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KHALID AL SEGHAYER, PhD

alseghayer@yahoo.com

 

A Literature-Based Lesson

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

 

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

Target language: English as a Second/Foreign Language

Target Students Level:  Young Intermediate High ESL/EFL learners

Time: 150 minutes. (50 for each class)

 

Introduction

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

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

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

1. Time and setting

2. Characters with personality

3. A major problem

4. Includes a problem and attempts to solve it

5. Has a quick resolution and ending.

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

 

A- Objectives

Functional

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

Performance

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

Grammatical

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

Culture

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

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

 

B- Equipment and Materials

- Over-sized depictions/drawings of important vocabulary

- Picture of the story episodes

- Transparencies

- Story map

- Discussion web

- Character chart

 

C- Procedures

Day One (Pre-Storytelling)

Anticipatory Set (5 Min.)

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

Warm-Up activity (10 Min.)

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

Presentation (35 Min.)

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

 

Day Two (Story telling)

Anticipatory Set (5 Min.)

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

- Asking  students to recall the title of the story;

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

 

Warm-Up activity (10 Min.)

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

Presentation (35 Min.)

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

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

 

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

 

Day Three (Post-Story telling)

Anticipatory Set (2 Min.)

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

Warm-Up activity (5 Min.)

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

Presentation (43 Min.)

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

Assessment

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

Extension

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

Adaptability

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

Cited Works

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

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

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

 

Appendix A: The Title and Main Picture of the Story

 

Appendix B: Key Vocabulary

Grandfather Father Dresser

 

Jump Smile Yell

 

Run Walk Park

 

Race Wind Rain

 

 
Trophy Break  

 

Appendix C: Cubing Activity

 

Appendix D: Story Mapping Activity

 

Title:  Your Dad Was Just Like You

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

The setting:

 

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

 

 

Characters:

Grandfather

Father

Peter (the son)

 

The Problem:

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

The Solution:

 

After talking with his grandpa, Peter went back home,

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

 

 

Appendix E: Discussion Webbing

 

Peter should stay home and fix what he broke

 

 

 

Yes

 

No

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

3. His grandpa gave him a wise advice.

 

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

 

 

Consensus

 

Best Reason Why:

 

 

