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KHALID AL SEGHAYER, PhD

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A Literature-Based Lesson

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

 

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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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..
How to Come Up With a Mini Lesson  by: Rosalinda Flores-Martinez
There are many topics to choose from for ESL (English as a Second Language) classes. But then, the teacher must be cautious. Topics should interest and ignite a zeal on the students. In this way,..
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..
How to Adapt Writing for the ESL Student  by: Paul Argodale
Aural/oral second language learning occurs more or less naturally, much as it does for infants learning their first language. Reading and writing is a different story; people spend 12 or 13 years in..
How to Teach English Using Word Games  by: David Stewart
Word games can serve not merely as a break from routine, but also as a means of improving vocabulary and comprehension. These games lend themselves well to modification to suit your requirement..
Teachers Learn About Basic Tips on Getting Ready For Art Lessons  by: Clara M. Berta
Are you a new instructor responsible for teaching art lessons? Do you want to be prepared when teaching your kindergarten students art lessons? Are you nervous? In case this is you, then stop feeling..
Games for Teaching English to Teenagers  by: Lanh Ma
While rote memorization and practice are important parts of teaching English to teenagers, games also help break up the monotony. Games encourage the teenagers to interact with one another and to..
ESL Writing Activities  by: Cheryl Carpinello
Writing assignments developed for regular education students can also be used with students who are learning English as a second language. Writing at first about topics that are familiar to ESL..
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..
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..
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..
ESL GAME: Burst a balloon  by: Sabia
Write down a short word on a piece of paper (e.g. a dog). Or you can write each letter on a different piece. Put it in the balloon and get a child to burst a balloon. Find the piece/s on the floor..
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..
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 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 Chinese With Children's Games  by: Jean Gochenour
Teaching a foreign language to young students who aren't yet fluent with their own language can pose a challenge. But the benefits of beginning language instruction at a young age outweigh the..
Plan Your English Lesson  by: George Williams
It is not easy to plan a fresh and new class for your English students every week. Even though your teacher book gives you some great ideas not all of them are practical enough for your classroom...
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..
Winter Theme Art Lessons  by: Zora Hughes
The changing seasons provide an ideal opportunity to help children create art projects related to a particular season. In particular, the snow and ice that come with winter provide teachers with..
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..
Icebreakers - Pack your suitcase - Short Lesson  by: choi
Ask students to make a list of 10 things they would pack up in the event of a disaster, or going off for a whole year to another country that is far away. ‘Things’ packed do not literally have to..
Possessive Pronouns II - quiz  by: jt
John Anderson forgot ___ book. Answer-his Mary and Susan talk like ____ mother. Answer-their Alex and I were late for ___ class . Answer-our Princess Caroline is wearing ___ new Gucci gown...
TRANSLATION 4 - Short Lesson  by: re
Prepare cards that have 5 English words on them or 5 Japanese (or the local language) words. In rows, students compete to finish the most translation cards. The first person in the row goes to the..
Find the error: Classroom games - Short Lesson  by: PL
1) go around in Germany, and take pictures of sign that have some English errors....show the picture in class and see who can find the error first, and then get them to suggest corrections. 2) same..
Cowboy Culture: 3 Movies That Teach the Western Genre  by: James Frieden
A setting sun sliding behind a mountain range, the creak of a leather saddle, the jingle of spurs...a tanned, dirt streaked man sits atop his shifting horse. He tilts up the brim of his worn, creased..
English Lesson Plan for 10th Graders  by: David Coodin
By the 10th grade, students in an English class are ready for serious analysis and writing. While English classes in elementary and middle school can get away with devoting large portions of the..
ESL game: Simon Says - Short Lesson  by: lee
A party game that works well with English students as a way of practising listening to and understanding commands. The teacher says a number of simple commands, such as, ‘Put your hands on your..
ESL Classroom Activity for Vocabulary Practice - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
To get students to learn the many ESL vocabulary words that you will present in any given class you will need lots of different activities to change things up. This next activity has the students..
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..
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 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..
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..
Weather Forecast - Lesson + quiz  by: Elite Hussar
The Story While we were sailing, my friend tuned in to listen to the weather forecast on a local radio station. Over the airwaves, there was a pause and an audible shuffling of papers, followed by a..
Easy Ornament Crafts for First Grade Students  by: Rebecca Miller
Easy ornament crafts are a great way to teach young minds about art, patterns and textures. Creating arts and craft projects with their own hands usually brings forth a feeling of accomplishment...
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..
Creative Approach to Authentic Materials in ESL - Introduction - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
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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,..
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..
General Knowledge Quiz Questions  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: What is a blue moon? Answer: Second full moon in a calendar month Interesting Fact: 'Once in a Blue Moon' is a common way of saying not very often, but what exactly is a Blue Moon?..
ESL Game - Last Man Standing  by: kr
Title: Last Man Standing Type: Game Target: Any conversation Materials: None Procedure: Ask one row of students to stand up. The others remain seated. Ask “What do you want to do?” to all..
Fun Christmas Science Experiments  by: Ilana Boyum
The Christmas holidays can be a challenging time to keep kids focused and engaged at school, as visions of winter vacation, Christmas presents and snowmen take center stage in their minds. Teachers..
Grammar Test and Answer Key  by: jt
Directions: Read each sentence carefully. Determine the correct form of the verb using the time indicators as reference. Encircle the letter of the correct answer. 1. Animated movies _____ a lot over..
ESL Game - ABC back drawing  by: kr
Title: ABC back drawing Type: Concentration game Target: Alphabet Materials: None Procedure: The teacher draws a letter on the back of the first student. The student then tries to decipher which..
Misunderstandings Due To Accents - Tips  by: Lynn Bo
America is a melting pot. That is what they say. New York City is certainly proof of that especially Queens NY. We have Greeks, Peruvians, Italians, Korean, Spanish and Indians. We in fact have..
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..
How To Effectively Use Games In The Preschool And Elementary ESL Classroom  by: Shelley Vernon
Organization. The first thing you should do when start teaching a preschool or elementary school ESL class is to figure out how to organize your class. For the younger students you'll want to change..
Speak English inside the classroom - Short Lesson  by: PL
Tell them that they should speak English inside the classroom. If they forget about this rule, they should pay at least 5 cents per day. And if ever the money reached to $50-$100, well, buy something..
Tips: Toddler Preschool - Expectations and Abilities  by: Mary Robinson
The single most important thing to remember if you have a toddler preschool setting is that Play is never frivolous. It is THE most effective way a toddler learns; it is essential. The best part is..
Tag Questions - Have you? Are you? Do you?  by: jt
You don't smoke, ___? a. have you b. are you c. do you Answerc You haven't got a car, ___? a. have you b. are you c. do you Answera You don't know her, ___? a. have you b. are you c. do you Answerc..
Guided Reading in Kindergarten?  by: Kelly Mikesell
Many teachers ask me about guided reading in Kindergarten. They ask about what to do with students who aren't reading, what to do after they read the book, how to start guided reading, and why they..
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..
Warm-Up Activities for an ESL Adult  by: Leyla Norman
Warm-ups get English as a second language students' minds thinking in English before class. They help students focus on the lesson. They can take 10 minutes or less to do, and they generally get..
How To Find The Meaning Of Words As You Read - Tips  by: Frank Gerace
Vocabulary Building and Reading Comprehension-- The meaning of unknown words which you come across in your reading sometimes can be known by their surroundings, that is, their contexts. The context..
How to Teach Writing Skills to ESL Students  by: Delene Sholes
The teachers of speakers of English as a second language (ESL students) have a challenging but rewarding job. ESL students in a classroom may perform at different levels and come from countries with..
Name Crossword - Short Lesson  by: ritz
Write your name across or down on the board being sure not to crowd the letters. Students take turns coming to the board, saying their name, and writing it across or down, overlapping one letter that..
How to Teach English Vocabulary Using Games  by: Peggy Epstein
Here's a quick cure for student insomnia: Hand out a list of definitions and say, "Start memorizing." Fortunately, vocabulary enhancement can be achieved by a range of more interesting methods. One..
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..
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..
ESL GAMES: Alphabet Letter Puzzle & Alphabet Packets  by: Sabia
Alphabet Letter Puzzle: Give out different letters cut in two (in three or in four). It is a good idea to use different colours for each letter to help the children if the letters should become mixed..
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..
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 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..
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..
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 Activities Uncovered!  by: Kelvin Nikkel
ESL activities are a crucial part of any ESL lesson plan. If you are not including activities within your class or tutorage, then you are missing out on one of the strongest tools at your disposal...
Crossing Cultures - Lesson  by: Ali
Level: intermediate upper Time: 40-60 minutes Aim: Have the students talk about different cultures and traveling to a foreign country. Procedure Bring in the class some pictures of some people who..
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..
Pre-Written Dialogs (any literate level, pairs) - Short Lesson  by: js
Many textbooks include sample dialogs, or you may write your own. They can be useful to break the ice with shy learners, but they are not truly communicative because no original language is produced...
3rd Grade Lessons for ESL Inclusion  by: Nadine Smith
Many schools struggle with how to handle ESL, or English as Second Language students, in mainstream classrooms. Sometimes school boards "pull" ESL students from English classrooms for special..
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.
Flash Cards  by: js
Flash cards can be used for simple vocabulary drills, numbers, or memory games. Avoid using cards that translate a native language word into English. Rather, choose or make cards that use pictures or..
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..
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..
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 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..
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..
ESL Sense of Sight Activities  by: Joe Ashton
English as a second language (ESL) education has become an integral part of classrooms. Teachers prepared to accommodate ESL students are more successful than other teachers. Lessons should be geared..
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..
What Games Can I Use in an English Lesson?  by: Chris Soames
Excellent question! Games are a fantastic addition to any TEFL lesson and inject a good dose of fun into the classroom. There are many reasons why you should include games in your lessons, and for a..
ESL Game: 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..
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.
Learning The Alphabet Letters - Use Food To Teach Your Child The Alphabet  by: Deanna Mascle
As the parent of a preschooler, you should make alphabet lessons an important part of your daily routine. Waiting until your child starts preschool or kindergarten to begin work on the alphabet will..
Classroom game (2) - Short Lesson  by: jt
Have everyone write on a piece of paper something that describes them, then ball it up and wait until everyone is finished. When all are done, everyone throws their paper toward the middle of the..
For ESL Teachers - Teaching the Alphabet Effectively to Adult ESL Students - Lesson  by: Joan Pougiales, Ph.D.
Many adult ESL students have had limited educations and, even in their native languages, have limited literacy skills. For many, the concept of alphabetical order is unknown. Yet alphabetical order..
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..
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..
ESL GAME: Can You Actions  by: Sabia
Use this game for teaching: "Can you...?" "Yes, I can" "No,I can't". These actions are fun: wiggle dance run quickly hop skip do a star jump do a handstand touch your toes cross your eyes snap your..
How to Teach Parts of Speech to ESL Students  by: Jennifer Zimmerman
Understanding the parts of speech helps people become clear writers and speakers. It can also help those learning a second language better understand how that language works when speaking, writing or..
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..
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..
BACK WRITING 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is a team. The last person in each row comes up to the teacher s desk and looks at a flash card. When all students have returned to their seats, the teacher says Start! and the game begins...
ESL GAME: Attention  by: Sabia
Call out commands such as: Attention Salute March in place... Stop Sit down Stand up Walk in a circle Clap your hands... Stop Run in place... Stop Jumping jacks... Stop Swim in place.... Stop At..
Lessons for Beginner ESL Students  by: Lee Millisaw
Beginner ESL lessons should focus on encouraging students to become comfortable with expressing basic everyday information. Telling the time, commenting on the weather, and describing one's..
The Kevin Bacon Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
Slightly older children might wish to take part in the Kevin Bacon Game. The theory is that every living actor in Hollywood can be linked to Kevin Bacon in just five steps - plus some of the dead..
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..
ESL GAMES: Line True or False & Odd-One-Out  by: Sabia
Line True or False: Put a line of tape on the floor and designate one side "True" and the other "False". Hold up an object or flashcard and say its word. If Students think you have said the correct..
15 Tips For Helping Children With Learning The Alphabet Letters  by: Deanna Mascle
I volunteer four hours a week in my son's first grade classroom. I help out in a variety of ways but primarily I am involved in literacy activities. It is an exciting time in a child's literacy life..
Teaching Space and the Solar System  by: Robert McKenzie
Outer space and the solar system is one of the most interesting topics discussed in school because of the countless colorful heavenly bodies occupying the universe and the idea that there is actually..
What should I teach in my first English as a foreign language lesson for beginners  by: answers.yahoo.com
I will be teaching 2 adults who I believe and a very basic grasp of English.
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..
ESL Games for Adjectives and Relative Clauses  by: Stacy Zeiger
Adjectives and relative clauses are two components of English grammar. In order to learn how to correctly use adjectives and relative clauses, ESL students must constantly practice describing people,..
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..
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,..
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..
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..
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..
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..
Scrapbooking Ideas for Kids - Tips  by: Kathleen Hudson
Many times at auctions, or estate sales, a box of books will turn up a real treasure, like a scrapbook that was kept by someone in their youth and sometimes through their adulthood. The book could be..
Nine Things ESL Teachers Need to Plan For the First Day of Class  by: Jane Wangersky
Maybe it's the first time you've taught ESL, maybe you've been doing it for a while - but every new class is a new challenge. How do you get it started on the right track? · Find out the basics..
SIMON SAYS (SENSEI SAYS) - Short Lesson  by: re
Students must follow the teacher s instructions. If the teacher says Sensei says before an instruction, the students must do whatever the sensei says. If the teacher doesn t say Sensei says first,..
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..
RACE AGAINST TIME - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a worksheet that has three types of problems. Divide the sheet into four parts. For example, if your three types of problems are Translation, Answer the Question, and Unscramble the Sentences,..
Prepositions VI - Quiz  by: jt
The winner of the competition was ___ the drawing-room. a. on b. in c. at Answer-b Everybody sat ___ the floor, but Mr. Spencer sat ___ a chair ___ the corner. a. over - in - on b. about - on - at c...
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..
ideas for a good auditory game I could make for my classroom  by: answers.yahoo.com
I need to make an auditory game for my college class to be used in a classroom between grades K-2. I need to tape record the directions and sounds for the children to listen to; they will follow..
ESL Game - Teacher Says  by: kr
Title: Teacher Says Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Make up actions for different vocabulary words. If your theme is sports then make up actions for “play..
How to 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..
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..
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 Multiply Fractions  by: Jen
How to Multiply Fractions If you have mastered adding and subtracting fractions, often multiplying fractions will seem a lot less complicated. Many of the steps feel similar, but much of the work..
MEMORY GAME 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Divide the class into 6 groups. Give each group a pattern to practise and get them to fill in their own answers. For example. Group 1 might have to practise and memorize I get up at Each member of..
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..
Prepositions V - Quiz  by: jt
Jenny is ___ work now. a. on b. in c. at d. over Answer-at The bookstore is just ___ the corner. a. around b. across c. over d. opposite Answe-around Jill was standing ___ me. a. along b. at c...
Verb Choice quiz  by: jt
I ___ a CD for you at the shopping center. a. buy b. buys c. bought Answerc - bought I ___ return your 10 dollars next week. a. am b. do c. will Answerc - will He ___ the first page of his book. a...
Tips on Lesson Planning for the New Teacher  by: Sonya Wilson
Depending on the school you work for, you may be required to turn in lesson plans weekly or biweekly. Some schools may require a scope and sequence that covers the majority of the year. However you..
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..
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..
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..
Using the Press as a Language Teaching Tool - Tips  by: Andrew Carter
One of a ‘toolbox’ of teaching techniques that I use with my overseas students in my role as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is our local paper! When you consider this, remember..
Games: Zip and bong - Short Lesson  by: sam
Playable by three (and to some extent two) or more players, the game involves the participants (if numerous, then seated in a circle) "passing" the word zip to the person on their right with their..
Creativity Games to Teach English  by: Miranda Morley
If you've ever taught a grammar lesson and noticed that your students were about ready to fall asleep, you know that English, no matter how interesting it is to you, isn't always fun for your..
Family ESL Exercises  by: Beth Ortega
Learning a new language as a family provides an opportunity to grow closer while improving skills. English as a second language is difficult for adults and children. Utilizing resources outside of a..
Winter Theme Art Lessons  by: Zora Hughes
The changing seasons provide an ideal opportunity to help children create art projects related to a particular season. In particular, the snow and ice that come with winter provide teachers with..
| 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..
Conversation Cards - Lesson  by: Charlie Siebert
This Game came from iteslj.org. The original posting was found in the following edition: Michael J. Brown Internet TESL Journal, Vol. IV, No. 8, August 1998 It was posted as an Adobe PDF file. In..
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..
International Pickle Week - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
Are you aware that International Pickle Week takes place the last two weeks in May? By all means, celebrate!! 1. Explain to your children that "in a pickle" is an expression that means a difficult..
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: Concentration Game with Cards  by: Sabia
Prepare 10 cards (5 pairs) for your Students. Put the cards on the floor or on the table. Show them to your Students and turn them over. The Students should pay attention to the cards turned over...
Learning Styles And Their Effect On Language Learning - Tips  by: Frank Gerace
Note: This article makes special reference to the effect of learning syles in the learning of Spanish but the principles are valid for all language learning. ¡LEER ES PODER! ¡Learning Spanish! How..
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...
How to Make Classroom Board Games & Activities  by: games
Kids love games, and since it's hard for them to sit still, you need activities for them to get rid of some of that pent-up energy too. Here's a really big board game the kids will enjoy, and it's..
FIND YOUR PARTNER - Short Lesson  by: re
Prepare a set of cards with different names, occupations, friends names, and likes and dislikes. For example, one card might say My name is Yumi. My friend is Chikako. I work at a university. I like..
Teaching Grammar To ESL Students Using Games and Activities  by: Aaron Whirl
It can be quite difficult for young ESL students to get comfortable using English, especially given the notoriously daunting nature of English grammar. With the specific parts of speech and extensive..
ESL Game - What time is it Mr. Wolf?  by: kr
Title: What time is it Mr. Wolf? Type: Active Game Target: Time Materials: None Procedure: One student is the Wolf. All the rest line up far away from the Wolf. They ask in unison “What time is it..
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,..
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 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..
