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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. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyJuly 26, 2017

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.Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyJuly 20, 2017

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. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyJune 20, 2017

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. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyJune 13, 2017

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. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyMay 20, 2017

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. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyMay 15, 2017

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. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyMay 11, 2017

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. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyApril 20, 2017

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. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyApril 18, 2017

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. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyApril 8, 2017

Likes and Dislikes

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

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyApril 7, 2017

Food Vocabulary

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

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyApril 5, 2017

Simple Present vs. Present Progressive

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

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyMarch 25, 2017

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. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyMarch 25, 2017

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. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyMarch 18, 2017

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.Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyMarch 13, 2017

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 …Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyMarch 12, 2017

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. Read More

Profile PhotoJessica AggreyMarch 12, 2017

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