Hot Potato: an ESL Speaking Game for Kids

Hot potato ESL speaking game for kids

Hot Potato: A really fun ESL speaking game for kids Skills: Speaking Time: 5-10 minutes Level: Beginner, up to 11 Materials: Flashcards, timer, “potato” (an object for students to pass around) This is a simple vocabulary review game, spiced up with a timer. There are plenty of phone app timers, but a kitchen timer works well. To play, start the potato, which can be a white board eraser, ball, or any lightweight, easily-seen object, moving around the class from student to student. If there is not a practical way to play in a circle, have a contingency for the last…

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What am I? An ESL Speaking Warm-Up

What am I? An ESL Warm-Up Activity

Skills: Speaking/listening/reading Age: 10+ Materials Required: Tape or pins and vocabulary words on paper What am I? is a classic party game that is an excellent way for beginner students to practice asking simple questions. I often use it as an ESL speaking warm-up in the next class if in the previous one we studied about question forms. For more advanced students, you can choose much harder vocabulary words instead of simple ones like you would for beginners. A good topic for advanced students (or a party you are hosting) is famous people. Write a bunch of animals, jobs, hobbies…

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Teaching English to Children: Have a routine to start your class

Teaching Young Children: Have a routine

Teaching English to Young Children: It’s All About Routine When you’re teaching English to children, especially young ones, it can be really useful to have a routine to get your class started. They know what to expect so they can feel comfortable and secure and you have a few minutes of your class that you don’t have to put thought and energy into planning in a detailed kind of way. Sure, it’s a bit boring to start every class off in the same way but for young children (and older ones too?!), it’s all about repetition and review, so power…

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No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities: For Kids (7+)

ESL Speaking Activities for kids

If you teach ESL Speaking or Conversation to children (age 7+), this is the book that you need to have in your library. It has 39 ESL activities and games that are guaranteed to get your students talking, having fun and learning some English, the interactive way. They are no-prep or low-prep so will make your lesson planning easy and they’re the perfect supplement to a coursebook of some kind. There are plenty of tips for new teachers about how you can implement these games and activities in your classroom. Awesome ESL Speaking Activities right at your fingertips! Buy it…

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Charades ESL Game

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Charades ESL Game: An Introduction Skills: Speaking Time: 20-30 minutes Level: Beginner to Advanced Materials Required: White board You can use this charades ESL speaking game to review whatever you’re studying. For example, verbs work especially well. Write out some phrases or words that can be easily acted out on small pieces of paper and put them in an envelope. It’s an excellent way to review vocabulary. Related: Top 10 ESL Review Activities Divide the class up into two teams. The first team sends one person, the captain up to the front and they have to act out and describe…

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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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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

ESL icebreakers

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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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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