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KHALID AL SEGHAYER, PhD

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A Literature-Based Lesson

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

 

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

Target language: English as a Second/Foreign Language

Target Students Level:  Young Intermediate High ESL/EFL learners

Time: 150 minutes. (50 for each class)

 

Introduction

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

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

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

1. Time and setting

2. Characters with personality

3. A major problem

4. Includes a problem and attempts to solve it

5. Has a quick resolution and ending.

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

 

A- Objectives

Functional

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

Performance

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

Grammatical

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

Culture

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

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

 

B- Equipment and Materials

- Over-sized depictions/drawings of important vocabulary

- Picture of the story episodes

- Transparencies

- Story map

- Discussion web

- Character chart

 

C- Procedures

Day One (Pre-Storytelling)

Anticipatory Set (5 Min.)

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

Warm-Up activity (10 Min.)

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

Presentation (35 Min.)

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

 

Day Two (Story telling)

Anticipatory Set (5 Min.)

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

- Asking  students to recall the title of the story;

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

 

Warm-Up activity (10 Min.)

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

Presentation (35 Min.)

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

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

 

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

 

Day Three (Post-Story telling)

Anticipatory Set (2 Min.)

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

Warm-Up activity (5 Min.)

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

Presentation (43 Min.)

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

Assessment

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

Extension

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

Adaptability

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

Cited Works

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

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

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

 

Appendix A: The Title and Main Picture of the Story

 

Appendix B: Key Vocabulary

Grandfather Father Dresser

 

Jump Smile Yell

 

Run Walk Park

 

Race Wind Rain

 

 
Trophy Break  

 

Appendix C: Cubing Activity

 

Appendix D: Story Mapping Activity

 

Title:  Your Dad Was Just Like You

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

The setting:

 

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

 

 

Characters:

Grandfather

Father

Peter (the son)

 

The Problem:

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

The Solution:

 

After talking with his grandpa, Peter went back home,

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

 

 

Appendix E: Discussion Webbing

 

Peter should stay home and fix what he broke

 

 

 

Yes

 

No

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

3. His grandpa gave him a wise advice.

 

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

 

 

Consensus

 

Best Reason Why:

 

 