How to Make ESL Lesson  by: Renee Williams
ESL lesson plans are a necessary tool to make sure students meet performance guidelines. Written plans are also essential to help teachers prepare for the class. Some schools require that lesson..
ESL Class Role Play Ideas  by: Kara Page
When learning a second language in a classroom setting, it's common for students to be shy when it comes to having open discussions. Role-play activities are an effective way for English as a Second..
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..
Teach Your Child to Read (Reading)  by: Mary Bogin
Would you like to teach your child to read? You are very proud when your child begins to pick up books. You didn't get books at the baby shower, or did you? I have the methods to teach you how to..
Christmas Classroom Activities for Fun and Learning  by: Teresa Evans
There are many different Christmas classroom activities that can be used with students in the lead up to Christmas. Many of these are both fun and also educational so that while the children enjoy..
The Story So Far- Episode 1 - podcast - Video  by: MagentaKristen
More stories at the: Short Stories for Teachers board
ESL Activities for Middle School  by: Margo Dill
ESL middle school students need practice with English in real-life situations. In the classroom, a teacher can use role playing, conversations and daily activities such as cooking or asking for..
English Tutoring Games  by: Kat Walcott
The key to being able to successfully teach English to nonnative speakers is to teach the language in a lighthearted and entertaining way. When working with children in particular, interactive games..
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,..
The Name Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
Quite simply, you have to come up with the name of a celebrity, (or literary figure, cartoon character, etc) that would be commonly known to at least two of the participants, whose first name begins..
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..
How to Play Bingo in an ESL Class  by: Kassie Jones
Games are a great way to incorporate language practice in the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom. They help contextualize target language in a way that students find enjoyable and..
SPEECH CONTEST - Short Lesson  by: re
Stage a pretend speech contest. Use two or three students as judges, and you or JTE as final judge. Have bronze, silver and gold prizes. For longer passages, have students work in teams to present a..
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..
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..
SURVIVAL - Short Lesson  by: re
This is a game to practise grammar structures. It is especially good to practise irregular verbs and tenses. Have all of the students practice the structure first. For example, if you want to review..
Motivating ESL Students  by: Renee Vians
Many of the factors that affect the rate of language acquisition are beyond the instructor’s control. However, motivating ESL students is possible when you implement well-planned lessons,..
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...
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..
TUMMY RUB, HEAD PAT - Game  by: re
Try to pat your head with one hand while rubbing your stomach in circular motions with the other hand. [Edited by Administrator (admin) Sun, 26 Jun 2011, 10:30 AM]
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 GAMES - Should I Be Using Them?  by: Matt Tamsczak
If you teach English overseas...should I be using ESL Games? The answer to this question is YES! The reason why you should be using teaching games is because they are proven to help students learn...
5 Ideas to Teach Prepositions to Your ESL Students - Lesson  by: Shannon Tani
It doesn't have to be difficult to teach prepositions to your ESL students. Granted, prepositions are a little bit harder because they are more of a concept than a mere vocabulary word. However,..
ESL Game - Frozen Tag  by: kr
Title: Frozen Tag Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary or conversation Materials: None Procedure: One student is IT. IT tries to tag all of the other students. When the other students are tagged..
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..
Tools for ESL Teachers  by: Amanda Wehner
ESL teachers need to ensure that they have all of the necessary tools before stepping into a classroom. English learners require lessons and assessments that cater to their language abilities. ESL..
Active Learning Activities - Response Cards  by: Adam Waxler
As a teacher I am always looking for ways to keep my students actively involved in my lessons. One of my favorite active learning activities is to simply have students use Response Cards. The reason..
Creativity Games to Teach English  by: Miranda Morley
If you've ever taught a grammar lesson and noticed that your students were about ready to fall asleep, you know that English, no matter how interesting it is to you, isn't always fun for your..
Multisensory Activities to Teach Letters  by: Shelley Frost
A multisensory approach to teaching letters engages young children through actions to make the learning more meaningful. The activities work well for individual or small group activities, such as a..
Lessons for Beginner ESL Students  by: Lee Millisaw
Beginner ESL lessons should focus on encouraging students to become comfortable with expressing basic everyday information. Telling the time, commenting on the weather, and describing one's..
How to Use Realia in ESL Lessons  by: Contributor
Realia refers to the practice of using real, tangible things in the classroom to help your students connect with English on a different level. It involves visual, tactile and functional methods for..
WORDS AND PICTURES - Short Lesson  by: re
Give each of the children one set of picture flashcards and one set of words which corresponds to the flashcards. Each child places a set of picture cards in a column in front of her. The written..
Children's Chinese Games  by: Sarah Schreiber
Whether you are teaching kids about Chinese New Year or hosting a children's party, playing traditional Chinese games is a fun activity. There are a wide variety of games to choose from, some of..
ESL Game - How many Can you name?  by: kr
Title: How many Can you name? Type: Paper Activity Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Paper and pencil Procedure: This is basically a pop quiz, but challenge the students to close their books and make..
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..
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..
RELAY GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Students are in six rows. Several reading cards are made up. Students have to read the card then pass it to the next person in the row. The person at the end of the row hands it across to the next..
Re: Fun Games for Children Training in Martial Arts - Lesson  by: David
We play Sensei Says in our dojo with 5-7 year olds. However, the problem with the game is that kids spend too much of the time "sitting out" when they are eliminated. To overcome this, we divide the..
Korean Essential Classroom Commands/Words for ESL Teachers with Audio - ESL lesson  by: ESL Teachers Board
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Hands-On Activities Inspire Creative Writing  by: Alma Hoffmann
"Fingers stuck together with a pasty, thick, gooey substance work hard to build a Gumdrop man!" remarked John. How did this child know to use words such as pasty, thick and gooey to describe a..
PAIR DICTATION - Short Lesson  by: re
Post copies of a paragraph on the back wall. One member of each pair goes to a copy and remembers as much of it as possible. That student then dictates it to the partner. They continue as long as it..
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..
ESL GAME: All Change!  by: Sabia
Have your Students put chairs into a circle and then sit down. As the teacher you stand in the middle. Say to them "If you are wearing ………, change your seats". The children wearing the item of..
Beginner ESL Games  by: Rebecca Bagwell
For beginner students in ESL classes, lessons can quickly get overwhelming. Learning any new language is a challenge, and English is particularly hard for many people. In your ESL classroom, offer..
How to Use Video in Classroom Activities  by: Emily Howe
Many teachers shy away from bringing video and other media into the classroom, fearing technical difficulty or excessive prep time. Learning your way around the equipment may require an extra effort..
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..
Preschool Activities to Keep Them Busy  by: Mary Green
If you have a hard time coming up with preschool activities you are one of millions. It can be a difficult chore to come up with different things to do to keep such young children occupied. Young..
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..
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..
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..
Finding More English Pronunciation Tips on YouTube!  by: Eric Roth, www.compellingconversations.com
Finding More English Pronunciation Tips on YouTube! Student Name: Class: Teacher: Date: Find a quality YouTube videoclip that provides a tip on English pronunciation that you would like to share with..
CARD GAMES - Short Lesson  by: re
Adapt any card games you know to a grammar point. E.g. Old Maid, Go Fish, Crazy Eights, Speed, etc. Also, these games can be taught to an English club.
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,..
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..
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 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..
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..
Preschool Activities - Using Alligators And Apples To Teach The Letter "A"  by: Mary Robinson
The Overall Experience When approaching preschool from an educational perspective, it's important to remember that at that tender age children learn holistically, that is from the whole experience,..
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..
The American English Accent: The Voiced And Unvoiced - Tips  by: Frank Gerace
The voiced and unvoiced consonants In this section we will try to clarify the difference between the voiced consonants and the unvoiced consonants. If you want to master English pronunciation you..
How to 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..
Using Art in the ESL Classroom  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
Does Art have a place in language learning? I believe it does. Children are naturally creative. They respond to visual images and have most active imaginations. Isn't creating images what art I all..
Teachers - Steps to Maintain Classroom Management - Dealing With Misbehavior  by: Meggin McIntosh
Behavior...misbehavior. Control...chaos. Learning...messing around. Teaching...babysitting. The truth is that, as a teacher, if you are unable to create and maintain a positive learning atmosphere,..
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..
Multisensory Activities to Teach Letters  by: Shelley Frost
A multisensory approach to teaching letters engages young children through actions to make the learning more meaningful. The activities work well for individual or small group activities, such as a..
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..
Useful Phrasal Verbs For ESL Students  by: Susan Thomason
If you're an ESL student who happens to be more than puzzled about how phrasal verbs are used and what they mean, you'll find this guide will come in really handy. 1.A phrasal verb is a verb used..
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..
PICTIONARY - Short Lesson  by: re
To introduce this game, pick out a picture card that the students are familiar with. Don t show it to the students, but draw the object on the board and get the students to try to guess what it is...
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..
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..
Game: Splat! - Short Lesson  by: sam
This is much less complicated than it sounds. It works for numbers from eight upwards and is suitable for kids aged eight onwards. 1.Kids stand in a circle, adult stands in the middle. 2.Adult makes..
How to 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..
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..
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..
Game: Chinese whispers - Short Lesson  by: sam
As many players as possible line up such that they can whisper to their immediate neighbors but not hear any players farther away. The player at the beginning of the line thinks of a phrase, and..
Information Gap (any level, pairs) - Short Lesson  by: js
Each learner has limited information which the other needs. They must ask each other questions to get the information. To be more communicative, the answers should have some degree of ambiguity that..
TWENTY QUESTIONS - Short Lesson  by: re
The teacher thinks of something and the students have 20 opportunities to ask the teacher a yes/no question to try to figure out what it is. The teacher can only say yes or no in response to the..
BASEBALL 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
The class is divided into two teams. Four chairs are placed in the shape of a baseball diamond. The AET/JTE proceeds to ask each team member a question which must be answered in a complete sentence...
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..
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..
Teaching Space and the Solar System - Lesson  by: Robert McKenzie
Outer space and the solar system is one of the most interesting topics discussed in school because of the countless colorful heavenly bodies occupying the universe and the idea that there is actually..
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..
Game: Who Am I? (2) - Short Lesson  by: sam
For this game you will need some slips of paper. On each of which you write the name of a famous figure, like say Marilyn Monroe, Donald Duck, Mozart, Godzilla, Lieschen Müller or George W Bush for..
The 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..
How to Teach Your Child To Read  by: Don C Jones
Reading should be fun, but to enjoy reading, one must be a good reader. Would tennis be fun if the ball never went over the net? This technique is the result of over 50 years experience teaching..
ESL GAME: Can You Actions  by: Sabia
Use this game for teaching: "Can you...?" "Yes, I can" "No,I can't". These actions are fun: wiggle dance run quickly hop skip do a star jump do a handstand touch your toes cross your eyes snap your..
Class Activities in Teaching ESL Literary Terms  by: Victoria Thompson
The English as a Second Language student may need the teacher to adapt lessons so that he can fully understand literary terms, which lead to better text comprehension. The lessons should be taught on..
ESL Work Safety  by: Bonnie Denmark
Whether teaching basic skills to English language learners or vocational English as a second language (VESL), English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors can help their students target specific..
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..
Game for students. Coin-Flip Relay - Short Lesson  by: gh
Form two lines with everyone holding hands to either side of you. Flip a coin where the lead persons in each line can see the outcome. If it is "heads," the line-leaders must squeeze the next..
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..
Spelling and Sentence Circle - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL game (adjust to all ages). Form a circle with the children. Teacher joins the circle too. Teacher walks into the center of the circle and says a word. Then teacher spells each letter while..
Back to School Ideas For Using Your Digital Camera  by: Kathy Cothran
School's back in session. In most elementary classrooms around the country you find teachers taking digital photos of their students on the first day. What can you do with those pictures? Do you need..
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...
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..
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 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...
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...
Icebreaker game for class - Short Lesson  by: trent
put silly words in a hat and get everyone to pull out two and thats what everybody has to refer to that person for the rest of the year then when your all done laugh and say got yah then give them a..
Trivia Questions - For The Birds  by: Deanna Mascle
1. Which is not a group term for birds? A. Flock B. Flight C. Volery D. Swarm D. Swarm TOPICS: Various insects can collectively be called a swarm but not birds! 2. Which of these is a fear of birds?..
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..
Educational Classroom Games - Wheel of Fortune  by: Lucas Kent
GREAT GAME Wheel of fortune A useful tool to have for playing educational games in the classroom is a Sticky Ball. A Sticky Ball is a small plastic ball that is covered with miniature suction cups...
Use Of Power Points In Programs - Tips  by: C.S. Mackay
If you have the equipment for displaying power points in auditoriums or gymnasiums then the use of Power Point Programs during a program can be very effective. They can use them to emphasis a point..
How to Set Up an ESL Classroom  by: Kathryn Walsh
Setting up a classroom is stressful enough. Setting up a classroom for ESL, or English as a Second Language students, is even more challenging. Each student could be from a different country and..
How to Teach English Pronunciation to ESL Students Online  by: Mark Fellows
One of the biggest challenges to teaching ESL students is the capacity to adapt to the individual needs of students whose native phonology is different from that of English. Each student has..
ESL GAME: Picture Game  by: Sabia
Choose a picture and do not let the children see it. Place a sheet with slits (or several pieces with holes of different sizes) over the picture. The Students have to guess and name what is depicted..
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..
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..
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..
ESL GAME: Rescuers  by: Sabia
Give out animal flashcards (3 per each student). Put a paper crocodile in front of each flashcard. Tell them that they are rescuers and they can save their animals from the crocodiles by answering..
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..
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..
Topics for First Conditional Speaking Activities  by: David Coodin
The first conditional is a grammatical structure for talking about what is possible in the present or future. The structure typically contains a phrase beginning with "if" that conditions the..
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..
Do you like (noun)? Lesson Plan for Young Learners - Lesson  by: Stefan Chiarantano
Target Language: Do you like (noun)? Yes, I do. No, I don’t Vocabulary: pizza, sushi, spaghetti, cheese, milk (flashcards) Target: Young Learners Greetings and Warm-up: Greet the class with a..
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..
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..
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..
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..
TOEIC Grammar Quiz  by: contributor
TOEIC Grammar Quiz 3. Write down your answers. Check them at TOEIC Gram Quiz 3 Review. 51. Last year's ___A_____ alumni fundraising drive raised over 100 million dollars for university research..
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 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..
Games for Teaching English Grammar  by: Angela Watkins
Abate the dullness of learning grammar by using games to deconstruct the English language. A game can take the edge off of nervous or excited students and can help them to channel their creativity...
Sixth Grade English Grammar Study Tips  by: Miranda Morley
From peer pressure to puberty and athletics to academics, sixth grade can be one of the most frustrating times in a student's life. To make matters worse, sixth grade grammar students go from writing..
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..
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..
Icebreakers - What's in a name? - Short Lesson  by: choi
Ask everyone to say their (preferred) name, and ask them to give at least one piece of information on why they were called this name (or some interesting feature of their name, such as a different..
Prepositions VII - Quiz  by: jt
___ Thanksgiving, we usually eat cranberry sauce with our roasted turkey. On, In Answer-On They were reassured ___ the outcome ___ the elections. about, in by, of Answer-by, of We always take a trip..
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..
Halloween Tips  by: Bridgitte Williams
Halloween is a time for tricks and treats. Halloween is a time meant for candy and sweets. Halloween is not the time to put any new lawn ornaments that may be dear to you in the front yard. Regarding..
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..
Book Review and Reflection - ESL lesson  by: Nellie Deutsch
Book Review and Reflection Read a book in English and fill in the following information: Your name: Your e-mail: Information about the book Title: Author: Number of pages: Please answer the following..
English Coversation Games - Short Lesson  by: jin
Play English conversation games to help students learn English at a faster rate. Assign students to a group, and give each of them a part to play. Then, give each student a goal, and ask them to..
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..
Teaching Vocabulary and Grammar with Authentic Materials (Part 3 of 5) - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
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How to Teach Reading Comprehension to ESL Kids  by: Erin Schreiner
One of the most difficult tasks an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher must face is teaching her students how to read English. Instructors commonly teach this task in one-on-one or small group..
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..
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..
How to Use Vocabulary Games in ESL Lessons  by: Contributor
In addition to core reading skills, acquiring vocabulary is a core part of an ESL curriculum. However, a successful vocabulary activity is dependent on a variety of factors and considerations. This..
Conversations For a Non-Native English Speaker - Part 2  by: Cashmere Lashkari
Some time back I had written an article on teaching first generation speakers of the English Language basic conversation skills. I had focused on areas that they will need to be comfortable speaking..
Homophones & Homonyms  by: A. D. Reed
Being Forward with my Foreword Homophones, also called homonyms, are words that sound alike but have different meanings and, usually, spellings. Some are near misses, like “desperate” and..
Activities and Games to Teach English Vocabulary  by: Talia Kennedy
Teaching children new English vocabulary words can be difficult because they may have trouble conceptualizing their meanings. Providing a list of words and definitions is one presentation method but..
The Rules of a Classroom for Three-Year-Olds  by: Veronica Maier
Teachers of a preschool classroom filled with three- and four-year-olds regularly post a set of rules for parents and children to read. These rules almost always include safety. Parents and teachers..
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,..
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...
Games: Who's Missing - Short Lesson  by: sam
Who's Missing is a game for children ages kindergarten through 6th grade, and is often played in the classroom. In this game, one student hides his or her eyes while other children trade seats and..
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..
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..
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:..
Easter Activities for the Classroom  by: Teresa Evans
If you need Easter activities for the classroom, you will find that you have many different activities from which to choose. You may like to have the children create Easter crafts but there are also..
How to Teach Vocabulary to ESL Students  by: Collaborator
For ESL students, vocabulary is the most important element leading to reading comprehension. Without extensive vocabulary teaching and practice, ESL learners will not be able to reach the required..
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..
How to Make Lesson Planning Easy  by: braniac
Lesson planning is a big part of every teachers job. The lesson can make all the difference in whether kids learn and planing those lessons can take a lot of time. In fact, many teachers work extra..
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 are you? Lesson Plan for Young Learners - Lesson  by: Stefan Chiarantano
Target Language: How are you? I’m (adjective). Vocabulary: happy, sad, hungry, mad (flashcards) Target: Young Learners Greetings and Warm-up: Greet the class with a good-morning or good-afternoon..
