Hop! Jump! Turn! Objectives: Demonstrate an understanding of action words; express meaning through mime; practice memory and aural comprehension skills. ESL Level: Newcomers as well as those who have a few months of English. Procedure: Teach action words through pictures and mime. Here is my beginning list : walk,sit,playrun, read, writejump, point,singturn, stand,looktalk, smile,climbeat, drink, crysleep, listen, open After students have learned these words, compile a list of twenty to thirty action words which are relevent to the ability and ages of your students. Teach students to respond to each word on your list with a specific action. When students can respond correctly to most of the words, play this game with them: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Six Word Stories Recently, I participated in a fabulous digital storytelling workshop through TESOL Electronic Village Online. One of the activities that caught my eye during the workshop was Six Word Stories. The process is simple: Students choose a picture and tell a story in six words. I had so much fun doing the activity myself I decided to use it with both my young learners and my more mature learners. I did a Creative Commons search on Flickr to find funny photos for the project, and collected them in galleries. Here’s one of the pictures my young learners chose, and how their story developed: Student 1: Horse angry. The process was similar with my mature learners (the baby of the class is 50), but they worked in pairs and then as a group so they could pool their grammar knowledge and help each other. photo by Matt Barber I would trade my husband for him.
50 Essential Resources for ESL Students Learning a new language is always daunting, especially when that language is as full of weird rules and contradictions as English. Even native speakers sometimes have trouble mastering the nuances of tense and grammar. Fortunately, if English is not your first language, there are a variety of ESL resources online to help you master the English language. From speaking to writing, these tools will help you get a handle on English and give direction to your education and career. Don’t let the size of the task deter you from getting it done. Grammar and Usage Use these sites to boost your grammar skills, from verb tenses to noun placement. Purdue Online Writing Lab: The OWL offers a comprehensive repository of practice sheets and linguistic primers for learners at all levels.Dave’s ESL Cafe: ESL teacher Dave Sperling’s in-depth site provides numerous lessons about sentence structure, word use, and more. Spelling and Pronunciation Vocabulary and Writing Quizzes and Worksheets Podcasts
Free Printable Party Games: Click, Print, and Play! Just open and print the free printable party games you'll find below (all in PDF), and your dinner party (or whatever party) will practically run itself. Playing these fun printable games couldn't be any easier-- all the work is done for you. Here, you'll find rule & supply lists, printable drawing and question sheets, and perfectly clear and easy to follow instructions. The games are simply categorized by type, and each of these free printable party games will print out on its own sheet-- organized, easy-to-use, and (of course) lots of fun. Here you'll find fun printable games to play at the table during a dinner party, entertaining icebreakers to play with a group of new friends, and great drinking games (bring a bottle!) To use these free printable party games, simply open them up in Adobe Acrobat Reader (almost everybody had this program-- if you don't, click here to download it for free) and print them out on your printer at home. Free Printable Party Games: Party Icebreakers or...
Telephone Charades Summary: Funny icebreaker game, especially for larger groups. Easy to learn and play, with little preparation. Goal: To have the player at the end of the line do best imitation of the original action. Preparation: - Print the list of actions below and plan what your actions will be - You'll be the moderator and judge How to Play the Telephone Charades Game: 1. 2. 3. 4. List of Actions: 1. To add this game to your website or blog, simply copy and paste the following URL: You May Also Enjoy: Where The Wind Blows - Chair Basketball - Steal The Bacon
How coursebooks can help you to teach unplugged Teaching unplugged is, of course, all about creating learning pictures together with students, beginning and ending with the people in the room. But once topics and language have 'emerged' in this setting, coursebooks can help you to find ways to teach with that input/output in eclectic and effective ways. Image: spitfirelas Right, so teaching unplugged is often associated with avoiding coursebooks (or at least minimalising their influence over what is taught, when and how). I love teaching unplugged, and I doubt I could ever go back to using coursebook-oriented courses. Whatever your stance with regards to coursebooks, I think most people would agree that they do some things exceedingly well. So while I might not push to have my learners buy and use coursebooks, I certainly continue to buy and look at them. I'll give you some quick examples, based on some great ideas I gleaned from taking a close look at Lindsay Clandfield's impressive new series Global. Right, what's next then? Thanks!
The Seven Best Short Animated Films for the Language Classroom - Kieran Donaghy Animated films are ones in which individual drawings, paintings, or illustrations are photographed frame by frame. Traditionally animated films have been associated with children, however, nowadays they are designed to appeal to everyone. With the increased ease of creating animations, there has been a huge rise in the number of animated films being produced, and the vast majority of these are short animations. Many of these short animated films can be exploited in the language classroom as they are short enough to be used in a single session, offer a complete narrative in a short space of time, have a unique capacity of grabbing and holding students’ attention, and deal with contemporary subjects and issues, such as bullying, racism, sexism, homelessness, and human rights, which are relevant to students’ lives. Here are my seven favourite animated short films for the language classroom. Paperman Paperman is an Oscar-nominated short film by John Kahrs which went viral. Head Over Heels
ESL Games, Quizzes and Classroom ESL Activities Free ESL Games and Quiz Corner Welcome to our 'Free ESL Games and Quiz Corner'. Here you'll find interactive games, ESL classroom activities and games, online quizzes and hundreds of printable quiz questions in graded sets, including many sample question sets from our ESL board game Word Up. You'll also find excerpts from articles and books on using games in language learning plus links to many other ESL games and activity resources online. For TeachersMost of the classroom games and activities may be used with students of any level except for absolute beginners. For the card games, Matching Cards (Opposites) has printable card sets for beginner, intermediate and advanced students, while Matching Cards (Phrasal Verbs) has cards suitable for upper intermediate to advanced students.
ESL multilevel activities All ESL classes have multilevel students to a degree, but in general the students are close enough to each other that they can all benefit from the same activity. When we refer to teaching an ESL multilevel class, therefore, we are referring to a class where the students are so far apart in language skills that a single game or activity cannot be given to all students. Obviously, this can be a planning nightmare and a lot of extra work for the ESL teacher. ESL Multilevel Class Sizes In deciding on how a plan for organizing the class, it is important to consider the number of students, and the range of levels. For a small class, you can often split your time and efforts effectively between the individual students. Drama is an ideal multilevel activity which lends itself well to small groups. ESL Multilevel Activity 1 - Buddy Reading For larger classes there are other options, and these multilevel ESL activities also work for the smaller groups too. ESL Multilevel Activity 2 - Peer Editing
A Wordle of Tricks and Ideas: 101 Ways to Use Word Clouds There were quite a lot of questions regarding the use and creation of word clouds in my talk at TEA 2010, so, as promised, I'll try to divulge some tricks, and suggest more ideas on how to use these clouds with your students. If you use any of these ideas, a link to this post would be appreciated. That's not too much to ask for, is it? Why they might not work For a list of where you can create these clouds, see the page Useful Resources, under Word Clouders. web browser plug-in. in your web browser, see here. How they work What word clouders do is basically read a string of words and display them in a graphically attractive format. Also, note that most common words and numbers are removed by default. Tricks Forcing words to appear together To force words to appear together, insert a tilde (~) between the words. , the tilde is obtained by pressing Alt Gr and 4 together. Removing words after cloud is created Inserting background images to your cloud . When you have it in PowerPoint Move the mouse