Verbs are very important, but they’re also challenging for students. This handout breaks English verbs down by tense and aspect and then gives examples for each.
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The unit is based around the theme of Herd Mentality and Mob Behavior. At the end of the unit, students will work on an essay that applies the terms to a short story in the unit.
The more I teach and study language, the more I believe in the power of words. There are many great websites that can help you when creating vocabulary activities for your class. Here are some of my favorites.
Try these shopping cards to easily bring realia into your class without lugging in boxes of items. Each card has a picture of an item and price and will work great for any shopping/money related lesson.
“How can grammatical knowledge be transferred to oral fluency?” I don’t have all the answers, but this past tense activity will certainly get students chatting.
In my last post, I shared conversation class material on the theme of travel and survival. In this post, you can access material for a conversation class centered around world wonders. This topic is always fun because it’s perfect for an activity that asks students to share information about some significant place in their own country.
These ESL conversation class lesson plans (including beautifully designed slides and handouts) on travel and survival are sure to get your adult ESL learners engaged and learning.
The simple past is a commonly used verb tense in English. It’s also a tense that English learners often struggle to form and use correctly. This handout is a great resource for learners to keep with them in their notes to reference when they’re using the past tense.
Help build verb knowledge with these three past tense cloze paragraphs. There are two paragraphs in simple past and one paragraph that requires both simple past and past progressive.
It’s not always easy to find a condensed handout that explains the basics of a particular grammatical structure. I recently created this one for the simple present tense for my class. I’m planning to do some activities this week on the simple present, and I want them to have this handy if they forget a particular structure.
Verb tenses can be a challenge for students. This document contains clozes to help English learners practice the simple present, the present progressive, and then both tenses together. The three different cloze activities contain a picture to help contextualize the paragraph.
This is a semester-long assignment that helps boost students vocabulary a lot. I’ve been doing it in my class this semester with great success and plan to keep it as a norm in all of my future classes.
I made these slides for my intermediate integrated skills course for this first week. The lead the class through all of the big first week tasks: building community, talking about course policies, learning names, etc. The slides also contain links to all handouts that you will need.
Even though there are many benefits, the question many people have is how? Learning another language can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. This article tells about some great strategies to help you learn another language.
This particular activity is aimed at bringing students together to acknowledge struggles and work together to brainstorm solutions. If students share struggles at the beginning, they may get great ideas from others with how to deal with particular obstacles. They may also feel more comfortable asking for advice should they face a particular challenge during the semester.
These slides include among other things discussion questions, vocabulary introduction using pictures, phrases for reacting to art, and an activity where students discuss their thoughts about a particular work of art. The slides will seamlessly walk you through activities to get students talking about art.
This talking chart goes nicely with the last post of travel destination cards. It will get students to talk about places in the world where they want to visit. It gets students to practice the question “Where do you want to visit?” though it could be easily modified to practice modals with the question “Where would you like to go?”
This resource consists of 64 pictures from cities around the world. Each picture has the city name and country on it. These pictures can be used to complement lessons on travel, vacations, cities, climate, culture, world geography, architecture, and more.
This photo bank builder contains 116 unique pictures of people wearing a variety of different things. If you’re working on clothing vocabulary in your class, the possibilities are endless for the ways you could use these pictures with your students.
Check out these picture bank pages that include 4 pictures of the same category per page. These are great for activities that practice comparative adjectives.
Use this sequence of activities to give students a chance to think about stereotypes, how they affect us, and what we can do to counter them. Whether you lead a conversation hour or are looking for an activity to do in your class, these activities are relevant and can help give students a chance to share their experiences and learn about the experiences of others.
Check out these three different past tense activities to get your adult ESL students to practice and use the simple past tense. There’s a talking chart, a group writing activity, and a structured practice handout.
At my school, we recently started holding a conversation hour to give language learners listening/speaking practice. For the first week, our theme was holidays. For one part of the event, we did this activity designed to get people talking about their favorite holidays. It sparked a lot of discussion and gave people a chance to learn about holidays from different places.
Pictures are essential in the language classroom. They’re interesting, they spark discussion, they provide a purpose for tasks, and they relate to people. They can be used in so many different ways. Having a bank of pictures on hand is as essential to a language teacher as a painter having a paintbrush.
There’s no doubt that technology has changed education. One of my favorite technology providers for education is Google. They’re an innovative and user-friendly company that has a lot of great services to offer that can make your job a bit easier.
If you are learning English, the Sunday Review is a resource that can help you with this process. After a summer break, the Sunday Review is back for the fall semester with a weekly list of sentences with common mistakes for you to analyze and correct. Plan to take 20 minutes each week to sit down with a cup of coffee and teach your brain to recognize common mistakes in English.
This activity consists of 20 pages, each with four pictures of a particular category. On the top is written a question using which. For example, “Which hat do you like best?” This handout is great for various discussion activities to get students chatting and practicing the superlative.
Adding a full length book to your ESL curriculum can be great way to add authentic and engaging material to your class. Check out this article get all you need to use the book I Have a Dream by Margaret Davidson in your class. I used it in my low intermediate class with adult learners and it went really well.
A while back I posted a set of verb cards to use for a variety of different activities. This is a new set that I created that uses actual images instead of clipart. There is a total of 81 different commonly used verbs in English. You can use these cards for an endless number of activities in your class.
As teachers, it’s our goal to create a great syllabus and then to encourage our students to become familiar with all the information it has to offer. Check out these five great syllabus upgrades that I’ve developed over semesters of trial and error.