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Jul'17

Five Great First Day of Class Activities

As August approaches, and with it the start of school, it's a great time to look at ways we can lower the affective filter in our language classes and create a strong positive classroom rapport where learning can thrive. Check out these five first day community building activities to get your class off on the right foot. 

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Jul'17

Be + Adjective Walkabout Activity

As native or fluent speakers of English, we use the verb BE all the time, often without even taking note. Beginners, on the other hand, have difficulty with its uses and very irregular forms. I designed this activity as a vocabulary development activity that also gives students practice using the BE verb with adjectives.

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20

Jun'17

WH Questions Past Tense Talking Chart

This is a great two-part activity that gives English learners a chance to practice question and statement forms in the simple past tense.

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Jun'17

Adventure Man: A Past Tense Journey

Get your students excited to practice the past tense with this adventure writing activity. The slideshow will guide students to try and recreate a man's adventure story based on the photos that were found of his travels although the man himself has vanished.

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May'17

Going to ESL Bingo Activity

Have some fun in class with these vocabulary cards and bingo game to practice using going to to express future plans.

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May'17

Group Verb Tense Practice

Use these verb cards to form a simple yet engaging activity to have groups practice whatever verb tense you want them to work on.

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May'17

Health Vocabulary Activities and Role Play

These vocabulary cards, talking charts, and slides will transform your lesson on illness and remedies into a dynamic and exciting interactive class.

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20

Apr'17

How Much / How Many Bingo Activity Sequence

. For the bingo activity, students will walk around asking how much / many of each item other students have. The key is, they can't write down a person's name unless the other person has the same amount of that item. It makes the activity last longer and promotes more practice of the target structure.

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18

Apr'17

Some and Any Grocery Shopping Activity

Use these food vocabulary cards and shopping lists to have your students participate in a fun and interactive grocery shopping activity to practice using some and any.

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08

Apr'17

Fashion Vocabulary

Use this lesson, which includes, slides and handouts, to get students to use fashion vocabulary and engage in a role play activity to create the perfect outfit for an occasion.

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07

Apr'17

Likes and Dislikes

Use these likes and dislikes cards to get your adult ESL students talking.

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05

Apr'17

Food Vocabulary

Download and use these cards with food vocabulary to do a variety of activities with your class.

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26

Mar'17

The Sunday Review #4

As self-study or as a whole class review, these slides can help your students learn to recognize errors in their sentences. …

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25

Mar'17

Simple Present vs. Present Progressive

Get your students collaborating and working together to practice the simple present and present progressive with these handouts.

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25

Mar'17

ESL Reading Log

Help your ESL students dig deeper into a book with this reading log. Students will write reflections, consider reading strategies, dig deeper into vocabulary, and write a summary.

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19

Mar'17

The Sunday Review: #3

As self-study or as a whole class review, these slides can help your students learn to recognize errors in their sentences. …

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18

Mar'17

Things in My House – To Have Practice

This handout will help students practice the verb "have" to talk about things they have in their house.

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13

Mar'17

Stick Figure Speaking Exercise

Some activities are very specific while others are quite versatile. The stick figure activity is one of my favorite speaking activities because it can be used for so many things at all levels. I've used it in my low-beginning - intermediate ESL courses, as well as my composition courses with native speakers.

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12

Mar'17

The Sunday Review: #2

Last week, TESOL Planner debuted the first of a weekly grammar review to help learners practice noticing errors. Although it’s …

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12

Mar'17

House Vocabulary Team Race

I first used this activity in a beginning integrated skills course, and my students loved it. Each subsequent time I've used it, I've had positive reactions from my students. It blends vocabulary, exercise, and competition to create a great activity to throw in and revitalize the class.

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