Reading Comprehension - ESL lesson  by: Nellie Deutsch
Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow: Online Distance Learning Online distance learning is an instructional system which connects learners with educational resources...
DROP THE HANKY - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a circle and sit down. One person is IT and has the hanky (handkerchief). She walks around the outside of the circle and drops the handkerchief behind someone. As soon as that person realizes..
How to Teach Reading Comprehension to ESL Kids  by: Erin Schreiner
One of the most difficult tasks an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher must face is teaching her students how to read English. Instructors commonly teach this task in one-on-one or small group..
Tag Questions - Has he? Hasn't he? Had he? - quiz  by: jt
He hasn't done it yet, ___? a. has he b. hasn't he c. had he Answer-a He's been to Italy twice, ___? a. has he b. hasn't he c. had he Answer-b He's got a camera, ___? a. has he b. hasn't he c. had he..
Free Tailored ESL Lesson Plans  by: Chris Westergaard
Hello, I'm creating tailored lesson plans for anyone who wants them. Just leave a comment on my blog www.teflpragueandabroad.blogspot.com and I'll create one for you. Here is a lesson that I created..
How to Teach ESL Listening & Speaking  by: Penny Morris
The number of English as a Second Language (ESL) learners in the U.S. has doubled from 1996 to 2011. These students face difficulties in the classroom as they try to keep up with students who are..
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..
ESL Game #1 - Tic Tac Toe  by: Joe Tosczak
To play Tic Tac Toe in class is very easy. But to be able to play Tic Tac Toe in class and still be teaching English at the same time is the tricky part. Any and every new ESL teacher will eventually..
Where can I find games for ESL classes  by: answers.yahoo.com
I teach English at a Japanese elementary school, and I need idea for educational games.
ESL Game - Charades  by: kr
Title: Charades Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students are divided into 2 teams. One person from one team comes up to the front where the teacher gives them a..
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..
Activities for Special Person's Day for Grade 4  by: Lily Mae
In fourth grade, children learn a variety of academic skills and concepts, but special attention also needs to focus on studying and celebrating their lives. An ideal way to do this is with a Special..
Games for Spoken English Classes for Adults  by: Stephanie Mitchell
Games for adult English as a second language (ESL) classes must strike a balance between linguistic simplicity, so the students will understand the vocabulary and syntax, and thematic complexity, so..
Twenty Questions - Short Lesson  by: jp
Select an object in your mind and let the learners ask up to twenty questions to guess what it is. Trade places with the winner and let that learner select an object for the next round.
ESL Writing Activities for Grade 4  by: Helen Jain
Students who are learning English as a second language, or ESL students, can have some struggles when studying in school. The students are not only learning about the topics teachers are going over..
Crossing Cultures - Lesson  by: Ali
Level: intermediate upper Time: 40-60 minutes Aim: Have the students talk about different cultures and traveling to a foreign country. Procedure Bring in the class some pictures of some people who..
How to Make a Low-Prep Conversation Activity for ESL  by: Collaborator
If you teach ESL, you can do a conversation activity that you can get ready in five minutes and use for several types of practice. You can keep your class engrossed without the need to photocopy or..
Game: Hit, Miss Or Maybe - Short Lesson  by: sam
The game2 revolves around a single player being interrogated by the rest of the people involved to seek their hidden identity. The player under the spotlight decides upon a famous individual (past or..
Tic-Tac Toe - Short Lesson  by: yi
Create a traditional tic-tac-toe table. You can create this table on the board where you conduct most of your teaching. You can also be creative by using materials like colored cloth to create a..
I need a english lesson plan for 8th grade- part of the class is testing-it needs to be quiet ..  by: answers.yahoo.com
the class is an hour long and i need to occupy half of the class while the other half is testing. does anyone have any ideas for a silent, independent activity related to language arts?
WHISTLE DICTATION - Short Lesson  by: re
Select a passage that has a lot of whatever grammar point you want to focus on (e.g. adjectives). Dictate the passage. When you read, leave out the adjectives. Instead, whistle when there should be..
ESL Game - Relay Race  by: kr
Title: Relay Race Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: flashcards Procedure: Divide the class into 2 teams and have each team form a line. The 1st person from each team runs up to me...
The American English Accent: The Voiced And Unvoiced - Tips  by: Frank Gerace
The voiced and unvoiced consonants In this section we will try to clarify the difference between the voiced consonants and the unvoiced consonants. If you want to master English pronunciation you..
How to Teach "Do & Does" & "Have & Has" to TESOL Students  by: Emile Heskey
Learning verbs in English can be difficult at times, particularly with irregular verbs such as "to be." However, in the case of "to do" and "to have," there is only one variation on the regular..
TESOL Games  by: Brian Gabriel
The acronym TESOL means Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Students of English generally need to enact a lot of repetition to really grind in the concepts of English and the extensive..
Game: Chaos and Confusion - Short Lesson  by: sam
What happens is this. •Arthur approaches Belinda, and they introduce themselves and shake hands. They then swap names. •Arthur (now Belinda) shakes hands with Colin. Now Colin is to call himself..
ESL Teaching and Learning Tips, by Dr. Yanni Zack, an American ESL specialist  by: Steve
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First Day Activities - Lesson  by: Eric
I have 1 activity that i almost always use the first day of class. it's a great way to get to know your students and for them to get to know you. First, i write 10 things about myself on the board. I..
ESL Game - 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..
Using Classical Music In The English As A Foreign Language Classroom  by: Larry M. Lynch
Activities for using music in TEFL In some of my previous English as a foreign Language Teaching articles we've opened discussion over the varied uses of music in the English as a Foreign Language..
How Teachers Can Decrease Classroom Management Problems by Increasing Class Participation  by: Adam Waxler
One of the major factors contributing to classroom management problems is the fact that the students simply are not involved in the lesson. Therefore, it is easy to conclude that if a teacher can..
For ESL Learners - 10 Questions and Answers About Thanksgiving  by: Jane Wangersky
When did Thanksgiving start? The first Thanksgiving in the land that later became the U.S. was in 1621. It became a national holiday in 1863, during the Civil War. The first Thanksgiving in what..
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..
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,..
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..
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..
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..
Reading: Oral vs. Silent - Short Lesson  by: js
The skills used in oral reading are different from those used when reading silently. Use oral reading sparingly to work on verbal presentation (pronunciation, intonation) and be sure to allow time..
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..
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..
How to Integrate Microsoft Excel With Grammar Lesson Plans  by: Filonia LeChat
Arming students with good grammar skills may seem like a standard building block of elementary or secondary school, but giving learners the ability to communicate may have lasting positive results..
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..
ESL Games - G  by: jt
Gestures Use western gestures in your class. Expressions Gestures Hello wave Goodbye wave It's cold Put arms around shoulders It's hot Fan your face with hands No! shake your head "no" Come here move..
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.
How to Use Pictures in an ESL Classroom  by: Chance E. Gartneer
The environment of an English as a Second Language (ESL) class can be very challenging...especially for the teacher. Your students can come from all over the world with a variety of native tongues..
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..
PLEASE - Short Lesson  by: re
Give some instructions to the children (e.g. Please open your books. Please stand up. Please touch the door.). Mime or gesture to help them guess what to do. The children can then take turns giving..
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..
Halloween Activities for Young Children  by: Jamie Jefferson
Celebrate the annual Fright Night with these seventeen fun (and not so scary) ideas, especially for young children. 1. Try your hand at face painting, or allow your children to paint each other's..
Preschool Learning Activities: Emotional Development & Fine Motor Skills Development in Preschoolers  by: Marisa Robinson
Preschool learning activities vary in many different forms. If you use alittle creativity, you can come up with great preschool activities and learning activities for preschoolers and children...
Teaching English Language to Beginners  by: Mako Fisher
Young students especially, have short attention spans and quickly lose concentration so in order to keep lesson momentum and the student interested in the topic at hand, break the lesson time down..
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..
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 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..
ESL GAME: All Change!  by: Sabia
Have your Students put chairs into a circle and then sit down. As the teacher you stand in the middle. Say to them "If you are wearing ………, change your seats". The children wearing the item of..
Prizes for ESL Classes That Don't Cost Anything  by: Marissa Willman
Prizes are useful tools to keep ESL classes motivated, as well as reward students for their hard work. Although candy, stickers and pencils are generally the foundation of an ESL teacher's prize..
ESL Book Review- Zero Prep- Ready-to-Go Activities for the Language Classroom  by: Jane Wangersky
Okay, it's a cliché to say a book changed your life, but this book changed mine. It cut my prep time down to minutes. Using the activities in this book, I learned how to teach for two hours using..
Music 101: The Key To Pronunciation And Accent Reduction - Tips  by: Erin Corrigan (accent reduction ESL teacher)
“Without music life would be a mistake” These are the words of the famous German Philosopher Frederik Nietzsche, and as a specialist in pronunciation and Accent Reduction for non-native English..
Preschool Activities - Using Alligators And Apples To Teach The Letter "A"  by: Mary Robinson
The Overall Experience When approaching preschool from an educational perspective, it's important to remember that at that tender age children learn holistically, that is from the whole experience,..
Sing A Song and Learn New Words  by: Celia Webb
Did you know you remember what you learn better if you use more of your senses during the learning? It’s true, the more of your five senses you can engage in the learning process, the more..
NUMBERS 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Have the students make a circle, sitting down, and hand out cards with the numbers you want to teach the children. Every child need not necessarily have a number. Sit in the circle and call number 1,..
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..
Teach Your Child to Read (Reading)  by: Mary Bogin
Would you like to teach your child to read? You are very proud when your child begins to pick up books. You didn't get books at the baby shower, or did you? I have the methods to teach you how to..
BASEBALL 3 - Short Lesson  by: re
Draw a baseball diamond on a piece of paper and place a pile of flashcards in the middle of it. Divide the children into two teams and give each team some counters. The team takes turns at bat. The..
COLLECTION - Short Lesson  by: re
Collect one thing from every student and put it into a bag. Get students to close their eyes and take things out of the bag one by one. Students go one by one and ask each other Is this your ? They..
Giving and Checking Instructions - Tips  by: Sue Swift
Some of the activities that we use in the classroom are fairly complex in terms of the way they’re organised, and I doubt if there are many teachers who can honestly claim that they’ve never got..
General Knowledge Quiz Questions  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: What is a blue moon? Answer: Second full moon in a calendar month Interesting Fact: 'Once in a Blue Moon' is a common way of saying not very often, but what exactly is a Blue Moon?..
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..
How to Multiply Fractions  by: Jen
How to Multiply Fractions If you have mastered adding and subtracting fractions, often multiplying fractions will seem a lot less complicated. Many of the steps feel similar, but much of the work..
ESL Clothing Games  by: Shelley Frost
Clothing games for ESL--English as a second language--instruction gives students a chance to boost their practical vocabulary. The topic lends itself educational games that also keep students..
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..
ESL game and questions only, please - ESL lesson  by: Said-Ali
It's me Ali again to this site with my NEW game. I am really happy to share my ESL games with my enthusiastic friends who are far from their home lands teaching ESL in China. Type of activity: Pair..
Teaching English - Some Easy Ideas  by: Theresa Nahim
If you've ever studied another language, then you know how difficult it is to navigate the landscape of the new culture. Even if you never have, studying a language cannot be relegated to words alone..
Ten Ha-Ha-Hilarious Kids Party Games - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
PARROT GAME Divide guests into two equal groups, one is the Pirates, the other the Parrots. The parrots are very very grouchy and are not permitted to smile. The pirates can do anything they like to..
EFL Kids Walking/Action Game for Korean Kids - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lessons  by: Robin Tim Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
WALKING GAME Children need to move and burn off energy so we do this game often while using many action verbs and many nouns. Do this in the last 5 minutes of the class and the then the kids can..
Short Poem Analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Ghoulish Grandchild My goldfish ate my Granny "Impossible', you say. It did so eat my Granny and finished her today. What first appears impossible was the action of a beast. It did so eat my Granny,..
STORE - Short Lesson  by: re
Open a pretend store in the classroom. If it is a restaurant, let the students place the orders etc.
Teaching Latitude and Longitude to Elementary Students Using Technology  by: Kathy Cothran
Teaching children about latitude and longitude is challenging at best. Asking children to visualize imaginary and invisible lines that only seem to exist on a map is beyond many young minds. When I..
How to Teach Vocabulary to ESL Students  by: Collaborator
For ESL students, vocabulary is the most important element leading to reading comprehension. Without extensive vocabulary teaching and practice, ESL learners will not be able to reach the required..
Using Google Earth in the Foreign Language Classroom  by: ravip
Learning The Alphabet Letters By Making Learning Fun  by: Deanna Mascle
Learning the alphabet letters is an important part of early childhood education but it can be fun, too. Here are some fun suggestions to make alphabet fun for your child. A Fun: Make paper airplanes..
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..
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..
Try to rearrange the words bellow.  by: contributor
1 looking I'm for my glasses. 2 reading? of you are What book kind 3 is Why Pamela crying? 4 Kharkov economics National studying University. Paul is at 5 is everyone Why laughing? 6 for waiting Are..
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..
Tag Questions - Has he? Hasn't he? Had he? - quiz  by: jt
He hasn't done it yet, ___? a. has he b. hasn't he c. had he Answer-a He's been to Italy twice, ___? a. has he b. hasn't he c. had he Answer-b He's got a camera, ___? a. has he b. hasn't he c. had he..
GIVE ME - Short Lesson  by: re
Like show me. Students must give you the objects that you ask for. Can be played as row race or by the whole class at once.
Parts of Speech Worksheets for ESL Students  by: Tamara Van Hooser
Sentence structure varies from language to language so learning how the parts of speech work together to form a grammatically correct sentence is the cornerstone of beginning ESL classes. Grammar..
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...
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 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,..
Good games to play in class  by: answers.yahoo.com
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3rd Grade Art Lessons on the City  by: Dawn Sutton
Cityscapes provide a variety of art lessons for third grade students to develop their understanding of art concepts. Students can also experiment using a variety of art mediums and supplies such as..
International Pickle Week - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
Are you aware that International Pickle Week takes place the last two weeks in May? By all means, celebrate!! 1. Explain to your children that "in a pickle" is an expression that means a difficult..
ESL Sense of Sight Activities  by: Joe Ashton
English as a second language (ESL) education has become an integral part of classrooms. Teachers prepared to accommodate ESL students are more successful than other teachers. Lessons should be geared..
I am an education major in college and I have to make a lesson plan, I am teaching an English lesson  by: answers.yahoo.com
Does anyone have any ideas? I dont know why but i can not think of anything that sounds like it would be fun. I also have to do an activity in class over the topic...so if anyone could help that..
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..
SURVIVAL - Short Lesson  by: re
This is a game to practise grammar structures. It is especially good to practise irregular verbs and tenses. Have all of the students practice the structure first. For example, if you want to review..
ESL GAME: Can You Actions  by: Sabia
Use this game for teaching: "Can you...?" "Yes, I can" "No,I can't". These actions are fun: wiggle dance run quickly hop skip do a star jump do a handstand touch your toes cross your eyes snap your..
Word Play - Four Literary Games Even Kids Enjoy  by: Lynn Sager
I have tutored too many students who feel uncomfortable writing in their own language. By the fourth grade, they have stopped wanting to write anything because everything they write receives a grade...
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Party Games That Make You Laugh  by: Steve Hatherley
A couple of years ago as one of our family parties wound down, one of my mother's friends said, "What a wonderful party - it's so wonderful to laugh. We don't laugh enough these days, don't you..
Question Formation II - quiz  by: jt
___ yesterday? a. Whose called b. Who called Answer-b ___ talk to? a. Who did you b. Who you did c. Who you Answer-a ___ you born? a. Where was b. Where are c. Where were Answer-c ___ to the train..
Jury Classroom Activities  by: Jennifer Hench
Teaching students about the judicial system within the United States involves focusing on all areas of the law. When it comes to teaching the jury portion of trial and case law, utilizing classroom..
ESL GAME: Apple Pass  by: Sabia
Apple Pass: Have all Students sit in a circle. Use a fake apple and toss it to one Student. But you must say one English word as you pass. The Student then throws to another Student and says a..
English Teachers - How to Get Your EFL Language Learners to LOVE English Class  by: Larry M. Lynch
How Do Your EFL Learners Feel? How do your English as a foreign language learners feel about coming to English class? Do they look forward to it because they know, "We're going to do all kinds of..
How to Teach ESL Students to Notice Grammar  by: Veronica Lanning
Teaching English language learners to notice the rules of grammar can be effective in helping them produce spontaneous speech. Explicit instruction of grammar rules, accompanied with structured..
Game: The Car Alphabet - Short Lesson  by: sam
Another word game involves number plates on other cars. What you do is take the three letters on the number plate and try and make up a sentence/phrase/name that these letters could be an acronym..
The spirit of giving teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
At this holiday time, take the opportunity to teach children about the spirit of giving. Giving takes many forms. You can give your time, such as volunteers do. You can make monetary, clothing or..
Teaching Prepositions - ESL lesson  by: Said-Ali
ESL Game Teaching Prepositions This game worked well in my classes especially when I applied it as a warmer up. I wanted to share it with my friends who are doing their best teaching ESL overseas...
First Day Activities for High School Chemistry  by: Mary MacIntosh
Chemistry has the potential to be one of the most interesting high school classes, full of hands-on experiments and impressive chemical reactions. Unfortunately, the first day is often bogged down by..
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...
How to Create an Attitude of Cooperation - Tips  by: Judy H. Wright
Having been a parent educator and a PBS consultant for Ready to Learn for many years, I have had the unique opportunity to work with Head Start families, Child Care Providers, and parents as well as..
Warm-Up Activities for an ESL Adult  by: Leyla Norman
Warm-ups get English as a second language students' minds thinking in English before class. They help students focus on the lesson. They can take 10 minutes or less to do, and they generally get..
English Speaking Practice Through Presentations - Tips  by: Josef Essberger
If you're anything like most teachers, you're probably constantly looking for new ways to encourage your students to practise their oral English and speak spontaneously. This month, we're going to..
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..
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...
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,..
How to Teach Daily Routines to ESL  by: Shelley Gray
Routines and procedures can be the greatest factors in operating a successful classroom. According to Dr. Brandi Simonsen of the Center for Behavioral Education and Research, teacher and student..