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New hangman game (over 450 words), including 48 terms from the Lord of the Rings movies - ESL lesson  by: ESL Teachers Board
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ESL Chess Games with 2-4 kids - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
The whole class can make the figures/players with paper clay and chess boards with paper squares or ink. Paper clay is cheap and dries in a few days and then kids can paint it. The game of chess is..
Confidence Activities for School  by: Ann Olson
Teachers can show children how to do math problems, use proper English or exercise correctly, but they can also teach them something just as important--how to be emotionally confident. According to..
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..
Free Preschool Lesson Plans For Making Music With Your Preschooler  by: Denise Willms
Here are some free preschool lesson plans for making music with your preschool class or your own preschoolers at home. These are very simple, and will introduce your preschooler to listening and..
ESL Punctuation Exercises  by: Chris Ciolli
Teach ESL students the correct uses of punctuation in the English Language. Remember, depending on students' native language, they may or may not be familiar with some punctuation, and the use of..
Blogging In The ESL Classroom - Tips  by: Eli McGeever
Blogs have become a BIG thing! It seems that everyone is using them. In this article we will look at four main ways that we can use Blogs for our ESL lessons. To maximize the effectiveness of using..
QUIZ - Short Lesson  by: re
Give the students a pop quiz on contemporary culture, your country, the school, or vocabulary.
Fun Kids Games To Keep Your Preschooler Busy And Happy!  by: Yogi Shinde
When its dull and raining and kids are having a bored and lazy afternoon, fun kids games like these can be just what you need to lighten up the afternoon. 1. Lets begin with the kids favourite toy -..
How to Create an ESL Writing Lesson Plan  by: Nadine Smith
ESL writing lessons typically focus on texts and styles of writing common to English-speaking countries, such as paragraphs, letters, reports, summaries and different kinds of essays. These are the..
Learning Through Heroes - Lesson  by: Robert McKenzie
Heroes inspire. Everyone wants to be associated with ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary feats. Recently, educators have recognized the importance of using heroes to teach children and..
Subject and Verb Agreement - quiz  by: jt
Is the sentence correct or incorrect? Compare it with the correct answer. The last questions on the test were very difficult. Correct Incorrect Answer-Correct: The last questions on the test were..
ESL Olympic Games Activities  by: Kara Page
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) is more than just grammar and vocabulary. It's about educating children about the world they live in and how language does not have to be a barrier. The..
The where and why of apostrophes - Lesson  by: J. McCorquodale
Can we handle the apostrophes? For sure we can... But quite a number of english speaking individuals do not seem to know how, as can be seen by the number of errors in shop signs and advertisements...
Picking at a Rose: Love Poem Analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Picking at a Rose To the stones the last petals fall. The softness, the smoothness, the smellness, memories yes. Not relived, recalled. But in the garden waiting along the shining wall another bud be..
ESL GAME 5 Change Seats If  by: Joe Tosczak
This ESL Game is called, "Change Seat if..." And instead of always saying, "Change Seats if..." you could also say, "Switch Seats if," or "Trade seats if..." This ESL Game can be used as a warm up..
Help with and idea for game for English class!?  by: answers.yahoo.com
Here's my assignment Create a game for reviewing a unit of literature or grammar or for reviewing vocabulary or spelling words. ( Tradiotional Spelling bees off limits) You will play game with the..
ESL Chess Games with 2-4 kids - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
The whole class can make the figures/players with paper clay and chess boards with paper squares or ink. Paper clay is cheap and dries in a few days and then kids can paint it. The game of chess is..
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.
A Limerick: Sillyvizations - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day BSc MSc BEd
When sillyvizations collide (Invented word here, a pun.) one´s best to take it in stride. (In stride is an idiom.) There´s a lot of confusion and sometimes a fusion. (Fusion of what?) They come,..
Lyrics and Music For ESL Teachers  by: Bobby Stark / LYRICSnMUSIC
Song lyrics can be a great way to teach students a new language. It's fun and a natural. With over 2.7 million song lyrics LYRICSnMUSIC is the most comprehensive lyric sites on the internet. Not only..
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..
TEFL Lesson Planning - Warmers That Will Make Your Students Adore You - Part I  by: Adrian Allen
Lesson planning with TEFL warmers: essential for effective teaching. Part I To ensure effective learning for a language class, the challenge is to secure the students’ attention, and prepare their..
Teaching Sight Words in Context - Moving Beyond Flashcards  by: Carolea Williams
Sight words (also known as high-frequency words) are words good readers must instantly recognize. These "workhorse" words make up about 50 to 75 percent of the words children encounter in early..
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..
English Pronunciation For The ESL Learner - Tips  by: Lynn Bo
What is an accent? An accent is the carryover of sounds from the speaker’s original language to the second language. When we are infants we literally have the ability to speak any language in the..
7 Activities to Promote Reading For Preschoolers  by: Christine Gayle
Have you ever noticed how much little 4 and 5 year old children like to just play? They seem to take even the most trivial of activities and turn them into something fun. So why not make a game out..
How to 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..
Compound Modifiers  by: jt
Match to have a meaningful sentence.. 1. The police officer made him pay 2. Mary's husband bought her 3. Her brother married 4. The teacher set up 5. He lent me 6. The secretary typed 7. Watch out!..
President's Day Activities For The New Year  by: Darren W Chow
Presidents Day is the day that the nation honors the men who have held the highest honor in the land. With 43 past Presidents over more than 300 years of being a country, the United States has had..
How to Teach Business Etiquette in ESL  by: Rebecca Bagwell
With global businesses continually changing, more people are working on improving their English skills in order to be more effective. Learning business etiquette along with business English helps..
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..
ESL Olympic Games Activities  by: Kara Page
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) is more than just grammar and vocabulary. It's about educating children about the world they live in and how language does not have to be a barrier. The..
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..
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GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CLASSMATES - Short Lesson  by: yi
Materials: two rolls of toilet paper (perforated, so it's easy to tear) 1.Have all the students sit at their desk, without talking. 2.Take out two rolls of TP and tell the students to "Take as much..
SURVEY 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Bring in picture of famous people from Japan and around the world. Each student has one picture and a sheet with a space for the picture and a yes/no column. Students go around the room asking the..
Can anyone give me some good lesson plans for the 6th grade?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I'm training to become a teacher. What kinds of things do 6th graders learn. Can someone give me a few lesson plans in the following subjects: Math Science English Social studies
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..
Preschool Alphabet Crafts - 40 Ways To Make Letters (Art)  by: Renee Goodrich
Preschoolers can make temporary letters. Take a photo of these if you can. They can also make permanent letters which can be glued on to card. If the medium is heavier than paper use craft glue. Here..
How to Make a Tree Out of Construction Paper  by: Karren Doll Tolliver
Kids can make a simple evergreen tree from construction paper and a few other inexpensive craft supplies. The tree will be three-dimensional and can be placed on shelves or tabletops. Children can..
Computer Games - Short Lesson  by: jin
Computer games may be made with English learning in mind, or may have features that play to that effect. Popcap Games produces Bookworm, a game in which a user must construct English words from..
Drama games for ESL primary students  by: Erin Schreiner
As ESL students work to master English, they require constant practice; teachers can provide students with this practice by engaging them in drama activities. Role playing and acting allow students..
How to Use Films in ESL Classes  by: Sophie Southern
Teaching English as a second or foreign language, often referred to as ESL and EFL, can be fun and rewarding while at the same time presenting unique challenges. Communicating with students and staff..
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: ..
Task 2 IELTS practice essays - Advantages and Disadvantages  by: IELTS Edits
Task 2 IELTS practice essays Advantages and Disadvantages 1. More and more people are relying on the Internet as their source of news and information. What advantages does the Internet have for the..
| 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..
Objectives and tips for using listening comprehension passages in class...  by: Jason Renshaw
I recently wrote up a series of considerations and tips for using the listening strand in my Boost! series from Pearson Longman, but they can be used for any listening passages from any sources...
How to Make a Tree Out of Construction Paper  by: Karren Doll Tolliver
Kids can make a simple evergreen tree from construction paper and a few other inexpensive craft supplies. The tree will be three-dimensional and can be placed on shelves or tabletops. Children can..
SHOPPING GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Divide the class into shopkeepers and shoppers. (You decide the balance.) Give shopkeepers a kind of shop (e.g. fishmonger) and a list of things to sell. They make up their own prices. Give shoppers..
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..
Using Pictures to Teach Narrative Writing with Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry  by: Trina Allen
Subject: Sixth Grade Language Arts – Segregation and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Time allotted: 90 minutes Organization: large group Objective: Students will demonstrate the understanding of the..
An ice breaker game with 15-18 years old - Short Lesson  by: trent
I was on a company training course and this was quite good. Each person draws a quick picture to reveal things about themselves, (does not have to be a picture can be anything) to give clues their..
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,..
How to Use Songs in the Classroom  by: Hannington Dia
Music has arguably impacted every person on the planet. Most people have their own favorite singers or composers who have profoundly influenced or touched them. According to a 2003 Gallup poll, 97..
BASEBALL 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Draw a baseball diamond and a score board on the board. Students, in turn, are at bat and choose how difficult a question to attempt: a single, double, triple, or homerun. If a student answers..
Computer Games - Short Lesson  by: jin
Computer games may be made with English learning in mind, or may have features that play to that effect. Popcap Games produces Bookworm, a game in which a user must construct English words from..
Find Someone Who... - Short Lesson  by: jin
"Find Someone Who..." helps ESL students practice asking and answering questions. Use this English game for high school students as an ice breaker on the first day of class, or as a regular lesson..
ESL Methods for Mainstream Teachers  by: Suchi Rudra
Any teacher can be a language teacher, and teaching English as a second language (ESL) is not much different from teaching a subject such as English grammar to native English-speaking students...
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..
Writing Prompts Your Students Will Love - Lesson  by: Jennifer Dobson
Prompts are useful for many different kinds of writing exercises. You might choose to use a writing prompt as a daily warm-up activity. Writing prompts are also useful to have on hand for when..
Lesson Plans for "The Gift of the Magi"  by: Pamela Rivers
"The Gift of the Magi" is a short story written by O. Henry in 1906. The story revolves around a married couple who wish to buy each other presents for Christmas but have little money. So each can..
some classroom games appropriate and fun for college students  by: answers.yahoo.com
I have to lead a discussion among college students. After I present all the information I would like to play a game with them to review the info and to encourage interaction. Any ideas? If it's any..
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..
Spot the difference game #1  by: yu
There are 15 differences between the two pictures.
ESL Game - Whiz Bong  by: kr
Title: Whiz Bong Type: Active game Target: Any Vocabulary (small amount, 2-5 words) Materials: None Procedure: Get the students to stand in a circle. The first person starts by asking “Will you..
Improving Vocabulary in Three Easy Steps  by: Celia Webb
There are close to one million words in the English language. That's a lot of words! Too many words for even dictionaries to list (most dictionaries confine themselves to several hundred thousand..
Spelling Games Help Children Learn to Spell Words Easily  by: Jo Alelsto
Teaching kids to spell is usually troublesome because there are no definite rules in spelling. Children learning English at an early stage find it difficult to spell words by simply relying on..
ESL Worksheets & Games  by: River Lin
Worksheets and games are standard procedure for many ESL classrooms. As students learn English as a second language, they begin to process not only the mechanics of grammar, but also the nuances of..
How to Prepare and Present Methods in ESL Teaching  by: Michael Monet
A teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL) students must take a different approach to teaching basic subjects. ESL students are simultaneously learning a second language and a skill set in a..
ESL 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..
ESL Daily Life Exercises  by: Erin Schreiner
One of the first lessons an ESL student must learn is how to navigate the English-speaking world in which they live. By engaging your ESL students in activities designed to teach skills necessary for..
The Humming Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
For this you need one child who is the quiet, studious type, and one who is the loud, sadistic type. The first child is required to either attempt to read a book, or simply go to sleep. The second..
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..
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..
Brain-Based Learning and Feelings: A lesson plan - ESL lesson  by: Nellie Deutsch
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LEARNING TO DANCE - Activities  by: re
You need a large tarp or a large sheet of plastic, a tarp that you d take camping works best, and you d always have it for the day when there s 15 minutes left of the class and your teacher says OK,..
Elementary Games for ESL Students  by: Michelle Langley
Games can help ESL students learn language much faster. Carleton University researchers Claire Dormann and Robert Biddle point out that "Affective learning is an important aspect of education that..
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..
GUESS THE COLUMN - Short Lesson  by: re
Students play in pairs. Each student has a sheet of paper with a grid on it. The columns are labelled A, B, C, D, etc. The row contain various possibilities and some repetitions. For example, one row..
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...
Lesson 4 - Vacuum Cleaner  by: jt
The Story A man selling vacuum cleaners appeared at the door of an old lady's cottage and, without allowing the woman to speak, rushed into the living room and threw a large bag of dirt all over her..
Lesson 2 - Anniversary-birthday Card  by: jt
The Story "Do you have any anniversary-birthday cards?" a man asked the stationer. "We have anniversary cards and we have birthday cards, but we don't carry one that combines both. Why?" "Simple ,"..
Helping Your (any) Child Make and Keep Friends - Tips  by: Judy H. Wright
What Children Look for in a Friend? Is this child fun to be with? Is this child trustworthy? Does this child help me achieve my goals? Does this child make me feel good about myself? Is this child..
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 Beginner Lesson Plans  by: Contributor
Immigration to the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and the United States has increased over the past decade, and English is now the language of international business and finance. English as a..
Game: Four People on a Couch - Short Lesson  by: sam
This is a game for two teams of four (any two equal teams will do, but four seems traditional) and it is best played in a lounge, since you'll have a couch there. The aim of the game is to get all..
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..
How to Make Pop Up Cards That Really Deliver  by: Scott Henderson
Pop ups are greeting cards that deliver a surprise. When you open the card, pieces inside move - they jump out at you, blossom into a 3-D construction, or move across the page. Pop ups have a long..
Strategies for Teaching ESL Vocabulary  by: Laura Werner
Building vocabulary is one of the most basic forms of learning any language, not just English. Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) requires patience, energy, strategy and creativity. There..
How To Make Your Teaching Lessons Interesting?  by: Sky Joe
Being a teacher can be a very challenging and enriching career for a lot of people. The task and responsibility of a teacher is to enrich the knowledge of the young, preparing the students for their..
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..
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..
How to Modify a Lesson Plan for ESL Students  by: Paul Argodale
Adapting lesson plans for ESL students requires teachers to think about their work in new and creative ways. While at first blush the introduction of limited-English-proficient students may seem an..
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..
Kinesthetic Learning Activities - Try a Gallery Walk to Address the Kinesthetic Learning Style  by: Adam Waxler
It is very important for teachers to address a variety of different learning styles, including the kinesthetic learning style in which learning takes place by the student actually carrying out a..
Grammar Questions for ESL  by: Nicole Schmoll
Learning English as a second language (ESL) can be challenging and time consuming. Learning the grammar of the English language, particularly if your first language is not a derivative of Latin, such..
How to Teach Listening to EFL/ESL Learners  by: Heather Laurent
Listening is one of the four fundamental skills taught in the EFL/ESL classroom in addition to speaking, reading and writing. Not only is listening the most frequently-used skill, it is often the..
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..
Spanish lessons with audio (over 100 audios) - ESL lesson  by: ESL Teachers Board
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Phonics - Teaching Vowel Sounds To Children Leaning to Read  by: Lindsey Watson
When teaching children how to read using a phonic teaching programme there are various elements which need to be clearly understood. This article focuses on how to teach children the various..
FIZZ BUZZ - Short Lesson  by: re
The first student in a row starts counting with one , the next student says two , the next three , etc. The number seven is unlucky, so no one is allowed to say it. Whenever seven should be said,..
Lyrics and Music For ESL Teachers  by: Bobby Stark / LYRICSnMUSIC
Song lyrics can be a great way to teach students a new language. It's fun and a natural. With over 2.7 million song lyrics LYRICSnMUSIC is the most comprehensive lyric sites on the internet. Not only..
English Spy Code - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL game (10-12 years). Here is a game for 10-12 year olds. Ask children to decode the following phrases: 1. U R A Q T (You are a cutie). 2. R U O K ? (Are you Ok?). 3. eye heart U ( I love you)..
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..
TEFL Lesson Plans - Hobbies  by: Andrew Carter
I took a poll at the end of our last lesson together – I asked my students what their favourite hobby was? Someone said ‘football’ (that’s ‘soccer’ to our cousins across the Atlantic!),..
Look, See or Watch - quiz  by: jt
"Kids, please, ___ at the blackboard!" a. look b. see c. watch Answera "Be quiet and let me ___ the football match!" a. look b. saw c. watch Answerc Cats can ___ in the dark. a. see b. seeing c...
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..
ESL Exercises With Money & Checks  by: Lissa J
Patty Middleton, an English as Second Language teacher in St Paul, Minnesota, with a degree in ESL from Hamline University, says it is important to incorporate exercises with money and checks into..
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: 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..
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,..
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..
I am teaching adults but i am not finished with my studies yet.how can i make them trust me as a teacher  by: answers.yahoo.com
too young for being a teacher
Picture Frame Crafts For Your Kids Party - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
One of the most popular party favors is a framed picture of the party guest taken at your kids party. He or she could be showing off a silly hat or party costume, performing an outrageous party game..
TRANSLATION 3 - Short Lesson  by: re
Keep a list of the new words and phrases that the students have learned so far in Japanese (or the local language) and English. Using each row as a team, I pit the first student of each row against..
How To Make Your Teaching Lessons Interesting?  by: Sky Joe
Being a teacher can be a very challenging and enriching career for a lot of people. The task and responsibility of a teacher is to enrich the knowledge of the young, preparing the students for their..
ESL GAME: Preposition Race & Pronunciation Game  by: Sabia
Preposition Race: Give each child a toy. Then run around the room with the kids and say: put your toys on the table put them under the table put them behind the chair put them in the box……. ..
Introduction Activity for ESL Classroom  by: Andrew Lawton
The first thing you do when you get a new class is to have the students introduce themselves. For most people, especially beginning ESL students, this may be difficult. This activity will help make..
Tailoring Training To Meet The Needs Of Your Students  by: Charity Weber
Pretesting students is the key to finding measurable gains in the classroom, whether it is in a public school setting or in an corporate employee training program. By finding out what material the..
Tips on Learning Numbers and Counting  by: Hema Baahu
Here are a few suggestions you may consider in helping children learn to count and identify numbers: 1. Children must learn the sounds of the numbers one, two, three etc, first. Sing number rhymes..
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..
How to Teach ESL in PowerPoint  by: Renee Williams
PowerPoint presentations are an excellent tool for teaching ESL classes. They can be used to teach lessons, practice and review what students have learned. The presentations can be interactive, and..
Teaching Writing with Authentic Materials (Part 4 of 5) - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
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The Use of Pictures in Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Tips  by: Andrew Carter
They say that a picture paints a thousand words. We think of the value of the family album: there’s Martin aged about one, when we were living in Stanley; there’s Mum about a thousand years ago..
ESL Game - Go Fish  by: kr
Title: Go Fish Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary, but especially phonics related Materials: playing cards related to your theme Procedure: Make up a set of cards for each group of students. Groups..
How to Draw a Christmas Train  by: Jennifer Leighton
A Christmas train can be an enjoyable drawing project for children and adults alike, especially during the holiday season. You can draw a Christmas train by starting with a basic train body shapes..
Sketch and Hint Game (whole language) - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed
I start using this game with very young children, phonics level, but it works best with 10+ children. Kids learn a few nouns and short sentences with the appropriate body language. It may not be..
Music in the Classroom Set-Up Helps in Comprehension Development  by: Tina Sanchez
Input of Music on Children Balances Prep Schools and Helps in Reading and Comprehension Children, especially those in the introductory level, tend to get distracted easily as their attention span..
Guide to Lesson Planning and a Sample Lesson Plan  by: Christopher S Lee
If you are in need of a sample lesson plan, the first thing to look at is to understand what makes a good lesson. To understand, here is a basic format for a lesson. Lesson Sample Teacher: School:..
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..
A Literature-Based Lesson - ESL lesson  by: Khalid Al Seghayer, PhD
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Dinosaur Preschool Theme - When Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth  by: Mary Robinson
One of the most commonly used preschool themes is dinosaurs, since preschoolers love learning about the giant beasts that roamed the earth thousands of years ago. The possibilities of the dinosaur..
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..
How to Create an ESL Listening Lesson Plan  by: Nadine Smith
Lesson plans ensure success by establishing goals and then outlining activities to reach these goals. The particular goals of an English as a Second Language (ESL) listening lesson plan depend on the..
Adverb English Activities for Grammar School  by: Vivian Wagner
Adverbs tell how, when and where things happen, and they're a vital part of language and communication. They can be difficult for children to learn, however, and teachers must explain exactly what..
Kindergarten Activities - 30 Minutes Craft Activities (Art)  by: Maegan Wong
Creative expression begins early in life. Babies are top-notch explorers who will experiment with toys, touch and taste everything within reach, discover their body parts and mastering their body..
How to Teach Grammar Activities to ESL Students  by: Collaborator
Teaching grammar to ESL students is rather tricky because the rules of English grammar are not predictable and systematic. In today's ESL classrooms, more teachers are aiming towards the..
Trivia Teaser / Questions (2)  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: How far does human blood travel during one day? Answer: 12,000 miles Trivia Teaser: On average the blood fully circulates in the human body some seven to eight times per minute. Question:..
Family vacations teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
For many students, school is out for the summer and families are planning vacations. Whether you are going to a tourist attraction, visiting relatives out-of-town, or just staying home, children need..
