My Top 5 ESL Activities for Kids: Try them out today

ESL Activities for Kids

ESL Activities for Kids If you’re looking for some great ESL activities for children, you’ve come to the right place! I have 5 of my favourite ones that are guaranteed to get your kids engaged, excited and energetic about learning English in your class. Add some variety to your ESL classroom today. Show and Tell Show and Tell is an excellent activity for kids because they get to talk about something that’s important to them and show a bit of their personalities. You can do it during one entire class period, or space it out over the semester and use…

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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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71 Ways to Practice English Writing: Tips for Students

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Are your English Writing Skills not Good? What would it mean to your studies or career to be able to write quickly and accurately in English? Imagine being able to write an email in English easily and quickly? Or, no longer struggle for days when writing an English essay. Or, starting a blog to keep in touch with your international friends, and perhaps even make some new ones. Sounds great, doesn’t it? The habits and study tips in  are designed to improve your written English quickly and easily. The key to improving any language skill is practice! This book will…

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ESL Writing Practice: Focus on Fluency

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ESL Writing: Fluency + Accuracy For speaking and writing, there are two main ways to evaluate it: fluency and accuracy. Fluency is how fast you are able to do it. Accuracy is how good your grammar and vocabulary are. It’s more complicated than that, but that’s the simple explanation! Keep that in mind as you read the rest of this article. Don’t Forget Fluency Practice Most English writing classes and textbooks focus on accuracy. It’s much easier for a book, or teacher to point out grammar and vocabulary errors than to teach you to write quickly. However, it’s important to…

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Private Teaching ESL Activities and Games

Private Teaching Activities and Games Private teaching can sometimes be a little bit difficult because the activities and games you’d normally use with bigger classes often won’t work when it’s just you and a student. I know that I’d way rather teach a class of 30 than a private session with only one or two students! However, I still occasionally do private teaching and I have a go-to repertoire of activities and games that I rely on. I’ll share a few of my favourite activities for 1-1 ESL teaching here. English Central Videos for Private Teaching I love to use…

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Picture Prompt: An ESL Warm-Up For Kids and Adults

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An ESL Warm-Up Activity Picture prompt is a great ESL warm-up for kids as well as adults that can be used for all levels from beginner to advanced. Show students an image and have them generate questions or speculate about the picture.   For lower level students, this can be purely descriptive: Q: What do you see?   A: I see a house, a car, and some people. Q: What color is the car?   A: It is blue. For high beginner/low intermediate students, have an image which can generate questions such as: What is happening in this picture? How does that…

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I’m Giving Away 3 Hits of Awesome: The Monster Pack Giveaway

The Monster Pack-Resources for busy English teachers

Good news for you, readers of ESL Speaking. You’ve just seen this in the nick of time. In less than a week, I’ll be giving away 3 hits of awesome. By “hits of awesome,” I mean The Monster Pack: Resources for Busy English Teachers, of course. Now, I’m all about teaching what I want to teach because I’m super-weary of the same old overdone topics in the ESL textbooks and prefer talking about stuff that is personally interesting to me and hopefully more relevant for the students. But, that’s a topic for another day. What I’m saying is that I…

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English Discussion Topics for Adults

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English Discussion Topics for Adults English discussion is a key component of an ESL speaking or conversation class. However, it can be a bit boring to rehash the same topics found in the ESL Textbooks over, and over again. You know the ones: the Hobby Unit, sports, movies, family, etc. The students get bored talking about the same thing again and again and teacher do too! Mix things up in your ESL speaking classes by introducing some fresh, new English discussion topics for adults. Your students will be happy to talk about something else, and it’ll keep things interesting for…

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