6 groups. Give each group a pattern to practise and get them to fill in their own answers. For example. Group 1 might have to practise and memorize I get up at Each member of..
WORD INTO SENTENCE RACE - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is a team. Use words from the last few lessons and put them on cards. Give each row about 1 or 2 minutes. Show the first student of a row a card (e.g. write). That student has to say a..
How to Teach 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..
Questions to Ask for Reading Comprehension - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
This article will focus on Bloom's Taxonomy of Questions...in other words, kinds of questions to ask in order to assure reading comprehension and foster higher-level thinking. In 1956, Benjamin Bloom..
Learn your students' names - Use a seating chart for the first few classes - Tips  by: jin
Ask students to sit in the same place for a few classes o help you learn their names more quickly.
Grade 6 ESL Games  by: Kara Page
Vocabulary, conjugations and definitions are an important part of learning English but quickly become monotonous. Students in sixth grade need activities that will keep them engaged and interested in..
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..
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..
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..
Free online ESL games & quizzes  by: gh
English Vocabulary: Basic Elements (Chemistry) (Flash) Capitals of the World (Beginner) (Java) Write the Capital (Intermediate) (Java) Match Game (Beginner) (Java) Reading Speed..
MEMORY GAME 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Divide the class into 6 groups. Give each group a pattern to practise and get them to fill in their own answers. For example. Group 1 might have to practise and memorize I get up at Each member of..
Children's Learning Games  by: Renee Williams
Children's learning games can teach children new skills as well as allow them to practice what they have learned. Common skills focus on vocabulary development and math skills. A 2007 study by Geetha..
BASEBALL 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
The class is divided into two teams. Four chairs are placed in the shape of a baseball diamond. The AET/JTE proceeds to ask each team member a question which must be answered in a complete sentence...
How 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..
French Language Lessons for Children (including Christmas in France)  by: Lisa Dorward
A good French lesson will be taught in French as much as possible, incorporate consistent material and encourage student participation through reading, writing and speaking. A great French lesson..
5 Easy Steps So Kids Can Write Articles Too  by: Kenton Verhoeff
I learn at home, and mom insists that writing is important. I agree. But, I don’t like to just write for a grade, so I wanted something more important to do with my work. I write articles to sell..
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..
How To Play Seven Up (Video) - Short Lesson  by: yun
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Fill-In-The-Blank - Short Lesson  by: js
Prepare a worksheet containing a text or song lyrics with key words blanked out. For beginners you can blank out alphabet letters and not whole words, choosing distinct sounds rather than silent..
The Use of Pictures in Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Tips  by: Andrew Carter
They say that a picture paints a thousand words. We think of the value of the family album: there’s Martin aged about one, when we were living in Stanley; there’s Mum about a thousand years ago..
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..
SPELLING SPRINT - Short Lesson  by: re
Students come to the board, teacher calls out a word, first person to answer correctly scores a point for their team.
How to Use Vocabulary Games in ESL Lessons  by: Contributor
In addition to core reading skills, acquiring vocabulary is a core part of an ESL curriculum. However, a successful vocabulary activity is dependent on a variety of factors and considerations. This..
Teaching USED TO to ESL Students - Lesson  by: Keith Taylor
Here's a way to introduce the structure "used to" to your ESL students. 1 Find or draw on the board a picture of someone who looks like they could have just won some money. A photo from a magazine of..
Learning Styles And Their Effect On Language Learning - Tips  by: Frank Gerace
Note: This article makes special reference to the effect of learning syles in the learning of Spanish but the principles are valid for all language learning. ¡LEER ES PODER! ¡Learning Spanish! How..
There is/are ... lesson or introduction - Game  by: mesmark
The Table Game: Accumulate as many items as you can, a pencil, tape, a stuffed animal, a CD, a coffee cup, anything. Set each item on a table or desk in front of the class one at a time and after..
How to Use Cognitive Principles for ESL Teaching  by: Miranda Morley
Anyone can stand at a podium or sit at a desk and dispense ESL grammar rules, but a good teacher is one who knows how to help students process that information and walk away with the practical skill..
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..
Preschool Theme - Planting a Garden To Celebrate Spring!  by: Mary Robinson
Planting a Garden to celebrate Spring! The snow is melting, the trees are budding once again, and the puddles are collecting at street corners: that's right, spring has sprung, and what better place..
I have to create a lesson plan for my english class and i have to teach the word synecdoche?  by: answers.yahoo.com
does anyone know where or how i would go about doing this?
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..
2nd Grade Lesson Plan Ideas  by: Tiffany Roget
Various lesson plans are available if you're interested in adding entertaining, educational hands-on activities to your daily routine. Use craft-oriented materials such as markers, stickers and..
Create Your Own Country with Teaching Demonstration Video  by: Chris Westergaard
Here's a lesson that deals with students creating and talking about a made up country using a variety of different lexis. If you want your own lesson personally made for you, just let me know and I'm..
How to Teach English to Teenagers  by: Mary Johnson-Gerard, Ph.D.
Teenagers have a reputation for being difficult to motivate. Subject matter like English is not a priority on a teenager's to-do list. Engaging teenagers to learn the details of the English language..
Teachers - Poetry For Children - 4 General Types  by: Meggin McIntosh
O Sliver of Liver (by Myra Cohn Livingston) O sliver of liver, Get lost! Go away! You tremble and quiver O sliver of liver-- You set me a shiver And spoil my day-- O sliver of liver, Get lost! Go..
How to Make ESL Lesson  by: Renee Williams
ESL lesson plans are a necessary tool to make sure students meet performance guidelines. Written plans are also essential to help teachers prepare for the class. Some schools require that lesson..
TEFL Techniques - The Van Game  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL Techniques – The Van Game The very best way of teaching English (or any other language!) is to get the student wanting to learn – hungry for new ways to express themselves in your language...
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 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..
12 Keys to Using Songs For Teaching Children English As a Foreign Language  by: Larry M. Lynch
Teaching Children English Using Songs In answer to a reader question on using songs for teaching Italian children English, I gave the following twelve quick keys. They're equally effective, however,..
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..
Alphabet Pictures - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL lesson (memory helpers for kindergarten and phonics level). Young ESL learners need to be exposed to several methods to help them learn the alphabet. I teach the alphabet while making the..
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..
ESL Game - The Crocodile Game  by: Joe Tosczak
If you want to become the best ESL teacher in your school; then learn from the best ESL teachers in the world. This is one of the best ESL Games and there is no reason why you shouldn't be playing it..
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..
TESOL Games  by: Brian Gabriel
The acronym TESOL means Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Students of English generally need to enact a lot of repetition to really grind in the concepts of English and the extensive..
Christmas Writing Activities for Elementary Ages  by: Shelley Frost
Incorporate the Christmas holiday into writing activities for an engaging elementary school activity. Children may improve their writing skills without even realizing it because it is an enjoyable..
Preschool Activity - Cutting Shapes and Lines  by: Rachel Paxton
Cutting with scissors is a learned activity. By three years old your child should have no problem holding a pair of child-sized scissors. It takes them awhile to master this new skill, however, so be..
Ideas for Storytelling  by: Chris
This idea comes from the tips newsletter, a free service provided weekly at Heads Up English. Storytelling always works well in the classroom or as homework. It allows students to incorporate the..
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..
TEFL Techniques: International Words - Tips  by: Andrew Carter
When you sit down and think about it, or even stand around and think about it (!), English words have seeped into the vocabulary of millions of people, thanks, in the main part, to the genius of..
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),..
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..
Kids Money Counting Games  by: Corrine Lee
Difficulty: Easy Counting money can be a tricky skill to learn, but fortunately kids love to play with money, so they'reeager to practice. Thesegamesreinforce money counting skills all while kids..
ESL Classroom Warm-Up Exercises  by: Kate Bradley
Are you a boring ESL teacher? If you start class without an interactive icebreaker or warm-up, the answer may be "yes." Putting your students in the English "zone" with an engaging warm-up exercise..
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..
Activities on How to Teach English to Spanish Students in Elementary School  by: Sara Rajan
If you are teaching elementary Spanish-speaking students how to learn English, it is important to keep in mind, first of all, that the atmosphere the children are learning in must be comfortable and..
Building Vocabulary - 5 Ideas for Increasing Your Child's Vocabulary While Running Errands  by: Celia Webb
Want to help your child learn more words? Do you also want to keep them occupied while traveling to the grocery store, around town on errands, or even on vacation? Here are five word-related..
Icebreakers - What's in a name? - Short Lesson  by: choi
Ask everyone to say their (preferred) name, and ask them to give at least one piece of information on why they were called this name (or some interesting feature of their name, such as a different..
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..
Teaching English to Non-English Speaking Children  by: Lucy Dale
The easiest time to learn a language is as a child. Children can use the abilities they are developing to acquire their native language to develop skills in other languages as well. English is a..
TRANSLATION 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Give students a page of something printed in Japanese (or the local language). Get them to translate any words that they can into English. Give them points for every word that they translate. TV..
NUMBER GROUPS - Short Lesson  by: re
The students walk around a designated area. The teacher calls out a number and students have to make a group according to the number called out. If a student cannot get into a group, then they stand..
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..
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...
Game: Four People on a Couch - Short Lesson  by: sam
This is a game for two teams of four (any two equal teams will do, but four seems traditional) and it is best played in a lounge, since you'll have a couch there. The aim of the game is to get all..
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 Conversation Role-Play Exercises  by: Lissa K Johnson
Patty Middleton, an ESL teacher with an MFA in ESL from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, offers several suggestions as to the most effective ESL conversation role-play exercises you can do with..
How to Teach English With Fun Learning Games  by: Deborah Jones
Teaching English can bring the teacher face-to-face with a multitude of obstacles that students need to overcome. Many of the students learning English will bring with them insecurities and a lack of..
Fun games to teach a class  by: answers.yahoo.com
I have an assignment to make a game for a class. It has to be educational, and it can't be bingo or jeopardy. If you can remember any games you play with a class that would be cool. I am teaching..
POSITIVE-NEGATIVE - Short Lesson  by: re
RACE First student says I like X. I don t like Y. Next student says I like Y. I don t like Z. Go around the room. Time the whole class and race against the other classes, or time each row.
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..
How to Teach English to Preschoolers  by: Karen Hollowell
Preschoolers are at just the right age to begin learning basic English principles. They are eager to learn and hear what you have to teach them. Although they may seem to be more interested in..
How to Teach 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..
Homophones & Homonyms  by: A. D. Reed
Being Forward with my Foreword Homophones, also called homonyms, are words that sound alike but have different meanings and, usually, spellings. Some are near misses, like “desperate” and..
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..
HALF AND HALF - Short Lesson  by: re
Students are given half of a sentence and have to find the person with the other half. Can be used with boring dialogues. Students must go to front of class and arrange themselves in order. Then they..
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..
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..
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..
Christmas Skits for Kids  by: Angela Roe
Look for Christmas skits that are age-appropriate for your group of kids. Divide roles with long speaking parts into smaller roles to include more children. Use a narrator to say the speaking parts..
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..
Icebreakers - What's in a name? - Short Lesson  by: choi
Ask everyone to say their (preferred) name, and ask them to give at least one piece of information on why they were called this name (or some interesting feature of their name, such as a different..
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..
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..
RINGO - Short Lesson  by: re
Write a selection of about 15 random words or numbers on the board. Include difficult pairs, like 13 and 30. Have two students come to the board and stand facing it with chalk of a different colour...
Kids Homemade Party Hat Ideas - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
Try these one-of-a-kind kids party hat ideas for your next kids party. Create a colorful cast of characters with a few bits of paper, paint, glitter and glue. From fancy bonnets to sombreros, wizard..
Introduction game for students (1) - Short Lesson  by: jt
While students are sitting on desktops or standing in a circle, the teacher tosses a ball to a student who then introduces himself and tells his favorite game or activity. He then tosses the ball to..
Prepositions VIII - Quiz  by: jt
The workers went ___ strike because they thought their wages were too low. Answer-on He tried to warn his daughter ___ the dangers ___ going out alone ___ night. Answer-of, of, at Although we had..
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..
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..
Spare Activities for an ESL Classroom  by: Chelsea Baldwin
As in any classroom across the nation, some English as a Second Language (ESL) students will be able to finish their work quicker than others and have time to spare. Instead of letting these students..
Kids' Easter Games  by: Teresa Evans
When Easter comes there are loads of kids' Easter games that you can use at school, at home or at Easter parties and celebrations. There are games that are loud and active and quieter games that are..
How to Teach Your Child (student) to Read!  by: Monica Ryan
When learning to be a preschool teacher I found the literature for teaching children how to read was overwhelming. I was able to read from 3 years of age, yet I didn't understand how to teach it and..
ANAGRAMS (WORD SCRAMBLES) 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Mix up vocabulary words and get the students to unscramble them. Can be played in teams, in pairs, or with the whole class. The team who can unscramble the word (i.e. say it in English) and give its..
Present Simple Negative Verbs  by: jt
1. Tom ___ like chocolate ice cream. a. doesn't b. don't 2. I ___ understand, do you? a. doesn't b. don't 3. Dr. Watson ___ smoke, does he? a. doesn't b. don't 4. We ___ like classical music very..
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..
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..
YES/NO 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Teachers ask students yes/no questions. In their answers, students must NOT use yes or no. Give a prize to the student who lasts the longest.
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!
How to Use Drama in ESL Lessons  by: Contributor
While some teachers may be apprehensive about using drama in ESL lessons, many students enjoy drama lessons because role-plays or "getting out of their skin" helps them overcome shyness. It also..
How to Introduce Business English Into the ESL Classroom  by: Sally Murphy
No matter what the focus of your ESL class, all your students will benefit by knowing how to submit a resume, make a call to a client, communicate effectively during a job interview or conduct a..
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..
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..
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..
NUMBERS 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Use flashcards to teach any group of numbers. Practise counting forwards, then backwards, then by 2s, or 4s, etc.
HANDS DOWN - Short Lesson  by: re
This game can be played on the ground, on a table, anywhere that is flat and big enough to fit all of your buddies. Everyone intertwines their hands, palms facing downwards and you are all in a..
ESL Activity - Paper Airplane Game  by: Jamie Rochfort
Directions: • Issue each student with 2 or 3 A4 sheets of scrap paper along with the written instructions (see below); • Provide a demonstration for the class by making one with the step-by-step..
The Prefix Relays - Short Lesson  by: jin
Challenge students to a session of "The Prefix Relays." After presenting six prefixes, let students put the lesson to the test. Divide them into two relay teams. Provide each team with a pile of root..
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..
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..
Match Game  by: Java game
Please follow this link: http://www.eslteachersboard.com/java/matchgame.htm
English Tutoring Games  by: Kat Walcott
The key to being able to successfully teach English to nonnative speakers is to teach the language in a lighthearted and entertaining way. When working with children in particular, interactive games..
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..
