ESL Past Tense Activities and Games


The past tense in English, it’s a classic grammar point that appears in almost every single ESL textbook in publication! The students have seen it a ton of times before, and you’ve probably also taught it more times than you can count. How do you keep things fresh and interesting,…

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Do You Like to _____? | ESL Speaking Activity


Are you looking for a simple, fun ESL speaking activity for beginner-level students? Yes? Thought so. Keep on reading for all the details you need to know about, “Do you like to?,” a fun ESL activity for children or adults. Do you like to ___? ESL Speaking Activity Skills: Speaking/listening…

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Flashcard Sentences | ESL Speaking Game for Kids


This Flashcard Sentence activity is a very simple ESL Speaking Game for Kids. It’s a nice one to have in your book of tricks for those last minute classes where you have no time to plan. Or, bring a deck of flashcards with you to class (most ESL Textbooks for…

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Task Based Language Learning

Task Based Language Teaching

Are you looking for some information about task-based teaching and learning? Then you’re certainly in the right place. Keep on reading for all the details you need to know about task based learning. Task Based Language Learning:The New Way Task based language learning is kind of all the rage these…

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Rocks Scissor Paper ESL Speaking Game | Fun ESL Activity Kids


Are you looking for some fun ESL activities and games to incorporate into your classes? Then you’ve come to the right place! I’m going to give you the fun-down on one of my favourite review activities that works equally well for kids or adults. More Details about this Rocks-Scissor-Paper Activity…

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Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities for Teenagers and Adults

esl speaking activities adults

Do you want to mix things up a little bit in your ESL/EFL speaking or conversation classes? Then you’re most certainly in the right place. Keep on reading to learn more about this ESL speaking activity and game book available on Amazon. 39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities: For Teenagers and…

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Dialogue Substitution | ESL Activity | ESL Conversation

ESL vocabulary activity

If you want to help your students out with remembering new vocabulary words, here is one way to do it. Instead of just reading a 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 your…

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ESL Speaking Tests: 3 Options | English Speaking Tests


There are various ways for language teachers to do an ESL speaking test, all of which have their positives and negatives. Some are easier on the teacher and some are more difficult. Some are more accurate, while others are less so. What you choose really depends on your personality and…

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How to Teach English Conversation | Teaching English Speaking


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


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

Picture prompt ESL warm-up

Are you looking for a super-quick, easy warm-up for any levels of ESL student? Then you’re most certainly in the right place. Keep on reading for all the details about this ESL warm-up activity for children as well as adults. ESL Warm-Up Activity: Picture Prompt Picture prompt is a great…

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Just a Minute Game | ESL Speaking Activity

just a minute

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

conversation lesson plan

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

reported speech

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

daily schedule

It seems like every single ESL textbook for kids (or even adults) has a section on daily routines. Getting up in the morning, eating breakfast, going to school or work, having lunch, etc. It can get a little bit boring if you don’t mix things up a bit for your…

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Taboo: an ESL Speaking Game for Kids and Adults


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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ESL Speaking Rubric | ESL Speaking Test Rubric


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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