When to Use Shall - A Short English Lesson for EFL/ESL Students  by: Kevin M Stafford
Since shall is not regularly used in American English, numerous EFL/ESL students learning English from American teachers are not taught how to use the word. If the word is talked about in class, it..
The Name Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
Quite simply, you have to come up with the name of a celebrity, (or literary figure, cartoon character, etc) that would be commonly known to at least two of the participants, whose first name begins..
BASEBALL 3 - Short Lesson  by: re
Draw a baseball diamond on a piece of paper and place a pile of flashcards in the middle of it. Divide the children into two teams and give each team some counters. The team takes turns at bat. The..
How Teachers Can Decrease Classroom Management Problems by Increasing Class Participation  by: Adam Waxler
One of the major factors contributing to classroom management problems is the fact that the students simply are not involved in the lesson. Therefore, it is easy to conclude that if a teacher can..
Preschool Circle Time Activities  by: Stephen Carr
First thing a preschool teacher needs to do, is to get a carpet or rug and make your circle on it. It needs to big enough to hold all students, but small enough to have students and teacher close..
English Topics for ESL  by: Caitlynn Lowe
The broad topic of English as a Second Language can be divided into smaller topics, and both young children and older adults studying ESL need a class geared toward their specific needs. Grammar and..
RACE AGAINST TIME - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a worksheet that has three types of problems. Divide the sheet into four parts. For example, if your three types of problems are Translation, Answer the Question, and Unscramble the Sentences,..
Easy Steps to Scrapbooking with Young Kids - Tips  by: Fion Lim
Kids grow up so fast and if you don't try to capture some of these wonderful memories through some means, they'll all slip through the fingers just in a snap. And scrapbooking is a fabulous way to..
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..
3rd Grade Lessons for ESL Inclusion  by: Nadine Smith
Many schools struggle with how to handle ESL, or English as Second Language students, in mainstream classrooms. Sometimes school boards "pull" ESL students from English classrooms for special..
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..
Adjectives Lesson Plan - Adjective Practice For Your Students  by: Renee Goodrich
This is a great way to get your students to explore the variety of adjectives that can be applied to one noun. Take any noun and write it on the board. Ask your students to help you use adjectives to..
Outdoor Lessons for Pre-K ESL Students  by: Fiona Miller
Taking children out of doors can help them focus and enjoy lessons, especially if the weather is nice. When teaching children English, especially in a country where it is not widely spoken, it is..
Learning The Alphabet Letters - Use Food To Teach Your Child The Alphabet  by: Deanna Mascle
As the parent of a preschooler, you should make alphabet lessons an important part of your daily routine. Waiting until your child starts preschool or kindergarten to begin work on the alphabet will..
Take English Questions  by: ESL Free Lesson
Dear ESL Student, Native English speakers make mistakes too! These sentences were modified from national magazines and advertisements in the USA. Can you find the grammatical error in each one? 1.If..
ESL Conjunction Exercises  by: Melanie J. Martin
Conjunctions might seem dull and lifeless--they're not action words, and they don't describe interesting people, places or things. Still, they're necessary for getting a point across. You don't have..
Adjectives Lesson Plan - Adjective Practice For Your Students  by: Renee Goodrich
This is a great way to get your students to explore the variety of adjectives that can be applied to one noun. Take any noun and write it on the board. Ask your students to help you use adjectives to..
SPELLING SPRINT - Short Lesson  by: re
Students come to the board, teacher calls out a word, first person to answer correctly scores a point for their team.
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..
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..
Icebreakers - Pack your suitcase - Short Lesson  by: choi
Ask students to make a list of 10 things they would pack up in the event of a disaster, or going off for a whole year to another country that is far away. ‘Things’ packed do not literally have to..
How to Initiate Your Child Into Learning the English Language  by: Adriana A Noton
There are many benefits to children learning the English language. Most parents want their children to learn English so that they will have all of the opportunities available to them when they are..
General Knowledge Quiz Questions  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: What is a blue moon? Answer: Second full moon in a calendar month Interesting Fact: 'Once in a Blue Moon' is a common way of saying not very often, but what exactly is a Blue Moon?..
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..
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..
Classroom Games - Statues & Squiggles  by: Lucas Kent
Statues This is a fun game to give your students a break and some exercise. 1) Have the students stand up and push their chairs in so they have lots of room to move around. 2) Choose a scenario which..
STRIP STORY - Short Lesson  by: re
Cut a passage into single sentence strips. Scramble the strips. Students work in pairs and try to put the sentences in the correct order. This game can also be played in teams. Make teams consisting..
ESL Exercises: How to Write an Essay  by: Biju Sukumaran
Learning English as a Second Language is not an easy task. For most non-native speakers, English is fraught with grammatical inconsistencies and awkward phrases. An excellent exercise to promote..
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 ,"..
7 Essential Body Language Tips  by: Pete Grand
The secrets of our body language have been around forever yet people constantly fail to recognize the importance of using body language to their advantage. Did you know that people only pay attention..
Reading: Oral vs. Silent - Short Lesson  by: js
The skills used in oral reading are different from those used when reading silently. Use oral reading sparingly to work on verbal presentation (pronunciation, intonation) and be sure to allow time..
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 1 - A Soldier's Lie  by: jt
The Story Once a soldier asked his commanding officer for a day's leave to attend his sister's wedding. The officer asked him to wait outside the door for a few minutes while he considered the..
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..
How to Teach English to Kids in School  by: Karen Hollowell
Formal English instruction begins in kindergarten, if not before. It is often referred to as language arts, which provides the most accurate description of the many reading and writing skills that..
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...
Tips for Teaching ESL Grammar  by: Joel Barnard
There is no doubt that a knowledge of grammar rules is essential for the mastery of a language, says Penny Ur in her book, "Grammar Practice Activities." A teacher relating lists of rules, forms and..
Jury Classroom Activities  by: Jennifer Hench
Teaching students about the judicial system within the United States involves focusing on all areas of the law. When it comes to teaching the jury portion of trial and case law, utilizing classroom..
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..
Question Formation Quiz  by: jt
Choose the suitable words. 1. ___ yesterday? a. Whose called b. Who called 2. ___ talk to? a. Who did you b. Who you did c. Who you 3. ___ you born? a. Where was b. Where are c. Where were 4. ___ to..
Beginning Level ESL Lessons  by: Catherine Copeland
Beginning level English as a Second Language (ESL) activities often center around the basics of the English language, including introductions and common courtesy questions. Beginning level ESL..
When I Grow Up Preschool Activities  by: Mary Robinson
The best way to start a discussion with preschoolers on what they'd like to be when they grow up is to discuss a wide variety of professions. This way you are letting the children know all the..
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..
Games for Teaching Business to ESL Students  by: Kara Page
Many business professionals all over the world are preparing to enter a global workforce by enrolling in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Teachers for these ESL business classes should..
Various Spotting Games - Short Lesson  by: sam
•Pick an object ahead (say a lamp post), close your eyes and say 'Now!' when you think you are beside it. •Every time you spot a flag you make a blowing sound like the noise of a flag blowing in..
First Day Activities for Elementary ESL Classes  by: Joel Barnard
The first day of an elementary class is an opportunity for you to get to know the students and for them to get to know you and each other. It's also a good time to give them some indication of what..
ESL Games - R  by: jt
Run And Get It Divide the class into two teams and have them stand in two lines facing each other. Assign each team member a number from one to four. Place a few flashcards in the middle of the two..
How to Teach ESL in a Multilevel Class  by: Brad Conway
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) students who perform at different levels requires you to differentiate your instruction to meet each student's educational needs. While teaching a..
Game: Heads up Seven up (2) - Short Lesson  by: sam
You need at least 14 people for this, another reason why this game was often played in school. Pick seven people to be 'it'. Everyone else puts their heads down and their thumbs up. The chosen seven..
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..
How to Teach a Child English One to One - Tips  by: Shelley Vernon
On the ESL forums one often sees teachers asking for ideas to make their one to one lessons more fun. Many teachers are brilliant in the classroom but are at a loss for ideas when it comes to..
Captain Underpants - A Writing Teacher's Perspective On An "Under" Hero  by: Lynn Sager
I have been working with a fourth grader for a number of months now. His parents speak English as a second language, and they are counting upon me to help him with writing his skills, reading..
How to Connect Words with ESL Exercises  by: Lane Cummings
ESL refers to English as a second language. An average ESL lesson consists of presenting the grammar, vocabulary or other language point of the day, checking student understanding of it, and writing..
ESL Game - Funky Mummy  by: kr
Title: Funky Mummy Type: Active Game Target: Health, Body parts, Halloween Materials: toilet paper rolls, body picture cards Procedure: Each group has one doctor. The rest are the patients. The..
Icebreakers - Interview your neighbour - Short Lesson  by: choi
Have students work in pairs to interview each other for a few minutes. They can take notes about their interview partners that will be reported in a summary to the rest of the group. The interview..
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..
FILL IN THE GRID - Short Lesson  by: re
Draw a grid with the names of countries down one side and verbs across the top e.g. Canada, Italy, Japan, India, UK and play, speak, eat, study, use. Then fill in the middle with appropriate answers..
ESL speaking activity - ESL lesson  by: Said-Ali
Trends, Internet… my life Type of activity: group work Level: pre intermediate up to advanced Aim: To talk about trends and discuss the importance of internet in our life in groups Preparation:..
| The "Wright" Game For an ESL Class  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
Mr. Wright is a great party game for ESL classrooms. It is a fun game for Christmas or any other party occasion. You have to supply a small gift...probably several since your students will want to..
ESL Subject & Verb Agreement Exercises  by: Rebecca Bagwell
Learning English as a second language (ESL) can be a very hard undertaking. Speaking English well requires diligent practice and a willingness to keep trying even when making mistakes. Help your..
Easter Activities for the Classroom  by: Teresa Evans
If you need Easter activities for the classroom, you will find that you have many different activities from which to choose. You may like to have the children create Easter crafts but there are also..
Pronunciation Games for ESL  by: Veronica Romualdez
Pronunciation games can be played to teach ESL students to improve their speech and to help pronounce difficult sounds. Pronunciation games are used to practice speaking in English while teaching..
FIND YOUR MATCH - Short Lesson  by: re
Divide the class into two teams. Give one team Vocabulary cards and the other team Japanese Meaning cards so that one card goes to each student. When the teacher says start students from one team try..
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..
Find It Fast - Short Lesson  by: jin
Find It Fast is a review game that can be played by all students in the classroom. When the teacher or leader asks a question, students race to the board and write down the answer to the question...
File Folder Games For Preschoolers  by: Mary Robinson
Preschoolers should be learning about a wide variety of topics including shapes, numbers, colors, letters, and more. A great way to teach these basics is with file folder games for preschoolers which..
I need a english lesson plan for 8th grade- part of the class is testing-it needs to be quiet ..  by: answers.yahoo.com
the class is an hour long and i need to occupy half of the class while the other half is testing. does anyone have any ideas for a silent, independent activity related to language arts?
Christmas Math Activities for Elementary School Kids  by: Shelley Frost
The excitement and merriment of Christmas challenges the concentration of many elementary students. Instead of fighting the holiday, incorporate it into your curriculum to make the lessons more..
How to Teach English to Small Kids  by: Kevin Ann Reinhart
Small children absorb language easily making them wonderfully responsive to learning English as a second language. Child-centered, conversation-based activities are a good place to begin as you and..
2 games - English Lesson  by: Azizbek
The Broken Telepone the players sit around the table or stand in a row. one player is chosen to start the game. this player whispers a word into the ear of his neighbor, who whispers what he heard to..
ESL 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..
How to Teach English to Children Through Songs  by: Maggie McCormick
When teaching English as a second language (ESL) to children, songs can be an effective way to get your point across. Many children enjoy music, so including it in your lesson plan helps you to step..
Mexican Man Frying an Egg - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day BSc MSc BEd.
Here is a puzzle you can give ESL kids on the black board. Can you see the puzzle now? Children love it and it has a bit of vocabulary for them: egg, egg white, yellow yolk, fry pan or frying pan,..
ESL game: Word chain - Short Lesson  by: jt
Word chain, also known as Grab on Behind, Last and First, and Alpha and Omega, is a word game in which players come up with words that begin with the letter or letters that the previous word ended..
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..
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..
ESL Game - Musical Chairs  by: kr
Title: Musical Chairs Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary or Alphabet Materials: Picture cards, music Procedure: Arrange the chairs into a circle and attach a picture card on each chair. The..
English Language Games Make Teaching Vocabulary Fun and Easy!  by: Karlee Demierre
Learning new vocabulary is the building block to learning a new language, anyone who has ever taught ESL children knows that - but have you realized the leverage that English language games can have..
The Name Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
Quite simply, you have to come up with the name of a celebrity, (or literary figure, cartoon character, etc) that would be commonly known to at least two of the participants, whose first name begins..
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..
Third Grade Christmas Art Lessons  by: Andra Land
Parents of third graders who want to give their children instruction in art at home have an array of options --- from simple drawings to multi-step crafts. Unlike younger kids, third-graders have..
Grammar Fitness - A Student-Friendly Activity  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
Let me begin by saying that this activity is really called "Dictation Race". However, students spend so much energy running up to the board and back to their partners that I have taken to calling it..
Free Trivia Questions From Fun Trivia  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: What is the heaviest snake? Answer: Anaconda Interesting Fact: There is a lot of controversy over which snake holds the world's record for massive size. The dimensions that have earned the..
ROW TAG - Short Lesson  by: re
Two students form a row by holding hands. They run around a designated area where the student on one end of the row tries to tag another student. If tagged, that student joins onto the end of the row..
Giving and Checking Instructions - Tips  by: Sue Swift
Some of the activities that we use in the classroom are fairly complex in terms of the way they’re organised, and I doubt if there are many teachers who can honestly claim that they’ve never got..
How to Use Games to Teach English  by: Deborah Jones
Games are used to teach English to liven up lessons and create a relaxed learning atmosphere where students feel confident to practice new language skills. The games provide alternative ways of..
Games for Spoken English Classes for Adults  by: Stephanie Mitchell
Games for adult English as a second language (ESL) classes must strike a balance between linguistic simplicity, so the students will understand the vocabulary and syntax, and thematic complexity, so..
Time-line board games - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
Time-line board games are fun to make. You just need poster board arts n craft supplies, dice, 3 x 5 cards a time line from early US history. What to do: Make a path for the time line on the poster..
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. [email protected]> Date: 6 January 2006 1. This is one of the biggest islands in the world. 2. It is the only African..
Questions & Answers - quiz  by: jt
Match the questions with the answers. 1. Who are you waiting for? a. No, not yet. 2. What happened to Bob? b. Home. 3. How long does it take you to get there? c. He broke his leg. 4. Can you tell me..
Really Creative Ways to Teach Phonics  by: Audrey Lucas
Teachers use phonics to develop literacy in students by introducing sounds as signals for decoding words. Schools have used phonics on and off since the 19th century as an alternative to the..
Teaching 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..
What's the Correct Word Order?  by: jt
a. brightly b. is shining c. sun d. the AnswerThe sun is shining brightly. a. in b. lives c. my sister d. New York AnswerMy sister lives in New York. a. birds b. sing AnswerBirds sing. a. cloth b...
Back to School 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..
How to Set Up an ESL Classroom  by: Kathryn Walsh
Setting up a classroom is stressful enough. Setting up a classroom for ESL, or English as a Second Language students, is even more challenging. Each student could be from a different country and..
How to Teach Syllabication  by: Mark Pennington
As beginning readers begin to recognize the connection between speech sounds and letters (phonemic awareness), use the alphabetic code to begin sounding out and blending letter sounds (phonics), and..
Re: Game: Chinese whispers  by: variation
If you have an exceptionally large group, it is possible to split them into equal teams. A word/phrase is picked at random (this can be from a dictionary, thesaurus, any other book or magazine), and..
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,..
10 Minute ESL Games for Kid's Classrooms  by: Laura Wilson
Learning English as a second language can be difficult and frustrating for children already accustomed to using another language. ESL teachers can use short games that will make learning less..
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..
| How ESL Students Can Improve Their Written English  by: Rosalinda Flores-Martinez
Many ESL students are already well-versed in basic grammar. Some of these students are from good universities and some are established professionals. In fact, many have memorized the grammar rules,..
What words can you make using the letters, D G R A G E? this is for the game Bully during the english 5 class?  by: answers.yahoo.com
words have to be at least three characters long
Pronouns quiz  by: jt
Despite her parents complaints, she decided to live by ___ in New York City. her herself Answer-herself If you happen to see your parents this weekend, give ___ my best regards. him her them..
Activities for Teaching English to Adults  by: Kara Page
While most English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers include games for kids as part of their lesson plans, adults can also benefit from these types of interactive activities. For each activity you..
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..
TOEIC Grammar Quiz  by: contributor
TOEIC Grammar Quiz 3. Write down your answers. Check them at TOEIC Gram Quiz 3 Review. 51. Last year's ___A_____ alumni fundraising drive raised over 100 million dollars for university research..
Game: Two balls and a wall - Short Lesson  by: Tom
Is a children's game played in the United Kingdom. The game is played by standing next to a wall and throwing a ball at the ground so that it bounces off the ground, then wall, and returns to the..
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..
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..
Christmas Programs for Children  by: Anne Kinsey
Children's Christmas programs are an ideal way to get kids involved in learning about and sharing the true meaning of Christmas. While children might get the impression from popular culture that..
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..
ESL GAME: All Change!  by: Sabia
Have your Students put chairs into a circle and then sit down. As the teacher you stand in the middle. Say to them "If you are wearing ………, change your seats". The children wearing the item of..
About ESL Classes  by: Charlie Gaston
Learning a new language is tough. Great skill and structure is required to offer the student an information and resource-rich environment in which he can learn the basics of the English language,..
Time-line board games - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
Time-line board games are fun to make. You just need poster board arts n craft supplies, dice, 3 x 5 cards a time line from early US history. What to do: Make a path for the time line on the poster..
ESL Game - Musical Chairs  by: kr
Title: Musical Chairs Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary or Alphabet Materials: Picture cards, music Procedure: Arrange the chairs into a circle and attach a picture card on each chair. The..
A Literature-Based Lesson - ESL lesson  by: Khalid Al Seghayer, PhD
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ESL Art Lessons  by: Jack Miller
Learning English as a second language (ESL) is often viewed as a basic process of memorizing words and phrases and learning how to use them in speaking and writing. But applying English to other..