Classroom Christmas Activities for High Schools  by: Michelle Brunet
As the Christmas break approaches, it is sometimes difficult to keep students focused on classroom work. Consider keeping your high school students engaged by leading holiday-related activities that..
ESL 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 Plan an ESL lesson  by: Contributor
Whether you teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults or children, this foolproof lesson plan template will work for you. It will also work no matter the country you're teaching in, be it..
French lesson with audio (116 audios) - ESL lesson  by: ESL Teachers Board
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ESL Game - Betting on Mr. Monkey  by: kr
Title: Betting on Mr. Monkey Type: Game Target: any conversations Materials: Picture cards, fake money Procedure: Hand out fake money to the students. Ask each student a question from the target..
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..
Teaching Preschool - Patience, Expectations, and Fun  by: Mary Robinson
"Not While I'm Wearing the Hat" Teaching preschool is never a walk in the park. One moment you're trying to sooth a crying child while tearing apart two others who are fighting over the last black..
Lesson 5 - I'm Staying Here  by: jt
The Story The traveling salesman had booked himself in for the night in a small boarding-house, but due to a lengthy business meeting he did not arrive until after midnight. He could see no signs of..
Creating a Kids Theme Party - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
The easiest way to plan a great kids party is to start with a theme into which all the different party elements fit perfectly. Your most important input in deciding on the party theme should come..
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..
ROW TAG - Short Lesson  by: re
Two students form a row by holding hands. They run around a designated area where the student on one end of the row tries to tag another student. If tagged, that student joins onto the end of the row..
The WHAT? game - Short Lesson  by: jin
Sit in a circle with the students holding an object that you want the children to be able to identify by name. Hand the object to the child on your right (whom you have already prepared) or to..
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 ..
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..
How to Teach Gerunds  by: Collaborator
The gerund can be one of the most perplexing parts of language due to its varied use. Not every -ing word is a gerund, and the way a gerund is used in grammar changes according to the words preceding..
Chinese jump rope - Short Lesson  by: sam
The game is typically played by three players (although more can participate) with a rope (or, more frequently, a string of rubber bands) of about 5-6 meters in length that has been tied into a..
Increasing stress levels in the classroom  by: answers.yahoo.com
I need to teach stress and stress management to adults as part of an induction. Its a struggle to engage with them and I was wondering if anyone knew of a simple game that can be played in a..
How to Use Songs in the Classroom  by: Hannington Dia
Music has arguably impacted every person on the planet. Most people have their own favorite singers or composers who have profoundly influenced or touched them. According to a 2003 Gallup poll, 97..
Introduction Activity for ESL Classroom  by: Andrew Lawton
The first thing you do when you get a new class is to have the students introduce themselves. For most people, especially beginning ESL students, this may be difficult. This activity will help make..
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..
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...
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..
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..
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..
Spectacular Sound Bingo - Short Lesson  by: jin
Spectacular Sound Bingo, a free online game sponsored by PBS Kids, features the characters from the television show 'Super Why.' Students may choose from three difficulty levels, including easy,..
ESL Games - G  by: jt
Gestures Use western gestures in your class. Expressions Gestures Hello wave Goodbye wave It's cold Put arms around shoulders It's hot Fan your face with hands No! shake your head "no" Come here move..
How to Set Up an ESL Classroom  by: Kathryn Walsh
Setting up a classroom is stressful enough. Setting up a classroom for ESL, or English as a Second Language students, is even more challenging. Each student could be from a different country and..
ALPHABET 4 - Short Lesson  by: re
Make two sets of alphabet cards, each letter about half the size of B4. Divide the class into two. Distribute the two sets of cards amongst the students. Some of the students may get two cards. The..
Game: Forty forty - Short Lesson  by: sam
A player is chosen as "it" and a landmark such as a tree or lampost is chosen as the base. Players who are not "it" run and hide, while "it" counts to a certain number, usually 40 or 100. "It" looks..
Learn your students' names - Use a seating chart for the first few classes - Tips  by: jin
Ask students to sit in the same place for a few classes o help you learn their names more quickly.
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..
Create your own Movie lesson plan with Demo Video  by: Chris Westergaard
ESL Lesson Plan - Create your own Movie - Lexis Here's a lesson for intermediate students and up that involves the students making a mock movie and pitching it to a movie studio. You can find 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?..
ideas for a good auditory game I could make for my classroom  by: answers.yahoo.com
I need to make an auditory game for my college class to be used in a classroom between grades K-2. I need to tape record the directions and sounds for the children to listen to; they will follow..
ESL GAME: Tornado Game  by: Sabia
Supplies: Flashcards (pictures or questions on one side, numbers on the other) 'Tornado Cards' (flashcards with numbers on one side and a tornado picture on the other) Stick the numbered cards on the..
Pre-Beginning ESL Lessons for Adults  by: Sarah Patrick
The need for adult ESL, or English as a second language, classes in the United States is massive. According to the Human Resources Department at the University of Texas at Austin, more than one..
classroom games for subject-verb-agreement to teach grade 8 children  by: answers.yahoo.com
Please introduce some classroom games for
Halloween Activities for the Classroom  by: Veronica Ouellette
Halloween is a holiday that children throughout the United States look forward to each year. Most children enjoy dressing dress up as their favorite super hero, scary monster or another character and..
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..
Language Arts Lesson Plan for Second Grade  by: Randi McCreary
The second grade language arts curriculum often revolves around developing reading and writing skills. Students are ready to incorporate a higher level of comprehension in their reading, and place..
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..
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 - R  by: jt
Run And Get It Divide the class into two teams and have them stand in two lines facing each other. Assign each team member a number from one to four. Place a few flashcards in the middle of the two..
Choose the best answer to fill in the blank.  by: contributor
1. I __________________ TV when the telephone rang. a. watched b. was watching c. are watching 2. I'm afraid I'm not hungry. I've _______ eaten lunch. a. yet b. still c. already 3. My mother let me..
2nd Grade Lesson Plan Ideas  by: Tiffany Roget
Various lesson plans are available if you're interested in adding entertaining, educational hands-on activities to your daily routine. Use craft-oriented materials such as markers, stickers and..
How to Teach English to Children Through Songs  by: Maggie McCormick
When teaching English as a second language (ESL) to children, songs can be an effective way to get your point across. Many children enjoy music, so including it in your lesson plan helps you to step..
Games to Teach English  by: Natalie Grace
Learning another language can be difficult for many people. Those who wish to learn English can have trouble understanding its unique conventions. Perhaps you are teaching someone or a group of..
Tag Questions - With Be - quiz  by: jt
Match the tag questions on the right with the sentence on the left. Write your choices in the boxes on the left. Click on the answer button to see if your answers are correct or let JavaScript check..
SCISSORS, PAPER, ROCK - How to play tips and videos - Short Lesson  by: re
(JANKENPON) Teach the students how to play this game in English. Finish with a prize. How to play: The players count aloud to three, or speak the name of the game (e.g. "Rock! Paper! Scissors!" or..
Hand Games for Kids Big and Small - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Timothy Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Over the years I have seen and invented several hand games that engage children. I would not call these lessons but they open a type of dialogue with children who speak very little English. Here are..
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..
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..
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..
First Grade Lesson Plans - Seven Must Haves for Student Success  by: Deanna M Schweitzer
Over the course of the school year, most students in first grade will develop the stamina to participate in more structured lessons for an increasingly longer period of time. It is amazing how much..
| English Teaching Materials - The Right Materials Will Guarantee ESL Classroom Success!  by: Karlee Demierre
Teaching English as a second language can seem daunting, but it's not really if you follow the simple logic of: what would a kid like most. Chose your English teaching materials keeping this in mind..
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..
SPEED READING - Short Lesson  by: re
Students open their books to the reading and lay the books face down on their desks. The teacher asks a question 2 times. When everyone understands, the teacher says Go! and the students look at the..
How to Teach Children the Seasons  by: Brendan O'Brien
One of the most fascinating subjects for children is nature. More specifically, children are curious about the four seasons and how weather and time work together outside and on the calendar. As a..
Classroom Fitness Games  by: Erin Schreiner
Difficulty: Easy With the growing epidemic of childhood obesity looming, teachers should take any opportunity theycanto get their students moving in class. Along with the obvioushealthbenefits,..
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..
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..
ESL Teaching Games  by: Marysia Walcerz
English as a second l anguage (ESL) classes aim to teach English to non-native speakers. Many students are enrolled in ESL classes at a young age to pick up a new language early and develop it as..
ESL Online Grammar Exercises  by: Debra Weaver
The Internet is a valuable resource for students studying English as a second language. Students, teachers and parents can find a number of websites that offer practice activities to perfect English..
Classroom Activities to Teach Preschool English  by: David Stewart
Teaching preschool English calls for a creative approach designed to hold attention. Between ages 2 and 4, children can grasp the concept of a letter by looking at it, tracing it and hearing it used..
Back to School Get to Know You Activities  by: Adam Waxler
Success in the classroom is all about relationships...both the teacher-student relationship and the student-student relationship. By building upon these relationships teachers will see a decrease in..
Christmas Word Games  by: Teresa Evans
Christmas word games are a great way to entertain kids in the lead up to Christmas. Not only are they great fun for the kids but they are also games that are educational too. There are many different..
How to Use Songs and Music in ESL Lessons  by: Collaborator
Using songs in an ESL classroom is a great way to motivate students of all ages to learn English. Using songs helps improve students' listening and reading skills. Songs help facilitate the..
Game Gingerbread Man Hunt  by: ws
The teacher would cut out or make a gingerbread man with paper. and hide it somewhere in the school. and we went to each class asking them if they'd seen a gingerbread man walking around anywhere...
Good outdoor games for a Kindergarten class  by: answers.yahoo.com
Creative games to play with a group of 20 six-year-olds outside.
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...
Ten Ha-Ha-Hilarious Kids Party Games - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
PARROT GAME Divide guests into two equal groups, one is the Pirates, the other the Parrots. The parrots are very very grouchy and are not permitted to smile. The pirates can do anything they like to..
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..
Tips on Lesson Planning for the New Teacher  by: Sonya Wilson
Depending on the school you work for, you may be required to turn in lesson plans weekly or biweekly. Some schools may require a scope and sequence that covers the majority of the year. However you..
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..
Science Ideas With a Christmas Theme  by: Donny Quinn
Science is all around us, explaining the mysteries of every part of life including Christmas. From the animals involved in nativity scenes to Christmas decorations, you can find resources for lessons..
School Christmas Holiday Activities  by: Athena Hessong
Keep your students occupied during the anticipation of the Christmas holidays. The busier the students are, the less likely they will be to become distracted by the upcoming break. Use the holidays..
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..
Six Dynamic English As A Foreign Language Activities That Always Motivate Learners  by: Larry M. Lynch
Are You Still Struggling to Teach English? Are you still struggling to teach English to unmotivated, reluctant LEP learners? Well don't blame them entirely just yet. Try making your EFL classes more..
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..
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..
Possessive Pronouns II - quiz  by: jt
John Anderson forgot ___ book. Answer-his Mary and Susan talk like ____ mother. Answer-their Alex and I were late for ___ class . Answer-our Princess Caroline is wearing ___ new Gucci gown...
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..
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..
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..
Tourism - Lesson  by: Ali
Tourism Intermediate+ Aims: Students discuss the advantages and disadvantages of tourism industry and ask questions from each other about tourism, as well as May holiday Language: Vocabulary about..
Storyline - Short Lesson  by: jp
Divide into groups of 4-6 people. Give everyone a sheet of paper and ask them to write the first sentence of a story at the top of the page. It may begin "Once upon a time..." if they like. Then they..
TEFL Techniques: International Words - Tips  by: Andrew Carter
When you sit down and think about it, or even stand around and think about it (!), English words have seeped into the vocabulary of millions of people, thanks, in the main part, to the genius of..
Games for Advanced ESL Students  by: Kara Page
Even the most advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) students can easily become bored with repetitious exercises and rote memorization of vocabulary words. No matter their age, ESL students will..
7 Activities to Promote Reading For Preschoolers  by: Christine Gayle
Have you ever noticed how much little 4 and 5 year old children like to just play? They seem to take even the most trivial of activities and turn them into something fun. So why not make a game out..
ESL Game - Detective  by: kr
Title: Detective Type: Game Target: Possessives (Is the your __?) Materials: Student’s personal objects Procedure: Students take turns being "it" and go out of the classroom and wait for a while...
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..
Games to Play in an Elementary Classroom  by: Karen Hollowell
Difficulty: Easy Elementary school teachers use classroom games frequently to reinforce skills. Children in these grades enjoy games, and do not mind schoolwork if they are having fun. Games can also..
Teaching English Yesterday - English lesson  by: Andrew Carter
Here’s an English lesson based on the Beatles song ‘Yesterday’. Welcome – today we’re going to talk about love! Does anybody know any good love songs? (Teacher writes suggestions on the..
Classroom Activities and Games  by: tim
The real me Young children will really enjoy this art project that reviews the structure I like... and food words. Have the students draw a picture of themselves showing the foods they like, e.g...
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..
Draw the Tail (etc.) on the Donkey - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day
Most westerners know the traditional game called Pin the Tail on the Donkey. A blindfolded child is to pin a paper tail to a picture of a donkey. It challenges kids and is physical. I adapted this..
Part 2 Dynamic English As a Foreign Language Learning Activities Your Learners Won't Refuse  by: Larry M. Lynch
More For Those Bored, Uninterested, Reluctant Foreign Language Learners As we said earlier, once again faced with the necessity of circumventing the problems of having bored, uninterested and..
English Lesson Plans - How to Avoid Writing a Plan For ESL Class  by: Alexander Golishev
Teaching languages can be the most fun and rewarding experience; however a lot of ESL teachers get really frustrated with having to write lesson plans over and over again. Here is the typical..
Teaching English At The Dog Pound - Tips  by: Andrew Carter
Following up a local press article about a homeless St Bernard cross called Benny I took a student to our local Dog’s Trust kennels. The exercise involved the student scanning the local paper for a..
Prizes for ESL Classes That Don't Cost Anything  by: Marissa Willman
Prizes are useful tools to keep ESL classes motivated, as well as reward students for their hard work. Although candy, stickers and pencils are generally the foundation of an ESL teacher's prize..
ESL GAME: 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..
Princess Birthday Party Ideas - An Enchanting Birthday - Activities  by: Mike Dougherty
Once upon a time in a kingdom run by the most wonderful king and queen (you), there lived a beautiful princess (your child) who was preparing to celebrate her birthday. Then one night the princess..
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..
Classroom Games - Draw the Teacher, 3D Tic-Tac-Toe & More  by: Lucas Kent
Stand Up, Sit Down, Turn Around This is a great review game for shapes, angles and more. 1) Draw the various shapes on the board. 2) Point to each shape and say its name. 3) Students repeat the..
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..
I have to create a lesson plan for my english class and i have to teach the word synecdoche?  by: answers.yahoo.com
does anyone know where or how i would go about doing this?