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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..
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.
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,..
Favourite ice breaker games - Short Lesson  by: trent
If you need a game for a bunch of people - a fun one is to make everyone get in line in order of their birthdays without speaking. They can only use hand gestures and other ways of conveying their..
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 ___..
Five Senses Exercises for ESL  by: Emily Corfe
If you teach children or adults English as a second language, you can help them connect with each of the five senses and the correct English vocabulary by using fun-filled games and exercises. If you..
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..
Pairwork in the ESL / EFL Classroom  by: Chris Cotter
A lot goes into a successful lesson. Teachers must consider the level of the students, and how this applies to the target language. Teachers must consider the length of the class, how it ties in with..
Spelling Tips For ESL Students  by: Celia Webb
Spelling in English is hard even for those of us who have been practicing for years! For one thing there are so many exceptions to the rules. The English language actually has two basic types of..
Preschool Activities - Using Alligators And Apples To Teach The Letter "A"  by: Mary Robinson
The Overall Experience When approaching preschool from an educational perspective, it's important to remember that at that tender age children learn holistically, that is from the whole experience,..
Games or mini games to play in my PE class  by: answers.yahoo.com
please not tag or something lame.
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,..
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..
Creativity Games to Teach English  by: Miranda Morley
If you've ever taught a grammar lesson and noticed that your students were about ready to fall asleep, you know that English, no matter how interesting it is to you, isn't always fun for your..
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.
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..
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..
Christmas Science Activities for Preschoolers  by: Mary Davis
Young children are curious about everything around them. A characteristic of preschoolers is to ask "why?" or "how?" repeatedly. Science for preschoolers includes the 'hows" and "whys" as well as..
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..
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..
English Pronunciation Activities  by: Kara Page
Improving pronunciation in English is a vital part of achieving fluency and mastery of the language. Include it in English lessons regardless of age or proficiency. English pronunciation activities..
Blank Lesson Plan Templates - How to Make Your Own - Tips  by: Renee Goodrich
Blank lesson plan templates help you quickly and easily create a lesson. You can take an idea for a lesson and transform it into a well planned activity when you place it in a template. The template..
Upper Primary School Games  by: Bridget Galbreath
Difficulty: Easy Games are an effective way to teach, not just younger elementary students, but older elementarystudents as well. Games can help foster greater comprehension of subject matter..
SHOUT - Short Lesson  by: re
Introduce or review a set of flashcards by having students repeat them after you. Then divide the students into teams and ask the students to identify a card. The first person to identify the card..
Lesson Plan  by: CJ Miyake
This is an adaptation of chiritori, a game that every Japanese person knows. In Japanese someone says a word. The next person has to say a word that starts with the sound the previous word ended on...
Teaching Reading - 3 Simple Ways To Teach Your Child To Read  by: Deanna Mascle
We all know that learning to read is an important part of growing up for a child. Learning to read is also essential to future success both in school and in life. Older children and adults who..
ESL Game - Sumo  by: kr
Title: Sumo Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: flashcards Procedure: 2 students come up to the front of the class. Pin a card on their back so they can’t see it. Don’t let the..
Christmas Games for Sunday School Kids  by: Lane Cummings
Christmas games for Sunday school children should ideally teach them about the religious aspects of Christmas in an enjoyable manner. While children may get wrapped up in the fun or friendly..
Fun Indoor Games  by: answers.yahoo.com
Ok, In My Homeroom On Monday i am hosting a game that we get to play in my classroom. Any good idea's for games? We cant do hide and go seek, or truth or dare, or any of those From uuu_killer:..
ESL Games for Adjectives and Relative Clauses  by: Stacy Zeiger
Adjectives and relative clauses are two components of English grammar. In order to learn how to correctly use adjectives and relative clauses, ESL students must constantly practice describing people,..
ESL Lesson – Money  by: js
The ESL lesson – Money – starts with a warmer in which students should name things that they see in the pictures such as ‘credit card’, ‘wallet’, ‘bank check’, ‘ATM’, ‘cash..
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..
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
ERASE A SENTENCE - Short Lesson  by: re
Write a target sentence on the board. Read the sentence and ask the students to repeat it. Have all of the students stand up. Erase one word from the sentence. Have a student from the first row try..
SONG: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 - Short Lesson  by: re
Students stand in a circle holding hands. The song goes like this: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (students walk seven steps in one direction) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (walk seven steps in the other direction) 2, 3 (clap..
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..
7 Ways to Teach Counting - Lesson  by: Shannon Tani
It's easy to teach counting when you've got a few good ideas up your sleeve. Young students need a lot of repetition when they are learning to count. The more practice you can get in, the better...
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.
English lesson – Traveling  by: js
At the beginning of the English lesson ‘Traveling’, students are offered twelve pictures of different types of transport which they should match with the following words: train, jet, cruise ship,..
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..
ESL game: Running words - ESL lesson  by: Said-Ali
Running words Type of activity: whole class Time: 10-15 minutes as a warmer You will divide class into four teams. Students will be given particular topic. They will choose one secretary to each..
How to Teach English Verb Tense to Children  by: Susan Ruckdeschel
When students can understand the various functions that verbs serve and how they can change to reflect past, present and future events, as well as why they change, they're well on their way to..
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..
Teaching English as a Second Language Games  by: Eric Benac
Teaching English as a second language can be a difficult job. People's minds wrap around their native language and it can be difficult to break their paradigm. It can also be difficult to keep..
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..
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..
Games: Lorry Spotting - Short Lesson  by: sam
This game involves the spotting of various makes of lorries. The scoring is as follows: •Eddie Stobbart = 1 point (spot the name on front = bonus point) •Prestons of Potto = 5 points •Norbert..
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..
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..
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
How to Teach Film-Related Vocabulary  by: Mel Candea
One of the most accessible ways to teach is using realia, or real-life language samples, in the form of advertisements, websites, music or film. Using film is particularly useful, not only because..
ESL Games for Adjectives and Relative Clauses  by: Stacy Zeiger
Adjectives and relative clauses are two components of English grammar. In order to learn how to correctly use adjectives and relative clauses, ESL students must constantly practice describing people,..
ESL GAME: Concentration Game with Cards  by: Sabia
Prepare 10 cards (5 pairs) for your Students. Put the cards on the floor or on the table. Show them to your Students and turn them over. The Students should pay attention to the cards turned over...
Developing English Language Speaking and Conversation Skills in LEP Learners  by: Larry M. Lynch
Focus on Speaking When asked by the Department Director to "focus on developing speaking ability" with a group of adult university learners supposedly in the upper intermediate level, I embarked on a..
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..
How to Engage Students in ESL Classes  by: Janet Beal
Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) presents teachers with a number of challenges. One of the main ones involves strategies to keep students interested and engaged while tackling a complex..
Online Activities for ESL Students  by: Deborah Jones
Thanks to the Internet, language learning is more entertaining than ever, with many sites offering free activities to help ESL students progress faster in their English learning. Both spoken English..
ESL Game - 5 Corners  by: Joe Tosczak
This game is called "Corners." It is very easy to play and it is a lot of fun! You can play this game at the beginning of class to warm the students up; or at any time that you sense that the..
ESL Elementary Games  by: Joel Barnard
Games are an important part of most ESL, or English as a second language, lessons. They provide motivation as well as offering students the opportunity to communicate meaningfully in English. For..
STRIP STORY - Short Lesson  by: re
Cut a passage into single sentence strips. Scramble the strips. Students work in pairs and try to put the sentences in the correct order. This game can also be played in teams. Make teams consisting..
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..
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..
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..
| Teaching ESL in Multilevel Classrooms  by: Shelley Vernon
Every ESL classroom has multilevel students, but in most cases the students are comparable enough in ability to all benefit from the same activities and lesson plans. A truly ESL multilevel classroom..
About Teaching Speaking Skills in ESL  by: Leyla Norman
Speaking practice is a vital part of teaching English as a second language. ESL students need the practice of hearing themselves speak English to improve, even if they are shy about it at first...
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..
How to Teach English  by: James Larkin Smith
There are many theories and opinions about how to teach English but here I would like to address the very nuts and bolts of what I do to teach beginners. As soon as you meet your student greet them..
Lesson 7 - The Best Accountant  by: jt
The Story An accountant answered an advertisement for a job with a large firm. At the end of the interview the chairman said, "One last question-- what is three times seven?" The accountant thought..
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..
Vocabulary Beat - Short Lesson  by: jin
A way to teach students how to remember new words and meanings is by using them with beats and rhythms from popular songs and commercials. If you are playing this game for the first time, give..
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?..
How to Teach Parts of Speech to ESL Students  by: Jennifer Zimmerman
Understanding the parts of speech helps people become clear writers and speakers. It can also help those learning a second language better understand how that language works when speaking, writing or..
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..
Five First Steps for Teaching Art in the Classroom  by: Mary Bogin
You now have your degree in teaching art, and you walk into the room of excited pre-teens, and have to get the job done in thirty minutes, maybe forty-five, if you are lucky. Here are five easy steps..
Grammar Games for Beginners  by: Wayne
Studying grammar is rarely thought of as fun. Yet it is an important component of effective communication. Grammar provides the rules that speakers and writers need to follow in order to be clearly..
ESL Games to Learn Relative Pronouns  by: Philippa Jones
A relative pronoun is a word that connects two ideas within a sentence together, and it refers to a noun that has already been used. "Who," "which," "that," "whoever" and "whichever" are common..
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
ESL Game - Banana Tree Game  by: kr
Title: Banana Tree Game Type: Game Target: Review Materials: picture cards Procedure: Divide the class into 2 teams. Draw a banana tree on the board with about 9 rungs up the tree. Each team has a..
Free Arts & Crafts Christmas Ideas for Children  by: Kristen May
One of the ways to involve children in Christmas preparations and keep them busy during the holiday break is to make Christmas crafts. Free Christmas crafts require only a few miscellaneous supplies..
How to Teach Numbers for ESL  by: Mike Arneson
Teaching numbers to ESL students is not an easy task. Some students will grasp the concepts very quickly, whereas others will have endless difficulties just getting the basics. For your students to..
Tips to Create New Teaching Activities  by: Ivana Vitali
Are you a teacher? Are your class activities starting to bore you? Do you feel like your students need more encouragement during your lessons? If your answer to any of these questions was “yes”,..
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..
Outside Gym Games for ESL  by: Rebecca High
As the demand for English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers and programs increases both in the United States and abroad, resources to help teach and reinforce grammatical concepts become more and..
Unscrambling - Short Lesson  by: jin
Play a game of "Unscrambling" to enrich vocabulary in particular categories, such as animals, transportation, fashion, sports, or media. For example, list four short, scrambled animal names,..
English ESL Activities  by: Evelyn King
English ESL activities are a wonderful way of introducing new topics, vocabulary and grammar to foreign learners of English, as well as consolidating knowledge. Activities such as games or role play..
Stress-Free Kids Party Planning - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
Another birthday's on the horizon, and you're stressing over every little detail. Throwing a party can be nerve-wracking and kids parties come with added pressures. The prospect of keeping a group of..
WHAT S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? - Short Lesson  by: re
Have two different copies of a picture. Label one picture as correct and one as incorrect. Arrange the students in pairs and give one student the correct version and the other the incorrect version...
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..
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..
English Lesson Plan: Describing People  by: js
At the beginning of the English lesson plan – People – students are asked to describe the people they see in the pictures. Specifically they should identify gender, age, and a possible occupation..
ESL game: Pass the parcel - Short Lesson  by: jt
Pass the parcel is a popular British children's party game in which a parcel is passed from person to person around a circle, somewhat similar in its logistics to musical chairs. In preparation for..
ESL GAME: Rescuers  by: Sabia
Give out animal flashcards (3 per each student). Put a paper crocodile in front of each flashcard. Tell them that they are rescuers and they can save their animals from the crocodiles by answering..
Nine Things ESL Teachers Need to Plan For the First Day of Class  by: Jane Wangersky
Maybe it's the first time you've taught ESL, maybe you've been doing it for a while - but every new class is a new challenge. How do you get it started on the right track? · Find out the basics..
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...
Classroom Interaction in Teaching English as a Second Language  by: Heather Carreiro
For a new English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, figuring out classroom interaction can be tricky. A language-learning classroom tends to run much differently from a typical lecture-style..
Halloween Tips  by: Bridgitte Williams
Halloween is a time for tricks and treats. Halloween is a time meant for candy and sweets. Halloween is not the time to put any new lawn ornaments that may be dear to you in the front yard. Regarding..
ESL GAME: 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..
Classroom activities  by: contributor
Year : Year 4 Date : 29.4.2010 Time : 8.00am-9.00am (60minutes) Theme : World of Knowledge Topic : Animals at Zoo Objectives : At the end of the lesson, pupils should be able to: I) Identify various..
Really Creative Ways to Teach Phonics  by: Audrey Lucas
Teachers use phonics to develop literacy in students by introducing sounds as signals for decoding words. Schools have used phonics on and off since the 19th century as an alternative to the..
Teaching 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..
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..
Tips and Tricks (for teachers)  by: teach2learn05
Teach English With Songs Even If You're Not Musically Inclined  by: Richard J Graham
Although we hear a lot about how songs can help the English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom, if you're not musically inclined it can be tough to make it..
Going To - quiz  by: jt
What ___ this weekend? a. you are going to do b. are you going to do c. your gonna do Answerb I'm not sure. ___ anything special? a. Are you going to do b. You are going to do c. Is going to do..
SENTENCE FORMATION - Short Lesson  by: re
Write three words on the board (Masato/tall/family). Give the first person in each row a sheet of paper with the row s number on it. The first person writes one word, the next person writes the next..
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..
What's the Correct Word Order?  by: jt
a. beautiful b. to c. lady d. what e. young f. that g. happened h. ? AnswerWhat happened to that beautiful young lady? a. how b. us c. waiting d. has e. long f. she g. been h. for i. ? AnswerHow long..
Tag Questions - Have you? Are you? Do you?  by: jt
You don't smoke, ___? a. have you b. are you c. do you Answerc You haven't got a car, ___? a. have you b. are you c. do you Answera You don't know her, ___? a. have you b. are you c. do you Answerc..
Successful Children's Birthday Party Activities  by: Stephanie Olsen
Successful Children's Birthday Party Activities ~ lots of fun, cheap, creative and even bilingual! ~ by Stephanie Olsen Having now somewhat recovered from Emily's seventh birthday party, I thought..
Children's Learning Games  by: Renee Williams
Children's learning games can teach children new skills as well as allow them to practice what they have learned. Common skills focus on vocabulary development and math skills. A 2007 study by Geetha..
Teachers - Poetry For Children - 8 Suggestions For Experiencing Poetry  by: Meggin McIntosh
There are so many ways to experience poetry. Nodelman (1992) offers eight suggestions on how to do so. For each of his suggestions (used as subheadings below), I will provide writing activities that..
ESL GAME: Question Game  by: Sabia
First the Teacher introduces the vocabulary by showing students the cards one after the other. Then later, the Teacher holds the cards to the chest, making sure students can't see them. The Teacher..
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..
ESL Lesson Plan 'The Odd Couple' Gradable/Ungradable Adjectives  by: Chris Westergaard
The Odd Couple, Gradable/Ungradable Adjectives - Intermediate and Above This lesson gets students speaking about a mocked past vacation using gradable and ungradable adjectives. It can be used with..
How to Teach English With Games  by: Jeremy Ruch
As with most educational subjects or languages, there are a variety of ways to teach English using games or contests to liven things up. It is important to keep in mind that if you are teaching basic..
EFL Kids Walking/Action Game for Korean Kids - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lessons  by: Robin Tim Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
WALKING GAME Children need to move and burn off energy so we do this game often while using many action verbs and many nouns. Do this in the last 5 minutes of the class and the then the kids can..
I am an education major in college and I have to make a lesson plan, I am teaching an English lesson  by: answers.yahoo.com
Does anyone have any ideas? I dont know why but i can not think of anything that sounds like it would be fun. I also have to do an activity in class over the topic...so if anyone could help that..
Preschool Science Themes - Water, Ice, Air  by: Mary Robinson
Teaching science to preschoolers requires hands-on play based learning activities. Water is an ideal medium to use for a variety of preschool science themes. The concepts of how water changes form,..
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..
Classroom Game - Silent Ball  by: teacher
students stand on chairs. They are absolutely silent. They throw the ball to each other. If someone drops it, they are out and sit down. If it is a bad throw, the thrower is out, not the catcher. If..
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..
The Name Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
Quite simply, you have to come up with the name of a celebrity, (or literary figure, cartoon character, etc) that would be commonly known to at least two of the participants, whose first name begins..
This is What You Should Not Do When Encouraging a Young Child to Read and Talk  by: Celia Webb
Studies show that most mothers respond appropriately to their baby’s attempts to communicate. However, there are four ways of responding which do not help your child learn to speak and, later on,..
Classroom Game - Silent Ball  by: teacher
students stand on chairs. They are absolutely silent. They throw the ball to each other. If someone drops it, they are out and sit down. If it is a bad throw, the thrower is out, not the catcher. If..
STRIP STORY - Short Lesson  by: re
Cut a passage into single sentence strips. Scramble the strips. Students work in pairs and try to put the sentences in the correct order. This game can also be played in teams. Make teams consisting..
ESL Conversation Role-Play Exercises  by: Lissa K Johnson
Patty Middleton, an ESL teacher with an MFA in ESL from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, offers several suggestions as to the most effective ESL conversation role-play exercises you can do with..
Family life - Lesson  by: Said-Ali
Family life Level Intermediate and above Time 25-30 minutes Aim To get students to share opinions, ideas Preparation Prepare a task sheet along the..
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...
TEFL Techniques: My Friends the Stick Men  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL Techniques: My friends the stick men Any good language teacher (or so I have been taught!) should be able to make a lesson out of anything, anywhere. I am coming at this article from the..
ESL Game - Whispers  by: kr
Title: Whispers Type: Active game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students are divided into 2 teams. Each team stands in a line. The first student from each team comes to the..
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..
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..
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..
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 Teach English With Ludic Activities  by: Nicki Callahan
Ludic, or spontaneous, activities are effective tools when teaching English. These activities encourage students to practice their language skills on the spot and without preparation. These exercises..
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Activities for Second Graders  by: Krystal Miller
Around Christmas, some second grade teachers choose to have a lesson plan about the book and movie, "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas." When planning lessons about the Grinch, use your imagination to..
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...
ESL Interactive Games  by: Kara Page
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes often include repetitive drills and exercises. In order to get students more engaged in your ESL lessons, try introducing a few interactive games with..
ESL Game - Fast/slow motion  by: kr
Title: Fast/slow motion Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: picture cards Procedure: Have a pile of picture cards and show them to the class one by one in either fast motion or slow motion...
How to Teach Literature to ESL Students  by: Nadine Smith
Literature can help enhance an English as a Second Language (ESL) reader's knowledge of language rules and his ability to communicate effectively. While the culture presented in English literary..
Game for the class and prize - Short Lesson  by: jt
Monopoly board game and prize, candy bars. Board games are a fun and interesting way to learn new material and review lessons in almost any subject.
Ten Creative Ways to Teach Your (any) Child the Alphabet - Tips  by: Patty Hone
1. Make an Alphabet Book Make your own alphabet book with your kids. You can purchase a blank paper book at an educational supply store or you can make one with construction paper and a three-hole..
| ESL Classroom Activity for Forming Sentences With Target Grammar  by: Andrew Lawton
