Vocabulary Auction: A Fun Game for ESL Students

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Vocabulary Auction: Preparation There are plenty of variations of auction games, but vocabulary has the least amount of preparation involved. It will be more fun if you have fake money, poker chips, etc. Begin by having the students list vocabulary they have been studying. Try to get at least 20 terms from them. Next, divide the class into groups of 3-4. Give each group a budget of $1000 and have them bid in increments of $50-100. (Note: if you are using money or tokens, you will need your own supply, to pay out groups who double down.) Vocabulary Auction: How…

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Top 10 ESL Activities for Adult Beginners

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Top 10 ESL Activities for Adult Beginners If you’re looking for some ESL activities for adult beginners, you’ve come to the right place! I’m going to share my Top 10 ESL Activities for Adult Beginners with you. Adult beginners can be a bit tricky to teach because although they don’t have the skills to engage in things like free talking or open discussions, they of course aren’t babies and you need to use topics, games and activities that are relevant and appropriate for them. I taught in South Korean universities for 8 years and about 5 of those years were…

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ESL Activities for Listening and Speaking

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Top 10 ESL Activities for Listening and Speaking If you’re looking for some ESL activities for listening and speaking, you’ve come to the right place! We’re going to give a brief description of our 10 favourite ESL activities that focus on two very important skills-listening and speaking. We’ll also include a link to more details about how to set up the ESL activity and use it in your classes. #1: ESL Surveys ESL surveys are one of my all-time favourite ESL Activities for listening and speaking. I love them for the following reasons: They get students up and out of…

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ESL Review Activity: Got to Hand it to You

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ESL Review Activity: Got to Hand it to You If you’re looking for an ESL review activity, you’ve come to the right place! Got to Hand it to You is kind of like a quiz show, but instead of the teacher asking questions and the students answering, everything is on paper. In groups, students read the questions and then they have to fill out an answer sheet. It’s far more student centred than the traditional “ESL Jeopardy” game and as a bonus, students have to answer all the questions instead of every 1 in 20 or so. Got to Hand…

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Top 10 ESL Activities for Total Beginners

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Top 10 ESL Activities for Total Beginners When I first began my ESL career teaching in South Korea, I taught total beginners. It was like I got thrown into the deep end of the pool and I could barely tread water. 10 years later, with a whole lot more experience under my belt, total beginners don’t intimidate me like they used to. In some ways, I even like them better than advanced students. It’s easier to teach someone numbers and colours than the subtle differences between all the future tenses. Anyway, if you’re in the same boat I was when…

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Top 10 ESL Icebreakers: Start Your Class Off the Fun Way

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If you’re looking to get your semester started off on the right foot, then you’ll need to use a few of these ESL icebreakers. They’ll help the students get to know each other and you as well. By starting your classes off with some ESL icebreakers, you’re setting yourself up for a successful semester. Keep reading for the top 10 ESL icebreakers. You can see the detailed activity description by clicking the links! #1: Ball Toss If you’re looking for one of the most versatile ESL activities ever, look no further than this Ball Toss one. You can use it for…well…just…

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Top 10 ESL Review Activities and Games

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If you’re looking to make sure your students understood what you taught them in a previous lesson, consider using one of these top 10 ESL review activities and games. They’re fun, engaging and interesting, which will equal happy students and happy teachers! Most of them are appropriate for just about any age or level of student, just adjust them accordingly. Click on the titles of each ESL review game to be taken to the full description of the activity. #1: Odd One Out This ESL warm-up activity is also one of my favourite ESL review activities. It’s fast, easy and…

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ESL Speaking and Listening: Agony Aunt

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ESL Speaking and Listening Activity: Agony Aunt Skills: Listening/Speaking/Reading Time: 15-20 minutes Level: High-beginner to Advanced Materials: Printed advice column questions and answers Agony Aunt if one of my favourite ESL speaking and listening activities. It will get your students talking because everyone knows how to solve other people’s problems! If your students are a bit more advanced, you can use actual advice columns. These can easily be found by searching on the Internet for “advice column” etc. The lower the students’ level, the more you’ll need to grade the language, or you can write your own advice column. It doesn’t…

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101 ESL Activities for Teenagers and Adults

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101 ESL Activities for Teenagers and Adults 101 ESL Activities: For Teenagers and Adults is a new book out on Amazon that is guaranteed to make your lesson planning easy. Save time and do the things you actually like to do instead of wasting time with too much lesson planning! It will help you out if: You’re a first time teacher who doesn’t have much experience in the classroom. All you need to do is open the book and choose a few of the activities to do in class. It’s lesson planning made easy and you can stop wasting time…

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How to Teach English Conversation

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How to Teach English Conversation Many foreign ESL teachers abroad, especially in places like South Korea, teach predominantly English conversation classes. Some teachers (and students too!) have the perception that teaching English conversation involves just “talking” to the students. Free-talking does have a role in helping students learn English. However, it shouldn’t be the only thing we do in our English conversation classes. More than just Free-Talking There is far more to English conversation than just free-talking. In my first year of teaching, I was given a “free-talking” class with middle school students. My boss told me to just talk to…

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Trivia for Kids: Lesson Planning Made Easy!

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Trivia for Kids as well as Adults Trivia is one of my favourite ways to begin my classes. It’s a light-hearted way to ease your students into using English and it also is a great way to expand student’s general knowledge as well as vocabulary. The only problem is that it can be pretty hard to find trivia that is challenging yet has language easy enough for students who don’t speak English as their first language. However, there are two resources that you need to check out! The first one is trivia for kids and the next one is trivia…

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Private Teaching ESL Activities and Games

Private Teaching Activities and Games Private teaching can sometimes be a little bit difficult because the activities and games you’d normally use with bigger classes often won’t work when it’s just you and a student. I know that I’d way rather teach a class of 30 than a private session with only one or two students! However, I still occasionally do private teaching and I have a go-to repertoire of activities and games that I rely on. I’ll share a few of my favourite activities for 1-1 ESL teaching here. English Central Videos for Private Teaching I love to use…

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English Central: YouTube for English Teaching

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English Central: YouTube for English Teaching! Kids as well as adults love videos and they make excellent language teaching tools. The only problem is that many of the videos on YouTube are too difficult, especially for beginners. However, there is a good option! English Central.  You can search by level and find just about anything you could possibly want. Keep reading for how I use English Central in my own ESL classes in South Korea. A Listening and Speaking Activity Skills: Listening/ Speaking Time: 10-15 minutes Level: Beginner to Advanced Materials Required: Internet connection English Central is YouTube for language…

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Story Timeline: ESL Reading and Speaking Activity

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An ESL Reading and Speaking Activity If you’re looking for an ESL reading and speaking activity, check out this story timeline activity. It makes an excellent follow-up activity for whatever reading your students are doing inside, or outside of class. It works equally well for both children and adults. It’s an excellent 1-1 activity, or if you have a bigger class, you can put students into pairs or groups of 3-4 and have them work on it together. If you want to make it more difficult for advanced level or older students, just include some extra strips of paper with…

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