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 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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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 Tips for Engaging Apathetic Students

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A reader question from Katrina about how to get her low level middle school students to participate in class when the last thing they want to do is speak English. This is a tough one and I’d appreciate some feedback from the readers (I’ll leave the comments open). But, here are 5 tips for engaging apathetic students that I hope will be helpful. Choose Activities Carefully The best ones are those where it’s almost easier to speak English than it is their first language. Some examples of good ones are ESL board games and surveys for ESL students. The survey…

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Small Talk ESL Activity: Practice this important skill

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Small Talk Activity for ESL/EFL Students 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. Small talk is an important, but often overlooked skill. This is because it’s not that easy to practice it in a natural way in a very artificial classroom. Check out this small talk ESL activity below for a…

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Problem/Advice- Reported Speech Activity

If you have high level students, an excellent activity that you can use for reported speech is problem and advice. Show the students a problem that you found online or made up. Here’s mine about a high-school student dating a college guy. Have students talk about the problem with their partner and say what advice they would give. Next, students have a few minutes to write their own problem in 5-8 sentences, preferably using one or two sentences with reported speech in it (My Mom told me that…). They share the problem with their partner and he/she gives them some…

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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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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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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 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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39 ESL Speaking Activities for Adults

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Good news my readers! My editor and I have been working away like busy beavers writing and editing a book filled with 39 of my favorite ESL speaking activities for adults. The book also has some teaching tips, advice for teaching very low level speaking classes, lesson plans, my favorite ESL speaking websites (besides this one!) and other goodness; it should be done in less than a month. I plan to give the book away for free for one week but only to members of my email list. When you join the list, you get an email about every 5-10…

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Flashcard Sentences: ESL Speaking Game for Kids

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Skills: Speaking Time: 5-10 Minutes Level: Beginner-Intermediate Kids Materials Required: Flashcards Free: 40+ ESL Games and Activities Email Address This flashcard ESL speaking activity for kids is the perfect way to review whatever grammar and vocab points you’ve been studying. Go around the room asking each student, or a team of 2 a question. Pull a flashcard from your pile and then the student has to make a sentence using the grammar point with that card. A correct sentence gets the card, not correct, and the card goes back at the bottom of the pile. The winner is the person…

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