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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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Your child’s first year of school should be a fun and exciting time. Children who are comfortable with and prepared for this first school experience are more likely to have rewarding and productive..
SENTENCE FORMATION - Short Lesson  by: re
Write three words on the board (Masato/tall/family). Give the first person in each row a sheet of paper with the row s number on it. The first person writes one word, the next person writes the next..
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..
Scary Halloween Crafts - Tips  by: Angela Maroevich
Looking for some great Halloween crafts for your Halloween party, haunted house, or just for trick-or-treaters? A fun craft is something that can keep you occupied for hours on end especially if you..
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..
ESL Game - Clap-clap  by: kr
Title: Clap-clap Type: Active game Target: Any conversation pattern Materials: None Procedure: Make up actions for the answers to the question. For example, to practice “What’s the weather..
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..
WHISTLE DICTATION - Short Lesson  by: re
Select a passage that has a lot of whatever grammar point you want to focus on (e.g. adjectives). Dictate the passage. When you read, leave out the adjectives. Instead, whistle when there should be..
Winter Olympic Games Higher Faster Sneakier - Lesson  by: Ali
HIGHER FASTER SNEAKIER Content of the lesson: Turin Winter Olympics Speaking activity: Role play and discussion Language: Convincing, expressing reluctance Level: Intermediate + Warm-up: Put the..
Teaching Ideas For the First Day of School  by: Tonia Lee
As teachers eye their empty classrooms the day before school starts where not a creature is stirring and hopefully not a mouse, teachers are filled with anticipation about what they will get for the..
Free 8th Grade Language Arts Lesson Plans  by: Alexandra Schmidt
Creating lesson plans can be a time-consuming and stressful effort for teachers and other educators. Luckily, there are many teachers who have already created lesson plans and curricula and equally..
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,..
ESL GAME: Exercises  by: Sabia
This one is great for over excited Students who need to burn off a bit of energy. It's also good for classroom commands and numbers. Stand the students in a line and call out instructions: "Jump 10..
Telephone Game - Short Lesson  by: jin
Many ESL students have difficulty polishing their telephone skills. Even advanced ESL students have a hard time concentrating on their business English skills on the telephone. One way to practice..
Teaching Reading - 3 Simple Ways To Teach Your Child To Read  by: Deanna Mascle
We all know that learning to read is an important part of growing up for a child. Learning to read is also essential to future success both in school and in life. Older children and adults who..
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,..
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..
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..
Christmas Lessons for Sunday School  by: Joey Papa
Christmas is a special time for Christians around the world. It's the season in which believers celebrate the birth of the Messiah and remember how gracious God was to give his only Son. Teaching the..
Strange Puns #2 - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. MSc. B.Ed.
Here are some more strange puns and a puzzle for really smart teens. In Kuwait kids attent ICT class which means Internet Computer Training, so I ask them "Why is ICT best in summer?" They don't know..
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..
ESL Activities for Primary Students  by: Rebecca Bagwell
Primary students retain more information when engaged with meaningful activities. ESL students need focused yet enjoyable classroom activities to help them become more confident in their English..
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..
Strange Puns #1: for older students - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Timothy Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Show some of these to older students and let them discuss in groups and puzzle them out using the dictionary. 1. Let us eat lettuce. 2. Cycle paths psychopaths. 3. A minimun and a mini mum. 4. Take..
Law Schools & ESL Students  by: Miranda Morley
Law school is difficult for almost all students, even those with a history of academic success and a passion for legal affairs. If English is not a student's first language, and the student is..
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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...
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..
Fun activities to use in the social studies classroom  by: answers.yahoo.com
What are some activities (games, role play, simulation, small groups, etc.) that I could use either in an 8th grade history class regarding the American Revolution, or a high school class regarding..
Grammar Activities for ESL Students  by: Kara Page
Learning the proper rules and exceptions to the English language is a great challenge for English as a Second Language (ESL) students of any age. Grammar activities in the ESL classroom should be as..
How Do You Structure an English Language Lesson? Tips  by: Sarah Handsworth
There is no simple answer to this question but this article will describe a typical journey through a lesson that is often used. The journey is aimed to take the student through an introduction and..
ESL Game - Word chain  by: kr
Title: Word chain Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocabulary or sentence form Materials: None Procedure: The first student must say a vocabulary word or sentence such a “I played soccer.”..
Tools for ESL Conversation Class for Beginners  by: Maggie Gebremichael
ESL conversational classes should help beginner students gain speaking confidence and improve their English comprehension. Essential tools include creativity with lesson planning and audio speakers..
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 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,..
FIND YOUR GROUP - Short Lesson  by: re
Every student is given a card with some information on it. Students have to ask each other questions to find out who belongs in the same group as they do. For example, if a card says, high school..
ESL GAME: Around the world trip  by: Sabia
Give each student, pair or group, some scissors for paper, glue (prit-stick glue works well), large sheets of B4 card and a selection of travel brochures. Students plan a trip (or give a report)..
Geography Games for Students  by: Mackenzie Wright
Difficulty: Easy Playing geography classgamesis an excellent way to engage students and keep them on their toes.Games that lighten the mood make great fillers for the end of the period when lessons..
Games for Teaching English to a Child  by: Phillip Chappell
Teaching young students English as a Second Language, ESL, can be fun for both the students and for the instructor, especially with the use of games. According to the Cambridge University Press,..
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..
Fun ESL Games for Kids  by: Kara Page
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) can often involve vocabulary lists, essays and rote memorization. However, many children will benefit from ESL games in the classroom. The key to a..
Grammar Exercises for ESL  by: Carol Luther
Courses in ESL (English as a Second Language) must cover a lot of territory in grammar. Because ESL students must understand the rules of English grammar and the multiple exceptions to those rules,..
Lesson Plan Subjects for Toddlers  by: Danielle North
Because early childhood is a time when learning occurs rapidly, it is important to ensure that toddlers are exposed to a variety of activities. From the time children are born to the age of 5 is when..
classroom game (3) - Short Lesson  by: sam
Got this idea from Hocus Focus- from the newspapers, usually near the Comics section: Get two or three students to go in front of the class. There will be a "before and after" comparison. For the..
Five Simple Spelling Rules - Tips  by: http://www.writing.com/
1. “I before E except after C” I was first introduced to this little chant in the first grade and it has served me well ever since. However, its simplicity is deceiving! Remember this is American..
How to Teach ESL to Children  by: Lindsay Pietroluongo
While teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) to young children can be challenging and difficult, it can also be very rewarding. Children who are mostly surrounded by a non-English speaking..
Online Activities to Teach Preschool English  by: Jen Marx
Online activities for learning English are appropriate for preschoolers in both home and traditional schooling settings. They provide interactive experiences, while allowing children to become..
Game - Who's Missing - Short Lesson  by: sam
Who's Missing is a game for children ages kindergarten through 6th grade, and is often played in the classroom. In this game, one student hides his or her eyes while other children trade seats and..
FIND SOMEONE WHO - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a list of qualities or actions, etc. Students must find someone who fits those qualities someone who likes natto. i.e. Find
ESL Games for Kids With Genki English  by: Jackie Stark
Instructors who teach English as a second language (ESL) have many options when it comes to programs to use in their classrooms. One of those options is Genki English, a popular system in Japan for..
Classroom Games for Kids  by: Alicia Bodine
There will be times when your class finishes up a subject a little early or has some free time in the school day when you can organize some games to play. These do not require you to leave the..
Icebreaker games - Short Lesson  by: trent
have everyone say their name, and their favorite hobby.
The Ultimate Checklist for Adult and Teen ESOL Language Learners  by: Steve McCrea
OBJECTIVE: To motivate students to set their own goals for the week. This worksheet helps students find their passions about why they are learning English. Send your suggestions for other activities...
Teaching Preschool Color and Shapes with Family Games  by: Laura Bankston
My kids just can't get enough of playing games with Mom and Dad--can yours? Sometimes we all take a break in the middle of the day and play a game together. Most of the time, I just make sure we play..
Third-Grade Christmas Craft Ideas  by: Aya Pauli
Christmas craft ideas for a third-grade class need to use slightly more advanced techniques than crafts for young kids, but keep the process shorter than crafts for older kids. Third-grade students..
How to 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..
ESL Game - Pictionary  by: kr
Title: Pictionary Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students are divided into 2 teams. One person from one team comes up to the front where the teacher gives them a..
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..
About English Conversation Classes  by: Serena Spinello
English conversation classes offer students the chance to improve their understanding and usage of the English language, increase their fluency and comprehension level, learn the various rules of the..
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..
Book Sale - Lesson + quiz  by: Elite Hussar
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..
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..
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..
ESL Games & Activities for Kids  by: Amber D. Walker
Teaching English as a second language to children can be exciting. They have a lot of energy and can learn the basics of a language quickly. However, children have shorter attention spans than adults..
Re: Chinese Jump Rope (game)  by: Dana
Hello, When we played this as elemty. kids (now 41 yrs. old) once you finished the first sequince of jumps we then moved from the rope around our 'ankles' to our knees 'kneesees' then to our thighs,..
Foreign language teachers........lesson ideas  by: answers.yahoo.com
For my Spanish III class we are reviewing descriptions (such as I'm tall, he's short, etc.) I am supposed to go over this for a whole hour. (I'm student teaching so I don't get a lot of say in it)..
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..
Fun Halloween Games  by: James Watts
Looking for Halloween games for your next haunted party? Well then, you've come to the right place. Here you will find fun Halloween games for ghouls, both young and old. Pumpkin Hunt Plan a prize..
Grammar game - Short Lesson  by: jin
Show students how English words often derive from other languages; explain that those words are called cognates. Play a guessing game by writing an assortment of foreign language words on the board..
TEFL Techniques - Where's Your Tongue?  by: Andrew Carter
Many students of the English language have a problem with pronouncing the ‘TH’ sound that we use so commonly in our language, and it’s important that we teach this sound from an early stage...
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..
Tips for Successful Listening Activities in the English Language Classroom  by: Sarah Handsworth
Listening is an essential activity for any language learner. In listening we come up against a series of obstacles that prevent progression. It can be a depressing experience for a student to study..
pia... - Game  by: chrissy
this game doesn't really have a name, my kids call it "pia" which means throw in chinese...its very simple and the kids beg me for it everyday i have them...alls u will need for this game is two wet..
| 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..
Aeon Interview ...What is the best 5 minutes lesson to teach?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I am trying to think of a fun and interesting lesson that will be engaging for students in an Aeon ESL interview. I was thinking of doing one these: weather; animals - male, female, baby;..
How to Teach English Through Films  by: Vaughnlea Leonard
Using films to teach English can be an integral part of effective learning. English is much more than just spelling, grammar and punctuation. Watching films help develop critical comprehension and..
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..
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..
What are some good games to play with kindergarten kids?  by: answers.yahoo.com
This is a spoken English class, so im looking for more of an English game to play in class.
9th grade English class read longer selections, such as The Most Dangerous Game  by: answers.yahoo.com
Do you have them read in groups? Or in pairs? Or individually? I am limited because we only have a classroom set of books, so the students may not take them home. Thanks for any suggestions!
Tips to Create New Teaching Activities  by: Ivana Vitali
Are you a teacher? Are your class activities starting to bore you? Do you feel like your students need more encouragement during your lessons? If your answer to any of these questions was “yes”,..
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..
ESL GAME: "Bring Me" Game & the Chopsticks Race  by: Sabia
Bring me game: Students are in teams. The teacher calls out: "Bring me a ruler." Or just "A ruler, please." The first team to bring one to the teacher gets a point. Chopsticks Race: Make two teams...
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..
How do I Teach English Effectively to Kids  by: Karen Farnen
You can help kids learn English as a second language by adapting your lessons to their needs and enthusiasm. Use language suited to their age level and topics that interest them. Incorporate..
ESL Game - Clueless  by: kr
Title: Clueless Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Word or picture cards Procedure: One student has a card pinned to their back or stuck on their forehead. The rest of the class knows what..
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..
Learning the Basics Like the Alphabet and Numbers  by: Theresea Hughes
We all want our children to succeed in learning and the first mini hurdle that they have to overcome is learning the basics like the alphabet and numbers. Yet trying to get a toddler to memorize..
Going To - quiz  by: jt
What ___ this weekend? a. you are going to do b. are you going to do c. your gonna do Answerb I'm not sure. ___ anything special? a. Are you going to do b. You are going to do c. Is going to do..
Increase the Attention Span of Boys With These Tips  by: Michelle Caskey
As a general rule, the attention span of boys tends to be shorter than that of girls. Obviously this varies with each child. There are more boys who suffer from ADHD. And even boys who have wonderful..
Teaching English Isn't That Easy  by: Matthew Tedstone
Anyone who has taught or is teaching English as a foreign language will know that it's not as easy as it might seem. "Teaching a bunch of 4 year old's to count to ten, what a doddle". Definitely not,..
Classroom Activities About Conflict  by: Cindy Phillips
The classroom is a place to teach basic skills such as reading, writing and arithmetic. In a fast-paced and demanding world, teaching life skills is equally important. Conflict resolution is an..
How to Teach Grammar Prepositions With Total Physical Response (TPR)  by: Kristie Sweet
Total Physical Response is a teaching technique that uses physical action to assist in language learning. Dr. James J. Asher, the original developer of TPR, based the technique on the premise that..
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..
QUIZ BOWL - Short Lesson  by: re
Make up 60 or so questions based on material already covered. The questions can be comprehension questions, fill-in-the-blank, translation, etc. Divide the class into two teams. Give half of the..
Object Pronouns  by: jt
"Is she writing to Leonardo di Caprio?" "Yes, she is in love with ___!" a. her b. him c. his Answer-b "John is making a lot of noise!" "I'll ask ___ to be quiet." a. him b. it c. its Answer-a "Please..
The Meatrix (internet movie) - Lesson  by: Captain Jay Bird
How to run this lesson: The Meatrix Level: Pre-Intermediate/ Intermediate Time: 30 ( depending on discussion) Materials Needed:A fast internet connections on student machines An interactive..
Lesson 10 - A Useful Tip  by: jt
Some years ago, when the brother of an acquaintance of mine was a university student, he bought his first car. Eager to show it off, he asked his parents to go for a ride. As they were driving along,..
COUNTING CARDS - Short Lesson  by: re
Use about 20 flashcards. Have a student say a number between one and twenty. Then start reading the flashcards. If the number is 7? for example, stop and do something special on the seventh card and..
Presidents' day parade and news conference teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
To celebrate Presidents' Day, why not have a Presidents' Day Parade and News Conference? 1. How many students do you have? Write the name of that many presidents on a piece of paper and have children..
How to Teach an ESL Class About Signs & Symbols  by: Nicole Dyles
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) classes about signs and symbols is very important. Students need to be able to identify and understand various signs and symbols that they see in their..
ESL English Lesson: Noisy and disruptive neighbours!  by: David Robinson
Today let’s talk about noisy neighbours! They can be very annoying. It can be loud music blasting out. Someone could hold a party. In this instance it is better they invite their neighbours. If you..
Game: Hopscotch - Short Lesson  by: sam
Hopscotch is a simple jumping game that is easy to set-up and easy to learn. To play outdoors, all you need is a package of colored or plain white chalk, child-safe items like colored stones for the..
Trivia Game Questions and Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: Infants have more or less number of bones than adults? Answer: More Trivia Teaser: A baby's body has about 300 bones at birth. These eventually fuse, or grow together, to form the 206 bones..
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..
ESL Game - Food Chain Evolution  by: kr
Title: Food Chain Evolution Type: Active Game Target: Animals Materials: None Procedure: Brainstorm with the students to develop a food chain of 5-7 animals from smallest to biggest. Review the..
Child Stories: Going Beyond - Lesson  by: Paul Arinaga
Despite the explosion of the Internet and various new media, child stories are still what most people want – whether they are adults or children themselves. Nonetheless, I wonder if we can’t..
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...
Good games to play in class  by: answers.yahoo.com
thankyou for all your answers!
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..
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,..
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?
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..
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..
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..
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..
Fun Games for Children Training in Martial Arts  by: Eric Gehler
Keeping children interested in their Martial Arts training requires an element of fun and games. Traditionalists are usually only concerned with the discipline and structure of their training, but..
Third-Grade ESL Games  by: Ashley Leary
It is always a challenge to meet student needs and have fun at the same time. Furthermore, with the diversifying student population, there is a need for new and creative ideas for learning. Students..
ESL Game - Banana Tree Game  by: kr
Title: Banana Tree Game Type: Game Target: Review Materials: picture cards Procedure: Divide the class into 2 teams. Draw a banana tree on the board with about 9 rungs up the tree. Each team has a..