Spare Activities for an ESL Classroom  by: Chelsea Baldwin
As in any classroom across the nation, some English as a Second Language (ESL) students will be able to finish their work quicker than others and have time to spare. Instead of letting these students..
CARD GAMES - Short Lesson  by: re
Adapt any card games you know to a grammar point. E.g. Old Maid, Go Fish, Crazy Eights, Speed, etc. Also, these games can be taught to an English club.
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..
Compound Modifiers  by: jt
Match to have a meaningful sentence.. 1. The police officer made him pay 2. Mary's husband bought her 3. Her brother married 4. The teacher set up 5. He lent me 6. The secretary typed 7. Watch out!..
Games which involves question and answers prize - Short Lesson  by: jt
Do games that could get everyone involve in a single trial... ie try games as jeopardy!
Classroom Interaction in Teaching English as a Second Language  by: Heather Carreiro
For a new English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, figuring out classroom interaction can be tricky. A language-learning classroom tends to run much differently from a typical lecture-style..
ESL GAMES: Balloon Game & Balloon Badminton  by: Sabia
Balloon game: Put the students into groups of 4 or 5. Each group forms a circle and they hold hands. Give each group a balloon. As a group, they have to keep the balloon in the air, but when it..
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,..
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..
Thomas Edison teaching Tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Do you know who invented the talking doll? How about the electric vote-recorder? Would you be surprised to learn it was the same man who invented the phonograph and the electric incandescent light..
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..
How to play the game 7up - Short Lesson  by: jt
You get a group of people. Most sit down while a few stand up and are "it" I guess you would say. The ones standing tell the other players "Heads down, thumbs up" While the players who are sitting..
Projects to Improve English for ESL Students  by: Nadine Smith
ESL students need activities that force them to use conversational English on a daily basis in order to improve. Long-term language projects offer many benefits for ESL students over short-term..
How to Use Games to Teach English  by: Deborah Jones
Games are used to teach English to liven up lessons and create a relaxed learning atmosphere where students feel confident to practice new language skills. The games provide alternative ways of..
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..
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..
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..
Teaching Tips - How to Write a Memorable Lesson  by: Darrell Causey
If you are tired of the boring lessons that come with your curriculum then start writing your own lessons. It's not that difficult and your students will appreciate the change. The first thing you..
HALF AND HALF - Short Lesson  by: re
Students are given half of a sentence and have to find the person with the other half. Can be used with boring dialogues. Students must go to front of class and arrange themselves in order. Then they..
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..
Free Second Grade Math Lessons  by: Alicia Rudnicki
An abundance of lesson plans for many second grade math topics are available online. Parents and teachers can also find instructional websites offering free second grade instruction. Plans include..
TOUCH AND POINT - Short Lesson  by: re
Call out an instruction, for example Touch this book . As you do so, touch or point to the object with the whole class until they get the idea. If there are not many objects which the children can..
I have to create a lesson plan for my english class and i have to teach the word synecdoche?  by: answers.yahoo.com
does anyone know where or how i would go about doing this?
Grammar Games - Short Lesson  by: jin
Play grammar games with ESL students to promote their own learning. Buck suggests playing whole group games, in which you take a ball and start with a verb in its full form, like To Be. Then, throw..
ESL Games - G  by: jt
Gestures Use western gestures in your class. Expressions Gestures Hello wave Goodbye wave It's cold Put arms around shoulders It's hot Fan your face with hands No! shake your head "no" Come here move..
ESL Writing Activities  by: Cheryl Carpinello
Writing assignments developed for regular education students can also be used with students who are learning English as a second language. Writing at first about topics that are familiar to ESL..
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..
For ESL Learners - Five Tips to Help You Remember New English Vocabulary Words  by: Joan Pougiales
Learning new vocabulary is easy. Remembering new vocabulary is much more difficult. This is what my students tell me all the time. Experts who study memory say that we need to hear or see or use a..
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..
Teaching With Macaroni And Chick Peas - Lesson  by: Adrian Allen
Some years ago I found myself teaching English in a summer school in England. The classes (20 students) were 4 hours long - all morning. It's hard to keep children's attention for this long when..
Ideas to Teach English Vocabulary & Grammar  by: Lucy Natek
People build up their grammar and vocabulary skills through a wide range of combined methods: reading, watching television, listening to music or using the Internet. When learning a new language it's..
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,..
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..
ESL Game - Frozen Tag  by: kr
Title: Frozen Tag Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary or conversation Materials: None Procedure: One student is IT. IT tries to tag all of the other students. When the other students are tagged..
ESL Money Games  by: Shelley Frost
Money games for ESL students teach counting skills and the basic concepts of money. Using games to improve money skills keeps the students engaged and actively learning about the various units of..
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..
ESL Color Games  by: Lane Cummings
Learning colors is a necessity for students of English in order to build their vocabulary and assist them in speaking and reading. Learning a broad range of colors can help students describe people,..
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..
How to Teach Speaking Activities to ESL Students  by: Collaborator
Speaking is the hardest skill to teach English language learners because of the language factor involved. It is also the most overlooked. Some ELL need time to acquire the language in order to..
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..
Helping Your Child Learn to Read - 4 to 6 years old  by: Celia Webb
Children in the four- to six-year old age bracket are ready to engage with the language they have learned so far. They can learn words at an amazing rate. Providing them with a language-rich..
Tailoring Training To Meet The Needs Of Your Students  by: Charity Weber
Pretesting students is the key to finding measurable gains in the classroom, whether it is in a public school setting or in an corporate employee training program. By finding out what material the..
Using the Internet for Teaching English Phonetics  by: Jennifer Gilbert
The Internet holds a wide source of phonics-teaching tools and many of them are free. With young children interested and able to use computers, the Internet has become a valuable resource for..
ESL GAMES: Alphabet Soup and Alphabet Missing Letter  by: Sabia
Alphabet Soup: Place plastic letters in a bowl. Divide flashcards by their beginning letters. Each student draws a letter from the bowl and then finds the flashcards associated with that letter...
Back to School Get to Know You Activities  by: Adam Waxler
Success in the classroom is all about relationships...both the teacher-student relationship and the student-student relationship. By building upon these relationships teachers will see a decrease in..
The Mystery or English Box - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL game (all ages. for small or large groups) Get a cardboard box and write the words Mystery Box and English Box on sides in big letters. Pop anything you like in it, pins, pen, clothes peg,..
Third Grade Christmas Lessons  by: April Fox
It can be hard to keep third-graders focused on learning during the festive Christmas season. It's hard to pay attention to schoolwork when thoughts of cookies, snow and presents under the tree are..
How to Write a Sample Checklist for ESL Students  by: Deronte Smith
Checklists can be a great tool in the field of education, and particularly important in keeping students on track and focused; however, when doing so for English as a Second Language (ESL) students..
2 Great Preschool Polar Bear Activities  by: Paula Jones
In the United States, Polar Bears have become synonymous with Coca-Cola advertisements. We watch cute polar bears have parties and fun while drinking Coca-Cola soda in the Arctic. Preschool children..
What's The Time - Mr Wolf?  by: Andrew Carter
What’s the time, Mr Wolf? Here’s a lesson plan for teaching time telling to elementary level English language students. The lesson is based around an English playground game. One person stands..
ESL game: crazy cubes - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
Game called "crazy cubes" where we would roll this big pair of dice. One of them had a vocabulary word on each side and the other had a silly action. So say I rolled the dice and on one of them the..
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..
ALPHABET 3 - Short Lesson  by: re
Use sets of alphabet cards. Make groups of 5 students. In the classroom, clear the desks to the side. The students must make an alphabet line, card to card, from A to Z. Can use to check recognition..
How to Teach Reading Comprehension to ESL Kids  by: Erin Schreiner
One of the most difficult tasks an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher must face is teaching her students how to read English. Instructors commonly teach this task in one-on-one or small group..
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..
187 - Games and Activities for ESL Classes  by: Shaney Crawford
Collected by Shaney Crawford, Former Participant of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme (Fukushima) These games and activities have been collected from various sources: past issues of the..
Mystery Identities (any literate level, group) - Short Lesson  by: ritz
Write the names of famous people or places (or use animals or fruits for a simplified version) onto 3x5 cards. Attach a card to each learner's back. Give them time to mingle and ask each other..
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..
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..
Primary Classroom Activities - CLT Fun Learning Experiences in Action  by: Larry Icabandi Nabiong
Communicative language teaching or C-L-T is one of the best ways of learning the language. What with the interactions by the pupils through varied activities, learning is both fun and meaningful...
How to Adapt Textbook Activities in an ESL Class  by: Contributor
Not every textbook appeals to every ESL class. Some content may be too difficult or challenging. There also might be topics that are not particularly motivating for students. Adapting textbook..
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..
Game: Pass the Parcel - Short Lesson  by: sam
A many-layered parcel is passed around. Whoever has it when the music stops gets to remove one layer. In the middle is a prize. If you don't want anyone to lose, put a prize in each layer and rig it..
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...
English Lesson Plan for 10th Graders  by: David Coodin
By the 10th grade, students in an English class are ready for serious analysis and writing. While English classes in elementary and middle school can get away with devoting large portions of the..
5 Simple Tips on How You Can Throw an Incredibly Fun Classroom Party  by: Asa Mills
Are you a class mother or someone who is responsible for organizing a classroom party? Organizing a classroom party can be overwhelming. Unlike your child’s birthday party where you would only..
Game: The City Alphabet - Short Lesson  by: sam
One player names a town/city eg New York. The next person has to name a town beginning with the last letter of the previous town/city in this example Albany would do. No repeats of towns are allowed,..
Encouraging Your Child to Read - How to Develop a Bookworm  by: Celia Webb
Are you looking for ways to get your child excited about reading? As publishers of children's books, we often hear from parents about their reluctant readers and what they have done to encourage..
How to Create a Christmas Lesson Plan for Kindergarten  by: Kim Waits
Christmas is a magical time for students as well as teachers. Classrooms are buzzing with the excitement of parties and joyful pageants. The Christmas holiday offers an abundance of learning..
Ten Creative Ways to Teach Your (any) Child the Alphabet - Tips  by: Patty Hone
1. Make an Alphabet Book Make your own alphabet book with your kids. You can purchase a blank paper book at an educational supply store or you can make one with construction paper and a three-hole..
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: 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..
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..
How to Draw a Christmas Train  by: Jennifer Leighton
A Christmas train can be an enjoyable drawing project for children and adults alike, especially during the holiday season. You can draw a Christmas train by starting with a basic train body shapes..
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,..
CIRCLE MIME - Short Lesson  by: re
The children sit in a circle. One child stands in the centre and mimes an occupation/animal, etc. The other children try to guess what she is miming by asking, Are you ? The rules of the game are as..
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..
School File Folder Games  by: Laurie Darroch-Meekis
Difficulty: Easy Folder Gamesare easy and inexpensive to make. They take very little room to store.Schoolfolder games can be created by teachers or students. Folder games are a hands on opportunity..
Re: EFL/ESL games (2) - English lesson  by: kirsteen06
What a great idea ! Have you used this in larger classes , must get rather rowdy !
Preschool Circle Time Activities  by: Stephen Carr
First thing a preschool teacher needs to do, is to get a carpet or rug and make your circle on it. It needs to big enough to hold all students, but small enough to have students and teacher close..
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..
ESL Relay Games  by: Victoria Weinblatt
Difficulty: Easy Relaygamesin the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom offer a welcome change toeveryday lessons. ESL relay games are ideal for a large class because everyone takes a turn and..
Reading Goals for Third Graders - Tips  by: Celia Webb
At the third grade level, teachers are shifting their emphasis from some of the mechanics of reading-related skills to the conceptual skills related to reading. Children are being stretched to think..
How to Teach History to ESL Students  by: Kara Page
As a history teacher, you may have one or more English as a Second Language (ESL) students in your class who have varying levels of proficiency in speaking English. While you should still conduct..
Activities on Noun Clauses  by: Kathryn Rateliff Barr
A noun clause -- a phrase containing a subject and a verb attached to a complete sentence, such as “Jerry will come if he can” -- functions as a noun. Keywords signal the beginning of a noun..
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..
ESL Classroom Activities for Any Level - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
For any new unit you start in your ESL class there will most likely be a group of words that students must memorize. This is an activity to get students out of their desks to practice the meaning of..
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..
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..
ADJECTIVES 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Write down three adjectives and ask pairs of students to write down as many things they can think of that all three adjectives apply to. For example, big, cold, beautiful might apply to snowman,..
Task 2 IELTS practice essays - To what extent do you agree or disagree?  by: IELTS Edits
Task 2 IELTS practice essays To what extent do you agree or disagree? 1. Popular events like the World Cup for football and other international sporting occasions are essential in easing..
ESL Classroom Warm-Up Exercises  by: Kate Bradley
Are you a boring ESL teacher? If you start class without an interactive icebreaker or warm-up, the answer may be "yes." Putting your students in the English "zone" with an engaging warm-up exercise..
Free Online 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..
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..
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..
Study Tips for Students  by: Simone Mary
Every student knows the importance of studying. However at times studying can be tedious and boring. Studying is not usually a favorite past time of most students, although there are those who enjoy..
Increasing Vocabulary Through Independent Reading  by: Celia Webb
What is independent reading? And how can it help increase vocabulary? Independent reading is the reading we do of our own volition. It could be a romance novel, sports magazine, or local newspaper...
Alphabet cards game - Short Lesson  by: PL
Make up the alphabet cards...big enough to place on the board and be seen by all (if you have a magnetic board put magnets on the back of the cards). Game: 1) Introduce the game by introducing each..
The Right Cooperative Learning Strategies Can Eliminate a Major Problem With Cooperative Learning  by: Adam Waxler
Cooperative learning has long been touted as a great way to improve academic achievement. However, many teachers object to cooperative learning activities and other types of group work because they..
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..
ESL GAMES: Train Ride Game & Where is the Bell Game  by: Sabia
Train Ride Game: Have the Students form a train (standing in line holding onto each other). Choo choo around the classroom and call out instructions: faster slower turn left turn right stop go ..
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..
Lesson Plans for Teaching Life Skills  by: Kay Miranda
Teaching life skills is a valuable resource that gives students more than information, it gives people tools to navigate through the world. Life skills range from vocational training to money..
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.
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
How to Teach Advanced English Classes  by: Karen Hollowell
Teaching Advanced English classes is not easy, but teaching students can be rewarding as you watch your students' abilities grow each day. The purpose of these classes is to increase academic..
How to Teach Gerunds  by: Collaborator
The gerund can be one of the most perplexing parts of language due to its varied use. Not every -ing word is a gerund, and the way a gerund is used in grammar changes according to the words preceding..
Tailoring Training To Meet The Needs Of Your Students  by: Charity Weber
Pretesting students is the key to finding measurable gains in the classroom, whether it is in a public school setting or in an corporate employee training program. By finding out what material the..