Most ESL students thrive on social interaction. Whatever you are teaching it is always wise to come up with activities that get people moving around the room. Getting students to work together to..
Language Activities for Possessive Nouns  by: Shae Hazelton
Possessive nouns are tough for many young children to learn because there are so many different ways to express ownership through language. Challenge your children to work with possessive nouns..
How to 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..
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..
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..
How to Use the Match Game as a Lesson Plan  by: Kelly Masi
Lesson plans using a matching game will encourage the students to actively participate in the game, learning as they play. The game can be customized to include matching pictures or words based on..
ESL Game - Battleship  by: kr
Title: Battleship Type: Concentration game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Divide the class into 4 or 5 teams. The teams are now crews on a Battleship at war with the other ships...
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..
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  by: James Larkin Smith
There are many theories and opinions about how to teach English but here I would like to address the very nuts and bolts of what I do to teach beginners. As soon as you meet your student greet them..
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)..
ESL Flash Games for Beginners  by: Lesley Henton
If you or someone you know is learning English as a second language (ESL) there are many online resources that can help. Online ESL flash games can be can be both fun and educational. Even kids'..
ESL Passive Exercises  by: Kara Page
Even for native English speakers, learning the difference between active and passive sentences is often confusing and frustrating. English as a Second Language (ESL) students can use a variety of..
what games and activities are suitable for kids ages 6-12 years old.I'm an english teacher in korea?  by: answers.yahoo.com
English is their second language so games and activities are suitable for them to learn in a fun way so that they wont easily get bored
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 Outside Games  by: Becky Bright
Outside games for English as a Second Language (ESL) students provide cognitive anchors that will remain with the student long after the activity is completed. They are a hands-on and cooperative..
ESL Game 2 - Taboo  by: Joe Tosczak
This game is called "TABOO." TABOO is a fun game that helps reinforce new vocabulary and it is a hoot to play! To play this game the teacher will first divide the class into two teams. The teacher..
Time-line board games - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
Time-line board games are fun to make. You just need poster board arts n craft supplies, dice, 3 x 5 cards a time line from early US history. What to do: Make a path for the time line on the poster..
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..
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..
Preschool Lessons - Using Fish, Freeze Tag and Groceries to teach the Letters "F" and "G"  by: Mary Robinson
When instructing preschool, it's best to keep the lessons simple and straightforward. One of the most important preschool lessons is the alphabet and its many letters. Many preschool teachers like to..
ESL Games for Jobs  by: Susan Deschel
English as a second language can be a challenge for adults with limited English-speaking background. Teaching the language through games is especially effective when geared to their interests, such..
Activities on Noun Clauses  by: Kathryn Rateliff Barr
A noun clause -- a phrase containing a subject and a verb attached to a complete sentence, such as “Jerry will come if he can” -- functions as a noun. Keywords signal the beginning of a noun..
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..
This is What You Should Not Do When Encouraging a Young Child to Read and Talk  by: Celia Webb
Studies show that most mothers respond appropriately to their baby’s attempts to communicate. However, there are four ways of responding which do not help your child learn to speak and, later on,..
Five Points for Effective ESL Warm Up Activities  by: Chris Cotter
The warm up of a lesson usually receives far less attention than it should. Teachers spend a lot of time selecting grammar worksheets to introduce and practice the language. Unfortunately, when it..
ESL Game - Pictionary  by: kr
Title: Pictionary Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Students are divided into 2 teams. One person from one team comes up to the front where the teacher gives them a..
Trivia Questions And Answers By A Trivia Break  by: Deanna Mascle
1. What was the name of the first computer game? A. Pong B. Tennis for Two C. Pacman D. Donkey Kong 2. How were the Hawaiian Islands settled? A. By pirates B. By Polynesians C. By Spaniards D. By..
Thomas Edison teaching Tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Do you know who invented the talking doll? How about the electric vote-recorder? Would you be surprised to learn it was the same man who invented the phonograph and the electric incandescent light..
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..
Prepositions VIII - Quiz  by: jt
The workers went ___ strike because they thought their wages were too low. Answer-on He tried to warn his daughter ___ the dangers ___ going out alone ___ night. Answer-of, of, at Although we had..
ESL Online Grammar Exercises  by: Debra Weaver
The Internet is a valuable resource for students studying English as a second language. Students, teachers and parents can find a number of websites that offer practice activities to perfect English..
Game: Chinese whispers - Short Lesson  by: sam
As many players as possible line up such that they can whisper to their immediate neighbors but not hear any players farther away. The player at the beginning of the line thinks of a phrase, and..
Preschool Valentine Games - Will You Be Mine, Valentine?  by: Mary Robinson
Valentine's Day is a favorite for children since it provides an opportunity to express their love for the important people in their lives as well as a clever excuse to eat candy. It's also a great..
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..
Guessing game: I spy - Short Lesson  by: sam
One person starts by choosing an object (a cow, for example) and says "I spy with my little eye, something beginning with C" or simply "I spy something beginning with C." The other players look..
Active Learning Activities - Guided Lecture  by: Adam Waxler
Wow...lecturing and active learning are certainly two concepts that one would not expect to see in the same sentence. In fact, as a proponent of active learning activities, lecturing is not something..
Classroom Games for First Graders (Primary)  by: Kimberlee Broaddus
Difficulty: Easy First graders are beginning to read and learn basic numbers. Teachers play a variety of classroomgameswith their students to help reinforce daily learning. Marilyn Jager Adams of..
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..
How to Teach TESOL  by: Leyla Norman
Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) can be done in a number of different environments. You might teach children or adults, at home or abroad. Consider which population you want to..
English Lesson Plan Ideas  by: Farhan Arshad
English is a core subject in the American school system. Students are typically required to take English classes up until they graduate from high school. There are plenty of English lesson-plan ideas..
Chinese jump rope - Short Lesson  by: sam
The game is typically played by three players (although more can participate) with a rope (or, more frequently, a string of rubber bands) of about 5-6 meters in length that has been tied into a..
How to Teach Pronunciation to ESL Learners  by: Collaborator
Pronunciation often gets ignored over grammar and vocabulary in ESL programs. However, it is just as important because with bad or garbled pronunciation, the spoken message gets lost. “I think”..
TEFL Techniques - The Van Game  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL Techniques – The Van Game The very best way of teaching English (or any other language!) is to get the student wanting to learn – hungry for new ways to express themselves in your language...
Upper Primary School Games  by: Bridget Galbreath
Difficulty: Easy Games are an effective way to teach, not just younger elementary students, but older elementarystudents as well. Games can help foster greater comprehension of subject matter..
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..
Grammar Games - Short Lesson  by: jin
Play grammar games with ESL students to promote their own learning. Buck suggests playing whole group games, in which you take a ball and start with a verb in its full form, like To Be. Then, throw..
How to Write a Script for Lesson Plans  by: Emile Heskey
Writing a script for lesson plans involves working out what you are going to say to explain a new idea or concept to the students. More experienced teachers often do this planning without being..
How to Test ESL Writing  by: Miranda Morley
Regardless of what you teach, assessing an ESL student's paper can be particularly challenging. Should you have the same expectations for ESL students' papers as you do for native speakers' writing?..
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..
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.
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..
Christmas Games for Sunday School Kids  by: Lane Cummings
Christmas games for Sunday school children should ideally teach them about the religious aspects of Christmas in an enjoyable manner. While children may get wrapped up in the fun or friendly..
Preschool Ideas - Learning the Letters  by: Mary Robinson
Exploring the letters of the alphabet is a great way to incorporate new themes and ideas into the preschool classroom, while teaching the fundamental building blocks to reading and writing. These..
Characteristics of a Good ESL Practice Activity  by: Maggie Gebremichael
English as a Second Language (ESL) activities have different characteristics and purposes. For example, a grammar activity given as a worksheet can be successful when it reinforces information for..
Game: Silent ball - Short Lesson  by: sam
Silent ball is a children's game in which a ball is thrown from player to player while everyone remains silent. The game only requires a single ball and participants will either sit on an elevated..
ESL Teaching Tip: How to Teach a Class With a Wide Range of English Levels  by: Kevin R Baker
With teaching English in China for many years, I often found myself in situations where I was thrust into a classroom as the new American English teacher. Before me there would be 30 - 40 grade..
ESL GAME: Rope Jump  by: Sabia
You need a rope for this one! Have the Students stand behind each other in a line. Hold a rope (have a Student hold the other end) at a height that the Students should be able to jump over. On the..
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)..
Clapping game - Short Lesson  by: sam
Claps commonly included in patterns are clapping one's own hands, clapping both hands of a partner, and clapping one hand of a partner, generally across such as the right hand of each player. The..
ESL GAME: The Bell Game  by: Sabia
You’ll need two bells. Make two teams. Show a flash card to the Students. The first Student to ring the bell and read the word correctly gets one point for her/his team.
Learning Styles And Their Effect On Language Learning - Tips  by: Frank Gerace
Note: This article makes special reference to the effect of learning syles in the learning of Spanish but the principles are valid for all language learning. ¡LEER ES PODER! ¡Learning Spanish! How..
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..
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..
Sunday School Christmas Games  by: Leslie Lane
Christmas is a time of celebration for many people, and for those of Christian faiths, the holiday's celebrations can extend into the Sunday school curriculum. In a Sunday school class, kids can have..
German lesson with audio - ESL lesson  by: ESL Teachers Board
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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.
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...
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..
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..
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.
High Intensity Physical Education Games  by: M. J. Joachim
Difficulty: Easy Using energy efficiently builds strength and endurance. That's the goal of high intensity workouts,whether you are rapidly lifting heavy weights, stimulating your heart through..
Kids Educational Games - Learning Through Play  by: Yogi Shinde
Some fun kids educational games are all you will ever need to teach your little preschooler their basics. Weather we are talking about learning to tell time, recognise the coins, know their letters..
How to Teach English Vocabulary Using Games  by: Peggy Epstein
Here's a quick cure for student insomnia: Hand out a list of definitions and say, "Start memorizing." Fortunately, vocabulary enhancement can be achieved by a range of more interesting methods. One..
Team Building for ESL Classes  by: Susan Wheeler Capozza
Team building is an important skill for everyone to learn, but it can become especially essential for students who do not speak English as their native language. In an English-speaking school, these..
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..
Inexpensive Art & Craft Ideas for Three-Year-Olds  by: Sid Williams III
Swiss child psychologist Jean Piaget identified four stages in a child's learning. Three-year-olds are in the second stage, the pre-operational period, which lasts from age 2 until 6 1/2 or 7. At..
Favourite ice breaker games - Short Lesson  by: trent
If you need a game for a bunch of people - a fun one is to make everyone get in line in order of their birthdays without speaking. They can only use hand gestures and other ways of conveying their..
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..
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..
Christmas in the Classroom  by: Shaunta Alburger
The Christmas holiday lends itself well to plenty of classroom decorating and activity ideas. The whole month of December can become a time of creativity and fun as you integrate the holiday into..
Beginning ESL Exercises  by: Roz Calvert
Making English as a Second Language lessons relevant to the students' everyday life is the most motivating factor for adult learners, say C. Ray Graham and Mark M. Walsh in their "Adult Education ESL..
Interesting Activities for ESL Classes  by: Ben Holck
Most English as a Second Language students have sat through many dry lessons where they've simply learned vocabulary or phrases and repeated it numerous times. While it is necessary to increase one's..
Re: Five Simple Spelling Rules - Lesson  by: Michael Bennett
today I wrote 'verging', but it didn't look right, so I changed it to 'vergeing' which looked better, but was underlined by the spell checker. Then I spent half an hour wandering round web sites..
Active ESL Games  by: Amber D. Walker
Learning another language can be difficult and frustrating, both for adults and children. English is a particularly complicated and contradictory language, so using games in the classroom can take..
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..
Mystery Identities (any literate level, group) - Short Lesson  by: ritz
Write the names of famous people or places (or use animals or fruits for a simplified version) onto 3x5 cards. Attach a card to each learner's back. Give them time to mingle and ask each other..
ESL Game - Last Man Standing  by: kr
Title: Last Man Standing Type: Game Target: Any conversation Materials: None Procedure: Ask one row of students to stand up. The others remain seated. Ask “What do you want to do?” to all..
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..
Ways to Improve Your Child's Pronunciation - Tips For Parents  by: Ed Earl
Some children find it difficult to speak clearly, especially if they are learning a second language. This article offers some tips to help them improve. What are the ways I can help my child improve..
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..
ESL Games - G  by: jt
Gestures Use western gestures in your class. Expressions Gestures Hello wave Goodbye wave It's cold Put arms around shoulders It's hot Fan your face with hands No! shake your head "no" Come here move..
Geography Quiz #2 - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Geography Quix #2. - English lesson By: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed. cowboy4444@hotmail.com> Date: 6 January 2006 1. This is one of the biggest islands in the world. 2. It is the only African..
How to Teach Grammar Prepositions With Total Physical Response (TPR)  by: Kristie Sweet
Total Physical Response is a teaching technique that uses physical action to assist in language learning. Dr. James J. Asher, the original developer of TPR, based the technique on the premise that..
Increasing Vocabulary Through Independent Reading  by: Celia Webb
What is independent reading? And how can it help increase vocabulary? Independent reading is the reading we do of our own volition. It could be a romance novel, sports magazine, or local newspaper...
ESL GAME: Around the world trip  by: Sabia
Give each student, pair or group, some scissors for paper, glue (prit-stick glue works well), large sheets of B4 card and a selection of travel brochures. Students plan a trip (or give a report)..
Why Test Your Child's Letter Knowledge?  by: Mary Bogin
Why Test Your Child's knowledge of the alphabet? Your child could be five years old or starting first grade. Maybe your child is in third grade, and hates his or her class and teachers are suggesting..
ESL GAME: Happy Word Families  by: Sabia
Make several teams. Give four/three flashcards from a single word family (Animals, Transports, Food, etc) to each member of the group. The students look carefully at their cards. Then all the cards..
ESL Art Lessons  by: Jack Miller
Learning English as a second language (ESL) is often viewed as a basic process of memorizing words and phrases and learning how to use them in speaking and writing. But applying English to other..
How to Teach Pronunciation to ESL Learners  by: Collaborator
Pronunciation often gets ignored over grammar and vocabulary in ESL programs. However, it is just as important because with bad or garbled pronunciation, the spoken message gets lost. “I think”..
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..
Exercises for ESL Kids  by: Jennifer Tolbert
Teachers call students who have a non-English primary language English Language Learners (ELLs). Usually ELL students get referred to the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at their school...
ESL Lesson Plans About Taking & Giving Directions  by: John Byk
Taking and giving directions in a foreign language is a basic but necessary skill to master, especially for students planning to spend time in a country or environment where the target language is..
Korean/English Food Quiz - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL lesson (10+ years). I made this list a few years ago and it never fails to interest Korean students. Who isn't interested in food? With younger children it is best let them make small sketches..
How to Teach English About Activities & Occupations to Children  by: Shannon Johnson
English is a difficult language to learn but breaking the subject into units and focusing on one aspect at a time can make the process easier for children, especially those whose first language is..
Tag Questions - Has he? Hasn't he? Had he? - quiz  by: jt
He hasn't done it yet, ___? a. has he b. hasn't he c. had he Answer-a He's been to Italy twice, ___? a. has he b. hasn't he c. had he Answer-b He's got a camera, ___? a. has he b. hasn't he c. had he..
700 Idioms defined in context, and a sample short story - ESL lesson  by: Sally Jennings
I am an ESL tutor with a BA in English (language) and extra courses in Lingusitics. I have developed a guide to 700 idioms, slang, and proverbs defined by using a short context statement for each..
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...
When to Use Shall - A Short English Lesson for EFL/ESL Students  by: Kevin M Stafford
Since shall is not regularly used in American English, numerous EFL/ESL students learning English from American teachers are not taught how to use the word. If the word is talked about in class, it..
How to Use Songs For Teaching English  by: Shelley Vernon
ESL teachers can use songs for teaching English to their students with great success. ESL songs can bring energy to the classroom, boost students' confidence, and provide a much needed active..
Lesson Plans on the Mouth for Toddlers  by: Miriam C
The mouth offers several different learning opportunities for toddlers. Toddlers are at an age where a basic overview can be turned into several lesson plans and strategies. The mouth can incorporate..
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..
Game: I Went to the Store - Short Lesson  by: sam
In this game, the first player will start the game by saying 'I went to the store, and I bought...', followed by something that starts with the letter 'A'. The next person says the same thing..
ESL Lesson – Money  by: js
The ESL lesson – Money – starts with a warmer in which students should name things that they see in the pictures such as ‘credit card’, ‘wallet’, ‘bank check’, ‘ATM’, ‘cash..
How to Set Objectives for a Lesson Plan  by: Collaborator
Objectives are appealing because they aim to make daily learning as statistical as standardized test scores. Teachers know that sometimes learning doesn't work in a linear way and often balk at..
TEFL Techniques - Where's Your Tongue?  by: Andrew Carter
Many students of the English language have a problem with pronouncing the ‘TH’ sound that we use so commonly in our language, and it’s important that we teach this sound from an early stage...
Name Crossword - Short Lesson  by: ritz
Write your name across or down on the board being sure not to crowd the letters. Students take turns coming to the board, saying their name, and writing it across or down, overlapping one letter that..
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..
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..
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..
Teaching Seasons With Technology in Early Childhood Classrooms - Integrating Science and Technology  by: Kathy Cothran
A Michigan radio commercial announces that the "Greatest Show on Earth" happens every fall. I ask children to identify this show. You don't need a ticket. It happens outside. You can probably see..
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..
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..
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..
Kids Money Counting Games  by: Corrine Lee
Difficulty: Easy Counting money can be a tricky skill to learn, but fortunately kids love to play with money, so they'reeager to practice. Thesegamesreinforce money counting skills all while kids..
Preschool Games - Babies, Balloons and Cookie Games to Teach the Letters "B" and "C"  by: Mary Robinson
Fun and Games Since preschoolers learn best by doing, try incorporating some of these preschool games and activities when teaching children about the alphabet. The first series of preschool games..
3 Ways To Promote Discussion In The Classroom When Showing Movies  by: James Frieden
acilitating strong student-to-student and student-to-instructor communication creates the foundation of a good classroom experience. Open lines of communication allow students to develop and hone..
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..
YES/NO 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Teachers ask students yes/no questions. In their answers, students must NOT use yes or no. Give a prize to the student who lasts the longest.
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..
How to Make Party Hat Creations with Paper Plates - Tips  by: Patricia Jensen
Inexpensive paper plates are the basic ingredient in how to make party hat creations for your kids party. If you have a unique party theme and can't find hats to match, just make your own. The kids..
Prepositions VIII - Quiz  by: jt
The workers went ___ strike because they thought their wages were too low. Answer-on He tried to warn his daughter ___ the dangers ___ going out alone ___ night. Answer-of, of, at Although we had..
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,..
Game: Chaos and Confusion - Short Lesson  by: sam
What happens is this. •Arthur approaches Belinda, and they introduce themselves and shake hands. They then swap names. •Arthur (now Belinda) shakes hands with Colin. Now Colin is to call himself..
ESL Exercises for Adults  by: Maggie McCormick
Hands-on activities that encourage speaking will help adults to learn English as a second language (ESL). Students need more than listening to a teacher's lesson or doing exercises in the..
Kids Outdoor Games And Activities - Get Back To Nature!  by: Yogi Shinde
In this day and age of computer games and television, some fun kids outdoor games and activities are what we need to get our kids physically fit and active. Kids these days are hooked on to..
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..
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..
Learning English lessons  by: Steve
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DROP THE HANKY - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a circle and sit down. One person is IT and has the hanky (handkerchief). She walks around the outside of the circle and drops the handkerchief behind someone. As soon as that person realizes..
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..
