Top 5 ESL Activities for Adults

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ESL Activities for Adults

If you’re looking for some ESL activities for adults, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve been teaching in South Korean universities for the past 10 years and have spent a lot of time honing my ESL-game in order to make my classes as engaging, interactive and interesting as possible.

Here are my top 5 ESL activities that will help you along that same path!

Click the title of each activity for more specific details about what each one is and how to set it up in your class.

Retell the Story 1-2-3This is an extremely versatile activity that can be used to either practice giving some extra detail and expanding upon ideas when speaking (1-2-3) or to practice fluency (3-2-1). It works best if you have students change partners in all three rounds in order to keep things fun and interesting. I set this activity up as a challenging, but attainable thing that my students can achieve.

Task-Based Learning Projects-The new wave of ELT (English language teaching) is all about task-based learning and the communicative approach. I give a very brief introduction to it here as well as list 6 basic task types that you can try out with your students. Student-centered learning is how students actually learn languages for the long-term and tasks are an excellent way to facilitate this!

Surveys for ESL Students-These are one of my favorite things to do in my classes because they get students up and out of their seats as well as talking to a variety of their classmates. But, don’t make it too easy. Either give them a skeleton and they have to form the complete question, or give them the question but require them to ask 2 or 3 follow-up questions to their partner.

Board Games-It seems like nothing get my students more active and engaged in speaking English than board games. Try them out and see for yourself, or just take my word for it-students love them!

Role-Plays-They’re an excellent activity for beginner ESL students who need a lot of structure in order to be able to speak fluently. Plus they can give students confidence to handle “real-life” situations such as at a restaurant, making an appointment with a friend, talking to an immigration official, etc.

Try out these ESL activities for adults-I’m sure you’ll like the results as your students will be active, engaged and excited about speaking English in your class.

Need even more speaking activity ideas? This is the book you need: 39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities: For Teenagers and Adults. It’s available on Amazon in both print and ebook formats.

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