Preschool Games - Babies, Balloons and Cookie Games to Teach the Letters "B" and "C"  by: Mary Robinson
Fun and Games Since preschoolers learn best by doing, try incorporating some of these preschool games and activities when teaching children about the alphabet. The first series of preschool games..
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..
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..
QUIZ BOWL - Short Lesson  by: re
Make up 60 or so questions based on material already covered. The questions can be comprehension questions, fill-in-the-blank, translation, etc. Divide the class into two teams. Give half of the..
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..
SHOPPING GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Divide the class into shopkeepers and shoppers. (You decide the balance.) Give shopkeepers a kind of shop (e.g. fishmonger) and a list of things to sell. They make up their own prices. Give shoppers..
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..
ESL Exercises for Beginners  by: Lissa J
ESL, or English as a Second Language, is an important subject for some students all over the world. You may encounter many different levels of ESL students in your classroom, and Patty Middleton, an..
ESL GAME: Slap that Word  by: Sabia
This game helps Students associate and reinforce written and spoken words that have been introduced during your lessons. You'll need these materials: fly swatter word wall (words written on a..
Fun Elementary Lessons - Use Surprises and Silliness to Motivate the Student  by: Michelle Caskey
A fun way to motivate a student is to pack your lessons full of surprises and silliness. Positive emotions enhance learning and motivation. Your boys will have strong and lasting memories if they are..
ESL Last Day Games  by: Joel Barnard
Students of English as a second language, or ESL, are unlikely to be particularly receptive to a traditional lesson structure on the last day of class. Instead, provide a lesson that gives you and..
ESL GAMES: Socks on Hands & Spin the Bottle  by: Sabia
Socks on Hands: Students need to put socks on their hands and try to pick up a flashcard they named! It is hard because socks make the card slippery. More cards = more points. Spin the Bottle: ..
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...
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..
FAMILY TREES - Short Lesson  by: re
This activity can be used to introduce members of the family (Mike is my brother), review possessive adjectives (shoyuukaku), and the possessive s . Draw your own family tree and explain its history...
Teaching Preschool - Patience, Expectations, and Fun  by: Mary Robinson
"Not While I'm Wearing the Hat" Teaching preschool is never a walk in the park. One moment you're trying to sooth a crying child while tearing apart two others who are fighting over the last black..
How to Teach ESL Grammar  by: Karen Farnen
Modern ESL grammar instruction combines practice of structures with practice in communication. With the variety of resources available, every grammar class can address all learning styles. You can..
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 Game - Picasso  by: kr
Title: Picasso Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Divide students into teams. The first student from each team comes to the board and the teacher tells them a word in..
Hand-Piano Song Game - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
ESL game that also includes: Potato Song, Peas Pudding Song, Fish Song, Little Piggy Song, Teddy Bear Song, 1, 2 Buckle My Shoe Song, Crazy Song and Shadows (adjust to all ages) Have the children..
Tips in Teaching English for Specific Purposes (ESP) for Tourism  by: Majlinda Miftari
English for Specific Purposes (ESP) is a course designed to meet specific needs of the learners and helps them to accomplish their English skills. They get the possibility to use the language for..
How to Plan a No-Materials ESL Lessons  by: Writer
There are many reasons why you may plan a no-materials ESL lesson. You may have been called in to substitute for another teacher just 20 minutes before the lesson, you may need a change of pace to..
ESL GAME: Happy Word Families  by: Sabia
Make several teams. Give four/three flashcards from a single word family (Animals, Transports, Food, etc) to each member of the group. The students look carefully at their cards. Then all the cards..
INSTRUCTIONS - Short Lesson  by: re
One person stands at the blackboard with their back to the class. The other students can see a picture. The other students give instructions to the person at the blackboard. Compare the picture with..
Ideas for a fun English class  by: answers.yahoo.com
What are some ideas for games and activities for English students? I have a group of eight students learning English as a second language (they're pretty fluent), all about 20 years old. What are..
Learning the Basics Like the Alphabet and Numbers  by: Theresea Hughes
We all want our children to succeed in learning and the first mini hurdle that they have to overcome is learning the basics like the alphabet and numbers. Yet trying to get a toddler to memorize..
Resources for Teaching Grammar to ESL Students  by: Justin Davis
Teaching grammar to English as a second language (ESL) students can be very difficult. English has many rules of grammar that are tricky and problematic for many students who are speakers of foreign..
ESL Problem Solving Games  by: Abby Slutsky
English as a Second language (ESL) students have the challenge of mastering a new language as they learn. Understanding and communicating in a foreign language can make it difficult for even a very..
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,..
ESL GAME: Do you have…?  by: Sabia
It’s simple for the kids to pick up "Do you have a ...?" when talking about one specific thing. Split the group into several groups. Assign each group a different word (this is the thing that that..
How to Find English Lessons  by: Collaborator
While many people have excellent English writing and speaking abilities, others either need to improve their English skills or are just starting to learn the language. Finding English lessons can be..
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..
Stuck Inside - 5 Fun Things to Do When It's Raining  by: Lisa Kirby
It's raining, it's pouring, I'm stuck inside, and it's boring! Is it raining cats and dogs? Are you going bonkers with the free time? Well then, have I got news for you! You can get rid of that..
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..
Learning the Basics Like the Alphabet and Numbers  by: Theresea Hughes
We all want our children to succeed in learning and the first mini hurdle that they have to overcome is learning the basics like the alphabet and numbers. Yet trying to get a toddler to memorize..
ESL GAME: Pass the Parcel  by: Sabia
Place a gift at the centre of the parcel. Use a small box if you want an even shape or to make it look larger than it is. Wrap as many layers as players, with some to spare in case more players turn..
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..
WORDS AND PICTURES - Short Lesson  by: re
Give each of the children one set of picture flashcards and one set of words which corresponds to the flashcards. Each child places a set of picture cards in a column in front of her. The written..
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
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..
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...
ESL Game - Fast/slow motion  by: kr
Title: Fast/slow motion Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: picture cards Procedure: Have a pile of picture cards and show them to the class one by one in either fast motion or slow motion...
Must Have Materials for the ESL Classroom - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
ESL tools. Teacher collects and decorates with these materials but the children should make most of them in class. They take possession of the room in this way, something like territorial marking for..
Teaching English to Middle School Children  by: Karen Hollowell
Middle school English teachers face a daily challenge helping sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders learn the basics of grammar. Integrating literature and encouraging students to write about what they..
April Fool's Day Activities Teaching Tips - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
April Fool's Day is quite an appropriate way to begin National Humor Month. Here is some background information plus a few activities for you to enjoy. Did you know that April Fool's Day began in..
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..
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..
Elementary Fraction Games  by: Bridget Galbreath
Elementary Fraction Games Difficulty: Easy A math concept introduced in elementaryschool, fractions can be difficult to grasp. According toHomeschool Math, this is because of the different operations..
Fun Elementary Lessons - Use Surprises and Silliness to Motivate the Student  by: Michelle Caskey
A fun way to motivate a student is to pack your lessons full of surprises and silliness. Positive emotions enhance learning and motivation. Your boys will have strong and lasting memories if they are..
ESL Passive Exercises  by: Kara Page
Even for native English speakers, learning the difference between active and passive sentences is often confusing and frustrating. English as a Second Language (ESL) students can use a variety of..
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..
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..
Sketch Artists (Vocab Lesson) with Video  by: Chris Westergaard
ESL Lesson Plan - Lexis - Appearance "Sketch Artists" Here's a lesson that you can do with intermediates and up. I just shot the video for it (coming soon) so make sure to take a look at it. The..
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..
Dynamic English As a Foreign Language Learning Activities Your Learners Won't Refuse  by: Larry M. Lynch
For Bored, Uninterested, Reluctant EFL Learners As you begin yet another scholastic year or higher education semester, you're once again faced with the necessity of circumventing the problems of..
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..
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..
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..
Creating a Classroom Atmosphere For Writing  by: Alma Hoffmann
What inspires you to write??? Maybe seeing a gorgeous sunset or hearing your favorite song on the radio... What might inspire a classroom full of children to write? Interesting music? Amusing..
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..
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..
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 TEFL Teachers Can Improve ESL Students Conversation Skills  by: Ed Earl
It is important for ESL students to gain the confidence to use the language they have learnt when talking to native speakers. This article offers ways in which ESL teachers can help their ESL..
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..
Free Games For Kids - Fun Indoor Games And Activities  by: Yogi Shinde
Here are some fun and free games for kids, which is just what you need on a dull rainy day or on a lazy afternoon with your young one. Set a enthusiastic play area and get started with your young..
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..
How to Create an ESL Listening Lesson Plan  by: Nadine Smith
Lesson plans ensure success by establishing goals and then outlining activities to reach these goals. The particular goals of an English as a Second Language (ESL) listening lesson plan depend on the..
Simple ESL Games  by: Tiffany Roget
Make learning easy for English as a Second Language (ESL) students with exciting games and activities. They teach social, grammar, vocabulary and speaking skills and strengthen young peoples'..
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..
Bubble Recipe Secrets - Ten Tips and Techniques to Making Super Bubbles  by: Patricia Jensen
Making and blowing bubbles with your kids is one of the most carefree pastimes imaginable - giggles guaranteed! And yet, blowing bubbles without knowing these simple bubble recipe secrets can turn..
How to Incorporate Math Into Second Language Learning  by: Erin Schreiner
English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers, generally focus on teaching their students the basics of the English language. Teachers can add academic value to these lessons by integrating..
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..
Women's History Month - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
All around the world, International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8. From small, informal gatherings to large, highly-organized events, this day honors women of the past, present, and future as..
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 Teach ESL: Art Appreciation: Intermediate Speaking  by: Clayton Kim
When learning English, grammar and phonics are not the only things that are important. A well-rounded English curriculum is needed to fully understand the language. Learning about only one subject..
Games for TESOL Teachers  by: Joel Barnard
When teaching English to speakers of other languages (known as TESOL) it is vital to incorporate appropriate language games into your lessons. This is because games encourage students to practice..
ESL Chess Games with 2-4 kids - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
The whole class can make the figures/players with paper clay and chess boards with paper squares or ink. Paper clay is cheap and dries in a few days and then kids can paint it. The game of chess is..
ESL GAME: Robbers and Cops  by: Sabia
You'll need to get a number of small objects for this game. You can use objects found around the classroom, or any other objects you would like to bring into the classroom. Split the young learners..
FIZZ BUZZ - Short Lesson  by: re
The first student in a row starts counting with one , the next student says two , the next three , etc. The number seven is unlucky, so no one is allowed to say it. Whenever seven should be said,..
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..
Verb Tense Exercises for ESL Students  by: Rebecca Bagwell
ESL students need a lot of practical experience using English in real-life situations. Verb tenses frustrate many ESL students because few languages have as many auxiliary words as English. Many ESL..
Game: Seven Up - Short Lesson  by: sam
Seven Up (sometimes called "Heads Up, Seven Up", "Heads Up, Thumbs Up", "Thumbs Up, Seven Up", or "Heads Down, Thumbs Up") is a traditional children's game that is played in primary schools, and to a..
FORTUNE TELLER - Short Lesson  by: re
(in progress) Instructions:(make the origami fortune teller, then use it for whatever in class)
ESL GAME: Whispers  by: Sabia
Put the Students into a circle. Whisper a simple sentence or word into the first student’s ear. He or She must say the exact same sentence to the next student. And so on until the last student in..
FIND SOMEONE WHO - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a list of qualities or actions, etc. Students must find someone who fits those qualities someone who likes natto. i.e. Find
Computer Games - Short Lesson  by: sam
Make sure you have a variety of games. It's pretty easy to find a video rental place that will rent them out. If you have two youngsters to entertain, try getting two Game Boys and two Pokémon..
2nd Grade Science Lesson Plans  by: Jennifer Zimmerman
Second graders love to learn about science. They are at an age when they can complete tasks and read directions independently, but they still have a lot of enthusiasm for learning. They love to learn..
Possessive Exercises for ESL  by: Danielle Hill
When teaching possessives to speakers of English as a second language, use engaging and dynamic presentations, lessons and quizzes to help your students internalize forms and rules. Alternate both..
Emergency Lesson Plans, Real Lifesaving Tools for Teachers  by: Frank Holes Jr.
Everyone gets those situations in life where an emergency has come up, and you don't have the time (or sometimes the ability) to get a good lesson plan in to school for your students. Maybe you have..
How to Teach Conversation Techniques in ESL  by: Maggie McCormick
Conversation is an essential skill for ESL students, but it is one that can be difficult to master. The student needs to be able to understand what the other person is saying and know the correct..
ESL Teaching Materials and Lesson Plans  by: Pamela Ann Ludwig
Teaching English as a second language can prove to be a fun and interesting job, especially when you think "outside the book." Students always appreciate the use of authentic materials in class. When..
How To Teach Your (any) Children Social Skills - Tips  by: Alvin Poh Hee Kwang
As our children grow, they will be going to schools and interacting with lots of different people other. For example, friends and teachers. Hence it is necessary to teach them the social skills that..
Preschool Games - Babies, Balloons and Cookie Games to Teach the Letters "B" and "C"  by: Mary Robinson
Fun and Games Since preschoolers learn best by doing, try incorporating some of these preschool games and activities when teaching children about the alphabet. The first series of preschool games..
Child Stories: Going Beyond - Lesson  by: Paul Arinaga
Despite the explosion of the Internet and various new media, child stories are still what most people want – whether they are adults or children themselves. Nonetheless, I wonder if we can’t..
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..
Making a Hypothesis - quiz  by: jt
1. I wish I ___ younger. Life does not seem so attractive at the age of 45. a. am b. were c. had been Answerb Supposing you ___ $3 million in your bank account. Would you give any to charity? a. have..
Game - Who's Missing - Short Lesson  by: sam
Who's Missing is a game for children ages kindergarten through 6th grade, and is often played in the classroom. In this game, one student hides his or her eyes while other children trade seats and..
Vowel Power: How to pronounce most English words by counting  by: Marcelo Montecinos
VOWEL POWER There are many people that can help you, in many ways, to learn how to pronounce English words, and, even though listening, singing and reading lyrics to music is also a fantastic way, it..
Children's poem for 12-18+ yrs.  by: Robin T. Day BSc MSc BEd
Diversity or Diverse City What is the purpose of porpoise and for that matter turtle or tortoise? Things scamper and sing they fin and they wing but what of the purpose of porpise? The roll of the..
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..
Teaching Preschool Color and Shapes with Family Games  by: Laura Bankston
My kids just can't get enough of playing games with Mom and Dad--can yours? Sometimes we all take a break in the middle of the day and play a game together. Most of the time, I just make sure we play..
Cool Games for School  by: Bryan Cohen
Difficulty: Easy While there are so many things necessary to put into the burgeoning minds of schoolchildren,sometimes you need a little break for fun. While your children may want to play around on..
ESL Activities and Games  by: Maggie McCormick
ESL activities and games help your students to get involved in the class and improve their English skills. You can use games to reinforce the lessons that you teach in an entertaining way. Some ESL..
ESL GAME: Colors game  by: Sabia
You should have two small balls of each color you want to practice. Give out the balls. Throw the colored dice and then say the color. Two students which have the same balls stand up and toss it to..
How to Teach English in Middle & Secondary Schools  by: Susan Deschel
Teaching English to middle- and high-school students invokes a curriculum rich with reading, writing, listening and speaking--although not necessarily in that order. English and language arts..
Differentiated Instruction Strategies for ESL  by: Susan Deschel
Differentiated strategies for English as a second language (ESL) students can involve a rearranging of existing curriculum, as well as some creation of new ideas to supplement with strategies that..
New hangman game (over 450 words), including 48 terms from the Lord of the Rings movies - ESL lesson  by: ESL Teachers Board
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How to Teach Your Beginner ESL Students About Weather  by: Collaborator
This article explains how to teach beginning students about weather. It is a common topic but weather conditions and weather words are local. For example, most of my students never saw snow, and are..
Scattergories - Short Lesson  by: jin
Scattergories is a game published by Milton Bradley. You do not need to buy this game to play it in your ESL classroom. This English game for high school students works well for large or small..
How to Create a Grammar Lesson Plan for an Intermediate ESL Class  by: contributor
Intermediate-level learners of English as a second language need plenty of practice in basic grammar concepts, as well as an ongoing exposure to more advanced concepts. Here's how to present a..
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:..
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..
BACK WRITING 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is a team. The last person in each row comes up to the teacher s desk and looks at a flash card. When all students have returned to their seats, the teacher says Start! and the game begins...
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..
Developing Your Lesson Plans  by: Mary Joyce
As a homeschooling parent you are acutely aware of how important it is to have daily plans and be organized. Everyone has their own methods and tactics. And most of these plans certainly weren’t..
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..
