Refusing to Participate in Class: How to Handle It

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In almost every class, there are at least one or two students who are reluctant to participate in what’s going on. This is especially the case in mandatory language classes. How can you handle it? Is there a way you can plan lessons that avoids this problem? Keep on reading…

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Top 5 ESL Speaking Activities for University Students

ESL speaking activities for university students

ESL Speaking Activities for University Students I’ve been teaching in South Korean universities for the past nine years or so, which means I have plenty of ESL speaking activities for university students up my sleeve. Students here are totally burnt out from high-school studying hell, so by the time they…

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ESL Speaking Activities for Kids | ESL Games for Kids

ESL Speaking Activities for Kids

39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities: For Kids (7+) Do you want to make your English classes for kids engaging, interactive and fun for both you and the students? Want to make you life easy and save time when planning your ESL lessons? You’ll need to get 39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking…

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Current Events Presentation Project | Presentation Topics

Current-events-presentation-project

If you’re looking for an interesting activity to mix things up a bit in your intermediate or advanced classes, check out this current events presentation project. Current Events Presentations: I Loved Them! This week in class, my students have been doing a presentation project. To be honest, I had pretty…

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39 ESL Vocabulary Activities: For Teenagers and Adults

ESL Vocabulary Activities

Lesson Planning Made Easy Do you want to make your lesson planning as easy as possible, but your English lessons awesome? Well, you’ve found the right place! Whether you’re a first-time ESL/EFL/TEFL teacher, an experienced but overwhelmed instructor, or an instructor without a textbook, you need more activities for your…

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39 ESL Warm-Ups for Teenagers and Adults

ESL Warm-Ups

Jumping right into the lesson without a quick warm-up can be tough going. Try out an ESL warm-up or icebreaker and you’ll notice a big difference. By the time you get to the main heart of the lesson, students will be settled and ready to learn. Don’t believe me? Try…

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Top 5 ESL Games for Teenagers | ESL Activities

ESL games for teenagers

Teaching English to teenagers can be quite difficult because they are notorious for not really wanting to participate in class. They are often shy, tired, and haven’t chosen to take your English class. However, help is here with these top five ESL games for teenagers that are guaranteed to get…

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Puzzle Finder ESL Ice Breaker Activity | ESL Warm-Up

Puzzle Pieces ESL Ice Breaker

Puzzle Finder ESL Ice Breaker Skills: Speaking/listening Materials Required: puzzle pieces (from an actual puzzle or a cut and laminated image) I love to use ESL ice breakers in my classes. They’re a fun way for students to get to know each other, as well as you. I find that…

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ESL Speaking Lesson Plan Template | EFL Lesson Plan

ESL Speaking lesson plan template

  Do you need help planning an English conversation class? You’ve come to the right place! Keep on reading for all the details with our ESL speaking lesson planning template. ESL Speaking Lesson Plan Template Whenever I talk to people who are preparing a lesson plan or a demo lesson…

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I’m an Alien: An ESL Speaking Activity for Kids

I'm an Alien: ESL speaking activity for kids

If you’re looking for a fun way to elicit some vocabulary words from your students, you’ve come to the right place. This is a quick activity that requires nothing in the way of preparation. And the best part? The students think it’s fun. Here’s how you can use it as…

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Free Talking for ESL Students: Why I Hate It

Free-Talking for ESL Students

Doesn’t Everyone Love Free-Talking? I recently attended the Kotesol International conference 2015 in Seoul and want to talk about a presentation that I attended by Tina Zaman called, “English Conversation Workshops for Fluency.” The gist of it is that she begins her classes by having students talk with their partner…

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Top 10 ESL Games | Fun ESL Activities

Top 10 ESL Games

You need some ESL teaching awesome in your life, right? Fun, engaging classes filled with happy students? Painless lesson planning that gets done in no time? Of course you do! Jackie is here to help you with these top 10 ESL games to try out in your own classes. Password…

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Fortunately/Unfortunately Speaking and Listening Activity

Speaking and listening activity

I love to have a few no-prep, no materials required ESL activities in my back pocket. I’m sure everyone does who sets foot in a classroom! This is a quick, fun one to try out. Fortunately/Unfortunately: How to Do It Skills: Speaking/listening Age: 9+ Materials Required: None You may have…

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How to Teach Listening to ESL Students | ESL Listening

How to teach listening

How and Why to Teach Listening to ESL Students Listening is an extremely important skill if students want to speak fluently in English. No matter how well you speak, if you don’t understand what your conversation partner said, your answer will be a little awkward at best, or totally random…

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ESL Speaking Bingo | Fun ESL Games for Kids

ESL Speaking Bingo

How to Play ESL Speaking Bingo Skills: Speaking/listening/writing Time: 20-30 minutes Level: High-Beginner to Advanced Materials Required: Blank “Bingo” grids, or blank paper ESL Speaking Bingo is a very fun activity that kids, teenagers as well as university students seem to love. Have a list of about 35-40 vocabulary words that…

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Retell the Story 1-2-3: A Fluency Activity for ESL Students

Retell the Story 1-2-3

In many ESL textbooks, you’ll probably notice that many of the activities are more focused on accuracy. This makes a lot of sense. They’re easier to set up, and they’re also easier for the teacher to evaluate. However, we need to incorporate fluency activities into our language classes as well.…

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Hot Potato | ESL Speaking Game for Kids

Hot potato ESL speaking game for kids

If you’re looking for a fun way to get your students talking, you’ve come to the right place! Keep on reading for all the details about Hot Potato, a quick ESL speaking activity. Hot Potato: A fun ESL speaking game for kids Skills: Speaking Time: 5-10 minutes Level: Beginner, up…

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Let’s Talk Life After Teaching Abroad | Life After ESL

Life After ESL: Foreign Teachers Returning Home

Okay, I know this website is all about the ESL Speaking awesome and if you’re looking for that, well, go straight to: ESL Speaking Activities for Adults Or, ESL Speaking Activities for Kids, and don’t look back. There’s enough goodness there to keep you lesson planning for hours and your…

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What am I? | ESL Speaking Warm-Up | ESL Icebreaker

What am I? An ESL Warm-Up Activity

Check out this ESL Icebreaker Skills: Speaking/listening/reading Age: 10+ Materials Required: Tape or pins and vocabulary words on paper What am I? is a classic party game that is an excellent way for beginner students to practice asking simple questions. I often use it as an ESL speaking warm-up in…

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Teaching Mixed Level ESL Classes | How to Teach English

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Mixed Level ESL Classes are a Big Problem! One of the negatives of teaching at a university in Korea is that students are often grouped according to what major they take. Their level of English isn’t taken into account at all. This results in classes having one or two students…

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