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5 ESL Emergency Lessons

5 ESL Emergency Lessons
Picture this: It’s 8am Monday morning, you’re fast asleep, snuggled in your duvet, enjoying a rare day off. Life is wonderful! Suddenly you are jolted back into reality by a phone call…from work… asking you to sub a class in 30 minutes. I’m sure this has happened to everyone and I’m sure you remember the panic it causes trying to plan a lesson, brush your teeth and get dressed instantaneously. Well fear not, here are 5 ESL emergency lessons that don’t require any prep or photocopying, that you can use in just these instances. I adapted this idea from a seminar by Michael Swan and have used it many times in class successfully. Draw a picture frame on the board. Ask students to describe the picture inside (there is none, they must use their imagination). Once the students have come up with a full description of the picture ask them to recap and then put them into small groups. In groups, students write a creative story about the picture. What are you going to do tonight?

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