A Love of Football Can Lead to a Love of English! Tips  by: Andrew Carter
Yes, really! It works something like this. My client works for a business in Japan – in fact he’s Japanese, in his thirties, and being groomed for the next level of management. Trouble is, this..
ESL GAME: Birthday game  by: Sabia
Make a birthday wheel. Ask students to check whose birthdays take place each month. Practice qestions: “When is your birthday” and answers: “My birthday is in………. So you can: - practice..
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..
Games for a classroom - Short Lesson  by: PL
when i was in 6th grade i used to love doing trivia reviews where we would split the class into 2 teams and have them get in single file lines and face off against each other to answer questions, the..
Camping Themed Lesson Plans  by: Renee Goodrich
Try these 20 camping theme activities with your students. 1) How many words can you make out of the word camping? (eg. pan, map) 2) Unscramble these three words: ihsfgni - mpfrieca - otcrh 3) Put..
Spot the difference game #1  by: yu
There are 15 differences between the two pictures.
ESL GAME: Letter Game  by: Sabia
Divide the Students into 2 teams. Get them to sit in two lines and show the last Student at the back of each row a letter. Scratch the letter on the back of the last student. The student does the..
What was the best assignment you ever had to complete in a high school English class?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I am trying to add some creative and fun assignments to my lesson plans. I teach English IV (British literature) to seniors, but I'm interested in activities from any high school English class. If I..
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 - Tug of War  by: kr
Title: Tug of War Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary, sentence forms, conversation, review Materials: Procedure: Divide students into 2 teams. Draw a rope on the board with a certain number of..
Which is the odd word out Quiz  by: jt
Find the difference one 1. a. cup b. saucer c. carpet d. mug 2. a. drummer b. singer c. piano d. guitarist 3. a. work b. job c. appointment d. career 4. a. rain b. snow c. blizzard d. ice 5. a...
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..
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..
An ice breaker game with 15-18 years old - Short Lesson  by: trent
I was on a company training course and this was quite good. Each person draws a quick picture to reveal things about themselves, (does not have to be a picture can be anything) to give clues their..
some good classroom games - Short Lesson  by: PL
Got this idea from Hocus Focus- from the newspapers, usually near the Comics section: Get two or three students to go in front of the class. There will be a "before and after" comparison. For the..
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..
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..
Game: Red Rover - Short Lesson  by: sam
This game is fun when you have a big group of kids involved. Pick teams of equal size. Each team member holds hands tightly to create a chain. One side starts by picking someone on the opposing team..
Recommendations for ESL Conversation Textbooks  by: Sherrie McCarthy
Speaking is a vital aspect of language learning, but also the area that holds the most fear for many students. Students often hate to make mistakes, or are not very good at small talk, and holding..
Team Building Activities for Kids in the Classroom - Games, Activities, and Ideas for Classroom  by: Takuya Hikichi
"Guide" (also known as Blind Obstacle Course) is played in small groups of 4 to 7 people. One child from each group is designated to be blindfolded and guided through an obstacle course by the rest..
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..
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..
How to Help Your Child (student) be Successful in Kindergarten - Tips  by: Tina O'Block
Your child’s first year of school should be a fun and exciting time. Children who are comfortable with and prepared for this first school experience are more likely to have rewarding and productive..
Lesson 2 - Anniversary-birthday Card  by: jt
The Story "Do you have any anniversary-birthday cards?" a man asked the stationer. "We have anniversary cards and we have birthday cards, but we don't carry one that combines both. Why?" "Simple ,"..
How To Play Seven Up (Video) - Short Lesson  by: yun
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How to Make a Christmas Tree With Geometric Shapes  by: Jonra Springs
Geometric shapes commonly make up the parts of Christmas trees in drawings and crafts. Smaller shapes represent the different types of tree decorations. Teachers use Christmas tree crafts for math..
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..
ESL Game - Bingo  by: kr
Title: Bingo Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: paper and pencil Procedure: Students draw a 3x3 (or bigger) grid and fill in the squares with vocabulary words. Call out vocab words at..
Face Painting Tips for Your Kids Party - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
If you can apply your own make-up or doodle a simple design, you can learn to face paint for a kids party. With these easy tips and techniques and a little practice, you'll be turning out all sorts..
How to Modify a Lesson Plan for ESL Students  by: Paul Argodale
Adapting lesson plans for ESL students requires teachers to think about their work in new and creative ways. While at first blush the introduction of limited-English-proficient students may seem an..
Grammar Review - quiz  by: Amy Nutt
It's time to test yourself and see how much you have learned about grammar. Take a look at each of the twenty questions below and choose the answer that you feel best fits the sentence. You should..
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..
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..
Game: Red Rover - Short Lesson  by: sam
This game is fun when you have a big group of kids involved. Pick teams of equal size. Each team member holds hands tightly to create a chain. One side starts by picking someone on the opposing team..
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..
Christmas Games for Children  by: Teresa Evans
If you are looking for Christmas games for children there many different games that you can choose from. There are Christmas games that can be played with large groups and there are other games that..
Simple and Effective Warmers When Teaching English - Part 1  by: Natasha Mason
Warmers are a key ingredient to any successful English class. During a TEFL certificate course, you should be introduced to a range of warmers that you participate in but it's easy to forget to do..
Gold Mine Story - Lesson  by: Lisa J. Lehr
Very short stories for children are not that common. Here is one. Robin Day Great-Great-Grandmother Cora’s Great Gold Mine Adventure as told to Lisa J. Lehr © Lisa J. Lehr 1997, 2006 My..
Preschool Calendar Activities - Introducing the Calendar  by: Mary Robinson
Preschool is an excellent time to introduce children to the concepts of the calendar, days of the week and months of the year, and what better way to learn about these concepts than through games and..
Games & Activities for Teaching English  by: Suzanne Akerman
Learning English is vital for students who want to succeed in school, but it can be a challenge, particularly for those who don't speak English at home. Plan a variety of games and activities for..
Sequencing - Short Lesson  by: js
In sequencing activities, students must put jumbled pieces of information into a logical order. Unlike jigsaw activities, all students in the group are allowed to see all the pieces of information...
5 Great Ideas For Children's Halloween Party Games  by: Nicola Kennedy
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel when you plan on having a Halloween Party with kids. There are many popular games that can be modified to fit into any Halloween event. Some include: Musical..
ESL Effective Learning Strategies for Elementary Schools  by: Nicole Hunter
Students who speak English as a second language are becoming more prevalent in American schools every day. School districts are increasingly seeking to ways to effectively integrate English as a..
ESL Worksheets and Lesson Plans for ESL Classrooms  by: Aaron Whirl
All teachers of ESL or EFL classes should make a regular habit of making ESL worksheets. Although many ESL teachers chose this profession mainly because it allows for travel and adventure, this is no..
Independence Fever (trivia questions - lesson)  by: Deanna Mascle
1. What event do Americans celebrate with a national holiday on July 4th? A. George Washington’s birthday B. King George III’s ascension to the throne of England C. Formal adoption of the..
ESL Game - Unscramble sentences  by: kr
Title: Unscramble sentences Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary, but especially phonics related Materials: scrambled sentences on the computer or the board Procedure: Divide the class into teams. Put..
Sentence games - ESL lesson  by: Simon Mumford
We all know lots of word games and know that students like them. However, when it comes to games at sentence level, there does not seem to be much except the old favourite ‘jumbled sentences’. So..
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..
Women's History Month - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
All around the world, International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8. From small, informal gatherings to large, highly-organized events, this day honors women of the past, present, and future as..
Ideas for ESL Games  by: Kara Page
Studying English as a Second Language (ESL) can often be monotonous, particularly when lessons include rote memorization, repetition and lectures; however, you can adapt nearly any ESL topic, whether..
Trivia Questions, Interesting Facts - For The Birds  by: Deanna Mascle
1. How many eyelids do birds have? A. None B. One C. Two D. Three D. Three TOPICS: They have an upper lid resembling that of humans, a lower lid that closes when a bird sleeps, and a third lid,..
Teach Your (any) Children the Art of Letter Writing - Tips  by: Aldene Fredenburg
With the ease of Internet communications, letter writing has become almost a lost art. But there are times when a handwritten note or letter is more appropriate, and much more appreciated, than an..
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..
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..
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..
Game: Paper, Rock, Scissors - Short Lesson  by: sam
The game of Paper, Rock, Scissors is both a means of entertainment and a way to make quick, easy decisions when confronted with two different options or opinions. This game is almost exclusively..
ESL Elementary School Games  by: Melanie J. Martin
To reinforce grammatical concepts and vocabulary, mix games into your English as a second language (ESL) lessons. Games help kids to stay focused while practicing words and concepts that you've..
Word Search Puzzles: The Perfect Game For Your New Reader's Party  by: Gail Leino
Is your new reader having a party? Why not incorporate word search puzzles and games into the theme, and entertain the new readers as they learn? Once a child begins to read, they naturally look for..
Re: Excellent movie for English students  by: Adam - teacher abroad
Pay It Forward. Great cast and message. Intl students relate very quick to this film. The movie portray western characters as anybody else instead of the usual well-off, smart people crowd-pleaser..
Another poem for children age 5 to 12  by: Robin T. Day BSc MSc BEd
So the Natives told Me! "Very very hairy & very very wary is the Bing Ban Boon!" In many many way for weeks & months & days did I hunt it by the moon. I thought it large while others thought it small..
Halloween Teaching Ideas  by: Tara Green
Teachers can use children's excitement over Halloween as an opportunity rather than a potential classroom distraction. With a little imagination, creative educators can develop age-appropriate lesson..
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..
ESL Grammar Exercises on Adjectives  by: Joel Barnard
Adjectives make up about one-fourth of the English language, and native speakers may use these adjectives in a variety of ways and forms. Therefore, it is important that an English language teacher..
SPACE RACE - Short Lesson  by: re
Arrange flash cards on a table or on the floor in the shape of a race track. Insert cards to represent the sun and a black hole. Give each of the children a set of counters and one rocket (or..
Christmas Art Activities for Elementary Children  by: Heidi Cardenas
Everyone learns quickly and remembers better when the lessons are fun and interesting. Elementary grade school art activities provide opportunities to learn colors, motor skills, topics and themes as..
ESL 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..
ESL Games - P  by: jt
Paper Airplane Contest Give students a couple of minutes to make an airplane and one minute to test them. Divide the students into two teams and have the teams stand at the back of the room. Ask a..
ESL Game - Going Camping  by: kr
Title: Going Camping Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocab, or phonics Materials: None Procedure Tell the class you are going on a camping trip. If the students want to join, they have to say..
How to Teach ESL Life Skills  by: Collaborator
Understanding grammar is an important part of learning English. However, if you teach adult immigrants, it is more important to teach them skills that help them do everyday life tasks. Not only will..
BACK TO BACK - Short Lesson  by: re
Teams of two stand back to back and hook their arms around each other s arms. Race to a marker and then back to the starting line giving both the chance to run forward and backwards once.
Preschool Crafts - The Mighty Letter "M"  by: Mary Robinson
While some preschool instructors prefer to stick to the calendar to structure their curriculums, others use the letters of the alphabet for their lesson plans. Here are some great preschool crafts..
Making a Hypothesis - quiz  by: jt
1. I wish I ___ younger. Life does not seem so attractive at the age of 45. a. am b. were c. had been Answerb Supposing you ___ $3 million in your bank account. Would you give any to charity? a. have..
Game: Four Square (2) - Short Lesson  by: sam
Much like hopscotch you can create your own four square arena by drawing one with chalk or using masking tape. You will also need a rubber ball, or any ball that is good for bouncing. Draw or lay out..
Differentiated Instruction Strategies for ESL  by: Susan Deschel
Differentiated strategies for English as a second language (ESL) students can involve a rearranging of existing curriculum, as well as some creation of new ideas to supplement with strategies that..
Preschool Creative Activities - Fostering the Creative Spirit  by: Mary Robinson
Preschool is the time when children are allowed to explore their creative sides through arts, crafts, games, and creative play. As an instructor, it's crucial to incorporate a wide variety of..
Making Student Presentations Fun  by: Ontesol
English is the global language of business, but it is also the language of Hollywood and Shakespeare! So learning English can be fun. Have you ever bored your students to tears by making them recite..
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 ..
Picking at a Rose: Love Poem Analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Picking at a Rose To the stones the last petals fall. The softness, the smoothness, the smellness, memories yes. Not relived, recalled. But in the garden waiting along the shining wall another bud be..
TIC TAC TOE - Short Lesson  by: re
Divide the class into two teams and place some flashcards on the board in a square grid. The first child on one team points to any card and tries to say what it is, make a sentence about it, or..
Black History Games & Activities for ESL Students  by: Emily Potter
The history of black Americans is one that is sometimes painful and sometimes rich, but always an important part of the history of the United States. Students who are learning English as a second..
Sunday School Lessons With Pine Cones (including Christmas Theme)  by: Sally Nash
Sunday school teachers can use pine cones as the basis of many crafts for their lessons. Pine cones lend themselves to lessons centered on Christmas and Easter, the two major events in the Christian..
Tips on Alphabet Learning  by: Hema Baahu
Here are a few suggestions you may consider in helping children learn to identify the letters of the alphabet: The alphabet song: This is perhaps the most basic, but is very useful. Do sing the..
St. Patrick's Day teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Top o' the mornin' to ye! Do you have your green ready to wear? Whether or not you are Irish, this holiday is fun for all and presents the opportunity for a multi-cultural lesson. Here are some ideas..
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..
Preschool Lessons - Developing an Age Appropriate Curriculum  by: Mary Robinson
Students will lose interest in preschool lessons if they are not direct and focused. Lessons should have a clear purpose, and teachers should remind students of the lesson multiple times. Just as in..
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..
Learn your students' names - Take a picture of students as they are seated - Tips  by: jin
(and ask them to keep these seats for the first few classes) and write in their names next to their images. (This should only be used with the express permission of ALL students in the class.)
How To Help Your Child (student) Do Better In School - Motivating Your Child - Tips  by: Simon Ronald
Often, one of the most difficult and lasting effects of a poor assessment is the emotional mark it leaves. A child with a bad assessment may feel terrible and may feel like simply giving up. It is..
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..
ESL game: vocab words - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
We do Connect Four with the vocab. Two teams - boys against girls. I ask the definitions and all of the vocab words are listed on the board. The kids collaborate with their teams before answering and..
Fun Ways to Teach Things to Preschoolers  by: Mary Robinson
My philosophy for anyone working with preschool children is that the teacher must have a full resource file of fun ways to teach things to preschoolers. When you think of a preschool child, 3-5 year..
TEFL Techniques - Where's Your Tongue?  by: Andrew Carter
Many students of the English language have a problem with pronouncing the ‘TH’ sound that we use so commonly in our language, and it’s important that we teach this sound from an early stage...
How to Teach ESL to Koreans  by: Lee-Ann Jacobson
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) requires a certain level of skill regardless of who your students are. Since Korean students are exposed mainly to English grammar and vocabulary in their..
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..
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..
Cooperative Learning Activities - 3 Things to Remember When Using Cooperative Group Learning  by: Adam Waxler
Most students learn better with one-to-one interactions or in small groups where they can follow the conversation better and indicate when they don't understand. This is one of the big advantages of..
ESL Games for Kids With Genki English  by: Jackie Stark
Instructors who teach English as a second language (ESL) have many options when it comes to programs to use in their classrooms. One of those options is Genki English, a popular system in Japan for..
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..
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..
Building Vocabulary Through Activities  by: Celia Webb
Studies show that people learn words best by engaging as many of the five senses as possible. Associating a new word with a smell, touch, taste, or sound helps us recall the word for later use. So in..
Improving Vocabulary in Three Easy Steps  by: Celia Webb
There are close to one million words in the English language. That's a lot of words! Too many words for even dictionaries to list (most dictionaries confine themselves to several hundred thousand..
Christmas Theme Ideas for Preschoolers  by: Breann Kanobi
Though they do it in a wide variety of ways, most people in Western countries celebrate Christmas. Help preschool students understand and appreciate this tradition with a variety of Christmas-themed..
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..
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..
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..
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..
Classroom Game - Math  by: teacher
u can play like this game like u give me a math problem and after that they have to walk around the room until they figure it out if they figure it out then they pretend that they shot them like say..
How to Teach Refugees English  by: Judith Willson
Planning ESL lessons for refugees is similar, in terms of the language, to any ESL class, but such classes have specific needs. In general, use common sense and sensitivity when planning lessons and..
Teaching English As A Foreign Language - 7 Tips For Using Popular Movies  by: Larry M. Lynch
Movies and Videos in the EFL Classroom If you're looking to expand the role of movies and videos in your EFL classroom, what better way to expand the learners' communicative skills, grammar and..
