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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ESL Board Games | ESL Games Kids | ESL Games Adults

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Board games for ESL students are one of my favourite in-class activities. Students generally love them, and they’re an excellent way to recap a class or unit. It does take a bit of time to teach students how to play them, but after doing it once, you can use board…

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Side Gigs for Teachers | Side Hustles for Teachers

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Side Gigs: The New Job Security Are you ready to change your life by starting some side gigs? Then you’ll need to check out this book, “Side Gigs for Teachers: Ways to Actually Make Money.” You will learn how to make money in your spare time with practical, simple ideas.…

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English Speaking Tip: Keep the Conversation Going

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English Speaking Tip: Learn How to Keep the Conversation Going I’m sure you’ve had this experience before. You’re at a party, at school, or at a family event. You’re talking to someone and then you start to have nothing to talk about. It can be a bad feeling, and I…

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Make your Life Easier with these ESL Lesson Plans

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Do you need help with planning ESL lessons? Then you’re certainly in the right place. Keep on reading for all the details you need to know for doing them quickly and easily. All About ESL Lesson Planning If you’re looking for help with your ESL lesson plans, you’ve come to…

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Small Talk for ESL Students: 4 Activities to Try Out

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Small Talk for ESL Students I taught in Korean universities for 10 years. Something that I’ve noticed during that time is that my students are often really, really bad at engaging in small talk, even the more advanced level students. They usually know how to put together complex sentences and…

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Role Plays for ESL Students

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Do you want a simple, interesting activity to get your lower-level or beginner students speaking in English? Then you’ll need to use some role-plays in your classes. Keep on reading for all the details you need to know. Role Plays for ESL Students Skills: Writing/speaking Time Required: 15-40 minutes Level:…

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The Cocktail Party: A Small Talk ESL Speaking Activity

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My Favorite Small Talk ESL Speaking Activity Small talk is a necessary skill, but this can be a difficult skill for non-native speakers to master. This is especially true for those from countries where such conversation is not common. You can use this small talk ESL activity to help your…

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ESL Classroom Management Tips and Tricks

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ESL Classroom Management Tips and Tricks I remember back to when I first started teaching in a hagwon (private language institute) in Korea and how much of a struggle it was. The root of the problem was that I was totally and completely clueless about classroom management and the kids…

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ESL Warm Up Questions Activity: Just One Question

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Just a Minute is a fun, engaging and interesting ESL warmup that works for just about any topic. Students have to ask their friends a single question about a specific topic and then tabulate, and report the results. Read more to find out how to do it. ESL Warm-Ups Questions…

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Disappearing Text ESL Vocabulary Game

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Disappearing Text ESL Vocabulary Game Skills: Reading/Speaking Time: 5-10 minutes Materials: Whiteboard, marker and eraser Disappearing text is a fun ESL vocabulary game that also works on English grammar. Write one (or more) sentences on the board reviewing new material from that class, or from the previous class if you’re…

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Top 10 ESL Conversation Activities for Adults

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Are you trying to figure out what to actually do in your English conversation class for adults? That’s a good question. The good news is that you’ve come to the right place! Here are some of my favourite ESL activities for adults. ESL Conversation Activities If you want to make…

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Apples to Apples Vocabulary Game

Apples to Apples Vocabulary Game

Apples to Apples ESL Vocabulary Game Skills: Listening/speaking Time: 30+ minutes, including deck-building Level: Intermediate to Advanced, age 9+ Materials Required: Paper, pen/pencils, textbooks, and scissors Apples to Apples is a vocabulary game in which players defend their choice of card played. This version is somewhat different than the actual…

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