REPRODUCIBLE FOR CLASSROOM USE - REDUCING STRESS AND INCREASING HAPPINESS  by: Eric Roth, www.compellingconversations.com
= = > Reproducible Format REPRODUCIBLE FOR CLASSROOM USE REDUCING STRESS AND INCREASING HAPPINESS Student Name: Class: Teacher Date: We live in stressful times and often feel more stressed than..
How to Teach "Do & Does" & "Have & Has" to TESOL Students  by: Emile Heskey
Learning verbs in English can be difficult at times, particularly with irregular verbs such as "to be." However, in the case of "to do" and "to have," there is only one variation on the regular..
Lesson Plan Example For New ESL Tutors  by: Lisa Lines
This is a sample lesson plan for tutors teaching students who are learning English at a beginner's level. For first-time ESL tutors, it is often difficult to know how to begin your lessons with a new..
Who Or Whom? One Tip to Help Your Students Use Proper Grammar  by: Elizabeth O'brien
Using proper grammar when it comes to choosing who or whom can be tricky. Or, it seems tricky. That's probably because you were never taught how to tell when to use each of these. There is a clear..
Email Game - Short Lesson  by: jin
Emails play a vital role in today's business world. Most students feel more comfortable writing business English than speaking it, yet they still need pointers on how to clearly write emails. Divide..
Grade Lesson Plans - You Need to Have the Right Schedule For Your Students  by: Tom McFay
Grade lesson plans are useful in a variety of situations. While many tend to think of them as solely for school related activities, these plans are also great for field trips, workshops, Sunday..
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..
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.
Do u have any games that can be played outdoor by college students, related to english?  by: answers.yahoo.com
my english class is going on a picnic in the next few days, and we need some games that can be played by the whole class... please, if u have some, tell me and explain it.
| English Teaching Materials - The Right Materials Will Guarantee ESL Classroom Success!  by: Karlee Demierre
Teaching English as a second language can seem daunting, but it's not really if you follow the simple logic of: what would a kid like most. Chose your English teaching materials keeping this in mind..
ESL Games - R  by: jt
Run And Get It Divide the class into two teams and have them stand in two lines facing each other. Assign each team member a number from one to four. Place a few flashcards in the middle of the two..
How to Teach Math in ESL Class  by: Shannon Johnson
Math can be a challenging subject for any student but especially for those students deemed to be ESL or English speakers of other languages. These students' first language is not English and yet,..
ESL GAME: Face Game  by: Sabia
Draw a face on a big sheet of paper. Tack it to the wall. Make a clay nose. Blindfold a child. Give him a clay nose and have the child stick the nose to the face. Have the group help him with: up..
Grammar Lessons for ESL in Middle School  by: Joel Barnard
Teaching English grammar is an integral part of any ESL, or English as a second language, course. It is particularly important when teaching a middle school ESL course as it is these grammatical..
Teaching the Third Conditional to ESL Students  by: Keith Taylor
Here's an effective way to teach the third conditional to your ESL students. 1. First, write a short story (a few paragraphs is fine) about someone who had a bad day. The first paragraph could start..
ESL 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..
Happy New Year! ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
These New Year activities will help to usher in a brand new year. January Starts the Year January, February, March, April, May. The first five months are A-OK. June and July, August, September, How..
Cooking in the Class - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
If you are teaching from books five times a week kids will get bored so like others I vary the material, and we sometimes do little cooking projects. Some teachers don't want to organize things like..
Kids Learn English Language through Interactivity and Colorful Design  by: Vladimir Chen
One of the most crucial methods in determining and mastering the English Language is to read, read, and read. It is told that a good reader is likewise a effective writer and a good speaker. One’s..
ESL Punctuation Exercises  by: Chris Ciolli
Teach ESL students the correct uses of punctuation in the English Language. Remember, depending on students' native language, they may or may not be familiar with some punctuation, and the use of..
Lesson 5 - I'm Staying Here  by: jt
The Story The traveling salesman had booked himself in for the night in a small boarding-house, but due to a lengthy business meeting he did not arrive until after midnight. He could see no signs of..
Learning Styles And Their Effect On Language Learning - Tips  by: Frank Gerace
Note: This article makes special reference to the effect of learning syles in the learning of Spanish but the principles are valid for all language learning. ¡LEER ES PODER! ¡Learning Spanish! How..
Free Reading Comprehension Activities - Three Brilliant Ideas! - Lesson  by: Renee Goodrich
These activities are designed for primary/elementary students. 1. Taking it Personally Ask your students to do the following. Draw the face of one of the characters of the story you are exploring on..
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.
Classroom Activities to Teach Preschool English  by: David Stewart
Teaching preschool English calls for a creative approach designed to hold attention. Between ages 2 and 4, children can grasp the concept of a letter by looking at it, tracing it and hearing it used..
classroom-type activities for sixth grade (11-12 year old) students  by: answers.yahoo.com
Not homework-type assignments, please. I do have a curriculum to follow, but I want to know how to make things more interesting. I've written variations on games of Taboo and Trivial Pursuit, and I..
ESL Lesson Plans About Taking & Giving Directions  by: John Byk
Taking and giving directions in a foreign language is a basic but necessary skill to master, especially for students planning to spend time in a country or environment where the target language is..
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..
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..
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..
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..
Tips on How to Teach English  by: Marie Jones
Students across the globe choose to study English to further business and travel opportunities, as well as to improve daily communication with peers and family members. With more than 380 million..
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..
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..
Effective Lesson Plan Making Strategies  by: Sweety Kaur
Planning is an integral part of any activity that you do as it is the only thing that can ensure the smooth completion of your activity. An effective plan can let you work in a proper way and also..
Food Lesson Plans for Children  by: Paisley Parmer
While many lesson plans may use food as a material, most plans with food are about food itself. Teaching children about nutrition, the food pyramid and the healthy choices they can make begins with..
7 Quick And Easy Halloween Decorations To Make For Your Classroom  by: Renee Goodrich
Here are seven Halloween decorations you and your students can make quickly and easily. In most cases all you will need is some paper, glue and felt pens or paint. 1. Ghosts! Draw a large ghost on a..
Reflexive, Personal, and Indefinite Pronouns - Learn About Them!  by: Elizabeth O'brien
This lesson on three common pronouns (reflexive, personal, and indefinite) has definitions and examples to help you! A quick refresher: Pronouns are words that take the place of nouns. They are one..
ESL Game - Teacher Says  by: kr
Title: Teacher Says Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Make up actions for different vocabulary words. If your theme is sports then make up actions for “play..
How to Teach English Vocabulary Using Games  by: Peggy Epstein
Here's a quick cure for student insomnia: Hand out a list of definitions and say, "Start memorizing." Fortunately, vocabulary enhancement can be achieved by a range of more interesting methods. One..
How to Pronounce "-ed" for Regular Verbs  by: Pamela Ann Ludwig
The English language includes many irregular verbs that can prove frustrating for language learners. Although the sheer number of irregular verbs are quite confusing, regular verbs, when written,..
Create your own Movie lesson plan with Demo Video  by: Chris Westergaard
ESL Lesson Plan - Create your own Movie - Lexis Here's a lesson for intermediate students and up that involves the students making a mock movie and pitching it to a movie studio. You can find the..
Five Strategies for Vocabulary Building  by: Ho-Diep Dinh
Teaching vocabulary has come a long way from the traditional looking up lists of vocabulary words in the dictionary, copying the definitions and using the words in sentences. Building an extensive..
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..
Help Writing Your English Lesson Plan  by: IPRWire Staff Writer
Being in a teacher is a lot of fun and is the passion of many, but preparing for each classroom experience can be quite frustrating. Ensuring that your English lesson plan is well rounded and will..
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..
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..
Game: Questions - Short Lesson  by: sam
All four people take part in this game. The premise of this game is that two of the four people are put into a certain imaginary situation suggested by someone, and simply have a conversation that..
Picture Frame Crafts For Your Kids Party - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
One of the most popular party favors is a framed picture of the party guest taken at your kids party. He or she could be showing off a silly hat or party costume, performing an outrageous party game..
Using ESL Conversation Activities As A Regular Part Of ESL Classes  by: Aaron Whirl
ESL teachers, at some point in their career, inevitably encounter an awkward situation that goes something like this: Parent: Could you tutor my child in extra classes? Teacher: Sure! What would you..
Create your own Movie lesson plan with Demo Video  by: Chris Westergaard
ESL Lesson Plan - Create your own Movie - Lexis Here's a lesson for intermediate students and up that involves the students making a mock movie and pitching it to a movie studio. You can find the..
Lesson Plan Sample for Teaching English  by: Ethan Pendleton
Standing in front of a classroom full of eager students can be nerve wracking. The best way to reduce your stress is to make sure you've painstakingly planned the class ahead of time. Creating a..
Online Activities for ESL Students  by: Deborah Jones
Thanks to the Internet, language learning is more entertaining than ever, with many sites offering free activities to help ESL students progress faster in their English learning. Both spoken English..
ESL 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..
Find Someone Who... - Short Lesson  by: jin
"Find Someone Who..." helps ESL students practice asking and answering questions. Use this English game for high school students as an ice breaker on the first day of class, or as a regular lesson..
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..
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..
Lesson 1 - A Soldier's Lie  by: jt
The Story Once a soldier asked his commanding officer for a day's leave to attend his sister's wedding. The officer asked him to wait outside the door for a few minutes while he considered the..
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..
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..
ESL GAME: Blow that fish  by: Sabia
Make two teams. Tell each team to make a paper fish. Line the teams up at the starting line. Then you start asking questions; when a student answers the question correctly, he gets a chance to blow..
fun games 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,..
Classroom Math Game - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
Students go in teams of 4. The teacher draws a table on the board - one row for each team and three columns. (Eg. If there were 5 groups, there would be 5 rows of 3 boxes). The object of the game is..
Prepositions III -Quiz  by: jt
___ his way to Japan he stopped over in Los Angeles. On In Answer-On Thanks ___ all you've done for me. for about Answer-for You should spend your money ___ something worthwhile. with on Answer-on Is..
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..
Tips on How to Teach English  by: Marie Jones
Students across the globe choose to study English to further business and travel opportunities, as well as to improve daily communication with peers and family members. With more than 380 million..
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..
Task 2 IELTS practice essays - To what extent do you agree or disagree?  by: IELTS Edits
Task 2 IELTS practice essays To what extent do you agree or disagree? 1. Popular events like the World Cup for football and other international sporting occasions are essential in easing..
GO TO SLEEP - Short Lesson  by: re
Divide the class into groups. Let students decide their order within the group (1 to 6). The students in each group put their heads down except for the number ones. Think of a sentence and write one..
About Teaching Speaking Skills in ESL  by: Leyla Norman
Speaking practice is a vital part of teaching English as a second language. ESL students need the practice of hearing themselves speak English to improve, even if they are shy about it at first...
Our Consierge or Janitor - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Our Consierge or Janitor In basement, roof or cellar he's the congenial fella. Pushing broom, "You need a Room?" "Want me? Just you holler." 2005 1. The people who toil at dirty and very necessary..
ESL GAME: Concentration Game with Cards  by: Sabia
Prepare 10 cards (5 pairs) for your Students. Put the cards on the floor or on the table. Show them to your Students and turn them over. The Students should pay attention to the cards turned over...
ANYTHING GOES - Short Lesson  by: re
Students try to come up with as many different answers to one question as they can. The teacher asks something like, How many fingers do you have? . The first student will probably say, I have ten..
Math Word Problems in an ESL Classroom  by: Erik Bitter
As a math teacher in Asia, I face the same problem day in day out. My students cannot do math word problems. They simply don't understand them. And I am not talking about those 2, 3 students that..
English 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..
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..
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..
SHOW AND TELL - Short Lesson  by: re
Students are asked to bring a photo or an object to class and describe it in front of the class. Good idea to say that they must use at least three sentences.
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 ___..
Early Writing - Three Ways to Encourage Literacy Through Writing  by: Mary Bogin
Early humans began writing with pictures of their lives on the walls of caves. We are visual. The human form seems to be stored in our minds from the memories of our ancestors. Universally, all..
Food Lesson Plans for Children  by: Paisley Parmer
While many lesson plans may use food as a material, most plans with food are about food itself. Teaching children about nutrition, the food pyramid and the healthy choices they can make begins with..
How to Use Video in Classroom Activities  by: Emily Howe
Many teachers shy away from bringing video and other media into the classroom, fearing technical difficulty or excessive prep time. Learning your way around the equipment may require an extra effort..
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..
Classroom Christmas Activities for High Schools  by: Michelle Brunet
As the Christmas break approaches, it is sometimes difficult to keep students focused on classroom work. Consider keeping your high school students engaged by leading holiday-related activities that..
asking for/ giving directions  by: pep2u
Lesson Plan Level Elementary Lesson length 45 mins Objective To be able to ask for, give and understand instructions Target Language Where is the.......? Can you tell me where the.........is? Is the,..
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...
Christmas Lesson Plans for Children  by: Elizabeth Stover
President Hoover spent much of his life traveling, promoting peace and realizing how all cultures contribute to the holiday so many diverse people share. Explain to children that many of our..
Spare Activities for an ESL Classroom  by: Chelsea Baldwin
As in any classroom across the nation, some English as a Second Language (ESL) students will be able to finish their work quicker than others and have time to spare. Instead of letting these students..
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..
DICE GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Make dice (saikoro) about 10cm x 10cm or larger. Go through the numbers with the students. I explain eleven (7-11) and twelve (difficult) for 5th and 6th graders. I play boys vs. girls in a line. The..
ESL Game - Countdown  by: kr
Title: Countdown Type: Concentration game Target: Any conversation, fluency Materials: Timer Procedure: The first student says the question part of the conversation, for example, “Will you help..
Activities on How to Teach English to Spanish Students in Elementary School  by: Sara Rajan
If you are teaching elementary Spanish-speaking students how to learn English, it is important to keep in mind, first of all, that the atmosphere the children are learning in must be comfortable and..
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]
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..
Tips on How to Teach English  by: Marie Jones
Students across the globe choose to study English to further business and travel opportunities, as well as to improve daily communication with peers and family members. With more than 380 million..
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..
What are some good card games to use in an ESL classroom  by: answers.yahoo.com
So far we´ve played Uno (great for colors and numbers), BS, and Go Fish (great for "Do you have___?¨") Can you think of any others?
ESL Games - M  by: jt
Magic Finger Print a letter of the alphabet on the board. Instruct the students to stand and face the board. Raise your 'magic finger' and trace the letter in the air. Be silly and use other parts of..
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..
Freewriting - Short Lesson  by: js
Give learners 5 minutes to just write their thoughts. You may guide them by providing a question or topic (beginners will probably need guidance), or give them complete freedom. Make sure they just..
Is Your Discipline Damaging the Spirit of the Child? - Tips  by: Judy H. Wright (educator)
If your parenting methods include abuse of any kind; physical, sexual, emotional or verbal, please get help to stop as soon as possible. Adults are supposed to safeguard and protect the young among..