Exercises for ESL Kids  by: Jennifer Tolbert
Teachers call students who have a non-English primary language English Language Learners (ELLs). Usually ELL students get referred to the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at their school...
Use Of Power Points In Programs - Tips  by: C.S. Mackay
If you have the equipment for displaying power points in auditoriums or gymnasiums then the use of Power Point Programs during a program can be very effective. They can use them to emphasis a point..
Telephone TESOL - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
Telephone TESOL This is a half hour lesson in Telephone English – aimed at Intermediate level students of English as a Second Language. It’s interesting to note that English sounds very different..
SURVEY 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a survey using what and who and when, and comparatives (bigger) and superlatives (biggest). Compile the results and make a graph for the class.
ESL Money Games  by: Shelley Frost
Money games for ESL students teach counting skills and the basic concepts of money. Using games to improve money skills keeps the students engaged and actively learning about the various units of..
CARD GAMES - Short Lesson  by: re
Adapt any card games you know to a grammar point. E.g. Old Maid, Go Fish, Crazy Eights, Speed, etc. Also, these games can be taught to an English club.
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..
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..
Interesting ESL group activities - ESL lesson  by: Joanne Elliott, professional international freelance writer
From experience, the best way to teach children English is to not only get them physically involved within the lesson, but also to create the illusion that they are simply playing games. And rather..
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..
Some good games that you can play in any English Class  by: answers.yahoo.com
Games that involve reading, writing, grammar, etc.? I teach English in a high school but I'm looking for games to use with other age groups too.
Good games to play in class  by: answers.yahoo.com
thankyou for all your answers!
Educational Sesame Street Party  by: Gail Leino
Teachers can easily make use of the Sesame Street characters to throw a nice Sesame Street party in the classroom. Just about every kid likes to watch the television show and just about every adult..
Game that kids can play in the classroom to help them remmember their class mates names - Short Lesson  by: PL
I teach high school, but I think this could work in a smaller class of younger students too. The second day of school, my students choose an adjective that begins with the first letter of their name..
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..
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..
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..
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..
ALPHABET 3 - Short Lesson  by: re
Use sets of alphabet cards. Make groups of 5 students. In the classroom, clear the desks to the side. The students must make an alphabet line, card to card, from A to Z. Can use to check recognition..
Tips: Sensory Table Ideas For Preschoolers  by: Mary Robinson
Sensory tables can be found in virtually every preschool. These tables are comprised of either a large, commercial table or a shallow, plastic tub that is then filled with various items perfect for..
Where can I find games for ESL classes?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I teach English at a Japanese elementary school, and I need idea for educational games. HELP!
How to Teach "Do & Does" & "Have & Has" to TESOL Students  by: Emile Heskey
Learning verbs in English can be difficult at times, particularly with irregular verbs such as "to be." However, in the case of "to do" and "to have," there is only one variation on the regular..
ESL Lesson Plans on Food  by: Ian Moore
The food unit can be a crucial one because it is extremely beneficial for someone studying English to learn how to use food items in a sentence. This unit not only introduces the use of count and..
How to Teach 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..
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..
ESL Game - Funky Mummy  by: kr
Title: Funky Mummy Type: Active Game Target: Health, Body parts, Halloween Materials: toilet paper rolls, body picture cards Procedure: Each group has one doctor. The rest are the patients. The..
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..
How to get started teaching ESL? - Lesson  by: answers.yahoo.com
I have just volunteered to take over a class from an experienced ESL teacher. Yikes! I have some lesson plans from esl-images.com and some other information. I am looking for good, practical advice..
ESL Game - Musical Chairs  by: kr
Title: Musical Chairs Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary or Alphabet Materials: Picture cards, music Procedure: Arrange the chairs into a circle and attach a picture card on each chair. The..
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..
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..
Classroom Games to Play With Children  by: Ainsley Patterson
Too rainy for an outdoor recess? Do the children need a break after a test or particularly challenging assignment? Then a classroom game is just what they need. There are lots of fun classroom games..
Vocabulary Games for Students  by: Rebecca Bagwell
Difficulty: Easy Students enjoy being active learners in a classroom. Teachers can use vocabularygamesthatencourage active participation to increase students' vocabulary retention. Vocabulary games..
How to Teach English Speaking Skills for ESL  by: Ian
Although ESL deals with reading and writing, speaking is often the most important and difficult of the three aspects of learning the language. Because speaking deals with having the confidence to say..
Classroom Math Game - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
Students go in teams of 4. The teacher draws a table on the board - one row for each team and three columns. (Eg. If there were 5 groups, there would be 5 rows of 3 boxes). The object of the game is..
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..
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..
Cowboy Culture: 3 Movies That Teach the Western Genre  by: James Frieden
A setting sun sliding behind a mountain range, the creak of a leather saddle, the jingle of spurs...a tanned, dirt streaked man sits atop his shifting horse. He tilts up the brim of his worn, creased..
How Not to Teach Context Clues  by: Mark Pennington
To most intermediate, middle, high school, and college teachers, teaching context clues means helping students consciously identify and apply strategies to figure out the meaning of unknown words..
English Language Games Make Teaching Vocabulary Fun and Easy!  by: Karlee Demierre
Learning new vocabulary is the building block to learning a new language, anyone who has ever taught ESL children knows that - but have you realized the leverage that English language games can have..
Pronunciation Games for ESL  by: Veronica Romualdez
Pronunciation games can be played to teach ESL students to improve their speech and to help pronounce difficult sounds. Pronunciation games are used to practice speaking in English while teaching..
Matisse Lesson Plans for Children  by: Stephany Elsworth
Henri Matisse, a French artist who lived from 1869 to 1954, was one of the most notable painters of the 20th century. He led the post-Impressionist Fauvist artistic movement, a style that used..
YOU ARE THE TEACHER - Short Lesson  by: re
Give each student a sentence to either correct or say that it is OK. Get each one to explain their sentence.
Question Formation Quiz  by: jt
Choose the suitable words. 1. ___ yesterday? a. Whose called b. Who called 2. ___ talk to? a. Who did you b. Who you did c. Who you 3. ___ you born? a. Where was b. Where are c. Where were 4. ___ to..
The Best ESL Lesson Plans  by: Joel Barnard
Making good, well-researched lesson plans is imperative in order to effectively teach learners of English as a second language. As you develop as a teacher, the time required to prepare for a lesson..
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..
| ESL Classroom Activity for Forming Sentences With Target Grammar  by: Andrew Lawton
Most ESL students thrive on social interaction. Whatever you are teaching it is always wise to come up with activities that get people moving around the room. Getting students to work together to..
ESL GAME: Burst a balloon  by: Sabia
Write down a short word on a piece of paper (e.g. a dog). Or you can write each letter on a different piece. Put it in the balloon and get a child to burst a balloon. Find the piece/s on the floor..
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..
First Day Activities for Elementary ESL Classes  by: Joel Barnard
The first day of an elementary class is an opportunity for you to get to know the students and for them to get to know you and each other. It's also a good time to give them some indication of what..
Whiteboard English Games  by: Brendan Pelsue
Whiteboard games are an essential tool for any English teacher----teachers can use them to reward a class for good behavior while still teaching essential language and problem-solving skills. These..
Similes and Metaphors – Practice  by: jt
Identify each sentence as a simile or a metaphor. Then explain the meaning of the comparison. 1. Traveling to other countries is like trying other lives. (simile / metaphor) Meaning:..
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..
For Halloween/The Monster Mash, A Graveyard SMASH (short story I wrote when I was 11)  by: Meggy Moo
Have you heard of the Monster Mash? I suppose you know the story of how it came to be, right? Well, I'm here to tell the TRUE story to you. It sarted out late one night, when all monsters where out..
Re: Halloween movie for students (kids) - Tips  by: dell
Monster's Inc. Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
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..
How to Teach a Child to Read With Subtitles  by: Miranda Morley
For years, teachers and parents have argued over the best way to teach children how to read. Some have taught children using phonics, where students learn the sounds of letters and are asked to sound..
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?
Teaching Grammar - 5 Tips to Help You and Your Students  by: Elizabeth O'brien
1. Know Your Subject This is obvious, but it must be said. I have sat in classroom where the teacher told the students that adjectives modified nouns, pronouns, and other adjectives. Ahhhhh!..
Using the Internet for Teaching English Phonetics  by: Jennifer Gilbert
The Internet holds a wide source of phonics-teaching tools and many of them are free. With young children interested and able to use computers, the Internet has become a valuable resource for..
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..
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..
Games: Who's Missing - Short Lesson  by: sam
Who's Missing is a game for children ages kindergarten through 6th grade, and is often played in the classroom. In this game, one student hides his or her eyes while other children trade seats and..
ESL Lessons  by: englishlci.com
Meaning, a Brief Grasp for Foreign Speakers Accent is one of the vital parts to dominate if we wish to get and replicate native-like spoken English. It amounts to one of the main factors that will..
ROW TAG - Short Lesson  by: re
Two students form a row by holding hands. They run around a designated area where the student on one end of the row tries to tag another student. If tagged, that student joins onto the end of the row..
Games for Adult ESL  by: Kara Page
Teaching English as a second language (ESL) to adults does not mean that games and fun activities won't benefit the classroom. Lectures and drills can easily become tedious no matter what the age of..
Practical Writing Exercises for Advanced ESL Students  by: Leyla Norman
Advanced ESL students can be exposed to a wide variety of real-world English reading material. This gives them access to more topics about which to write. In addition, students are ready to practice..
Games for Noun Clauses  by: Greg Ruland
Noun clauses can be difficult for beginning learners. Recognizing the structure of a sentence depends on recognizing its components, the parts of speech and their functions, and ultimately how they..
WHO AM I? - Short Lesson  by: re
A student stands at the front of the class facing the blackboard. A student in the class stands up and says, Good morning (name). Who am I? . The student at the front has to guess who said it. This..
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..
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 ..
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: Monkey/Banana Game  by: Sabia
Prepare one big dice with pictures of monkey heads on some sides and bananas on the others. Students answer question and then roll the dice for their team. If it is bananas, they get the number of..
General Knowledge Quiz Questions  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: What is a blue moon? Answer: Second full moon in a calendar month Interesting Fact: 'Once in a Blue Moon' is a common way of saying not very often, but what exactly is a Blue Moon?..
Games for a classroom - Short Lesson  by: PL
when i was in 6th grade i used to love doing trivia reviews where we would split the class into 2 teams and have them get in single file lines and face off against each other to answer questions, the..
ESL Speaking Exercises  by: Maggie McCormick
Speaking English is perhaps the hardest part about learning English as a foreign language. Because of this, teachers should dedicate a portion of every lesson to ESL speaking exercises. Choose..
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..
| 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..
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..
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
Fun Indoor Games  by: answers.yahoo.com
Ok, In My Homeroom On Monday i am hosting a game that we get to play in my classroom. Any good idea's for games? We cant do hide and go seek, or truth or dare, or any of those From uuu_killer:..
How to Use Video in Classroom Activities  by: Emily Howe
Many teachers shy away from bringing video and other media into the classroom, fearing technical difficulty or excessive prep time. Learning your way around the equipment may require an extra effort..
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..
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..
Weather Vocabulary: How to Explain to Your ESL Students Why it Snows  by: Collaborator
Explain the water cycle to your students. Water flows from a source, is heated by the sun and evaporates into microscopic water vapor. The water vapor rises, cools off and condenses onto dust and..
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..
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..
TRANSLATION 4 - Short Lesson  by: re
Prepare cards that have 5 English words on them or 5 Japanese (or the local language) words. In rows, students compete to finish the most translation cards. The first person in the row goes to the..
Using DVD and Video in Your ESL Class - Part One - Tips  by: Keith Taylor
Have you ever wondered how to use movies in your ESL classes, without just sitting your students down in front of the screen, hitting 'Play' and sitting back to watch? Here are a few ideas to get you..
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..
English comunication games??  by: answers.yahoo.com
I'm an english teacher student from Sweden who's working in Spain for the summer. I do have lots of ideas for my classes, but can anyone please give me some suggestions of comunicationgames?? The..
Einstein's Riddle - Can You Solve It? - Lesson  by: Steve Gillman
Some have said Einstein's riddle is the worlds hardest riddle. It isn't. The story is that Albert Einstein created it as a young man, and claimed that 98% of the world population couldn't solve it...
ERASE A SENTENCE - Short Lesson  by: re
Write a target sentence on the board. Read the sentence and ask the students to repeat it. Have all of the students stand up. Erase one word from the sentence. Have a student from the first row try..
Activities to Do With Students Using Adjectives & Adverb Phrases  by: Krystal Miller
Teach students about adjective and adverb phrases with educational classroom activities. You can modify the activities from easy to difficult depending on the age group. Activities allow the students..
How to Connect Words with ESL Exercises  by: Lane Cummings
ESL refers to English as a second language. An average ESL lesson consists of presenting the grammar, vocabulary or other language point of the day, checking student understanding of it, and writing..
TESOL Games  by: Brian Gabriel
The acronym TESOL means Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Students of English generally need to enact a lot of repetition to really grind in the concepts of English and the extensive..
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..
Creating a Kids Theme Party - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
The easiest way to plan a great kids party is to start with a theme into which all the different party elements fit perfectly. Your most important input in deciding on the party theme should come..
Hide the chalk - Lesson  by: Azizbek
One player is chosen to be a "searcher" who goes to the corner of the room, turns towards the wall. another player the "hider" is chosen to hide the chalk in the room. after the chalk is hidden, the..
The Triangle Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
This works best in a medium size group where only one or two people know the game. A person starts by saying 'This triangle goes from x to y to z'. Basically, x, y and z may be anything - people,..
ESL 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..
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..
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...
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..
Classroom Activities for ESL Students  by: Michael Roennevig
Teaching English as a second or foreign language can often rely too heavily on theory and the use or textbooks. An important part of developing your students' confidence, though, is to encourage them..
English lesson - Telephoning - Things You Should Know  by: Manjusha Nambiar
Answering a private phone British people usually give their name or number. Hello. Susan Fernandez. Asking for a person To ask for a person you can say 'Could I speak to...? Americans usually say..
Games - Remember Their Class Mates Names  by: ws
I teach high school, but I think this could work in a smaller class of younger students too. The second day of school, my students choose an adjective that begins with the first letter of their name..
ESL Game - Round the World  by: kr
Title: Round the World Type: Active Game Target: Any conversation Materials: picture cards Procedure: Divide the class into groups of about 5-6 Each group will have on leader. The leader keeps the..
Increasing stress levels in the classroom  by: answers.yahoo.com
I need to teach stress and stress management to adults as part of an induction. Its a struggle to engage with them and I was wondering if anyone knew of a simple game that can be played in a..
ESL GAME: Tornado Game  by: Sabia
Supplies: Flashcards (pictures or questions on one side, numbers on the other) 'Tornado Cards' (flashcards with numbers on one side and a tornado picture on the other) Stick the numbered cards on the..
ESL Game - Memory  by: kr
Title: Memory Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Word and picture cards Procedure: Divide students into teams. On the board place the picture cards in grid formation. On the other side of..
Idea for demonstration lesson for English class?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I just started to teach English for kindergarten kids. I have to give a demonstration lesson to get new students. I'm suppose to prepare 20 min. lesson and 30 kids are coming. They are all 4 years..
ESL 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..
My Game Plan  by: Hedda Tan
I have been teaching teenagers for almost 5 years now, and I find this group of students both challenging and rewarding to work with. The kids are challenging because they are at the beginning of..
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,..
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..
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..
Activities to Do With Students Using Adjectives & Adverb Phrases  by: Krystal Miller
Teach students about adjective and adverb phrases with educational classroom activities. You can modify the activities from easy to difficult depending on the age group. Activities allow the students..
ESL Elementary Games  by: Joel Barnard
Games are an important part of most ESL, or English as a second language, lessons. They provide motivation as well as offering students the opportunity to communicate meaningfully in English. For..
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..
ESL Game 3 Heart Gun Bomb With Cards  by: Joe Tosczak
Heart, Gun, Bomb is one of the newest and funnest ESL Games in the world. This game is specifically for ESL teachers that want to help their students learn faster and have fun at the same time...
Take English Questions  by: ESL Free Lesson
Dear ESL Student, Native English speakers make mistakes too! These sentences were modified from national magazines and advertisements in the USA. Can you find the grammatical error in each one? 1.If..
ESL Game - Balloon Game  by: kr
Title: Balloon Game Type: Active game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Balloon Procedure: Practice vocabulary words. The students then stand in a circle and a balloon is hit into the air. The object..
| 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..
WEATHER REPORTER - Short Lesson  by: re
Make up map and weather possibilities, then do a weather report. Get the students to try.
ESL GAME: Question Game  by: Sabia
First the Teacher introduces the vocabulary by showing students the cards one after the other. Then later, the Teacher holds the cards to the chest, making sure students can't see them. The Teacher..
Maybe Not a Nightmare: Poem - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Maybe Not a Nightmare What becomes to those who fall eternally? Acceptance? Boredom? Sleep? 1998 1. Dreaming of falling is a common motif. 2. Falling suggests danger, an accident or some terrible..
Present Simple Negative Verbs  by: jt
1. Tom ___ like chocolate ice cream. a. doesn't b. don't 2. I ___ understand, do you? a. doesn't b. don't 3. Dr. Watson ___ smoke, does he? a. doesn't b. don't 4. We ___ like classical music very..
How to Teach English Games  by: Andrew Button
English can be a challenging subject for native speakers and second language students alike. English grammar is famously unconventional, and known for having a wide range of informal conventions. For..
| Fun ESL Games - I Did!  by: Matt Tamsczak
This is a fun ESL game...in fact, out of all of the fun ESL games that I know ~ THIS ONE IS THE BEST. The reason why this game is the best is because it teaches speaking and listening at the same..
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..
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..
Many Classroom Games  by: hyn
Action Race: This is a fun game using actions. Use actions like jump, hop, clap, run etc. Have the Ss split into two teams and sit in lines with a chair by each team and one chair at the other end of..
Creating ESL Lesson Plans: Part 1  by: Eli McGeever
This article is broken down into three parts: 1. Why create a lesson plan? 2. What to include in a successful lesson plan 3. Enhancing your lessons Why create a lesson plan for your ESL classroom?..
