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ESL Open House and Orientation

Do you coordinate an ESL program? You may consider hosting an ESL open house and orientation to boost enrollment and support your new students. Check out these ideas from an event we host at my school. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyApril 10, 2018

Word Webs: Vocabulary Routine

Although we put a lot of effort into helping our students learn words, I would venture to guess we don’t often stop to reflect just how these words are stored our minds. What does research of the mental lexicon show and what classroom practices can come from this knowledge? Read to find out. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyApril 7, 2018

SPUNKI Reading Response

You can use this collaborative sharing activity to get students to see their classmates' reflections on a particular class reading. It's a great way to start a discussion of a class reading. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyApril 3, 2018

Five Introduction Icebreakers

Having students introduce themselves and learn a bit about each other is a first day of class staple. Of course, there are many different ways this can be done. This post shares a few of my favorites that I’ve heard about throughout the years.Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyMarch 27, 2018

Position Posters Debate

The art of argument isn’t always easy to master, especially when you’re doing it in another language. This poster position debate is a fun and engaging way to scaffold this skills whether the end goal is an essay or an oral debate.Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyMarch 25, 2018

How To Write a Paragraph: Lesson Slides

Use these lesson slides and accompanying collaborative group activities to make your students paragraph experts without even having to lecture on it. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyMarch 24, 2018

Oral Fluency Assignment

Helping students recognize and correct error patterns in their own speech can be a challenge. This assignment helps students gain an awareness of their own speech patterns by transcribing their own speech and then analyzing it. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyMarch 21, 2018

ESL Program Brochure Template

Improve your program's outreach with this program brochure template using Canva. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyMarch 18, 2018

Theme Based Reading/Writing Unit

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.Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyMarch 14, 2018

5 Awesome Vocabulary Websites

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.Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyMarch 12, 2018

Money and Shopping: For Sale Cards

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. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyMarch 4, 2018

Fantastical Stories: Past Tense Fun

"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.Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyMarch 2, 2018

Conversation Class: Wonders of the World Slides

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.Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyFebruary 24, 2018

Conversation Class: Travel and Survival Slides

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. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyFebruary 22, 2018

Simple Past Tense Quick Reference Handout

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. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyFebruary 17, 2018

Simple Past Tense Cloze Paragraphs

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. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyFebruary 15, 2018

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. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyFebruary 12, 2018

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. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyFebruary 10, 2018

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. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyFebruary 1, 2018

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.Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyJanuary 24, 2018

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