ESL Textbook Reviews

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Here are some of my ESL textbook reviews for children and adults, with an emphasis on which ones are best for speaking or conversation classes. ESL Textbooks for Children ESL Textbooks for Adults For even more, including ESL writing books check out: ESL Textbook Reviews over on HubPages.

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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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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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ESL Lesson Planning Template

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Here is the most basic of ESL lesson planning templates that you could use consisting of some questions you can ask yourself when you’re preparing for your classes. There are plenty of more formal and complicated ones out there, but I’m all about the simple, for just about every single thing in my life. How will you introduce the target language? A reading? A listening exercise? A story? A worksheet? What will you write on the board? What controlled practice activity will you do? What page in your book? Another resource? How will you provide feedback? What freer practice activity…

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The Conditioned: ESL Conversation for Adults

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Thanks to Film English for this solid ESL conversation for adults lesson plan. The Conditioned is a short video (less than 5 minutes) about a man who undergoes a massive transformation and it provides the basis for some really interesting discussion among your students. It’s perfect for intermediate to advanced classes of around an hour or 90 minutes. For even more lesson plan ideas for your speaking or conversation classes, sign-up for my mailing list where you’ll get am email every week with some of my favorite stuff in the ESL world. I promise to respect your privacy:

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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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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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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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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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Introduction Survey ESL Speaking Activity

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This is an excellent activity to do on the first or second day of class as a way for students to get to know each other. The way it works is that students have to find someone who answers yes to a question and if they say yes, they can ask a follow-up question or two. Then, they fill in the chart quickly with the answers. If a student says no, the other student must ask another question. This introduction survey can be a bit difficult to explain, so it’s best to do two examples before you start: one where…

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ESL Speaking Activity for Adults: Something in Common

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Find Something in Common If your students are not shy, this ESL speaking activity for adults is an excellent way for everyone to get to know each other. The students stand up with a piece of paper and pencil in their hand. They have to talk to everyone in the class to try to find something in common (they are both from Seoul, or they both know how to play the piano). Once they find this thing in common, they write it down along with the person’s name. Keep going until most of the students have talked to everyone. Teaching…

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ESL Speaking Warm up Activity

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Skills: Speaking/listening Time: 5-15 minutes Level: Intermediate to Advanced Materials Required: Nothing This is an excellent ESL speaking warmup activity for higher levels. Put the students in small groups of 3-4 people. Have them pick four famous people, dead or alive that they’d like to invite to a party they are having. Then, they have to say the reason why they’re inviting them. I do an example like this: Person: Michael Jackson Reason? He has a cool house and he can play some dance music for us. Also, I want to know why he got so much plastic surgery. Give…

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5 Lesson Plans for Advanced ESL Conversation Classes

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Advanced conversation classes can be a bit tricky to teach because it’s sometimes hard to see any improvement in your students. But, I’ve found that it can be really useful if you use authentic material and challenge your students that way instead of just relying on ESL textbooks, which are often too easy and often quite boring. Here are five lesson plans that I’ve used in my own advanced level English conversation classes: Students in any Country Technology and Sleep Google Investing in Renewable Energy Students in Korea Cigarette Prices to Double Agricultural Subsidies Korea’s Aging Population For even more…

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