ESL Games for Adjectives and Relative Clauses  by: Stacy Zeiger
Adjectives and relative clauses are two components of English grammar. In order to learn how to correctly use adjectives and relative clauses, ESL students must constantly practice describing people,..
Some Good ESL classroom Games - Running Dictation  by: AU
Running Dictation (Suitable for active students up to about 15 years old.) 1.) Take your students to an open area or school hall. Place a paragraph of suitable English on the wall at one end. Sit the..
How to Teach Math to ESL Kids  by: Zachary Nguyen
Teachers are often required to teach an array of subjects to students in elementary, middle and high school. The process of teaching any subject to kids can be tough as it can be a difficult,..
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..
Chocolate-making Lessons  by: Jen Marx
Chocolate is popular for snacks, dessert and many evening meals for some individuals. Grocery stores, restaurants and the like are abundant in their supply of chocolate bars and other treats...
Hand Games for Kids Big and Small - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Timothy Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Over the years I have seen and invented several hand games that engage children. I would not call these lessons but they open a type of dialogue with children who speak very little English. Here are..
How to 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..
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..
Language Arts Lesson Plan for Second Grade  by: Randi McCreary
The second grade language arts curriculum often revolves around developing reading and writing skills. Students are ready to incorporate a higher level of comprehension in their reading, and place..
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..
Icebreaker game - Short Lesson  by: trent
You have someone in the middle of a circle of people with a ball and they have to throw the ball to someone and the person who recieves the ball has to tell the group somethin about themselves.
Teaching English to Non-English Speaking Children  by: Lucy Dale
The easiest time to learn a language is as a child. Children can use the abilities they are developing to acquire their native language to develop skills in other languages as well. English is a..
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,..
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..
How to Teach Children Christmas Spirit  by: Collaborator
Most people love the Christmas season, children especially. It's hard for them not to be greedy when relatives keep asking them to name the toys and electronics they want. The true spirit of..
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..
Task 2 IELTS practice essays - Two Question Essays  by: IELTS Edits
Task 2 IELTS practice essays Two Question Essays 1. Nowadays we communicate less with our family members face to face. What are the causes of this ? What are some potential solutions ? 2. In many..
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..
Concentration - Short Lesson  by: yi
The game of concentration involves using focus to create sentences out of isolated words. This game is a wonderful way to take a break from tedious worksheets. You can have the students play in..
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..
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..
Teaching Reading with Authentic Materials (Part 2 of 5) - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
Please wait to be redirected to http://www.eslteachersboard.com/s/AuthenticReading.htm
Game: Super Heroes - Short Lesson  by: sam
All four people take part in this game. It starts with one super hero sitting around. His super power is usually suggested by the audience as is the crisis that he must face, for example, the world..
WHAT S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? - Short Lesson  by: re
Have two different copies of a picture. Label one picture as correct and one as incorrect. Arrange the students in pairs and give one student the correct version and the other the incorrect version...
How to Teach Gerunds  by: Collaborator
The gerund can be one of the most perplexing parts of language due to its varied use. Not every -ing word is a gerund, and the way a gerund is used in grammar changes according to the words preceding..
Our Consierge or Janitor - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Our Consierge or Janitor In basement, roof or cellar he's the congenial fella. Pushing broom, "You need a Room?" "Want me? Just you holler." 2005 1. The people who toil at dirty and very necessary..
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..
Free Online Trivia Game Questions  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: What is the tallest mountain in the world? Answer: Everest Trivia Teaser: Mt. Everest, on the border of Nepal and Tibet, China, is the world's tallest mountain and highest elevation with a..
How to Teach English to Kids with Introduction Games  by: Sara Rajan
Believe it or not, it is much easier to teach children a second language than it is to teach adults. Not only is it easier learning a language during childhood, but it may also benefit a child's..
ESL Games - F  by: jt
Fashion Show Have each student stand up one at a time and elicit from the class what he or she is wearing. Find It The teacher holds up a letter flashcard. The students must search around the room to..
How to 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..
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..
Blogging In The ESL Classroom - Tips  by: Eli McGeever
Blogs have become a BIG thing! It seems that everyone is using them. In this article we will look at four main ways that we can use Blogs for our ESL lessons. To maximize the effectiveness of using..
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..
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..
Finding More English Pronunciation Tips on YouTube!  by: Eric Roth, www.compellingconversations.com
Finding More English Pronunciation Tips on YouTube! Student Name: Class: Teacher: Date: Find a quality YouTube videoclip that provides a tip on English pronunciation that you would like to share with..
Grammar Lessons for ESL in Middle School  by: Joel Barnard
Teaching English grammar is an integral part of any ESL, or English as a second language, course. It is particularly important when teaching a middle school ESL course as it is these grammatical..
Seeds Scare Me! Poem Analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Nonsense Poems are a category popular with children and some adults. They are written to entertain and most have no special meaning just interesting words and sounds and structure. Write this one on..
SUPERSTARS - Short Lesson  by: re
Describe some person who all the children know (perhaps a singer, sports personality, or another student or teacher) using the pattern She s from I think she likes and . Then ask the child on your..
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..
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..
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..
Using Facebook in the ESOL classroom  by: Steve McCrea
Dear Teacher Using Facebook in the classroom How do we build bridges? One of the challenges of teaching “the next generation” is finding an activity that can be engaging and stimulating, as well..
Successful Children's Birthday Party Activities  by: Stephanie Olsen
Successful Children's Birthday Party Activities ~ lots of fun, cheap, creative and even bilingual! ~ by Stephanie Olsen Having now somewhat recovered from Emily's seventh birthday party, I thought..
How to 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..
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 Review Games: Alphabet Game  by: Jack Stone
Difficulty: Easy Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) is a difficult task, especially when teaching beginnerswho know very little of the English language. However, the strategic implementation..
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..
How to Make a Low-Prep Conversation Activity for ESL  by: Collaborator
If you teach ESL, you can do a conversation activity that you can get ready in five minutes and use for several types of practice. You can keep your class engrossed without the need to photocopy or..
Boy with a Sling.. generic poem analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin T. Day BSc MSc BEd
I like to teach with short poems or songs as they are snack-size literature suitable for a 50 minute class period. Here is a short poem for class analysis like several others I have posted. There is..
ESL Games - W  by: jt
What's Missing? Scatter 8-10 flashcards face up on the table. Give the students a minute to look at them, then have them close their eyes and take away one flashcard. Tell the students to open their..
Telephone TESOL - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
Telephone TESOL This is a half hour lesson in Telephone English – aimed at Intermediate level students of English as a Second Language. It’s interesting to note that English sounds very different..
Dictation - Short Lesson  by: js
Say a sentence at natural speed and ask learners to write down what you said. You'll probably need to repeat several times. Don't slow down your speed unless it's absolutely necessary. Then ask a..
Free Preschool Lesson Plans For Making Music With Your Preschooler  by: Denise Willms
Here are some free preschool lesson plans for making music with your preschool class or your own preschoolers at home. These are very simple, and will introduce your preschooler to listening and..
Prepositions V - Quiz  by: jt
Jenny is ___ work now. a. on b. in c. at d. over Answer-at The bookstore is just ___ the corner. a. around b. across c. over d. opposite Answe-around Jill was standing ___ me. a. along b. at c...
Teach ESL with Song Lyrics (Old English Farmer Song, Hadrian)  by: Robin Tim Day BSc MSc BEd
I use songs with children and teens in Korea and China. Did not have the chance to use songs in Canada and Kuwait where the curriculum was more rigid. Songs are really a form of whole language..
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..
Korean/English Food Quiz - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL lesson (10+ years). I made this list a few years ago and it never fails to interest Korean students. Who isn't interested in food? With younger children it is best let them make small sketches..
Unscrambling - Short Lesson  by: jin
Play a game of "Unscrambling" to enrich vocabulary in particular categories, such as animals, transportation, fashion, sports, or media. For example, list four short, scrambled animal names,..
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..
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..
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,..
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..
Sketch and Hint Game (whole language) - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed
I start using this game with very young children, phonics level, but it works best with 10+ children. Kids learn a few nouns and short sentences with the appropriate body language. It may not be..
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..
ESL Book Review- Zero Prep- Ready-to-Go Activities for the Language Classroom  by: Jane Wangersky
Okay, it's a cliché to say a book changed your life, but this book changed mine. It cut my prep time down to minutes. Using the activities in this book, I learned how to teach for two hours using..
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..
Lesson 5 - Wedding Gown  by: jt
The Story When my sister got married, she wore my mother's wedding dress. The day she tried it on, the gown fitted her exactly and mother started to cry. "You're not losing a daughter," I reminded..
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..
Hurricane Quiz  by: jt
Hurricane season ___ June 1 and ___ November 30. a. stops, moves b. begins, ends c. badly, worst d. circles, runs Answerb A hurricane is a tropical storm with winds that ___ a constant speed of 74..
Standardized Testing Teaching Tips - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Standardized tests can be very stressful for children. Here, therefore, are some tips for parents and children that may help. Before the Test...for Parents and Children 1. Have children study every..
How to Introduce Business English Into the ESL Classroom  by: Sally Murphy
No matter what the focus of your ESL class, all your students will benefit by knowing how to submit a resume, make a call to a client, communicate effectively during a job interview or conduct a..
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..
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..
Improving Vocabulary - Seven Ideas for ESL Students  by: Celia Webb
Do you want to improve your command of the English language? Many English as a Second Language (ESL) learners reach a point where their English does not get any better. They have learned the basics..
Games for Noun Clauses  by: Greg Ruland
Noun clauses can be difficult for beginning learners. Recognizing the structure of a sentence depends on recognizing its components, the parts of speech and their functions, and ultimately how they..
How to Teach Medical Terminology to ESL Students  by: Kenrick Callwood
Teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) are often asked to teach terminology specific to a single subject. This may be for more advanced students who plan on conducting business in an..
How To Throw A Great Halloween Party On A Limited Budget With 5 Great Ideas - Tips  by: Nicola Kennedy
Most of the time, we find ourselves pinching pennies to get by another week. However, when it comes to a party, you really want your kids to enjoy themselves. Here are some ways you can make a..
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 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..
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..
ESL GAME: Sound Game  by: Sabia
Make alphabet flashcards or short words with sounds under study and spread them on the floor. Print the necessary sounds in italics or use another color for them. For each sound under study, provide..
Games for Teaching English Grammar  by: Angela Watkins
Abate the dullness of learning grammar by using games to deconstruct the English language. A game can take the edge off of nervous or excited students and can help them to channel their creativity...
How To Play I Am Going On A Trip  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... In its..
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..
Hand Games for Kids Big and Small - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Timothy Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Over the years I have seen and invented several hand games that engage children. I would not call these lessons but they open a type of dialogue with children who speak very little English. Here are..
Christmas Classroom Activities for Fun and Learning  by: Teresa Evans
There are many different Christmas classroom activities that can be used with students in the lead up to Christmas. Many of these are both fun and also educational so that while the children enjoy..
ESL 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..
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..
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..
Mystery Identities (any literate level, group) - Short Lesson  by: ritz
Write the names of famous people or places (or use animals or fruits for a simplified version) onto 3x5 cards. Attach a card to each learner's back. Give them time to mingle and ask each other..
Games - Remember Their Class Mates Names  by: ws
I teach high school, but I think this could work in a smaller class of younger students too. The second day of school, my students choose an adjective that begins with the first letter of their name..
How to Teach Visual Spatial Learners  by: Jena Names
Sharpen your pencils! Visual Spatial learners learn best through pictures and illustrations. Visual Spatial learners think in pictures. Once they have a picture of the concept, they've got it! No..
Prepositions III -Quiz  by: jt
___ his way to Japan he stopped over in Los Angeles. On In Answer-On Thanks ___ all you've done for me. for about Answer-for You should spend your money ___ something worthwhile. with on Answer-on Is..
TEFL Techniques - The Van Game  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL Techniques – The Van Game The very best way of teaching English (or any other language!) is to get the student wanting to learn – hungry for new ways to express themselves in your language...
How to Teach TESOL  by: Leyla Norman
Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) can be done in a number of different environments. You might teach children or adults, at home or abroad. Consider which population you want to..
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..
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..
BOARD GAMES - Short Lesson  by: re
Make up a board game for any grammar point. Model the game after a well-known game, such as Snakes (chutes) and Ladders, or make your own. Have squares for missing a turn, getting an extra turn,..
ESL Lesson Plans on Food  by: Ian Moore
The food unit can be a crucial one because it is extremely beneficial for someone studying English to learn how to use food items in a sentence. This unit not only introduces the use of count and..
Learn to Speak and Read English (lesson)  by: Brenda Geier
Learn to Speak and Read English Brenda Geier (K-12 Educator/Reading Specialist) It is easier than most think, learning the English language. I’m referring to learning how to speak and spell..
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..
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 Teaching and Learning Tips, by Dr. Yanni Zack, an American ESL specialist  by: Steve
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RINGO - Short Lesson  by: re
Write a selection of about 15 random words or numbers on the board. Include difficult pairs, like 13 and 30. Have two students come to the board and stand facing it with chalk of a different colour...
Teaching Communication with Authentic Materials (Part 5 of 5) - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
Please wait to be redirected to http://www.eslteachersboard.com/s/AuthenticCommunication.htm
Chocolate Easter Nests Your Kids (students) Will Love to Make - Lesson  by: Carol Boles
Instead of coloring eggs this Easter how about having your kids make edible chocolate Easter nests? These nests are easy to concoct and will look and taste just like the expensive candy nests you see..
How to Teach Pronunciation to ESL Learners  by: Collaborator
Pronunciation often gets ignored over grammar and vocabulary in ESL programs. However, it is just as important because with bad or garbled pronunciation, the spoken message gets lost. “I think”..
Lesson 5 - I'm Staying Here  by: jt
The Story The traveling salesman had booked himself in for the night in a small boarding-house, but due to a lengthy business meeting he did not arrive until after midnight. He could see no signs of..
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..
Christmas Math Activities for Elementary School Kids  by: Shelley Frost
The excitement and merriment of Christmas challenges the concentration of many elementary students. Instead of fighting the holiday, incorporate it into your curriculum to make the lessons more..
ESL GAMES: Whose favorite color is…. & Tower Blocks Building  by: Sabia
Whose favorite color is…. Ask the kids for their favorite colors (or numbers). Give out their favorite colors correspondingly and tell the kids to hide the flashcards in their hands. When you ask:..
REPRODUCIBLE FOR CLASSROOM USE - REDUCING STRESS AND INCREASING HAPPINESS  by: Eric Roth, www.compellingconversations.com
= = > Reproducible Format REPRODUCIBLE FOR CLASSROOM USE REDUCING STRESS AND INCREASING HAPPINESS Student Name: Class: Teacher Date: We live in stressful times and often feel more stressed than..