FIND YOUR GROUP - Short Lesson  by: re
Every student is given a card with some information on it. Students have to ask each other questions to find out who belongs in the same group as they do. For example, if a card says, high school..
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..
How to Plan a No-Materials ESL Lessons  by: Writer
There are many reasons why you may plan a no-materials ESL lesson. You may have been called in to substitute for another teacher just 20 minutes before the lesson, you may need a change of pace to..
ESL 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..
Cool Games for School  by: Bryan Cohen
Difficulty: Easy While there are so many things necessary to put into the burgeoning minds of schoolchildren,sometimes you need a little break for fun. While your children may want to play around on..
Classroom Activities on Tribes  by: A.N. Pike
Keeping your lesson plan interesting can often feel like a losing battle. Not all students learn or absorb information in the same way. However, simply standing in front of your class and talking at..
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..
How to Write a College Application Lesson Plan  by: Miriam C
lesson on filling out a college application is great for junior and senior high school students. This basic lesson will make the college application process easier and is especially important for..
Learning & Teaching Styles in Foreign- & Second-Language Education  by: Betty Jean Steinshouer
Foreign language education involves a completely different teaching style from TESOL (Teaching English for Speakers of Other Language) or TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language). Likewise,..
ESL GAME: Letter Game  by: Sabia
Divide the Students into 2 teams. Get them to sit in two lines and show the last Student at the back of each row a letter. Scratch the letter on the back of the last student. The student does the..
Mexican Man Frying an Egg - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day BSc MSc BEd.
Here is a puzzle you can give ESL kids on the black board. Can you see the puzzle now? Children love it and it has a bit of vocabulary for them: egg, egg white, yellow yolk, fry pan or frying pan,..
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...
Vowel Power: How to pronounce most English words by counting  by: Marcelo Montecinos
VOWEL POWER There are many people that can help you, in many ways, to learn how to pronounce English words, and, even though listening, singing and reading lyrics to music is also a fantastic way, it..
How to Differentiate a Lesson in a Mixed Group With ESL Students  by: Sarah Zlockie
Students, regardless of age or ability level, learn at different rates and have widely varying interests, which makes any type of classroom teaching rigorous. When students of English as a second..
ESL 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..
Using Drama for ESL Classes  by: Shula Hirsch
ESL, English as a Second Language, refers to teaching English to students whose native language is not English. ESL students come from a variety of countries and have varying abilities in the English..
Simple and Effective Warmers When Teaching English - Part 1  by: Natasha Mason
Warmers are a key ingredient to any successful English class. During a TEFL certificate course, you should be introduced to a range of warmers that you participate in but it's easy to forget to do..
Preschool Science Themes - Water, Ice, Air  by: Mary Robinson
Teaching science to preschoolers requires hands-on play based learning activities. Water is an ideal medium to use for a variety of preschool science themes. The concepts of how water changes form,..
The ESL Grammar Translation Method  by: Kara Page
Choosing a method of teaching or learning English as a Second Language (ESL) mainly depends on the goals of the student. The grammar translation approach to language learning is an older method that..
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..
Interesting Activities for Teaching English Literature in the ESL  by: Kate Bradley
Alien cultural references, unknown idioms and strange vocabulary make teaching English literature to ESL students especially challenging. Engaging the students while teaching the story and its..
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..
The Dancer's Secret -- A Short Horse Story  by: Randall Holman
It was sunset. The wind rode on the sharp edges of the mountains dragging the last bit of color away from the darkening hills. In a small cradle of two hills lay a beautiful girl. Her hair was long..
English lesson plan – In the house  by: js
This lesson plan introduces both the types of houses and the ‘inside the house’ vocabulary. The lesson starts with a warmer where students should identify different types of houses which they see..
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..
Scavenger Hunt - Short Lesson  by: jin
A fun way to introduce a new vocabulary word is to turn the word into a mystery. Introduce the word to the students by writing it on the board or overhead, but do not give them the definition...
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...
Curriculum/Teaching Objectives for ESL Conversation Classes  by: Dawn Sutton
English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors teach reading and writing in English; however, teaching effective communication skills is also an important objective. Teaching students to carry out..
The American English Accent:: The "Explosive" T And P Sounds - Lesson  by: Frank Gerace
The "explosive consonants" Earlier we said that the vowels are an important factor in hearing a "foreign" accent. But it is not only the vowels. The consonants also must be mastered. When we say that..
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..
ERASE A DIALOGUE - Short Lesson  by: re
Model the dialogue or key sentence. Write it on the board. Read it line-by-line and have the students repeat it. Practise then erase a part of it. Have the students repeat replacing the erased bit...
Classroom Game: Scavenger hunt (variation) - Short Lesson  by: sam
A scavenger hunt is a game in which the organizers prepare a list defining specific items, using which the participants — individuals or teams — seek to gather all items on the list — usually..
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..
Ten Easy Steps to Great Kid Party Food - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
This simple guide to kid party food turns your kids party into a fun food fest. Learn what turns kids on when it comes to party fare, and how to make it quick, easy, and impressive. Ten Easy Steps to..
Vocabulary Game  by: Rowenna
This is a fun game that both children and adults enjoy. I have tried it in my foreign language classes. The class is divided into 2/3 groups. One person from each group sits in front with his back to..
How to Teach the English Alphabet to Nursery Children  by: Collaborator
Teaching a child to learn the alphabet is very rewarding to both you and the child. Children are usually anxious to learn and absorb what is taught while playing games. Learning through play is a..
Reading Goals for First Graders - Tips  by: Celia Webb
The reading goals for each grade level guide the teacher's efforts as they work with your child. If you know what those goals are, you can supplement the in-class instruction with home activities to..
ESL GAME: Sweet Ring Toss Game  by: Sabia
Spread flashcards or toys on the table cloth on the floor. Have the children take turns tossing the rings after naming the objects they want. You can make this game harder or easier by having the..
House Writing Activities for 1st Grade ESL Students  by: Cristel Wood
Performing writing activities daily increases literacy and fluency in ESL students. Writing activities can be used for any subject, and allow students to practice basic grammar skills while at the..
games for my class  by: answers.yahoo.com
hiya i have a class of 12 year olds, pne of 8 year olds and one of 6 year olds
Advice on how to teach English to a student with a learning problem - ESL lesson  by: From our discussion forum
Dear Kwako, I'm trying to teach privately a 11-year old with a learning problem - she's really struggling with English. She likes to play video games. I am the 5th teacher they hired for Alice. She..
How to Play Halloween Party Games  by: Contributor
Halloween is a time for all good ghosts, ghouls and goblins to raise their spirits. Host a costume party for your little monster and organize some fun party games. Halloween games can be especially..
Computer Games - Short Lesson  by: sam
Make sure you have a variety of games. It's pretty easy to find a video rental place that will rent them out. If you have two youngsters to entertain, try getting two Game Boys and two Pokémon..
ESL Games - S  by: jt
Scrabble Write a selection of letters on the board. Explain to the students that they have to make up as many words as possible from the given letters. Model one or two examples on the board for..
classroom game (4) - Short Lesson  by: sam
Split the class into two teams, divid the the white board or chalk board into 2 groups. then you put to people up at the board from each team and ask them a question. who ever writes the answer..
ESL Picture Games  by: Renee Williams
Picture cards play a large part in teaching vocabulary to students learning English as a second language. The pictures help students learn English words for common objects. The games add variety to..
How to 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..
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..
| Five Tips for ESL Teachers in the Classroom  by: Kevin R Baker
One of the greatest hindrances to ESL coaching is Teacher Talk Time (TTT). Teacher Talk Time is the amount of time that a teacher spends talking in the class. Since a tradition English class to..
English ESL Lesson Plans  by: Lane Cummings
English ESL lesson plans should all have the same basic format regardless of the grammar point that you're teaching: a "lead in," a picture, question or object that grabs the student's attention, a..
ESL GAME: Balancing Act  by: Sabia
The children lie on the floor on their backs. Each child balances and object you have given out on his or her forehead. Ask the children to do movements like: touch your nose lift your left arm Show..
Law Schools & ESL Students  by: Miranda Morley
Law school is difficult for almost all students, even those with a history of academic success and a passion for legal affairs. If English is not a student's first language, and the student is..
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..
Lesson 4 - Vacuum Cleaner  by: jt
The Story A man selling vacuum cleaners appeared at the door of an old lady's cottage and, without allowing the woman to speak, rushed into the living room and threw a large bag of dirt all over her..
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..
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..
Valentine's Day Quiz  by: jt
Valentine's Day ___ on February 14th. a. celebrates b. had celebrated c. is celebrated d. celebrated Answerc Cupid is the most famous ___ of Valentine. a. symbol b. sign c. motif d. hint Answera It's..
ESL GAME: Exercises  by: Sabia
This one is great for over excited Students who need to burn off a bit of energy. It's also good for classroom commands and numbers. Stand the students in a line and call out instructions: "Jump 10..
Teaching English Word Games  by: Sarah Davis
Games are tools that make it easier for children to learn new things. They can also help adults with learning new information. If the learning game is fun, the child or adult will want to play the..
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..
STORE - Short Lesson  by: re
Open a pretend store in the classroom. If it is a restaurant, let the students place the orders etc.
Lesson: Read Aloud and Spot the Differences #2  by: Greg Goodmacher
________________________________________Partner A Partner A Reads Aloud Tigers are large carnivores of the dog family. They live in the forests of Asia. Their yellow-orange fur has many purple..
Simple Interactive ESL Games  by: Rebecca Bagwell
The best way to learn English is in natural everyday settings. However, many times the classroom setting can get in the way of that. Students put their "English cap" on when they enter the classroom,..
Re: Excellent movie for English students  by: Adam - teacher abroad
Pay It Forward. Great cast and message. Intl students relate very quick to this film. The movie portray western characters as anybody else instead of the usual well-off, smart people crowd-pleaser..
How to Teach ESL Life Skills  by: Collaborator
Understanding grammar is an important part of learning English. However, if you teach adult immigrants, it is more important to teach them skills that help them do everyday life tasks. Not only will..
ESL Adjective Exercises  by: Joel Barnard
Approximately a quarter of all words in the English language are adjectives, according to Oxford University Press. Consequently, language teachers need to give ESL students a wide range of meaningful..
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..
ESL game: Something's Different - Short Lesson  by: lee
Get the whole class together. Ask one of them to leave the room, then get the remaining students to change five things about the classroom. For example, you could put a chair on a table, or get two..
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..
How well-organized are you? - Lesson  by: Ali
How well organized are you? Language: bashful, scruffy, shabby, sluggish, reluctant, Type of activity: Speaking and Critical thinking / Pair work Objective: to practice lexis relating to time and..
Pilgrim Trivia Teaching Tips - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
How much do you know about the Mayflower, Pilgrims, and Wampanoag Indians? Here are some interesting facts about them. Before the Pilgrims hired her, the Mayflower was in the wine trade with France;..
Pick a Particle: In, On or Up  by: jt
We will have to put my mother ___ when she visits us. Answer-up Shall we go ___ with the game now? Answer-on Legal cases can drag ___ for ever. Answer-on First you need to fill ___ the form...
1001 Descriptors - For Vocabulary Development - Primary Grades Through College (And Beyond!)  by: Meggin McIntosh
I love words - and I am assuming that if you are reading this article, then you do, too. Over the years I've done several different projects where I "messed around" and played with language. For..
Online Christmas Stories for Children  by: Samantha Volz
To help children understand the lessons inherent in the Christmas tradition there are a number of websites online that explore different types of Christmas stories. The Christmas season is often a..
Free Birthday Games Ideas for Kids/students  by: Gail Leino
The internet is ripe with free birthday games ideas for those harried parents who are just looking for something to entertain the children. Well, a lot of ideas available are just the regular old..
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..
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..
Preschool Lessons - Developing an Age Appropriate Curriculum  by: Mary Robinson
Students will lose interest in preschool lessons if they are not direct and focused. Lessons should have a clear purpose, and teachers should remind students of the lesson multiple times. Just as in..
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..
Tips for Successful Listening Activities in the English Language Classroom  by: Sarah Handsworth
Listening is an essential activity for any language learner. In listening we come up against a series of obstacles that prevent progression. It can be a depressing experience for a student to study..
Teaching English Isn't That Easy  by: Matthew Tedstone
Anyone who has taught or is teaching English as a foreign language will know that it's not as easy as it might seem. "Teaching a bunch of 4 year old's to count to ten, what a doddle". Definitely not,..
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..
Name that Tune Foreign Style - Short Lesson  by: gh
Create a musical trip around the world to enjoy during English or foreign language class by playing Name that Tune Foreign Language Edition. Before playing with high school students, make a CD with..
ESL Resources and Games  by: River Lin
Because English as a Second Language (ESL) is taught and studied all over the world, sometimes in remote areas with limited resources, many teachers and students turn to the Internet for their ESL..
ESL 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..
Anniversary-birthday Card - Lesson + quiz  by: Elite Hussar
The Story "Do you have any anniversary-birthday cards?" a man asked the stationer. "We have anniversary cards and we have birthday cards, but we don't carry one that combines both. Why?" "Simple ,"..
SHOUT - Short Lesson  by: re
Introduce or review a set of flashcards by having students repeat them after you. Then divide the students into teams and ask the students to identify a card. The first person to identify the card..
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..
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..
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,..
'Point-de-la-mot' game - Short Lesson  by: PL
One game I played when I taught french to elementary students during my student teaching year was 'Point-de-la-mot' (creative, I know - haha.. not at all - Point to the Word) I would make two big..
Lesson Planning  by: Sumauli Mukherjee
A lesson plan is a teacher's detailed notes on how she intends to conduct a particular class or lesson for each day. It is a vital component of a teaching job. Some schools have specific formats,..
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..
The Quiet Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
The Quiet Game is where you sit as quietly as possible for as long as you can. The last one to make a noise is the winner.
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..
SECRET PEN FRIEND - Short Lesson  by: re
Students are given the name of a classmate to whom they must write a letter. Students write the letter, describing themselves, but not signing their names. It will take at least one period to write..
Prepositions I - Quiz  by: jt
Prepositions I 13. ___ the meantime, you can prepare dinner. On In Answer-In 14. Have you decided ___ a name ___ the baby yet? on, for about, to Answer-on, for 15. Are you still working ___ your..
English lesson plan: Computer and Technology  by: js
The English lesson plan – Computer and Technology begins with a warming up exercise of matching words and pictures. In the pictures, students can see different gadgets such as iPhone, digital..
The Most Useful Punctuation and Capitalization Rules  by: Mark Pennington
Punctuation/Examples Commas -Use commas before or after speaker tags. She said, "Call me at home." -Use commas to set apart appositives. That man, the one with the hat, left. -Use commas after each..
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..
Game: Four Square (2) - Short Lesson  by: sam
Much like hopscotch you can create your own four square arena by drawing one with chalk or using masking tape. You will also need a rubber ball, or any ball that is good for bouncing. Draw or lay out..
How to Get Reluctant Kids to Write (Game)  by: Miriam Darnell
Being a gifted/learning-disabled child has afforded me the unexpected privilege of discovering new regions of my brain that few have ever explored. Because of this, I've come to look at things upside..
Developing English Language Speaking and Conversation Skills in LEP Learners  by: Larry M. Lynch
Focus on Speaking When asked by the Department Director to "focus on developing speaking ability" with a group of adult university learners supposedly in the upper intermediate level, I embarked on a..
Game: Any Number - Short Lesson  by: sam
The group is divided into little groups of around three or four, and given a piece of A4 paper and some crayons. The piece of paper is folded from top to bottom so that there is a section for each..
MULTIPLE CHOICE - Short Lesson  by: re
Make up a test with multiple choice answers. Test their understanding of the grammatical structure that you are working on. Offer several incorrect English sentences as options.
Tips on Learning Numbers and Counting  by: Hema Baahu
Here are a few suggestions you may consider in helping children learn to count and identify numbers: 1. Children must learn the sounds of the numbers one, two, three etc, first. Sing number rhymes..
QUIZ - Short Lesson  by: re
Give the students a pop quiz on contemporary culture, your country, the school, or vocabulary.
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..
Interest Facts - Scare Crow Trivia Questions And Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
1. What is a scarecrow? A. A device to scare birds B. A device to keep farmers company C. A device to motivate gardeners D. A device to entertain visitors A. A device to scare birds TOPICS: A..
| English Money Idioms: An ESL Learner's List  by: J. Reese
When I was young, I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is. - Oscar Wilde While probably not the most important thing in life, money does, in..
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..
The Top 3 TEFL Games For ESL Teachers  by: Ed Earl
When teaching English TEFL it is always beneficial to have some ESL games handy to reward the students when they behave well and work hard. In this article I will describe my three favourite ESL..