The Eight Great Spelling Rules  by: Mark Pennington
Although the American-English spelling system has evolved from many sources, there are specific patterns that are well-worth learning. These spelling patterns, or spelling rules, all have exceptions;..
Christmas Programs for Pre-k Through Kindergarten  by: Roz Zurko
Christmas programs for pre-k through kindergarten need to be easy enough for this age group to learn without overwhelming them. This is still an age where you want to concentrate first on giving the..
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..
Word Surfing in organized vocabulary notebooks - ESL lesson  by: Will McCulloch, Vocabulary Developer
"Word Surfing" in organized vocabulary notebooks (secondary and adult) Common sense tells us that as more words can be used in a meaningful manner, the easier it becomes to communicate effectively...
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..
Building Vocabulary - Five Ideas for Increasing Your Vocabulary  by: Celia Webb
Do you want to expand your vocabulary so you can more clearly express yourself? Large vocabularies are not only a sign of education; the use of unusual and precise words can help you describe your..
Describe the scene - Lesson  by: Mark Cox
Ss divide up into groups. I play a short clip of a movie with no sound. Half of the group watches the movie clip. The other half of the group is given a sheet of questions. The group that watched 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..
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..
ESL Games to Introduce Yourself  by: Fiona Miller
The first day of class in an ESL (English as a second language) classroom is similar to the first day of class in any other subject. Students are typically nervous and unsure of what to expect...
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..
controversial topic for my english class  by: answers.yahoo.com
It needs to be something that you wouldn't expect anyone to talk about, but not to crazy It cannot be anything like steroids in baseball, abortion, video game violence, racism. Something that you..
Research Paper Writing Skills  by: Jack Smith
Step 1. Choose Your Topic. When choosing a topic, choose one in which you are interested, and for which there is enough information. If your topic is too broad, you will have difficulty completing..
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...
TESOL Exercises  by: Danielle Hill
The teaching of English as a second language, or TESOL, requires that educators use a range of exercise formats and styles to engage students' interests and expand their abilities. For an effective..
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..
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..
Sketch and Hint Game (whole language) - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed
I start using this game with very young children, phonics level, but it works best with 10+ children. Kids learn a few nouns and short sentences with the appropriate body language. It may not be..
Tips and Tricks (for teachers)  by: teach2learn05
Speaking To Yourself Can Be Dangerous! (The Importance Of Speaking Practice For ESL Learners) - Tips  by: Josef Essberger
There are 4 key skills when you learn a language: * listening * speaking * reading * writing Which one of these is the "Odd-Man-Out"? Which one of these is different from the other three? The answer..
ESL Summary Building Skills Exercises  by: Lissa J
Summary building is an important part of understanding a language. Even natural-born English speakers might be in a situation where they don't understand every word and do not know entirely what is..
Lesson Plan Subjects for Toddlers  by: Danielle North
Because early childhood is a time when learning occurs rapidly, it is important to ensure that toddlers are exposed to a variety of activities. From the time children are born to the age of 5 is when..
ESL Teaching Activities  by: Joel Barnard
A good teacher of English as a second language (ESL) uses a variety of different activities within each lesson. This maintains students' interest in the class and helps cater to different learning..
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..
Lesson Plan on Symbolism?  by: answers.yahoo.com
Hi. Does anyone out there have any creative ways to teach a lesson on symbolism in poetery? I'm teaching a 7th grade LA class and need a fun supplemntal activity to really hit home how symbolism..
Trivia Questions And Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
YOUR TRIVIA QUESTION: Everyone knows that leprechauns are Irish fairies, but do you know how to track one down? A. Follow the rainbow B. Follow the yellow brick road C. Follow the sound of his..
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..
Activities for Special Person's Day for Grade 4  by: Lily Mae
In fourth grade, children learn a variety of academic skills and concepts, but special attention also needs to focus on studying and celebrating their lives. An ideal way to do this is with a Special..
ESL GAME: Heads Down, Thumbs Up  by: Sabia
Two children are chosen to stand up. All the others put their heads down on their desks with their eyes closed and thumbs sticking up. The two left standing must then gently touch one person each on..
How to Teach Your Beginner ESL Students About Weather  by: Collaborator
This article explains how to teach beginning students about weather. It is a common topic but weather conditions and weather words are local. For example, most of my students never saw snow, and are..
Preschool Christmas Light Art Activities  by: Katharine Mitchell
The colorful glow of a strand of blinking Christmas lights, or a more subdued strand of twinkling white bulbs, fascinate children and adults alike during the winter holidays, and beyond...
Adapting a Science lesson to ESL - Lesson  by: Fabiano Franklin and Yara Araujo
Adapting a Science Project to ESL Students One of the main difficulties that ESL students face in the regular classrooms is understanding the normal content-focused language in order to perform..
Using Pictures to Teach Narrative Writing with Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Lesson  by: Trina Allen
Subject: Sixth Grade Language Arts – Segregation and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Time allotted: 90 minutes Organization: large group Objective: Students will demonstrate the understanding of the..
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..
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How to Teach an ESL Class About Signs & Symbols  by: Nicole Dyles
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) classes about signs and symbols is very important. Students need to be able to identify and understand various signs and symbols that they see in their..
A Puzzle Poem: Wormfood - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Wormfood.... There are those who scorn Her but we come from Her. She provides. And when we grow old in our skins and tired of mind we return & dissolve/resolve in Her embrace. Total erasure of memory..
Face Painting Tips for Your Kids Party - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
If you can apply your own make-up or doodle a simple design, you can learn to face paint for a kids party. With these easy tips and techniques and a little practice, you'll be turning out all sorts..
Freewriting - Short Lesson  by: js
Give learners 5 minutes to just write their thoughts. You may guide them by providing a question or topic (beginners will probably need guidance), or give them complete freedom. Make sure they just..
How to Use Short Grammar Games to Teach English  by: Karen Hollowell
Grammar is one of those subjects that is essential, but not exactly exciting to learn. Students have to remember lots of mechanics and usage rules and learn to diagram sentences. Teachers usually use..
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..
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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..
Environmental Science Lessons for Kids  by: David McGuffin
Teaching kids about environmental science lends several teaching topics, including water quality, air pollution, the food chain, the human impact on the environment, erosion, resource management,..
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..
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..
KARUTA (SNAP) 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Most Japanese children already know this game. It s a great way to introduce new vocabulary, in that it only requires recognition or even partial recognition of the new material. First spread out..
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..
Kid Birthday Party Game Ideas - Balloon Fun - Activities  by: Mike Dougherty
Balloons, kids and birthday parties just seem to go together. When you take your children to almost any kind of an event for families, somebodies going to be giving balloons to the kiddies. And if..
Game for students. Tangle - Short Lesson  by: gh
Use one large group or multiple smaller groups. Groups form a circle, facing in, and reach across to join right hands with another person. Then they all join left hands with a different person. The..
Create Top Ten Lists for Lively Classrooms - ESL Teacher Eric Roth Lesson  by: Eric Roth
Americans, like many other people, love to create top ten lists. This technique can be very effective in sharing ideas and creating a lively classroom. You might want to introduce some core verbs and..
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..
Teaching English Word Games  by: Sarah Davis
Games are tools that make it easier for children to learn new things. They can also help adults with learning new information. If the learning game is fun, the child or adult will want to play the..
ESL GAME: Flashlight Word Game  by: Sabia
Start off the game by turning off the lights. Point the flashlight at a particular word on the Word Wall. The teacher calls on a student to read the word. When the child has read the word, it is..
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..
ESL Worksheets and Lesson Plans for ESL Classrooms  by: Aaron Whirl
All teachers of ESL or EFL classes should make a regular habit of making ESL worksheets. Although many ESL teachers chose this profession mainly because it allows for travel and adventure, this is no..
Alot is Not a Word,........... it's Two. - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Alot is not a word but two words and this error is seen a lot in many countries including those where English is the main language. Kids spell what they hear and they hear these two words run..
How to 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..
TRANSLATION 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Teacher says words in Japanese (or the local language) and students must translate them into English. Make it a race for points. 1 translation = one point.
ESL Game - Circle It!  by: kr
Title: Circle It! Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None (or picture cards) Procedure: Divide students into 2 teams. Write the vocab words on the board. 2 students from each team..
How to Modify a Lesson Plan for ESL Students  by: Paul Argodale
Adapting lesson plans for ESL students requires teachers to think about their work in new and creative ways. While at first blush the introduction of limited-English-proficient students may seem an..
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..
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..
classroom game (3) - Short Lesson  by: sam
Got this idea from Hocus Focus- from the newspapers, usually near the Comics section: Get two or three students to go in front of the class. There will be a "before and after" comparison. For the..
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,..
The 8 Parts of Speech - Understanding Them Makes Everything Else Simple  by: Elizabeth O'brien
If you understand the 8 parts of speech, everything else in grammar will be made simple for you. It's true. Just look at this list of seemingly complicated topics which can be easily understood and..
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...
Preschool Kids - "When I Grow Up, I Want To Be"  by: Mary Robinson
For preschool kids, one of the biggest open-ended questions they can be asked is "what do you want to be when you grow up?" When asked this question, many preschool kids tend to shoot for the stars...
Teaching the Third Conditional to ESL Students  by: Keith Taylor
Here's an effective way to teach the third conditional to your ESL students. 1. First, write a short story (a few paragraphs is fine) about someone who had a bad day. The first paragraph could start..
Mind Mapping - How To Use Mind Maps To Teach Difficult Grammar Points  by: Jon Lewis
If you are a language teacher, you probably already use mind maps to help your students learn vocabulary. These mind maps are sometimes referred to as "vocabulary networks" or "word maps". One..
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..
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..
Fizzy Sherbet: A Sweet Science Lesson for Your Kids! - Lesson  by: Lindsay Small
Fizzy sherbet in a paper bag with a strawberry lollipop was probably my favorite treat as a child, but I never knew what was in the sherbet and why it sparkled and tingled on my tongue! Try making..
TEFL Lesson Planning - Warmers That Will Make Your Students Adore You - Part I  by: Adrian Allen
Lesson planning with TEFL warmers: essential for effective teaching. Part I To ensure effective learning for a language class, the challenge is to secure the students’ attention, and prepare their..
Creating a positive learning environment teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Along with teaching the class-, school-, and fire-drill rules, take the time to create a positive learning environment. How do you do this? Here are some suggestions. 1. Make sure each child knows..
Dictation - Short Lesson  by: js
Say a sentence at natural speed and ask learners to write down what you said. You'll probably need to repeat several times. Don't slow down your speed unless it's absolutely necessary. Then ask a..
Name Bingo - Game  by: ritz
Hand out a blank grid with enough squares for the number of people in your class. The grid should have the same number of squares across and down. Give the students a few minutes to circulate through..
Lesson to teach an English Class - Short Lesson  by: jt
You could try making a short "jeopardy" type game, or a jigsaw type activity in which you hand out pieces of the text, or written questions and answers and they move around the room to match up. At..
STATUES - Short Lesson  by: re
Play the traditional game of statues. All the children stand up and dance or move around to some lively music. When the music stops, they have to stand completely still or else they are eliminated..
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.
Early Childhood Activities - Fun Ideas for Springtime  by: Mary Robinson
Simple is Better While in their formative years, children learn best through doing, which is why games and activities are an integral part of the preschool experience. Remember to select early..
Fun Ways to Teach Things to Preschoolers  by: Mary Robinson
My philosophy for anyone working with preschool children is that the teacher must have a full resource file of fun ways to teach things to preschoolers. When you think of a preschool child, 3-5 year..
Role Plays (intermediate-advanced, pairs) - Short Lesson  by: js
Role plays are far more communicative than pre-written dialogs, but they are often challenging for beginners or shy students because they must come up with their own language to fit a particular..
Improving Vocabulary - Seven Ideas for ESL Students  by: Celia Webb
Do you want to improve your command of the English language? Many English as a Second Language (ESL) learners reach a point where their English does not get any better. They have learned the basics..
Part 2 Dynamic English As a Foreign Language Learning Activities Your Learners Won't Refuse  by: Larry M. Lynch
More For Those Bored, Uninterested, Reluctant Foreign Language Learners As we said earlier, once again faced with the necessity of circumventing the problems of having bored, uninterested and..
Early Morning Entry Tasks For Teachers  by: Caroline Mackay
Many new teachers make the mistake of not utilizing every second that a student is in school. Many waste the first 10-20 minutes taking care of, what I call house keeping tasks such as; roll call,..
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..
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:..
Vocabulary Games for Students  by: Rebecca Bagwell
Difficulty: Easy Students enjoy being active learners in a classroom. Teachers can use vocabularygamesthatencourage active participation to increase students' vocabulary retention. Vocabulary games..
ESL Game - Line Quiz  by: kr
Title: Line Quiz Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary, or conversation pattern Materials: flashcards Procedure: 2 teams stand in a line and I ask the front 2 people a question such as “What do you..
Pictures teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
As you take pictures of your children and school events throughout the year, use them in Language Arts! For instance, your class went on a Field Trip to a farm. You saw various animals, went to the..
How to 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..
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?..
Guide to Lesson Planning and a Sample Lesson Plan  by: Christopher S Lee
If you are in need of a sample lesson plan, the first thing to look at is to understand what makes a good lesson. To understand, here is a basic format for a lesson. Lesson Sample Teacher: School:..
PSYCHIC - Short Lesson  by: re
You must have two teachers for this game (which shouldn t be too hard to get). The first teacher is the psychic. That teacher leaves the room while the students give the other teacher a word for the..
What Games would a class of kindergarten children like better  by: answers.yahoo.com
Would they like board games , a series of computer games, or ball/sports games?
Alphabet Soup - Short Lesson  by: jin
Alphabet Soup, a free online game provided by PBS Kids, features characters from the television show 'Between the Lions.' Users are provided a sample sentence with a missing word, and once the..
TOUCH AND POINT - Short Lesson  by: re
Call out an instruction, for example Touch this book . As you do so, touch or point to the object with the whole class until they get the idea. If there are not many objects which the children can..
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..
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..
Reported Speech - quiz  by: jt
Mary "I love chocolate." Jill: "Mary said (that) she ___ chocolate." a. loved b. loves c. loving Answer-a Mary: "I went skiing." Jill: "Mary said (that) she ___ skiing." a. went b. had gone c. have..
ESL GAME: Sticky Fingers  by: Sabia
First designate a 'key word' like Dog, or Cat. Each student grabs one of your fingers. Start yelling out random words. This works best if you use a bunch of nonsense words that sound like the key..
ESL Pronoun Games  by: Jack Stone
Success in an English as a second language (ESL) classroom requires concentration, focus and discipline. However, occasional games can ease the workload and allow students to relax. The best games in..
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..
Tips on How to Teach English  by: Marie Jones
Students across the globe choose to study English to further business and travel opportunities, as well as to improve daily communication with peers and family members. With more than 380 million..
Debate Topics for an ESL English Class  by: Joel Barnard
Classes with a language level of lower-intermediate upwards should be able to engage in debates if the teacher chooses a topic carefully and teaches the relevant vocabulary. Ensure that all students..
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..
How to Write a Children's Christmas Story  by: Mary Beth Magee
Writing for children requires a great story, intriguing characters and descriptive detail, all couched in vocabulary appropriate to the age group. Use resources such as Alijandra Mogilner's..
Using Games to Teach ESL - Lesson  by: Robert McKenzie
One of the challenges in teaching English as a second language is to make learning as effortless as possible. By making learning easy and fun, the instructor can ensure that the material imparted is..
Halloween Theme Ideas - 20 Fun Halloween Activities For Your Students  by: Renee Goodrich
Here are 20 Halloween activities to write on the board. They should keep your students very busy. Give them a few at a time or use them as activities to work through over a week. 1. Write 2 reasons..
Children's Activities for the Wise Men  by: Adele Hibiscus
Activities for teaching children about the three wise men can be done creatively and tell abut their significance in the Christmas story detailing the birth of the baby, Jesus of Nazareth. Engaging..
How to Teach Language With Kids' Games  by: Collaborator
Games are effective in teaching foreign language to children, as they are often based on repetition and players are motivated by competition to get the right answers. Whether you turn to the Internet..
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..
How to Easily Remember Nouns and Verbs  by: Audrey Lucas
National standards for language arts require elementary students to recognize sentence structure and use it properly in written and spoken language. By recognizing parts of speech such as nouns and..
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..
Task 2 IELTS practice essays - Do you agree or disagree?  by: IELTS Edits
Task 2 IELTS practice essays Do you agree or disagree? 1. Some people believe that arts like music and painting should not be funded by the government. Others believe that these are important for a..
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...
Scattergories - Short Lesson  by: jin
Scattergories is a game published by Milton Bradley. You do not need to buy this game to play it in your ESL classroom. This English game for high school students works well for large or small..
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...
Acting Out Verbs - Short Lesson  by: jin
Act out certain verbs every time you repeat them in class, or play "The Verb Game" by saying a list of verbs quickly while the students act out each one. How fast can everyone go?
Snow teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Winter is a perfect time to teach children about snow. 1. For those of you where snow is plentiful, here is a science experiment taken from Macmillan Seasonal Activity Packs/Winter Wonderland, 1986,..
How to Teach ESL to Koreans  by: Lee-Ann Jacobson
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) requires a certain level of skill regardless of who your students are. Since Korean students are exposed mainly to English grammar and vocabulary in their..
How to Use Visual Aids in an English Lesson  by: Paul Rance
Visual aids can be used to add color to an English lesson and can help to bring literature more alive. They can also be particularly useful for non-English speakers who are trying to learn English...
ESL Olympic Games Activities  by: Kara Page
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) is more than just grammar and vocabulary. It's about educating children about the world they live in and how language does not have to be a barrier. The..
WHY? - Short Lesson  by: re
Ask the students questions like: Why have you got ~~ in your bag? For example, the ~~ could be a monkey, an axe, Kocho-sensei. Students who come up with the best/most outrageous answers win a prize...
The where and why of apostrophes - Lesson  by: J. McCorquodale
Can we handle the apostrophes? For sure we can... But quite a number of english speaking individuals do not seem to know how, as can be seen by the number of errors in shop signs and advertisements...
Jeopardy - Short Lesson  by: jin
This English game for high school students, based on the classic television show Jeopardy, helps them practice both listening and speaking. It's great for large or small classes, and dividing the..
ESL Classroom Activities for Any Level - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
For any new unit you start in your ESL class there will most likely be a group of words that students must memorize. This is an activity to get students out of their desks to practice the meaning of..
How to Use English ESL Worksheets  by: Lane Cummings
Teachers use worksheets in the ESL classroom primarily as a tool for teaching grammar. After you present a new grammatical form to the class, worksheets can directly test students' comprehension of..
Make Your Next Grammar Lesson Off the Hook!  by: Sean Lords
In my experiences teaching English abroad, I’ve found a couple of things to be true. One, nothing ever goes as planned. No matter how much you rehearse ahead of time, how much time and effort you..
YES/NO 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
One child thinks of an animal and the other children try to figure out what it is. The children take turns asking yes/no questions like, Do you have four legs? or Are you bigger than a dog? . If the..
Teaching English Grammar to Kids  by: Alexis Kunsak
Teaching children in a group is a balancing act between keeping everyone's attention and not letting the focus of the lesson disappear in the excitement. Teaching grammar is no different than..
Basic Level English Lesson Plan - Sports Theme?  by: answers.yahoo.com
Where can i get an English lesson plan about sports? I also need dialogue for conversation! Thanks.
Conversations For a Non-Native English Speaker - Part 2  by: Cashmere Lashkari
Some time back I had written an article on teaching first generation speakers of the English Language basic conversation skills. I had focused on areas that they will need to be comfortable speaking..
ESL Game - Voice disguise  by: kr
Title: Voice disguise Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students close their eyes and one student is chosen by the teacher. That student must say the..
simple classroom games like hangman or ispy, for a small class  by: answers.yahoo.com
Can anybody recommend
Fun Games for Children Training in Martial Arts  by: Eric Gehler
Keeping children interested in their Martial Arts training requires an element of fun and games. Traditionalists are usually only concerned with the discipline and structure of their training, but..
games for my class  by: answers.yahoo.com
hiya i have a class of 12 year olds, pne of 8 year olds and one of 6 year olds
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..
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..
Some Simple Math Games  by: Benetta Strydom
Mathematics has long been recognized for it's mental benefits. Working with numbers improves your concentration, memory, focus, problem solving skills, and general clarity of thought. To enjoy these..
ESL Game - 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..
ROLL THE BLOCKS - Short Lesson  by: re
Stick selected common nouns on the six sides of one block. On another block, stick verbs or pronouns, or articles. Each group has a set of these two blocks. Within a set time limit, they take turns..
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..
WORD INTO SENTENCE RACE - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is a team. Use words from the last few lessons and put them on cards. Give each row about 1 or 2 minutes. Show the first student of a row a card (e.g. write). That student has to say a..
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..
Kids' Art - Making Halloween Spider Webs  by: Anthony Vecchioni
Here's a Halloween art project to do with your toddler or preschooler. It's very easy and it looks great around the house. Here's what you need: -8.5" x 11" black construction paper -white tempera or..
How do I Teach English Effectively to Kids  by: Karen Farnen