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 Grammar - 5 Tips to Help You and Your Students  by: Elizabeth O'brien
1. Know Your Subject This is obvious, but it must be said. I have sat in classroom where the teacher told the students that adjectives modified nouns, pronouns, and other adjectives. Ahhhhh!..
Astronomy: Prepositions  by: jt
Astronomers study the planets ___ our solar system. a. among b. below c. in Answer-c Stars are balls of gas that give ___ light. a. away b. in c. out Answer-c A galaxy is a system ___ stars. a. of b...
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..
Games for Teaching the English Language  by: Nicholas Robbins
When teaching English as a second language or even as a primary one, games can be an invaluable tool that allow players to more easily assimilate the knowledge. Games with simple rules are best to..
Halloween Activities for the Classroom  by: Veronica Ouellette
Halloween is a holiday that children throughout the United States look forward to each year. Most children enjoy dressing dress up as their favorite super hero, scary monster or another character and..
ESL Thanksgiving Games  by: Melanie J. Martin
Thanksgiving gives ESL students a great opportunity to learn about American culture. After all, it's one of the few holiday traditions that originated in the U.S. Make Thanksgiving lessons as fun as..
Tips on Lesson Planning for the New Teacher  by: Sonya Wilson
Depending on the school you work for, you may be required to turn in lesson plans weekly or biweekly. Some schools may require a scope and sequence that covers the majority of the year. However you..
How to Set Objectives for a Lesson Plan  by: Collaborator
Objectives are appealing because they aim to make daily learning as statistical as standardized test scores. Teachers know that sometimes learning doesn't work in a linear way and often balk at..
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..
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..
Recommendations for ESL Conversation Textbooks  by: Sherrie McCarthy
Speaking is a vital aspect of language learning, but also the area that holds the most fear for many students. Students often hate to make mistakes, or are not very good at small talk, and holding..
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..
ESL GAME: Question Game  by: Sabia
First the Teacher introduces the vocabulary by showing students the cards one after the other. Then later, the Teacher holds the cards to the chest, making sure students can't see them. The Teacher..
ESL GAME: Question Game  by: Sabia
First the Teacher introduces the vocabulary by showing students the cards one after the other. Then later, the Teacher holds the cards to the chest, making sure students can't see them. The Teacher..
ESL GAME: Concentration Game with Cards  by: Sabia
Prepare 10 cards (5 pairs) for your Students. Put the cards on the floor or on the table. Show them to your Students and turn them over. The Students should pay attention to the cards turned over...
Fun Halloween Party Themes and Ideas  by: Scott Taylor
Halloween is the day of the year that has the most parties thrown in its honor. Everyone loves to get in costume and attend Halloween parties with their friends. Most folks end up getting several..
ESL Game - Giants, Wizards and Dwarves  by: kr
Title: Giants, Wizards and Dwarves Type: Active Game Target: Fairy Tale theme Materials: None Procedure: This game is an active version of Rock Scissors Paper. Instead of Rock there is Giants,..
Spare Activities for an ESL Classroom  by: Chelsea Baldwin
As in any classroom across the nation, some English as a Second Language (ESL) students will be able to finish their work quicker than others and have time to spare. Instead of letting these students..
HOW 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..
Re: Chinese Jump Rope (game)  by: Dana
Hello, When we played this as elemty. kids (now 41 yrs. old) once you finished the first sequince of jumps we then moved from the rope around our 'ankles' to our knees 'kneesees' then to our thighs,..
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..
ESL Game #1 - Tic Tac Toe  by: Joe Tosczak
To play Tic Tac Toe in class is very easy. But to be able to play Tic Tac Toe in class and still be teaching English at the same time is the tricky part. Any and every new ESL teacher will eventually..
Anniversary-birthday Card - Lesson + quiz  by: Elite Hussar
The Story "Do you have any anniversary-birthday cards?" a man asked the stationer. "We have anniversary cards and we have birthday cards, but we don't carry one that combines both. Why?" "Simple ,"..
The Dictionary Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
Everyone sits in a circle and the first player takes the dictionary and is allowed to look at it for about five minutes. The player chooses an interesting word and writes it on a slip of paper along..
EFL Kids Walking/Action Game for Korean Kids - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lessons  by: Robin Tim Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
WALKING GAME Children need to move and burn off energy so we do this game often while using many action verbs and many nouns. Do this in the last 5 minutes of the class and the then the kids can..
Reading-Comprehension Skills, Part II - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
Do you remember that 'reading' means understanding the author's message, not just calling out words? If you cannot answer comprehension questions after reading a page, you have not truly read..
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..
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...
MEMORY GAME 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Each row is a team. Select a grammar point to practise. The first student in each row must make a sentence using this grammar point and a topic (e.g. I like and food ). The first student might say, I..
How to Write an English Lesson Plan for Foreigners  by: Missy J. Talbot
An English lesson plan is generally written in English. However, if the lesson plan itself is for English as a second language learners, or foreigners who are just beginning to understand English,..
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..
Storyline - Short Lesson  by: jp
Divide into groups of 4-6 people. Give everyone a sheet of paper and ask them to write the first sentence of a story at the top of the page. It may begin "Once upon a time..." if they like. Then they..
ESL Games for Past Tense  by: Victoria Weinblatt
Learning the past tense form of verbs in English is an important basic conversational skill. English as a second language (ESL) students need to learn two sets of verbs, regular and irregular. The..
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 Games & Activities About Countries of the World  by: Victoria Thompson
The English as a Second Language classroom is filled with student representatives from around the globe, and each student learns from his peers. Design activities to represent the students' countries..
Plastic's nay Romantic - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Another short poem for analysis and appreciation. For advanced teens and adults. Plastic's nay Romantic Give out flowers fellas. No thanks cast iron umbrellas. Let not the pragmatists control. There..
Reading-Comprehension Skills, Part II - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
Do you remember that 'reading' means understanding the author's message, not just calling out words? If you cannot answer comprehension questions after reading a page, you have not truly read..
| 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..
TREASURE HUNT - Short Lesson  by: re
Draw a treasure island map on a piece of paper then draw a grid (e.g. 4×4) on top of it. Reading and writing version: Hand out copies of the maps to each of the students, then dictate words or..
Telephone TESOL - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
Telephone TESOL This is a half hour lesson in Telephone English – aimed at Intermediate level students of English as a Second Language. It’s interesting to note that English sounds very different..
Classroom Game - Silent Ball  by: teacher
students stand on chairs. They are absolutely silent. They throw the ball to each other. If someone drops it, they are out and sit down. If it is a bad throw, the thrower is out, not the catcher. If..
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..
For ESL Learners - 10 Questions and Answers About Thanksgiving  by: Jane Wangersky
When did Thanksgiving start? The first Thanksgiving in the land that later became the U.S. was in 1621. It became a national holiday in 1863, during the Civil War. The first Thanksgiving in what..
12 Keys to Using Songs For Teaching Children English As a Foreign Language  by: Larry M. Lynch
Teaching Children English Using Songs In answer to a reader question on using songs for teaching Italian children English, I gave the following twelve quick keys. They're equally effective, however,..
Some good games that you can play in any English Class  by: answers.yahoo.com
Games that involve reading, writing, grammar, etc.? I teach English in a high school but I'm looking for games to use with other age groups too.
Facebook in the Classroom VERSION 2  by: Steve
Using Facebook In the Classroom (Revisited) I posted an article about using Facebook in the classroom” on several teachers’ web sites and I got the following response: Steve: I found your plan..
ESL Activities for Primary Students  by: Rebecca Bagwell
Primary students retain more information when engaged with meaningful activities. ESL students need focused yet enjoyable classroom activities to help them become more confident in their English..
Must Have Materials for the ESL Classroom - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
ESL tools. Teacher collects and decorates with these materials but the children should make most of them in class. They take possession of the room in this way, something like territorial marking for..
ESL Environmental Games  by: Valerie Madison
An ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher can center lessons around any topic, helping students to learn about other concepts while gaining language skills. Environmental games can teach students..
HALF AND HALF - Short Lesson  by: re
Students are given half of a sentence and have to find the person with the other half. Can be used with boring dialogues. Students must go to front of class and arrange themselves in order. Then they..
Free Second Grade Math Lessons  by: Alicia Rudnicki
An abundance of lesson plans for many second grade math topics are available online. Parents and teachers can also find instructional websites offering free second grade instruction. Plans include..
Presidents' day parade and news conference teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
To celebrate Presidents' Day, why not have a Presidents' Day Parade and News Conference? 1. How many students do you have? Write the name of that many presidents on a piece of paper and have children..
ESL Games - C  by: jt
Car Race Arrange the flash cards in a long line with starting and finishing points. Give each student a counter. The first student throws the dice and moves. The student must say the word on the..
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..
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..
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..
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 Download Hanukkah Lesson Plans  by: Collaborator
Hanukkah is a holiday full of learning opportunities and activities for kids. The Festival of Lights and its traditional objects easily lend itself to craft projects, including making a milk carton..
Five Senses Exercises for ESL  by: Emily Corfe
If you teach children or adults English as a second language, you can help them connect with each of the five senses and the correct English vocabulary by using fun-filled games and exercises. If you..
The Name Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
Quite simply, you have to come up with the name of a celebrity, (or literary figure, cartoon character, etc) that would be commonly known to at least two of the participants, whose first name begins..
Spelling Tips For ESL Students  by: Celia Webb
Spelling in English is hard even for those of us who have been practicing for years! For one thing there are so many exceptions to the rules. The English language actually has two basic types of..
How to Teach Film-Related Vocabulary  by: Mel Candea
One of the most accessible ways to teach is using realia, or real-life language samples, in the form of advertisements, websites, music or film. Using film is particularly useful, not only because..
How to Teach Visual Spatial Learners  by: Jena Names
Sharpen your pencils! Visual Spatial learners learn best through pictures and illustrations. Visual Spatial learners think in pictures. Once they have a picture of the concept, they've got it! No..
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..
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..
English Language Teaching - Using Toys as Educational Tools  by: Larry M. Lynch
Children love to play. Who can deny it? So why not use this universal characteristic to provide and promote English language learning as well? If you do, you can hardly go wrong. What child is going..
Chinese Jump Rope (game)  by: Sheree Marty
Imagine having a great time playing with just a simple piece of elastic string! Chinese Jump Rope is a jumping game popular around the world! Chinese Jump Rope found me as a child and once again,..
Lesson ideas, activities for ESL teachers  by: Ted
You can do several things with parts of speech, you just have to modify it for the students' levels. Sorting activities are a good ESL activity, especially if you can pair a picture with the words..
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..
ESL Teaching and Learning Tips, by Dr. Yanni Zack, an American ESL specialist  by: Steve
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How to Teach a Child to Read With Subtitles  by: Miranda Morley
For years, teachers and parents have argued over the best way to teach children how to read. Some have taught children using phonics, where students learn the sounds of letters and are asked to sound..
9 Reasons Why You Should Use Songs to Teach English as a Foreign Language  by: Larry M. Lynch
Using Songs to Teach Foreign Language Language teachers can and should use songs as part of their classroom teaching repertoire. Songs contain authentic language, are easily obtainable, provide..
Sentence Combining - quiz  by: jt
Match to have a meaningful sentence. 1. The rain started 2. Bob's car is old 3. He was a famous hockey player 4. I wrote many books 5. They had to cancel the meeting 6. No one knows for sure 7. You..
ESL Environmental Games  by: Valerie Madison
An ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher can center lessons around any topic, helping students to learn about other concepts while gaining language skills. Environmental games can teach students..
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..
ESL Game - Hot Potato  by: kr
Title: Hot Potato Type: Active Game Target: Any conversation Materials: Ball Procedure: In the background, play some music. While the music is playing the first student should ask the target..
How to Initiate Your Child Into Learning the English Language  by: Adriana A Noton
There are many benefits to children learning the English language. Most parents want their children to learn English so that they will have all of the opportunities available to them when they are..
ESL GAME: Robbers and Cops  by: Sabia
You'll need to get a number of small objects for this game. You can use objects found around the classroom, or any other objects you would like to bring into the classroom. Split the young learners..
International Pickle Week - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
Are you aware that International Pickle Week takes place the last two weeks in May? By all means, celebrate!! 1. Explain to your children that "in a pickle" is an expression that means a difficult..
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,..
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..
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.
pia... - Game  by: chrissy
this game doesn't really have a name, my kids call it "pia" which means throw in chinese...its very simple and the kids beg me for it everyday i have them...alls u will need for this game is two wet..
Kid Birthday Party Game Ideas - 7 Proven Winners - Activities  by: Mike Dougherty
Here are 7 classic kid birthday party game ideas that are always successful. And you can easily make all of them fit your party theme. Incredible Musical Statues They'll have lots of fun with this..
Teaching Grammar - 5 Tips to Help You and Your Students  by: Elizabeth O'brien
1. Know Your Subject This is obvious, but it must be said. I have sat in classroom where the teacher told the students that adjectives modified nouns, pronouns, and other adjectives. Ahhhhh!..
TESOL Methods  by: ojcsteve
This demonstrates using the color chart used in the Silent Way
Lesson Planning  by: Sumauli Mukherjee
A lesson plan is a teacher's detailed notes on how she intends to conduct a particular class or lesson for each day. It is a vital component of a teaching job. Some schools have specific formats,..
Ideas for in-class learning games/activities for college students  by: answers.yahoo.com
This activity is called "snowball fight".
Study Tips for Students  by: Simone Mary
Every student knows the importance of studying. However at times studying can be tedious and boring. Studying is not usually a favorite past time of most students, although there are those who enjoy..
Similes and Metaphors – Practice  by: jt
Identify each sentence as a simile or a metaphor. Then explain the meaning of the comparison. 1. Traveling to other countries is like trying other lives. (simile / metaphor) Meaning:..
ESL & Teaching Secondary Colors  by: Elise Vogler
Color words are a basic vocabulary item in any English as a Second Language classroom. The primary colors consist of red, yellow and blue. The secondary colors are ones that consist of two primary..
Family ESL Exercises  by: Beth Ortega
Learning a new language as a family provides an opportunity to grow closer while improving skills. English as a second language is difficult for adults and children. Utilizing resources outside of a..
Prepositions VIII - Quiz  by: jt
The workers went ___ strike because they thought their wages were too low. Answer-on He tried to warn his daughter ___ the dangers ___ going out alone ___ night. Answer-of, of, at Although we had..
Simon Says - Short Lesson  by: jin
Simon Says can get high school and adult students giggling as they try to follow the commands, learning verbs and body parts. Simon may tell the students, "Touch your nose." He could also say, "Touch..
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..
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..
Classroom Number Wall Games  by: James Mascia
Difficulty: Easy Trying to teach young students numbers and how to use them can be a challenge. A number wall caneasily solve that problem. It can be anything: a whiteboard, a chalkboard, or even..
ESL Game - The Crocodile Game  by: Joe Tosczak
If you want to become the best ESL teacher in your school; then learn from the best ESL teachers in the world. This is one of the best ESL Games and there is no reason why you shouldn't be playing it..
ANAGRAMS (WORD SCRAMBLES) 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Mix up vocabulary words and get the students to unscramble them. Can be played in teams, in pairs, or with the whole class. The team who can unscramble the word (i.e. say it in English) and give its..
Telephone TESOL - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
Telephone TESOL This is a half hour lesson in Telephone English – aimed at Intermediate level students of English as a Second Language. It’s interesting to note that English sounds very different..
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..
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..
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...
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..
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
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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..
Effective Lesson Plans for Reading  by: Morgan Hamilton
As an instructor of English (reading, writing, lit, creative writing, etc.) and as an online course developer, I have found many valuable teacher resources for linguistic, literary, and rhetorical..
Best Free Kids Games to Play With Your Little Preschooler  by: Yogi Shinde
Some good fun and free kids games are all you need to teach your little preschooler their letters, numbers, colors or almost anything educational. Little time and enthusiasm are the only ingredients..
How to Make ESL Lesson  by: Renee Williams
ESL lesson plans are a necessary tool to make sure students meet performance guidelines. Written plans are also essential to help teachers prepare for the class. Some schools require that lesson..
TRUE OR FALSE - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a quiz with true or false answers (or correct/incorrect) and test their grammar. Divide the class into groups and give each group a true card and a false card students vote for the answer.
ESL Games & Activities About Countries of the World  by: Victoria Thompson
The English as a Second Language classroom is filled with student representatives from around the globe, and each student learns from his peers. Design activities to represent the students' countries..
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..
Mother's Day Activities: Teaching Tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Do you remember this Howard Johnson song titled "M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means the World to Me)?" 'M' is for the million things she gave me, 'O' means only that she's growing old, 'T' is for the..
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..
Hidden Words Analysis Game - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL game (10-12 years) Here is a game for 10-12 year olds that stimulates creativity. Split the class in two equally talented groups. It is better if two of the best students pick sides. Then..
CHARADES - Short Lesson  by: re
It s usually best to introduce this game after playing Pictionary a few times. This game works well for verbs. Students pick out a verb card then they act out the verb. The other students try to..
General Knowledge Quiz Questions  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: What is a blue moon? Answer: Second full moon in a calendar month Interesting Fact: 'Once in a Blue Moon' is a common way of saying not very often, but what exactly is a Blue Moon?..
Concentration - Short Lesson  by: yi
The game of concentration involves using focus to create sentences out of isolated words. This game is a wonderful way to take a break from tedious worksheets. You can have the students play in..
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..
SPELLING SPRINT - Short Lesson  by: re
Students come to the board, teacher calls out a word, first person to answer correctly scores a point for their team.
Christmas Activities for Third Grade  by: Monica Patrick
Teachers and educators, who aren't restricted from teaching with Christmas themes, could use a number of activities with their students. Teachers should take advantage of the excitement surrounding..
The Ten Parts of Speech With Clear Examples  by: Mark Pennington
1. A common noun is a person, place, idea, or thing. It is capitalized only at the start of a sentence. It can be a single word, a group of words, or a hyphenated word. Examples: The girl was..
Interactive Story Telling - Lesson  by: Sue Swift
An activity which practises both listening and speaking in the classroom is interactive story telling. I usually use short stories, but if you wanted to and had the time you could also tell your..
ESL Games - F  by: jt
Fashion Show Have each student stand up one at a time and elicit from the class what he or she is wearing. Find It The teacher holds up a letter flashcard. The students must search around the room to..
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..
How to Use Cognitive Principles for ESL Teaching  by: Miranda Morley
Anyone can stand at a podium or sit at a desk and dispense ESL grammar rules, but a good teacher is one who knows how to help students process that information and walk away with the practical skill..
Lesson ideas, activities for ESL teachers  by: Ted
You can do several things with parts of speech, you just have to modify it for the students' levels. Sorting activities are a good ESL activity, especially if you can pair a picture with the words..
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..
Gerunds Made Easy - A Simple Lesson With Clear Explanations and Plenty of Examples  by: Elizabeth O'brien
Gerunds are a hybrid of nouns and verbs. You remember that nouns and verbs are two of the eight parts of speech, right? Here is a silly way to think of it: If a noun and a verb got married, their..
ESL 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..
9th grade English class read longer selections, such as The Most Dangerous Game  by: answers.yahoo.com
Do you have them read in groups? Or in pairs? Or individually? I am limited because we only have a classroom set of books, so the students may not take them home. Thanks for any suggestions!
Im doing a classroom assistant course how can i make a good game  by: answers.yahoo.com
i have to design a game and use it.any1 know a site where i can make a story box????? let me know please
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,..
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..
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 Compose a Welcome Letter to Prospective Students & Parents  by: J.C. Sprenger
