Presentation Projects for ESL/EFL Students | ESL Presentation Ideas

Presentations for ESL Students

Presentation Projects for ESL/EFL Students Over the years teaching in a Korean university, I’ve had students do plenty of presentation projects, with varying degrees of success. I hope that you can learn from my mistakes and make your ESL speaking classes as awesome as possible. Presentation projects, if set up well are an excellent way to add a bit of variety to the ESL classroom. After all, students get tired of hearing the teacher talk all the time! And you probably get tired of talking. I know that I always did! Plus, it’s fun to hear what students have to…

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Charades ESL Game | Fun ESL Game for Kids

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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 you’re studying. For example, verbs work especially well. Write out some phrases or words that can be easily acted out on small pieces of paper and put them in an envelope. It’s an excellent way to review vocabulary. Related: Top 10 ESL Review Activities Divide the class up into two teams. The first team sends one person, the captain up to the front and they have to act out and describe…

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ESL Small Group Discussion- One Tip to Make it Awesome

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Discussion Starter Questions in Smart Choice, Level 2 In the ESL textbook, Smart Choice: Level 2, there are some small group discussion starters on it. 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 ever experienced a natural disaster? (As an aside, the Smart Choice series is a good choice if you’re looking for a simple, 4-skills book for beginner level students. Click on the picture below to buy it now on Amazon). ESL Small Group Discussion: The One Tip You Need…

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ESL Speaking Games and Activities | ESL Lesson Planning

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Conversation or speaking class lesson planning made easy! You’ll be able to find some awesome ESL speaking games or activities for your teenage or adult students to do in class in less than 5 minutes, guaranteed. It’s the book you really can’t afford not to have in your library. There are 39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL speaking activities and games that are all tested and proved to work in the real-world, with real university and middle/high school students. They range from the most simple of warm-up games to some advice on how you can get your students to make videos or posters…

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ESL Speaking Activities for Adults | ESL Speaking Games

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My new book about ESL speaking activities for adults is up on Amazon: 39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities: For Teenagers and Adults. The electronic version is only $2.99 or you can get it for free if you’re in the Kindle Unlimited program. You can get the Ebook version with any Mac, PC, tablet or smartphone-just download the Kindle App. It’s way easier than you think it is and even the non-techie can do it! And in other news, I started a new website related you might be interested in if you teach at the university level. My Life! Teaching in…

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Role Plays for ESL Students | ESL Role Plays

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A short video talking about role plays for ESL students-why I like them so much and how I go about using them in my own ESL speaking and conversation classes. For even more activity ideas for your speaking classes beyond role-plays, sign-up for my email list. You’ll get some goodness delivered to your inbox each week. I promise to respect your privacy!

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ESL Speaking Activity for Adults: Just a Minute

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Just a Minute is a fun ESL speaking activity for adults that’s perfect as a warm-up at the beginning of your classes. I heard about this one in a presentation about toastmasters and have been using it in my adult ESL classes ever since. Be sure to adapt it to your level-shorter for beginners and longer for more advanced. Like this activity? There are 38 more in 39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities: For Teenagers and Adults

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Do You Like to _____? | ESL Speaking Activity

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Skills: Speaking/listening Time: 15 minutes Level: 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 and distribute them back to your students (three per student). At this point, everyone stands up and goes around the class asking questions to try to find the owner for each paper that they have. If someone is done early, you can give them another paper from the reserve pile that you have. For example, “Do you go…

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5 Tips for Engaging Apathetic Students | Teaching ESL Speaking

Engaging Apathetic Students

A reader question from Katrina about how to get her low level middle school students to participate in class when the last thing they want to do is speak English. This is a tough one and I’d appreciate some feedback from the readers (I’ll leave the comments open). But, here are 5 tips for engaging apathetic students that I hope will be helpful. Choose Activities Carefully The best ones are those where it’s almost easier to speak English than it is their first language. Some examples of good ones are ESL board games and surveys for ESL students. The survey…

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Small Talk ESL Activity: Practice this important skill

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Small Talk Activity for ESL/EFL Students This small talk ESL activity is the perfect way to get your students speaking English. It’s ideal for a warm-up activity to start the class, or as a way to finish off a lesson on small talk. You can use it for beginners to advanced students, but you’ll have to adjust the length of the conversations. Small talk is an important, but often overlooked skill. This is because it’s not that easy to practice it in a natural way in a very artificial classroom. Check out this small talk ESL activity below for a…

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Problem/Advice- Reported Speech Activity

If you have high level students, an excellent activity that you can use for reported speech is problem and advice. Show the students a problem that you found online or made up. Here’s mine about a high-school student dating a college guy. Have students talk about the problem with their partner and say what advice they would give. Next, students have a few minutes to write their own problem in 5-8 sentences, preferably using one or two sentences with reported speech in it (My Mom told me that…). They share the problem with their partner and he/she gives them some…

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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: 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 do you do in the afternoon?” A fun activity that you can do is to have students interview their partner. You can pre-select questions for lower level classes or let the students choose their own questions for higher levels. Make sure you specify a minimum number of questions if you let the students…

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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 where you write up a bunch of topics on the board such as animals, family, jobs, hobbies, schedule, TV, etc. Then, the first student throws a scrunched up paper ball at the board and the topic closest to where the ball hit must talk for an entire minute about it. The challenge is that students must keep talking continuously without stopping for the entire time in order to successfully complete the challenge. Erase that topic and continue with the next student. If you have a big…

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