This site is no longer being actively maintained, but I've received enough grateful emails from teachers over the years to know that it's still being used. I guess pedagogy never grows old, it just gets rediscovered! (The Links page, on the other hand, was hopelessly out of date, but I've just tidied that up too). — March 2012 KEYWORDS: ESL, EFL, TEFL, TESL, China, communicative oral english activities, communicative verbal english activities, communicative spoken english activities, communicative conversational english activities, oral english classes, verbal english classes, spoken english classes, conversational english classes, english conversation classes, oral english lessons, oral english lesson plans, verbal english lessons, verbal english lesson plans, spoken english lessons, spoken english lesson plans, conversational english lessons, conversational english lesson plans
No, It’s Not Arbitrary and Does Make Sense: Teaching the English Punctuation SystemYou might also try putting a period at the end of a “thought.” And what about semi-colons and colons? Well…maybe those are for exceptionally long breaths and thoughts?Giving Directions in EnglishGiving directions in English is one of the most useful functions there is. Everyone understands that this is the function they are likely to use on the street, literally, and therefore the motivation is usually quite easy. To be able to give directions you need to learn a set of phrases which you later combine into a conversation. To teach the phrases we offer you the following. A simple drill (teaching the basic phrases), an infographic, several worksheet activities and an interactive quiz.
IELTS Speaking: Sample IELTS Speaking TopicsSample IELTS Speaking Topics Part 1 of the IELTS Speaking Module consists of personal questions about you, your family, your work, your education or other familiar topics. A categorized list of such topics and questions is given below. You can use these sample questions to rehearse for this part of the oral interview. Make sure you can speak correctly, clearly, and with ease and confidence in response to each question.Our Teachers - Learning Resources - English - British Council Hong KongFriendly and supportive Our team of over 110 teachers in Hong Kong are trained to help students achieve their goals. We support students in their learning and motivate them to do their best. Internationally qualified All British Council teachers have native speaker proficiency. In addition to a first degree, they all hold professional teaching qualifications including CELTA, DELTA, PGCE, MA TEFL, TYLEC.
Brilliant toilet!In this activity, students hear about a strange restaurant recommendation. They watch a video in which Paul talks about a friend’s suggestion to visit a new restaurant in town specifically because of its brilliant toilet. But what could be so special about a toilet? And why is Paul offended by the recommendation? Language level: Intermediate + (B1)Learner type: Teens; AdultsTime: 45 minutesActivity: Reading and speakingTopic: RestaurantsLanguage: Evaluative adjectives (brilliant, wonderful, unbelievable, great, etc.)Materials: Video; worksheetBrilliant toilet [downloaded 4752 times]
Giving OpinionsFour Corners ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes In this fun class activity, students practice expressing and defending their opinions. The teacher places a different sign (Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree, and Strongly Disagree) in each corner of the classroom.Topics For Practising Spoken EnglishYou don’t have anyone to talk to in English? Don’t despair! You can actually practice spoken English with yourself! Does it sound weird to you? Well, it’s not as bad as you initially thought! Image this – when you’re taking shower in the morning, or walking your dog – you’re on your own and as far as no-one is close by – you’re perfectly fine talking with yourself!
Interactive StoriesInteractive Stories or Guided Stories is the name of an English language teaching technique developed by Mark White, a language teacher/writer. What is an Interactive Story? The technique consists of a story, which includes both sentences and questions so that as one student reads it to the other, the listener can respond to the questions and interact with the storyteller and the story itself by making it up as they go along.Things 2 do b4 u dieThis activity deals with bucket lists – wishlists of things to do before you die (or ‘kick the bucket’). For example: participate in a demonstration; appear on the front cover of a newspaper; be an extra in a film; do a runner from a restaurant; get arrested; photocopy your bottom at work. Language level: Intermediate (B1) +Learner type: Mature teens; AdultsTime: 90 minutesActivity: Grammar drill; SpeakingTopic: Life & deathLanguage: ‘Have you ever …?’ questions; Past simple questions; Pronunciation of regular past participlesMaterials: Materials freeThings 2 do b4 u die [downloaded 6286 times]