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. 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 problems, TV, etc. The topics of course depend on the age and level of students. Just a Minute: Student #1 The first student throws a scrunched up paper ball at the board. The topic closest to where the paper hits must talk for an entire minute about it. The challenge…

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Discussion Starters for Children | ESL Conversation Topics for Kids

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It’s common that native speaker English teacher have to teach “conversation classes.” This is not always easy to do with lower level students, especially kids who might be a little bit shy. I like to start off my classes with one of these interesting discussion starters for kids. Or, you can keep a few in your back pocket for those few minutes at the end of class when you’re done your lesoson. The Best Discussion Starters If you want some conversation starters for children, you’re in the right place. Use a favourite discussion starter to start your classes off in…

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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 totally knew it. They walked all over me and I basically had no control, for at least the first six months. Even though I did eventually establish some order in my ESL classroom, it wasn’t as happy or as productive of place as it could have been. Over the years, I’ve…

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Top 10 ESL Activities for all Levels | ESL Speaking Activity

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Top 10 ESL Activities for Beginner-Advanced Students Top 10 ESL Activities for all Levels is what you need if you teach a wide variety of students from beginner to advanced. All of these activities can be adapted to make them very easy, or quite difficult. If you want to save time when you’re planning your lessons, keep the framework of the lessons the same (same activities, games, etc.) but then adapt the material to suit the individual class. It’s much easier and faster than reinventing the wheel for every single lesson for every single class. Smart teachers use something like…

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71 Ways to Practice English Writing | Tips for Students

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Are your English Writing Skills not Good? What would it mean to your studies or career to be able to write quickly and accurately in English? Imagine being able to write an email in English easily and quickly? Or, no longer struggle for days when writing an English essay. Or, starting a blog to keep in touch with your international friends, and perhaps even make some new ones. Sounds great, doesn’t it? The habits and study tips in  are designed to improve your written English quickly and easily. The key to improving any language skill is practice! This book will…

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101 ESL Activities for Teenagers and Adults | ESL Games

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101 ESL Activities for Teenagers and Adults 101 ESL Activities: For Teenagers and Adults is a new book out on Amazon that is guaranteed to make your lesson planning easy. Save time and do the things you actually like to do instead of wasting time with too much lesson planning! It will help you out if: You’re a first time teacher who doesn’t have much experience in the classroom. All you need to do is open the book and choose a few of the activities to do in class. It’s lesson planning made easy and you can stop wasting time…

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39 ESL Warm-Ups for Teenagers and Adults

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Awesome Classes, Easy Lesson Planning Do you want to make your classes awesome and your lesson planning easy? I’m sure that all teachers do but it’s not so easy when you’re tired and pressed for time due to having to teach so many classes each week. However, it really is possible to plan amazing classes that your students will love in a short amount of time. 39 ESL Warm-Ups: For Teenagers and Adults is the book that belongs in your teaching resource library because it will help you get your classes started well. A good beginning is key to a…

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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 students happy for the entire year. Let’s Talk Life After Teaching Abroad However, if you’re perhaps thinking that you don’t want to be an ESL teacher abroad forever and want to return to your motherland, keep reading for the Life After ESL awesome. I’ve decided to go back to Canada…

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Speaking Classes Don’t Always Need to be Fun

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When you’re new to teaching, there is the temptation to always be a constant entertainer and make your speaking classes always fun. I call these people edutainers. However, edutainer mode is hard to keep up, week after week, month after month, and year after year. While it’s good to have a laugh and a joke once in a while, learning English is not easy so it is okay to have more serious kinds of speaking activities that do not involve a game of some sort. For example, partner conversation activities or surveys are extremely valuable because that means that every…

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6 Conversation Lesson Plans for Adults in Korea

I’ve used these 6 conversation lesson plans for adults in my own university and adult classes with great success. They are for intermediate to advanced ESL students. Minimum Wage in Korea Youth Unemployment in Korea Renewable Energy Lesson Plan –This one is good for students around the world, not just Korea! North-South Korea Reunification South Korea’s Education System Studying Abroad Lesson Plan Even more lesson plan and ESL Speaking Activity awesomeness, delivered straight to your inbox. I promise to respect your privacy. Sign up for Jackie Bolen’s email list.

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