Regular Verb List and Verb Activities  by: Renee Goodrich
Here is a handy regular verb list of 100 every day verbs. Regular verbs are verbs that use "ed" when converted to past tense. For example, walk becomes walked. When teaching verbs to your students it..
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..
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 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..
ESL Outside Games  by: Becky Bright
Outside games for English as a Second Language (ESL) students provide cognitive anchors that will remain with the student long after the activity is completed. They are a hands-on and cooperative..
Teaching Ideas for ESL Students  by: Renee Williams
Although English language learners speak and repeat English in the classroom, they often don't use what they learn at home. Authentic lessons based on everyday activities will encourage the students..
Icebreakers - Interview your neighbour - Short Lesson  by: choi
Have students work in pairs to interview each other for a few minutes. They can take notes about their interview partners that will be reported in a summary to the rest of the group. The interview..
Teaching Business English With "The Tractor Deal"  by: Dave Volek
Specs, specs, and specs! It's quite common for international business negotiators to use lots of numerical details. Each of these details must be precisely communicated for both sides of the..
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..
Teaching the Plural of Nouns to English Language Learners  by: Kyra Sheahan
As you set out to teach the plural of nouns to English language learners, known as ELL, it's important to know exactly what level of English language knowledge they already possess. For some English..
ESL Game - Tic Tac Toe  by: kr
Title: Tic Tac Toe Type: Paper activity Target: Past tense or any vocabulary Materials: Paper and pencil Procedure: Students are in pairs and write down plain present tense verbs in each square of a..
Ideas for Storytelling  by: Chris
This idea comes from the tips newsletter, a free service provided weekly at Heads Up English. Storytelling always works well in the classroom or as homework. It allows students to incorporate the..
Adjective Order  by: jt
Select the correct order of the adjectives in these sentences, He invited that ___ lady to dinner. young beautiful beautiful young Answerbeautiful young These are ___ products. excellent agricultural..
Playing and Watching Sports: A Conversation Lesson - ESL Teacher Eric Roth Lesson  by: Eric Roth
PLAYING AND WATCHING SPORTS “The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility.” Michael Jordan (1963- ) NBA superstar Chatting: Talking about sports can be a great ice-breaker. Just do..
ESL Games for Children  by: Amber D. Walker
Teaching English to children can be very rewarding, but teachers must face many challenges. Children may learn languages quickly, but they also get frustrated and bored easily and need to be..
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..
ESL Exercises for Adults  by: Maggie McCormick
Hands-on activities that encourage speaking will help adults to learn English as a second language (ESL). Students need more than listening to a teacher's lesson or doing exercises in the..
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..
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..
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 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..
Grammar Lessons for ESL in Middle School  by: Joel Barnard
Teaching English grammar is an integral part of any ESL, or English as a second language, course. It is particularly important when teaching a middle school ESL course as it is these grammatical..
English lesson - Telephoning - Things You Should Know  by: Manjusha Nambiar
Answering a private phone British people usually give their name or number. Hello. Susan Fernandez. Asking for a person To ask for a person you can say 'Could I speak to...? Americans usually say..
Games for Teaching English Grammar  by: Angela Watkins
Abate the dullness of learning grammar by using games to deconstruct the English language. A game can take the edge off of nervous or excited students and can help them to channel their creativity...
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..
Drama Activities for ESL Classes  by: Lucia Mata
Drama activities are a great way to add dynamic to any classroom, especially to ESL classes. ESL students can not only overcome their shyness of speaking a language not native to them, but they also..
How to Teach English to Teenagers  by: Mary Johnson-Gerard, Ph.D.
Teenagers have a reputation for being difficult to motivate. Subject matter like English is not a priority on a teenager's to-do list. Engaging teenagers to learn the details of the English language..
How to Use Music in the ESL Classroom  by: Charlotte Johnson
The acronym "ESL" stands for English as a Second Language. Students who speak a native language other than English often receive ESL instruction in public schools. Music can be a highly efficient..
Teaching Space and the Solar System  by: Robert McKenzie
Outer space and the solar system is one of the most interesting topics discussed in school because of the countless colorful heavenly bodies occupying the universe and the idea that there is actually..
ESL Lesson – Money  by: js
The ESL lesson – Money – starts with a warmer in which students should name things that they see in the pictures such as ‘credit card’, ‘wallet’, ‘bank check’, ‘ATM’, ‘cash..
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...
Game - Ultimate Frisbee - Short Lesson  by: sam
For this, you need one decent frisbee and a relatively flat piece of land. There are two teams, and the least on each team you can have is two, unless you plan on catching what you throw. Each team..
Art Lesson Plans for Christmas in a Middle School  by: Angela Baird
The Christmas holiday can easily become an integral part of your December lesson plan. Using Christmas can keep kids focused on their lessons because it reminds them that the excitement of the..
Building Vocabulary - 5 Ideas for Increasing Your Child's Vocabulary While Running Errands  by: Celia Webb
Want to help your child learn more words? Do you also want to keep them occupied while traveling to the grocery store, around town on errands, or even on vacation? Here are five word-related..
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..
Mother's Day Activities: Teaching Tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Do you remember this Howard Johnson song titled "M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means the World to Me)?" 'M' is for the million things she gave me, 'O' means only that she's growing old, 'T' is for the..
How to Teach English Games  by: Andrew Button
English can be a challenging subject for native speakers and second language students alike. English grammar is famously unconventional, and known for having a wide range of informal conventions. For..
ESL 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..
Christmas Theme Ideas for Language Arts  by: Mary Johnson-Gerard, Ph.D.
The study of language arts includes reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing or visual literacy. Developing language arts activities for students related to Christmas offers a special..
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..
Use Any Noun Worksheet Or List For These Lessons  by: Renee Goodrich
1) Using All The Nouns - After using a noun worksheet, ask the students to create a story that includes all the nouns. The challenge is to use them logically and without placing them in a long list...
Games for Teaching English to Teenagers  by: Lanh Ma
While rote memorization and practice are important parts of teaching English to teenagers, games also help break up the monotony. Games encourage the teenagers to interact with one another and to..
Teaching Space and the Solar System  by: Robert McKenzie
Outer space and the solar system is one of the most interesting topics discussed in school because of the countless colorful heavenly bodies occupying the universe and the idea that there is actually..
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..
Teaching Strategies - 11.5 Strategies for Better Communication in Your Lesson  by: Darrell Causey
One of the most important tasks a teacher must master is communication. The lesson has to be presented in a language that is familiar to the learner. If the teacher fails to communicate in a way that..
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..
How to Play Bingo in an ESL Class  by: Kassie Jones
Games are a great way to incorporate language practice in the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom. They help contextualize target language in a way that students find enjoyable and..
How to Teach English as a Second Language for Kids  by: Karen Farnen
Children have a reputation as the best second-language learners. Language learning, in fact, comes naturally to many of them. If you teach English as a second language to children, take advantage of..
Activities to Teach ESL Students Subject-Verb Agreements  by: Teresa Dashwood
Subject-verb agreement in English is one of the most confusing aspects for all language learners, including native English speakers. For English as a Second Language students, the subject-verb..
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..
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;..
Back to School Ideas For Using Your Digital Camera  by: Kathy Cothran
School's back in session. In most elementary classrooms around the country you find teachers taking digital photos of their students on the first day. What can you do with those pictures? Do you need..
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..
FAMILY TREES - Short Lesson  by: re
This activity can be used to introduce members of the family (Mike is my brother), review possessive adjectives (shoyuukaku), and the possessive s . Draw your own family tree and explain its history...
ESL Game - Balloon Game  by: kr
Title: Balloon Game Type: Active game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Balloon Procedure: Practice vocabulary words. The students then stand in a circle and a balloon is hit into the air. The object..
Speak Softly Because You Can't Carry A Stick Anymore  by: ESLTiger
Speak Softly Because You Can't Carry A Stick Anymore Problem: You walk into a classroom and there is a loud chatter going on. How do you quiet down the students without stressfully shouting your..
TEFL Techniques: Comparing Cathedrals - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
The value of getting your student or students out of the confines of the classroom cannot be underestimated. Trips and visits not only improve the student teacher relationship, but they are brilliant..
Create Your Own Guided Reading Curriculum to Improve Your Child's (student) Reading Skills  by: Jon Kelly
To help your child improve his or her reading skills, teachers use what is known as reading levels to help create guided reading curriculums. Each reading level has a set of books that are..
Teaching Grammar To ESL Students Using Games and Activities  by: Aaron Whirl
It can be quite difficult for young ESL students to get comfortable using English, especially given the notoriously daunting nature of English grammar. With the specific parts of speech and extensive..
Teaching Prepositions Through a Craft  by: Joel Tolson
Learning prepositions can be quite difficult for individuals who are studying English as a second language. This is in part because some languages lack prepositional phrases: these languages convey..
English lesson plan: Computer and Technology  by: js
The English lesson plan – Computer and Technology begins with a warming up exercise of matching words and pictures. In the pictures, students can see different gadgets such as iPhone, digital..
ESL Game - Cowboy  by: kr
Title: Cowboy Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Word/picture cards Procedure: 6 students with word/picture cards stand in a line with a chair behind them. I call out a word and the..
ESL GAMES: Alphabet Letter Puzzle & Alphabet Packets  by: Sabia
Alphabet Letter Puzzle: Give out different letters cut in two (in three or in four). It is a good idea to use different colours for each letter to help the children if the letters should become mixed..
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..
Stress-Free Kids Party Planning - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
Another birthday's on the horizon, and you're stressing over every little detail. Throwing a party can be nerve-wracking and kids parties come with added pressures. The prospect of keeping a group of..
Name Crossword - Short Lesson  by: ritz
Write your name across or down on the board being sure not to crowd the letters. Students take turns coming to the board, saying their name, and writing it across or down, overlapping one letter that..
Blank Lesson Plan Templates - How to Make Your Own - Tips  by: Renee Goodrich
Blank lesson plan templates help you quickly and easily create a lesson. You can take an idea for a lesson and transform it into a well planned activity when you place it in a template. The template..
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..
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..
Characteristics of a Good ESL Practice Activity  by: Maggie Gebremichael
English as a Second Language (ESL) activities have different characteristics and purposes. For example, a grammar activity given as a worksheet can be successful when it reinforces information for..
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..
Similes and Metaphors – Practice  by: jt
Identify each sentence as a simile or a metaphor. Then explain the meaning of the comparison. 1. Traveling to other countries is like trying other lives. (simile / metaphor) Meaning:..
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..
English Language Games - The Fun Way of Learning  by: Karlee Demierre
I think one of the failures in English speaking countries when it comes to teaching second languages is that we do not make it fun. I remember starting French at age 7 and just repeating phrases over..
Try to rearrange the words bellow.  by: contributor
1 looking I'm for my glasses. 2 reading? of you are What book kind 3 is Why Pamela crying? 4 Kharkov economics National studying University. Paul is at 5 is everyone Why laughing? 6 for waiting Are..
ESL Money Games  by: Shelley Frost
Money games for ESL students teach counting skills and the basic concepts of money. Using games to improve money skills keeps the students engaged and actively learning about the various units of..
ESL Exercises on Children's Personalities  by: Danielle Hill
Exercises related to personality are a great way of teaching young ESL students about a range of language and structure topics. For beginners, a personality-based lesson opens up the opportunity to..
ESL Adverbs & Past Participle Exercises  by: Jack Stone
In the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom, adverbs and past participles can be particularly difficult to learn. However, incorporating exercises into these lessons can help students grasp..
Do you like (noun)? Lesson Plan for Young Learners - Lesson  by: Stefan Chiarantano
Target Language: Do you like (noun)? Yes, I do. No, I don’t Vocabulary: pizza, sushi, spaghetti, cheese, milk (flashcards) Target: Young Learners Greetings and Warm-up: Greet the class with a..
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..
The Question Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
You get a couple of students and the first one asks a question. For instance 'Why are we playing this game?', and the following person has to respond with a question, such as 'I don't know, didn't..
High Intensity Physical Education Games  by: M. J. Joachim
Difficulty: Easy Using energy efficiently builds strength and endurance. That's the goal of high intensity workouts,whether you are rapidly lifting heavy weights, stimulating your heart through..
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..
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.
Game for the class and prize - Short Lesson  by: jt
Monopoly board game and prize, candy bars. Board games are a fun and interesting way to learn new material and review lessons in almost any subject.
Prepositions V - Quiz  by: jt
Jenny is ___ work now. a. on b. in c. at d. over Answer-at The bookstore is just ___ the corner. a. around b. across c. over d. opposite Answe-around Jill was standing ___ me. a. along b. at c...
Irish Eyes - Trivia Game Questions and Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
1. How many kingdoms was early Celtic Ireland divided into? A. 150 B. 15 C. 5 D. 1 A. 150 TRIVIA: Early Celtic Ireland was divided into 150 local kingdoms ruled by 5 provincial kings and one High..
Fun First Grade Christmas Math Activities  by: Crystal Smith
During the Christmas season, the excitement of the holidays will be on all the children's minds. Rather than fighting against it, you can include some of the Christmas mood in your lessons, such as..
Games: Zip and bong - Short Lesson  by: sam
Playable by three (and to some extent two) or more players, the game involves the participants (if numerous, then seated in a circle) "passing" the word zip to the person on their right with their..
Fun Games For Kids Birthday Parties (Party)  by: Jillian Gallo
Fun games to use at your next kids birthday party are right here. Just choose some of these titles and twist them a little bit. Make them match your unique party theme. For example, Simon Says can..
EFL & ESL Games  by: Pamela Ann Ludwig
Games are an excellent way to take a break from the standard material in ESL (English as a Second Language)/ EFL (English as a Foreign Language) classes. Games make class time more fun and..
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..
Vocabulary Games for ESL Students  by: Randi McCreary
English as a Second Language students can acquire knowledge and understanding of the English language when they are immersed in its vocabulary. Providing different scenarios and activities for..
Sixth Grade English Grammar Study Tips  by: Miranda Morley
From peer pressure to puberty and athletics to academics, sixth grade can be one of the most frustrating times in a student's life. To make matters worse, sixth grade grammar students go from writing..
Free Second Grade Math Lessons  by: Alicia Rudnicki
An abundance of lesson plans for many second grade math topics are available online. Parents and teachers can also find instructional websites offering free second grade instruction. Plans include..
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..
How to Improve Spoken English Using Games  by: Lisa B Scott
Once you've completed an accent reduction course and learned some new sounds, you need to practice those sounds to improve your spoken English and make it a habit in everyday conversation. Of course,..
ESL Elementary Games  by: Joel Barnard
Games are an important part of most ESL, or English as a second language, lessons. They provide motivation as well as offering students the opportunity to communicate meaningfully in English. For..
Christmas Lesson Plans for Toddlers  by: Erin O. Smith
Young children are always excited at Christmas. Incorporating the holiday into your lesson plans is a fun and educational way to reach toddlers. Christmas Music Classic songs with short simple..
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..
Homophones & Homonyms  by: A. D. Reed
Being Forward with my Foreword Homophones, also called homonyms, are words that sound alike but have different meanings and, usually, spellings. Some are near misses, like “desperate” and..
ESL Large Class Speaking Activities  by: Karen Farnen
If you teach a large ESL conversation class of more than 35 or 50 students, giving them all speaking practice can be difficult. You cannot personally engage in lengthy one-on-one interactions with..
ESL 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..
The Story So Far- Episode 1 - podcast - Video  by: MagentaKristen
More stories at the: Short Stories for Teachers board
Christmas Programs for Children  by: Anne Kinsey
Children's Christmas programs are an ideal way to get kids involved in learning about and sharing the true meaning of Christmas. While children might get the impression from popular culture that..
QUIZ - Short Lesson  by: re
Give the students a pop quiz on contemporary culture, your country, the school, or vocabulary.
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..
Ten Ways to Make Nightly Reading Assignments Enjoyable  by: Julie Rebboah
It's hard to fit reading into a busy family schedule. With the tips listed below, it can become a treasured time in your daily routine. Incorporate these ideas into your child's reading assignments..
ESL Activities and Jobs  by: Joel Barnard
Teachers of English as a second language, or ESL, should begin introducing basic job vocabulary in class when students are at a beginner language level. They should continue reinforcing this..
How to Teach Gerunds  by: Collaborator
The gerund can be one of the most perplexing parts of language due to its varied use. Not every -ing word is a gerund, and the way a gerund is used in grammar changes according to the words preceding..
ESL 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..
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..
Whiteboard English Games  by: Brendan Pelsue
Whiteboard games are an essential tool for any English teacher----teachers can use them to reward a class for good behavior while still teaching essential language and problem-solving skills. These..
Teaching Seasons With Technology in Early Childhood Classrooms - Integrating Science and Technology  by: Kathy Cothran
A Michigan radio commercial announces that the "Greatest Show on Earth" happens every fall. I ask children to identify this show. You don't need a ticket. It happens outside. You can probably see..
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...
ESL Game - MASH  by: kr
Title: MASH Type: Paper activity Target: House Vocabulary Materials: Flashcards Procedure: Now we are going to play one of my favourite games when I was a kid. It is a fortune game. It is called MASH..
How to Teach Listening Skills to Adult ESL Students  by: Karen Farnen
Strong listening skills will help your adult learners of English in their everyday lives as well as in their classes. Of the four language skills-- listening, speaking, reading and writing--listening..
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..
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.
Productive Play (game)  by: Darlene Zagata
How many times have your kids nagged you to stop what you were doing and play a game with them? It always seemed that when I was busy my kids would want me to play a game. It was irritating because I..
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?..
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:..
Christmas Writing Activities for Elementary Ages  by: Shelley Frost
Incorporate the Christmas holiday into writing activities for an engaging elementary school activity. Children may improve their writing skills without even realizing it because it is an enjoyable..
How to Write a Script for Lesson Plans  by: Emile Heskey
Writing a script for lesson plans involves working out what you are going to say to explain a new idea or concept to the students. More experienced teachers often do this planning without being..
How to Teach English to Children Through Songs  by: Maggie McCormick
When teaching English as a second language (ESL) to children, songs can be an effective way to get your point across. Many children enjoy music, so including it in your lesson plan helps you to step..
Christmas Programs for Children  by: Anne Kinsey
Children's Christmas programs are an ideal way to get kids involved in learning about and sharing the true meaning of Christmas. While children might get the impression from popular culture that..