Many questions come to the mind of a first year teacher when trying to compose a letter to students and parents. Sometimes the fear of acceptance comes into play, as well as a host of other..
Reading: Oral vs. Silent - Short Lesson  by: js
The skills used in oral reading are different from those used when reading silently. Use oral reading sparingly to work on verbal presentation (pronunciation, intonation) and be sure to allow time..
ESL Game: Hand-Pizza, Handburger, Sandwich, Sushi roll, Gim-bab - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed
This game or lesson is intended for small children in phonics level, or just above. The drama of pretending stimulates imagination and the children build up their foods vocabulary. They like the..
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..
Preschool Lessons - Developing an Age Appropriate Curriculum  by: Mary Robinson
Students will lose interest in preschool lessons if they are not direct and focused. Lessons should have a clear purpose, and teachers should remind students of the lesson multiple times. Just as in..
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..
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..
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 Games - Short Lesson  by: jin
Play grammar games with ESL students to promote their own learning. Buck suggests playing whole group games, in which you take a ball and start with a verb in its full form, like To Be. Then, throw..
What's Missing? - Short Lesson  by: jin
Arrange several objects in a line in front of a group of children, naming each one as you place it in the row. Have the children repeat the name of each object. Then cover the objects with a cloth...
Disadvantages of Teaching One to One Lessons in ESL  by: Brian Gabriel
Teaching ESL lessons one to one can be a rewarding experience: it allows student and teacher to get to know each other and it sharply focuses the learning experience. However, there are many..
Re: Excellent movie for English students  by: Teacher
The movie Duplex does have a nice opening narrated by Danny Devito. Try also, My Best Friend's Wedding - Starring Julia Roberts.
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..
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..
Typing Lessons For Kids  by: Ash Tan
Typing lessons aim for three things, speed, discipline and accuracy. Kids naturally have the speed, but discipline and accuracy are not something that they like very much. For kids, typing lessons..
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...
Neologisms  by: A. D. Reed
Neologisms William Shakespeare was one of the greatest coiners of words in the history of the English language. In our information age, innovative businesses are among the most prolific generators of..
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..
Grammar Lessons for ESL in Middle School  by: Joel Barnard
Teaching English grammar is an integral part of any ESL, or English as a second language, course. It is particularly important when teaching a middle school ESL course as it is these grammatical..
ESL Game - Red Light, Green Light  by: kr
Title: Red Light, Green Light Type: Active Game Target: Colours, Traffic Materials: Flashcards Procedure: Students start at back of room and when I show green card they yell green light and run..
Effective Lesson Plan Making Strategies  by: Sweety Kaur
Planning is an integral part of any activity that you do as it is the only thing that can ensure the smooth completion of your activity. An effective plan can let you work in a proper way and also..
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..
Preschool Activity - Cutting Shapes and Lines  by: Rachel Paxton
Cutting with scissors is a learned activity. By three years old your child should have no problem holding a pair of child-sized scissors. It takes them awhile to master this new skill, however, so be..
ESL Warm-Up Games  by: Rebecca Bagwell
When your students first arrive to their ESL (English as a second language) class, they may or may not be ready to learn English. Help your ESL students out by playing warm-up games at the start of..
How To Use A Jeopardy PowerPoint Template Effectively When Co-Teaching As a Native Teacher  by: Daniel E Massicotte
Everyone knows about the TV show Jeopardy. Surprisingly, your students will also have heard of it. Regardless of their familiarity with the show, they all love playing a simulation in class of the TV..
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..
ESL GAME: Can You Actions  by: Sabia
Use this game for teaching: "Can you...?" "Yes, I can" "No,I can't". These actions are fun: wiggle dance run quickly hop skip do a star jump do a handstand touch your toes cross your eyes snap your..
Christmas Lesson Plans for Toddlers  by: Erin O. Smith
Young children are always excited at Christmas. Incorporating the holiday into your lesson plans is a fun and educational way to reach toddlers. Christmas Music Classic songs with short simple..
Creativity Games to Teach English  by: Miranda Morley
If you've ever taught a grammar lesson and noticed that your students were about ready to fall asleep, you know that English, no matter how interesting it is to you, isn't always fun for your..
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...
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..
Bring On The Music To Help Your (any) Child Learn Faster And More Effectively - Tips  by: Alvin Poh Hee Kwang
Do you remember how you first learned the alphabet? I am quite sure that the majority of us learnt it by singing the ABC Song: 'ABCDEFG-HIJKLMNOP-QRS-TUV-WXY-and-Z...' There is no doubt that music..
Strange Puns #1: for older students - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Timothy Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Show some of these to older students and let them discuss in groups and puzzle them out using the dictionary. 1. Let us eat lettuce. 2. Cycle paths psychopaths. 3. A minimun and a mini mum. 4. Take..
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...
ESL GAME: Picture Game  by: Sabia
Choose a picture and do not let the children see it. Place a sheet with slits (or several pieces with holes of different sizes) over the picture. The Students have to guess and name what is depicted..
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?..
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……. ..
ESL Classroom Games & Activities  by: Kara Page
Learning English as a Second Language (ESL) can be challenging for students of any age. While most ESL lessons will include memorization of new vocabulary, writing practice and repetition for..
Game - Hana Ichi Monme: traditional Japanese children's game - Lesson  by: sam
Hana Ichi Monme (花一匁?) is a traditional Japanese children's game. The game is similar to the game Red Rover in the Western world. This game is often played in kindergartens and..
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..
DROP THE HANKY - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a circle and sit down. One person is IT and has the hanky (handkerchief). She walks around the outside of the circle and drops the handkerchief behind someone. As soon as that person realizes..
Preschool Winter Activities - Escaping the Winter Blues  by: Mary Robinson
While many adults seem to get trapped in the winter blues, winter is most often seen as a time of wonder and enchantment for children. Explore the many facets of the polar season with these preschool..
PASS THE FLAG - Short Lesson  by: re
Prepare a list of questions, give a flag to the first person in each row. The first person to raise his/her flag may answer the question. If the answer is correct, the student may pass the flag to..
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..
New pronunciation game idea  by: ESL+games
I've just posted a new idea for a pronunciation game based on minimal pairs, haven't had a chance to try it out yet!
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..
Writing Lessons for ESL First Grade Students  by: Stanley Goff
First grade students writing in English as a second language (ESL) are not that different from first grade students writing in English as a first language, because students are only beginning to..
Preschool Theme - Planting a Garden To Celebrate Spring!  by: Mary Robinson
Planting a Garden to celebrate Spring! The snow is melting, the trees are budding once again, and the puddles are collecting at street corners: that's right, spring has sprung, and what better place..
How to Teach English to 20 Year Old Adults  by: Karen Farnen
You have a special audience if you teach English to 20-year-old adult learners of English as a second language.Students reaching adulthood in the early 2000s make up part of the millennial generation..
Trivia Questions And Answers By A Trivia Break  by: Deanna Mascle
1. What was the name of the first computer game? A. Pong B. Tennis for Two C. Pacman D. Donkey Kong 2. How were the Hawaiian Islands settled? A. By pirates B. By Polynesians C. By Spaniards D. By..
Re: some classroom games appropriate and fun for college students  by: Ami
Games can add another dimension of learning to the classroom even at the college level. Two of my best professors, both with doctorate degrees, used games now and then to add pizazz to the material...
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..
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..
How to Make Party Hat Creations with Paper Plates - Tips  by: Patricia Jensen
Inexpensive paper plates are the basic ingredient in how to make party hat creations for your kids party. If you have a unique party theme and can't find hats to match, just make your own. The kids..
STORE - Short Lesson  by: re
Open a pretend store in the classroom. If it is a restaurant, let the students place the orders etc.
Trivia Teaser Questions And Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: What is the deepest part of the ocean? Answer: Marianas Trench Trivia Teaser: Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench is the deepest point in Earth's oceans. The bottom there is 35,840 feet..
FIND THE MISTAKES - Short Lesson  by: re
Working in pairs, one student has a copy of a passage and the other student has a copy with factual errors. These copies are identifies as correct or not. The student with the correct version reads..
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..
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..
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..
Strange Puns #1: for older students - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Timothy Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Show some of these to older students and let them discuss in groups and puzzle them out using the dictionary. 1. Let us eat lettuce. 2. Cycle paths psychopaths. 3. A minimun and a mini mum. 4. Take..
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..
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..
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..
English Preposition Games  by: Ben Urip
For many students of English, preposition is an easy material to learn. So easy is it, that they think they don't need any explanation from the teacher. What they need to do is just to open the..
ERASE A SENTENCE - Short Lesson  by: re
Write a target sentence on the board. Read the sentence and ask the students to repeat it. Have all of the students stand up. Erase one word from the sentence. Have a student from the first row try..
How to Use Cognitive Principles for ESL Teaching  by: Miranda Morley
Anyone can stand at a podium or sit at a desk and dispense ESL grammar rules, but a good teacher is one who knows how to help students process that information and walk away with the practical skill..
ESL Games for Middle School  by: River Lin
ESL games for middle school students provide a break from hard work while at the same time, engage the students in active practice of previously learned skills and content knowledge. You can adapt..
Games I could teach a high school class that would involve writing on the board  by: answers.yahoo.com
Try this:
How to Teach the Alphabet to ESL  by: Lily Mae
No matter if you are a native English speaker or you are learning English as a second language (ESL), learning the letters of the alphabet is the first phase of reading and writing instruction. Once..
Preschool Activities - Sensory Bottles  by: Rebekah Kogelschatz
Sensory bottles are fun and provide lots of opportunities for exploring visual and auditory senses. They used different materials in small plastic water bottles that children can shake, tip, roll,..
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...
Activities to Teach English  by: Victoria Thompson
Use interactive activities to teach English so the student will absorb and retain the information. The student should be an active participant in the learning to practice and master the English..
Book Sale - Lesson + quiz  by: Elite Hussar
The Story "I may want to read it again one day" is the reason why my husband keeps every book he reads. Over 25 years most of them, never opened again after the first reading, have accumulated in our..
First Steps to Learning to Podcast With Your Students - Teaching With Technology  by: Kathy Cothran
You've heard your students talk about the various podcasts they are downloading to their ipods, but you are wondering what it is and how it can apply to your classroom. A podcast is a digital media..
Seeds Scare Me! Poem Analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Nonsense Poems are a category popular with children and some adults. They are written to entertain and most have no special meaning just interesting words and sounds and structure. Write this one on..
How to get started teaching ESL? - Lesson  by: answers.yahoo.com
I have just volunteered to take over a class from an experienced ESL teacher. Yikes! I have some lesson plans from esl-images.com and some other information. I am looking for good, practical advice..
Teaching personal lessons (English lessons)?  by: answers.yahoo.com
Please share some ideas for teaching one to one English lessons. These are pretty tough lessons to teach cuz the teacher/student usually feel they have to be *on* all the time. What activities can I..
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..
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..
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,..
Principles for Teaching ESL  by: Victoria Gorski
ESL (English as a Second Language) needs to be taught in an active and interesting way, allowing students to participate in lessons and develop language skills to use in real situations. Any student..
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...
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 Game - Round the World  by: kr
Title: Round the World Type: Active Game Target: Any conversation Materials: picture cards Procedure: Divide the class into groups of about 5-6 Each group will have on leader. The leader keeps the..
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 Warm-Up Games  by: Rebecca Bagwell
When your students first arrive to their ESL (English as a second language) class, they may or may not be ready to learn English. Help your ESL students out by playing warm-up games at the start of..
Halloween Games for pre-teens  by: answers.yahoo.com
It will just be the three of us. My pre-teen daughters and I are having a "family game night" today.
BASEBALL 3 - Short Lesson  by: re
Draw a baseball diamond on a piece of paper and place a pile of flashcards in the middle of it. Divide the children into two teams and give each team some counters. The team takes turns at bat. The..
Games to Teach Children Learning English  by: Amy Kestly
Playing games in the classroom is a fun, relaxing way for non-native speaking children to practice their English. It is easy for students to get frustrated when they do not understand something or..
Possessive Exercises for ESL  by: Danielle Hill
When teaching possessives to speakers of English as a second language, use engaging and dynamic presentations, lessons and quizzes to help your students internalize forms and rules. Alternate both..
Some good games that you can play in any English Class  by: answers.yahoo.com
Games that involve reading, writing, grammar, etc.? I teach English in a high school but I'm looking for games to use with other age groups too.
Pilgrim Trivia Teaching Tips (THANKSGIVING) - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
How much do you know about the Mayflower, Pilgrims, and Wampanoag Indians? Here are some interesting facts about them. Before the Pilgrims hired her, the Mayflower was in the wine trade with France;..
Re: Lesson Plan on Symbolism?  by: Anna Drake
I don't think "O Captain, My Captain" is too advanced for younger audiences, although 7th grade may be a little overwhelmed by it. I teach an abridged version in the 9th grade that includes around..
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!),..
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..
Grade 6 ESL Games  by: Kara Page
Vocabulary, conjugations and definitions are an important part of learning English but quickly become monotonous. Students in sixth grade need activities that will keep them engaged and interested in..
ESL GAME: Robbers and Cops  by: Sabia
You'll need to get a number of small objects for this game. You can use objects found around the classroom, or any other objects you would like to bring into the classroom. Split the young learners..
A vocabulary game - Short Lesson  by: jt
Are you teaching a "definition" too? If so, write each word on a separate index card and each definition on a separate card. Pass them out, then the kids to could "walk around" and find their..
Preschool Themes - 4 Fun Ways to Teach Letters  by: Mary Robinson
The Importance of the ABC's Integral to any preschool curriculum is the learning the letters of the alphabet, not only because it's a crucial step towards reading but it is also among the easiest of..
How to Teach English Pronunciation to ESL Students Online  by: Mark Fellows
One of the biggest challenges to teaching ESL students is the capacity to adapt to the individual needs of students whose native phonology is different from that of English. Each student has..
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..
Celebrating Black History Month - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
What do Sarah Boone, Alexander Miles, Garrett Morgan, Robert F. Flemmings, and John Standard all have in common? They were all African-American inventors! As part of Black History Month, have your..
The Top 3 TEFL Games For ESL Teachers  by: Ed Earl
When teaching English TEFL it is always beneficial to have some ESL games handy to reward the students when they behave well and work hard. In this article I will describe my three favourite ESL..
Educational Classroom Games - Wheel of Fortune  by: Lucas Kent
GREAT GAME Wheel of fortune A useful tool to have for playing educational games in the classroom is a Sticky Ball. A Sticky Ball is a small plastic ball that is covered with miniature suction cups...
Classroom Activities For Young ESL Learners  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
The brain likes to learn in little bits. Young children have short attention spans. Put these two thoughts together and add the fact that learning a new language is not an easy task. Therefore, an..
Re: Fun Games for Children Training in Martial Arts - Lesson  by: David
We play Sensei Says in our dojo with 5-7 year olds. However, the problem with the game is that kids spend too much of the time "sitting out" when they are eliminated. To overcome this, we divide the..
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..
Cooking in the Class - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
If you are teaching from books five times a week kids will get bored so like others I vary the material, and we sometimes do little cooking projects. Some teachers don't want to organize things like..
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..
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..
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..
How to Teach Pronunciation to ESL Learners  by: Collaborator
Pronunciation often gets ignored over grammar and vocabulary in ESL programs. However, it is just as important because with bad or garbled pronunciation, the spoken message gets lost. “I think”..
Children's ESL Games  by: hyn
Children’s ESL Games (Maya’s complete list) Action Race: This is a game that the children absolutely love. Using actions like run, jump, clap, run etc. the children race from one point to..
Preschool Theme Lesson Plans  by: Mary Robinson
Why Use Themed Lesson Plans? Preschool themes are not essential for a successful preschool lesson, but they do help bring everything together and keep students engaged in learning. For that reason,..
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
Vocabulary Game  by: Rowenna
This is a fun game that both children and adults enjoy. I have tried it in my foreign language classes. The class is divided into 2/3 groups. One person from each group sits in front with his back to..
How to Teach Definite & Indefinite Articles in English  by: Karen Silvestri
Articles are adjectives. The articles "a" and "an" are called indefinite articles and the article "the" is called a definite article. "A" is used before consonant sounds, and "an" is used before..
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..
How to Write an English Lesson Plan for Foreigners  by: Missy J. Talbot
An English lesson plan is generally written in English. However, if the lesson plan itself is for English as a second language learners, or foreigners who are just beginning to understand English,..
Ten Ha-Ha-Hilarious Kids Party Games - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
PARROT GAME Divide guests into two equal groups, one is the Pirates, the other the Parrots. The parrots are very very grouchy and are not permitted to smile. The pirates can do anything they like to..
law day teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
You probably remember May Day on May 1 but did you know that Law Day is celebrated on that same date?! Here are some suggestions for celebrating: 1. Invite a local congressperson to visit your..
Games: Lorry Spotting - Short Lesson  by: sam
This game involves the spotting of various makes of lorries. The scoring is as follows: •Eddie Stobbart = 1 point (spot the name on front = bonus point) •Prestons of Potto = 5 points •Norbert..
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..
Game: Forty forty - Short Lesson  by: sam
A player is chosen as "it" and a landmark such as a tree or lampost is chosen as the base. Players who are not "it" run and hide, while "it" counts to a certain number, usually 40 or 100. "It" looks..
SPELLING SPRINT - Short Lesson  by: re
Students come to the board, teacher calls out a word, first person to answer correctly scores a point for their team.
Game: Heads up Seven up (2) - Short Lesson  by: sam
You need at least 14 people for this, another reason why this game was often played in school. Pick seven people to be 'it'. Everyone else puts their heads down and their thumbs up. The chosen seven..
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,..
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..
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..
The Question Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
You get a couple of students and the first one asks a question. For instance 'Why are we playing this game?', and the following person has to respond with a question, such as 'I don't know, didn't..
Developing Good Homework Habits  by: Celia Webb
Children will be more successful at school if they develop good homework habits at an early age. Parents play an important role in helping the child figure out how to do their homework well. Learning..
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..
Ten Easy Steps to Great Kid Party Food - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
This simple guide to kid party food turns your kids party into a fun food fest. Learn what turns kids on when it comes to party fare, and how to make it quick, easy, and impressive. Ten Easy Steps to..
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..
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..
integrating daily life with reading comprehension - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Did you know there are many questions you could ask your child during common, daily activities that would reinforce a reading skill? Below are just a few scenarios. 1. Riding Around Town a. Have your..
How to Differentiate a Lesson in a Mixed Group With ESL Students  by: Sarah Zlockie
Students, regardless of age or ability level, learn at different rates and have widely varying interests, which makes any type of classroom teaching rigorous. When students of English as a second..
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,..
Korean/English Food Quiz - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL lesson (10+ years). I made this list a few years ago and it never fails to interest Korean students. Who isn't interested in food? With younger children it is best let them make small sketches..
General Knowledge Quiz Questions  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: What is a blue moon? Answer: Second full moon in a calendar month Interesting Fact: 'Once in a Blue Moon' is a common way of saying not very often, but what exactly is a Blue Moon?..
Prepositions VIII - Quiz  by: jt
The workers went ___ strike because they thought their wages were too low. Answer-on He tried to warn his daughter ___ the dangers ___ going out alone ___ night. Answer-of, of, at Although we had..
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..
Chocolate Easter Nests Your Kids (students) Will Love to Make - Lesson  by: Carol Boles
Instead of coloring eggs this Easter how about having your kids make edible chocolate Easter nests? These nests are easy to concoct and will look and taste just like the expensive candy nests you see..