You can help kids learn English as a second language by adapting your lessons to their needs and enthusiasm. Use language suited to their age level and topics that interest them. Incorporate..
English Pronunciation For The ESL Learner - Tips  by: Lynn Bo
What is an accent? An accent is the carryover of sounds from the speaker’s original language to the second language. When we are infants we literally have the ability to speak any language in the..
ESL Conversation Games  by: Jack Stone
In the English as a second language (ESL) classroom, conversation is one of the most difficult skills to teach. While students usually have no problem conversing in their first language, dialoguing..
ESL Game - Word chain  by: kr
Title: Word chain Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocabulary or sentence form Materials: None Procedure: The first student must say a vocabulary word or sentence such a “I played soccer.”..
ESL 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..
Fun Halloween Games  by: James Watts
Looking for Halloween games for your next haunted party? Well then, you've come to the right place. Here you will find fun Halloween games for ghouls, both young and old. Pumpkin Hunt Plan a prize..
Prepositions I - Quiz  by: jt
Prepositions I 13. ___ the meantime, you can prepare dinner. On In Answer-In 14. Have you decided ___ a name ___ the baby yet? on, for about, to Answer-on, for 15. Are you still working ___ your..
ESL Game - Food Chain Evolution  by: kr
Title: Food Chain Evolution Type: Active Game Target: Animals Materials: None Procedure: Brainstorm with the students to develop a food chain of 5-7 animals from smallest to biggest. Review the..
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..
Can anyone give me some help on a talk i have to give in my english lesson?  by: answers.yahoo.com
The talk has to be about 3 minutes and I have to talk about my work experience in a hotel, cooking (Catering Assistant) ANY HELP AT ALL WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!! Especially to help me with how I..
Tag Questions - quiz  by: jt
Decide what the correct tag question should be for each comment Luciano Pavarotti is a great singer, ___ ___? Answer-isn't he? It isn't very cold today, ___ ___? Answer-is it? Ms. Patton assigns a..
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..
Vocabulary Games for Students  by: Rebecca Bagwell
Difficulty: Easy Students enjoy being active learners in a classroom. Teachers can use vocabularygamesthatencourage active participation to increase students' vocabulary retention. Vocabulary games..
ESL 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..
GUESS THE COLUMN - Short Lesson  by: re
Students play in pairs. Each student has a sheet of paper with a grid on it. The columns are labelled A, B, C, D, etc. The row contain various possibilities and some repetitions. For example, one row..
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..
Word Play - Four Literary Games Even Kids Enjoy  by: Lynn Sager
I have tutored too many students who feel uncomfortable writing in their own language. By the fourth grade, they have stopped wanting to write anything because everything they write receives a grade...
How to Make a Marshmallow Santa  by: Carole Ellis
These cute little marshmallow Santas are a great kids activity for a Christmas party or a fun trimming to tie on presents for teachers and relatives from kids. They can be hung on the tree--out of..
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..
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..
How to Teach Kids ESL English  by: Susan Deschel
Many activities are effective in teaching ESL children English, as long as they match the level of knowledge the student already has with what he still needs to learn. By following some basics,..
Object Pronouns  by: jt
"Is she writing to Leonardo di Caprio?" "Yes, she is in love with ___!" a. her b. him c. his Answer-b "John is making a lot of noise!" "I'll ask ___ to be quiet." a. him b. it c. its Answer-a "Please..
ESL 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..
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..
The where and why of apostrophes - Lesson  by: J. McCorquodale
Can we handle the apostrophes? For sure we can... But quite a number of english speaking individuals do not seem to know how, as can be seen by the number of errors in shop signs and advertisements...
classroom-type activities for sixth grade (11-12 year old) students  by: answers.yahoo.com
Not homework-type assignments, please. I do have a curriculum to follow, but I want to know how to make things more interesting. I've written variations on games of Taboo and Trivial Pursuit, and I..
ESL 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..
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...
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..
Yoghurt and Vocabulary for Primary School - ESL lesson  by: Dave
I enjoy eating flavoured yoghurt - lots of it - and I also enjoy teaching primary school classes. I teach in China and I devised the following game when a class of primary school kids were suffering..
How to Use Word Processing for ESL  by: Kara Page
Computers and technology can be a great way for teachers to further aid English as a Second Language (ESL) students in the classroom and at home. Word processing programs such as Microsoft Word..
How to Teach ESL to Koreans  by: Lee-Ann Jacobson
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) requires a certain level of skill regardless of who your students are. Since Korean students are exposed mainly to English grammar and vocabulary in their..
How to Improve ESL Writing  by: Judith Willson
Writing is a skill that often appears to lag behind speaking fluency and reading comprehension in people learning English as a second or foreign language, especially if the English alphabet is..
Christmas Customs Around the World - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
December is well-known for Christmas but do you know how people in countries around the world celebrate it? Here are some customs from various parts of the world. Australia Greeting - Merry Christmas..
Change Places - Lesson  by: Pierre Gauvin
This activity is really going to create chaos but the learners will enjoy it immensely. First of all, a large playing area is needed. All the learners sit in a large circle, preferably in chairs and..
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..
Reading Comprehension Lessons For Primary-Elementary Students  by: Renee Goodrich
Reading comprehension lessons for primary/elementary students that you can do with any text. 1. Dictionary Meaning - Select a paragraph of a text and ask your students to circle the words that you..
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...
187 - Games and Activities for ESL Classes  by: Shaney Crawford
Collected by Shaney Crawford, Former Participant of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme (Fukushima) These games and activities have been collected from various sources: past issues of the..
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?..
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.
Teaching Ideas For the First Day of School  by: Tonia Lee
As teachers eye their empty classrooms the day before school starts where not a creature is stirring and hopefully not a mouse, teachers are filled with anticipation about what they will get for the..
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...
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..
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..
30 Kids Party Favors for Pennies - Tips  by: Patricia Jensen
Party favors needn't be costly, just a simple remembrance of the good time guests had at your child's party. Each of these party favors cost under $1 per guest, some only pennies apiece. Shop dollar..
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..
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 Make a Marshmallow Santa  by: Carole Ellis
These cute little marshmallow Santas are a great kids activity for a Christmas party or a fun trimming to tie on presents for teachers and relatives from kids. They can be hung on the tree--out of..
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..
5 Reasons to Use Popular Movies for English Language Teaching  by: Larry M. Lynch
As progressive professionals in our continual search for additional resources, approaches, techniques and methods for expanding our repertoire of English language teaching tools, often, we need not..
Environmental Science Lessons for Kids  by: David McGuffin
Teaching kids about environmental science lends several teaching topics, including water quality, air pollution, the food chain, the human impact on the environment, erosion, resource management,..
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,..
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..
ENGLISH LESSON  by: contributor
Dear Edward, My name’s Victoria and I’m your new e-pal. I’m 18 years old. I live in Lisbon with my family: my mum, my dad and my two brothers. She’s forty-two years old. He’s thirty-eight...
A Christmas and Chanukah Play - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
Learn about Christmas and Chanukah through this conversation between two friends. Narrator: Two friends, Greg and Charlie, meet at a park on a Saturday afternoon. Greg is carrying a basketball. Greg:..
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..
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.
Alphabet Soup - Short Lesson  by: jin
Alphabet Soup, a free online game provided by PBS Kids, features characters from the television show 'Between the Lions.' Users are provided a sample sentence with a missing word, and once the..
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..
Topics for ESL Speaking Class  by: Maggie McCormick
Speaking is often one of the most difficult aspects of learning English as a second language (ESL). For students of ESL, it is difficult to quickly explain thoughts and feelings in a new language. A..
Techniques for Teaching ESL Students  by: Cristel Wood
Developing good ESL teaching techniques will allow your students to learn more quickly, to speak more fluently, and will help you, the teacher, maintain an efficient classroom. In the past, ESL was..
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..
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..
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..
10 Handy Uses for Large Alphabet Letters in the Classroom  by: Renee Goodrich
It is easy to find large alphabet stencils on the internet. That's good news because they are really useful in the classroom. Here are ten easy ideas. 1. GAME MARKERS Students gather where the card..
ESL PowerPoint Games  by: Riccardo Giovanniello
Playing classroom games is a fun and engaging way to practice the fundamentals of the English language. The PowerPoint software from Microsoft provides a tool to help keep students interested in the..
How to Teach English to a Korean Child  by: Rossana Coscolluela
Teaching English to non-English speakers such as Koreans may seem like a challenging and difficult task. It requires a lot of patience, understanding and perseverance. If you are an ESL teacher, you..
Guide to Lesson Planning and a Sample Lesson Plan  by: Christopher S Lee
If you are in need of a sample lesson plan, the first thing to look at is to understand what makes a good lesson. To understand, here is a basic format for a lesson. Lesson Sample Teacher: School:..
"The Giving Tree" Lesson Ideas  by: Tom Ryan
First published in 1964, Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree" is a story about love, generosity and gratitude. This book, which follows the relationship between a boy and a tree, can be used in the..
English Class Activities for Beginners  by: Maggie McCormick
Starting English classes can be very difficult for beginners, so it's up to you to help them through it. By choosing activities that are easy to do using English that they know, students will build..
Preschool Lesson Plans - A Helpful Place to Go For Resources and Ideas  by: Melissa Brehaut
Preschool Lesson Plans are a great idea for any preschool educator or homeschooler of a preschooler. There are many free sites online to get many resources and I find these helpful as well. However I..
How do I Teach English Effectively to Kids  by: Karen Farnen
You can help kids learn English as a second language by adapting your lessons to their needs and enthusiasm. Use language suited to their age level and topics that interest them. Incorporate..
Interactive ESL Reading Exercises and Activities  by: Sarah Fardell
Using interactive exercises and games is a great way to teach reading in the ESL classroom. Reading is often the first thing students will master, and so it is important to get it right. For all of..
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..
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..
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,..
Body Language - ESL lesson  by: Brenda Townsend Hall
Body Language Introduction This lesson gives practice in using the present simple tense. Text Read the text below and check the meanings of any words you do not understand in a dictionary. When we..
ESL Relay Games  by: Victoria Weinblatt
Difficulty: Easy Relaygamesin the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom offer a welcome change toeveryday lessons. ESL relay games are ideal for a large class because everyone takes a turn and..
Teaching ESL to Children Using ESL Classroom Games  by: Stephen Stocker
There are times of the day when special activities such as ESL classroom games are very appropriate. Although the daily school timetable varies from country to country, it is usual for children aged..
How to 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 - Find your team  by: kr
Title: Find your team Type: Game Target: Any conversation Materials: mini cards Procedure: Each student gets a certain card on a theme. There should be at least 2 matching cards within the whole set...
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..
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..
READ AND RUN - Short Lesson  by: re
Practise sentence structure, question/answer drill and dialogue memorisation. Get students into pairs. Write on two separate sheets of paper, either questions on one and answers on another, all..
ESL game: 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..
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..
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..
What was the best assignment you ever had to complete in a high school English class?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I am trying to add some creative and fun assignments to my lesson plans. I teach English IV (British literature) to seniors, but I'm interested in activities from any high school English class. If I..
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..
German lesson with audio - ESL lesson  by: ESL Teachers Board
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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.
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..
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..
Lesson Ideas for ESL Students  by: Catherine Copeland
Studying English as a second language is not as basic as other classes might be. There are a lot of different aspects to learning a new language, especially one that is most likely to be used in..
Teaching Ideas For the First Day of School  by: Tonia Lee
As teachers eye their empty classrooms the day before school starts where not a creature is stirring and hopefully not a mouse, teachers are filled with anticipation about what they will get for the..
Task 2 IELTS practice essays - To what extent do you agree or disagree?  by: IELTS Edits
Task 2 IELTS practice essays To what extent do you agree or disagree? 1. Popular events like the World Cup for football and other international sporting occasions are essential in easing..
ESL GAMES: Blindfold Guessing Game & Blind Toss  by: Sabia
Blindfold Guessing Game: Blindfold one or two children. Give them each a few objects or things they now. Fruits are an obvious idea because one can come by them easily. They have to find a pair and..
Top 5 Christmas Movies  by: theroundup.co.uk
The nights are drawing in, there's the hint of snow on the air, if you listen closely then you might just hear the pitter pat of reindeer hooves! With that in mind, The Round Up is proud to present..
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..
Nutrition Lesson Plans & Crafts for Kids  by: Anne Kinsey
Nutrition lesson plans and crafts can help kids to learn about nutrition and learn to value taking care of their bodies. When they are growing up in a world where fast-food commercials are flashed..
Angry People: Poem Analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Another poem for analysis. Angry People Confronted with direct antipathy? This meeting was sad serindipity. Maybe you should run? This isn't much fun. Sip deep from the cup of tranquili-tea. Dec...
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...
Ice Breaker Games for Adult ESL Students  by: Dan Chruscinski
Start your English as a Second Language (ESL) class for adults off with an icebreaker to give students a chance to get to know their peers while also practicing English in a relaxed setting...
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..
Activities for the First Day of Class for Adult ESL Students  by: Amy Kestly
Adult ESL students are learning English for a variety of reasons. While some may need English for business purposes, others may want to learn a new language so that they can travel. With students'..
| ESL Game - The Spelling Race  by: Joe Tosczak
This ESL Game is one of my most popular games of all time! All of the students love to compete against one another to see who the best is... and this game always awards the best! This ESL Game is..
How To Play I Am Thinking Of A Person  by: Teresa Mills
Kid friendly vacations travel word games are great for keeping children occupied while traveling, but word games are also great for family fun while camping, hiking, or simply walking... "I am..
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 - Clap Attack  by: kr
Title: Clap Attack Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocabulary, song or chant Materials: None Procedure: Students stand in a circle with their hands overlapping, each students right hand is in..
Third-Grade ESL Games  by: Ashley Leary
It is always a challenge to meet student needs and have fun at the same time. Furthermore, with the diversifying student population, there is a need for new and creative ideas for learning. Students..
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..
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..
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..
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..
10 Lesson Ideas for Printable Alphabet Letters  by: Renee Goodrich
It is easy to find printable alphabet letters on the internet. You can use fun or fancy alphabet letter styles for a range of alphabet focused activities. Here are 10 classroom uses for printable..
ESL Games - W  by: jt
What's Missing? Scatter 8-10 flashcards face up on the table. Give the students a minute to look at them, then have them close their eyes and take away one flashcard. Tell the students to open their..
Game: Piñata - Short Lesson  by: sam
Using a Piñata Traditionally, the piñata game is played as the highlight of a party – at both children's and adult's parties. It is often used to replace more traditional games such as Pin the..
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..
Tag Questions - With Be - quiz  by: jt
Match the tag questions on the right with the sentence on the left. Write your choices in the boxes on the left. Click on the answer button to see if your answers are correct or let JavaScript check..
ESL Game - Harry Potter  by: kr
Title: Harry Potter Type: Active Game Target: “What are you doing?” verbs, commands Materials: None (or newspaper wands for fun) Procedure: 1/3 of the students get wands and become Voldemorts...
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..
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..
An ice breaker game with 15-18 years old - Short Lesson  by: trent
I was on a company training course and this was quite good. Each person draws a quick picture to reveal things about themselves, (does not have to be a picture can be anything) to give clues their..
ESL Writing Games  by: Jake Reed
Difficulty: Easy Teaching English as a second language can be a daunting challenge, even for experienced teachers.Writing can one of the more challenging aspects of learning the English language...
ESL Game - Mixed Up Words  by: Joe Tosczak
Living in Asia has been the most eye opening experience of my life. I have already had the chance to travel all over Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and China. Before I left I was just like everybody else.....
How To Play Seven Up (Video) - Short Lesson  by: yun
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Pick a Particle: In, On or Up  by: jt
We will have to put my mother ___ when she visits us. Answer-up Shall we go ___ with the game now? Answer-on Legal cases can drag ___ for ever. Answer-on First you need to fill ___ the form...
classroom game (4) - Short Lesson  by: sam
Split the class into two teams, divid the the white board or chalk board into 2 groups. then you put to people up at the board from each team and ask them a question. who ever writes the answer..
Free Online Trivia Game Questions and Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: Infants have more or less number of bones than adults? Answer: More Trivia Teaser: A baby's body has about 300 bones at birth. These eventually fuse, or grow together, to form the 206 bones..
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,..
Fun Kids Games To Keep Your Preschooler Busy And Happy!  by: Yogi Shinde
When its dull and raining and kids are having a bored and lazy afternoon, fun kids games like these can be just what you need to lighten up the afternoon. 1. Lets begin with the kids favourite toy -..
Creative Approach to Authentic Materials in ESL - Introduction - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
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How to Make an Easy ESL Conversation Game  by: Collaborator
Teaching English as a second language can be fulfilling and challenging. One way to add some fun into the mix is playing a card game that can be tailored to suit whatever level you're teaching, from..
Harry Potter Makes Lesson Plans Exciting  by: Valerie Giles
With magic and mystery inspired by the Harry Potter stories, many ideas for teaching strategies and lesson plans come to mind. You can let your imagination run wild. Science lessons plans..
How to Teach English to Kids with Introduction Games  by: Sara Rajan
Believe it or not, it is much easier to teach children a second language than it is to teach adults. Not only is it easier learning a language during childhood, but it may also benefit a child's..
Reading Goals for First Graders - Tips  by: Celia Webb
The reading goals for each grade level guide the teacher's efforts as they work with your child. If you know what those goals are, you can supplement the in-class instruction with home activities to..
Fun Halloween Games  by: James Watts
Looking for Halloween games for your next haunted party? Well then, you've come to the right place. Here you will find fun Halloween games for ghouls, both young and old. Pumpkin Hunt Plan a prize..
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;..
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 Strategies for Teaching Multilevel Classes  by: Judith Willson
Teaching students with a range of language abilities can be a challenge. If you teach at a lower level, more advanced students may become frustrated and bored without learning anything new. If you..
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..
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..
How to Write a Sample Checklist for ESL Students  by: Deronte Smith
Checklists can be a great tool in the field of education, and particularly important in keeping students on track and focused; however, when doing so for English as a Second Language (ESL) students..
Grammar Questions for ESL  by: Nicole Schmoll
Learning English as a second language (ESL) can be challenging and time consuming. Learning the grammar of the English language, particularly if your first language is not a derivative of Latin, such..
English Grammar & Punctuation Lessons  by: Barbie Carpenter
Proper grammar and punctuation is the mark of a strong writer. Students need to learn grammar early in their education, and teachers should reinforce basic grammar concepts year after year. The best..
How to Develop a Lesson Plan for ESL Children  by: Shaunta Alburger
An English as a Second Language (ESL) lesson plan is the same as any lesson plan. It provides a guideline for a day's study or for a longer, more complicated lesson that helps the teacher stay on..
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..
Games for Spoken English Beginners  by: Contributor
Students can learn English by playing games, says Caty Buck, who is a special education and ESL teacher in Burnsville, MN. There are several different games that she suggests to teach students how to..
How to Use Word Processing for ESL  by: Kara Page
Computers and technology can be a great way for teachers to further aid English as a Second Language (ESL) students in the classroom and at home. Word processing programs such as Microsoft Word..
ESL Problem Solving Games  by: Abby Slutsky
English as a Second language (ESL) students have the challenge of mastering a new language as they learn. Understanding and communicating in a foreign language can make it difficult for even a very..
Grammar Questions for ESL  by: Nicole Schmoll
Learning English as a second language (ESL) can be challenging and time consuming. Learning the grammar of the English language, particularly if your first language is not a derivative of Latin, such..
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..
Understand American Money - Lesson  by: ESL Free Lesson
Dear ESL Student, The American money system is logical and very easy to use. It is based on the dollar ($1.00), on which all cash and coins are dependent. There are 100 cents in a dollar. Coins are..
Fun Games & Activities for Teaching English in Junior High School  by: Marysia Walcerz
Bringing games into the classroom can be a great way to creatively engage students with their learning and have fun while taking a break from the usual classroom routine. Use games to work on new..
The Meatrix (internet movie) - Lesson  by: Captain Jay Bird
How to run this lesson: The Meatrix Level: Pre-Intermediate/ Intermediate Time: 30 ( depending on discussion) Materials Needed:A fast internet connections on student machines An interactive..
How to Teach English With Grammar Games  by: Carl Hose
English grammar rules are often confusing and difficult for students to grasp. Traditional teaching methods can be boring. An effective way to capture the attention of your students is by making a..
Simple Interactive ESL Games  by: Rebecca Bagwell
The best way to learn English is in natural everyday settings. However, many times the classroom setting can get in the way of that. Students put their "English cap" on when they enter the classroom,..
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..
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..
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..
ESL Game - Copy cat  by: kr
Title: Copy cat Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students say a vocabulary word and do an action to go with it. The student beside them must copy exactly the action and..
Fun Games & Activities for Teaching English in Junior High School  by: Marysia Walcerz
Bringing games into the classroom can be a great way to creatively engage students with their learning and have fun while taking a break from the usual classroom routine. Use games to work on new..
INTERVIEW 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