HOW TO - Short Lesson  by: re
Take the instructions for doing something simple (making toast, doing the dishes, etc.). Cut the instructions up. Students have to put the instructions in the right order. Don t forget to include..
How To Use A Jeopardy PowerPoint Template Effectively When Co-Teaching As a Native Teacher  by: Daniel E Massicotte
Everyone knows about the TV show Jeopardy. Surprisingly, your students will also have heard of it. Regardless of their familiarity with the show, they all love playing a simulation in class of the TV..
ESL Practice Exercises Using Parallel Structure  by: Victoria Gorski
Parallel structure refers to sentences that express one or more similar ideas using the same pattern of words. The ideas are normally joined using conjunctions, such as "and" or "or." An example of..
Game: Silent ball - Short Lesson  by: sam
Silent ball is a children's game in which a ball is thrown from player to player while everyone remains silent. The game only requires a single ball and participants will either sit on an elevated..
How to Teach 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..
The Story From the Chicken Coop  by: Ted Borgeas
Many years ago my grandfather, had a small farm and chickens. One morning he sent me out to the chicken coop to collect fresh eggs. He became concerned when I didn’t return after a shot interval...
How to 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..
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..
Activities on Teaching Life Skills  by: Erin Schreiner
Much of the time a student spends in school is expended through the study of academic subjects. While these subjects are vital to a student's future success, basic life skills will also be important..
How to 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..
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..
Some Simple Math Games  by: Benetta Strydom
Mathematics has long been recognized for it's mental benefits. Working with numbers improves your concentration, memory, focus, problem solving skills, and general clarity of thought. To enjoy these..
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..
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..
Preschool Crafts For Kids - 3 Important Tips  by: Mary Robinson
Preschool crafts are an essential part of any preschool lesson. Without crafts, young students will lose interest, not be able to fully understand and appreciate the lesson, and will miss out on..
How to Write an English Lesson Plan for Foreigners  by: Missy J. Talbot
An English lesson plan is generally written in English. However, if the lesson plan itself is for English as a second language learners, or foreigners who are just beginning to understand English,..
Layout of Preschool Day Care Classroom - Setting Up the Classroom  by: Mary Robinson
One of the most important things to consider at the beginning of the school year is the layout of the preschool day care classroom. Since preschool is often a child's introduction to the world of..
How to Teach ESL to Children  by: Lindsay Pietroluongo
While teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) to young children can be challenging and difficult, it can also be very rewarding. Children who are mostly surrounded by a non-English speaking..
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..
Playing Make-Believe Games Together With Your Children  by: Autumn Lockwood
Children always appear to enjoy playing make-believe games. Frequently even the simplest imaginary games are able to keep a youngster entertained for several hours. Make-believe is a wonderful way..
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.
Harry Potter's Intriguing Science Lesson Plans  by: Valerie Giles
Science Lesson Plans are magical when learned in Harry Potter's Chamber of Secrets at Hogwarts. Elementary education level students will use their imaginations to become wizard graduates as they..
Read Aloud and Spot the Differences #1  by: Greg Goodmacher
This is similar to the conversation activity in which students look at pictures, describe the pictures, and discover the picture differences. However, this is done with a reading text and students..
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..
Spelling Tips For ESL Students  by: Celia Webb
Spelling in English is hard even for those of us who have been practicing for years! For one thing there are so many exceptions to the rules. The English language actually has two basic types of..
ESL Elementary School Games  by: Melanie J. Martin
To reinforce grammatical concepts and vocabulary, mix games into your English as a second language (ESL) lessons. Games help kids to stay focused while practicing words and concepts that you've..
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,..
Speaking To Yourself Can Be Dangerous! (The Importance Of Speaking Practice For ESL Learners) - Tips  by: Josef Essberger
There are 4 key skills when you learn a language: * listening * speaking * reading * writing Which one of these is the "Odd-Man-Out"? Which one of these is different from the other three? The answer..
ESL Game - 4 corners  by: kr
Title: 4 corners Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: One student is it and stands in the middle of the class with their eyes closed. Each corner is represented by a..
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...
The Orange Purple Poem  by: Robin T. Day BSc MSc BEd
The Orange Purple Poem There ye' are Maggie O'Shea and so you are makin' me day! Orange-ju fancy With the new boots and hat see! Now sit yer'sel' down Ye' been all over town., Together we'll slurple..
ESL Game - Word Delete  by: kr
Title: Word Delete Type: Concentration game Target: Any sentence, question, or conversation pattern Materials: None Procedure: One student at a time says one word from the chosen pattern. For..
How to Teach Sound-by-Sound Spelling Blending  by: Mark Pennington
Learning how to do sound-by-sound spelling blending takes a bit of practice. Position your students such that your body does not obstruct their views of the board. Use black or blue markers for the..
Activities to Promote Fluency in Adult ESL Students  by: Erin Schreiner
Learning a language, particularly as an adult, can prove highly challenging. While youngsters' brains are still relatively malleable, by the time an individual reaches adulthood, acquiring new..
ESL GAME: Spiders and Candy  by: Sabia
Place all of the flashcards face up in the middle of the group. Have the Students turn around and cover their eyes. The Teacher places one marker under each card (either a piece of candy or a spider...
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..
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 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..
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 4 - Vacuum Cleaner  by: jt
The Story A man selling vacuum cleaners appeared at the door of an old lady's cottage and, without allowing the woman to speak, rushed into the living room and threw a large bag of dirt all over her..
BINGO WITH NAMES - Short Lesson  by: re
Prepare a bingo grid with a question and YES/NO written in each square. For example, Do you like to swim? , Are you a good baseball player? , or whatever target sentence you are currently studying...
Chinese Jump Rope (game)  by: Sheree Marty
Imagine having a great time playing with just a simple piece of elastic string! Chinese Jump Rope is a jumping game popular around the world! Chinese Jump Rope found me as a child and once again,..
How to make a grammar lesson great  by: Ramya Raju
The one thing we learned as trainee English teachers was that any point of time you are dealing with several syllabi – the prescribed one, the version of the prescribed one that you customize for..
Classroom game for kids - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
Call out a number (usually 2-10 depending on how many kids you have) and the kids have to get into groups of whatever number you called as quickly as they can. Whoever isn't in a group sits out. Keep..
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..
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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..
A Puzzle Poem: Wormfood - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Wormfood.... There are those who scorn Her but we come from Her. She provides. And when we grow old in our skins and tired of mind we return & dissolve/resolve in Her embrace. Total erasure of memory..
ESL GAMES: Cross the River & Hot Seat  by: Sabia
Cross the River: Place flashcards on floor in winding manner. Each card represents a stepping stone in the river. Students must say word/phrase/question/etc in order to step on it and cross the..
Teaching English as a Second Language - A Lesson About Fans  by: Andrew Carter
FANS – there’s a word, plural, which conjures up a few different images for the native speaker. Here’s a lesson about fans. As the students enter the room, the teacher overdoes the welcome with..
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 - V  by: jt
Vocab with Rock, Scissors, Paper Lay the flashcards in a straight line on the floor. Assign two teams and have them line up at each end of the flashcard line. When you say 'Go' the first member from..
The Crime of Double Negatives - Revealed!  by: Susan Thomason
Among the many challenges learning English as second language poses, an all time classic is a double negative. Since double negatives do exist and in fact are quite correct in other languages, for..
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!
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..
Teaching Kindergarten English  by: Sharon Penn
English in the lower grades is incorporated into a Language Arts program. The language arts are listening, speaking, reading and writing. Generally, these language arts skills are learned in the..
Games I could teach a high school class that would involve writing on the board  by: answers.yahoo.com
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Learn your students' names - Take a picture of students as they are seated - Tips  by: jin
(and ask them to keep these seats for the first few classes) and write in their names next to their images. (This should only be used with the express permission of ALL students in the class.)
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..
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..
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..
BULLRUSH (BRITISH BULLDOG) - Short Lesson  by: re
The students stand at one end of the gym. There are one or two students in the middle of the gym. A student in the middle calls out the name of one of the students at the end. That student has to run..
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..
Christmas Lesson Plans for Children  by: Elizabeth Stover
President Hoover spent much of his life traveling, promoting peace and realizing how all cultures contribute to the holiday so many diverse people share. Explain to children that many of our..
ESL games: Party Invitations - Short Lesson  by: lee
The whole class sits in a circle. Tell them that it’s your birthday next week and that you’re planning a birthday party. They are all invited... but on one condition. They must bring you a..
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..
Preschool Art Projects - Play-Based Learning  by: Mary Robinson
One of my life's missions for all preschool teachers is to teach the importance of play in preschool. I strive to use play-based learning for all my preschool classes, especially with preschool art..
Free Games For Kids - Fun Indoor Games And Activities  by: Yogi Shinde
Here are some fun and free games for kids, which is just what you need on a dull rainy day or on a lazy afternoon with your young one. Set a enthusiastic play area and get started with your young..
KIMBERLY S GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Spread out a number of flashcards or real objects. Have students repeat after you as you name each one. Then, cover all the cards or objects. The students must write down what they saw. Or, take one..
ESL Spelling Games  by: Michelle Clark
Students who are studying English as a Second Language will benefit from a variety of games and educational experiences. Choose task-based games and games that focus on instant reading and spelling..
Christmas Activities for Third Grade  by: Monica Patrick
Teachers and educators, who aren't restricted from teaching with Christmas themes, could use a number of activities with their students. Teachers should take advantage of the excitement surrounding..
Christmas Art Activities for Elementary Children  by: Heidi Cardenas
Everyone learns quickly and remembers better when the lessons are fun and interesting. Elementary grade school art activities provide opportunities to learn colors, motor skills, topics and themes as..
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..
Using Trade Books in the Classroom  by: Celia Webb
Looking for a way to encourage your students' interest in a topic? Trade books can provide the needed spark. Trade books, which are primarily designed to entertain and inform outside the classroom,..
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..
Poem Analysis: Materialism - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Materialism and consumerism are facts in most of the world but how many teachers ask students to look at these matters in an analytical way or express an oposite view? We often say we are in a rat..
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..
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..
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..
Kids Outdoor Games And Activities - Get Back To Nature!  by: Yogi Shinde
In this day and age of computer games and television, some fun kids outdoor games and activities are what we need to get our kids physically fit and active. Kids these days are hooked on to..
What Will the People Eat?, Short Poem - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Far far into the future what will the people eat? Rice and beans and Soilent Green but maybe no more meat! Discuss the rice and beans diet, eaten all over the world. Discuss vegetarianism with your..
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..
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)..
Preschool language lesson plans  by: answers.yahoo.com
I need two language lesson plans that aren't reading a st**id book or some rhymes.
Learning the Basics Like the Alphabet and Numbers  by: Theresea Hughes
We all want our children to succeed in learning and the first mini hurdle that they have to overcome is learning the basics like the alphabet and numbers. Yet trying to get a toddler to memorize..
Christmas School Activities Bring the Festive Season Into the Classroom  by: Teresa Evans
Introduce a few Christmas school activities into your program and the children in your class will think you are wonderful. What they won't realize is that they are actually still doing school work..
Art Lessons for Christmas Around the World  by: Lauren Vork
The tradition of celebrating Christmas is one that has spread across the globe over the centuries, reaching many different continents and countries. Each culture that celebrates Christmas has its own..
How to Teach 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..
Preschool Lesson Plans - A Helpful Place to Go For Resources and Ideas  by: Melissa Brehaut
Preschool Lesson Plans are a great idea for any preschool educator or homeschooler of a preschooler. There are many free sites online to get many resources and I find these helpful as well. However I..
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..
What Games would a class of kindergarten children like better  by: answers.yahoo.com
Would they like board games , a series of computer games, or ball/sports games?
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..
TEC ~ Simon Says (funny)  by: mooncrystle
Great suggestion  by: Mr. Scott
Thanks for this information.
Preschool Creative Activities - Fostering the Creative Spirit  by: Mary Robinson
Preschool is the time when children are allowed to explore their creative sides through arts, crafts, games, and creative play. As an instructor, it's crucial to incorporate a wide variety of..
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..
Interesting Facts From Trivial Topics  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: How do honey bees communicate? Answer: Dance Interesting Fact: The ability of honeybees to communicate direction and distance from the hive to nectar sources through dance "language" has..
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..
ESL Game - 2 min Speed  by: kr
Title: 2 min Speed Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Timer Procedure: Set a timer for 2 mins. Challenge the students to see how many times they can recite the vocabulary..
Small Group Activities for Kindergarten  by: Rebecca Lindburg
Children learn through play. When designing a group program for young children, it is best to make it playful to help them learn and to keep them interested. Varying the activity can help children..
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..
Critical Thinking Lesson Plans - Four-Corners Debate  by: Adam Waxler
In today's world it is even more important than ever for teachers to create critical thinking lesson plans that challenge students to think for themselves. One of my favorite critical thinking lesson..
Ideas for a fun English class  by: answers.yahoo.com
What are some ideas for games and activities for English students? I have a group of eight students learning English as a second language (they're pretty fluent), all about 20 years old. What are..
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..
Teaching There is a/ There are ... Lesson  by: Eric
I found a really fun way to teach There is a .../ There are some .../ There are many .../ There aren't any ... . The first thing i do is elicit and write on the board 20 things you can find in a..
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..
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..
SENTENCE SCRAMBLE - Short Lesson  by: re
Scramble up the words in a sentence. Students try to put the sentence back in the right order. Can be played as a whole class, in teams, or in pairs.
Good outdoor games for a Kindergarten class  by: answers.yahoo.com
Creative games to play with a group of 20 six-year-olds outside.
A Literature-Based Lesson - ESL lesson  by: Khalid Al Seghayer, PhD
Please wait to be redirected to http://www.eslteachersboard.com/s/literature-based-lesson.htm
Scattergories - Short Lesson  by: jin
Scattergories is a game published by Milton Bradley. You do not need to buy this game to play it in your ESL classroom. This English game for high school students works well for large or small..
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..
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..
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,..
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 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..
Animal Crime Scene Investigator - A science and ESL lesson  by: Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. / theregalswan.com
Expected Learning Outcomes Students will understand predation and how nature controls the over-population of species. Students will have an understanding of how crime scene investigation requires the..
The Best Lesson Plan Templates  by: Sheila Lamb
Lesson plans are the way teachers present curriculum to students every day. Lesson plan templates are available to help teachers organize their lessons. Each lesson plan contains long and short-term..
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..
The Best ESL Grammar Lessons  by: James Stuart
Grammar is an important part of any language, as it forms the rules for usage. If a student doesn't have a strong grasp of English grammar, his comprehension and output might not be as strong as..
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:..
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..
Scary Halloween Crafts - Tips  by: Angela Maroevich
Looking for some great Halloween crafts for your Halloween party, haunted house, or just for trick-or-treaters? A fun craft is something that can keep you occupied for hours on end especially if you..
Self-Editing of Essays - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL Student's Checklist for Systematic Self-Editing of Written Work (aimed at high school and university but should be used earlier). Writing is difficult for the beginner and doubly so in a..
House Writing Activities for 1st Grade ESL Students  by: Cristel Wood
Performing writing activities daily increases literacy and fluency in ESL students. Writing activities can be used for any subject, and allow students to practice basic grammar skills while at the..
INTERVIEW 3 - Short Lesson  by: re
Write the names of famous people or the names of countries on the backs of a set of cards. Shuffle these interview cards and place them on a pile face down on the table or floor. Each child takes..
Layout of Preschool Day Care Classroom - Setting Up the Classroom  by: Mary Robinson
One of the most important things to consider at the beginning of the school year is the layout of the preschool day care classroom. Since preschool is often a child's introduction to the world of..
How to Create a Grammar Lesson Plan for an Intermediate ESL Class  by: contributor
Intermediate-level learners of English as a second language need plenty of practice in basic grammar concepts, as well as an ongoing exposure to more advanced concepts. Here's how to present a..
Teaching Reading with Authentic Materials (Part 2 of 5) - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
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pia... - Game  by: chrissy
this game doesn't really have a name, my kids call it "pia" which means throw in chinese...its very simple and the kids beg me for it everyday i have them...alls u will need for this game is two wet..
Ideas for Working With ESL Students  by: Leyla Norman
Teaching English as a second language to adult students or incorporating younger English language learners into a mainstream classroom can be challenging. Working with ESL students in any capacity..
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..
Two Quick and Easy Dynamic Games Your English Language Learners Will Love  by: Larry M. Lynch
Do your English or foreign language learners like to play games? If they're at all like my students, of course they do. Are you looking for a short, fast-paced, dynamic activity your language..
| How TEFL Teachers Can Improve ESL Students Conversation Skills  by: Ed Earl
It is important for ESL students to gain the confidence to use the language they have learnt when talking to native speakers. This article offers ways in which ESL teachers can help their ESL..