What are some good card games to use in an ESL classroom  by: answers.yahoo.com
So far we´ve played Uno (great for colors and numbers), BS, and Go Fish (great for "Do you have___?¨") Can you think of any others?
ESL Game - MASH  by: kr
Title: MASH Type: Paper activity Target: House Vocabulary Materials: Flashcards Procedure: Now we are going to play one of my favourite games when I was a kid. It is a fortune game. It is called MASH..
Christmas Games for Sunday School Kids  by: Lane Cummings
Christmas games for Sunday school children should ideally teach them about the religious aspects of Christmas in an enjoyable manner. While children may get wrapped up in the fun or friendly..
A and AN - Short Lesson  by: re
Draw a large a and a large an on separate pieces of paper. It is best if these words are written inside amusing animal shapes. Divide the class into two teams. The first child from each team puts..
Pen, paper and board games - ESL lesson  by: Simon Mumford
Low on resources? No photocopier? Time to fill? Here are some activities which need no other material than a pen and board and pen and paper. Manual mouse clicks Write the words you want students to..
Christmas Lesson Plans for Toddlers  by: Erin O. Smith
Young children are always excited at Christmas. Incorporating the holiday into your lesson plans is a fun and educational way to reach toddlers. Christmas Music Classic songs with short simple..
Kids Educational Games - Learning Through Play  by: Yogi Shinde
Some fun kids educational games are all you will ever need to teach your little preschooler their basics. Weather we are talking about learning to tell time, recognise the coins, know their letters..
What's Missing? - Short Lesson  by: jin
Arrange several objects in a line in front of a group of children, naming each one as you place it in the row. Have the children repeat the name of each object. Then cover the objects with a cloth...
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 Exercises for Frequently Used Adverbs  by: Andrea Helaine
An adverb is a word that modify verbs, adjectives or another adverb. Adverbs often answer the question of where, when and why something happened. When teaching ESL speakers about the use of adverbs,..
Reflexive, Personal, and Indefinite Pronouns - Learn About Them!  by: Elizabeth O'brien
This lesson on three common pronouns (reflexive, personal, and indefinite) has definitions and examples to help you! A quick refresher: Pronouns are words that take the place of nouns. They are one..
English comunication games??  by: answers.yahoo.com
I'm an english teacher student from Sweden who's working in Spain for the summer. I do have lots of ideas for my classes, but can anyone please give me some suggestions of comunicationgames?? The..
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..
Teaching Prepositions Through a Craft  by: Joel Tolson
Learning prepositions can be quite difficult for individuals who are studying English as a second language. This is in part because some languages lack prepositional phrases: these languages convey..
ESL GAMES: Finger Clocks, I Spy and Lotto Draw  by: Sabia
Finger Clocks: Use your index fingers to perform a clock. Your left index finger points up while your left index finger acts as the hour hand (put it’s top on the lower part of your left index..
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..
How to Make a Low-Prep Conversation Activity for ESL  by: Collaborator
If you teach ESL, you can do a conversation activity that you can get ready in five minutes and use for several types of practice. You can keep your class engrossed without the need to photocopy or..
5 Ideas to Teach Prepositions to Your ESL Students - Lesson  by: Shannon Tani
It doesn't have to be difficult to teach prepositions to your ESL students. Granted, prepositions are a little bit harder because they are more of a concept than a mere vocabulary word. However,..
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...
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..
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.
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..
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..
How to Use Dictation as the Basis for an ESL Class  by: Collaborator
Dictation may seem an old-fashioned way to teach English as a Second Language. But it can offer an interesting way to engage the students in vocabulary, listening, writing and pronunciation skills...
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..
Why Test Your Child's Letter Knowledge?  by: Mary Bogin
Why Test Your Child's knowledge of the alphabet? Your child could be five years old or starting first grade. Maybe your child is in third grade, and hates his or her class and teachers are suggesting..
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..
Pronunciation Games for ESL  by: Veronica Romualdez
Pronunciation games can be played to teach ESL students to improve their speech and to help pronounce difficult sounds. Pronunciation games are used to practice speaking in English while teaching..
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..
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 GROUP DYNAMICS - ESL lesson  by: FRANKLIN JOHNSON
ACTIVITY 1 : GETTING ACQUAINTED OBJECTIVES : To share something about self in a non-threatening way and learn from others. TIME LIMIT : 30 - 45 MINUTES PROCEDURES : A. 1. Form a circle of chairs...
Lesson 3 - Weather Forecast  by: jt
The Story While we were sailing, my friend tuned in to listen to the weather forecast on a local radio station. Over the airwaves, there was a pause and an audible shuffling of papers, followed by a..
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..
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..
Healthy Habits for Winter teaching Tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
During the winter, when colds are plentiful and the absentee rate is high, reinforce appropriate healthy habits. 1. Have children use their dictionary skills to look up the word 'contagious.' Then..
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..
How to Explain Halloween to Children  by: Contributor
Halloween is lots of fun for kids - mostly because it usually involves getting dressed up and eating candy. There's more to Halloween than trick-or-treating, though, and you may want to share the..
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..
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..
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..
Grammar Games for Beginners  by: Wayne
Studying grammar is rarely thought of as fun. Yet it is an important component of effective communication. Grammar provides the rules that speakers and writers need to follow in order to be clearly..
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.
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..
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..
Spot the difference game #1  by: yu
There are 15 differences between the two pictures.
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..
Activities to Teach ESL Students Subject-Verb Agreements  by: Teresa Dashwood
Subject-verb agreement in English is one of the most confusing aspects for all language learners, including native English speakers. For English as a Second Language students, the subject-verb..
ESL Activities: About Schools  by: Kristle Jones
Create fun and engaging ESL activities about school. ESL activities are one of the keys to successful language learning. Make the activities relevant to things that the students do and see on a daily..
ESL Game - Disappear  by: kr
Title: Disappear Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: flashcards Procedure: Put picture cards on a table and give students 10 seconds to look and memorize. Then they close their eyes and I..
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..
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..
How to Teach English Speaking Skills  by: Karen LoBello
The number of American school-aged children who speak a language other than English in the home rose from 3.8 million to 10.9 million between 1979 and 2008, according to the National Center for..
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..
Teachers Learn About Basic Tips on Getting Ready For Art Lessons  by: Clara M. Berta
Are you a new instructor responsible for teaching art lessons? Do you want to be prepared when teaching your kindergarten students art lessons? Are you nervous? In case this is you, then stop feeling..
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..
ESL Game - Frozen Tag  by: kr
Title: Frozen Tag Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary or conversation Materials: None Procedure: One student is IT. IT tries to tag all of the other students. When the other students are tagged..
Lesson Plan Ideas on the Spanish Holidays  by: Matthew Huntington
Spanish-speaking countries have several unique holidays, as well as special customs for widely celebrated holidays such as Christmas and Easter. Discussing these holidays and participating in..
Alphabet cards game - Short Lesson  by: PL
Make up the alphabet cards...big enough to place on the board and be seen by all (if you have a magnetic board put magnets on the back of the cards). Game: 1) Introduce the game by introducing each..
English Topics for ESL  by: Caitlynn Lowe
The broad topic of English as a Second Language can be divided into smaller topics, and both young children and older adults studying ESL need a class geared toward their specific needs. Grammar and..
ESL GAME: Simon Says  by: Sabia
A good review for body parts: e.g. "Simon says touch your knees". You could change Simon to your name to avoid confusion. When Teacher says a sentence without the word "Simon" (e.g. "Touch your..
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..
10 Minute Critical Thinking Activities for English Classes  by: Hannah Wahlig
Critical thinking activities engage students' logic, rationality and judgment in problem-solving inquiries. English classes benefit from critical thinking activities because the activities activate..
Game Idea - One Truth and One Lie  by: Chris Cotter
One Lie and One Truth This activity words well when your students need to improve fluency. Here they will be able to present information, but also must answer quickly and creatively to questions. It..
The Kevin Bacon Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
Slightly older children might wish to take part in the Kevin Bacon Game. The theory is that every living actor in Hollywood can be linked to Kevin Bacon in just five steps - plus some of the dead..
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..
Fun Ways to Celebrate Birthdays in the Classroom - Activities  by: Jen Dobson
Let's admit it: the last place any kid wants to be on her birthday is at school. But there are ways to make the day fun for the birthday child - while getting some lessons done in the process...
READ AND RUN - Short Lesson  by: re
Practise sentence structure, question/answer drill and dialogue memorisation. Get students into pairs. Write on two separate sheets of paper, either questions on one and answers on another, all..
Warm-Up Activities for an ESL Adult  by: Leyla Norman
Warm-ups get English as a second language students' minds thinking in English before class. They help students focus on the lesson. They can take 10 minutes or less to do, and they generally get..
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..
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..
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..
Language Arts Lesson Plan for Second Grade  by: Randi McCreary
The second grade language arts curriculum often revolves around developing reading and writing skills. Students are ready to incorporate a higher level of comprehension in their reading, and place..
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..
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..
Conversations For a Non-Native English Speaker - Part 2  by: Cashmere Lashkari
Some time back I had written an article on teaching first generation speakers of the English Language basic conversation skills. I had focused on areas that they will need to be comfortable speaking..
Re: Fun Games for Children Training in Martial Arts - Lesson  by: David
We play Sensei Says in our dojo with 5-7 year olds. However, the problem with the game is that kids spend too much of the time "sitting out" when they are eliminated. To overcome this, we divide the..
How to Teach English to Children Through Songs  by: Maggie McCormick
When teaching English as a second language (ESL) to children, songs can be an effective way to get your point across. Many children enjoy music, so including it in your lesson plan helps you to step..
5 Simple Tips on How You Can Throw an Incredibly Fun Classroom Party  by: Asa Mills
Are you a class mother or someone who is responsible for organizing a classroom party? Organizing a classroom party can be overwhelming. Unlike your child’s birthday party where you would only..
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..
good games for primary ones  by: answers.yahoo.com
From naughtybecksy K: Yes we used to play this at parties. Cut out some large ... Yes we used to play this at parties. Cut out some large squares and draw a colourful bright simple picture on it. ie..
Adjusting Lesson Plans for Teaching ESL Students With Disabilities  by: Cooper Veeris
When adjusting lessons plans for teaching ESL students with disabilities, instructors must take into consideration the specific needs of the students. After understanding the nature of the..
Active ESL Games  by: Amber D. Walker
Learning another language can be difficult and frustrating, both for adults and children. English is a particularly complicated and contradictory language, so using games in the classroom can take..
Tourism - Lesson  by: Ali
Tourism Intermediate+ Aims: Students discuss the advantages and disadvantages of tourism industry and ask questions from each other about tourism, as well as May holiday Language: Vocabulary about..
Learn your students' names - Play a name game - Tips  by: jin
Ask students to tell you their names and one personal detail about themselves (e.g. “I have two cats” or “I play the flute and the cello”; as each person says his or her name, you as the..
Board and Card Games - Short Lesson  by: jin
There are board games and card games designed specifically for English language training. The most common feature of these games is that they require identification of an object and its associated..
Trivia Game Questions  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: What is the tallest mountain in the world? Answer: Everest Trivia Teaser: Mt. Everest, on the border of Nepal and Tibet, China, is the world's tallest mountain and highest elevation with a..
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..
English Lesson Plan – Wedding and Marriage  by: js
The Wedding and Marriage lesson is aimed at the acquisition of typical wedding vocabulary, and its use in both oral speech and writing. At the beginning of the class students are given a list of..
ESL GAME: Charades  by: Sabia
Have a Student come to the front of the class and whisper a word. Or show a Flash Card to that Student. The Student then acts out that word. The first Student to guess can be the next player. This..
Outdoor Lessons for Pre-K ESL Students  by: Fiona Miller
Taking children out of doors can help them focus and enjoy lessons, especially if the weather is nice. When teaching children English, especially in a country where it is not widely spoken, it is..
ESL Game - Card Collection  by: kr
Title: Card Collection Type: Game Target: Any conversation Materials: mini cards Procedure: Each student gets a collection of cards of a certain number and on a certain theme. They write their name..
Fun Ways to Celebrate Birthdays in the Classroom - Activities  by: Jen Dobson
Let's admit it: the last place any kid wants to be on her birthday is at school. But there are ways to make the day fun for the birthday child - while getting some lessons done in the process...
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..
The Function of Warm-Up Activities for Learning English  by: Robert LeBlanc
A good English as a Second Language lesson will have three distinct parts: a warm-up activity, new knowledge acquisition and practicing new knowledge. Each part of the lesson plays a vital role in..
Ten Easy Steps to Great Kids Party Pictures - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
Kids parties and pictures go together like cake and ice cream. If you're the designated shutterbug for a kids party, be sure you're up to the task. A quick study of these valuable picture-taking tips..
Ideas for in-class learning games/activities for college students  by: answers.yahoo.com
This activity is called "snowball fight".
How to Teach Complex Sentences  by: Mark Pennington
More and more candidates for better paying jobs are now required to submit writing samples as part of the interview process. Many applicants with strong verbal skills fail to make the second round of..
ESL 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..
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..
International Words (mostly English) Used in China - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. MSc. B.Ed.
A few years back I posted a long list of international and English words commonly used in Korea. This is a preliminary follow up for China. The list is shorter because China has been closed to the..
5 Ideas to Teach Prepositions to Your ESL Students - Lesson  by: Shannon Tani
It doesn't have to be difficult to teach prepositions to your ESL students. Granted, prepositions are a little bit harder because they are more of a concept than a mere vocabulary word. However,..
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..
Classroom activities  by: contributor
Year : Year 4 Date : 29.4.2010 Time : 8.00am-9.00am (60minutes) Theme : World of Knowledge Topic : Animals at Zoo Objectives : At the end of the lesson, pupils should be able to: I) Identify various..
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..
Information Gap (any level, pairs) - Short Lesson  by: js
Each learner has limited information which the other needs. They must ask each other questions to get the information. To be more communicative, the answers should have some degree of ambiguity that..
ESL GAME: Telephone Numbers  by: Sabia
Make the list of the telephone numbers of the kids. Then have one of the kids write one of the telephone numbers on the board (you tell the ciphers one be one). Ask: “Whose telephone number is..
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..
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..
Improve Reading Comprehension Through Purpose-Setting  by: Adam Waxler
These days, teaching reading is the job of ALL teachers regardless of the subject area or grade level. The fact is if you want your students to do well they MUST be able to comprehend the material..
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..
German lesson with audio - ESL lesson  by: ESL Teachers Board
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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..
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..
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..
How to Create Effective Lesson Plans for Adults  by: Gale Macaulay-Newcombe
Teaching adults is quite different from teaching children. Adults have busy lives with many responsibilities and demands on their time, and they have chosen to allocate some of their limited,..
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..
Irish Eyes - Trivia Game Questions and Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
1. How many kingdoms was early Celtic Ireland divided into? A. 150 B. 15 C. 5 D. 1 A. 150 TRIVIA: Early Celtic Ireland was divided into 150 local kingdoms ruled by 5 provincial kings and one High..
Game for students. Contact Points - Short Lesson  by: gh
Divide up into groups of three or four. A low number is called and that is the exact number of body parts per group allowed to touch the ground. For example, in a group of three, if "Three" was..
Reported Speech at a Much Later Time - quiz  by: jt
Mary: "I will go downtown tomorrow." Jill: "Mary said (that) she would go downtown ___ ." a. on Friday b. tomorrow c. the following/next day Answer-c Mary: "I am going to play tennis today." Jill:..
ESL Games to Learn Relative Pronouns  by: Philippa Jones
A relative pronoun is a word that connects two ideas within a sentence together, and it refers to a noun that has already been used. "Who," "which," "that," "whoever" and "whichever" are common..
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 Teach Adjectives to ESL  by: James Stuart
Adjectives are descriptive words that modify nouns and pronouns. They usually come before the noun they modify and can be grouped together with several other adjectives to accurately describe..
ESL Interactive Games  by: Kara Page
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes often include repetitive drills and exercises. In order to get students more engaged in your ESL lessons, try introducing a few interactive games with..
Write an Annotated Lesson Plan for English Language Learners  by: Brittany Goss
Writing a lesson plan for English language learners can be challenging, especially if ELL students only make up part of your classroom, or if your lesson is on a subject other than language arts. It..
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..
Lesson 9 - My Modern Car  by: jt
The Story After lunch my friend and I paid the bill and made our way to my car. I took out my remote-control gadget and pressed the button which automatically unlocks the doors. Not having noticed..
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.
Christmas Writing Activities for Fifth Grade  by: Kimberlee Broaddus
Students all around the world celebrate the traditions surrounding the Christmas holiday. Teachers create lesson plans that incorporate Christmas into the academic curriculum of fifth grade students...
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..
School Christmas Holiday Activities  by: Athena Hessong
Keep your students occupied during the anticipation of the Christmas holidays. The busier the students are, the less likely they will be to become distracted by the upcoming break. Use the holidays..
Favourite ice breaker games - Short Lesson  by: trent
If you need a game for a bunch of people - a fun one is to make everyone get in line in order of their birthdays without speaking. They can only use hand gestures and other ways of conveying their..
ESL Interactive Listening and Speaking Activity for Any Classroom - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
ESL teachers are always looking to get their students some good speaking practice. This next activity will get each English learner speaking and listening to sentences that contain the grammar and..
Reading Comprehension - ESL lesson  by: Nellie Deutsch
Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow: Online Distance Learning Online distance learning is an instructional system which connects learners with educational resources...
Icebreakers - Biography Bingo - Short Lesson  by: choi
Create a bingo sheet based on discovering information about your classmates and information about the course material. Students must move around the room and ask questions of their classmates to..
How to Teach English Speaking Skills for ESL  by: Ian
Although ESL deals with reading and writing, speaking is often the most important and difficult of the three aspects of learning the language. Because speaking deals with having the confidence to say..
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..
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..
How to Teach History Using Film  by: Michael Hinckley
One of the great challenges in a college history class is engaging students with material that entertains while it teaches. One of the best ways of accomplishing this is to incorporate films into..
Categories using ten words - ESL lesson  by: Pierre Gauvin
Writing everything that comes to mind is what this activity is all about. The learners must scramble to write as many words related to a particular subject during a specific time period. The subject..