JTE and ALT dress up and act out a TV interview. Students must listen and take notes. Quiz at the end.
English Alphabet Games  by: Bridget Galbreath
Difficulty: Easy If you are an educator, teaching the alphabet in a fun and engaging way can ensure greater comprehension. One way to do this is throughgames. Children are more likely to retain..
Pumpkin teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
At this time of year, try using a REAL pumpkin when making your pies, bread, etc. Why? 1. Children will see what the inside of a pumpkin really looks like. Have them use adjectives to describe what..
ESL GAME: ABC Circle Game  by: Sabia
The children sit in a circle and each of them holds letter flash card, play music while your kids pass the letters round. It they find it difficult to coordinate receiving and passing the cards..
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..
Lesson: Camping trip gear  by: teach
Ask you class: Which items they need for a camping trip, write all the items they tell you. Shelter Cooking Clothes Personal Miscellaneous First aid kit
Lesson 8 - Delicious Pie  by: jt
The Story We were two Australian student nurses training at an English hospital. During visiting hours, we would take a break in the ward kitchen and often a kindly visitor would slip us a cake or..
Halloween Fun  by: Bridgitte Williams
Halloween should be an exciting and fun time. Here are some ways to enjoy it even more. 1. Plan a Halloween party at your house. Party plans could include these things. Get some good DVDs to show to..
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...
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..
Jeopardy - Short Lesson  by: jin
This English game for high school students, based on the classic television show Jeopardy, helps them practice both listening and speaking. It's great for large or small classes, and dividing the..
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..
ESL GAME: Preposition Race & Pronunciation Game  by: Sabia
Preposition Race: Give each child a toy. Then run around the room with the kids and say: put your toys on the table put them under the table put them behind the chair put them in the box……. ..
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..
ESL Game - Voice disguise  by: kr
Title: Voice disguise Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students close their eyes and one student is chosen by the teacher. That student must say the..
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...
2nd Grade Science Lesson Plans  by: Jennifer Zimmerman
Second graders love to learn about science. They are at an age when they can complete tasks and read directions independently, but they still have a lot of enthusiasm for learning. They love to learn..
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..
Halloween Howler (Questions)  by: Deanna Mascle
1. What rock star worked as a gravedigger before starting his musical career? A. Roy Orbison B. Billy Joel C. Mick Jaggar D. Rod Stewart 1. What famous rock star worked as a gravedigger before..
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..
Lessons on Sharing and Respect  by: Rita Webb
Children are miniature adults. They are people with their own feelings, their own personalities, and their own preferences. So the question begs to be asked: How would you feel if the governing..
GRAMMAR GAMBLE 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a list of sentence pairs. The sentences can be either correct or incorrect (grammatically). Students get into teams. Give each team voting cards. XX means both sentences are wrong. OO means both..
14 Classroom Management Tips for Substitute Teachers  by: Jason Castellucci
Classroom management was the biggest challenge I faced as a substitute teacher. Walking into a class for the first time, I was clueless about the absent teacher's classroom procedures and..
Game: 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..
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..
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..
Hand Games for Kids Big and Small - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Timothy Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Over the years I have seen and invented several hand games that engage children. I would not call these lessons but they open a type of dialogue with children who speak very little English. Here are..
CONCENTRATION 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Chant Concentration, concentration now begins! . Select a category. Students must say a member of that category within a time limit (usually within four handclaps).
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..
Lesson Plan Sample for Teaching English  by: Ethan Pendleton
Standing in front of a classroom full of eager students can be nerve wracking. The best way to reduce your stress is to make sure you've painstakingly planned the class ahead of time. Creating a..
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..
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..
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..
Increase the Attention Span of Boys With These Tips  by: Michelle Caskey
As a general rule, the attention span of boys tends to be shorter than that of girls. Obviously this varies with each child. There are more boys who suffer from ADHD. And even boys who have wonderful..
Teaching English to Kinesthetic Learners  by: Erin Schreiner
While some students can learn effectively through quiet study, others gain the most information through active learning activities. If you are charged with the task of teaching English to a..
Valentine's Day Quiz  by: jt
Valentine's Day ___ on February 14th. a. celebrates b. had celebrated c. is celebrated d. celebrated Answerc Cupid is the most famous ___ of Valentine. a. symbol b. sign c. motif d. hint Answera It's..
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...
KARUTA 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Spread some flashcards on the table or floor. The children put their hands on their heads. When you call out a card, they try to touch or slap their hands on it. The successful child says what the..
Game: Tag (2) - Short Lesson  by: sam
Tag is one of the oldest and most exciting outdoor games for children. An added benefit of playing tag is the level of physical activity – it is a great source of exercise! While there are many..
Toddler Christmas Science Activities  by: Andra Land
Preschool and home-school teachers of toddler-age children find that time moves rapidly during the busy month of December. For many people, Christmas is the focus of the month. Capture the excitement..
How to Teach English Pronunciation Using Phonemes and Games  by: Shelley Vernon
Proper pronunciation is often overlooked in the language teaching field. English textbooks and instruction manuals barely touch on the subject. Yet proper pronunciation is a major part of learning..
Kinesthetic Learning - Use Kinesthetic Learning Activities to Improve Comprehension  by: Adam Waxler
Did you know that while many students are visual learners and many others are auditory learners, most students actually prefer a combination of visual, auditory, AND kinesthetic learning. So what is..
Five Strategies for Vocabulary Building  by: Ho-Diep Dinh
Teaching vocabulary has come a long way from the traditional looking up lists of vocabulary words in the dictionary, copying the definitions and using the words in sentences. Building an extensive..
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..
How to Develop a Lesson Plan for ESL Children  by: Shaunta Alburger
An English as a Second Language (ESL) lesson plan is the same as any lesson plan. It provides a guideline for a day's study or for a longer, more complicated lesson that helps the teacher stay on..
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..
Game: Getting the Last Word - Short Lesson  by: sam
This game requires patience and subtlety. The first player makes a statement, the second player must disagree by saying 'No it isn't' or words to that affect. The first player says 'Yes it is' and..
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.
Teachers - Five Great Games and Activities For You to Get to Know Your Students  by: Honey Krumholz
Now that the new school year is fast approaching, it's important that teachers get to know their new students, students get to know their teacher and students get to know each other. During my 30..
Theme Ideas for Christmas  by: Dawn Sutton
Christmas themes provide you with a cornucopia of decoration and activity ideas, whether you are planning decorating your home, teaching Christmas-themed lesson plans to a class or selecting..
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,..
Sweet-Face Oxen: Child's Poem - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: ROBIN DAY B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Sweet-Face Oxen I'd love to ride a cow or ox, to scratch its ear, to walk and talk. They are such kindly beasts you know, to bear us forth to reap or sow. I'd lay or sit or sing or play upon my..
The Yes/No Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
One of the basic forms of this game is to choose absolutely anything and allow the target individual to ask questions with a possible Yes/No answer. The game is played with one player as the victim..
TEFL and Baking, A Fine Mix! - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL and baking – a fine mix! One of the things we like to do for our students, who stay with us for total immersion in the English Language (the best way to learn), is bake our own bread...
NUMBERS CHAIN - Short Lesson  by: re
Assign every student a number. One student starts by saying her number and then says another number. For example, Three Twenty-seven . The Twenty-seven refers to one of the other students in the..
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..
Classroom game: uno card game. How to play - Lesson  by: ye
The deck consists of cards of 4 colors: red, green, blue, and yellow. The ranks in each color are 0-9. There are 3 "action" cards in each color, labeled "skip", "draw two", and "reverse". There are..
BROKEN TELEPHONE - Short Lesson  by: re
Someone whispers something to a student. Message must travel through the class. Last person says what s/he hears.
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..
Second Grade Technology Lesson Plans  by: Collaborator
Technology is important even as early as elementary school. Use technology-oriented lesson plans with your second graders to get them interested in technology and to give them an idea of what the..
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..
President's Day Activities For The New Year  by: Darren W Chow
Presidents Day is the day that the nation honors the men who have held the highest honor in the land. With 43 past Presidents over more than 300 years of being a country, the United States has had..
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..
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..
How to Use Short Grammar Games to Teach English  by: Karen Hollowell
Grammar is one of those subjects that is essential, but not exactly exciting to learn. Students have to remember lots of mechanics and usage rules and learn to diagram sentences. Teachers usually use..
Symmetry in Letters and Numbers, Puzzles  by: Robin T. Day BSc MSc BEd
Revised edition Here are some exercises/puzzles for ESL kids to learn the following science/math/geometry ideas. You will not be able to do all 7 puzzles in one 50 min. class. Introduce the following..
How to Plan an ESL lesson  by: Contributor
Whether you teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults or children, this foolproof lesson plan template will work for you. It will also work no matter the country you're teaching in, be it..
Team Building Activities for Kids in the Classroom - Games, Activities, and Ideas for Classroom  by: Takuya Hikichi
"Guide" (also known as Blind Obstacle Course) is played in small groups of 4 to 7 people. One child from each group is designated to be blindfolded and guided through an obstacle course by the rest..
Hand-Piano Song Game - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
ESL game that also includes: Potato Song, Peas Pudding Song, Fish Song, Little Piggy Song, Teddy Bear Song, 1, 2 Buckle My Shoe Song, Crazy Song and Shadows (adjust to all ages) Have the children..
Ideas for Working With ESL Students  by: Leyla Norman
Teaching English as a second language to adult students or incorporating younger English language learners into a mainstream classroom can be challenging. Working with ESL students in any capacity..
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,..
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CLASSMATES - Short Lesson  by: yi
Materials: two rolls of toilet paper (perforated, so it's easy to tear) 1.Have all the students sit at their desk, without talking. 2.Take out two rolls of TP and tell the students to "Take as much..
Finding More English Pronunciation Tips on YouTube!  by: Eric Roth, www.compellingconversations.com
Finding More English Pronunciation Tips on YouTube! Student Name: Class: Teacher: Date: Find a quality YouTube videoclip that provides a tip on English pronunciation that you would like to share with..
ESL Game - Wheel of Fortune  by: kr
Title: Wheel of Fortune Type: Game Target: Any vocab, sentences, and conversation patterns Materials: Wheel to spin Procedure: Put a hangman sentence/word on the board in blanks. Divide the class..
STORE - Short Lesson  by: re
Open a pretend store in the classroom. If it is a restaurant, let the students place the orders etc.
Preschool Alphabet Crafts - 40 Ways To Make Letters (Art)  by: Renee Goodrich
Preschoolers can make temporary letters. Take a photo of these if you can. They can also make permanent letters which can be glued on to card. If the medium is heavier than paper use craft glue. Here..
Possessive Pronouns quiz  by: jt
Possessive Pronouns It belongs to me, it's ___ Answer-mine It belongs to my father, it's ___ Answer-his It belongs to her, it's ___ Answer-hers It belongs to Mr. and Mrs. Smith, it's ___..
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..
INSTRUCTIONS - Short Lesson  by: re
One person stands at the blackboard with their back to the class. The other students can see a picture. The other students give instructions to the person at the blackboard. Compare the picture with..
Art Lessons for Christmas Around the World  by: Lauren Vork
The tradition of celebrating Christmas is one that has spread across the globe over the centuries, reaching many different continents and countries. Each culture that celebrates Christmas has its own..
Interactive ESL Reading Exercises and Activities  by: Sarah Fardell
Using interactive exercises and games is a great way to teach reading in the ESL classroom. Reading is often the first thing students will master, and so it is important to get it right. For all of..
Talka Lot - Lesson Test: Learning English  by: lp
A)Sentence stress: write the content words from two starting sentences in the correct order (1, 2, 3, etc.): i) three start next unit week ii) exam move up Ali five speaking passes level B)Write the..
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..
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..
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..
SPELLING GAME 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is given all of the letters of the alphabet on cards. Teacher calls out a word (no double letters) and the students race to spell it. Can also be used with words and sentences.
What Are Halloween Balloon Games?  by: Melinda Clark
If you're looking for Halloween activities beyond costumes and haunted houses, Halloween balloon games are similar to birthday party games but with a twist of balloons. Play these games at parties..
ESL Game - Circle It!  by: kr
Title: Circle It! Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None (or picture cards) Procedure: Divide students into 2 teams. Write the vocab words on the board. 2 students from each team..
How to Plan a No-Materials ESL Lessons  by: Writer
There are many reasons why you may plan a no-materials ESL lesson. You may have been called in to substitute for another teacher just 20 minutes before the lesson, you may need a change of pace to..
Inspirational Humorous Christmas Stories  by: Kate Taylor
Christmas time is often a time when families gather together for some great food, good company and funny stories that truly bring out the real meaning of Christmas. If you are interested in finding..
ESL Teaching Activities  by: Joel Barnard
A good teacher of English as a second language (ESL) uses a variety of different activities within each lesson. This maintains students' interest in the class and helps cater to different learning..
Lesson Plans  by: James Baker
Many people who have been teaching TEFL for awhile get tired of writing lesson plans. The benefit of writing them once is, you will not have to do them again. Make sure you always keep a copy of the..
ESL Game - Ball throw  by: kr
Title: Ball throw Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary or sentence patter Materials: Ball Procedure: Throw the ball to a student. The student catches it and says a word or sentence, for example,..
How To Play Seven Up (Video) - Short Lesson  by: yun
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ESL GROUP DYNAMICS - ESL lesson  by: FRANKLIN JOHNSON
ACTIVITY 1 : GETTING ACQUAINTED OBJECTIVES : To share something about self in a non-threatening way and learn from others. TIME LIMIT : 30 - 45 MINUTES PROCEDURES : A. 1. Form a circle of chairs...
ESL 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..
TOUCH AND POINT - Short Lesson  by: re
Call out an instruction, for example Touch this book . As you do so, touch or point to the object with the whole class until they get the idea. If there are not many objects which the children can..
Part 2 Dynamic English As a Foreign Language Learning Activities Your Learners Won't Refuse  by: Larry M. Lynch
More For Those Bored, Uninterested, Reluctant Foreign Language Learners As we said earlier, once again faced with the necessity of circumventing the problems of having bored, uninterested and..
Activities to Promote Fluency in Adult ESL Students  by: Erin Schreiner
Learning a language, particularly as an adult, can prove highly challenging. While youngsters' brains are still relatively malleable, by the time an individual reaches adulthood, acquiring new..
TEFL and Baking, A Fine Mix! - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL and baking – a fine mix! One of the things we like to do for our students, who stay with us for total immersion in the English Language (the best way to learn), is bake our own bread...
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..
20 questions, the secret pick - Short Lesson  by: jin
Line up objects in front of the children. Say, "One of these things is my secret thing! You can ask me questions, and I'll answer yes or no to help you figure out which thing is my secret thing."..
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 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,..
How to Make Kids More Likeable? - Tips  by: Judy H. Wright (educator)
Nothing touches the heartstrings of a parent more than the plaintive cry “nobody likes me" or ”I don’t have any friends.” We wish there were something we could do to insure our child will be,..
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..
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..
First Grade Reading Comprehension - Three Ways to Help Your Students Create Meaning  by: Renee Goodrich
First Graders need to do things with a text to create meaning. They need to play with it, pull it apart, and connect it with their reality. Try these activities with your class. 1. Create a picture..
ESL Vocabulary Activities for the 6th Grade  by: Amy Kestly
Learning new vocabulary words is an essential task for ESL students. While new vocabulary creates opportunities for writing and speaking, the words are often difficult to remember. Hearing and..
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...
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 Interactive Grammar Exercises  by: Kara Page
Although there is a place for rote memorization of grammar rules in the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom, more interactive exercises will engage students and encourage them to be more..
How to Teach 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..
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..
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..
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..
Write a Lesson Plan for Teaching English As a Foreign Language to Kids  by: Wendy Rose Gould
Many countries from across the world place a strong emphasis on learning English. This begins at a young age and continues even through college. Teaching the language to children is a great..
Sunday School w/ toddlers?  by: answers.yahoo.com
Next week is our "step up Sunday" at church and all the teens teach the Sunday school classes. I am teaching the 0-2 class. There are not many in this class. They are mostly around the age of 2. They..
ESL GAME: ABC Circle Game  by: Sabia
The children sit in a circle and each of them holds letter flash card, play music while your kids pass the letters round. It they find it difficult to coordinate receiving and passing the cards..
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..
ESL Basic Lessons  by: John London
Learning English as a second language is an exciting challenge. Before you begin, consider why you want to learn the English language: Do you need it for work, travel or because you've just moved..
KENDO - Short Lesson  by: re
Review the names of the parts of the body. Get a student to draw pictures of people with all of the parts studied. Using wrapping paper rolls, students must hit the drawing on the spot that you call..
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..
ESL Worksheets & Games  by: River Lin
Worksheets and games are standard procedure for many ESL classrooms. As students learn English as a second language, they begin to process not only the mechanics of grammar, but also the nuances of..
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..
Using Roll Paper For Preschool Projects  by: Eric Kampel
Maybe you are a teacher planning projects for your class. Perhaps you are a pre school or daycare director and need to make sure the students have plenty of opportunity to learn, socialize, learn..
READING WORDS GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Two teams play against each other. Each team lines up in front of one of the teachers. The teams not in play should sit and watch the game being played. Each teacher holds ten cards. One of the..
English as a Second Language Teaching Tips  by: Celia Webb
ESL students often develop sticking points or plateaus in learning English. To work past the difficult phases, teachers can try these classroom tested techniques which work with all age groups. Do..
Activities and Games That Help Teach ESL  by: Jim Radenhausen
Whatever language someone speaks fluently, they naturally think it should be the easiest for others to learn. English is no different, though many believe that it is the hardest language to learn for..
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..
ESL Games - J  by: jt
Jeopardy Make a jeopardy grid on the white board as follows: Jeopardy Fruit Sports Animals Body 10 _______ _______ _______ _______ 20 _______ _______ _______ _______ 30 _______ _______ _______..
ROW RACE 3 - Short Lesson  by: re
All students remain seated. Place five picture cards (use any nouns covered so far) on the desk of the first student in each row. The first student picks up a card and asks a question about the card...
Correct or Incorrect use of preposition?  by: jt
correct (c) or incorrect (i). She's a very selfish person who doesn't show any consideration for others. Answer-c On our school the teachers' basic hourly rate was increased by 5%. Answer-i (in,by)..
Simple Past or Past Continuous - A Dialog - quiz  by: jt
Fill in the blanks with the simple past or past continuous form of the verbs. Then click on the answer button to see the correct answers. A: Hi, Mary. I ___ (see/neg.) Answerdidn't see you at school..
some classroom games appropriate and fun for college students  by: answers.yahoo.com
I have to lead a discussion among college students. After I present all the information I would like to play a game with them to review the info and to encourage interaction. Any ideas? If it's any..
Ten Ways to Use Local Resources in ESL Teaching  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
Without question, the ever-increasing number of textbooks and CDs available to teachers of ESL (English as a Second Language) is a valuable resource. The Internet is yet another resource with a..
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..
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..
Icebreaker Games for ESL  by: Alexandra Wright
English as a Second Language (ESL) students, especially beginner speakers, are often uncomfortable communicating in the language that they are learning. Facilitating opportunities for students to..
ESL GAME: “Do that" & "Don’t do that” Game  by: Sabia
Grant each child 5 points before you begin Have the kids do your simple commands: sit down jump etc and then say don’t jump (don’t change your in tonation). If some of them do jump, chase them..
Game: World's Worst - Short Lesson  by: sam
The premise of this game is that the four people are given categories of world's worst something or other and they all give examples of something in that category, for example, famous messages that..
Word Search Puzzles: The Perfect Game For Your New Reader's Party  by: Gail Leino
Is your new reader having a party? Why not incorporate word search puzzles and games into the theme, and entertain the new readers as they learn? Once a child begins to read, they naturally look for..
Tools for ESL Conversation Class for Beginners  by: Maggie Gebremichael
ESL conversational classes should help beginner students gain speaking confidence and improve their English comprehension. Essential tools include creativity with lesson planning and audio speakers..
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..
The Hero's Journey And Casablanca: Teaching The Monomyth  by: James Frieden
Casablanca has it all: moving love story; stunning artistry; and captivating characters. It's a classic film that millions watch again and again. However, did you know that Casablanca was also an..
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..
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..
How to Make an Easy ESL Conversation Game  by: Collaborator
Teaching English as a second language can be fulfilling and challenging. One way to add some fun into the mix is playing a card game that can be tailored to suit whatever level you're teaching, from..
ESL Games - I  by: jt
I Spy The teacher says "I spy with my little eye something beginning with G". Students try to guess the object (E.g. garbage can). Use classroom objects and with younger students use colors rather..
Sketch and Hint Game (whole language) - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed
I start using this game with very young children, phonics level, but it works best with 10+ children. Kids learn a few nouns and short sentences with the appropriate body language. It may not be..
ESL Games - B  by: jt
The Ball Throw the ball to a student and ask that student a question. The student answers and throws the ball to another student asking the same question. E.g. "Can you...?", "Yes, I can. / No, I..
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..
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!
Game Gingerbread Man Hunt  by: ws
The teacher would cut out or make a gingerbread man with paper. and hide it somewhere in the school. and we went to each class asking them if they'd seen a gingerbread man walking around anywhere...
| English Teaching Materials - The Right Materials Will Guarantee ESL Classroom Success!  by: Karlee Demierre
