Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities for Teenagers and Adults

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39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities: For Teenagers and Adults Sometimes even experienced ESL teachers get stuck in a rut. It’s time to find some fresh ideas!  Tired of Wasting Time Looking for ESL Speaking Activities? Whether you’re a first-time English teacher, an experienced but perhaps overwhelmed instructor with not much…

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Dialogue Substitution | ESL Activity | ESL Conversation

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If you want to help your students out with remembering new vocabulary words, here is one way to do it. Instead of just reading an ESL dialogue mindlessly, students have to fill in the blanks with key words that you’ve given them. Works a whole lot better, right? That’s assuming…

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ESL Speaking Tests: 3 Options | English Speaking Tests

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There are various ways for language teachers to do an ESL speaking test, all of which have their positives and negatives. I will give only the most basic of overviews of three different speaking test methods for English as a Second Language students. If you want to dive deeper into…

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How to Teach English Conversation | Teaching English Speaking

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Many foreign ESL teachers abroad, especially in places like South Korea, teach predominantly English conversation classes. Some teachers (and students too!) have the perception that teaching English conversation involves just “talking” to the students. Free-talking does have a role in helping students learn English. However, it shouldn’t be the only thing…

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6 Lesson Plans for Advanced ESL Conversation Classes

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An advanced ESL conversation class can be a bit tricky to teach because it’s sometimes hard to see any improvement in your students. Compare this to beginners who you may teach how to read! Or, learning all the vocabulary about weather for the first time. It’s certainly motivating! Advanced Students:…

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Picture Prompt | ESL Warm-Up For Kids and Adults

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ESL Warm-Up Activity: Picture Prompt Picture prompt is a great ESL warm-up for kids as well as adults. It can be used for all levels from beginner to advanced. Show students an image and have them generate questions or speculate about the picture. Example for Lower-Level Students For lower level…

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Do You Like to _____? | ESL Speaking Activity

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Do you like to ___? ESL Speaking Activity Skills: Speaking/listening Time: 15 minutes Level: Beginner-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…

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Just a Minute Game | ESL Speaking Activity

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The Just A Minute Game is a fun “Toastmasters” kind of ESL speaking activity. I like it because it gets students working on speaking fluently, without worrying too much about accuracy. To start, write up a bunch of topics on the board such as animals, family, jobs, hobbies, schedule, societal…

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6 Conversation Lesson Plans for Adults in Korea

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Okay, so you want to know how to teach English to Korean adults. You’ve most certainly come to the right place! I’m going to share six of my lesson plans that I designed while teaching in Korean universities. While I used them for university students, you could certainly adapt them…

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Problem/Advice Reported Speech Activity

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You’ll often find reported speech in some of the higher level ESL/EFL textbooks, but it’s not easy to design an interesting, engaging activity to use with it. Check out what I do related to giving advice. Problem/Advice Reported Speech Activity If you have high level students, an excellent activity that…

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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 for Daily Routine: 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…

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Taboo: an ESL Speaking Game for Kids and Adults

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Many of us probably know that popular (and often hilarious) party game, Taboo. You can check it out on Amazon here: Taboo Party Game. Remember the one with the buzzer for saying a word that’s on your list? Taboo, if you adapt it is an excellent English speaking game for kids or…

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Vocabulary Review Game for Kids and Adults | ESL Vocabulary Game

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Flip Chart ESL Vocabulary Review Game Skills: Speaking/listening Time: 20 minutes Level: Beginner to Advanced Materials Required: Flip-chart or flashcards This is a fun way to review some vocabulary words. It can work for any level of student, but it’s ideal for beginners to intermediate when the vocab words are…

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ESL Speaking Warm up Activity | Famous People at a Party

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An ESL Warm-Up: Famous People at a Party Skills: Speaking/listening Time: 5-15 minutes Level: Intermediate to Advanced Materials Required: Nothing This is an excellent ESL speaking warm up activity for higher levels. Put the students in small groups of 3-4 people. Have them pick four famous people, dead or alive…

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ESL Speaking Rubric | ESL Speaking Test Rubric

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A common question that I get from people is how to evaluate an ESL or EFL speaking test. Although there are different ways to conduct ESL speaking tests, I do the 1-1 conversation with a random partner style. This rubric is appropriate for a conversation between two students, but not…

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