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Feb'18

Simple Present Tense Tip Sheet

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. 

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10

Feb'18

Simple Present and Present Progressive Cloze Paragraphs

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. 

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01

Feb'18

Flash Card Vocabulary Exchange

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.

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24

Jan'18

First Week of Class Community Building Lesson Plan

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.

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17

Jan'18

Becoming Multilingual: Study Strategies for the Language Learner

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.  

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12

Jan'18

Community Building: Obstacles and Solutions

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. 

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29

Dec'17

English Verb Tenses and Aspects Handout

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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29

Dec'17

Conversation Class: Art Vocabulary and Discussion Slides

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.

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27

Dec'17

Travel Talking Chart: Simple Present

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?" 

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08

Dec'17

Cities Around the World

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. 

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30

Nov'17

Fashion Photos

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. 

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17

Nov'17

Comparison Photos

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.

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10

Nov'17

Conversation Hour: Stereotypes

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. 

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07

Nov'17

Community Building Unit: Student Packet

Need some fresh ideas for your first week routine? Check out this community building unit to help get your class off to a great start.

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21

Oct'17

Five Ways to put Writing into your Beginning-Level ESL Classroom

Do you teach a beginning-level ESL class? Check out these tips for getting your students to write more even at the beginning level.

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14

Oct'17

Three Simple Past Tense Activities

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.

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08

Oct'17

Favorite Holiday Discussion

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. 

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02

Oct'17

Portraits

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. 

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26

Sep'17

2 Great Ways to Let Google Lighten Your Load

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. 

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24

Sep'17

The Sunday Review is Back

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.

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