Top 5 Games and Activities for Big ESL Classes

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Big EL Classes: They don’t have to be a Nightmare 50 students in a class? Sounds like your biggest nightmare? I’m not going to sugar-coat it for you-it is kind of a nightmare and in a language class, it’s really ridiculous. However, it’s quite a common situation in universities in Asia, particularly in Thailand,  China, Vietnam or Korea. Ideally, you’d have between 8 and 16 students. Eight is enough to do pretty much any activity, while 16 isn’t so big that you’ve unable to give any sort of individual feedback. After about 25, it’s mostly just a sea of faces.…

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81 Ways to Make your ESL Speaking Class Awesome

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Make your ESL Speaking Class Awesome I’m sure you want your ESL speaking classes to be as awesome as possible. Everybody does! Here are my top 81 tips to help you do that. Ready for great classes in the future? Because that’s what you’re going to get if you follow these tips! Ready? Keep on reading for the ESL speaking class awesome. 1.What’s your Target Language? The first way to make your ESL speaking class awesome is to be clear about the aims of your lesson. “Practicing speaking” isn’t enough. Something more specific like, “Introduce and practice 5 feeling words,”…

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Conversation Starters for Adults

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Top 10 Conversation Starters for Adults If you’re looking for a quick warm-up or perhaps a more in-depth discussion, check out these 10 conversation starters for adults–perfect for your ESL speaking classes. They are appropriate for students in almost any country. If you want to start your ESL class off in style, with the students talking, sharing ideas and having fun, then you’ll need to consider using these Top 10 Conversation Starters for Adults. Have fun! If I won the lottery Have students describe what they would do or what they would buy if they won the lotto. I usually…

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Top 5 ESL Warm-Up Activities

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Top 5 ESL Warm-Up Activities ESL Warm-up activities are an excellent way to begin class because they ease students back into using English again. In many cases, the last time students thought about or spoke English was in your class last week! Here are five of my favourite ESL warm-up activities that I use in my own classes in a Korean university. Warm-Up Activity #1: Just a Minute Just a Minute is a very simple activity that you can use to get your students talking. Write a bunch of general categories on the board such as jobs, hobbies, dreams, movies,…

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Never Have I Ever ESL Game: An Excellent Icebreaker

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Never Have I Ever for ESL/EFL Students 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…

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Top 10 ESL Activities for all Levels

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Top 10 ESL Activities for Beginner-Advanced Students Top 10 ESL Activities for all Levels is what you need if you teach a wide variety of students from beginner to advanced. All of these activities can be adapted to make them very easy, or quite difficult. If you want to save time when you’re planning your lessons, keep the framework of the lessons the same (same activities, games, etc.) but then adapt the material to suit the individual class. It’s much easier and faster than reinventing the wheel for every single lesson for every single class. Smart teachers use something like…

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IELTS Speaking: Top 5 Tips you Need to Know

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How to Improve your IELTS Speaking Test Score As the IELTS exam has become increasingly important internationally, there’s more and more information available on the Internet about the exam. It’s important to consider this information critically, and to consider the source of the information. Many people have their own opinions about how to perform well; some of these opinions come from direct experience, while some, unfortunately, amount to educated guesses that might not be informed. Top 5 Tips for IELTS Speaking Tests There are five things you should know specifically about the IELTS Speaking exam. Some may seem obvious; some…

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Top 10 ESL Speaking Activities for False Beginners

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Top 10 ESL Speaking Activities for False Beginners I taught English in South Korea for almost a decade and most of that time was spent teaching false beginners. False beginners are students who’ve studied English at some point in the past but had to stop for whatever reason. Or more commonly in Korea, they’ve studied English for years, sometimes very advanced level concepts but didn’t really even grasp the basics. It was all too common amongst my students! Some students realized that they were actually at quite a basic level, and they were easy to teach because they were willing…

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English Listening Tips for ESL/EFL Learners

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If you’re looking to improve your English listening skills, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to share three of our top tips with you today. You’ll also get a link to a resource with even more tips for how to practice English listening. Maybe you want to improve your conversational English and make some new friends. Perhaps you want to be able to travel confidently. Maybe you want to understand English TV or movies, instead of relying on subtitles. You might want to get a higher score on something like the TOEIC listening test to get a better…

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English Reading Tip: Post-Reading Activities

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Post-Reading Activities to Improve your English Reading Skills It’s not over ‘til it’s over. Once you have read a text, you may feel like you are done, but if you want to get the most out of it, there are a few different activities you can do. You can write your answers, but if you are short on time, you do not have to. Say them out loud to yourself, or to your study partner. Think About the Characters more Deeply If you are reading fiction, here are some ideas to think about the characters more deeply. This will help…

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Toilet Paper Ice breaker Speaking Activity: Get to know each other

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Toilet Paper Ice Breaker Speaking Activity Skills: Speaking/Listening Time: 5-30 minutes Level: Beginner-Advanced Materials Required: Toilet Paper This toilet paper ice breaker speaking activity is the perfect way to start your first class off with a bit of fun. It also helps your students get to know each other, as well as you, the teacher. Although some students may have played it before, it’s still worthwhile. Bring in a roll of toilet paper, and depending on the size of your class, tell the students they can take a certain number of pieces (big classes 1-4, small classes 4-8). Don’t give…

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Cosmo Quiz ESL Icebreaker Activity

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Cosmo Quiz ESL Icebreaker Activity Skills: Speaking/listening/reading Materials Required: A Cosmo quiz or Cosmo-type quiz If you are a guy, you may not be familiar with the quiz in each month’s edition of Cosmopolitan magazine. These generally predict something about your relationship style, finances, etc. In other words, they are quiz-style horoscopes. They are pretty fun to do as a group, because they are not meant to be taken seriously. However, they can tell you a little something about the quiz-taker. The classes that Cosmo quizzes work best with are full of young women. A bunch of teenage guys probably…

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A Relative Clause Speaking Activity which is Fabulously Fun

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Relative Clause Speaking Activity If you’re studying about relative clauses (who, which, that), and want to lighten up the mood a bit you can use this “Who or What is it?” relative clause speaking activity. My students always love it. Relative clauses are a bit grammar heavy to teach and lessons about them are usually focused on pen and paper exercises. But, it is possible to practice relative clauses in a fun speaking activity too. Here’s How to Set Up this Relative Clause Speaking Activity Make a list of things or people and cut them up into little pieces and…

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Can Can’t ESL Game

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Can Can’t ESL Game This can can’t ESL game is great for practicing speaking, listening and writing. It’s a game for children or adults, but the content is usually covered with children more than adults. Can/Can’t is a very basic grammatical concept. Related: ESL Activities for Advanced Level Students To play this can can’t ESL game, put the students in teams of 2, 3, or 4 depending on how big your classes are. They have to pick 1 animal, and 1 thing, but must keep it a secret from the other teams My 2 examples that I give the students…

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