Practical Writing Exercises for Advanced ESL Students  by: Leyla Norman
Advanced ESL students can be exposed to a wide variety of real-world English reading material. This gives them access to more topics about which to write. In addition, students are ready to practice..
How to Teach ESL in a Multilevel Class  by: Brad Conway
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) students who perform at different levels requires you to differentiate your instruction to meet each student's educational needs. While teaching a..
The Mystery or English Box - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL game (all ages. for small or large groups) Get a cardboard box and write the words Mystery Box and English Box on sides in big letters. Pop anything you like in it, pins, pen, clothes peg,..
ESL GAME: Shirt Game  by: Sabia
Divide the children into two teams. Give a man's shirt to each team. Be sure each shirt has the same amount of buttons down the front. At the signal, the first person on each team puts on the shirt..
Earth Day - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt
Earth Day, April 22, is set aside for all of us to think about our planet and how to take care of it. It is a time to think about the most efficient ways to use Earth's natural resources. One such..
For ESL Teachers - Teaching the Alphabet Effectively to Adult ESL Students - Lesson  by: Joan Pougiales, Ph.D.
Many adult ESL students have had limited educations and, even in their native languages, have limited literacy skills. For many, the concept of alphabetical order is unknown. Yet alphabetical order..
Small Words for Small People (ESL Children) - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL game (Phonics Level or just after Alphabet) After Kindergarten and Introductory Phonetics, small children are often put into a Beginners English class using books like Let's Go 1. Often they..
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..
ESL Games - A  by: jt
Alphabet Shout Out Randomly choose an alphabet flashcard and award a point to the first student who shouts out a word beginning with that letter. Alphabet Writing Relay Divide and line up the..
Lessons for Beginner ESL Students  by: Lee Millisaw
Beginner ESL lessons should focus on encouraging students to become comfortable with expressing basic everyday information. Telling the time, commenting on the weather, and describing one's..
Classroom Games for ESL Students  by: Alexis Vega-Singer
Following a textbook is a good way to teach ESL, but sometimes you want to mix things up a little and regain your students' attention. Try some of these games to get students moving around and using..
How to Teach "Do & Does" & "Have & Has" to TESOL Students  by: Emile Heskey
Learning verbs in English can be difficult at times, particularly with irregular verbs such as "to be." However, in the case of "to do" and "to have," there is only one variation on the regular..
ESL GAME: Letter Game  by: Sabia
Divide the Students into 2 teams. Get them to sit in two lines and show the last Student at the back of each row a letter. Scratch the letter on the back of the last student. The student does the..
Puzzle Poem #2, Analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Do You Know Them? Aliens in the garden, solar bathers all. Foreign more than those in space, chryso-green in every place. Rhizoform reticulate terraform ubiquitous. Animal, vegetable, mineral?..
Dynamic English As a Foreign Language Learning Activities Your Learners Won't Refuse  by: Larry M. Lynch
For Bored, Uninterested, Reluctant EFL Learners As you begin yet another scholastic year or higher education semester, you're once again faced with the necessity of circumventing the problems of..
FIND YOUR PARTNER - Short Lesson  by: re
Prepare a set of cards with different names, occupations, friends names, and likes and dislikes. For example, one card might say My name is Yumi. My friend is Chikako. I work at a university. I like..
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,..
Icebreaker games - Short Lesson  by: trent
have everyone say their name, and their favorite hobby.
How to Teach ESL Grammar  by: Karen Farnen
Modern ESL grammar instruction combines practice of structures with practice in communication. With the variety of resources available, every grammar class can address all learning styles. You can..
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..
Classroom Interaction in Teaching English as a Second Language  by: Heather Carreiro
For a new English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, figuring out classroom interaction can be tricky. A language-learning classroom tends to run much differently from a typical lecture-style..
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..
SPEECH CONTEST - Short Lesson  by: re
Stage a pretend speech contest. Use two or three students as judges, and you or JTE as final judge. Have bronze, silver and gold prizes. For longer passages, have students work in teams to present a..
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 Teach Refugees English  by: Judith Willson
Planning ESL lessons for refugees is similar, in terms of the language, to any ESL class, but such classes have specific needs. In general, use common sense and sensitivity when planning lessons and..
Class Activities in Teaching ESL Literary Terms  by: Victoria Thompson
The English as a Second Language student may need the teacher to adapt lessons so that he can fully understand literary terms, which lead to better text comprehension. The lessons should be taught on..
ESL Teaching Techniques  by: Damon Verial
Teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) is a complicated and widely studied endeavor. Many techniques are involved in the teaching of English to non-native speakers. In general, a teacher must..
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..
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..
ESL Game - Clothes Relay  by: kr
Title: Clothes Relay Type: Active Game Target: Clothes vocabulary Materials: Old clothes Procedure: Students line up across from a pile of clothes in teams. The first student runs to the pile of..
2nd Grade Lesson Plan Ideas  by: Tiffany Roget
Various lesson plans are available if you're interested in adding entertaining, educational hands-on activities to your daily routine. Use craft-oriented materials such as markers, stickers and..
Innovative Games for Business Meetings  by: Joey Papa
Difficulty: Easy Using innovative games for a business meeting is a great way to grab the attendees' attention and help them to relieve stress from the day. Playing games at the beginning of a..
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..
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..
fun games to play with a high school class  by: answers.yahoo.com
I am the teacher in a high school classroom and my students love to play games. We have played the same games for such a long time that many of them are losing their fun. Any suggestions for fun,..
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..
| 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..
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..
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..
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..
The Function of Warm-Up Activities for Learning English  by: Robert LeBlanc
A good English as a Second Language lesson will have three distinct parts: a warm-up activity, new knowledge acquisition and practicing new knowledge. Each part of the lesson plays a vital role in..
Interesting Activities for ESL Classes  by: Ben Holck
Most English as a Second Language students have sat through many dry lessons where they've simply learned vocabulary or phrases and repeated it numerous times. While it is necessary to increase one's..
ESL GAME: Shapes Numbers and Directions Game  by: Sabia
Number 4 circles and 4 squares 1 to 4. Divide the students into two teams: “Circles” and “Squares”. Students on each team are paired. One student is blindfolded and the other student becomes..
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..
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..
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.
Teaching Preschool Color and Shapes with Family Games  by: Laura Bankston
My kids just can't get enough of playing games with Mom and Dad--can yours? Sometimes we all take a break in the middle of the day and play a game together. Most of the time, I just make sure we play..
How to Make ESL Lesson  by: Renee Williams
ESL lesson plans are a necessary tool to make sure students meet performance guidelines. Written plans are also essential to help teachers prepare for the class. Some schools require that lesson..
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..
Preschool Theme Lesson Plans  by: Mary Robinson
Why Use Themed Lesson Plans? Preschool themes are not essential for a successful preschool lesson, but they do help bring everything together and keep students engaged in learning. For that reason,..
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..
Science Ideas With a Christmas Theme  by: Donny Quinn
Science is all around us, explaining the mysteries of every part of life including Christmas. From the animals involved in nativity scenes to Christmas decorations, you can find resources for lessons..
How to Make a Model Volcano and Other Fun Kids Party Special Effects - Tips  by: Patricia Jensen
Kids love magic tricks and special effects because they surprise and delight with the unexpected. Here's a collection of easy yet impressive special effects to try at your next kids party. But..
simple classroom games like hangman or ispy, for a small class  by: answers.yahoo.com
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Games I could teach a high school class that would involve writing on the board  by: answers.yahoo.com
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Animals & Pets for ESL Games & Activities  by: Kirsten Silven-Hoell
Teaching English as a second language using associations with animals and pets provides visual and mental stimulation to a sometimes repetitive task. In addition, there are a variety of games and..
ESL Sense of Sight Activities  by: Joe Ashton
English as a second language (ESL) education has become an integral part of classrooms. Teachers prepared to accommodate ESL students are more successful than other teachers. Lessons should be geared..
Kids' Easter Games  by: Teresa Evans
When Easter comes there are loads of kids' Easter games that you can use at school, at home or at Easter parties and celebrations. There are games that are loud and active and quieter games that are..
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.....
Introduction game for students (1) - Short Lesson  by: jt
While students are sitting on desktops or standing in a circle, the teacher tosses a ball to a student who then introduces himself and tells his favorite game or activity. He then tosses the ball to..
ESL First Grade Classroom Management Ideas  by: Kara Page
Classroom management is an important part of education that is difficult to master. With children in first grade, it can be particularly difficult, as in most schools this is their first true year of..
Pilgrim Trivia Teaching Tips (THANKSGIVING) - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
How much do you know about the Mayflower, Pilgrims, and Wampanoag Indians? Here are some interesting facts about them. Before the Pilgrims hired her, the Mayflower was in the wine trade with France;..
Anniversary-birthday Card - Lesson + quiz  by: Elite Hussar
The Story "Do you have any anniversary-birthday cards?" a man asked the stationer. "We have anniversary cards and we have birthday cards, but we don't carry one that combines both. Why?" "Simple ,"..
Ideas to Follow-Up Activities in ESL Teaching  by: Danielle Hill
When teaching any foreign language, repetition is key to your students' advancement. To solidify their understanding of new topics, it can be helpful to devise memorable and interesting follow-up..
ESL GAME: Noughts and Crosses  by: Sabia
Draw a noughts and crosses grid on the board. Number each box from 1 to 9. Now, divide the children into two teams. Label the teams "noughts" or "crosses". Each team has to answer a question..
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...
Scattergories - Short Lesson  by: jin
Scattergories is a game published by Milton Bradley. You do not need to buy this game to play it in your ESL classroom. This English game for high school students works well for large or small..
How to Make Sea Shell Candles - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
Collecting sea shells along the beach is a favorite kids summer activity. Take it one step further by transforming their seaside treasures into beautiful decorations or kids make-and-take party..
How to Teach the English Alphabet to Nursery Children  by: Collaborator
Teaching a child to learn the alphabet is very rewarding to both you and the child. Children are usually anxious to learn and absorb what is taught while playing games. Learning through play is a..
ESL Environmental Games  by: Valerie Madison
An ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher can center lessons around any topic, helping students to learn about other concepts while gaining language skills. Environmental games can teach students..
TEFL Teatime - English lesson  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL: Making a Cup of Tea You learned your language from your mother, or from those around you with whom you interacted on a regular basis. I know some Swedish only because my mother spoke Swedish to..
Winter Olympic Games Higher Faster Sneakier - Lesson  by: Ali
HIGHER FASTER SNEAKIER Content of the lesson: Turin Winter Olympics Speaking activity: Role play and discussion Language: Convincing, expressing reluctance Level: Intermediate + Warm-up: Put the..
ESL Conditional Games  by: River Lin
An excellent strategy to use when teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) is to incorporate games to either teach a new skill or to practice a newly acquired skill. Learning to speak English..
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...
Learning The Alphabet Letters - Use Food To Teach Your Child The Alphabet  by: Deanna Mascle
As the parent of a preschooler, you should make alphabet lessons an important part of your daily routine. Waiting until your child starts preschool or kindergarten to begin work on the alphabet will..
Make a Fairy Garden For Your Kids Party - Activities  by: Patricia Jensen
A fairy garden is a great kids party activity, especially if your theme is a fairy party, garden party, or tea party. A dinosaur den or construction site garden is a fun alternative for little boys..
| 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..
English Coversation Games - Short Lesson  by: jin
Play English conversation games to help students learn English at a faster rate. Assign students to a group, and give each of them a part to play. Then, give each student a goal, and ask them to..
How John And Paul Help Me Teach English  by: Andrew Carter
How John and Paul help me teach English A brilliant and accessible way of Teaching English as a Foreign Language which I learnt as a student has proved to be the best tool in my box! Using Song..
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..
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..
Trivia Teaser Questions And Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: What is the deepest part of the ocean? Answer: Marianas Trench Trivia Teaser: Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench is the deepest point in Earth's oceans. The bottom there is 35,840 feet..
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 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..
Grammar Activities for ESL Students  by: Kara Page
Learning the proper rules and exceptions to the English language is a great challenge for English as a Second Language (ESL) students of any age. Grammar activities in the ESL classroom should be as..
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..
Synonym Standoff - Short Lesson  by: jin
Play to increase vocabulary while learning to use a thesaurus. Have students draw pictures of simple objects like cats or houses. Then pair students and have them challenge each other to describe the..
How to Teach ESL to Haitian Students  by: Paul Higgins
Teaching English as a second language (ESL) to Haitian students can be both extremely rewarding and challenging. Cultural differences and the general lack of equipment or resources require you to..
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..
ROW RACE 2 - Short Lesson  by: re
Show the first person in the first row a flash card. That student must say the word. Each student in her row must repeat the word. The last student gives the Japanese meaning as well. If any student..
Telephone TESOL - Lesson  by: Andrew Carter
Telephone TESOL This is a half hour lesson in Telephone English – aimed at Intermediate level students of English as a Second Language. It’s interesting to note that English sounds very different..
TEFL Techniques: Read the Signs!  by: Andrew Carter
TEFL Techniques: Read the Signs! When learning a new language there are four key skills to master: reading, writing, listening and speaking. As you develop the skills, so you develop your competence..
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.
ESL Games - P  by: jt
Paper Airplane Contest Give students a couple of minutes to make an airplane and one minute to test them. Divide the students into two teams and have the teams stand at the back of the room. Ask a..
ROW RACE 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Students in front row stand up. Teacher asks them a question. If a student responds correctly, they get to sit down. When there is only one person left in the row, that person s column has to stand...
Lesson 5 - Wedding Gown  by: jt
The Story When my sister got married, she wore my mother's wedding dress. The day she tried it on, the gown fitted her exactly and mother started to cry. "You're not losing a daughter," I reminded..
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..
Increasing stress levels in the classroom  by: answers.yahoo.com
I need to teach stress and stress management to adults as part of an induction. Its a struggle to engage with them and I was wondering if anyone knew of a simple game that can be played in a..
ESL 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..
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..
Trivia Teaser Questions And Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
Question: What is the deepest part of the ocean? Answer: Marianas Trench Trivia Teaser: Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench is the deepest point in Earth's oceans. The bottom there is 35,840 feet..
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..
Spectacular Sound Bingo - Short Lesson  by: jin
Spectacular Sound Bingo, a free online game sponsored by PBS Kids, features the characters from the television show 'Super Why.' Students may choose from three difficulty levels, including easy,..
ESL Games for Middle School  by: River Lin
ESL games for middle school students provide a break from hard work while at the same time, engage the students in active practice of previously learned skills and content knowledge. You can adapt..
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..
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..
Food - ESL lesson  by: Tim
Food Make a list of foods and fruits you use in your country in cooking. Vegetables Fruits What are some fruits and vegetables and meats that are only eaten in one country. For example quandongs are..
Classroom game for kids - Short Lesson  by: Teacher
Call out a number (usually 2-10 depending on how many kids you have) and the kids have to get into groups of whatever number you called as quickly as they can. Whoever isn't in a group sits out. Keep..
ESL Game - Going Camping  by: kr
Title: Going Camping Type: Concentration Game Target: Any vocab, or phonics Materials: None Procedure Tell the class you are going on a camping trip. If the students want to join, they have to say..
Foreign Movie Review Form - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
Here is a movie review form I used to hand out in Korean university classes. Students like to watch and review movies. It makes a good homework assignment. Ask the student to review a foreign film...
ESL 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..
English Tutoring Games  by: Kat Walcott
The key to being able to successfully teach English to nonnative speakers is to teach the language in a lighthearted and entertaining way. When working with children in particular, interactive games..
ESL Teaching Tips - Making ESL Worksheets  by: Aaron Whirl
Teaching is among the hardest professions, and the work teachers put into classes is often under-appreciated. This is especially true of ESL teachers, who must not only teach the curriculum, but do..
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..
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..
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..
Free online games & quizzes for teachers and students  by: Steve
English Vocabulary: Basic Elements (Chemistry) (Flash) Blackjack, an ESL game (Perl) Poker, an ESL game (Perl) Super Hangman (Advanced) (Perl) Capitals of the World (Beginner) (Java) Write..
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..
English Lesson Plan: Describing People  by: js
At the beginning of the English lesson plan – People – students are asked to describe the people they see in the pictures. Specifically they should identify gender, age, and a possible occupation..
Seeds Scare Me! Poem Analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
Nonsense Poems are a category popular with children and some adults. They are written to entertain and most have no special meaning just interesting words and sounds and structure. Write this one on..
Motivating Reluctant Teens to Read  by: Celia Webb
Teens may turn into reluctant readers. Sometimes this is because the majority of the reading they do is for school and, therefore, work. Another cause may be that they are struggling with reading at..
ESL Games - T  by: jt
Ten Students stand in a circle and chorus counting from 1-10. Instruct the students to each call out one, two or three of the numbers in numerical order. The student who calls out 'ten' must sit..
| ESL: Learning and Teaching New Words  by: Rosalinda Flores-Martinez
Teachers have their own styles as to how students could adapt to the lessons. As an ESL teacher to some foreign students of different native tongues, I just would recall how I learned English as my..
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..
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..
Free Children's Sunday School Christmas Games & Crafts  by: Suzanne Akerman
The holiday season is one of the most exciting times for Sunday school lessons, and children love to participate in the festivities approaching Christmas. In your Sunday school class, help children..
Games for a classroom - Short Lesson  by: PL
when i was in 6th grade i used to love doing trivia reviews where we would split the class into 2 teams and have them get in single file lines and face off against each other to answer questions, the..
ESL Lesson Plans About Taking & Giving Directions  by: John Byk
Taking and giving directions in a foreign language is a basic but necessary skill to master, especially for students planning to spend time in a country or environment where the target language is..
DROP THE HANKY - Short Lesson  by: re
Make a circle and sit down. One person is IT and has the hanky (handkerchief). She walks around the outside of the circle and drops the handkerchief behind someone. As soon as that person realizes..
How to 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..
English Lesson Plan – Wedding and Marriage  by: js
The Wedding and Marriage lesson is aimed at the acquisition of typical wedding vocabulary, and its use in both oral speech and writing. At the beginning of the class students are given a list of..
How to Teach Children the Seasons  by: Brendan O'Brien
One of the most fascinating subjects for children is nature. More specifically, children are curious about the four seasons and how weather and time work together outside and on the calendar. As a..
How to Teach Adjectives to ESL  by: James Stuart
Adjectives are descriptive words that modify nouns and pronouns. They usually come before the noun they modify and can be grouped together with several other adjectives to accurately describe..
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..
ROW TAG - Short Lesson  by: re
Two students form a row by holding hands. They run around a designated area where the student on one end of the row tries to tag another student. If tagged, that student joins onto the end of the row..
How to Teach English  by: James Larkin Smith
There are many theories and opinions about how to teach English but here I would like to address the very nuts and bolts of what I do to teach beginners. As soon as you meet your student greet them..
Great classroom games - Short Lesson  by: PL
you should really do something with the kids that they enjoy, not what you feel is fun. cause ive been in classes were the teacher does some boring games. for example you should do some games that..
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 ___..
Classroom Activities For Young ESL Learners  by: Dr. Robert W. F. Taylor
The brain likes to learn in little bits. Young children have short attention spans. Put these two thoughts together and add the fact that learning a new language is not an easy task. Therefore, an..
How to 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..
Choose the best answer to fill in the blank.  by: contributor