ADJECTIVES 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Write down three adjectives and ask pairs of students to write down as many things they can think of that all three adjectives apply to. For example, big, cold, beautiful might apply to snowman,..
Vocab Test  by: jt
1. A person’s diet is what he eats and drinks, and it is highly important because both growth and health are ……………….. by it. 2.The harder a man works ,the more Calories he needs to..
How to quickly assess or test ESL / ELL students (lower elementary)  by: Collaborator
Letters Show students a copy the lower case and upper case alphabet. Ask students to tell you the letter names and letter sounds for each letter. Counting Using counters, bingo chips, small blocks,..
Christmas in England Crafts for Kids  by: Mason Howard
Christmas has a long and complex history, and the holiday as we know it today is a blend of historic traditions. Christmas is celebrated throughout the world with slight variances from one country to..
Grammar Quiz  by: contributor
Part A: Rewrite the following sentences, using synonyms for the underlined words. 1. The lightning flashed across the black sky as the trees bent in the wind...
Match the Sentences  by: jt
Choose the equivalent or near-equivalent sentences. 1. He hates washing the dishes 2. He's not diplomatic. 3. He has no money. 4. He's a good driver. 5. He died from hunger. 6. He's the loser. 7. He..
Games to Make & Play With Irregular Verbs  by: Michael Signal
Children will learn the concept of verb tense simply by hearing and using more speech as they grow and develop. Most children start out by generalizing the past tense rules they hear in some regular..
ESL GAME: Rope Jump  by: Sabia
You need a rope for this one! Have the Students stand behind each other in a line. Hold a rope (have a Student hold the other end) at a height that the Students should be able to jump over. On the..
ESL and TEFL: Teaching Children Grammar through Games  by: Shelley Vernon
One of the questions ESL and TEFL teachers are asking on forums the world over is: how can you teach grammar through games? If you don’t want your class to glaze over with dictation, writing..
Grammar Activity for ESL Class - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
Grammar Practice Activity for an ESL Classroom When teaching English grammar your book will probably have several ESL worksheets to drill the concept. These are useful exercises, but you will also..
| ESL: Learning and Teaching New Words  by: Rosalinda Flores-Martinez
Teachers have their own styles as to how students could adapt to the lessons. As an ESL teacher to some foreign students of different native tongues, I just would recall how I learned English as my..
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..
Christmas in England Crafts for Kids  by: Mason Howard
Christmas has a long and complex history, and the holiday as we know it today is a blend of historic traditions. Christmas is celebrated throughout the world with slight variances from one country to..
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..
Short Composition - Short Lesson  by: js
Unlike freewriting, learners need to edit their work. You should provide a topic or visual stimulus (full page magazine pictures work well) and circulate among the students as they write. By allowing..
Question Formation Quiz  by: jt
Choose the suitable words. 1. ___ yesterday? a. Whose called b. Who called 2. ___ talk to? a. Who did you b. Who you did c. Who you 3. ___ you born? a. Where was b. Where are c. Where were 4. ___ to..
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..
How to Teach Definite & Indefinite Articles in English  by: Karen Silvestri
Articles are adjectives. The articles "a" and "an" are called indefinite articles and the article "the" is called a definite article. "A" is used before consonant sounds, and "an" is used before..
How to Improve Spoken English Using Games  by: Lisa B Scott
Once you've completed an accent reduction course and learned some new sounds, you need to practice those sounds to improve your spoken English and make it a habit in everyday conversation. Of course,..
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..
PASS THE FLAG - Short Lesson  by: re
Prepare a list of questions, give a flag to the first person in each row. The first person to raise his/her flag may answer the question. If the answer is correct, the student may pass the flag to..
ESL Summarizing Games  by: Victoria Weinblatt
Reading or listening to a short article or story is a common English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom activity. Following the reading or listening portion of the lesson, teachers often employ a..
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..
Game: Balderdash - Short Lesson  by: sam
Balderdash is simple, fun, and lets everyone get involved. You'll need a dictionary, paper, and pencils and around 5-10 people, so at a big party you could make several groups. Each player gets a pad..
Similarities - Short Lesson  by: ritz
Give each person one or more colored shapes cut from construction paper. They need to find another person with a similar color, shape, or number of shapes and form pairs. Then they interview each..
How to Start Teaching Colors to Toddlers  by: Jenny Esposito
In teaching anything to young children, repetition is the key! Colors is one of the first concepts that toddlers are capable of learning. The best way to introduce concepts like colors to toddlers is..
ESL GAME: 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..
Art (drawing and painting) lesson plans for elementary kids.....?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I am going to teach art lessons to a group of kids in 2-4th grade. Does anyone know any site for lesson plans? I want to start of with drawing...then painting...last sculpture.
17 Activities That Teach Writing Without Worksheets!  by: Julie Rebboah
The recent push for early academic achievement has left many preschoolers and kindergartners dealing with an excessive amounts of worksheets. Children learn best through hands-on experiences...
Time-line board games - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
Time-line board games are fun to make. You just need poster board arts n craft supplies, dice, 3 x 5 cards a time line from early US history. What to do: Make a path for the time line on the poster..
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..
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..
Teaching Grammar For Children  by: Clay R Mccoy
If you want to teach the grammar to your children, it is recommended for you to be able to find the best ways to let them understand everything easily. It is important to always remember that..
Classroom Activities and Games  by: tim
The real me Young children will really enjoy this art project that reviews the structure I like... and food words. Have the students draw a picture of themselves showing the foods they like, e.g...
English Lesson Plans - How to Avoid Writing a Plan For ESL Class  by: Alexander Golishev
Teaching languages can be the most fun and rewarding experience; however a lot of ESL teachers get really frustrated with having to write lesson plans over and over again. Here is the typical..
Six Physical Education Games and Activities Your Elementary Students Will Love  by: Honey Krumholz
The physical education games that are described in this article can be played at the beginning of gym class as part of a warm exercise, during the period wholly or partially devoted to games or..
Reading Comprehension Lessons For Primary-Elementary Students  by: Renee Goodrich
Reading comprehension lessons for primary/elementary students that you can do with any text. 1. Dictionary Meaning - Select a paragraph of a text and ask your students to circle the words that you..
ESL Game #1 - Tic Tac Toe  by: Joe Tosczak
To play Tic Tac Toe in class is very easy. But to be able to play Tic Tac Toe in class and still be teaching English at the same time is the tricky part. Any and every new ESL teacher will eventually..
ABCs of Thanksgiving - An Elementary Lesson With Reading, Writing, Speaking, Drawing & Technology  by: Kathy Cothran
You've explored the Pilgrims. You've investigated the lives of the Wampanoag Indians. You've reenacted the harvest festival of 1621. You've made your students dress up. What else can you do this year..
Spelling Tips For ESL Students  by: Celia Webb
Spelling in English is hard even for those of us who have been practicing for years! For one thing there are so many exceptions to the rules. The English language actually has two basic types of..
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..
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..
Basic Level English Lesson Plan - Sports Theme?  by: answers.yahoo.com
Where can i get an English lesson plan about sports? I also need dialogue for conversation! Thanks.
I am an education major in college and I have to make a lesson plan, I am teaching an English lesson  by: answers.yahoo.com
Does anyone have any ideas? I dont know why but i can not think of anything that sounds like it would be fun. I also have to do an activity in class over the topic...so if anyone could help that..
How to Teach Complex Sentences  by: Mark Pennington
More and more candidates for better paying jobs are now required to submit writing samples as part of the interview process. Many applicants with strong verbal skills fail to make the second round of..
ESL Lesson Ideas  by: Joel Barnard
All ESL, or English as a second language, lessons should ideally contain one or more interactive activities. These activities encourage students to communicate with each other in English in order to..
Kid Birthday Party Game Ideas - 7 Proven Winners - Activities  by: Mike Dougherty
Here are 7 classic kid birthday party game ideas that are always successful. And you can easily make all of them fit your party theme. Incredible Musical Statues They'll have lots of fun with this..
How to Multiply Fractions  by: Jen
How to Multiply Fractions If you have mastered adding and subtracting fractions, often multiplying fractions will seem a lot less complicated. Many of the steps feel similar, but much of the work..
ESL Summary Building Skills Exercises  by: Lissa J
Summary building is an important part of understanding a language. Even natural-born English speakers might be in a situation where they don't understand every word and do not know entirely what is..
How to Use the Match Game as a Lesson Plan  by: Kelly Masi
Lesson plans using a matching game will encourage the students to actively participate in the game, learning as they play. The game can be customized to include matching pictures or words based on..
ESL 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..
Hindi Sentence - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
This short lesson will interest teachers and students of English who want to know about the Hindi words that have entered into common English. This happened in Victorian times when the British united..
Thomas Edison teaching Tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Do you know who invented the talking doll? How about the electric vote-recorder? Would you be surprised to learn it was the same man who invented the phonograph and the electric incandescent light..
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 - Countdown  by: kr
Title: Countdown Type: Concentration game Target: Any conversation, fluency Materials: Timer Procedure: The first student says the question part of the conversation, for example, “Will you help..
How to Convey Class Rules to ESL Students  by: Carmen Clarke-Brown
In ESL classes, you can utilize role-playing simulations and incorporate anecdotes from students' own life experiences to guide students toward observing class rules. For instance, on the first day..
Lesson plan: How to paraphrase in academic writing  by: Xuan Liu
Learning objectives: 1. The students will understand the importance of paraphrasing in academic setting. 2. The students will learn about the difference between paraphrasing and quoting. 3. The..
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..
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..
what games and activities are suitable for kids ages 6-12 years old.I'm an english teacher in korea?  by: answers.yahoo.com
English is their second language so games and activities are suitable for them to learn in a fun way so that they wont easily get bored
ESL Literacy Teaching Techniques  by: Sophie Southern
ESL and EFL refer to teaching English as a second or foreign language. The main requirement to be an English teacher is being a native English speaker, but having a degree or TEFL certification..
ESL Game - Sumo  by: kr
Title: Sumo Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: flashcards Procedure: 2 students come up to the front of the class. Pin a card on their back so they can’t see it. Don’t let the..
ESL Game - Clothes Relay  by: kr
Title: Clothes Relay Type: Active Game Target: Clothes vocabulary Materials: Old clothes Procedure: Students line up across from a pile of clothes in teams. The first student runs to the pile of..
Celebrating Black History Month - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
What do Sarah Boone, Alexander Miles, Garrett Morgan, Robert F. Flemmings, and John Standard all have in common? They were all African-American inventors! As part of Black History Month, have your..
Verb Tenses - quiz  by: jt
By the end of the year, she ___ with a degree in business. a. already graduates b. will have already graduated c. has already graduated Answerb As soon as I ___ home, it started to rain heavily. a...
Inexpensive Art & Craft Ideas for Three-Year-Olds  by: Sid Williams III
Swiss child psychologist Jean Piaget identified four stages in a child's learning. Three-year-olds are in the second stage, the pre-operational period, which lasts from age 2 until 6 1/2 or 7. At..
ESL Game - Clap Attack  by: kr
Title: Clap Attack Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocabulary, song or chant Materials: None Procedure: Students stand in a circle with their hands overlapping, each students right hand is in..
ESL Thanksgiving Games  by: Melanie J. Martin
Thanksgiving gives ESL students a great opportunity to learn about American culture. After all, it's one of the few holiday traditions that originated in the U.S. Make Thanksgiving lessons as fun as..
How to Make a Model Volcano and Other Fun Kids Party Special Effects - Tips  by: Patricia Jensen
Kids love magic tricks and special effects because they surprise and delight with the unexpected. Here's a collection of easy yet impressive special effects to try at your next kids party. But..
How to Teach English to Adults  by: Collaborator
Learning English is essential to surviving in the United States and other English-speaking countries. Teaching English is a valuable skill because of the large number of adults who need to speak..
ESL 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..
ESL Online Grammar Exercises  by: Debra Weaver
The Internet is a valuable resource for students studying English as a second language. Students, teachers and parents can find a number of websites that offer practice activities to perfect English..
Who Or Whom? One Tip to Help Your Students Use Proper Grammar  by: Elizabeth O'brien
Using proper grammar when it comes to choosing who or whom can be tricky. Or, it seems tricky. That's probably because you were never taught how to tell when to use each of these. There is a clear..
Active Learning Activities - Guided Lecture  by: Adam Waxler
Wow...lecturing and active learning are certainly two concepts that one would not expect to see in the same sentence. In fact, as a proponent of active learning activities, lecturing is not something..
Christmas Math Activities for Elementary School Kids  by: Shelley Frost
The excitement and merriment of Christmas challenges the concentration of many elementary students. Instead of fighting the holiday, incorporate it into your curriculum to make the lessons more..
some classroom games appropriate and fun for college students  by: answers.yahoo.com
I have to lead a discussion among college students. After I present all the information I would like to play a game with them to review the info and to encourage interaction. Any ideas? If it's any..
How to Use Surveys to Teach ESL  by: Lisa Parris
Many ESL students are great on paper. After years of hard work and endless hours of study, they can read and write in fair to excellent English. Then you ask these same students a question beyond,..
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..
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..
Grammar Games for Beginners  by: Wayne
Studying grammar is rarely thought of as fun. Yet it is an important component of effective communication. Grammar provides the rules that speakers and writers need to follow in order to be clearly..
Preschool English Teaching Activities  by: Lily Mae
Preschool is a very defining time for a child. The foundations of important concepts and ideas are laid in preschool. In the content area of English, for example, the foundations of reading and..
ESL 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..
ROW RACE 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Students in front row stand up. Teacher asks them a question. If a student responds correctly, they get to sit down. When there is only one person left in the row, that person s column has to stand...
Celebrating Black History Month - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
What do Sarah Boone, Alexander Miles, Garrett Morgan, Robert F. Flemmings, and John Standard all have in common? They were all African-American inventors! As part of Black History Month, have your..
Creating a positive learning environment teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Along with teaching the class-, school-, and fire-drill rules, take the time to create a positive learning environment. How do you do this? Here are some suggestions. 1. Make sure each child knows..
Nutrition Lesson Plans & Crafts for Kids  by: Anne Kinsey
Nutrition lesson plans and crafts can help kids to learn about nutrition and learn to value taking care of their bodies. When they are growing up in a world where fast-food commercials are flashed..
ESL Classroom Activities for Any Level - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
For any new unit you start in your ESL class there will most likely be a group of words that students must memorize. This is an activity to get students out of their desks to practice the meaning of..
How many words does a 5th grader write for english normally? - Lesson  by: answers.yahoo.com
I have to write a lesson plan for a college class. I chose 5th grade English. The only problem is that no schools will tell me the normal word count for 5th grade essays. PLEASE help me, I just..
Spelling Activities That Improve Spelling  by: Kimberly Arslan
Your child should get 100% on their spelling tests, right? Easier said than done because some parents struggle every week with getting their children to study their spelling lists. Never fear, we've..
