background preloader


Facebook Twitter

Writing for ELL Students

Stories & Metaphors. Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals. 25 Online Games for English Language Learners – Classroom Aid. GameZone: Dozens of simple, straightforward games about grammar, spelling, and vocabulary reach out to English language learners at all levels.

25 Online Games for English Language Learners – Classroom Aid

Keep in mind, however, that this site is based in the U.K. and follows a different set of linguistic rules than American series of vocabulary and games runs the gamut from elementary to high school levels of proficiency. Each is recommended for both native speakers as well as students learning English as a second or third (or more) language.Power Words:PBS’ WordGirl and her simian sidekick Captain Huggy Face do battle against Fair City’s most sinister citizens, but it’s up to players to determine the course of the action.

Picking the wrong words means letting the villains follow through with their sneaky plots.LearnEnglish Kids:The British Council presents a suite of super cool games covering different elements of the English language. 25 Online Games for English Language Learners – Classroom Aid. Very Funny Ads. I love using adverts in my teaching.

Very Funny Ads

If you ignore the fact that they’re trying to flog you something and focus on their narrative structure, they can provide you with an endless supply of mini-stories for “retelling” activities. The best ads are those with unexpected or amusing twists at the end. Here’s a beautifully simple example to get you in the mood. Go to and select about 8 adverts you think are suitable for retelling. veryfunnyads To save you a bit of time here are a few that have worked well for me: Once in class, put your students in pairs (Student A | Student B).Ask Student B to cover their eyes or look out of the window while you show Student A the first advert.Ask Student B to explain to their partner what they think happens in the advert based on what they have heard (possible language focus: it sounded like … / it sounded as if ...)Now, get Student A to explain to B what actually happens.

Like this: Like Loading... Related. 10 Creative Ways to Use Popular Movies in Fun ESL Lessons. Bored of book work?

10 Creative Ways to Use Popular Movies in Fun ESL Lessons

Tired of teacher-talking? Want something exciting for your students? Then watch a movie! Now, I know what some of you might be thinking: Isn’t watching a movie a cop-out? It’s tempting to think that putting on a movie is simply a great excuse for the teacher to sit at the back of the room, dim the lights and fall asleep clutching the remote. Creating a lesson around a popular movie is a sure-fire way to have fun, engage your English learners and gain some much coveted popularity! How Does Watching a Movie Help ESL Students? There are countless ways in which movies can support your lesson. 20 Amazing Commercials That Will Inspire the Greatness in You.

Do you watch TV?

20 Amazing Commercials That Will Inspire the Greatness in You

If you do, you would have seen countless commercial clips in between TV segments, where companies frantically advertise their products and services in 15-45 seconds, hoping to grab your attention and get you to buy their stuff. Personally, I don’t watch TV for 2 main reasons: (1) most syndicated programs today tend to be quite low consciousness (targeting feelings of jealousy, greed, ego, fear, etc.) (2) it’s a time waster to sit through commercial breaks. What’s more, many commercials today are flashy sales pitches that over-glamorize their products/services. Some prey on people’s insecurities to get you to buy their products. The beauty industry, for example, is chocked full of advertisements convincing you that you must look a certain way to be considered beautiful, while junk food, through the power of marketing, has turned into a tool for self-reward and self-love, in turn contributing to declining health. Enjoy and share if you find the videos meaningful. #1.

. #2. Video Lessons. 10 Best '90s Sitcoms for English Learners. Learning English from TV… …but run out of shows to watch?

10 Best '90s Sitcoms for English Learners

No problem! You could learn English with songs. You could also learn English through movies. And you could also learn from the best TV shows of all time—sitcoms from the ’90s. “Sitcom” means “situational comedy”—they’re about people sitting in a familiar place, and having a laugh. Chat with your English speaking friends about ’90s sitcoms, and you’ll get a big reaction. Great conversations will be had. Why? Because everyone loves a good ’90s American sitcom! They’re clean! They’re not filled with bad language. And they’re actually more real than some of the series today.