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04

Mar'18

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.

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24

Feb'18

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.

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22

Feb'18

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.

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17

Feb'18

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. 

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15

Feb'18

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. 

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12

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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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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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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