ESL Game - Red Light, Green Light  by: kr
Title: Red Light, Green Light Type: Active Game Target: Colours, Traffic Materials: Flashcards Procedure: Students start at back of room and when I show green card they yell green light and run..
Suggestions for classroom games (large group -elementary school age)  by: answers.yahoo.com
I need to find a way to keep the group quiet and not bored. My idea was allong the lines of the game 7 up. I am looking for any other suggestions, that dont require much materials.
How to 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..
Classroom Games - Word Relay, Teacher Basketball & More  by: Lucas Kent
Word Relay This game is good to help review vocabulary and spelling. 1) Split the class into two teams and have a player from each team come to the board. 2) Divide the board in two and write a word..
ESL GAME: 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..
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..
Practical Lessons for Teaching English as a Second Language  by: Maggie Gebremichael
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) involves introducing the English language to students who primarily communicate in other languages. Regardless of their ages, you can keep your students..
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..
Small Group Activities for Kindergarten  by: Rebecca Lindburg
Children learn through play. When designing a group program for young children, it is best to make it playful to help them learn and to keep them interested. Varying the activity can help children..
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..
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..
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..
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..
What did the teacher say? - quiz  by: jt
(Reported Speech) Mr. Smith: "Are you a student?" "What did Mr. Smith say?" Answer-"He asked if I was a student." Ms. Washington: "What is your name?" "What did Ms. Washington say?" Answer-"She asked..
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..
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..
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..
Easter Activities for School  by: Teresa Evans
If you are looking for Easter activities for school, then you may want to try making Easter wreaths. Christmas isn't the only holiday that a decorative wreath can be displayed. Before Easter, the..
How to 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..
Some Simple Math Games  by: Benetta Strydom
Mathematics has long been recognized for it's mental benefits. Working with numbers improves your concentration, memory, focus, problem solving skills, and general clarity of thought. To enjoy these..
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..
How to Compose a Welcome Letter to Prospective Students & Parents  by: J.C. Sprenger
Many questions come to the mind of a first year teacher when trying to compose a letter to students and parents. Sometimes the fear of acceptance comes into play, as well as a host of other..
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..
Conversations For a Non-Native English Speaker  by: Cashmere Lashkari
One of the most daunting tasks a Non-English Speaker faces abroad is making basic conversation for essential requirements. Even if they are somewhat fluent in the language specific vocabulary fails..
English Spy Code - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL game (10-12 years). Here is a game for 10-12 year olds. Ask children to decode the following phrases: 1. U R A Q T (You are a cutie). 2. R U O K ? (Are you Ok?). 3. eye heart U ( I love you)..
How to Incorporate Math Into Second Language Learning  by: Erin Schreiner
English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers, generally focus on teaching their students the basics of the English language. Teachers can add academic value to these lessons by integrating..
Activities Using Music to Teach Adults ESL  by: Kathryn Rateliff Barr
Learning a new language offers many challenges and teachers use many strategies to help students achieve mastery. One strategy utilizes music to incorporate vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar to..
Teaching English With a Mirror - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
Teaching English with a Mirror Here’s a lesson plan aimed at Intermediate level students of English as a Second Language. As the students gather for the lesson, there are several mirrors on display..
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..
Winter Wonderland Trivia Questions  by: Deanna Mascle
1. Which is NOT a fact about winter in the animal kingdom? A. Some species of domesticated dog turn white in the winter. B. Mountain goats with their luxurious 3-inch long winter coats can endure..
Plan Your English Lesson  by: George Williams
It is not easy to plan a fresh and new class for your English students every week. Even though your teacher book gives you some great ideas not all of them are practical enough for your classroom...
ESL Game - 4 corners  by: kr
Title: 4 corners Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: One student is it and stands in the middle of the class with their eyes closed. Each corner is represented by a..
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..
English ESL Activities  by: Evelyn King
English ESL activities are a wonderful way of introducing new topics, vocabulary and grammar to foreign learners of English, as well as consolidating knowledge. Activities such as games or role play..
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.
Fun Halloween Party Themes and Ideas  by: Scott Taylor
Halloween is the day of the year that has the most parties thrown in its honor. Everyone loves to get in costume and attend Halloween parties with their friends. Most folks end up getting several..
Hundred Word Challenge - Warmup Activity - Lesson  by: Alex
This is a warmup activity that has worked quite well for me and my intermediate/upper-intermediate classes. It encourages students to speak out early in the class, builds up their confidence creating..
How to Teach Your Beginner ESL Students About Weather  by: Collaborator
This article explains how to teach beginning students about weather. It is a common topic but weather conditions and weather words are local. For example, most of my students never saw snow, and are..
Mother's Day Activities: Teaching Tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Do you remember this Howard Johnson song titled "M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means the World to Me)?" 'M' is for the million things she gave me, 'O' means only that she's growing old, 'T' is for the..
Interesting Facts From Trivial Topics  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: How do honey bees communicate? Answer: Dance Interesting Fact: The ability of honeybees to communicate direction and distance from the hive to nectar sources through dance "language" has..
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..
Ideas to Follow-Up Activities in ESL Teaching  by: Danielle Hill
When teaching any foreign language, repetition is key to your students' advancement. To solidify their understanding of new topics, it can be helpful to devise memorable and interesting follow-up..
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..
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..
Boy with a Sling  by: Robin Tim Day BSc MSc BEd
Here is a short poem for class analysis like others I have posted. I like to teach with short poems or songs as they are snack size literature suitable for a 50 minute class period. Boy with a Sling..
Lesson Plans for Christmas Activities for 2nd Grade  by: Samantha Volz
Christmas is a time for celebration and excitement, especially for children anticipating a visit from the big man in the big sleigh. Through Christmas activities in the classroom, teachers can share..
Classroom Game: mine sweeper (2) - Short Lesson  by: jt
Take 25 sheets of paper and arrange them in a 5 x 5 grid. On one side, write a risk like "expand into a new sector" or "take out a loan to improve cash flow" or "do nothing". On the other side, write..
ESL Exercises on Future Tenses  by: David Stewart
One of the important grammar aspects students in English as a second language (ESL) class need to learn is the future tense. Getting them to write down their plans for the future can be a good way of..
ESL GAME: Whispers  by: Sabia
Put the Students into a circle. Whisper a simple sentence or word into the first student’s ear. He or She must say the exact same sentence to the next student. And so on until the last student in..
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..
| Reinforcement Activities For ESL Students  by: Susan Thomason
Though many ESL students manage a good level of English, they need to continue practicing the language through diferent activities that will allow them to reach their language goals. In this way,..
Helping Your Child Learn English  by: Dedi Walker
re you looking to assist your child in learning English as a second language? The following pieces of advice can work wonders for you when learning English with your child: * Use the English language..
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..
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..
English Lesson Plan: Describing People  by: js
At the beginning of the English lesson plan – People – students are asked to describe the people they see in the pictures. Specifically they should identify gender, age, and a possible occupation..
SENTENCE GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is a team. Give each student in the row some cards that are a part of a sentence. Students have to make sentences. Award points according to the fastest. You may want to use sentences that..
Games to Teach English to Adults  by: Amber D. Walker
Teaching English as a second or other language to adults can be a joy. Adults tend to be well behaved and motivated much more than children do. However, adults can become frustrated easily when..
ESL Game - The Money Game  by: Joe Tosczak
So you are somewhere in Asia standing inside a classroom full of screaming ESL students. You were not trained by your school and they expect you to just "Be the Best Teacher" and make the school a..
Motivation - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Motivation How be humanity sustained? Seeking pleasure? Fleeing pain? From further discourse I refrain. In these few lines I've said it plain. 1998 1. This is a very short poem. 2. Approach 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..
How to Teach a Child English  by: Sandra Choukroun
Fortunately, children's brains are hard-wired to learn languages, especially before the age of 6. But children can acquire language skills at any age with encouragement and support. English has..
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..
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..
ESL Game - Body Clock  by: kr
Title: Body Clock Type: Active Game Target: Time Materials: circle marked on the floor Procedure: Ask students to make the hands of a clock with their bodies inside the circle on the floor. Yell out..
Game for students to know each other: Scavenger hunt - Short Lesson  by: sam
Give everyone a list of items and make them ask other classmates if they have something that fits the list. The list could either be innocuous items, e.g. who has a student id or wearing a casio..
The “Students won’t talk” Problem  by: ESLTiger
Some students will not talk in class because they are too shy or anxious. This is not only true for beginners, but also for some students who are fairly advanced in their listening, reading, and..
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..
Classroom Game: Scavenger hunt (variation) - Short Lesson  by: sam
A scavenger hunt is a game in which the organizers prepare a list defining specific items, using which the participants — individuals or teams — seek to gather all items on the list — usually..
Preschool Alphabet Crafts - 40 Ways To Make Letters (Art)  by: Renee Goodrich
Preschoolers can make temporary letters. Take a photo of these if you can. They can also make permanent letters which can be glued on to card. If the medium is heavier than paper use craft glue. Here..
Vocabulary Games - Short Lesson  by: jin
There are many options with vocabulary games. The most common form is the crossword puzzle. You can use the puzzle to help new English speakers figure out the meaning of words based on clues either..
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..
ESL GAME: Mallet Mallet  by: Sabia
Bring two chairs to the front or center of the class and put them back to back. Split the class into teams. Choose or let students volunteer to come sit back to back. Tell them what the rules are...
Bubble Recipe Secrets - Ten Tips and Techniques to Making Super Bubbles  by: Patricia Jensen
Making and blowing bubbles with your kids is one of the most carefree pastimes imaginable - giggles guaranteed! And yet, blowing bubbles without knowing these simple bubble recipe secrets can turn..
Using Realia in the Classroom  by: Chris Soames
What is Realia? If you're thinking the word 'realia' sounds vaguely Latin, then you'd be correct. In the TEFL classroom, the word realia means using real items found in everyday life as an aid to..
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...
Instant Coloring Page Lesson Ideas - Lesson  by: Renee Goodrich
Here are seven instant lessons ideas that use coloring pages to extend and engage your class. This is a terrific way to settle younger students - ten minutes coloring in will calm and focus them..
Building Vocabulary - Five Ideas for Increasing Your Vocabulary  by: Celia Webb
Do you want to expand your vocabulary so you can more clearly express yourself? Large vocabularies are not only a sign of education; the use of unusual and precise words can help you describe your..
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..
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..
Name that Tune Foreign Style - Short Lesson  by: gh
Create a musical trip around the world to enjoy during English or foreign language class by playing Name that Tune Foreign Language Edition. Before playing with high school students, make a CD with..
ESL Educational Games  by: Jack Stone
In the classroom, games are an enjoyable way to take a break from the rigor of academic study. In an English as a second language (ESL) classroom, games can break up the monotony of grammar rules and..
Classroom Activities on Tribes  by: A.N. Pike
Keeping your lesson plan interesting can often feel like a losing battle. Not all students learn or absorb information in the same way. However, simply standing in front of your class and talking at..
Preschool Themes - 4 Fun Ways to Teach Letters  by: Mary Robinson
The Importance of the ABC's Integral to any preschool curriculum is the learning the letters of the alphabet, not only because it's a crucial step towards reading but it is also among the easiest of..
Child Party Planner - 9 Steps To A Successful Party - Activities  by: Mike Dougherty
Why rush around at the last minute? By following the 9 steps we've outlined, your kid party planning experience will be lots of fun, you'll take the stress out of planning, make things easier on your..
integrating daily life with reading comprehension - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Did you know there are many questions you could ask your child during common, daily activities that would reinforce a reading skill? Below are just a few scenarios. 1. Riding Around Town a. Have your..
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 Teach Conversation Techniques in ESL  by: Maggie McCormick
Conversation is an essential skill for ESL students, but it is one that can be difficult to master. The student needs to be able to understand what the other person is saying and know the correct..
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..
Lesson: Teacher ask class  by: teach
Easy I wanna know what cool things you guys have managed to buy with twenty dollars. Maybe write it or draw it? Fun and great to know students better and their level of English. Sample: Student A:..
How to 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,..
ESL Effective Learning Strategies for Elementary Schools  by: Nicole Hunter
Students who speak English as a second language are becoming more prevalent in American schools every day. School districts are increasingly seeking to ways to effectively integrate English as a..
Birds of a Feather (Questions)  by: Deanna Mascle
1. Which is not a group term for birds? A. Flock B. Flight C. Volery D. Swarm D. Swarm TBD: Various insects can collectively be called a swarm but not birds! 2. Which of these is a fear of birds? A...
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.
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)..
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..
Icebreaker Games for ESL  by: Alexandra Wright
English as a Second Language (ESL) students, especially beginner speakers, are often uncomfortable communicating in the language that they are learning. Facilitating opportunities for students to..
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..
Small Group Activities for Kindergarten  by: Rebecca Lindburg
Children learn through play. When designing a group program for young children, it is best to make it playful to help them learn and to keep them interested. Varying the activity can help children..
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..
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..
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..
Really Creative Ways to Teach Phonics  by: Audrey Lucas
Teachers use phonics to develop literacy in students by introducing sounds as signals for decoding words. Schools have used phonics on and off since the 19th century as an alternative to the..
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,..
CHARADES - Short Lesson  by: re
It s usually best to introduce this game after playing Pictionary a few times. This game works well for verbs. Students pick out a verb card then they act out the verb. The other students try to..
Just Horsing Around (Questions)  by: Deanna Mascle
1. What is the fear of horses called? A. Hippophobia B. Riddiophobia C. Sadlophobia D. Equiphobia A. Hippophobia TBD: Hey, you know we dosn't make this stuff up, right?!? 2. Which is NOT a form of..
Christmas Programs for Pre-k Through Kindergarten  by: Roz Zurko
Christmas programs for pre-k through kindergarten need to be easy enough for this age group to learn without overwhelming them. This is still an age where you want to concentrate first on giving the..
Sentence games - ESL lesson  by: Simon Mumford
We all know lots of word games and know that students like them. However, when it comes to games at sentence level, there does not seem to be much except the old favourite ‘jumbled sentences’. So..
ESL 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..
| Teaching ESL Vocabulary: Tips for TEFL Teachers  by: Ed Earl
It is very beneficial for ESL students to learn new vocabulary regularly. This article gives ESL teachers some ideas on how they can improve their ESL student's vocabulary. ESL students enjoy..
Sunday School Lessons With Pine Cones (including Christmas Theme)  by: Sally Nash
Sunday school teachers can use pine cones as the basis of many crafts for their lessons. Pine cones lend themselves to lessons centered on Christmas and Easter, the two major events in the Christian..
ESL Drama Ideas  by: Kate Bradley
Appealing to your ESL students' sense of creativity with dramatic exercises is an excellent way not only to teach English, but also to draw out their personalities and make a stronger connection with..
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..
Advice on how to teach English to a student with a learning problem - ESL lesson  by: From our discussion forum
Dear Kwako, I'm trying to teach privately a 11-year old with a learning problem - she's really struggling with English. She likes to play video games. I am the 5th teacher they hired for Alice. She..
ESL Adjective Exercises  by: Joel Barnard
Approximately a quarter of all words in the English language are adjectives, according to Oxford University Press. Consequently, language teachers need to give ESL students a wide range of meaningful..
Fun Language Games for Children  by: Natalie Dave Martin
Teaching English or any other foreign language to young children should be fun and enjoyable experience, both for children and for teacher. Best way is to do it through games, songs and stories. Here..
Alphabet Treasure Hunt For Your Preschool and Kindergarten Group  by: Narcissa Summerfield
Struggling with your class recognizing the alphabet? You are not alone. Teachers everywhere must accommodate many forms of learning to reach every student. Although the following suggestions are not..
The Ball Relay Race For Kids - Short Lesson  by: yi
Another relay game that is perfect for a party outdoors is the Ball Relay. For this game you are going to need a lot of balls. Get small, medium and large balls, golf, ping pong, soccer, softball,..
A SAMPLE GRAMMAR LESSON PLAN  by: jt
Time: 20 min Level:intermediate Gender: M/F Age:15 Materials: pictures Interaction: T/Ss,Ss/T, Ss/Ss Assumptions: Ss know the present and the past tenses Anticipated Problems: Timing,elicitation..
Help Writing Your English Lesson Plan  by: Bill Boyd
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..
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..
Game for students. Shoe-Pile Relay Race - Short Lesson  by: gh
Everyone takes off their shoes and puts them in a big pile, then forms two lines about 10 feet away. At "Go," the first persons in each line race to the shoe pile and must find their shoes and put..
Elastics or French Skipping - Lesson  by: sam
This was a real girl's game that left you with scuffed knees and sorted the men from the boys (so to speak). You needed precision jumping skills and supreme concentration to excel at this game, and..