1. I __________________ TV when the telephone rang. a. watched b. was watching c. are watching 2. I'm afraid I'm not hungry. I've _______ eaten lunch. a. yet b. still c. already 3. My mother let me..
Advanced Games for Teaching English to Children  by: Cooper Veeris
Advanced games provide the playground to teach children English without the pressure of traditional textbook learning. Games allow children to pick up concepts quickly while retaining information...
How to Give Directions for ESL  by: Drew Woods
Many English as a Second Language (ESL) students have trouble giving directions for a number of different reasons. For example, the students either do not know the necessary grammar and vocabulary or..
Three Fun Ideas for Teaching Grammar to TEFL Learners  by: Larry M. Lynch
Grammar. The very mention of the word strikes fear into the heart of the staunchest language learner. Many English EFL and ESL teachers also feel the pit of their stomach churn at the thought of..
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..
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..
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..
Classroom Games for First Graders (Primary)  by: Kimberlee Broaddus
Difficulty: Easy First graders are beginning to read and learn basic numbers. Teachers play a variety of classroomgameswith their students to help reinforce daily learning. Marilyn Jager Adams of..
ESL Telephone Games  by: Kara Page
For English as a Second Language students, learning to speak and understand English on the telephone is a particularly challenging task, as many students rely on reading facial expressions and..
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 GAME: Blow that fish  by: Sabia
Make two teams. Tell each team to make a paper fish. Line the teams up at the starting line. Then you start asking questions; when a student answers the question correctly, he gets a chance to blow..
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...
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..
SECRET NUMBERS GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Students are assigned numbers randomly. The students say their numbers in front of the class and the other students try to remember everyone s numer. The students must try to keep their number a..
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..
Geography Quiz: English Reading - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
1. One of the biggest islands in the world. 2. People eat a lot of imported food. 3. Almost half the people came from Ireland in the 1800s. 4. People are crazy about ice hockey. 5. Many men love to..
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!
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..
How to Teach Adjectives to ESL  by: James Stuart
Adjectives are descriptive words that modify nouns and pronouns. They usually come before the noun they modify and can be grouped together with several other adjectives to accurately describe..
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 ESL to Preschoolers  by: Collaborator
If you know how to teach ESL to preschoolers, you will be in a good position to find a teaching job abroad. In many non-English-speaking countries, it is becoming popular for parents to start their..
Re: Fun Games for Children Training in Martial Arts - Lesson  by: David
We play Sensei Says in our dojo with 5-7 year olds. However, the problem with the game is that kids spend too much of the time "sitting out" when they are eliminated. To overcome this, we divide the..
How to Teach US History Using Backwards Lesson Plans  by: Breann Kanobi
The backwards lesson plan is both a technique and teaching method that can be applied to most subjects. In order to teach United States (US) history using backwards lesson plans, you must determine..
How to Teach Chinese With Children's Games  by: Jean Gochenour
Teaching a foreign language to young students who aren't yet fluent with their own language can pose a challenge. But the benefits of beginning language instruction at a young age outweigh the..
Geography Bee Preparation - Lesson  by: Pamela Stevens
When preparing for a geography bee, students must extend their studies beyond map locations and into relationships or how one area influences another. Study Aids for Geography Bee Preparation Maps..
Preschool Activity - Cutting Shapes and Lines  by: Rachel Paxton
Cutting with scissors is a learned activity. By three years old your child should have no problem holding a pair of child-sized scissors. It takes them awhile to master this new skill, however, so be..
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 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,..
French lesson with audio (116 audios) - ESL lesson  by: ESL Teachers Board
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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..
Chopstick pass - Short Lesson  by: yi
Sometimes at the dinner table, kids get anxious for things to start. This game is a simple game to make dinner table wait times go by fast and with fun. For this game each child needs a set of..
ESL GAME: Make a Group Game  by: Sabia
Get rid of any tables and chairs. Get the kids together in one big group. Have the kids move around, mingling with each other. The kids ask you a question that you can answer with a number e.g...
Preschool Crafts - Dinosaur, Eggs, And Elephant Crafts To Teach The Letters "D" And "E"  by: Mary Robinson
Get Crafty! One of the best parts of a preschooler's day is arts and crafts time. Preschool crafts allow children an opportunity to express their individuality and creativity as well as teaching..
Game for students. Rock-Paper-Scissors Tag - Short Lesson  by: gh
The group divides up in to two teams, one on each end of the playing area in their "safety zone." Each team takes 15 seconds to decide on rock, paper, or scissors for that round, then they meet at..
STRIP STORY - Short Lesson  by: re
Cut a passage into single sentence strips. Scramble the strips. Students work in pairs and try to put the sentences in the correct order. This game can also be played in teams. Make teams consisting..
5 Ways to get your class excited about their school trip  by: Tim Jenkins
‘Teacher’ is a title that is not merely given but rewarded. The role means you have a duty to the student to instruct, inform, inspire and care. Your juggling expertise is about to jump another..
ESL GAME: Slap that Word  by: Sabia
This game helps Students associate and reinforce written and spoken words that have been introduced during your lessons. You'll need these materials: fly swatter word wall (words written on a..
| 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..
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..
Sketch Artists (Vocab Lesson) with Video  by: Chris Westergaard
ESL Lesson Plan - Lexis - Appearance "Sketch Artists" Here's a lesson that you can do with intermediates and up. I just shot the video for it (coming soon) so make sure to take a look at it. The..
"All I Want for Christmas" Writing Activities  by: Suzanne Akerman
When the Christmas season approaches and visions of sugar plums and Xboxes dance in students' heads, it can be hard to keep children focused on schoolwork. In your English course, give students..
Christmas Lesson Plans for Toddlers  by: Erin O. Smith
Young children are always excited at Christmas. Incorporating the holiday into your lesson plans is a fun and educational way to reach toddlers. Christmas Music Classic songs with short simple..
Boy with a Sling.. generic poem analysis - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin T. Day BSc MSc BEd
I like to teach with short poems or songs as they are snack-size literature suitable for a 50 minute class period. Here is a short poem for class analysis like several others I have posted. There is..
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..
Preschool language lesson plans  by: answers.yahoo.com
I need two language lesson plans that aren't reading a st**id book or some rhymes.
ESL Games - T  by: jt
Ten Students stand in a circle and chorus counting from 1-10. Instruct the students to each call out one, two or three of the numbers in numerical order. The student who calls out 'ten' must sit..
Some Valuable Steps On Applying Clown Makeup! Seriously, We're Not Clowning Around Here - Tips  by: Maria Parise
Who doesn’t love being a clown? It’s a great costume idea for both adults and children. It looks like a lot of work to do clown makeup, but it’s actually quite easy. Here are the steps to..
English lesson – Traveling  by: js
At the beginning of the English lesson ‘Traveling’, students are offered twelve pictures of different types of transport which they should match with the following words: train, jet, cruise ship,..
How To Use A Jeopardy PowerPoint Template Effectively When Co-Teaching As a Native Teacher  by: Daniel E Massicotte
Everyone knows about the TV show Jeopardy. Surprisingly, your students will also have heard of it. Regardless of their familiarity with the show, they all love playing a simulation in class of the TV..
ESL Lesson Plan 'The Odd Couple' Gradable/Ungradable Adjectives  by: Chris Westergaard
The Odd Couple, Gradable/Ungradable Adjectives - Intermediate and Above This lesson gets students speaking about a mocked past vacation using gradable and ungradable adjectives. It can be used with..
ESL Class Exercises for Larger Class Sizes  by: Enzo Silvestri
ESL, or English as a Second Language, and is a growing field all over the world. There are many ways to teach ESL, ranging from individual to small groups to large classrooms. When teaching to..
How to Explain Halloween to Children  by: Contributor
Halloween is lots of fun for kids - mostly because it usually involves getting dressed up and eating candy. There's more to Halloween than trick-or-treating, though, and you may want to share the..
How to Teach ESL to Kindergarten Children  by: Karen Frances
With kindergarten age children, the emphasis for teaching English as a second language should be on fun. Children in this age group might just be starting to learn to recognize letters and words in..
ESL GAME: The Bell Game  by: Sabia
You’ll need two bells. Make two teams. Show a flash card to the Students. The first Student to ring the bell and read the word correctly gets one point for her/his team.
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 to Teach English  by: Victoria Thompson
Use interactive activities to teach English so the student will absorb and retain the information. The student should be an active participant in the learning to practice and master the English..
ESL Game - Last Man Standing  by: kr
Title: Last Man Standing Type: Game Target: Any conversation Materials: None Procedure: Ask one row of students to stand up. The others remain seated. Ask “What do you want to do?” to all..
Trivia Questions - For The Birds (2)  by: Deanna Mascle
1. Which is not a group term for birds? A. Flock B. Flight C. Volery D. Swarm D. Swarm TOPICS: Various insects can collectively be called a swarm but not birds! 2. Which of these is a fear of birds?..
How to Teach "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..
A Love of Football Can Lead to a Love of English! Tips  by: Andrew Carter
Yes, really! It works something like this. My client works for a business in Japan – in fact he’s Japanese, in his thirties, and being groomed for the next level of management. Trouble is, this..
How to Teach Sound-by-Sound Spelling Blending  by: Mark Pennington
Learning how to do sound-by-sound spelling blending takes a bit of practice. Position your students such that your body does not obstruct their views of the board. Use black or blue markers for the..
Halloween Games for pre-teens  by: answers.yahoo.com
It will just be the three of us. My pre-teen daughters and I are having a "family game night" today.
Warm-Up Activities for Elementary-Level ESL Classes  by: Ross P Purdy
The warm-up is one of the most important elements of any English lesson. Warm-up activities relax your students, get them into "English mode," and - perhaps most importantly - set them up for success..
Use Harry Potter Trivia in Effective Reading Lesson Plans (Questions)  by: Valerie Giles
Why not change the format of your comprehension questioning in your reading lesson plans for each Harry Potter novel? This will in fact work with any novel study. After each chapter or section of the..
Teaching English As a Second Language to Adults  by: Celia Webb
If you will be working with adult learners of English, start by assessing their needs. Many English as a Second Language students know what they want to learn. At the beginning their needs will most..
ESL 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..
Nutrition Lesson Plans & Crafts for Kids  by: Anne Kinsey
Nutrition lesson plans and crafts can help kids to learn about nutrition and learn to value taking care of their bodies. When they are growing up in a world where fast-food commercials are flashed..
ESL GAME: Math Game  by: Sabia
Put the students into groups of 4 or 5. Give each group a die. One person in the group rolls the die. The Students remember the number. The other Student rolls the die. The students add up the..
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..
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,..
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 Warm-Up Games  by: Rebecca Bagwell
When your students first arrive to their ESL (English as a second language) class, they may or may not be ready to learn English. Help your ESL students out by playing warm-up games at the start of..
Classroom Games - Statues & Squiggles  by: Lucas Kent
Statues This is a fun game to give your students a break and some exercise. 1) Have the students stand up and push their chairs in so they have lots of room to move around. 2) Choose a scenario which..
Acrostics is fun - Lesson  by: Elephant
Try acrostics. My students really like this game, especially when ice creams await the winners. Acrostics is a game in which the class is divided into groups of three or four. The teacher writes..
Tourism - Lesson  by: Ali
Tourism Intermediate+ Aims: Students discuss the advantages and disadvantages of tourism industry and ask questions from each other about tourism, as well as May holiday Language: Vocabulary about..
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..
Interest Facts - Scare Crow Trivia Questions And Answers  by: Deanna Mascle
1. What is a scarecrow? A. A device to scare birds B. A device to keep farmers company C. A device to motivate gardeners D. A device to entertain visitors A. A device to scare birds TOPICS: A..
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..
Organization teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
At this time of year, teachers are wondering where their summer went! Nevertheless, you are gearing up for another school year. Prepare by getting organized from the inside out. To me, August 1..
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..
The spirit of giving teaching tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
At this holiday time, take the opportunity to teach children about the spirit of giving. Giving takes many forms. You can give your time, such as volunteers do. You can make monetary, clothing or..
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..
How to Play an Easy ESL Game to Teach and Learn Names  by: Karen Farnen
If you are an English as Second Language (ESL) teacher and would like to easily learn your students' names, then you will want to play a name game. The students will benefit since they will practice..
Useful Phrases For Doing Business In English  by: Linguarama
When it comes to English for business you’ll find there are a number of expressions that you probably won’t encounter in casual speech. Here are five expressions that you might hear if you are..
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.
ESL Writing Goals for the 3rd Grade  by: Mary Grace Konzier
When students are learning English they are also learning how to read and write. Writing in third grade involves learning how to put stories together focusing on the introduction, the body and the..
Storyline - Short Lesson  by: jp
Divide into groups of 4-6 people. Give everyone a sheet of paper and ask them to write the first sentence of a story at the top of the page. It may begin "Once upon a time..." if they like. Then they..
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..
Teaching Business English With "The Tractor Deal"  by: Dave Volek
Specs, specs, and specs! It's quite common for international business negotiators to use lots of numerical details. Each of these details must be precisely communicated for both sides of the..
Spelling Tips For ESL Students  by: Celia Webb
Spelling in English is hard even for those of us who have been practicing for years! For one thing there are so many exceptions to the rules. The English language actually has two basic types of..
Christmas Art Lessons  by: Nikki Van De Walle
Christmas art can make a great gift or decoration in the house, while keeping your children occupied during the long break from school. Christmas crafts do not need to be expensive or elaborate and..
ESL 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..
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?
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
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Making Student Presentations Fun  by: Ontesol
English is the global language of business, but it is also the language of Hollywood and Shakespeare! So learning English can be fun. Have you ever bored your students to tears by making them recite..
| ESL Oral Activity - Using Adjectives to Describe People  by: Andrew Lawton
At some point in your ESL class you will present adjectives that describe people. This is a good opportunity to get your ESL students some much needed English speaking practice. I use the following..
Scrapbooking Ideas for Kids - Tips  by: Kathleen Hudson
Many times at auctions, or estate sales, a box of books will turn up a real treasure, like a scrapbook that was kept by someone in their youth and sometimes through their adulthood. The book could be..
Fun Christmas Activities for the Classroom  by: Pamela Martin
Incorporating Christmas themes into classroom activities brings a touch of freshness at a time when students and teachers alike may be burning out a little. Art projects with Christmas designs are..
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..
Christmas Theme Ideas for Preschoolers  by: Breann Kanobi
Though they do it in a wide variety of ways, most people in Western countries celebrate Christmas. Help preschool students understand and appreciate this tradition with a variety of Christmas-themed..
Learning the Basics Like the Alphabet and Numbers  by: Theresea Hughes
We all want our children to succeed in learning and the first mini hurdle that they have to overcome is learning the basics like the alphabet and numbers. Yet trying to get a toddler to memorize..
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..
ESL Game - 5 Corners  by: Joe Tosczak
This game is called "Corners." It is very easy to play and it is a lot of fun! You can play this game at the beginning of class to warm the students up; or at any time that you sense that the..
Free Tailored ESL Lesson Plans  by: Chris Westergaard
Hello, I'm creating tailored lesson plans for anyone who wants them. Just leave a comment on my blog www.teflpragueandabroad.blogspot.com and I'll create one for you. Here is a lesson that I created..
HOW TO - Short Lesson  by: re
Take the instructions for doing something simple (making toast, doing the dishes, etc.). Cut the instructions up. Students have to put the instructions in the right order. Don t forget to include..
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..
Winter Olympics Teaching Tips - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Do you recognize the names Giant Slalom, Luge, and Curling? Yes? Then you must be ready for the Winter Olympics! Here are a few suggestions to make them more meaningful to your children: 1. Let each..
What words can you make using the letters, D G R A G E? this is for the game Bully during the english 5 class?  by: answers.yahoo.com
words have to be at least three characters long
ESL Game - 5 Corners  by: Joe Tosczak
This game is called "Corners." It is very easy to play and it is a lot of fun! You can play this game at the beginning of class to warm the students up; or at any time that you sense that the..
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 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..
Cooking in the Class - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc., M.Sc., B.Ed.
If you are teaching from books five times a week kids will get bored so like others I vary the material, and we sometimes do little cooking projects. Some teachers don't want to organize things like..
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..
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..
Fun Classroom Games & Activities  by: Miriam C
Difficulty: Easy Classroomgamesand activities can bring an element of fun to your class. These activities are a greatbreak from regular work. They allow students to work off steam before a holiday..
Talk a Lot Lesson Test – Books  by: englishbanana.com
Talk a Lot Elementary Book 3 © English Banana.com A) Translate these words into English from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA): a) LDåflKîäL= ___________________ d) LDqêfäK]L=..
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..
Effective Listening Activities for ESL Students  by: Chris Cotter
Most ESL students will say that listening is difficult, if not actually admit that this is their weakest skill. The difficulty comes down to two main points. The first point results from the pace,..
Sequencing - Short Lesson  by: js
In sequencing activities, students must put jumbled pieces of information into a logical order. Unlike jigsaw activities, all students in the group are allowed to see all the pieces of information...
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..
Advanced Games for Teaching English to Children  by: Cooper Veeris
Advanced games provide the playground to teach children English without the pressure of traditional textbook learning. Games allow children to pick up concepts quickly while retaining information...
How to Plan a No-Materials ESL Lessons  by: Writer
There are many reasons why you may plan a no-materials ESL lesson. You may have been called in to substitute for another teacher just 20 minutes before the lesson, you may need a change of pace to..
ESL Elementary School Games  by: Melanie J. Martin
To reinforce grammatical concepts and vocabulary, mix games into your English as a second language (ESL) lessons. Games help kids to stay focused while practicing words and concepts that you've..
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,..
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..
Fun Ways to Celebrate Birthdays in the Classroom - Activities  by: Jen Dobson
Let's admit it: the last place any kid wants to be on her birthday is at school. But there are ways to make the day fun for the birthday child - while getting some lessons done in the process...
Tips for Successful Listening Activities in the English Language Classroom  by: Sarah Handsworth
Listening is an essential activity for any language learner. In listening we come up against a series of obstacles that prevent progression. It can be a depressing experience for a student to study..
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.
Question Formation II - quiz  by: jt
___ yesterday? a. Whose called b. Who called Answer-b ___ talk to? a. Who did you b. Who you did c. Who you Answer-a ___ you born? a. Where was b. Where are c. Where were Answer-c ___ to the train..
| English Money Idioms: An ESL Learner's List  by: J. Reese
When I was young, I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is. - Oscar Wilde While probably not the most important thing in life, money does, in..
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..
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..
Developing Your Lesson Plans  by: Mary Joyce
As a homeschooling parent you are acutely aware of how important it is to have daily plans and be organized. Everyone has their own methods and tactics. And most of these plans certainly weren’t..
Games Silent Ball (variation)  by: teacher
Silent Ball. Students pass a koosh ball or nerf ball to each other, but the point of the game is they have to try to get the attention of the person with the ball silently (hints the name). Students..
Games Silent Ball (variation)  by: teacher
Silent Ball. Students pass a koosh ball or nerf ball to each other, but the point of the game is they have to try to get the attention of the person with the ball silently (hints the name). Students..
English Words Used in the Korean Language - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Tim Day, B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
An ESL lesson (8+ years but can adjust to all ages). I have been collecting words (see list below) that Koreans have adopted from other languages. It is sort of a mini-vocabulary within their own..
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..
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..
Preposition Exercises for ESL  by: Jen Marx
Learning prepositions is difficult for some native speakers of English, let alone for English as a Second Language (ESL) students. Therefore, crafting lesson plans and activities geared toward ESL..
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..
Conversations For a Non-Native English Speaker  by: Cashmere Lashkari
One of the most daunting tasks a Non-English Speaker faces abroad is making basic conversation for essential requirements. Even if they are somewhat fluent in the language specific vocabulary fails..
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..
Read Aloud and Spot the Differences #1  by: Greg Goodmacher