Teaching English as a second language can seem daunting, but it's not really if you follow the simple logic of: what would a kid like most. Chose your English teaching materials keeping this in mind..
FRUIT BASKET - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a big circle with chairs. Write 4 or 5 fruits on the blackboard. Practise pronunciation then give each student the name of a fruit. The teacher calls out a name (e.g. apple). All the apples must..
English Alphabet Games  by: Bridget Galbreath
Difficulty: Easy If you are an educator, teaching the alphabet in a fun and engaging way can ensure greater comprehension. One way to do this is throughgames. Children are more likely to retain..
Examining Crime and Punishment  by: Eric Roth, www.compellingconversations.com
Examining Crime and Punishment Student Name: Class: Teacher: Date: Crime stories fill the media. Some look at particular crimes, and others examine crime from more of a "big picture" perspective...
Alphabet Treasure Hunt For Your Preschool and Kindergarten Group  by: Narcissa Summerfield
Struggling with your class recognizing the alphabet? You are not alone. Teachers everywhere must accommodate many forms of learning to reach every student. Although the following suggestions are not..
| 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..
Adapting a Science lesson to ESL - Lesson  by: Fabiano Franklin and Yara Araujo
Adapting a Science Project to ESL Students One of the main difficulties that ESL students face in the regular classrooms is understanding the normal content-focused language in order to perform..
MEMORY GAME 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is a team. Select a grammar point to practise. The first student in each row must make a sentence using this grammar point and a topic (e.g. I like and food ). The first student might say, I..
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..
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..
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..
English Lesson Plans For Lazy Teachers  by: Alexander Golishev
The most amazing inventions were made because of human laziness. Think of the washing machine and the dish washer. They allow us to save so much time which we can spend on more interesting and useful..
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?..
New hangman game (over 450 words), including 48 terms from the Lord of the Rings movies - ESL lesson  by: ESL Teachers Board
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How to Make Pop Up Cards That Really Deliver  by: Scott Henderson
Pop ups are greeting cards that deliver a surprise. When you open the card, pieces inside move - they jump out at you, blossom into a 3-D construction, or move across the page. Pop ups have a long..
ESL Computer Games  by: Kara Page
Difficulty: Easy Playingcomputer games online is a popular pastime for many students, but it can be a way to studyEnglish too. A few websites offer free and fun English as a Second Language (ESL)..
How to Teach Medical Terminology to ESL Students  by: Kenrick Callwood
Teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) are often asked to teach terminology specific to a single subject. This may be for more advanced students who plan on conducting business in an..
WHAT ARE YOU DOING? - Short Lesson  by: re
This game is to be played in pairs. One person starts by saying an action: I m walking on stilts, what are you doing? The partner must then act out this action and at the same time, say another..
LEARNING TO DANCE - Activities  by: re
You need a large tarp or a large sheet of plastic, a tarp that you d take camping works best, and you d always have it for the day when there s 15 minutes left of the class and your teacher says OK,..
How To 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..
Preschool Education - What You Must Teach Your Preschooler  by: Deanna Mascle
Many members of my mother's generation did not even attend kindergarten. Many members of my generation did not even attend preschool. With my son's generation preschool has become a necessary part of..
Tips on Alphabet Learning  by: Hema Baahu
Here are a few suggestions you may consider in helping children learn to identify the letters of the alphabet: The alphabet song: This is perhaps the most basic, but is very useful. Do sing the..
ESL Quick Writing Activities  by: Michelle Langley
Writing is an important part of any English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum, but it can be challenging as students typically learn to listen, speak, read and then achieve writing fluency, in..
Crossword Puzzle: On the Board - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
I was surprised to discover that many ESL students in Korea have never done a crossword puzzle, especially the younger children. Some written languages do not lend themselves to this game/activity..
ESL Game - Angry Gorilla  by: kr
Title: Angry Gorilla Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: flashcards, angry gorilla cards Procedure: Have a pile of flashcards that you want to review. Mix in a few angry gorilla..
Disappearing Vowels - Short Lesson  by: jin
A game that involves matching, spelling and increasing vocabulary. Make up a list of vocabulary words in one column, and leave out the vowels in each of these words. In the opposite list, and in a..
An Old Favourite Revisited - ESL lesson  by: Dave
Hi, For Conversational English exercise, the game "Twenty Questions" is simple, fast and can be made as easy or as difficult as you choose. "Twenty Questions" has been around for a very long time and..
Getting ESL Students to Use Their English Outside of Class  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
Every time I begin a new class, I give my students a hand-out sheet with ideas to help improve their English outside of class. Most ESL students unfortunately seem to think their English is for use..
ESL GAME: Sound Game  by: Sabia
Make alphabet flashcards or short words with sounds under study and spread them on the floor. Print the necessary sounds in italics or use another color for them. For each sound under study, provide..
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..
ESL Kids Classroom Structure  by: Kyle
Hey everybody! I have been teaching ESL at a small school in China for just over 2 years. We teach two levels of students. Level 1 is kindergarten, and level 2 is primary school kids until the age of..
ESL Reading Lesson - Using Context for Reading Literacy  by: jt
The use of contextual clues can be one of the best ways to improve students' reading skills. Unfortunately, students often insist on understanding each word when reading. Realizing that a text can be..
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..
Culture Lesson for First Graders  by: Jody Zambrano
In every state's standards and objectives for first grade, there is a component to teach students about culture. Culture is a very broad term that can encompass everything from a people's form of..
Vocabulary Games - Short Lesson  by: jin
There are many options with vocabulary games. The most common form is the crossword puzzle. You can use the puzzle to help new English speakers figure out the meaning of words based on clues either..
Third Grade Christmas Lessons  by: April Fox
It can be hard to keep third-graders focused on learning during the festive Christmas season. It's hard to pay attention to schoolwork when thoughts of cookies, snow and presents under the tree are..
How to 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..
For ESL Learners - Five Tips to Help You Remember New English Vocabulary Words  by: Joan Pougiales
Learning new vocabulary is easy. Remembering new vocabulary is much more difficult. This is what my students tell me all the time. Experts who study memory say that we need to hear or see or use a..
POSITIVE-NEGATIVE - Short Lesson  by: re
RACE First student says I like X. I don t like Y. Next student says I like Y. I don t like Z. Go around the room. Time the whole class and race against the other classes, or time each row.
Phonics: A teaching method  by: Silven
Teaching Phonics simply means to teach of the relationship between sounds and their spellings. The aim of phonics lessons is to instruct students in common sound-spelling relationships so that they..
Let's Put the Fun Back Into Writing  by: Alma Hoffmann
Before leading a staff development workshop on writing at an elementary school, I asked the teachers at the school to complete a short survey for me. On the survey, one of the items asked teachers..
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..
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..
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;..
| 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..
Short Stories for Teachers  by: Steve
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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..
Reading Comprehension Lessons For Primary-Elementary Students  by: Renee Goodrich
Reading comprehension lessons for primary/elementary students that you can do with any text. 1. Dictionary Meaning - Select a paragraph of a text and ask your students to circle the words that you..
TEFL Techniques: International Words - Tips  by: Andrew Carter
When you sit down and think about it, or even stand around and think about it (!), English words have seeped into the vocabulary of millions of people, thanks, in the main part, to the genius of..
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..
Five Simple Spelling Rules - Tips  by: http://www.writing.com/
1. “I before E except after C” I was first introduced to this little chant in the first grade and it has served me well ever since. However, its simplicity is deceiving! Remember this is American..
Examples of Indefinite and Reflexive Pronouns  by: Elizabeth O'brien
Can you name some examples of indefinite and reflexive pronouns? Do you know what they are? Before we look at examples, let's have a little refresher. Pronouns Do you remember the eight parts of..
ESL Game - Ball throw  by: kr
Title: Ball throw Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary or sentence patter Materials: Ball Procedure: Throw the ball to a student. The student catches it and says a word or sentence, for example,..
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..
St. Patrick's Day teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Top o' the mornin' to ye! Do you have your green ready to wear? Whether or not you are Irish, this holiday is fun for all and presents the opportunity for a multi-cultural lesson. Here are some ideas..
How to Create an Attitude of Cooperation - Tips  by: Judy H. Wright
Having been a parent educator and a PBS consultant for Ready to Learn for many years, I have had the unique opportunity to work with Head Start families, Child Care Providers, and parents as well as..
Creating 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?..
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..
How Children Can Read Faster and Better - Tips  by: Alvin Poh Hee Kwang
For most children, it is easy to learn to read faster. Their reading rate is often a matter of habit. But to begin, you may need to help them change some of their existing habits. Here're some tips..
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..
Lesson that will teach kids the difference between wet and dry - Short Lesson  by: jt
We went through various items like sponges, toys, and even their hands. We showed that when the object is in liquid it is more slippery, and sometimes colder. To show dry we did the opposite.
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..
CONCENTRATION 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Chant Concentration, concentration now begins! . Select a category. Students must say a member of that category within a time limit (usually within four handclaps).
Games to Make & Play With Irregular Verbs  by: Michael Signal
Children will learn the concept of verb tense simply by hearing and using more speech as they grow and develop. Most children start out by generalizing the past tense rules they hear in some regular..
Curriculum/Teaching Objectives for ESL Conversation Classes  by: Dawn Sutton
English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors teach reading and writing in English; however, teaching effective communication skills is also an important objective. Teaching students to carry out..
Game for students. Tangle - Short Lesson  by: gh
Use one large group or multiple smaller groups. Groups form a circle, facing in, and reach across to join right hands with another person. Then they all join left hands with a different person. The..
WORD RACE - Short Lesson  by: re
First student from each row comes to the board. Teacher calls out a letter. Students must write down all the words they can think of that begin with that letter. Teacher calls time s up after about..
Common Errors in English (Words Mispronounced) - ESL lesson  by: MA.LOURDES EUFROCINA M. PALCUTO Ph.D
WORDS MISPRONOUNCED English does not have a perfectly regular system of spelling. Many words are wrongly pronounced because the spelling suggests a certain pronunciation which is not correct. The..
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,..
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..
Halloween Games for the Perfect Halloween Party!  by: Nicole O'Reilly
With Halloween fast approaching it's time to dust off those dirty and cobwebbed Halloween games for the kids. Depending on the style of party you are throwing you may be looking for Halloween crafts,..
The Story So Far Podcast- Episode 2  by: Kristen
The Eight Great Spelling Rules  by: Mark Pennington
Although the American-English spelling system has evolved from many sources, there are specific patterns that are well-worth learning. These spelling patterns, or spelling rules, all have exceptions;..
ESL Games for Very Young Learners  by: Patrice Lesco
English as a Second Language, or ESL, games for young learners provide a fun and informative method of learning English language skills. Role playing and puppet theatres are two games that strengthen..
The Story So Far- Episode 1 - podcast - Video  by: MagentaKristen
More stories at the: Short Stories for Teachers board
Lesson Plans for 5 to 10 year olds.?  by: answers.yahoo.com
Any teachers have any good tips, ideas on lesson planning, games, teaching methods etc. Bytheway on teaching English.
Primary Classroom Activities - CLT Fun Learning Experiences in Action  by: Larry Icabandi Nabiong
Communicative language teaching or C-L-T is one of the best ways of learning the language. What with the interactions by the pupils through varied activities, learning is both fun and meaningful...
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..
Vocab Test  by: jt
1. A person’s diet is what he eats and drinks, and it is highly important because both growth and health are ……………….. by it. 2.The harder a man works ,the more Calories he needs to..
Activities for Teaching English As a Foreign Language  by: Sophie Southern
Teaching English as a foreign language, commonly referred to as TEFL, can be a rewarding way to help people learn while traveling or learning about new cultures. Focusing on helping your students..
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..
Using Pictures to Teach Narrative Writing with Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Lesson  by: Trina Allen
Subject: Sixth Grade Language Arts – Segregation and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Time allotted: 90 minutes Organization: large group Objective: Students will demonstrate the understanding of the..
weather teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
With the beginning of Hurricane Season, the numerous tornadoes, and the devastating floods that areas in the US have been experiencing, this might be a good time to either learn about, or review, the..
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..
What was the best assignment you ever had to complete in a high school English class?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I am trying to add some creative and fun assignments to my lesson plans. I teach English IV (British literature) to seniors, but I'm interested in activities from any high school English class. If I..
INDIANA JONES GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Draw 2 cliffs, and a river with two crocodiles. Name the crocodiles after the teachers. Draw Team A on one cliff and Team B on the other. They want to cross the river. It s too far to jump (show..
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..
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..
LISTENING LESSON PLAN  by: jt
Time: 15 min Level:Intermediate Gender: female/male Materials: Pictures,Worksheets Interaction:Ss/Ss-T/Ss Anticipated Problems: Time management OBJECTIVES By the end of the lesson, 1) Students will..
How to Make a Poster in 60 Minutes - Design and Layout Tips  by: Jennifer Hogan
Are you someone who has had to make a poster, but wasn't sure where to start? Maybe you needed to make it for a school assignment, for a bake sale, for the science fair, for a baby shower or even for..
How to Give an English Class  by: Rachel Kolar
1 Review the standards for your district. The English class that you're teaching must meet those standards. If you are offering the class independently rather than as part of a school, check the..
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..
Improving Vocabulary in Three Easy Steps  by: Celia Webb
There are close to one million words in the English language. That's a lot of words! Too many words for even dictionaries to list (most dictionaries confine themselves to several hundred thousand..
How to Create a Grammar Lesson Plan for an Intermediate ESL Class  by: contributor
Intermediate-level learners of English as a second language need plenty of practice in basic grammar concepts, as well as an ongoing exposure to more advanced concepts. Here's how to present a..
Spot the difference game #2  by: yu
Spot the difference is a name given to a puzzle where two versions of an image are shown side by side, and the player has to find differences between them. Usually, the image on the left is the..
Listening - ESL lesson  by: franklin johnson erowe
Of the four language skills, listening has been sadly neglected. students develop a certain degree of proficiency in reading, writing and speaking but not in listening. Their listening comprehension..
ESL Relay Games  by: Victoria Weinblatt
Difficulty: Easy Relaygamesin the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom offer a welcome change toeveryday lessons. ESL relay games are ideal for a large class because everyone takes a turn and..
Learning & Teaching Styles in Foreign- & Second-Language Education  by: Betty Jean Steinshouer
Foreign language education involves a completely different teaching style from TESOL (Teaching English for Speakers of Other Language) or TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language). Likewise,..
ESL Game: Change Seats If  by: Joe Tosczak
This ESL Game is called, "Change Seat if..." And instead of always saying, "Change Seats if..." you could also say, "Switch Seats if," or "Trade seats if..." This ESL Game can be used as a warm up..
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..
The Living Rope  by: Kenny Kiskis
To demonstrate the impact the first 18 years has on the remainder of a person’s life, ClassroomProducts.com has developed the concept of “The Living Rope”. Children and young adults have..
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:..
WORD RACE - Short Lesson  by: re
First student from each row comes to the board. Teacher calls out a letter. Students must write down all the words they can think of that begin with that letter. Teacher calls time s up after about..
2 more Puzzle Poems. "It" and "He Always lies to Me" - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. MSc. B.Ed.
Here are two puzzle poems for ESL learners. I would give this work to 12 year olds if thay have dictionaries. #1 2 big white teeth A very long nose Huge ears Bigger than a car. Can you spell it?..
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..
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..
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 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..
Building Vocabulary - Five Ideas for Increasing Your Vocabulary  by: Celia Webb
Do you want to expand your vocabulary so you can more clearly express yourself? Large vocabularies are not only a sign of education; the use of unusual and precise words can help you describe your..
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..
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..
TEFL Techniques: The Weather Forecast - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL Techniques: The Weather Forecast The UK is blessed with ‘weather’ rather than ‘climate’ – i.e., like Forrest Gump’s famous Box of Chocolates, you never know what you’re going to..
DICTIONARY ADVICE - Short Lesson  by: re
Using one or more English dictionaries, present some common problems, such as: not enough money, relating to a difficult person, the future, etc. After the class picks a problem, you open the..
ESL Game - Food Chain Evolution  by: kr
Title: Food Chain Evolution Type: Active Game Target: Animals Materials: None Procedure: Brainstorm with the students to develop a food chain of 5-7 animals from smallest to biggest. Review the..
some classroom games appropriate and fun for college students  by: answers.yahoo.com
I have to lead a discussion among college students. After I present all the information I would like to play a game with them to review the info and to encourage interaction. Any ideas? If it's any..
ESL Resources and Games  by: River Lin
Because English as a Second Language (ESL) is taught and studied all over the world, sometimes in remote areas with limited resources, many teachers and students turn to the Internet for their ESL..
Help with and idea for game for English class!?  by: answers.yahoo.com
Here's my assignment Create a game for reviewing a unit of literature or grammar or for reviewing vocabulary or spelling words. ( Tradiotional Spelling bees off limits) You will play game with the..
ESL Games - M  by: jt
Magic Finger Print a letter of the alphabet on the board. Instruct the students to stand and face the board. Raise your 'magic finger' and trace the letter in the air. Be silly and use other parts of..
How to Adapt Textbook Activities in an ESL Class  by: Contributor
Not every textbook appeals to every ESL class. Some content may be too difficult or challenging. There also might be topics that are not particularly motivating for students. Adapting textbook..
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..
ESL Reading Activity for Classroom - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
To check for understanding, after reading a story or a passage in an ESL class, students usually answer the questions that the textbook provides. This is not a bad thing, since the questions usually..
ESL Tutoring Games  by: Danielle Herzog
Learning the various aspects of the English language can be fun for students when using games and creative activities. Tutors and educators can incorporate these ideas into their lesson plans to help..
How to Teach an ESL Lesson  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..
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...
Trivia Questions And Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
YOUR TRIVIA QUESTION: Everyone knows that leprechauns are Irish fairies, but do you know how to track one down? A. Follow the rainbow B. Follow the yellow brick road C. Follow the sound of his..
WHAT S THIS? - Short Lesson  by: re
Get an ordinary object, like a pen, and ask the students, What is this? The students will probably answer It s a pen. Then tell them that it s not, and mime what it really is. For example, pretend to..
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,..
games that kids can play in the classroom to help them remmember their class mates names  by: answers.yahoo.com
Games in classroom (teacher) to play with kids so that they can now all the childrens names in the class.
ESL Kids Game: Bowling - Short Lesson  by: Max Powles
Here is a game I stumbled upon on 'youtube'. check it out.
HIDDEN CARDS - Short Lesson  by: re
Hide vocabulary flash cards around the room (the game can also be played outside), making sure that they are all clearly in, on, or under something. Tell the children how many cards have been hidden...
Fun Stuff to Do With Seventh Graders During the First Week of School  by: Kevin Corbett
Icebreakers are activities used by teachers during the first week of class to get acquainted with students. Such activities can be particularly useful with lower secondary students like seventh..
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..
Hilarious Halloween Games: Fun And Frolics For All Hallows Eve  by: Nigel Patterson
If you're planning a Halloween party this year, a fun selection of Halloween games is a sure way to keep guests happy. And even if you just want something to keep the kids entertained after they've..
How to Write a Lesson Plan for Speaking English One-to-One  by: Sophie Southern
When you are teaching English as a foreign or second language, often referred to as EFL and ESL, you may come across situations where you need to give private classes to one client or student...
TEFL and Baking, A Fine Mix! - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL and baking – a fine mix! One of the things we like to do for our students, who stay with us for total immersion in the English Language (the best way to learn), is bake our own bread...
Grammar Activities and Games  by: Anne Clarke
Grammar activities and games make learning about grammar fun for students. And why shouldn’t learning be fun? Here are four grammar activities and games: Grammar Activities and Games – Tic Tac..
ESL GAMES: Guess what’s in the Bag & Give It Back Game  by: Sabia
Guess what’s in the Bag: Put an object in a bag. Have a pupil touch it. S/he has to guess correctly. Or describe the item to the group. Give It Back Game: Have Students stand in a line. Give them..
Vocab Test  by: jt
1. A person’s diet is what he eats and drinks, and it is highly important because both growth and health are ……………….. by it. 2.The harder a man works ,the more Calories he needs to..
Christmas Classroom Games - Give Your Favorite Games a Christmas Twist!  by: Teresa Evans
Christmas classroom games are a great way to bring the festive season into the classroom so that the students and the teacher can have some fun. Sometimes Christmas classroom games can be created..
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..
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..
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..
ESL Games - S  by: jt
Scrabble Write a selection of letters on the board. Explain to the students that they have to make up as many words as possible from the given letters. Model one or two examples on the board for..
How to Modify Preschool Lesson Plans for Children  by: Janet Beal
In a good classroom, the teacher makes the lesson plans, but the lesson plans do not "make" the teacher. Especially in preschool classrooms, teachers learn that each year's lesson plans must be..
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..
Encourage Genuine Fluency: Give Students a Chance to Ask and Answer Real Questions  by: Tim B Cornwall
Students need a role play in which answers are unknown to their conversation partner, regardless of how well they might know each other. The problem, however, is that a role play often takes too much..
Classroom Activities to Teach Preschool English  by: David Stewart
Teaching preschool English calls for a creative approach designed to hold attention. Between ages 2 and 4, children can grasp the concept of a letter by looking at it, tracing it and hearing it used..
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..
Elementary ESL Writing Activities  by: Rebecca Bagwell
English as a Second Language students benefit greatly from interactive writing activities. Writing provides ESL students a way to combine their speaking, listening and reading experiences into a..