Toddler Christmas Activities for Sunday School  by: Carolyn Scheidies
Christmas activities for toddlers in Sunday school should be uncomplicated, straightforward and not take a great deal of time. Little children are active with attention spans that carry them quickly..
ESL Scavenger Hunt - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
The Hunt (Adapt this to your own school and student level.) This game promotes group English activity (team work), use of a dictionary and comprehension of complex sentences. Students must write full..
Confidence Activities for School  by: Ann Olson
Teachers can show children how to do math problems, use proper English or exercise correctly, but they can also teach them something just as important--how to be emotionally confident. According to..
Trivia Questions - Hurray For Holland (2)  by: Deanna Mascle
1. What is the proper name of the country in northwestern Europe, bordered on the north and west by the North Sea, on the east by Germany, and on the south by Belgium? A. Holland B. The Netherlands..
Tools for Teachers: Dolch Sight Word Resources for Young Learner Reading - ESL lesson  by: Jason D. Renshaw
Tools for Teachers - English Raven's Dolch Sight Word Resources http://www.englishraven.com Jason D. Renshaw THE DOLCH SIGHT WORDS - AN OVERVIEW The famous Dolch Sight Word lists are named after E.W...
Lesson Plans on the Mouth for Toddlers  by: Miriam C
The mouth offers several different learning opportunities for toddlers. Toddlers are at an age where a basic overview can be turned into several lesson plans and strategies. The mouth can incorporate..
German lesson with audio - ESL lesson  by: ESL Teachers Board
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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..
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..
TAJIMA TOWN - Short Lesson  by: re
Turn the classroom into a town with the desks representing different locations in the town. Make up signs to go on the desks. Get the students to direct other students around the room. Students can..
Spelling Tips For ESL Students  by: Celia Webb
Spelling in English is hard even for those of us who have been practicing for years! For one thing there are so many exceptions to the rules. The English language actually has two basic types of..
ESL 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..
Geography Quiz #2 - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Geography Quix #2. - English lesson By: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed. cowboy4444@hotmail.com> Date: 6 January 2006 1. This is one of the biggest islands in the world. 2. It is the only African..
Elmo Rhymes - Short Lesson  by: jin
Elmo Rhymes, a free online game sponsored by PBS Kids, features Elmo and other colorful images. Users are shown one object and asked to select any additional object whose name rhymes with that word...
Theme Ideas for Christmas  by: Dawn Sutton
Christmas themes provide you with a cornucopia of decoration and activity ideas, whether you are planning decorating your home, teaching Christmas-themed lesson plans to a class or selecting..
Re: Excellent movie for English students  by: Teacher
The movie Duplex does have a nice opening narrated by Danny Devito. Try also, My Best Friend's Wedding - Starring Julia Roberts.
simple classroom games like hangman or ispy, for a small class  by: answers.yahoo.com
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English lesson plan – In the house  by: js
This lesson plan introduces both the types of houses and the ‘inside the house’ vocabulary. The lesson starts with a warmer where students should identify different types of houses which they see..
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...
TEC ~ Simon Says (funny)  by: mooncrystle
Games: Lorry Spotting - Short Lesson  by: sam
This game involves the spotting of various makes of lorries. The scoring is as follows: •Eddie Stobbart = 1 point (spot the name on front = bonus point) •Prestons of Potto = 5 points •Norbert..
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..
ESL Game: Hand-Pizza, Handburger, Sandwich, Sushi roll, Gim-bab - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed
This game or lesson is intended for small children in phonics level, or just above. The drama of pretending stimulates imagination and the children build up their foods vocabulary. They like the..
Help Writing Your English Lesson Plan  by: Bill Boyd
Being in a teacher is a lot of fun and is the passion of many, but preparing for each classroom experience can be quite frustrating. Ensuring that your English lesson plan is well rounded and will..
How to 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..
Reading Comprehension Activities for ESL Students  by: Tonya Yirka
When working with ESL (English as a second language) adult students, remember that they are probably proficient in their native language and can read in that language as well. Therefore, they have..
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 Passive Exercises  by: Kara Page
Even for native English speakers, learning the difference between active and passive sentences is often confusing and frustrating. English as a Second Language (ESL) students can use a variety of..
How to Make Kids More Likeable? - Tips  by: Judy H. Wright (educator)
Nothing touches the heartstrings of a parent more than the plaintive cry “nobody likes me" or ”I don’t have any friends.” We wish there were something we could do to insure our child will be,..
Grammar Activities and Games  by: Anne Clarke
Grammar activities and games make learning about grammar fun for students. And why shouldn’t learning be fun? Here are four grammar activities and games: Grammar Activities and Games – Tic Tac..
Lesson 10 - A Useful Tip  by: jt
Some years ago, when the brother of an acquaintance of mine was a university student, he bought his first car. Eager to show it off, he asked his parents to go for a ride. As they were driving along,..
Free Birthday Games Ideas for Kids/students  by: Gail Leino
The internet is ripe with free birthday games ideas for those harried parents who are just looking for something to entertain the children. Well, a lot of ideas available are just the regular old..
Game: Who Am I? - Short Lesson  by: sam
Played in a group, with everyone involved sitting in a circle with no reflective surfaces nearby, the object of this game is to be the first player to guess their own identity correctly. The set-up..
ESL Party Games  by: Victoria Weinblatt
Ice-breaker activities make for great English as a second language (ESL) party games because they give participants a chance to get to know one another. Once your guests have "broken the ice" with..
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..
Write an English Lesson Plan for Grades 9-12  by: Catherine Day
Lesson planning is an important component of a teacher's daily work. Writing a detailed plan for each day of class can help teachers ensure that they are using the entire period in a way that..
Practice Vocabulary - Lesson  by: ESL Free Lesson
"Changing" money Scene: You are in a store, and you want to play the video game there . You need coins to operate the game, but you only have a ten dollar bill. You desire to ask the owner of the..
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..
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..
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..
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..
English Tutoring Activities  by: Sam Grover
The key to tutoring English for speakers of other languages (ESL) is keeping the students engaged. This is particularly true in tutoring settings, where the tutor is all the student can focus on. You..
Telephone - Short Lesson  by: jp
Divide the group into two teams and have them stand in single file lines. Whisper a somewhat complex sentence (according to their level) into the ear of the first person in each line. Make sure no..
Picking at a Rose: Love Poem Analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Picking at a Rose To the stones the last petals fall. The softness, the smoothness, the smellness, memories yes. Not relived, recalled. But in the garden waiting along the shining wall another bud be..
Ten Classic Kids Party Games With a Twist - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
The most exciting part of a kids party is the party games, and why not start with the classics? We've all played musical chairs, pin-the-tail, and limbo. But have you played them like this? Learn how..
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..
The Perfect Society: A WebQuest on The Giver - ESL lesson  by: Nellie Deutsch
The Perfect Society! A WebQuest on The Giver by Lois Lowry Introduction Lois Lowry wrote a novel about a community that seems to function perfectly. The Giver appears to describe a perfect society...
Interviewing English Speakers and Tourists  by: Eric Roth, www.compellingconversations.com
= = > Reproducible Format Interviewing English Speakers and Tourists Your name: Person interviewed: Location: Date: 1. Can I ask you a few short questions for my English class? 2. Where are you from?..
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..
Mini-lesson in grammar for 4th to 6th - Lesson  by: Jacob Dix
gradersMini-Lesson: Stand up for what you say. Age group:4th to 6th graders (9-12 years old) Theoretical background: The idea behind this lecture is to turn grammar into a game using..
Grammar quiz with answers - Prepositions  by: jt
Prepositions 1. I bought a new dress ___ the store. Answer- at 2. I found my car keys ___ my pocket. Answer- in 3. My friends are waiting ___ me ___ the mall. Answer- for Answer- at 4. I saw the..
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 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..
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..
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...
The American English Accent: The Voiced And Unvoiced - Tips  by: Frank Gerace
The voiced and unvoiced consonants In this section we will try to clarify the difference between the voiced consonants and the unvoiced consonants. If you want to master English pronunciation you..
Lesson Plans for Christmas Activities for 2nd Grade  by: Samantha Volz
Christmas is a time for celebration and excitement, especially for children anticipating a visit from the big man in the big sleigh. Through Christmas activities in the classroom, teachers can share..
How to Teach ESL Lesson Plans  by: Robin McDaniel
English as a Second Language (ESL) students are becoming more prevalent in our schools as the educational system is becoming more multiculturally oriented. Teaching ESL students requires some..
How to Develop a Lesson Plan for ESL Children  by: Shaunta Alburger
An English as a Second Language (ESL) lesson plan is the same as any lesson plan. It provides a guideline for a day's study or for a longer, more complicated lesson that helps the teacher stay on..
STORE - Short Lesson  by: re
Open a pretend store in the classroom. If it is a restaurant, let the students place the orders etc.
ESL Game - Whispers  by: kr
Title: Whispers Type: Active game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students are divided into 2 teams. Each team stands in a line. The first student from each team comes to the..
ESL 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..
The Book Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
Each person should choose a book from the shelves, hopefully providing a mix of familiar and obscure volumes. One player commences by reading the title of their book and any 'blurb' from the dust..
ESL Game - Telephone Game  by: kr
Title: Telephone Game Type: Concentration game Target: Any vocabulary, pronunciation Materials: None Procedure: A vocabulary word is chosen and whispered by the teacher to the first student. They..
JANKEN SHOULDER RACE - Short Lesson  by: re
Students get into pairs and stand up. When the teacher says start , each pair jankens. The loser must say something in English or ask a question. Then, the loser must hold onto the winner s shoulder...
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...
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..
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..
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..
Listening - ESL lesson  by: franklin johnson erowe
Of the four language skills, listening has been sadly neglected. students develop a certain degree of proficiency in reading, writing and speaking but not in listening. Their listening comprehension..
The Ten Parts of Speech With Clear Examples  by: Mark Pennington
1. A common noun is a person, place, idea, or thing. It is capitalized only at the start of a sentence. It can be a single word, a group of words, or a hyphenated word. Examples: The girl was..
Grammar Activity for ESL Class - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
Grammar Practice Activity for an ESL Classroom When teaching English grammar your book will probably have several ESL worksheets to drill the concept. These are useful exercises, but you will also..
Games 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..
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..
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..
BACK WRITING 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
After reading a text, each student selects about 5 new, difficult or unusual words. In pairs, they write the words one at a time (with their fingers) on their partners backs. The partner guesses the..
ESL Role Play  by: George Stocker
Learning a language is a complex and long process as anyone who has tried will agree. One of the most difficult and frustrating things is making the transition from the classroom to the 'real' world...
STATUES - Short Lesson  by: re
Play the traditional game of statues. All the children stand up and dance or move around to some lively music. When the music stops, they have to stand completely still or else they are eliminated..
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..
FORTUNE TELLER - Short Lesson  by: re
(in progress) Instructions:(make the origami fortune teller, then use it for whatever in class)
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..
Preschool Curriculum - Let the Calendar be Your Guide  by: Mary Robinson
Follow the Calendar When planning a preschool curriculum, most instructors like to use the calendar year and its occurrences as their basic structural component. This keeps the curriculum relevant..
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...
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..
Hints on how to encourage children to read - Tips  by: Ruowen Leung
• Keep a small basket filled with joke books, magazines, short stories, books of questions and answers, and books like Ripley’s Believe It or Not in each bathroom of your house. • Put a map of..
ESL GAME: "May I have some juice, please?"  by: Sabia
Bring a small bottle of juice (e.g. orange juice) to class. At some point during the lesson, take out the bottle and have a sip. This almost certainly will cause a mini-riot of kids asking for some...
ALPHABET 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Use big cards. Go through the alphabet once in order then mix them up. Introduce the pronunciation of B and V, M and N, and L and R carefully.
Lesson 4 - Vacuum Cleaner  by: jt
The Story A man selling vacuum cleaners appeared at the door of an old lady's cottage and, without allowing the woman to speak, rushed into the living room and threw a large bag of dirt all over her..
Reported Speech - quiz  by: jt
Mary "I love chocolate." Jill: "Mary said (that) she ___ chocolate." a. loved b. loves c. loving Answer-a Mary: "I went skiing." Jill: "Mary said (that) she ___ skiing." a. went b. had gone c. have..
ESL GAMES: Blindfold Guessing Game & Blind Toss  by: Sabia
Blindfold Guessing Game: Blindfold one or two children. Give them each a few objects or things they now. Fruits are an obvious idea because one can come by them easily. They have to find a pair and..
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..
FIZZ BUZZ - Short Lesson  by: re
The first student in a row starts counting with one , the next student says two , the next three , etc. The number seven is unlucky, so no one is allowed to say it. Whenever seven should be said,..
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..
Evan's Fun Word Game  by: Don C Jones
A couple of years ago we had a student at our reading center who invented a word game that we have used ever since. As part of our normal lesson we make word cards that the student practices at home...
English Language Teaching - Using Toys as Educational Tools  by: Larry M. Lynch
Children love to play. Who can deny it? So why not use this universal characteristic to provide and promote English language learning as well? If you do, you can hardly go wrong. What child is going..
Birthday Games - Lesson  by: Kimberly Hargis
Pop the Balloon! Before the party, blow up enough large-sized balloons so that there will be one per child. Do not blow up the balloons completely, leave them a little "soft." When it is time to play..
HOW TO - Short Lesson  by: re
Take the instructions for doing something simple (making toast, doing the dishes, etc.). Cut the instructions up. Students have to put the instructions in the right order. Don t forget to include..
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..
Year 8 (age 13-14) English Level test. - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. MSc. B.Ed.
I used the following to test the English level of new students coming to our school in Kuwait. ESL students sometimes enjoy testing themselves. Year 8 (age 13-14) English Level Test. 1. Fill the..
integrating daily life with reading comprehension - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Did you know there are many questions you could ask your child during common, daily activities that would reinforce a reading skill? Below are just a few scenarios. 1. Riding Around Town a. Have your..
Activities for Teaching English As a Foreign Language  by: Sophie Southern
Teaching English as a foreign language, commonly referred to as TEFL, can be a rewarding way to help people learn while traveling or learning about new cultures. Focusing on helping your students..
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..
How to Teach Your Beginner ESL Students About Weather  by: Collaborator
This article explains how to teach beginning students about weather. It is a common topic but weather conditions and weather words are local. For example, most of my students never saw snow, and are..
The Ball Relay Race For Kids - Short Lesson  by: yi
Another relay game that is perfect for a party outdoors is the Ball Relay. For this game you are going to need a lot of balls. Get small, medium and large balls, golf, ping pong, soccer, softball,..
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..
Christmas Customs Around the World - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
December is well-known for Christmas but do you know how people in countries around the world celebrate it? Here are some customs from various parts of the world. Australia Greeting - Merry Christmas..
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..
ESL GAMES: Blindfold Guessing Game & Blind Toss  by: Sabia
Blindfold Guessing Game: Blindfold one or two children. Give them each a few objects or things they now. Fruits are an obvious idea because one can come by them easily. They have to find a pair and..
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..
"All I Want for Christmas" Writing Activities  by: Suzanne Akerman
When the Christmas season approaches and visions of sugar plums and Xboxes dance in students' heads, it can be hard to keep children focused on schoolwork. In your English course, give students..
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..
Get to Know You Activities - Create Bingo Cards For Get to Know You Bingo  by: Adam Waxler
I recently wrote an article discussing the importance of teachers using get to know you activities to reduce classroom management problems and improve academic achievement. In that article I shared..
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..
Help Children Learn English With Games  by: Joydeep Shankar Bhattacharya
"All work and no play makes jack a dull boy", we all must have heard this well known proverb many times before in our life. This proverb tells us that playing has a lot of significance in our life,..
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..
ONE UP ONE DOWN - Short Lesson  by: re
The teacher starts by stating, One up, one down . Only the teacher knows that that refers to the position of the teacher s arms: one is holding his/her chin, the other is crossed against his/her..
Preschool Crafts For Kids - 3 Important Tips  by: Mary Robinson
Preschool crafts are an essential part of any preschool lesson. Without crafts, young students will lose interest, not be able to fully understand and appreciate the lesson, and will miss out on..
How to Teach English  by: James Larkin Smith
There are many theories and opinions about how to teach English but here I would like to address the very nuts and bolts of what I do to teach beginners. As soon as you meet your student greet them..
Horse and Cattle English: Terms - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Timothy Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Here is a cursory collection of horse and cattle terms used in common English. It compliments the list of Bird and Dog English posted much earlier. As a teacher you/one can use these terms in a..
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...
ESL Games  by: Renee Williams
ESL games are games for students who are learning English as a second language. These games are considered edutainment because they entertain and educate students. The level of entertainment..