Re: Fun Games for Children Training in Martial Arts - Lesson  by: David
We play Sensei Says in our dojo with 5-7 year olds. However, the problem with the game is that kids spend too much of the time "sitting out" when they are eliminated. To overcome this, we divide the..
Motivating Children to Read at Home - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
Parents, you are your children's first - and lifelong - teacher. By instilling a love for reading in them, you will be opening up their world to a lifetime of adventure, information, and so much..
ESL 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..
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..
Students can be shown the mistakes they commonly make when doing a reading comprehension exam. - Tips  by: Renee Goodrich
Students can be shown the mistakes they commonly make when doing a reading comprehension exam. Identifying these mistakes and practicing ways to avoid them is a powerful way to prepare. What mistakes..
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...
How to Plan an ESL lesson  by: Contributor
Whether you teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults or children, this foolproof lesson plan template will work for you. It will also work no matter the country you're teaching in, be it..
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..
Question Formation Quiz  by: jt
Choose the suitable words. 1. ___ yesterday? a. Whose called b. Who called 2. ___ talk to? a. Who did you b. Who you did c. Who you 3. ___ you born? a. Where was b. Where are c. Where were 4. ___ to..
Why Use Word Games in Teaching English?  by: Katie Eyles
Teaching English in today's classroom is changing. Rarely do students sit in neat rows, copying spelling words. Instead, they work at an interactive whiteboard or on a computer. They learn in..
Reading and Vocabulary Activity for the ESL Classroom - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
In any ESL class you will eventually come to a point where the class will read a passage out loud as a class. The following is an activity that you can use to make this exercise even more beneficial..
How 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..
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..
Game: Tag (2) - Short Lesson  by: sam
Tag is one of the oldest and most exciting outdoor games for children. An added benefit of playing tag is the level of physical activity – it is a great source of exercise! While there are many..
Activities on Teaching Life Skills  by: Erin Schreiner
Much of the time a student spends in school is expended through the study of academic subjects. While these subjects are vital to a student's future success, basic life skills will also be important..
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..
ESL Classroom Activities for Any Level - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
For any new unit you start in your ESL class there will most likely be a group of words that students must memorize. This is an activity to get students out of their desks to practice the meaning of..
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..
Subject and Verb Agreement - quiz  by: jt
Is the sentence correct or incorrect? Compare it with the correct answer. The last questions on the test were very difficult. Correct Incorrect Answer-Correct: The last questions on the test were..
ESL game: crazy cubes - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
Game called "crazy cubes" where we would roll this big pair of dice. One of them had a vocabulary word on each side and the other had a silly action. So say I rolled the dice and on one of them the..
Captain Underpants - A Writing Teacher's Perspective On An "Under" Hero  by: Lynn Sager
I have been working with a fourth grader for a number of months now. His parents speak English as a second language, and they are counting upon me to help him with writing his skills, reading..
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..
Activities on How to Teach English to Spanish Students in Elementary School  by: Sara Rajan
If you are teaching elementary Spanish-speaking students how to learn English, it is important to keep in mind, first of all, that the atmosphere the children are learning in must be comfortable and..
Harry Potter House Teams Work "Magic" in Classrooms - Game  by: Valerie Giles
Throughout every school year at Hogwarts School, Harry Potter and his schoolmates worked on a point system on their house teams. The 4 teams in the Harry Potter novels were Gryffindor, Ravenclaw,..
How to Set Up an ESL Classroom  by: Kathryn Walsh
Setting up a classroom is stressful enough. Setting up a classroom for ESL, or English as a Second Language students, is even more challenging. Each student could be from a different country and..
English Topics for ESL  by: Caitlynn Lowe
The broad topic of English as a Second Language can be divided into smaller topics, and both young children and older adults studying ESL need a class geared toward their specific needs. Grammar and..
I look for activities and lesson plans for teaching law/rules in kindergarten?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I look for activities and lesson plans for teaching law/rules in kindergarten
ESL Conditional Games  by: River Lin
An excellent strategy to use when teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) is to incorporate games to either teach a new skill or to practice a newly acquired skill. Learning to speak English..
Preschool Christmas Light Art Activities  by: Katharine Mitchell
The colorful glow of a strand of blinking Christmas lights, or a more subdued strand of twinkling white bulbs, fascinate children and adults alike during the winter holidays, and beyond...
Who's missing: classroom game - Short Lesson  by: jt
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..
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..
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..
Christmas Skits for Kids  by: Angela Roe
Look for Christmas skits that are age-appropriate for your group of kids. Divide roles with long speaking parts into smaller roles to include more children. Use a narrator to say the speaking parts..
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..
Gerunds Made Easy - A Simple Lesson With Clear Explanations and Plenty of Examples  by: Elizabeth O'brien
Gerunds are a hybrid of nouns and verbs. You remember that nouns and verbs are two of the eight parts of speech, right? Here is a silly way to think of it: If a noun and a verb got married, their..
ESL Class Exercises for Larger Class Sizes  by: Enzo Silvestri
ESL, or English as a Second Language, and is a growing field all over the world. There are many ways to teach ESL, ranging from individual to small groups to large classrooms. When teaching to..
ESL GAME: Tornado Game  by: Sabia
Supplies: Flashcards (pictures or questions on one side, numbers on the other) 'Tornado Cards' (flashcards with numbers on one side and a tornado picture on the other) Stick the numbered cards on the..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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 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...
First Steps to Learning to Podcast With Your Students - Teaching With Technology  by: Kathy Cothran
You've heard your students talk about the various podcasts they are downloading to their ipods, but you are wondering what it is and how it can apply to your classroom. A podcast is a digital media..
How to Use Video in Classroom Activities  by: Emily Howe
Many teachers shy away from bringing video and other media into the classroom, fearing technical difficulty or excessive prep time. Learning your way around the equipment may require an extra effort..
Free Arts & Crafts Christmas Ideas for Children  by: Kristen May
One of the ways to involve children in Christmas preparations and keep them busy during the holiday break is to make Christmas crafts. Free Christmas crafts require only a few miscellaneous supplies..
You Can Help Your Children Learn the Alphabet - Here's How  by: Barbara Freedman-De Vito
Government studies confirm that children who are read to and and who recognize the letters of the alphabet have an easier time learning how to read and thus do better in school, so maximize your..
Stress-Free Kids Party Planning - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
Another birthday's on the horizon, and you're stressing over every little detail. Throwing a party can be nerve-wracking and kids parties come with added pressures. The prospect of keeping a group of..
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..
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..
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..
How to Come Up With a Mini Lesson  by: Rosalinda Flores-Martinez
There are many topics to choose from for ESL (English as a Second Language) classes. But then, the teacher must be cautious. Topics should interest and ignite a zeal on the students. In this way,..
Games for Teaching English Grammar  by: Angela Watkins
Abate the dullness of learning grammar by using games to deconstruct the English language. A game can take the edge off of nervous or excited students and can help them to channel their creativity...
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 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..
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..
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..
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..
Vocabulary Games for ESL Students  by: Randi McCreary
English as a Second Language students can acquire knowledge and understanding of the English language when they are immersed in its vocabulary. Providing different scenarios and activities for..
Make Vocabulary Games a Part of Your Free English Class  by: Ling L. Tong
Many adults that start learning English do not realize the value of games as part of their learning in a free English class. Young native English speakers regularly play games in school to enhance..
Teaching Tips - How to Write a Memorable Lesson  by: Darrell Causey
If you are tired of the boring lessons that come with your curriculum then start writing your own lessons. It's not that difficult and your students will appreciate the change. The first thing you..
Tips: Toddler Preschool - Expectations and Abilities  by: Mary Robinson
The single most important thing to remember if you have a toddler preschool setting is that Play is never frivolous. It is THE most effective way a toddler learns; it is essential. The best part is..
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..
English Lesson Plans - How to Avoid Writing a Plan For ESL Class  by: Alexander Golishev
Teaching languages can be the most fun and rewarding experience; however a lot of ESL teachers get really frustrated with having to write lesson plans over and over again. Here is the typical..
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..
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 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...
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..
Strategies for Teaching ESL Vocabulary  by: Laura Werner
Building vocabulary is one of the most basic forms of learning any language, not just English. Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) requires patience, energy, strategy and creativity. There..
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...
Synonym Standoff - Short Lesson  by: jin
Play to increase vocabulary while learning to use a thesaurus. Have students draw pictures of simple objects like cats or houses. Then pair students and have them challenge each other to describe the..
Running Dictation - Short Lesson  by: PL
(Suitable for active students up to about 15 years old.) 1.) Take your students to an open area or school hall. Place a paragraph of suitable English on the wall at one end. Sit the students with..
ESL Lesson Ideas  by: Joel Barnard
All ESL, or English as a second language, lessons should ideally contain one or more interactive activities. These activities encourage students to communicate with each other in English in order to..
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..
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..
Grammar Quiz  by: contributor
Part A: Rewrite the following sentences, using synonyms for the underlined words. 1. The lightning flashed across the black sky as the trees bent in the wind...
ESL Vocabulary Activities for the 6th Grade  by: Amy Kestly
Learning new vocabulary words is an essential task for ESL students. While new vocabulary creates opportunities for writing and speaking, the words are often difficult to remember. Hearing and..
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..
Game: Simon says (with samples) - Short Lesson  by: sam
Simon says is a game for three or more players (most often children). One of the people is "it" – i.e., Simon. The others must do what Simon tells them to do when asked with a phrase beginning with..
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...
Teaching Present & Past Tense Verbs to First Graders  by: Stacy Zeiger
First graders must learn about verb tenses in order to begin developing reading comprehension and critical language skills. Lessons about past and present verbs should consist of visual and..
Pronouns quiz  by: jt
Despite her parents complaints, she decided to live by ___ in New York City. her herself Answer-herself If you happen to see your parents this weekend, give ___ my best regards. him her them..
English Projects for ESL  by: Korey Egge Marquez
Project-based learning is an increasingly popular approach to instruction that allows students to engage in authentic learning activities based on their individual interests and motivation. For..
RACE AGAINST TIME - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a worksheet that has three types of problems. Divide the sheet into four parts. For example, if your three types of problems are Translation, Answer the Question, and Unscramble the Sentences,..
Kids' Art - Making Halloween Spider Webs  by: Anthony Vecchioni
Here's a Halloween art project to do with your toddler or preschooler. It's very easy and it looks great around the house. Here's what you need: -8.5" x 11" black construction paper -white tempera or..
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..
Warm Up Activities using Authentic Materials (Part 1 of 5) - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
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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..
Simon Says - Short Lesson  by: jin
Simon Says can get high school and adult students giggling as they try to follow the commands, learning verbs and body parts. Simon may tell the students, "Touch your nose." He could also say, "Touch..
Teaching English As a Second Language to Young Children  by: Susan King
Chinese is two separate main languages: Cantonese, which is spoken in southern China, and Mandarin, which is spoken more to the north and is actually the official language of China. Whichever you..
Pumpkin teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
At this time of year, try using a REAL pumpkin when making your pies, bread, etc. Why? 1. Children will see what the inside of a pumpkin really looks like. Have them use adjectives to describe what..
Lesson 6 - Rational Dispute  by: jt
The Story A young housewife told me: "My husband and I never argue, no matter how angry we may be. Instead we sit down and rationally discuss both sides of the dispute. Then I make a list of all the..
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..
How to Teach Kids ESL English  by: Susan Deschel
Many activities are effective in teaching ESL children English, as long as they match the level of knowledge the student already has with what he still needs to learn. By following some basics,..
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..
English Cultural Games to Teach Children  by: Olayemi Phillips
There is a universal memory that most people have about their childhood. We recall time we spent playing and the games we enjoyed with our neighborhood friends. English children engage in many of the..
Vacuum Cleaner - Lesson + quiz  by: Elite Hussar
The Story A man selling vacuum cleaners appeared at the door of an old lady's cottage and, without allowing the woman to speak, rushed into the living room and threw a large bag of dirt all over her..
Halloween Safety Tips for Kids  by: Michelle Annese
Hey Kids and Parents... Here are some ways for you to keep this year's Halloween Safe & Sound: If your going with friends, make sure you know who you are going with and there is a parent along to..
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..
Classroom Fitness Games  by: Erin Schreiner
Difficulty: Easy With the growing epidemic of childhood obesity looming, teachers should take any opportunity theycanto get their students moving in class. Along with the obvioushealthbenefits,..
TEFL Speaking Lessons  by: Linsay Evans
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) can be a demanding and rewarding career. According to a 2005 article by Yi Yang in the "Internet TESL Journal," teaching English to non-native speakers..
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..
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...
Im doing a classroom assistant course how can i make a good game  by: answers.yahoo.com
i have to design a game and use it.any1 know a site where i can make a story box????? let me know please
The Story So Far- Episode 4- podcast - video  by: Kristen
The Story So Far- Episode 4- Podcast - Video This video shows things that are fun to do in the winter time. This episode features segments made all in Canada, and every segment has a touch of snow in..
How to Present Simple Continuous ESL Exercises  by: Rick Warden
Both older and younger students study English for general learning, for college qualifying examinations and for career requirements. While there are many different approaches to teaching ESL, using..
Ultimate Airplane Themed Games & Activities for your (any) Child's Birthday Party  by: Geoff Schurman
Are you looking for the Ultimate Airplane Themed Party Games and Activities? Well stop looking because they are right here... Good Luck and happy reading... "Paper Airplane Contest" Have each child..
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..
GRAMMAR GAMBLE 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a list of sentence pairs. The sentences can be either correct or incorrect (grammatically). Students get into teams. Give each team voting cards. XX means both sentences are wrong. OO means both..
ESL Summarizing Games  by: Victoria Weinblatt
Reading or listening to a short article or story is a common English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom activity. Following the reading or listening portion of the lesson, teachers often employ a..
Make Your Next Grammar Lesson Off the Hook!  by: Sean Lords
In my experiences teaching English abroad, I’ve found a couple of things to be true. One, nothing ever goes as planned. No matter how much you rehearse ahead of time, how much time and effort you..
Activities and Games That Help Teach ESL  by: Jim Radenhausen
Whatever language someone speaks fluently, they naturally think it should be the easiest for others to learn. English is no different, though many believe that it is the hardest language to learn for..
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..
Games for Advanced ESL Students  by: Kara Page
Even the most advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) students can easily become bored with repetitious exercises and rote memorization of vocabulary words. No matter their age, ESL students will..
Teaching With Macaroni And Chick Peas - Lesson  by: Adrian Allen
Some years ago I found myself teaching English in a summer school in England. The classes (20 students) were 4 hours long - all morning. It's hard to keep children's attention for this long when..
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..
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..
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..
ESL GAME: Charades  by: Sabia
Have a Student come to the front of the class and whisper a word. Or show a Flash Card to that Student. The Student then acts out that word. The first Student to guess can be the next player. This..
Vocabulary Beat - Short Lesson  by: jin
A way to teach students how to remember new words and meanings is by using them with beats and rhythms from popular songs and commercials. If you are playing this game for the first time, give..