classroom games, activities  by: answers.yahoo.com
such as hand game = trust paper game= picturnary From IloveMarmite: Classic..... I spy !! Classic..... I spy !! From lovelylexie: Buy The Gamester's Handbook from the Internet (dead ... Buy The..
What games can i play with my english class  by: answers.yahoo.com
they're kids like 8 to 11, and they re really basic, since they barely started studying english and their first language is spanish. i played games like hangman, and tic tac toe but i need more..
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 - Tug of War  by: kr
Title: Tug of War Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary, sentence forms, conversation, review Materials: Procedure: Divide students into 2 teams. Draw a rope on the board with a certain number of..
How to Teach History to ESL Students  by: Kara Page
As a history teacher, you may have one or more English as a Second Language (ESL) students in your class who have varying levels of proficiency in speaking English. While you should still conduct..
Five Strategies for Vocabulary Building  by: Ho-Diep Dinh
Teaching vocabulary has come a long way from the traditional looking up lists of vocabulary words in the dictionary, copying the definitions and using the words in sentences. Building an extensive..
Using English Videos And Music In EFL, ESL Classrooms - Tips  by: Kisito Futonge
a) Music: English songs can be used for a wide variety of ESL learning and teaching activities. They can start discussions on a topic or even become the centre of debate. This is especially true of..
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..
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..
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..
Reading Goals for Second Graders - Tips  by: Celia Webb
At the second grade level, readers are starting to become more able to work on their own. They are exploring the use of the written word and know where to find answers to questions they might have..
HOW MANY THINGS - Short Lesson  by: re
Students have to write down as many things as they can that fit the description you give. For example, How many things can you think of that are bigger than you? Other categories: are round, are long..
A Limerick: Sillyvizations - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day BSc MSc BEd
When sillyvizations collide (Invented word here, a pun.) one´s best to take it in stride. (In stride is an idiom.) There´s a lot of confusion and sometimes a fusion. (Fusion of what?) They come,..
ESL Game - 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..
Building Vocabulary - Five Ideas for Increasing Your Vocabulary  by: Celia Webb
Do you want to expand your vocabulary so you can more clearly express yourself? Large vocabularies are not only a sign of education; the use of unusual and precise words can help you describe your..
What did the teacher say? - quiz  by: jt
(Reported Speech) Mr. Smith: "Are you a student?" "What did Mr. Smith say?" Answer-"He asked if I was a student." Ms. Washington: "What is your name?" "What did Ms. Washington say?" Answer-"She asked..
ESL Teaching Activities  by: Joel Barnard
A good teacher of English as a second language (ESL) uses a variety of different activities within each lesson. This maintains students' interest in the class and helps cater to different learning..
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..
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..
Keep Your Cool - Tips  by: Judy H. Wright (educator)
Know your limits. Accept what you can’t change and let go of things out of your control. Ease your tension. Take a walk; listen to music, splash cold water on your face. Earn small rewards when you..
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..
How about a lesson about all the crazy stuff in English - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
-- such as the following: 1. Words such as "brought," "caramel," or "colonel" which have pronunciations that in no way resemble their spellings. 2. The insane number of confusing homonyms, such as..
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..
Ideas for Year 8 English lesson?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I'll be taking a Year 8 English lesson and need an idea for a one-off/cover lesson. Something interesting and fun, but where they will also LEARN. I've been told that I can choose absolutely anything..
What games can i play with my english class  by: answers.yahoo.com
they're kids like 8 to 11, and they re really basic, since they barely started studying english and their first language is spanish. i played games like hangman, and tic tac toe but i need more..
| 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..
French Language Lessons for Children (including Christmas in France)  by: Lisa Dorward
A good French lesson will be taught in French as much as possible, incorporate consistent material and encourage student participation through reading, writing and speaking. A great French lesson..
Sea Critters - English lesson  by: Simply ESL
Lesson 1: Shark and Fish Vocab Taught: shark, fish, dolphin, whale, crab Phonics taught: c-r-a-b Preparation: Flashcards Time: About an hour, depending on class size. Warmer - "Teacher Says" - 5-7..
ESL PowerPoint Games  by: Riccardo Giovanniello
Playing classroom games is a fun and engaging way to practice the fundamentals of the English language. The PowerPoint software from Microsoft provides a tool to help keep students interested in the..
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..
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,..
Reading Activity For Kindergarten  by: Mary Joyce
As a homeschooler one of the most important tasks for you to accomplish in your child at an early age is getting them interested in and developing good reading habits. At an early age learning to..
Preschool Alphabet Crafts - 40 Ways To Make Letters (Art)  by: Renee Goodrich
Preschoolers can make temporary letters. Take a photo of these if you can. They can also make permanent letters which can be glued on to card. If the medium is heavier than paper use craft glue. Here..
How to Encourage Kids to Read  by: Christine Gayle
In over twenty years as a teacher the number one question parents asked about most was How To Encourage Kids To Read. This is a problem that most parents face at one time or another. My advice to the..
Three Keys To Teaching Your Child (student) The Alphabet  by: Deanna Mascle
Learning the alphabet is a key part of your child's education especially when it comes to learning to read and write. It is important that children learn not only to recite the letters in order, but..
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..
Improving Comprehension With Closure Activities  by: Adam Waxler
One of the most important parts of the any lesson is the how it ends. Teachers need to have some type of closure activity at the end of each lesson if they are truly interested in improving..
I am teaching adults but i am not finished with my studies yet.how can i make them trust me as a teacher  by: answers.yahoo.com
too young for being a teacher
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..
Classroom Activities and Games  by: tim
The real me Young children will really enjoy this art project that reviews the structure I like... and food words. Have the students draw a picture of themselves showing the foods they like, e.g...
Family vacations teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
For many students, school is out for the summer and families are planning vacations. Whether you are going to a tourist attraction, visiting relatives out-of-town, or just staying home, children need..
HIDDEN CARDS - Short Lesson  by: re
Hide vocabulary flash cards around the room (the game can also be played outside), making sure that they are all clearly in, on, or under something. Tell the children how many cards have been hidden...
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.
FIZZ BUZZ - Short Lesson  by: re
The first student in a row starts counting with one , the next student says two , the next three , etc. The number seven is unlucky, so no one is allowed to say it. Whenever seven should be said,..
Fun activities to use in the social studies classroom  by: answers.yahoo.com
What are some activities (games, role play, simulation, small groups, etc.) that I could use either in an 8th grade history class regarding the American Revolution, or a high school class regarding..
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..
Lesson 2 - In Pajamas  by: jt
The Story Staying at a hotel in Yarmauth, I couldn't sleep because the television in the residents' lounge was so loud. As I could see from the top of the stairs, the lounge was in total darkness, so..
QUICKIE WORD GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Groups of students write down as many Christmas words as they can think of. Then, cross out words which the other groups have thought of. Group with the most words left wins. Other categories:..
ESL Game - Find your team  by: kr
Title: Find your team Type: Game Target: Any conversation Materials: mini cards Procedure: Each student gets a certain card on a theme. There should be at least 2 matching cards within the whole set...
St. Patrick's Day teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Top o' the mornin' to ye! Do you have your green ready to wear? Whether or not you are Irish, this holiday is fun for all and presents the opportunity for a multi-cultural lesson. Here are some ideas..
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..
April Fool's Day Activities Teaching Tips - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
April Fool's Day is quite an appropriate way to begin National Humor Month. Here is some background information plus a few activities for you to enjoy. Did you know that April Fool's Day began in..
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..
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..
How to Improve Reading for ESL Students  by: Sophie Southern
Teaching English as a second or foreign language can be fun and rewarding, but it can also be challenging -- especially when you are teaching students with a very low English level. Reading skills..
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..
NUMBERS 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Use flashcards to teach any group of numbers. Practise counting forwards, then backwards, then by 2s, or 4s, etc.
Physical Education Holiday Games  by: Lane Cummings
Difficulty: Easy There's no reason that physicaleducationcan't incorporate holiday-themed exercises and activities. Itfestively celebrates the season or the day, and shows kids that you can..
ESL PowerPoint Games  by: Riccardo Giovanniello
Playing classroom games is a fun and engaging way to practice the fundamentals of the English language. The PowerPoint software from Microsoft provides a tool to help keep students interested in the..
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..
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..
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..
Fun Halloween Games  by: James Watts
Looking for Halloween games for your next haunted party? Well then, you've come to the right place. Here you will find fun Halloween games for ghouls, both young and old. Pumpkin Hunt Plan a prize..
Guide to Lesson Planning and a Sample Lesson Plan  by: Christopher S Lee
If you are in need of a sample lesson plan, the first thing to look at is to understand what makes a good lesson. To understand, here is a basic format for a lesson. Lesson Sample Teacher: School:..
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..
FRUIT BASKET - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a big circle with chairs. Write 4 or 5 fruits on the blackboard. Practise pronunciation then give each student the name of a fruit. The teacher calls out a name (e.g. apple). All the apples must..
weather teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
With the beginning of Hurricane Season, the numerous tornadoes, and the devastating floods that areas in the US have been experiencing, this might be a good time to either learn about, or review, the..
Topics for ESL Speaking Class  by: Maggie McCormick
Speaking is often one of the most difficult aspects of learning English as a second language (ESL). For students of ESL, it is difficult to quickly explain thoughts and feelings in a new language. A..
How to Teach English Learners  by: Lee Millisaw
Teaching English to non-native speakers requires substantial preparation. Some beginning teachers may find it necessary to become certified and learn ESL teaching methods from professionals while..
Ideas for Teaching English Games  by: Karen Hollowell
Teaching English is challenging because the subject encompasses so many areas and skills. In a typical year, an English teacher covers grammar, punctuation, sentence construction, parts of speech and..
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.
7 Quick And Easy Halloween Decorations To Make For Your Classroom  by: Renee Goodrich
Here are seven Halloween decorations you and your students can make quickly and easily. In most cases all you will need is some paper, glue and felt pens or paint. 1. Ghosts! Draw a large ghost on a..
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,..
Using Pictures to Teach Narrative Writing with Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Lesson  by: Trina Allen
Subject: Sixth Grade Language Arts – Segregation and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Time allotted: 90 minutes Organization: large group Objective: Students will demonstrate the understanding of the..
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..
Blogging In The ESL Classroom - Tips  by: Eli McGeever
Blogs have become a BIG thing! It seems that everyone is using them. In this article we will look at four main ways that we can use Blogs for our ESL lessons. To maximize the effectiveness of using..
SPELLING GAME 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is a team. Give each row a whole alphabet on cards, so each student gets about 3 or 4 cards. Shout out a word which does not have the same letter in it. Students spell out the word by..
games for my class  by: answers.yahoo.com
hiya i have a class of 12 year olds, pne of 8 year olds and one of 6 year olds
Plan Your English Lesson  by: George Williams
It is not easy to plan a fresh and new class for your English students every week. Even though your teacher book gives you some great ideas not all of them are practical enough for your classroom...
ESL Games for Kids With Genki English  by: Jackie Stark
Instructors who teach English as a second language (ESL) have many options when it comes to programs to use in their classrooms. One of those options is Genki English, a popular system in Japan for..
How to Easily Remember Nouns and Verbs  by: Audrey Lucas
National standards for language arts require elementary students to recognize sentence structure and use it properly in written and spoken language. By recognizing parts of speech such as nouns and..
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..
Hilarious Halloween Games: Fun And Frolics For All Hallows Eve  by: Nigel Patterson
If you're planning a Halloween party this year, a fun selection of Halloween games is a sure way to keep guests happy. And even if you just want something to keep the kids entertained after they've..
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..
How to Make a Tree Out of Construction Paper  by: Karren Doll Tolliver
Kids can make a simple evergreen tree from construction paper and a few other inexpensive craft supplies. The tree will be three-dimensional and can be placed on shelves or tabletops. Children can..
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..
ESL GAME: Rhyming Pair Game  by: Sabia
Make a rhyming pairs set of cards with one word on each card. If you have young kids you can use pictures instead of words. Place the cards face down on the table. Students must take it in turns to..
Got Grammar Games? Try Diagramming Sentences  by: Elizabeth O'brien
Grammar games can add some needed zest to your English grammar instruction. Looking for a new game? Try diagramming sentences! Seriously, your students will think that it's fun. There are a few ways..
Question Formation - quiz  by: jt
Decide if the question is grammatically correct or incorrect. Who wrote the book "Of Mice and Men"? Correct Incorrect Answer-Correct: Who wrote the book "Of Mice and Men"? When they get married?..
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..
April Fool's Day Activities Teaching Tips - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
April Fool's Day is quite an appropriate way to begin National Humor Month. Here is some background information plus a few activities for you to enjoy. Did you know that April Fool's Day began in..
How to Teach ESL and Teach Your Students to Sell  by: braniac
I sell Melaleuca products to supplement my teaching income. One of my students sells Mary Kay products. I let her do a presentation in class as long as she spoke in English. I teach at a community..
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..
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..
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 Teach ESL to Koreans  by: Lee-Ann Jacobson
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) requires a certain level of skill regardless of who your students are. Since Korean students are exposed mainly to English grammar and vocabulary in their..
Reported Speech - quiz  by: jt
Mary "I love chocolate." Jill: "Mary said (that) she ___ chocolate." a. loved b. loves c. loving Answer-a Mary: "I went skiing." Jill: "Mary said (that) she ___ skiing." a. went b. had gone c. have..
ESL 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,..
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..
Christmas Theme Ideas for Language Arts  by: Mary Johnson-Gerard, Ph.D.
The study of language arts includes reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing or visual literacy. Developing language arts activities for students related to Christmas offers a special..
ESL 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..
How to Teach the Alphabet  by: Mark Pennington
The old "Alphabet Song" has proved to be a remarkable tool to assist learning the pronunciation and sequence of the English alphabet. The melody, written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, has certainly..
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..
Foreign language teachers........lesson ideas  by: answers.yahoo.com
For my Spanish III class we are reviewing descriptions (such as I'm tall, he's short, etc.) I am supposed to go over this for a whole hour. (I'm student teaching so I don't get a lot of say in it)..
The Use of Pictures in Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Tips  by: Andrew Carter
They say that a picture paints a thousand words. We think of the value of the family album: there’s Martin aged about one, when we were living in Stanley; there’s Mum about a thousand years ago..
Party Games to Spice Up a Celebration  by: Gail Leino
There are many types of party games, adult games, kid's games, and store bought and homemade and each is appropriate for a different audience. Many of you remember playing the old spin the bottle..
Adjective or Adverb 2  by: jt
She shouted ___ at him. a. angry b. angrily Answerb He is a __ worker. a. careless b. carelessly Answera If you ask ___, I will give it to you. a. nice b. nicely Answerb Be Quiet! I can't think ___..
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..
Ideas for Year 8 English lesson?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I'll be taking a Year 8 English lesson and need an idea for a one-off/cover lesson. Something interesting and fun, but where they will also LEARN. I've been told that I can choose absolutely anything..
Resources for Teaching Grammar to ESL Students  by: Justin Davis
Teaching grammar to English as a second language (ESL) students can be very difficult. English has many rules of grammar that are tricky and problematic for many students who are speakers of foreign..
Talka Lot - Lesson Test: Learning English  by: lp
A)Sentence stress: write the content words from two starting sentences in the correct order (1, 2, 3, etc.): i) three start next unit week ii) exam move up Ali five speaking passes level B)Write the..
Classroom Activities on Tribes  by: A.N. Pike
Keeping your lesson plan interesting can often feel like a losing battle. Not all students learn or absorb information in the same way. However, simply standing in front of your class and talking at..
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..
| English Teaching Materials - The Right Materials Will Guarantee ESL Classroom Success!  by: Karlee Demierre
Teaching English as a second language can seem daunting, but it's not really if you follow the simple logic of: what would a kid like most. Chose your English teaching materials keeping this in mind..
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..
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..
CAR RACE - Short Lesson  by: re
Place some flashcards end to end to resemble a race track. Include two or three brightly coloured blank cards in the track and place a starting and finishing line at a convenient part of the track...
Preschool Activities - Ideas  by: Mary Joyce
One of the better approaches, when trying to think of preschool activities or preschool lessons for you and your child to do for home school activities, is that you don’t get bogged down trying to..
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..
Games That Teach Kids How to Speak English  by: S. Herlihy
Teaching children to speak English correctly requires patience and persistence. Students may struggle to learn to speak English because of factors such as a speech impediment, a poor academic..
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..
What Games would a class of kindergarten children like better  by: answers.yahoo.com
Would they like board games , a series of computer games, or ball/sports games?
ESL Game - 4 corners  by: kr
Title: 4 corners Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: One student is it and stands in the middle of the class with their eyes closed. Each corner is represented by a..
ESL Color Games  by: Lane Cummings
Learning colors is a necessity for students of English in order to build their vocabulary and assist them in speaking and reading. Learning a broad range of colors can help students describe people,..
SUPERSTARS - Short Lesson  by: re
Describe some person who all the children know (perhaps a singer, sports personality, or another student or teacher) using the pattern She s from I think she likes and . Then ask the child on your..
Halloween Safety Tips for Kids  by: Michelle Annese
Hey Kids and Parents... Here are some ways for you to keep this year's Halloween Safe & Sound: If your going with friends, make sure you know who you are going with and there is a parent along to..
How do I Teach English Effectively to Kids  by: Karen Farnen
You can help kids learn English as a second language by adapting your lessons to their needs and enthusiasm. Use language suited to their age level and topics that interest them. Incorporate..
Fun Junior High Sunday School Games  by: Justin Mattick
Games are a great way to impart lessons in your Sunday school classroom and test your students' knowledge. Games can break up the rhythm of the lesson and keep your students awake, and they can be..
How to Teach English to Young Kids Through Songs/Music  by: Collaborator
A wonderful tool that early childhood educators can use when teaching English to children is by reinforcement of skills picked up by the use of songs and music. The best way to use songs with..
How to Pronounce "-ed" for Regular Verbs  by: Pamela Ann Ludwig
The English language includes many irregular verbs that can prove frustrating for language learners. Although the sheer number of irregular verbs are quite confusing, regular verbs, when written,..
How to Teach Dialogue in ESL Teaching  by: Angela Watkins
Pronunciation of English vocabulary words is often difficult for those learning English as a second language. Strengthen the articulation of vocabulary and the use of proper grammar with dialogue..
The “Students won’t talk” Problem  by: ESLTiger
Some students will not talk in class because they are too shy or anxious. This is not only true for beginners, but also for some students who are fairly advanced in their listening, reading, and..
Teaching ESL Vocabulary - 5 Stages to Success - Lesson  by: Shannon Tani
This can be a daunting task even for the most accomplished of teachers. Young and old students alike can be uncomfortable and shy when dealing with vocabulary words they do not know. I've found that..
Strange Puns #2 - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. MSc. B.Ed.
Here are some more strange puns and a puzzle for really smart teens. In Kuwait kids attent ICT class which means Internet Computer Training, so I ask them "Why is ICT best in summer?" They don't know..
Alphabet Treasure Hunt For Your Preschool and Kindergarten Group  by: Narcissa Summerfield
Struggling with your class recognizing the alphabet? You are not alone. Teachers everywhere must accommodate many forms of learning to reach every student. Although the following suggestions are not..
English Grammar & Punctuation Lessons  by: Barbie Carpenter
Proper grammar and punctuation is the mark of a strong writer. Students need to learn grammar early in their education, and teachers should reinforce basic grammar concepts year after year. The best..
Game: Any Number - Short Lesson  by: sam
The group is divided into little groups of around three or four, and given a piece of A4 paper and some crayons. The piece of paper is folded from top to bottom so that there is a section for each..
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..
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..
Grammar Questions for ESL  by: Nicole Schmoll
Learning English as a second language (ESL) can be challenging and time consuming. Learning the grammar of the English language, particularly if your first language is not a derivative of Latin, such..
Game: Tag (2) - Short Lesson  by: sam
Tag is one of the oldest and most exciting outdoor games for children. An added benefit of playing tag is the level of physical activity – it is a great source of exercise! While there are many..
CHUNK READING - Short Lesson  by: re
Good for all levels, but first years in particular really get into it. The AET reads the text at a certain pace. At various stages, the JTE raises his/her hand and the students mark with a pencil the..
Chocolate-making Lessons  by: Jen Marx
Chocolate is popular for snacks, dessert and many evening meals for some individuals. Grocery stores, restaurants and the like are abundant in their supply of chocolate bars and other treats...
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.
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..
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..
Motivating Children to Read at Home - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
Parents, you are your children's first - and lifelong - teacher. By instilling a love for reading in them, you will be opening up their world to a lifetime of adventure, information, and so much..
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 Color Games  by: Lane Cummings
Learning colors is a necessity for students of English in order to build their vocabulary and assist them in speaking and reading. Learning a broad range of colors can help students describe people,..
Classroom Game: Scavenger hunt (variation) - Short Lesson  by: sam
A scavenger hunt is a game in which the organizers prepare a list defining specific items, using which the participants — individuals or teams — seek to gather all items on the list — usually..
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 GAMES: Color Circles & Colors in the Air (for young kids)  by: Sabia
Color Circles: A good activity for young kids. Get some pieces of A3 paper and draw a large circle on each one. Pin the circles on different walls in the classroom. Model the activity: Say "Blue"..
