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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Charades ESL Game | Fun ESL Game for Kids

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If your recent classes have been filled with learning new vocabulary, considering using Charades as a fun review game. Charades ESL Game: An Introduction Skills: Speaking Time: 20-30 minutes Level: Beginner to Advanced Materials Required: White board You can use this charades ESL speaking game to review whatever vocabulary you’re…

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ESL Small Group Discussion- One Tip to Make it Awesome

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Discussion Starter Questions  In the ESL textbook, Smart Choice: Level 2, there are some small group discussion starters in one of the chapters. The 4 questions are: Have you ever met or seen a famous person? Have you ever been in an accident? What’s your most embarrassing moment? Have you…

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6 ESL Survey Ideas your Students Will Love | ESL Surveys

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ESL Surveys: Love Them! You’ve probably made your way here because you’re searching for ESL survey ideas. We’ll get to that, but first I’ll tell you why I love ESL surveys so much. I’m convinced that every ESL teacher should be using them every single month in all their classes.…

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Flashcard Sentences | ESL Speaking Game for Kids

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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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English Discussion Topics for Adults | ESL Discussion

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English Discussion Topics for Adults English discussion is a key component of an ESL speaking or conversation class. However, it can be a bit boring to rehash the same topics found in the ESL Textbooks over, and over again. You know the ones: the Hobby Unit, sports, movies, family, etc.…

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