ESL Conversation Cards
This page has all of the ESL conversation cards from the Excellent ESL 4U site collected together on one page. For each topic there are two conversation cards for you to download. When you are learning to speak and having a conversation in English it is often difficult to think of something to talk about. You try hard to think of something to say, but are not sure what to talk about. This page will help you with that as you can use the conversation cards from this page. Newest ESL Conversation Card
Roll & Explain!
Here’s a quick post with a tweak to two popular speaking/writing activities. The game can be played in small groups or as a whole class (B1 and above.) Roll&Explain.pdf One student rolls two dice four times: one to choose the person in the situation, another one for the action, a third one to decide on the place, and finally a fourth one to determine the time. Focus on grammar first by having the student come up with a grammatically correct sentence that describes the situation. The variety of time references, for example, will demand different tenses and aspects (and situations can change drastically due to this!)
The New Inside Out QUICK and FULL placement tests have been designed to be used to analyse the English level of new students so they can be placed into groups corresponding to the six levels in the series. Students with no previous knowledge of English would not normally be required to take either test. The tests are provided as Word documents, allowing you to tailor them to your specific needs.
Apps - Rory's Story Cubes
“My daughter didn’t want to stop playing. She was so eager to create stories orally and now wants to also start writing them. I can’t wait to try this in my own classroom. Very impressed.”
Language Arts Games - Grammar, Punctuation, Capitalization, Vocabulary
Sheppard Software's Language Arts page features a variety of games for different grade levels. Elementary students (and anyone who needs a refresher) can play the animated grammar and punctuation games, which review basic punctuation and grammar concepts. This section is continually being refined and expanded, so check back often!
101 Conversation Starters
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10 Writing Prompt Tools for Creative Inspiration
I love writing… blog posts, stories, poems, and more. As much as I love it though, writing can be a challenge. Often one of the most difficult parts is just getting started. Sometimes we just need a little inspiration, a jump start to get us thinking down a new path.
Free Online Reading Comprehension Exercises
EnglishMaven Free online Reading Comprehension Exercises and Quizzes. We love reading comprehension.