Halloween Art Projects For Kids  by: Nicole Dean
Fall is just around the corner, and with the cooler weather comes more inside time for the little ones. Naturally, they’re going to need something fun and creative to keep them busy. Help your kids..
English Activities for Teenagers for the First Day of Class  by: Bonnie Sludikoff
The first day of English class is a great time to get students acclimated to the expectations of your classroom and get them excited for the type of work you will be doing with them. Focus on..
"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..
12 Keys to Using Songs For Teaching Children English As a Foreign Language  by: Larry M. Lynch
Teaching Children English Using Songs In answer to a reader question on using songs for teaching Italian children English, I gave the following twelve quick keys. They're equally effective, however,..
Food Quotations for Advanced ESL Students  by: ESLTiger
1.“Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.” —Aesop 2.“The proof of the pudding is in the eating. By a small sample, we may judge the whole of a piece.” —Miguel De..
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..
Games for Spoken English Classes for Adults  by: Stephanie Mitchell
Games for adult English as a second language (ESL) classes must strike a balance between linguistic simplicity, so the students will understand the vocabulary and syntax, and thematic complexity, so..
Lessons for Beginner ESL Students  by: Lee Millisaw
Beginner ESL lessons should focus on encouraging students to become comfortable with expressing basic everyday information. Telling the time, commenting on the weather, and describing one's..
Online Activities for ESL Students  by: Deborah Jones
Thanks to the Internet, language learning is more entertaining than ever, with many sites offering free activities to help ESL students progress faster in their English learning. Both spoken English..
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..
The American English Accent: The Voiced And Unvoiced - Tips  by: Frank Gerace
The voiced and unvoiced consonants In this section we will try to clarify the difference between the voiced consonants and the unvoiced consonants. If you want to master English pronunciation you..
How to Come Up With a Mini Lesson  by: Rosalinda Flores-Martinez
There are many topics to choose from for ESL (English as a Second Language) classes. But then, the teacher must be cautious. Topics should interest and ignite a zeal on the students. In this way,..
Instant Coloring Page Lesson Ideas - Lesson  by: Renee Goodrich
Here are seven instant lessons ideas that use coloring pages to extend and engage your class. This is a terrific way to settle younger students - ten minutes coloring in will calm and focus them..
ESL Game - Tic Tac Toe  by: kr
Title: Tic Tac Toe Type: Paper activity Target: Past tense or any vocabulary Materials: Paper and pencil Procedure: Students are in pairs and write down plain present tense verbs in each square of a..
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..
Questions and Answers Matching - Short Lesson  by: js
You need to have an even number of participants, so you may need to join in yourself. Get enough 3x5 cards so that you have one per person. On half of the cards write questions, and on the other half..
Using Facebook in the ESOL classroom  by: Steve McCrea
Dear Teacher Using Facebook in the classroom How do we build bridges? One of the challenges of teaching “the next generation” is finding an activity that can be engaging and stimulating, as well..
Free Reading Comprehension Activities - Three Brilliant Ideas! - Lesson  by: Renee Goodrich
These activities are designed for primary/elementary students. 1. Taking it Personally Ask your students to do the following. Draw the face of one of the characters of the story you are exploring on..
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: ..
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. [email protected]> Date: 6 January 2006 1. This is one of the biggest islands in the world. 2. It is the only African..
ESL Art Lessons  by: Jack Miller
Learning English as a second language (ESL) is often viewed as a basic process of memorizing words and phrases and learning how to use them in speaking and writing. But applying English to other..
Family ESL Exercises  by: Beth Ortega
Learning a new language as a family provides an opportunity to grow closer while improving skills. English as a second language is difficult for adults and children. Utilizing resources outside of a..
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..
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..
NUMBER GROUPS - Short Lesson  by: re
The students walk around a designated area. The teacher calls out a number and students have to make a group according to the number called out. If a student cannot get into a group, then they stand..
Teach English With Songs Even If You're Not Musically Inclined  by: Richard J Graham
Although we hear a lot about how songs can help the English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom, if you're not musically inclined it can be tough to make it..
Flash Cards - Building Academic Skills  by: Barbara Morgan
One of the first learning tools schools use to help children develop memorization skills is the flash cards. Flash cards are very effective for learning colors, shapes, vocabulary words and math..
Hidden Words Analysis Game - 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 that stimulates creativity. Split the class in two equally talented groups. It is better if two of the best students pick sides. Then..
Email Game - Short Lesson  by: jin
Emails play a vital role in today's business world. Most students feel more comfortable writing business English than speaking it, yet they still need pointers on how to clearly write emails. Divide..
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...
ESL Games - O  by: jt
Object Toss Select three soft objects. Assign object#1 the question "Do you want some milk?", assign object#2 the response "Yes, I do." And object#3, "No, I don't". Toss each object to a student and..
How to Teach ESL Using Music  by: Collaborator
Music is a great way to teach ESL. Song lyrics introduce new vocabulary and remind the students that language is expression. To begin your lesson plan, select a song. The lyrics may be for a grammar..
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..
How to Teach Speaking Activities to ESL Students  by: Collaborator
Speaking is the hardest skill to teach English language learners because of the language factor involved. It is also the most overlooked. Some ELL need time to acquire the language in order to..
You Can Help Your Children Learn the Alphabet - Here's How  by: Barbara Freedman-De Vito
Government studies confirm that children who are read to and and who recognize the letters of the alphabet have an easier time learning how to read and thus do better in school, so maximize your..
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..
Characteristics of a Good ESL Practice Activity  by: Maggie Gebremichael
English as a Second Language (ESL) activities have different characteristics and purposes. For example, a grammar activity given as a worksheet can be successful when it reinforces information for..
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 to Teach Vocabulary to ESL Students  by: Collaborator
For ESL students, vocabulary is the most important element leading to reading comprehension. Without extensive vocabulary teaching and practice, ESL learners will not be able to reach the required..
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..
How to Teach Writing Skills to ESL Students  by: Delene Sholes
The teachers of speakers of English as a second language (ESL students) have a challenging but rewarding job. ESL students in a classroom may perform at different levels and come from countries with..
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..
Use Any Noun Worksheet Or List For These Lessons  by: Renee Goodrich
1) Using All The Nouns - After using a noun worksheet, ask the students to create a story that includes all the nouns. The challenge is to use them logically and without placing them in a long list...
Question Formation II - quiz  by: jt
___ yesterday? a. Whose called b. Who called Answer-b ___ talk to? a. Who did you b. Who you did c. Who you Answer-a ___ you born? a. Where was b. Where are c. Where were Answer-c ___ to the train..
7 Activities to Promote Reading For Preschoolers  by: Christine Gayle
Have you ever noticed how much little 4 and 5 year old children like to just play? They seem to take even the most trivial of activities and turn them into something fun. So why not make a game out..
ESL Lessons  by: englishlci.com
Meaning, a Brief Grasp for Foreign Speakers Accent is one of the vital parts to dominate if we wish to get and replicate native-like spoken English. It amounts to one of the main factors that will..
Encouraging Your Child to Read - How to Develop a Bookworm  by: Celia Webb
Are you looking for ways to get your child excited about reading? As publishers of children's books, we often hear from parents about their reluctant readers and what they have done to encourage..
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..
lesson for beginners  by: contributor
10 minutes - Easy Separate your English class in 2 groups: Group A and Group B Ask group A members to answer this question: "If you became invisible, what would you do first?" Then, ask group B..
ESL Subject & Verb Agreement Exercises  by: Rebecca Bagwell
Learning English as a second language (ESL) can be a very hard undertaking. Speaking English well requires diligent practice and a willingness to keep trying even when making mistakes. Help your..
Christmas Art Activities for Teachers  by: Lily Mae
Teachers can harness the excitement of Christmas for educational purposes with lessons about the holiday and the customs that surround it. When teaching about Christmas, use art projects to provide..
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..
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..
Conversation Cards - Lesson  by: Charlie Siebert
This Game came from iteslj.org. The original posting was found in the following edition: Michael J. Brown Internet TESL Journal, Vol. IV, No. 8, August 1998 It was posted as an Adobe PDF file. In..
Christmas Art Lessons  by: Nikki Van De Walle
Christmas art can make a great gift or decoration in the house, while keeping your children occupied during the long break from school. Christmas crafts do not need to be expensive or elaborate and..
Easy Keyboard Christmas Music for Kids  by: Collaborator
Easy keyboard music is intended for kids to enjoy and to learn how to play. There are several strategies to make easy keyboard music friendly for kids for Christmas time. Other holiday music is..
Reading-Comprehension Skills, Part I - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
If you can read every word on a page, are you really reading? Well, maybe and maybe not! One definition of 'read' is "to utter aloud written matter;" if using this definition alone, of course you are..
Preschool Math Games - Two Fun Ways to Learn Your Numbers  by: Mary Robinson
Emphasizing the Fundamentals Preschool is the time in a child's life where some of the most basic concepts of education such as reading, writing and arithmetic are introduced, and the fundamentals..
Alphabet Pictures - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL lesson (memory helpers for kindergarten and phonics level). Young ESL learners need to be exposed to several methods to help them learn the alphabet. I teach the alphabet while making the..
Lesson Plans for Teaching Life Skills  by: Kay Miranda
Teaching life skills is a valuable resource that gives students more than information, it gives people tools to navigate through the world. Life skills range from vocational training to money..
How to Prepare a Lesson Plan for American Red Cross Month  by: Collaborator
The American Red Cross aims to ease the hardships and suffering of people in America and around the world. March is American Red Cross Month. Here is how you can prepare a lesson plan to help..
ESL Writing Activities for Grade 4  by: Helen Jain
Students who are learning English as a second language, or ESL students, can have some struggles when studying in school. The students are not only learning about the topics teachers are going over..
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..
Singing in Kindergarten - Why Kids Need It  by: Kelly Mikesell
We sing all day. We sing at calendar, we sing in reading, we sing for math, we sing in science, we sing to line up, we sing to sit down, we sing when we're excited, and we sing just for fun. Most..
Games to Teach English to Children  by: Cara Batema
Language acquisition is an active learning task, and there are many games that can be used to help teach English to children. Games are motivating and can be used to teach reading, writing and..
ESL GAMES: Candy Race & Candy Bank Team Game  by: Sabia
Candy Race: Ask the children questions. Or draw items on the board for them to guess. You can work with Students or split the group into small teams. The Teacher draws on the board or a big piece of..
Storyline - Short Lesson  by: jp
Divide into groups of 4-6 people. Give everyone a sheet of paper and ask them to write the first sentence of a story at the top of the page. It may begin "Once upon a time..." if they like. Then they..
ESL GAME: Noughts and Crosses  by: Sabia
Draw a noughts and crosses grid on the board. Number each box from 1 to 9. Now, divide the children into two teams. Label the teams "noughts" or "crosses". Each team has to answer a question..
Jigsaw Puzzle Picture Frame  by: Lisa Kirby
Don't throw out those old puzzles when you lose a piece. Save them for these cool picture frames. They make great gifts. You can add paint, glitter, or any fuzzy, sparkling, or other crafty stuff..
Learning English with Fun by Playing Scrabble - Lesson  by: Heris Yunora
One most important rule of mastering something quickly is to have a genuine pleasure in it. This same rule is equally valid for English. There is no difference whether to master mathematics or a..
Parts of Speech Worksheets for ESL Students  by: Tamara Van Hooser
Sentence structure varies from language to language so learning how the parts of speech work together to form a grammatically correct sentence is the cornerstone of beginning ESL classes. Grammar..
Examples of Indefinite and Reflexive Pronouns  by: Elizabeth O'brien
Can you name some examples of indefinite and reflexive pronouns? Do you know what they are? Before we look at examples, let's have a little refresher. Pronouns Do you remember the eight parts of..
3rd Grade Lessons for ESL Inclusion  by: Nadine Smith
Many schools struggle with how to handle ESL, or English as Second Language students, in mainstream classrooms. Sometimes school boards "pull" ESL students from English classrooms for special..
Who Or Whom? One Tip to Help Your Students Use Proper Grammar  by: Elizabeth O'brien
Using proper grammar when it comes to choosing who or whom can be tricky. Or, it seems tricky. That's probably because you were never taught how to tell when to use each of these. There is a clear..
How to Use Pictures in an ESL Classroom  by: Chance E. Gartneer
The environment of an English as a Second Language (ESL) class can be very challenging...especially for the teacher. Your students can come from all over the world with a variety of native tongues..
How Teachers Can Decrease Classroom Management Problems by Increasing Class Participation  by: Adam Waxler
One of the major factors contributing to classroom management problems is the fact that the students simply are not involved in the lesson. Therefore, it is easy to conclude that if a teacher can..
The Name Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
Quite simply, you have to come up with the name of a celebrity, (or literary figure, cartoon character, etc) that would be commonly known to at least two of the participants, whose first name begins..
Where can I find information on creating lesson plans?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I would like information on creating lesson plans. I am a Social Studies Education student in Georgia. I know I'm going to have to create my own lesson plans. I would like information on websites or..
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.”..
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..
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..
ESL Game - Disappear  by: kr
Title: Disappear Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: flashcards Procedure: Put picture cards on a table and give students 10 seconds to look and memorize. Then they close their eyes and I..
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..
What is the Correct Form of the Verb?  by: jt
Many of these words need to be changed. Read the sentence, decide what the answer should be, then click on the word to see the answer. I have often drive driven a car by myself. My best friend live..
Make a Fairy Garden For Your Kids Party - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
A fairy garden is a great kids party activity, especially if your theme is a fairy party, garden party, or tea party. A dinosaur den or construction site garden is a fun alternative for little boys..
Activities to Teach ESL Students Subject-Verb Agreements  by: Teresa Dashwood
Subject-verb agreement in English is one of the most confusing aspects for all language learners, including native English speakers. For English as a Second Language students, the subject-verb..
How to Teach English About Activities & Occupations to Children  by: Shannon Johnson
English is a difficult language to learn but breaking the subject into units and focusing on one aspect at a time can make the process easier for children, especially those whose first language is..
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..
Classroom Games for First Graders (Primary)  by: Kimberlee Broaddus
Difficulty: Easy First graders are beginning to read and learn basic numbers. Teachers play a variety of classroomgameswith their students to help reinforce daily learning. Marilyn Jager Adams of..
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..
ESL speaking activity - ESL lesson  by: Said-Ali
Trends, Internet… my life Type of activity: group work Level: pre intermediate up to advanced Aim: To talk about trends and discuss the importance of internet in our life in groups Preparation:..
Childrens Educational Games - Fun Must Be in the Learning, and Learning Must Be in the Fun  by: George Mcnaney and Jan McNaney
Childrens educational games can be a great way to learn and they form an important part in your child's life. Childrens educational games develop a child's mind to learn to think logically, and..
How to Teach English to Children Through Activities  by: Harvey Birdman
Teaching children English through activities is a great way to get them involved in learning. This will also help those students who learn more through doing than listening. One example: have the..
Group Activity: Agree or Disagree? - Lesson   by: de
Group Activity: Agree or Disagree? After defining “strongly agree,” “agree,” “disagree” and “strongly disagree,” the leader reads out different statements of opinion and the students..
ESL 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..
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..
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..
How to Make Party Hat Creations with Paper Plates - Tips  by: Patricia Jensen
Inexpensive paper plates are the basic ingredient in how to make party hat creations for your kids party. If you have a unique party theme and can't find hats to match, just make your own. The kids..
ESL GAME: Picture Game  by: Sabia
Choose a picture and do not let the children see it. Place a sheet with slits (or several pieces with holes of different sizes) over the picture. The Students have to guess and name what is depicted..
Teaching Present & Past Tense Verbs to First Graders  by: Stacy Zeiger
First graders must learn about verb tenses in order to begin developing reading comprehension and critical language skills. Lessons about past and present verbs should consist of visual and..
7 Essential Body Language Tips  by: Pete Grand
The secrets of our body language have been around forever yet people constantly fail to recognize the importance of using body language to their advantage. Did you know that people only pay attention..
How to Prepare Lesson Plans for Gifted Students  by: Collaborator
Lesson plans for gifted students differ from lesson plans for regular students, because you must take into account the different ways that gifted students learn. Gifted students are more than just..
Christmas Classroom Activities for Fun and Learning  by: Teresa Evans
There are many different Christmas classroom activities that can be used with students in the lead up to Christmas. Many of these are both fun and also educational so that while the children enjoy..
Learn your students' names - Play a name game - Tips  by: jin
Ask students to tell you their names and one personal detail about themselves (e.g. “I have two cats” or “I play the flute and the cello”; as each person says his or her name, you as the..
Playing and Watching Sports: A Conversation Lesson - ESL Teacher Eric Roth Lesson  by: Eric Roth
PLAYING AND WATCHING SPORTS “The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility.” Michael Jordan (1963- ) NBA superstar Chatting: Talking about sports can be a great ice-breaker. Just do..
Games for Teaching the English Language  by: Nicholas Robbins
When teaching English as a second language or even as a primary one, games can be an invaluable tool that allow players to more easily assimilate the knowledge. Games with simple rules are best to..
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 Flash Games for Beginners  by: Lesley Henton
If you or someone you know is learning English as a second language (ESL) there are many online resources that can help. Online ESL flash games can be can be both fun and educational. Even kids'..
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..
ESL Lessons  by: englishlci.com
Meaning, a Brief Grasp for Foreign Speakers Accent is one of the vital parts to dominate if we wish to get and replicate native-like spoken English. It amounts to one of the main factors that will..
Introduction Games Teaching Tips - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, M.S.
What? Already?! Teachers are busy preparing for the new school year. One way to set a positive tone in the classroom is to make sure all the children know one another. Here are a few introduction..
Practice Vocabulary - Lesson  by: ESL Free Lesson
"Changing" money Scene: You are in a store, and you want to play the video game there . You need coins to operate the game, but you only have a ten dollar bill. You desire to ask the owner of the..
Lesson 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..
Language Arts Lesson Plan for Second Grade  by: Randi McCreary
The second grade language arts curriculum often revolves around developing reading and writing skills. Students are ready to incorporate a higher level of comprehension in their reading, and place..
What's In My Food? A health lesson based on swan food  by: Regal Swan® Foundation, Inc. / theregalswan.com
What’s In My Food? Expected Learning Outcomes It is critically important that students have an understanding of supplemental foods required by swans. Assuring that swans have an appropriate and..