Japlish and ESL - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day and Bryony Keleher
An ESL lesson: Japlish and ESL plus International Japanese Words Japlish is like Konglish (Korean English). People are very interested in the distorted or hybrid English words for different reasons..
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..
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..
How to follow directions lesson for kids - Short Lesson  by: jt
There's a simple exercise I've used called "obstacles." I ask for two volunteers. One child is blindfolded and the other is not. The one with the blindfold stands at a starting place in the room...
TEFL Visits - London Numbers - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL Visits – London numbers Although we live outside London, it’s still a major tool in our Teaching English as a Second Language toolbox. Going there is a treat – going home at the end of a..
ESL game: Simon Says - Short Lesson  by: lee
A party game that works well with English students as a way of practising listening to and understanding commands. The teacher says a number of simple commands, such as, ‘Put your hands on your..
Adapting a Science lesson to ESL - Lesson  by: Fabiano Franklin and Yara Araujo
Adapting a Science Project to ESL Students One of the main difficulties that ESL students face in the regular classrooms is understanding the normal content-focused language in order to perform..
Sketch and Hint Game (whole language) - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed
I start using this game with very young children, phonics level, but it works best with 10+ children. Kids learn a few nouns and short sentences with the appropriate body language. It may not be..
Geography Bee Preparation - Lesson  by: Pamela Stevens
When preparing for a geography bee, students must extend their studies beyond map locations and into relationships or how one area influences another. Study Aids for Geography Bee Preparation Maps..
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..
How to Use Video in Classroom Activities  by: Emily Howe
Many teachers shy away from bringing video and other media into the classroom, fearing technical difficulty or excessive prep time. Learning your way around the equipment may require an extra effort..
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..
Projects to Improve English for ESL Students  by: Nadine Smith
ESL students need activities that force them to use conversational English on a daily basis in order to improve. Long-term language projects offer many benefits for ESL students over short-term..
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..
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..
How to Use Movies to Teach English Literacy  by: Aaron Reynolds
Since the day that motion pictures became popular in nickelodeons, the American public has been fascinated with film. Movies have a special power to sway and influence your emotions. Movies are also..
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:..
Boy with a Sling.. generic poem analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin T. Day BSc MSc BEd
I like to teach with short poems or songs as they are snack-size literature suitable for a 50 minute class period. Here is a short poem for class analysis like several others I have posted. There is..
| Fun ESL Games - I Did!  by: Matt Tamsczak
This is a fun ESL game...in fact, out of all of the fun ESL games that I know ~ THIS ONE IS THE BEST. The reason why this game is the best is because it teaches speaking and listening at the same..
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..
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..
Sea Critters - English lesson  by: Simply ESL
Lesson 1: Shark and Fish Vocab Taught: shark, fish, dolphin, whale, crab Phonics taught: c-r-a-b Preparation: Flashcards Time: About an hour, depending on class size. Warmer - "Teacher Says" - 5-7..
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..
ESL Strategies for Teaching Multilevel Classes  by: Judith Willson
Teaching students with a range of language abilities can be a challenge. If you teach at a lower level, more advanced students may become frustrated and bored without learning anything new. If you..
What's The Time - Mr Wolf?  by: Andrew Carter
What’s the time, Mr Wolf? Here’s a lesson plan for teaching time telling to elementary level English language students. The lesson is based around an English playground game. One person stands..
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..
Classroom Math Game - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
Students go in teams of 4. The teacher draws a table on the board - one row for each team and three columns. (Eg. If there were 5 groups, there would be 5 rows of 3 boxes). The object of the game is..
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..
Free Online 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..
Teacher I'm Done! Tips  by: Kelly Mikesell
Every teacher has had this happen about 1,000 times. You send the children to complete a task and 10 seconds later someone is "done". I have a few ideas on curbing the "I'm done" that I'd like to..
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..
Ideas to Teach English Vocabulary & Grammar  by: Lucy Natek
People build up their grammar and vocabulary skills through a wide range of combined methods: reading, watching television, listening to music or using the Internet. When learning a new language it's..
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..
SECRET NUMBERS GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Students are assigned numbers randomly. The students say their numbers in front of the class and the other students try to remember everyone s numer. The students must try to keep their number a..
ESL Game - Betting on Mr. Monkey  by: kr
Title: Betting on Mr. Monkey Type: Game Target: any conversations Materials: Picture cards, fake money Procedure: Hand out fake money to the students. Ask each student a question from the target..
ESL First Grade Classroom Management Ideas  by: Kara Page
Classroom management is an important part of education that is difficult to master. With children in first grade, it can be particularly difficult, as in most schools this is their first true year of..
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..
Poem Analysis for Teens & Young Adults - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
A Life Popping out of Mom. "Pop goes the weasel." Pop 'n' pizza 'n' pop music 'n' popcorn. Pop 'n' Mom see me off to college. Pop the Champagne: Graduation! Pop into bed. Oops we're married. Pop the..
How to Initiate Your Child Into Learning the English Language  by: Adriana A Noton
There are many benefits to children learning the English language. Most parents want their children to learn English so that they will have all of the opportunities available to them when they are..
Game: Improvise - Short Lesson  by: sam
This is fun for older kids, age ten or so and older, and for groups of five to eight. Two kids start out acting a scene which can be anything at all: playing ball, dancing, eating a meal, driving a..
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..
ESL Game - Copy cat  by: kr
Title: Copy cat Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students say a vocabulary word and do an action to go with it. The student beside them must copy exactly the action and..
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..
How to Use Visual Aids in an English Lesson  by: Paul Rance
Visual aids can be used to add color to an English lesson and can help to bring literature more alive. They can also be particularly useful for non-English speakers who are trying to learn English...
How to Teach ESL for Younger Groups  by: Sally Nash
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to younger groups can be rewarding because students are usually enthusiastic and eager to learn. However, younger children lose concentration easily, so it..
Adult ESL Activity With Prepositions  by: Ana Koose
Prepositions are difficult to teach as much as they are difficult to learn for non-English-speaking students. It is hard for students to remember their proper use, especially since there are so many..
Teaching Strategies - 11.5 Strategies for Better Communication in Your Lesson  by: Darrell Causey
One of the most important tasks a teacher must master is communication. The lesson has to be presented in a language that is familiar to the learner. If the teacher fails to communicate in a way that..
The Use of Pictures in Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Tips  by: Andrew Carter
They say that a picture paints a thousand words. We think of the value of the family album: there’s Martin aged about one, when we were living in Stanley; there’s Mum about a thousand years ago..
ESL Art Lessons  by: Jack Miller
Learning English as a second language (ESL) is often viewed as a basic process of memorizing words and phrases and learning how to use them in speaking and writing. But applying English to other..
ROW RACE 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Show the first person in the first row a flash card. That student must say the word. Each student in her row must repeat the word. The last student gives the Japanese meaning as well. If any student..
ESL Teaching and Learning Tips, by Dr. Yanni Zack, an American ESL specialist  by: Steve
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Make a Fairy Garden For Your Kids Party - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
A fairy garden is a great kids party activity, especially if your theme is a fairy party, garden party, or tea party. A dinosaur den or construction site garden is a fun alternative for little boys..
| ESL: Learning and Teaching New Words  by: Rosalinda Flores-Martinez
Teachers have their own styles as to how students could adapt to the lessons. As an ESL teacher to some foreign students of different native tongues, I just would recall how I learned English as my..
ESL GAME: Don’t Step on Me  by: Sabia
Prepare mats with different vocabulary words on them. Place them all over the floor. Teacher needs to call out one of the words. Students need to quickly try to stand on any mat BUT that one. The..
How to Adapt Writing for the ESL Student  by: Paul Argodale
Aural/oral second language learning occurs more or less naturally, much as it does for infants learning their first language. Reading and writing is a different story; people spend 12 or 13 years in..
ESL Games - J  by: jt
Jeopardy Make a jeopardy grid on the white board as follows: Jeopardy Fruit Sports Animals Body 10 _______ _______ _______ _______ 20 _______ _______ _______ _______ 30 _______ _______ _______..
TEFL Techniques: International Words - Tips  by: Andrew Carter
When you sit down and think about it, or even stand around and think about it (!), English words have seeped into the vocabulary of millions of people, thanks, in the main part, to the genius of..
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..
Third Grade Christmas Art Lessons  by: Andra Land
Parents of third graders who want to give their children instruction in art at home have an array of options --- from simple drawings to multi-step crafts. Unlike younger kids, third-graders have..
Christmas Math Activities for Elementary School Kids  by: Shelley Frost
The excitement and merriment of Christmas challenges the concentration of many elementary students. Instead of fighting the holiday, incorporate it into your curriculum to make the lessons more..
ESL GAME: Basketball  by: Sabia
Students take a shot at the trash box. First ask a question to Student 1. If s/he answers correctly, then s/he can have a shot at the basket. If the Student gets the ball in the basket, then s/he..
law day teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
You probably remember May Day on May 1 but did you know that Law Day is celebrated on that same date?! Here are some suggestions for celebrating: 1. Invite a local congressperson to visit your..
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..
Subject and Verb Agreement - quiz  by: jt
Is the sentence correct or incorrect? Compare it with the correct answer. The last questions on the test were very difficult. Correct Incorrect Answer-Correct: The last questions on the test were..
How to Teach Advanced English Classes  by: Karen Hollowell
Teaching Advanced English classes is not easy, but teaching students can be rewarding as you watch your students' abilities grow each day. The purpose of these classes is to increase academic..
ESL Game - Clap Attack  by: kr
Title: Clap Attack Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocabulary, song or chant Materials: None Procedure: Students stand in a circle with their hands overlapping, each students right hand is in..
TEFL Techniques - The Van Game  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL Techniques – The Van Game The very best way of teaching English (or any other language!) is to get the student wanting to learn – hungry for new ways to express themselves in your language...
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, ___?..
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..
Keep Your Cool - Tips  by: Judy H. Wright (educator)
Know your limits. Accept what you can’t change and let go of things out of your control. Ease your tension. Take a walk; listen to music, splash cold water on your face. Earn small rewards when you..
Basic Level English Lesson Plan - Sports Theme?  by: answers.yahoo.com
Where can i get an English lesson plan about sports? I also need dialogue for conversation! Thanks.
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..
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..
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..
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
YOU ARE THE TEACHER - Short Lesson  by: re
Give each student a sentence to either correct or say that it is OK. Get each one to explain their sentence.
5 Free Games to Entertain the Kids When Traveling by Car - Activities  by: Mandy Ferry
When you are planning a big trip by car, you need to consider how you will entertain the kids. Sure a portion of the trip may be ruled out with sleeping (if you are lucky), your kids will no doubt be..
GRAMMAR GAMBLE 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a list of sentence pairs. The sentences can be either correct or incorrect (grammatically). Students get into teams. Give each team voting cards. XX means both sentences are wrong. OO means both..
ESL Game - Find your team  by: kr
Title: Find your team Type: Game Target: Any conversation Materials: mini cards Procedure: Each student gets a certain card on a theme. There should be at least 2 matching cards within the whole set...
Games for English Lessons  by: Carrie Perles
For many students, the words "English class" are synonymous with "boring." You can spice up English class with some fun games to review any concept they've been learning, from grammar to literature..
Fun Classroom Games & Activities  by: Miriam C
Difficulty: Easy Classroomgamesand activities can bring an element of fun to your class. These activities are a greatbreak from regular work. They allow students to work off steam before a holiday..
ADJECTIVES 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Choose some advertisements with big print and not too much writing on them. Number them clearly. Black out two adjectives from each and make a list of the missing words. Before the lesson, post the..
Make Your Next Grammar Lesson Off the Hook!  by: Sean Lords
In my experiences teaching English abroad, I’ve found a couple of things to be true. One, nothing ever goes as planned. No matter how much you rehearse ahead of time, how much time and effort you..
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..
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..
Halloween Art Projects For Kids  by: ShowKidsTheFun
Fall is just around the corner, and with the cooler weather comes more inside time for the little ones. Naturally, they’re going to need something fun and creative to keep them busy. Help your kids..
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..
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..
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..
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..
Ways to Increase Interaction in ESL Classrooms  by: Catherine Kohn
Interactive lessons have become standard practice in classrooms across the nation. The shift from lecturing to student-driven learning is now commonplace. In the ESL classroom such learning..
How to Write a Children's Christmas Story  by: Mary Beth Magee
Writing for children requires a great story, intriguing characters and descriptive detail, all couched in vocabulary appropriate to the age group. Use resources such as Alijandra Mogilner's..
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
Game: The City Alphabet - Short Lesson  by: sam
One player names a town/city eg New York. The next person has to name a town beginning with the last letter of the previous town/city in this example Albany would do. No repeats of towns are allowed,..
ESL Daily Life Exercises  by: Erin Schreiner
One of the first lessons an ESL student must learn is how to navigate the English-speaking world in which they live. By engaging your ESL students in activities designed to teach skills necessary for..
ESL GAME: Basketball  by: Sabia
Students take a shot at the trash box. First ask a question to Student 1. If s/he answers correctly, then s/he can have a shot at the basket. If the Student gets the ball in the basket, then s/he..
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: “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..
How to Create an Attitude of Cooperation - Tips  by: Judy H. Wright
Having been a parent educator and a PBS consultant for Ready to Learn for many years, I have had the unique opportunity to work with Head Start families, Child Care Providers, and parents as well as..
Creating a Kids Theme Party - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
The easiest way to plan a great kids party is to start with a theme into which all the different party elements fit perfectly. Your most important input in deciding on the party theme should come..
ESL 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..
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..
The SLAM Game - Lesson  by: Eric
I can play this game at least once every 4 classes and the kids are always excited! This is good for practicing new vocab and short sentences (ie. He has a ball.) Materials Flashcards (4 - unlimited)..
Classroom 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..
GIVING AND FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS/INSTRUCTIONS - DR. MA. Lourdes Eufrocina M. Palcuto Lesson:  by: DR. MA. LOURDES EUFROCINA M. PALCUTO
LESSON 1 LANGUAGE FUNCTION : GIVING AND FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS/INSTRUCTIONS LANGUAGE FOCUS : IMPERATIVES PREPOSITIONAL PHRASES PREPOSITIONS OBJECTIVES : At the end of the lesson, you should be able to:..
ESL Games for Kids  by: Sara Janis
Learning a new language can be an harrowing experience for adults. For kids it is a bit less intimidating. This is due to the nature of children being able to sponge up language much faster. One way..
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..
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..
ESL Games - R  by: jt
Run And Get It Divide the class into two teams and have them stand in two lines facing each other. Assign each team member a number from one to four. Place a few flashcards in the middle of the two..
How to Teach "Do & Does" & "Have & Has" to TESOL Students  by: Emile Heskey
Learning verbs in English can be difficult at times, particularly with irregular verbs such as "to be." However, in the case of "to do" and "to have," there is only one variation on the regular..