ESL Activities A good choice of ESL activities can turn an average class into a good one, and a good class into a great one. Here is a list of articles - each one full of useful EFL activities, each one focussing on a different area of teaching English. Below the list of links are brief introductions to each area: listening, speaking etc... More pages of ESL activities are constantly added, and categorized according to the type of language points you want to teach. ESL Activities for ESL Listening ESL Listening is one of the keys to successful language learning. By listening a lot, your students will learn pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary. Any skill is best practiced by doing it, and listening is no exception. The lower the level of the students, the shorter the chunks of language they listen to should be. The most basic esl activity for listening, is listen and repeat. Other effective activities for listening include various creative dictations (running dictations, cassette dictation and more).
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Resources Looking for more ways to enhance learning with technology? Consider podcasts: This excellent collection of eight can be shared with your students tomorrow. Continue Reading If we want our lessons to have a long-lasting impact on our students, we need to design our instruction the way a chef prepares a good meal. Continue Reading As one-size-fits-all PD fades into obscurity, more personalized professional development models have emerged. If you’re looking for high-quality informational and literary texts to use in the classroom, you’re going to love the free online library at CommonLit. Want better differentiation? This free, easy tool can help you create engaging, content-rich videos for the classroom in no time. Your students probably already use these tools to write papers or create presentations, but they could be doing other projects you may not have thought of. If you work with students of color, especially with Black girls, consider this book required reading.
English Language Resources from Macmillan Dictionary We frequently create unique English language resources from our dictionary content. These resources are designed to help make the information on macmillandictionary.com more accessible to English language learners. Using all of our expertise in the area of language learning, we create educational material that is both unique and entertaining. Keep your eyes on this page. New resources will be added regularly! Red Words & Stars pack The Red Words and Stars are one of Macmillan Dictionary's most popular features. download the pack Classroom poster Get your hands on the new Macmillan Dictionary classroom poster that includes a grammar and vocabulary quiz. download the poster download quiz answers Watch Michael's webinar on Top Tips for Building Vocabulary Did you know that you can do a lot more with dictionaries than searching for definitions? download the presentation Do the Trending Words of 2015 Quiz! Are you up to scratch with the latest lingo? Infographics BuzzWords quiz Real Grammar Pragmatics
Teaching the Emoji Generation: 12+ Activities & Resources – Teacher Reboot Camp Enjoyed these ideas? Get your copy of Learning to Go and The 30 Goals for Teachers. “Although an emoticon may look like a smile, a frown or any number of facial expressions, it doesn’t represent a face, as many internet users assume. Our students humanize their digital experience with text speak, emoji, and selfies. Enjoyed these ideas? Activities Translation activity- How many of these do you know? Awesome emoji apps and sites Emojipedia is a site for discovering what each emoji means and keeping up with the latest in emoji developments and resources.Bitmoji app (iOS/Android)– your avatar becomes an emojiwww..ws is an emoji url shortener! BookmarksEmoji, by shellyterrell If you enjoyed these ideas, you may want to get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my $5.99 ebook, Learning to Go, which has digital/mobile activities for any device and editable/printable handouts and rubrics.
Emoji Get to Know You Activity – Teacher Reboot Camp “Emoji and emoticons have developed to mean much more in language than the faces they represent.”- Lauren Collister (2015) For the past year, I’ve been studying how learners use emoticons, emoji, and text speak to communicate, read and write. Emojis are part of digital literacy and citizenship. When our learners use emojis in their writings, they are humanizing their digital experience. They are letting others know how they feel, offering feedback, and revealing their tone. Our learners are also translating, decoding, playing with language, creating pictograms, and contributing to an international communication system. I have developed various emoji activities to engage learners and have been sharing them in my latest keynote, I My ! Enjoyed these ideas? Emoji Get to Know You Activity CAN YOU DO IT? Current mood: How many pets: Favorite season: Hobbies: Favorite holiday: Dream Job: Favorite emojis: For more ideas, take a look at the slides to my presentation! Bookmarks Click to access that resource!
My Emoji Weekend – Tim's Free English Lesson Plans Image credit: guesstheemoji-answers.com Follow me on twitter @RobbioDobbio I can’t remember where I got this idea from, I think it was Lindsay Clandfield at the Barcelona IH Conference two weeks ago. This is a quick lesson plan designed for use with teenagers of almost any level. My Emoji Weekend Preparation Write what you did at the weekend, but, write it in emojis. Take a photo of the emojis and either print them out or project them in some way. Class Procedure Show students the emojis and tell them that they represent your weekend. Give students about 5 mins to prepare their text, monitoring and boarding any vocabulary. My Weekend On Saturday morning I had a lie-in because I was very tired. On Sunday I had to get up early, I got up at 7am. Pair-work Now give students 2 minutes to draw their weekend in emojis. Students then have to guess what their partner did by looking at their emojis. Like this: Like Loading...
Online Resources 1 - Out&About Online Resources 1 Grammar Practice These Grammar worksheets give your students extra practice and help them reinforce what they've learnt. Vocabulary Practice These Vocabulary worksheets can be used for extra practice and reinforcement. Sentence Transformation exercises These worksheets tackle the difficult task of rewriting sentences which is often assessed in the PAU exams. Vocabulary Mind Maps These useful topic-based mind maps will help your students memorise important vocabulary and extend their knowledge of the topic. Reading Practice 16 reading worksheets, each with two different exercises, with PAU-style questions for all autonomous communities. Listening practice These worksheets give students tips and exercises to improve their listening skills, and also help practise exam-type activities in the autonomous communities where students have to sit a listening exam as part of the PAU. Speaking practice Three different types of speaking worksheets provide invaluable practice in this skill.
Sharifian - Ten Conversation Lessons with Stories, Vocabulary Practice, Questions and Activities The Internet TESL Journal Farzad Sharifianf.sharifian [at] cowan.edu.auEdith Cowan University (Western Australia) Suggestions for Using the Lessons The Story Depending on the main objective(s) of the course, the teacher may choose to read the story aloud asking the students not to look at it or ask the students to read the story to themselves silently and as quickly as possible. Vocabulary Practice The teacher may ask the students to answer the vocabulary questions as soon as they are through with the story. Questions for Discussion The questions posed under this section are meant to stimulate spontaneous speech and class discussion. Activities Here the teacher may ask students to pair up and tell each other the story in their own words and he himself may act as a co-communicator or a counselor. Miscellany A variety of statements such as proverbs and quotes can be found under this section. Lesson 1 - A Soldier's Lie Mark the best choice.' Why did the soldier tell the officer a lie? A Saying
Resource Center Welcome to the TESOL Resource Center! Need a lesson plan? An activity? A Cup of Coffee with TESOL Experts: Digital Storytelling NaN By Dario Luis Banegas, Jesús Ernesto Lisboa, & Diego A.