English Conversation Games  by: Julia Estrela
English conversation games are useful additions to any ESL (English as a second language) curriculum. Along with providing valuable listening and speaking practice to students, conversation-based ESL..
The Hero's Journey And Casablanca: Teaching The Monomyth  by: James Frieden
Casablanca has it all: moving love story; stunning artistry; and captivating characters. It's a classic film that millions watch again and again. However, did you know that Casablanca was also an..
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..
The Secret Santa ESL Christmas Game  by: Bill Ralens
Hello everyone. This is Bill Ralens from www.naruhodo-eigo.com. If you teach English in Japan, say as part of the JET program, an ALT or whatever, then you know that the idea of English as a Second..
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..
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..
Teaching English As a Second Language to Adults  by: Celia Webb
If you will be working with adult learners of English, start by assessing their needs. Many English as a Second Language students know what they want to learn. At the beginning their needs will most..
INTERVIEW 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
JTE and ALT dress up and act out a TV interview. Students must listen and take notes. Quiz at the end.
What are some fun activities for an english lesson?  by: answers.yahoo.com
i have a foreign student that needs to learn english. he knows the basic part of speech but can't seem to construct a sentence, he's at a university level.
Sunday School w/ toddlers?  by: answers.yahoo.com
Next week is our "step up Sunday" at church and all the teens teach the Sunday school classes. I am teaching the 0-2 class. There are not many in this class. They are mostly around the age of 2. They..
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..
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 With Little Preparation - Lesson  by: Keith Taylor
How often do you find yourself preparing a class, racking your brain for something different, a new activity to liven up a group of tired students, or just to bring something fresh to the classroom?..
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...
17 Activities That Teach Writing Without Worksheets!  by: Julie Rebboah
The recent push for early academic achievement has left many preschoolers and kindergartners dealing with an excessive amounts of worksheets. Children learn best through hands-on experiences...
Look, See or Watch - quiz  by: jt
"Kids, please, ___ at the blackboard!" a. look b. see c. watch Answera "Be quiet and let me ___ the football match!" a. look b. saw c. watch Answerc Cats can ___ in the dark. a. see b. seeing c...
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..
Preschool Alphabet Crafts - 40 Ways To Make Letters (Art)  by: Renee Goodrich
Preschoolers can make temporary letters. Take a photo of these if you can. They can also make permanent letters which can be glued on to card. If the medium is heavier than paper use craft glue. Here..
Can anyone give me some help on a talk i have to give in my english lesson?  by: answers.yahoo.com
The talk has to be about 3 minutes and I have to talk about my work experience in a hotel, cooking (Catering Assistant) ANY HELP AT ALL WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!! Especially to help me with how I..
Tag Questions - Does she? Doesn't she? Did she? - quiz  by: jt
Tag Questions - Does she? Doesn't she? Did she? She works in a bank, ___? a. does she b. doesn't she c. did she Answer-b She didn't eat anything, ___? a. does she b. doesn't she c. did she Answer-c..
How to Use Role Play to Teach ESL  by: S. Herlihy
ESL learners are those learning English as a second language. ESL students may range from the casual business traveler to the new immigrant to those seeking university admission. There are many..
Christmas Word Games  by: Teresa Evans
Christmas word games are a great way to entertain kids in the lead up to Christmas. Not only are they great fun for the kids but they are also games that are educational too. There are many different..
Teaching Grammar For Children  by: Clay R Mccoy
If you want to teach the grammar to your children, it is recommended for you to be able to find the best ways to let them understand everything easily. It is important to always remember that..
ESL Vocabulary Games  by: Richard Beglan
Expanding an ESL student's vocabulary is vital for developing English skills; however, it would be boring and ineffective to simply teach lists of words. Vocabulary games are a sound way to help..
English Teacher Activities  by: Miranda Morley
In addition to developing fun, engaging activities that will keep students interested, English teachers must interact with parents and assess students. Although these activities create time..
ESL Games to Play  by: Reena Das
According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, 3.8 million students in the United States enrolled in English learning classes for the 2003--2004 school year. With the rise of..
READING WORDS GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Two teams play against each other. Each team lines up in front of one of the teachers. The teams not in play should sit and watch the game being played. Each teacher holds ten cards. One of the..
Debate Topics for an ESL English Class  by: Joel Barnard
Classes with a language level of lower-intermediate upwards should be able to engage in debates if the teacher chooses a topic carefully and teaches the relevant vocabulary. Ensure that all students..
CONCENTRATION 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Chant Concentration, concentration now begins! . Select a category. Students must say a member of that category within a time limit (usually within four handclaps).
Games for Bored Students  by: Rebecca Bagwell
Difficulty: Easy For years, teachers have known the best way to engage students is with interactive lessons andhands-on learning. However, not every lesson lends itself to fun, engagingteaching..
Tips on How to Teach English  by: Marie Jones
Students across the globe choose to study English to further business and travel opportunities, as well as to improve daily communication with peers and family members. With more than 380 million..
For any ESL teachers, I need some good games for children and young teens to play and learn by. Any suggestion  by: answers.yahoo.com
For any ESL teachers
Christmas Lessons for Sunday School  by: Joey Papa
Christmas is a special time for Christians around the world. It's the season in which believers celebrate the birth of the Messiah and remember how gracious God was to give his only Son. Teaching the..
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 games: Party Invitations - Short Lesson  by: lee
The whole class sits in a circle. Tell them that it’s your birthday next week and that you’re planning a birthday party. They are all invited... but on one condition. They must bring you a..
Lesson that will teach kids the difference between wet and dry - Short Lesson  by: jt
We went through various items like sponges, toys, and even their hands. We showed that when the object is in liquid it is more slippery, and sometimes colder. To show dry we did the opposite.
ESL Games - S  by: jt
Scrabble Write a selection of letters on the board. Explain to the students that they have to make up as many words as possible from the given letters. Model one or two examples on the board for..
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..
The 8 Parts of Speech - Understanding Them Makes Everything Else Simple  by: Elizabeth O'brien
If you understand the 8 parts of speech, everything else in grammar will be made simple for you. It's true. Just look at this list of seemingly complicated topics which can be easily understood and..
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...
Beanbag Activities with Preschoolers  by: Pattrick Jhonson
The diversity of uses of beanbags is astounding. You must know what beanbags are. They are pear shaped bags also known as oversized bags, or physics bags and are filled small, soft pellets made of..
How to Use Word Processing for ESL  by: Kara Page
Computers and technology can be a great way for teachers to further aid English as a Second Language (ESL) students in the classroom and at home. Word processing programs such as Microsoft Word..
GO TO SLEEP - Short Lesson  by: re
Divide the class into groups. Let students decide their order within the group (1 to 6). The students in each group put their heads down except for the number ones. Think of a sentence and write one..
Hilarious Halloween Games: Fun And Frolics For All Hallows Eve  by: Nigel Patterson
If you're planning a Halloween party this year, a fun selection of Halloween games is a sure way to keep guests happy. And even if you just want something to keep the kids entertained after they've..
Game Gingerbread Man Hunt  by: ws
The teacher would cut out or make a gingerbread man with paper. and hide it somewhere in the school. and we went to each class asking them if they'd seen a gingerbread man walking around anywhere...
arbor day teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
We have all heard of Johnny Appleseed, but do you recall who Julius Sterling Morton is? He is the man who founded Arbor Day! Have your children do research to find out why. To celebrate further,..
English Grammar & Punctuation Lessons  by: Barbie Carpenter
Proper grammar and punctuation is the mark of a strong writer. Students need to learn grammar early in their education, and teachers should reinforce basic grammar concepts year after year. The best..
Teaching Techniques and Classroom Management  by: Jason Geyser
Maximizing student interaction in class An important responsibility of an ESL teacher is to create an effective learning environment for learning to take place. This involves both actions and the..
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..
Task 2 IELTS practice essays - To what extent do you agree or disagree?  by: IELTS Edits
Task 2 IELTS practice essays To what extent do you agree or disagree? 1. Popular events like the World Cup for football and other international sporting occasions are essential in easing..
What Is An Abstract Noun? - 7 Activities That Focus On Identifying Abstract Nouns  by: Renee Goodrich
Abstract nouns refer to a state, concept or feeling and cannot be perceived by any of the five senses. If you want your students to be able to identify them then your students need to spend time..
The Hero's Journey And Casablanca: Teaching The Monomyth  by: James Frieden
Casablanca has it all: moving love story; stunning artistry; and captivating characters. It's a classic film that millions watch again and again. However, did you know that Casablanca was also an..
Write an English Lesson Plan for Grades 9-12  by: Catherine Day
Lesson planning is an important component of a teacher's daily work. Writing a detailed plan for each day of class can help teachers ensure that they are using the entire period in a way that..
ESL Games - W  by: jt
What's Missing? Scatter 8-10 flashcards face up on the table. Give the students a minute to look at them, then have them close their eyes and take away one flashcard. Tell the students to open their..
The Humming Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
For this you need one child who is the quiet, studious type, and one who is the loud, sadistic type. The first child is required to either attempt to read a book, or simply go to sleep. The second..
Teaching Reading with Authentic Materials (Part 2 of 5) - ESL lesson  by: Eva Homolova, ESL/EFL Teacher Trainer
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How do I Use Famous Speeches in ESL Classes?  by: Leyla Norman
Famous speeches are tools that can be used in a variety of contexts in an English as a second language classroom. You are not limited as a teacher to using them in one particular way. They can..
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..
Halloween Teaching Ideas  by: Tara Green
Teachers can use children's excitement over Halloween as an opportunity rather than a potential classroom distraction. With a little imagination, creative educators can develop age-appropriate lesson..
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..
Strange Puns #2 - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. MSc. B.Ed.
Here are some more strange puns and a puzzle for really smart teens. In Kuwait kids attent ICT class which means Internet Computer Training, so I ask them "Why is ICT best in summer?" They don't know..
ROW RELAY - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is given a sheet of paper. Teacher calls out a category and each student in the row must write one word that corresponds to the category (e.g. day of the week, animals, name in romaji). Can..
How To Teach ESL Students to Read  by: Nicki Callahan
Knowing a second language not only helps children expand their knowledge base and familiarity with the culture, this skill will also be of benefit should they choose to travel later on in life...
Christmas Lessons for Sunday School  by: Joey Papa
Christmas is a special time for Christians around the world. It's the season in which believers celebrate the birth of the Messiah and remember how gracious God was to give his only Son. Teaching the..
Good outdoor games for a Kindergarten class  by: answers.yahoo.com
Creative games to play with a group of 20 six-year-olds outside.
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..
Kids Easter Activities  by: Teresa Evans
There are many different types of kids Easter activities that children can enjoy at this time of year. Whether you want an activity for your child to do quietly at home or if you are looking for..
ESL Video Games  by: Tasos Vossos
English as a second language video games are interactive applications specifically designed to help beginners or advanced students with their English language studies. They are simple flash-based..
Elastics or French Skipping - Lesson  by: sam
This was a real girl's game that left you with scuffed knees and sorted the men from the boys (so to speak). You needed precision jumping skills and supreme concentration to excel at this game, and..
Teachers - Tips For Parents to Help Students Become Readers and Studiers  by: Meggin McIntosh
Teachers need parents to be part of the teaching and learning team. In some cases, parents know exactly what to do and are immense resources for supporting and extending the learning that is going on..
Lessons on Sharing and Respect  by: Rita Webb
Children are miniature adults. They are people with their own feelings, their own personalities, and their own preferences. So the question begs to be asked: How would you feel if the governing..
How to Teach Recounts in English Class  by: Erin Schreiner
Recounts are purportedly factual accounts of events from those who actively participated in the occurrences. Students are often interested in recounts because they provide a voyeuristic opportunity..
simple classroom games like hangman or ispy, for a small class  by: answers.yahoo.com
Can anybody recommend
Games to Teach English  by: Natalie Grace
Learning another language can be difficult for many people. Those who wish to learn English can have trouble understanding its unique conventions. Perhaps you are teaching someone or a group of..
How to Teach Using Film Trailers  by: James Gapinski
While the newest consumer gadget typically dominates tech news, technological advancements influence many other facets of daily life, including education. Teachers and administrators use tech devices..
Computer Games - Short Lesson  by: sam
Make sure you have a variety of games. It's pretty easy to find a video rental place that will rent them out. If you have two youngsters to entertain, try getting two Game Boys and two Pokémon..
Game: Questions - Short Lesson  by: sam
All four people take part in this game. The premise of this game is that two of the four people are put into a certain imaginary situation suggested by someone, and simply have a conversation that..
ANYTHING GOES - Short Lesson  by: re
Students try to come up with as many different answers to one question as they can. The teacher asks something like, How many fingers do you have? . The first student will probably say, I have ten..
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..
Game: 90-second Alphabet - Short Lesson  by: sam
This game includes three people. It starts as these three people are placed in a certain situation, suggested by a member of the audience, and they interact in various ways. The catch is that..
ESL Game - Line Quiz  by: kr
Title: Line Quiz Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary, or conversation pattern Materials: flashcards Procedure: 2 teams stand in a line and I ask the front 2 people a question such as “What do you..
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..
How to follow directions lesson for kids - Short Lesson  by: jt
There's a simple exercise I've used called "obstacles." I ask for two volunteers. One child is blindfolded and the other is not. The one with the blindfold stands at a starting place in the room...
ESL Game - Harry Potter  by: kr
Title: Harry Potter Type: Active Game Target: “What are you doing?” verbs, commands Materials: None (or newspaper wands for fun) Procedure: 1/3 of the students get wands and become Voldemorts...
How to Teach English Pronunciation Using Phonemes and Games  by: Shelley Vernon
Proper pronunciation is often overlooked in the language teaching field. English textbooks and instruction manuals barely touch on the subject. Yet proper pronunciation is a major part of learning..
READ AND DRAW - Short Lesson  by: re
Read the passage and draw a picture. Or, read a passage and draw a comic strip to show the progression of the story. This can be the whole activity, or the final strip can be used to play further..
Improving Vocabulary in Three Easy Steps  by: Celia Webb
There are close to one million words in the English language. That's a lot of words! Too many words for even dictionaries to list (most dictionaries confine themselves to several hundred thousand..
Christmas 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..
Lyrics and Music For ESL Teachers  by: Bobby Stark / LYRICSnMUSIC
Song lyrics can be a great way to teach students a new language. It's fun and a natural. With over 2.7 million song lyrics LYRICSnMUSIC is the most comprehensive lyric sites on the internet. Not only..
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..
Tips in Teaching English for Specific Purposes (ESP) for Tourism  by: Majlinda Miftari
English for Specific Purposes (ESP) is a course designed to meet specific needs of the learners and helps them to accomplish their English skills. They get the possibility to use the language for..
How to Teach ESL Life Skills  by: Collaborator
Understanding grammar is an important part of learning English. However, if you teach adult immigrants, it is more important to teach them skills that help them do everyday life tasks. Not only will..
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..
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..
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..
Physical Education Holiday Games  by: Lane Cummings
Difficulty: Easy There's no reason that physicaleducationcan't incorporate holiday-themed exercises and activities. Itfestively celebrates the season or the day, and shows kids that you can..
Ideas for Working With ESL Students  by: Leyla Norman
Teaching English as a second language to adult students or incorporating younger English language learners into a mainstream classroom can be challenging. Working with ESL students in any capacity..
ESL GAME: ABC Circle Game  by: Sabia
The children sit in a circle and each of them holds letter flash card, play music while your kids pass the letters round. It they find it difficult to coordinate receiving and passing the cards..
Creative Shoebox Diorama Ideas For the School Season  by: Will Kalif
Shoebox Dioramas are a part of every school year and in just about every grade they serve as a wonderful learning tool. They are used to learn the arts and crafts of making things and they are used..
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..
Teaching There is a/ There are ... Lesson  by: Eric
I found a really fun way to teach There is a .../ There are some .../ There are many .../ There aren't any ... . The first thing i do is elicit and write on the board 20 things you can find in a..
How to Make Kids More Likeable? - Tips  by: Judy H. Wright (educator)
Nothing touches the heartstrings of a parent more than the plaintive cry “nobody likes me" or ”I don’t have any friends.” We wish there were something we could do to insure our child will be,..
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..
How to Pronounce "-ed" for Regular Verbs  by: Pamela Ann Ludwig
The English language includes many irregular verbs that can prove frustrating for language learners. Although the sheer number of irregular verbs are quite confusing, regular verbs, when written,..
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..
MEMORY GAME 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is a team. Select a grammar point to practise. The first student in each row must make a sentence using this grammar point and a topic (e.g. I like and food ). The first student might say, I..
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..
Can you think of any fun hands-on art activities for Kindergarten?  by: answers.yahoo.com
Nothing crafty please. Preferably something that will allow students to use their individual creativity. Note: I am not asking people to do my job for me lol. I have a lesson plan for tomorrow, but I..
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..
'Point-de-la-mot' game - Short Lesson  by: PL
One game I played when I taught french to elementary students during my student teaching year was 'Point-de-la-mot' (creative, I know - haha.. not at all - Point to the Word) I would make two big..
ALPHABET 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Use chalk as a baton. Arrange teams behind a line before the blackboard. The first student writes A in her/her team s designated space, then passes the chalk to the next student. The fastest team..
ESL Game - Cover-up  by: kr
Title: Cover-up Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: flashcards, cover cards Procedure: Put pictures cards out on a table. Say each one twice and then give the students 20 seconds to memorize..
Game: Seven Up - Short Lesson  by: sam
Seven Up (sometimes called "Heads Up, Seven Up", "Heads Up, Thumbs Up", "Thumbs Up, Seven Up", or "Heads Down, Thumbs Up") is a traditional children's game that is played in primary schools, and to a..
Games I could teach a high school class that would involve writing on the board  by: answers.yahoo.com
Try this:
ESL Games - 2 Games That Are a Must in the ESL Classroom  by: Kelvin Nikkel
ESL Games are an absolute must in the ESL classroom. If you are teaching ESL and not including games in your ESL lesson plan, then you are totally missing out on some serious enjoyment and your..
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..
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..
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..
House Writing Activities for 1st Grade ESL Students  by: Cristel Wood
Performing writing activities daily increases literacy and fluency in ESL students. Writing activities can be used for any subject, and allow students to practice basic grammar skills while at the..
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..
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..
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..
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..
BATTLESHIP - Short Lesson  by: re
Students get into pairs facing one another. Each student gets a game sheet. The game sheet includes two grids. One grid is for the students to place his battleships on. The other grid is for the..
WHY? - Short Lesson  by: re
Ask the students questions like: Why have you got ~~ in your bag? For example, the ~~ could be a monkey, an axe, Kocho-sensei. Students who come up with the best/most outrageous answers win a prize...
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..
simple classroom games like hangman or ispy, for a small class  by: answers.yahoo.com
Can anybody recommend
ESL GAME: Put Up a Christmas Tree  by: Sabia
Make two teams. Tack a paper Xmas tree on the wall. Have your Students name flashcards or answer your questions and let them put up the Xmas tree with silver stars made of foil (one team) and paper..
Short Composition - Short Lesson  by: js
Unlike freewriting, learners need to edit their work. You should provide a topic or visual stimulus (full page magazine pictures work well) and circulate among the students as they write. By allowing..
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..
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..
Drama in ESL Learning - Short Lesson  by: Lara
Although many cultures don't typically teach drama in school, it is still a useful tool in the classroom. A fun way to teach inflection and tone is through script work. You start with a skeleton..
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..
Harry Potter's Intriguing Science Lesson Plans  by: Valerie Giles
Science Lesson Plans are magical when learned in Harry Potter's Chamber of Secrets at Hogwarts. Elementary education level students will use their imaginations to become wizard graduates as they..
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 Games - M  by: jt
Magic Finger Print a letter of the alphabet on the board. Instruct the students to stand and face the board. Raise your 'magic finger' and trace the letter in the air. Be silly and use other parts of..
Kinesthetic Learning - Use Kinesthetic Learning Activities to Improve Comprehension  by: Adam Waxler
Did you know that while many students are visual learners and many others are auditory learners, most students actually prefer a combination of visual, auditory, AND kinesthetic learning. So what is..
Whisper Circle - Short Lesson  by: yi
Whisper Circle is a fun game that will also depend on group compatibility. First, align your students into groups. Each group should have at least seven but no more than 10 people. Choose a leader..
How to Teach Culture in ESL Classes  by: Laura Dixon
English as a second language (ESL) classes generally emphasize English grammar and vocabulary to lay the foundation for speaking, reading and writing correctly in English. Yet these classes are also..
How Do You Structure an English Language Lesson? Tips  by: Sarah Handsworth
There is no simple answer to this question but this article will describe a typical journey through a lesson that is often used. The journey is aimed to take the student through an introduction and..
How to Plan an ESL lesson  by: Contributor
Whether you teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults or children, this foolproof lesson plan template will work for you. It will also work no matter the country you're teaching in, be it..
How to Teach English With Fun Learning Games  by: Deborah Jones
Teaching English can bring the teacher face-to-face with a multitude of obstacles that students need to overcome. Many of the students learning English will bring with them insecurities and a lack of..
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..
Third Grade Christmas Lessons  by: April Fox
It can be hard to keep third-graders focused on learning during the festive Christmas season. It's hard to pay attention to schoolwork when thoughts of cookies, snow and presents under the tree are..
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..
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..
How to Write Effective Lesson Plans for ELLs  by: Glenda Race
English language learners (ELLs) of all levels need to develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in English. These abilities are best addressed through lesson plans that integrate such..
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..
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..