This is similar to the conversation activity in which students look at pictures, describe the pictures, and discover the picture differences. However, this is done with a reading text and students..
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..
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..
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..
ALPHABET 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Use big cards. Go through the alphabet once in order then mix them up. Introduce the pronunciation of B and V, M and N, and L and R carefully.
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..
ESL Teaching and Learning Tips, by Dr. Yanni Zack, an American ESL specialist  by: Steve
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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..
Creating Fun, Fascinating Conversations about Pets - ESL Teacher Eric Roth Lesson  by: Eric Roth
Do you love pets? Do you carry a picture of your favorite pet? Are you closer to your pet than your neighbor? Brother? Personally, I'm a dog person. I even named my publishing company after my first..
ESL Game - Clueless  by: kr
Title: Clueless Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Word or picture cards Procedure: One student has a card pinned to their back or stuck on their forehead. The rest of the class knows what..
Book Review and Reflection - ESL lesson  by: Nellie Deutsch
Book Review and Reflection Read a book in English and fill in the following information: Your name: Your e-mail: Information about the book Title: Author: Number of pages: Please answer the following..
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..
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..
Developing Good Homework Habits  by: Celia Webb
Children will be more successful at school if they develop good homework habits at an early age. Parents play an important role in helping the child figure out how to do their homework well. Learning..
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 - Fast/slow motion  by: kr
Title: Fast/slow motion Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: picture cards Procedure: Have a pile of picture cards and show them to the class one by one in either fast motion or slow motion...
How to Use Videos to Teach English  by: Erin Schreiner
Learning the English language is a complex undertaking. As with learning any language, non-native speakers have to navigate a river of vocabulary, grammatical exceptions and language nuances. The..
PLEASE - Short Lesson  by: re
Give some instructions to the children (e.g. Please open your books. Please stand up. Please touch the door.). Mime or gesture to help them guess what to do. The children can then take turns giving..
Game: Two balls and a wall - Short Lesson  by: Tom
Is a children's game played in the United Kingdom. The game is played by standing next to a wall and throwing a ball at the ground so that it bounces off the ground, then wall, and returns to the..
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...
INTERVIEW 1 - Short Lesson  by: re
Can be used with any grammar point. Make up a list of questions that the students must ask each other. Leave a blank space after each question so the students can insert the name of the person who..
French lesson with audio (116 audios) - ESL lesson  by: ESL Teachers Board
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ESL Games - C  by: jt
Car Race Arrange the flash cards in a long line with starting and finishing points. Give each student a counter. The first student throws the dice and moves. The student must say the word on the..
Share an creative activity/game that would enable children 6-8 and 11-14 have fun at the same time learn  by: answers.yahoo.com
I am responsible for a group of children this weekend, two groups and I am having trouble thinking of either board games, card games, and/or phyical games that innercity children would love to play..
MADLIBS - Short Lesson  by: re
This is a cloze activity where students must fill in the blanks of a storyline. The crazier the better. An example of this activity could be: This morning, I saw a _____________. It was __________...
How to Engage Students in ESL Classes  by: Janet Beal
Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) presents teachers with a number of challenges. One of the main ones involves strategies to keep students interested and engaged while tackling a complex..
How to Teach ESL Lesson Plans  by: Robin McDaniel
English as a Second Language (ESL) students are becoming more prevalent in our schools as the educational system is becoming more multiculturally oriented. Teaching ESL students requires some..
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..
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..
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..
How to Use Realia in ESL Lessons  by: Contributor
Realia refers to the practice of using real, tangible things in the classroom to help your students connect with English on a different level. It involves visual, tactile and functional methods for..
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: 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..
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..
Preschool Activity - Cutting Shapes and Lines  by: Rachel Paxton
Cutting with scissors is a learned activity. By three years old your child should have no problem holding a pair of child-sized scissors. It takes them awhile to master this new skill, however, so be..
School Christmas Holiday Activities  by: Athena Hessong
Keep your students occupied during the anticipation of the Christmas holidays. The busier the students are, the less likely they will be to become distracted by the upcoming break. Use the holidays..
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..
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...
Teaching personal lessons (English lessons)?  by: answers.yahoo.com
Please share some ideas for teaching one to one English lessons. These are pretty tough lessons to teach cuz the teacher/student usually feel they have to be *on* all the time. What activities can I..
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..
Calendar Teaching Tips - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Stop! Don't throw away those old calendars! There is so much you can do with a calendar to reinforce academic skills. Here are a few suggestions: 1. Writing - Use the pictures as story starters by..
COLOURS AND ALPHABET - Short Lesson  by: re
Draw up an alphabet chart. Each letter is a different colour, but stick with about 5 colours. Review these colours, then say the alphabet. Then, tell them from now on, they must clap on the colour..
Creative Movement for Children - ESL lesson  by: Kids on the Move!
Lesson #35: Rocket Day Objectives: To understand personal and general space while practicing locomotor skills and patterns. Materials Needed: Aluminum foil Toy rockets (or paper towel tube; 1 per..
Substitute ESL Class Ideas  by: Tammy Quinn Mckillip
If you're going to work as a substitute English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, you'll need to have plenty of educational games and exercises ready to share with your class on a moment's notice...
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,..
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 English Listening Comprehension Activities for the Classroom - ESL Teacher Andrew Lawton Lesson  by: Andrew Lawton
ESL English Listening Comprehension Activity for the Classroom An ESL teacher always needs to get his students speaking and listening to English. As we all know, our students many times don’t hear..
Geography Quiz: English Reading - ESL Teacher Robin Day Lesson  by: Robin Day B.Sc. M.Sc. B.Ed.
1. One of the biggest islands in the world. 2. People eat a lot of imported food. 3. Almost half the people came from Ireland in the 1800s. 4. People are crazy about ice hockey. 5. Many men love to..
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.
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..
Making a Hypothesis - quiz  by: jt
1. I wish I ___ younger. Life does not seem so attractive at the age of 45. a. am b. were c. had been Answerb Supposing you ___ $3 million in your bank account. Would you give any to charity? a. have..
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..
Game: Who Am I? (2) - Short Lesson  by: sam
For this game you will need some slips of paper. On each of which you write the name of a famous figure, like say Marilyn Monroe, Donald Duck, Mozart, Godzilla, Lieschen Müller or George W Bush for..
How to Teach English With Ludic Activities  by: Nicki Callahan
Ludic, or spontaneous, activities are effective tools when teaching English. These activities encourage students to practice their language skills on the spot and without preparation. These exercises..
Idea for demonstration lesson for English class?  by: answers.yahoo.com
I just started to teach English for kindergarten kids. I have to give a demonstration lesson to get new students. I'm suppose to prepare 20 min. lesson and 30 kids are coming. They are all 4 years..
ESL Game - Charades  by: 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..
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..
How to Teach ESL Songs - A Guide For TEFL Teachers  by: Mark Aubrey
tudents really enjoy singing and songs are a fun way for them to learn new vocabulary and practice using the language. This article offers some tips on how you can use songs in your class to improve..
ESL Games - D  by: jt
Dance Of The Ostriches Pair up students and attach a flashcard to their backs. The object of the game is to look at the other student's flash card and yell out the word before they see yours. Draw It..
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..
Activities on How to Teach English to Spanish Students in Elementary School  by: Sara Rajan
If you are teaching elementary Spanish-speaking students how to learn English, it is important to keep in mind, first of all, that the atmosphere the children are learning in must be comfortable and..
ESL Game - Balloon Relay  by: kr
Title: Balloon Relay Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: Balloon Procedure: Divide students into teams. Each team is split in half and stands in line opposite from each other as in a..
GIVING AND FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS/INSTRUCTIONS - DR. MA. Lourdes Eufrocina M. Palcuto Lesson:  by: DR. MA. LOURDES EUFROCINA M. PALCUTO
LESSON 1 LANGUAGE FUNCTION : GIVING AND FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS/INSTRUCTIONS LANGUAGE FOCUS : IMPERATIVES PREPOSITIONAL PHRASES PREPOSITIONS OBJECTIVES : At the end of the lesson, you should be able to:..
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...
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 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..
When to Use Shall - A Short English Lesson for EFL/ESL Students  by: Kevin M Stafford
Since shall is not regularly used in American English, numerous EFL/ESL students learning English from American teachers are not taught how to use the word. If the word is talked about in class, it..
Inexpensive Art & Craft Ideas for Three-Year-Olds  by: Sid Williams III
Swiss child psychologist Jean Piaget identified four stages in a child's learning. Three-year-olds are in the second stage, the pre-operational period, which lasts from age 2 until 6 1/2 or 7. At..
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..
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..
ESL Game - Snowball fight  by: kr
Title: Snowball fight Type: Active Game Target: Any vocabulary or conversation Materials: Pictures printed on paper Procedure: Divide students into 2 teams and make a line which the teams cannot..
Categories using ten words - ESL lesson  by: Pierre Gauvin
Writing everything that comes to mind is what this activity is all about. The learners must scramble to write as many words related to a particular subject during a specific time period. The subject..
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..
First Grade Classroom Games (Primary)  by: Megan Shoop
Difficulty: Easy For the most part, first graders dislike sitting still for long periods of time. This means that their attentioncan easily waver in the classroom if you don't get them up and moving..
Christmas Art Activities for Teachers  by: Lily Mae
Teachers can harness the excitement of Christmas for educational purposes with lessons about the holiday and the customs that surround it. When teaching about Christmas, use art projects to provide..
TEFL Speaking Lessons  by: Linsay Evans
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) can be a demanding and rewarding career. According to a 2005 article by Yi Yang in the "Internet TESL Journal," teaching English to non-native speakers..
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..
Teaching Business English With "The Tractor Deal"  by: Dave Volek
Specs, specs, and specs! It's quite common for international business negotiators to use lots of numerical details. Each of these details must be precisely communicated for both sides of the..
TEFL Techniques - Where's Your Tongue?  by: Andrew Carter
Many students of the English language have a problem with pronouncing the ‘TH’ sound that we use so commonly in our language, and it’s important that we teach this sound from an early stage...
Icebreakers - Lifeline - - Short Lesson  by: le
Provide each person with a large sheet of paper and a marker or pen. Have them write their name and create their "lifeline" on the sheet - drawing or writing significant events in their life from..
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TYKES Halloween Games  by: kevntosh
oday at the TYKES Halloween Party, one of the games was to see who could make a Mummy out of their partner the fastest.
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..
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...
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..
Basic English Lesson Plan  by: Chelsea Hoffman
If you're just starting out as an English teacher, or if you're simply a substitute teacher who has been hired for the job rather quickly, you might feel a little stressed out when it comes to making..
Ideas for a fun English class  by: answers.yahoo.com
What are some ideas for games and activities for English students? I have a group of eight students learning English as a second language (they're pretty fluent), all about 20 years old. What are..
Game: Hot Potato - Short Lesson  by: sam
This works well for Christmas parties or other gift-exchange parties, or perhaps would be a good way to distribute goodies. You will need a wrapped gift for every child that will be playing and music..
Early Writing - Three Ways to Encourage Literacy Through Writing  by: Mary Bogin
Early humans began writing with pictures of their lives on the walls of caves. We are visual. The human form seems to be stored in our minds from the memories of our ancestors. Universally, all..
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..
Writing Lessons for ESL First Grade Students  by: Stanley Goff
First grade students writing in English as a second language (ESL) are not that different from first grade students writing in English as a first language, because students are only beginning to..
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..
ESL Activities Uncovered!  by: Kelvin Nikkel
ESL activities are a crucial part of any ESL lesson plan. If you are not including activities within your class or tutorage, then you are missing out on one of the strongest tools at your disposal...
Introduction Games Teaching Tips - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, M.S.
What? Already?! Teachers are busy preparing for the new school year. One way to set a positive tone in the classroom is to make sure all the children know one another. Here are a few introduction..
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..
Match the Sentences  by: jt
Choose the equivalent or near-equivalent sentences. 1. He hates washing the dishes 2. He's not diplomatic. 3. He has no money. 4. He's a good driver. 5. He died from hunger. 6. He's the loser. 7. He..
Re: Fun Games for Children Training in Martial Arts - Lesson  by: David
We play Sensei Says in our dojo with 5-7 year olds. However, the problem with the game is that kids spend too much of the time "sitting out" when they are eliminated. To overcome this, we divide the..
SECRET NUMBERS GAME - Short Lesson  by: re
Students are assigned numbers randomly. The students say their numbers in front of the class and the other students try to remember everyone s numer. The students must try to keep their number a..
English lesson plan with the topic Health  by: js
The English lesson plan Health starts with a warmer in which students should guess things like 'sore throat', 'high temperature', 'pills', 'toothache' etc. by looking at the pictures. The pictures..
Harry Potter's Geography and Mapping Lesson Plans: Add a Little Magic to your Lesson Plans  by: Valerie Giles
Lesson plans for mapping and geography can be inspired from the Harry Potter series of books. Harry Potter was very lucky when Ron's twin brothers gave him a magical map. This map showed him all the..
English lesson – Job  by: js
The English lesson – Job starts with a warm-up where students should guess people’s professions after looking at the pictures. The pictures are the cumulative images of typical traits..
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..
The Perfect Society: A WebQuest on The Giver - ESL lesson  by: Nellie Deutsch
The Perfect Society! A WebQuest on The Giver by Lois Lowry Introduction Lois Lowry wrote a novel about a community that seems to function perfectly. The Giver appears to describe a perfect society...
Game - Who's Missing - Short Lesson  by: sam
Who's Missing is a game for children ages kindergarten through 6th grade, and is often played in the classroom. In this game, one student hides his or her eyes while other children trade seats and..
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..
Game for students to know each other: Scavenger hunt - Short Lesson  by: sam
Give everyone a list of items and make them ask other classmates if they have something that fits the list. The list could either be innocuous items, e.g. who has a student id or wearing a casio..
Activities For ESL Students: Tips For Teaching Children ESL  by: Alber Roth
There is always a lot of preparation that goes into teaching anyone ESL. However, teaching children is entirely another ballgame. You need to remember that your are teaching a room full of children..
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..
Game: Balderdash - Short Lesson  by: sam
Balderdash is simple, fun, and lets everyone get involved. You'll need a dictionary, paper, and pencils and around 5-10 people, so at a big party you could make several groups. Each player gets a pad..
Winter Theme Art Lessons  by: Zora Hughes
The changing seasons provide an ideal opportunity to help children create art projects related to a particular season. In particular, the snow and ice that come with winter provide teachers with..
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..
Pilgrim Trivia Teaching Tips - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
How much do you know about the Mayflower, Pilgrims, and Wampanoag Indians? Here are some interesting facts about them. Before the Pilgrims hired her, the Mayflower was in the wine trade with France;..
Grammar Activities for ESL Students  by: Kara Page
Learning the proper rules and exceptions to the English language is a great challenge for English as a Second Language (ESL) students of any age. Grammar activities in the ESL classroom should be as..
ESL Game - Line by Line  by: kr
Title: Line by Line Type: Game Target: Any vocabulary Materials: None Procedure: Divide the class into teams. Draw a picture of the vocabulary words slowly, one line at a time. Teams guess what I am..
INTERRUPTIONS - Short Lesson  by: re
Give the students instructions like Clap when you hear a word that starts with S. Snap your fingers when you hear the EEE sound. Stand up when you hear the end of sentence. Then read through a..
Teaching ESL: How to Have a Successful English Corner  by: Kevin R Baker
I must admit that after hearing "What-a is-a your favorite-a color?" for the 100th time, I was not too interested in English corners. The idea was to give the Chinese students an opportunity to speak..
5 Great Ideas For Children's Halloween Party Games  by: Nicola Kennedy
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel when you plan on having a Halloween Party with kids. There are many popular games that can be modified to fit into any Halloween event. Some include: Musical..
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..
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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..
Lesson 7 - The Best Accountant  by: jt
The Story An accountant answered an advertisement for a job with a large firm. At the end of the interview the chairman said, "One last question-- what is three times seven?" The accountant thought..
Winter Math Activities for Grade Six  by: Rebecca Dale
Educators concerned about student engagement often look for fun activities and themed lessons. Winter-themed math lessons help students master required concepts and celebrate the season. Sixth-grade..
How well-organized are you? - Lesson  by: Ali
How well organized are you? Language: bashful, scruffy, shabby, sluggish, reluctant, Type of activity: Speaking and Critical thinking / Pair work Objective: to practice lexis relating to time and..
3 Preschool 'Read A New Book Month' Activities  by: Paula Jones
December is Read a New Book month. This is a great opportunity to expose your children to new books. Spend some time focusing on early literacy skills during this month. Your children will enjoy..
Topics for ESL Speaking Class  by: Maggie McCormick
Speaking is often one of the most difficult aspects of learning English as a second language (ESL). For students of ESL, it is difficult to quickly explain thoughts and feelings in a new language. A..
ESL 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?..
The Triangle Game - Short Lesson  by: sam
This works best in a medium size group where only one or two people know the game. A person starts by saying 'This triangle goes from x to y to z'. Basically, x, y and z may be anything - people,..
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?..
Game: Silent ball - Short Lesson  by: sam
Silent ball is a children's game in which a ball is thrown from player to player while everyone remains silent. The game only requires a single ball and participants will either sit on an elevated..
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..
Games That Work in School  by: Contributor
For many students, school is not only a place for learning it's a place for fun and socialization. Classroom games are a part of the school experience and can help promote teamwork, physical fitness,..
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..
Mother's Day Activities: Teaching Tip - ESL Teacher Freda Glatt Lesson  by: Freda J. Glatt, MS
Do you remember this Howard Johnson song titled "M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means the World to Me)?" 'M' is for the million things she gave me, 'O' means only that she's growing old, 'T' is for the..
What Games Can I Use in an English Lesson?  by: Chris Soames
Excellent question! Games are a fantastic addition to any TEFL lesson and inject a good dose of fun into the classroom. There are many reasons why you should include games in your lessons, and for a..
Game: The City Alphabet - Short Lesson  by: sam
One player names a town/city eg New York. The next person has to name a town beginning with the last letter of the previous town/city in this example Albany would do. No repeats of towns are allowed,..
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..
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..
Halloween Activities for the Classroom  by: Veronica Ouellette
Halloween is a holiday that children throughout the United States look forward to each year. Most children enjoy dressing dress up as their favorite super hero, scary monster or another character and..
How to Use a Story to Improve a Student's Vocabulary Level in an ESL  by: Rebecca Mayglothling
ESL, or English as a Second Language, students learn English through many different methods, such as reading, listening, speaking and repeating. The best method of learning is different for each..
Fun Christmas Science Experiments  by: Ilana Boyum
The Christmas holidays can be a challenging time to keep kids focused and engaged at school, as visions of winter vacation, Christmas presents and snowmen take center stage in their minds. Teachers..
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..
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..
TEC ~ Simon Says (funny)  by: mooncrystle
How to Connect Words with ESL Exercises  by: Lane Cummings
ESL refers to English as a second language. An average ESL lesson consists of presenting the grammar, vocabulary or other language point of the day, checking student understanding of it, and writing..
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
How to Teach Your Child To Read  by: Don C Jones
Reading should be fun, but to enjoy reading, one must be a good reader. Would tennis be fun if the ball never went over the net? This technique is the result of over 50 years experience teaching..
ESL 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..
Fun Halloween Games  by: Lauren Vork
There is no holiday that inspires fun in quite the same way that Halloween does. For the celebration times before and after trick-or-treating (or just for those of us who are a bit too old for this),..
How to Use a Story to Improve a Student's Vocabulary Level in an ESL  by: Rebecca Mayglothling
ESL, or English as a Second Language, students learn English through many different methods, such as reading, listening, speaking and repeating. The best method of learning is different for each..