ESL Speaking Bingo

ESL Speaking Bingo

Skills: Speaking/listening/writing Time: 20-30 minutes Level: High-Beginner to Advanced Materials Required: Blank “Bingo” grids, or blank paper   ESL Speaking Bingo is a very fun activity that kids, teenagers as well as university students seem to love. Have a list of about 35-40 vocabulary words that you’ve been studying (on the PPT works well). If you use less, the game will be over very quickly. Give the students a pre-made Bingo Grid, or have them draw a 5×5 grid. Then the students fill in the grid randomly from the list of words on the board or PowerPoint. Then, choose someone to…

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An ESL Game Classic: Running Dictation

Running Dictation ESL Game

Why Running Dictation is Awesome Running dictation is a classic ESL game because it’s fun, covers all 4 skills in a single activity and it also gets students up out of their seats and moving around. It’s like the gold-standard of ESL games! You can use it for adults, university students, kids-whoever! My variation of running dictation addresses the biggest negative of the game-the yelling and cuts it out completely. How to Do Running Dictation Skills: Reading/speaking/writing/listening Time: 10-20 minutes Level: Beginner to Advanced, 8+ Materials Required: Printed sentences, blu-tack Running dictation requires a bit of prep before students arrive.…

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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. 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 in English as many things as they can in two minutes. Alternatively, you…

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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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ESL Speaking Activities for Adults

esl speaking activities adults

My new book about ESL speaking activities for adults is up on Amazon: 39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities: For Teenagers and Adults. The electronic version is only $2.99 or you can get it for free if you’re in the Kindle Unlimited program. You can get the Ebook version with any Mac, PC, tablet or smartphone-just download the Kindle App. It’s way easier than you think it is and even the non-techie can do it! And in other news, I started a new website related you might be interested in if you teach at the university level. My Life! Teaching in…

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Board Games for ESL Students

ESL board game

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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ESL Speaking Activity for Adults: Just a Minute

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Just a Minute is a fun ESL speaking activity for adults that’s perfect as a warm-up at the beginning of your classes. I heard about this one in a presentation about toastmasters and have been using it in my adult ESL classes ever since. Be sure to adapt it to your level-shorter for beginners and longer for more advanced. Like this activity? There are 38 more in 39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities: For Teenagers and Adults

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Never Have I Ever ESL Game

Never Have I Ever ESL Game

Skills: Speaking/listening Time: 10-20 minutes Level: Intermediate to Advanced Materials Required: Nothing Never have I ever ESL Game is taken from the classic party game that you can play in your ESL speaking classes as well. The way it works is that students think of a few things that they haven’t done but that they think others in the class have. For example, maybe someone hasn’t been to Japan or China but most of the people in the class probably have. Or, perhaps someone has never tried Indian or Vietnamese food. If you have higher level classes, no thinking time…

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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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Small Talk ESL Activity

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This small talk ESL activity is the perfect way to get your students speaking English. It’s ideal for a warm-up activity to start the class, or as a way to finish off a lesson on small talk. You can use it for beginners to advanced students, but you’ll have to adjust the length of the conversations. Print off this grid, one per every 4 students. Small Talk Activity Put students into pairs, with 2 pairs in one group (4 students total). The first pair chooses a topic such as “this morning” and must talk about it for 2 minutes (advanced),…

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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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Taboo: an ESL Speaking Game for Kids and Adults

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This is an excellent ESL speaking game for kids or adults to review vocabulary words at the end of a unit and also to practice using synonyms. Make up a list of around 20-40 words, depending on how long you want to play. Put them on a grid and cut them out, one set per group of 4. Put students in groups of 4 and give them one set of words. The first student selects the first word (they are face-down and hidden) and has to describe the word, but cannot say it. The other three students can guess what…

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No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities for Teenagers and Adults

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Have you ever thought that you needed 39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities for Teenagers and Adults? You can get it…soon. This book should be available by the end of the month (May 2015) and it will be free to everyone on my mailing list. If you’re reading this in the future, it’ll also be available on Amazon, but it won’t be free, sadly. The moral of this story? Sign-up now! Email Address

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ESL Speaking and Conversation Resources

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I have another website, My Life! Teaching in a Korean University and I’ve been talking about ESL speaking and conversation for years. Here are some of my favorite posts which you might find helpful. Sample Syllabus for a University Conversation Class Public Speaking for ESL Students ESL Speaking Tests Book Review: Speaking Activities that Don’t Suck Teaching Websites and Resources I use in my own Classes

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