ESL Speaking Games and Activities

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Conversation or speaking class lesson planning made easy! You’ll be able to find some awesome ESL speaking games or activities for your teenage or adult students to do in class in less than 5 minutes, guaranteed. It’s the book you really can’t afford not to have in your library. There are 39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL speaking activities and games that are all tested and proved to work in the real-world, with real university and middle/high school students. They range from the most simple of warm-up games to some advice on how you can get your students to make videos or posters…

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Show and Tell ESL Speaking Activity: Not Just for Kids!

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Skills: Speaking/listening Time: 1-2 minutes per student (no questions). 4-6 minutes per student (with questions) Level: High beginner to Intermediate, all ages Materials Required: Nothing Show and Tell is a classic activity from way back in elementary school but it can work well in your ESL classes too. Tell students a few days before the “show and tell ESL speaking style” class that they need to bring an object from home that is meaningful to them. If it’s something really big (a piano) or something that doesn’t transport easily (a cat), then they can email you a picture to put…

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Board Games for ESL Students

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Board games for ESL students are a fun way to review the concepts you’ve been talking about during that class. They often come in the teacher’s book that accompanies your textbook, or you can easily design your own in just a few minutes. Here’s my simple past board game so you can get an idea of just how easy it is to make them yourself. In this short video, I talk about why I like board games so much: If you want even more ideas for your ESL speaking or conversation classes, check out my book on Amazon: 39 No-Prep/Low-Prep…

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Role Plays for ESL Students

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A short video talking about role plays for ESL students-why I like them so much and how I go about using them in my own ESL speaking and conversation classes. For even more activity ideas for your speaking classes beyond role-plays, sign-up for my email list. You’ll get some goodness delivered to your inbox each week. I promise to respect your privacy!

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ESL Icebreakers

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Icebreakers are an excellent way to start your class–they help your students ease into speaking English and they can also help them get to know their classmates. Here are a few of my favorite ESL icebreakers that I use in my own classes. Just a Minute ESL Speaking Challenge This is a good one for both kids and adults. Students have to speak for one minute, about a certain topic without stopping. Flashcard Sentences For kids. It’s a fun way to review some vocab. The Name Game-ESL Icebreaker For kids and adults to help them remember names. You can make…

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Do You Like to _____? ESL Speaking Activity

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Skills: Speaking/listening Time: 15 minutes Level: Intermediate] Materials Required: Strips of paper (or students can make their own) Give each student five strips of paper. On each piece of paper they write something interesting about themselves. Then, collect them, mix them up and distribute them back to your students (three per student). At this point, everyone stands up and goes around the class asking questions to try to find the owner for each paper that they have. If someone is done early, you can give them another paper from the reserve pile that you have. For example, “Do you go…

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5 Successful ESL Speaking Activities

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A video showing a demonstration of 5 successful ESL Speaking activities from The Art of Teaching Speaking: Research and Pedagogy for the ESL/EFL Classroom by Dr. Keith Folse. The explanations for the activities are very clear and useful, especially for beginners to ESL teaching.

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Daily Schedule: ESL Speaking Activity

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Daily Schedule ESL Speaking Activity Skills: Speaking/listening/writing Time: 10-20 minutes Level: Beginner to Low-intermediate Materials Required: Nothing Activity Description: It seems that in most beginner ESL speaking or 4-skills textbooks there is a unit on daily schedules, such as, “What time do you get up?” or, “What do you do in the afternoon?” A fun activity that you can do is to have students interview their partner. You can pre-select questions for lower level classes or let the students choose their own questions for higher levels. Make sure you specify a minimum number of questions if you let the students…

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Conversation Starters for ESL Teachers

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If you’re looking for conversation starters for ESL teachers, here are a few resources; save time and make your life easier. Role Plays for ESL Students Conversation Starters for Adults 4 Hot Discussion Topics for Adults in Korea Top 10 Discussion Starters for Children Also check out ESL Discussions that has questions on just about any topic–they are in an easy to find list by topic format. Lesson plans, discussion starters, games, activities and more: I respect your privacy!

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Role Plays for ESL Students

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Skills: Writing/speaking Time Required: 15-40 minutes Level: Beginner to Advanced Materials Required: Nothing Give the students a conversation starter to get them going. For example, if you’re talking about feelings in class that day, you can use: A. Hey _____, how are you doing? B. I’m great, how are you? A. I’m _____ (sad, embarrassed, angry, bored, etc.). ***Anything besides, “I’m fine, thank you, and you?” is good.**** B. Oh? What’s wrong? A._____. B._____. Another context that I often use this activity with is illness or injury. For example: A. Hey _____, you don’t look good! What’s wrong? B. Oh…

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Just a Minute Game- ESL Speaking

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The Just A Minute Game is a fun “Toastmasters” kind of ESL speaking activity where you write up a bunch of topics on the board such as animals, family, jobs, hobbies, schedule, TV, etc. Then, the first student throws a scrunched up paper ball at the board and the topic closest to where the ball hit must talk for an entire minute about it. The challenge is that students must keep talking continuously without stopping for the entire time in order to successfully complete the challenge. Erase that topic and continue with the next student. If you have a big…

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Top 10 Discussion Starters for Children

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If you’re looking for discussion starters for adults: Conversation Starters for Adults But, if you want some conversation starters for children, you’re in the right place. Here are my top 10: Favorite Things Have students fill in the blank with, “What’s your favorite _____?” Collect the papers, choose the best two or three and have then answer the questions. Birthday Party What would your perfect birthday party be? Favorite and Least Favorite Meals Something your parents cook that you love. Something your parents cook that you hate. In your Bedroom How is your bedroom decorated? Why did you choose each…

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6 ESL Survey Ideas your Students Will Love

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ESL Surveys: Love Them! You’ve probably made your way here because you’re searching for ESL survey ideas. We’ll get to that, but first I’ll tell you why I love ESL surveys so much. I’m convinced that every ESL teacher should be using them every single month in all their classes. Surveys are one of my favourite ESL activities. If you ask my students, they’ll probably tell you the same thing. I use them at least once a month in all my classes, for a huge variety of topics. They can also be used for just about any level, with the…

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Tell your Story: An ESL Speaking Activity to Practice Reported Speech

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Skills: Writing/reading/speaking/listening Time: 15-30 minutes Level: Intermediate to Advanced Materials Required: Nothing Have students write something interesting. Some examples are: most embarrassing moment, scariest thing you’ve ever done, your dream for the future, etc. Base it on whatever you are studying in class. Then, distribute the stories to other people in the class. They have to go around the class, finding the person whose story they have by asking questions. Once they find that person, they have to ask three interesting questions about the story. Teaching Tips: Emphasize to students that they are to practice asking good questions. For example,…

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