INDIANA JONES GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Draw 2 cliffs, and a river with two crocodiles. Name the crocodiles after the teachers. Draw Team A on one cliff and Team B on the other. They want to cross the river. It s too far to jump (show..
An Old Favourite Revisited - ESL lesson  by: Dave
Hi, For Conversational English exercise, the game "Twenty Questions" is simple, fast and can be made as easy or as difficult as you choose. "Twenty Questions" has been around for a very long time and..
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..
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..
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..
Recommendations for ESL Conversation Textbooks  by: Sherrie McCarthy
Speaking is a vital aspect of language learning, but also the area that holds the most fear for many students. Students often hate to make mistakes, or are not very good at small talk, and holding..
Gold Mine Story - Lesson  by: Lisa J. Lehr
Very short stories for children are not that common. Here is one. Robin Day Great-Great-Grandmother Cora’s Great Gold Mine Adventure as told to Lisa J. Lehr © Lisa J. Lehr 1997, 2006 My..
Kindergarten Activities - 30 Minutes Craft Activities (Art)  by: Maegan Wong
Creative expression begins early in life. Babies are top-notch explorers who will experiment with toys, touch and taste everything within reach, discover their body parts and mastering their body..
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..
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 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 ..
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..
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..
Hints on how to encourage children to read - Tips  by: Ruowen Leung
• Keep a small basket filled with joke books, magazines, short stories, books of questions and answers, and books like Ripley’s Believe It or Not in each bathroom of your house. • Put a map of..
TANGLE - Short Lesson  by: re
Everyone in a group stands in a circle with their eyes closed. Each person then extends an arm into the middle of the circle and grips whichever hand they come into contact with. When everyone has a..
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..
The Story From the Chicken Coop  by: Ted Borgeas
Many years ago my grandfather, had a small farm and chickens. One morning he sent me out to the chicken coop to collect fresh eggs. He became concerned when I didn’t return after a shot interval...
ESL 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..
Trivia Questions and Answers - Hurray For Holland  by: Deanna Mascle
1. How much of Holland’s land was once covered by water? A. One-fifth B. Two-fifths C. One-quarter D. One-third B. Two-fifths TOPICS: More than two-fifths of the country's land was once covered by..
How to Play Memory in Your ESL Class  by: Joe Tosczak
This ESL Game is called MEMORY. To play Memory all you need is a deck of playing cards. Shuffle the deck and then place the cards face down on a table. The way to win this game is to have the most..
Preschool Games - Babies, Balloons and Cookie Games to Teach the Letters "B" and "C"  by: Mary Robinson
Fun and Games Since preschoolers learn best by doing, try incorporating some of these preschool games and activities when teaching children about the alphabet. The first series of preschool games..
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 ..
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..
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..
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..
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..
Organization teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
At this time of year, teachers are wondering where their summer went! Nevertheless, you are gearing up for another school year. Prepare by getting organized from the inside out. To me, August 1..
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..
Thanksgiving - Fact Or Myth? Teaching Children to Investigate the Story Behind Thanksgiving  by: Kathy Cothran
Is what we celebrate in America today based on fact or myth? Did the pilgrims and the Native Americans really have a peaceful relationship that lead to a beautiful sharing feast? What primary..
Teaching English Learners in Beginner and Elementary Level With Small Games  by: Nevin Tracy
I bet neither the teachers nor the students would like to have the experience of dull and boring class atmosphere, therefore, as a qualified ESL teacher, to well mastering some small games is of..
What Is An Abstract Noun? - 7 Activities That Focus On Identifying Abstract Nouns  by: Renee Goodrich
Abstract nouns refer to a state, concept or feeling and cannot be perceived by any of the five senses. If you want your students to be able to identify them then your students need to spend time..
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.
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..
Online Christmas Stories for Children  by: Samantha Volz
To help children understand the lessons inherent in the Christmas tradition there are a number of websites online that explore different types of Christmas stories. The Christmas season is often a..
Using polite expressions: class ideas for teachers - Short Lesson  by: Ted
You could have the class brainstorm a list of polite words or expressions (please, may I, etc.). You could give the kids scenarios and they would have to act them out with each other as a way to..
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..
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...
Grammar Activities and Games  by: Anne Clarke
Grammar activities and games make learning about grammar fun for students. And why shouldn’t learning be fun? Here are four grammar activities and games: Grammar Activities and Games – Tic Tac..
weather teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
With the beginning of Hurricane Season, the numerous tornadoes, and the devastating floods that areas in the US have been experiencing, this might be a good time to either learn about, or review, the..
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:..
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..
What are some fun, exciting ways to teach space to first graders?  by: answers.yahoo.com
They're all great writers, but I want to challenge them to do something outside of their comfort zone. Worksheets etc I can handle for "fun activities" during their own time (they love doing them,..
Games to 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..
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..
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..
Classroom Activities For Young ESL Learners  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
The brain likes to learn in little bits. Young children have short attention spans. Put these two thoughts together and add the fact that learning a new language is not an easy task. Therefore, an..
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,..
How to Teach ESL Grammar  by: Karen Farnen
Modern ESL grammar instruction combines practice of structures with practice in communication. With the variety of resources available, every grammar class can address all learning styles. You can..
5 Of The Best Online Preschool Games - Online Toddler Games, Too!  by: Mary Green
There are hundreds of online preschool games, and many of these can also be used as online toddler games. Some of the best are featured here and each one has a different way of teaching besides what..
ESL GAME: Catch counting game  by: Sabia
Have the students stand in a circle. Start randomly tossing the small ball around the circle. When a person catches the ball, they say the next consecutive number. It's so easy and so much fun. The..
Grammar Review - quiz  by: Amy Nutt
It's time to test yourself and see how much you have learned about grammar. Take a look at each of the twenty questions below and choose the answer that you feel best fits the sentence. You should..
Create Top Ten Lists for Lively Classrooms - ESL Teacher Eric Roth Lesson  by: Eric Roth
Americans, like many other people, love to create top ten lists. This technique can be very effective in sharing ideas and creating a lively classroom. You might want to introduce some core verbs and..
Sketch Artists (Vocab Lesson) with Video  by: Chris Westergaard
ESL Lesson Plan - Lexis - Appearance "Sketch Artists" Here's a lesson that you can do with intermediates and up. I just shot the video for it (coming soon) so make sure to take a look at it. The..
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..
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..
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..
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..
I am teaching adults but i am not finished with my studies yet.how can i make them trust me as a teacher  by: answers.yahoo.com
too young for being a teacher
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..
Adverb Lesson Activities on How, Where & When  by: David Coodin
An adverb is a word that describes how, where, when or why an action is completed. It can also modify an adjective or another adverb. Although we use adverbs all the time in spoken and written..
How to Teach ESL to Haitian Students  by: Paul Higgins
Teaching English as a second language (ESL) to Haitian students can be both extremely rewarding and challenging. Cultural differences and the general lack of equipment or resources require you to..
INTERRUPTIONS - Short Lesson  by: re
Give the students instructions like Clap when you hear a word that starts with S. Snap your fingers when you hear the EEE sound. Stand up when you hear the end of sentence. Then read through a..
How to Teach Refugees English  by: Judith Willson
Planning ESL lessons for refugees is similar, in terms of the language, to any ESL class, but such classes have specific needs. In general, use common sense and sensitivity when planning lessons and..
| English Money Idioms: An ESL Learner's List  by: J. Reese
When I was young, I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is. - Oscar Wilde While probably not the most important thing in life, money does, in..
Sentence games - ESL lesson  by: Simon Mumford
We all know lots of word games and know that students like them. However, when it comes to games at sentence level, there does not seem to be much except the old favourite ‘jumbled sentences’. So..
ESL Game - Red Light, Green Light  by: kr
Title: Red Light, Green Light Type: Active Game Target: Colours, Traffic Materials: Flashcards Procedure: Students start at back of room and when I show green card they yell green light and run..
How to Test ESL Writing  by: Miranda Morley
Regardless of what you teach, assessing an ESL student's paper can be particularly challenging. Should you have the same expectations for ESL students' papers as you do for native speakers' writing?..
Preschool Crafts For Kids - 3 Important Tips  by: Mary Robinson
Preschool crafts are an essential part of any preschool lesson. Without crafts, young students will lose interest, not be able to fully understand and appreciate the lesson, and will miss out on..
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...
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..
WEATHER REPORTER - Short Lesson  by: re
Make up map and weather possibilities, then do a weather report. Get the students to try.
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..
Classroom Games for ESL Students  by: Alexis Vega-Singer
Following a textbook is a good way to teach ESL, but sometimes you want to mix things up a little and regain your students' attention. Try some of these games to get students moving around and using..
How to Teach Listening Skills to TESOL Students  by: Christina Dillon
Listening skills are especially important for students of a new language. Teach your students to give each other constructive feedback to ensure that they are listening and understanding..
ESL Exercises in Present Continuous Tense  by: Nancy Kyllingstad
The present continuous verb tense describes action occurring in the moment. "He is washing dishes" implies that his hands are in the dishwater right now. Students need a firm grasp of the conjugation..
ESL Effective Learning Strategies for Elementary Schools  by: Nicole Hunter
Students who speak English as a second language are becoming more prevalent in American schools every day. School districts are increasingly seeking to ways to effectively integrate English as a..
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..
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..
Effective Teaching Strategies Classroom Management And Teaching OESL  by: Giancarlo Dizon
In my six years of experience of teaching English as a secondary language to both students from the intermediate (4th-6th grades) and high school levels, I realized that no amount of knowledge and..
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...
From ABCs To Phonics - The Alphabet In The ESL Classroom - Lesson  by: Shannon Tani
Teaching the alphabet to your students can be as easy as uh...A...B...C! The first place that you want to start, especially if your kids are new to English, is with the ABC song. Sing it as often as..
Learn your students' names - Take a picture of students as they are seated - Tips  by: jin
(and ask them to keep these seats for the first few classes) and write in their names next to their images. (This should only be used with the express permission of ALL students in the class.)
Using Google Earth in the Foreign Language Classroom  by: ravip
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...
Going To - quiz  by: jt
What ___ this weekend? a. you are going to do b. are you going to do c. your gonna do Answerb I'm not sure. ___ anything special? a. Are you going to do b. You are going to do c. Is going to do..
NUMBERS 3 - Short Lesson  by: re
Let the children make groups, the number of children in each group corresponding to the number card held by one child in the group. For example, a child holding an 8-card, must find seven other..
Icebreakers - What do you already know on the topic? - Short Lesson  by: choi
Ask students (in groups or pairs) to jot down the most important thing they already know on the topic that the group will be exploring. Then each student will read out his or her idea, and each idea..
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..
CLOZE - Short Lesson  by: re
Make two copies of a passage, each with (different) words missing. Blanks identify the missing words. The students read the passage aloud together to fill in the missing parts. Alternately, the..
Valentine's Day Quiz  by: jt
Valentine's Day ___ on February 14th. a. celebrates b. had celebrated c. is celebrated d. celebrated Answerc Cupid is the most famous ___ of Valentine. a. symbol b. sign c. motif d. hint Answera It's..
Bringing The Game of Bingo to The Classroom  by: Drake Crossland
Bingo is a game of chance that has been played by young and old for years. The object of a standard game of Bingo is to get five numbers in a row. The first one to accomplish this wins a prize...
Children's Activities for the Wise Men  by: Adele Hibiscus
Activities for teaching children about the three wise men can be done creatively and tell abut their significance in the Christmas story detailing the birth of the baby, Jesus of Nazareth. Engaging..
English Games to Teach Imperatives  by: Chris Deziel
The imperative form is one of the least difficult aspects of the English language to master, and teaching it provides a good opportunity for the instructor to broaden students' vocabulary of..
Game: Piñata - Short Lesson  by: sam
Using a Piñata Traditionally, the piñata game is played as the highlight of a party – at both children's and adult's parties. It is often used to replace more traditional games such as Pin the..
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,..
Five Points for Effective ESL Warm Up Activities  by: Chris Cotter
The warm up of a lesson usually receives far less attention than it should. Teachers spend a lot of time selecting grammar worksheets to introduce and practice the language. Unfortunately, when it..
Re: EFL/ESL games (2) - English lesson  by: kirsteen06
What a great idea ! Have you used this in larger classes , must get rather rowdy !
WHICH PICTURE? - Short Lesson  by: re
Give students a reading passage with 2 to 5 pictures on the bottom. Get them to read the passage then guess which picture goes with the passage.
Warm-Up Activities for Elementary-Level ESL Classes  by: Ross P Purdy
The warm-up is one of the most important elements of any English lesson. Warm-up activities relax your students, get them into "English mode," and - perhaps most importantly - set them up for success..
Good ice breaker/introduction game to play with my students - Short Lesson  by: pr
Snow ball fight: 1. Have students write down three interesting facts about themselves. 2. They ball them up and throw them across the room. 3. Everyone picks one up and opens it 4. The object is to..
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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..
Games to Teach English to Kids  by: Nina Makofsky
There are several games that educators and parents can use to help non-English-speaking kids learn the language. In general, children are quick learners. If they are in English-immersion settings,..
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 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..
Teaching English Through Crafts (Art)  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
In any classroom, it is important to get students paying attention and listening. One way that I have found effective is to have students create simple, fun crafts. Children of all ages love to..
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..
2nd Grade Science Lesson Plans  by: Jennifer Zimmerman
Second graders love to learn about science. They are at an age when they can complete tasks and read directions independently, but they still have a lot of enthusiasm for learning. They love to learn..
Some Valuable Steps On Applying Clown Makeup! Seriously, We're Not Clowning Around Here - Tips  by: Maria Parise
Who doesn’t love being a clown? It’s a great costume idea for both adults and children. It looks like a lot of work to do clown makeup, but it’s actually quite easy. Here are the steps to..
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..
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..
Find Someone Who - Short Lesson  by: jp
Create a list of characteristics such as "likes chocolate," "has two children," or "can swim." There should be 10-15 items, and you can relate them to your lesson if you wish. Then let the learners..
ESL Teaching Tips - Making ESL Worksheets  by: Aaron Whirl
Teaching is among the hardest professions, and the work teachers put into classes is often under-appreciated. This is especially true of ESL teachers, who must not only teach the curriculum, but do..
ESL Game - Monkey in the middle  by: kr
Title: Monkey in the middle Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: mini word/picture cards Procedure: Students sit in chairs in a circle. Each student has a mini word/picture card. One..
ESL 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..
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.
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..
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..
ESL English Listening Comprehension Activity For the Classroom - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
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 English outside of class. Many immigrants work and live with..
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,..
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.
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..
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.
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,..
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..
FIND YOUR GROUP - Short Lesson  by: re
Every student is given a card with some information on it. Students have to ask each other questions to find out who belongs in the same group as they do. For example, if a card says, high school..
How to Prepare a Lesson Plan for American Red Cross Month  by: Collaborator
The American Red Cross aims to ease the hardships and suffering of people in America and around the world. March is American Red Cross Month. Here is how you can prepare a lesson plan to help..
MEMORY GAME 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is a team. Select a grammar point to practise. The first student in each row must make a sentence using this grammar point and a topic (e.g. I like and food ). The first student might say, I..
How to Teach 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..
Helping Your Child Learn English  by: Dedi Walker
re you looking to assist your child in learning English as a second language? The following pieces of advice can work wonders for you when learning English with your child: * Use the English language..
Can you think of any fun hands-on art activities for Kindergarten?  by: answers.yahoo.com
Nothing crafty please. Preferably something that will allow students to use their individual creativity. Note: I am not asking people to do my job for me lol. I have a lesson plan for tomorrow, but I..
Hurricane teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
With this severe, active, hurricane season underway, here are some ideas to make areas of the curriculum relevant to your children. If you are in an area that experiences other natural phenomena,..
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!
ESL Lesson Plan 'The Odd Couple' Gradable/Ungradable Adjectives  by: Chris Westergaard
The Odd Couple, Gradable/Ungradable Adjectives - Intermediate and Above This lesson gets students speaking about a mocked past vacation using gradable and ungradable adjectives. It can be used with..
Classroom Games - Math Relay and Super Word  by: Lucas Kent
Here are a couple of great games for your daily lessons! Math Hurdles This is a great game to review number facts and to get some exercise. 1) Tell students to find a partner that is about the same..
How to Teach Writing to ESL Learners  by: Brian Gabriel
Writing is one of the most difficult aspects of learning English as a Second Language (ESL). Practicing speaking and reading in the classroom supports the task of learning how to write, which is..
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..
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..
Halloween Fun  by: Bridgitte Williams
Halloween should be an exciting and fun time. Here are some ways to enjoy it even more. 1. Plan a Halloween party at your house. Party plans could include these things. Get some good DVDs to show to..