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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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19

Sep'17

Which One – Ask and Switch

This activity consists of 20 pages, each with four pictures of a particular category. On the top is written a question using which. For example, "Which hat do you like best?" This handout is great for various discussion activities to get students chatting and practicing the superlative.

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06

Sep'17

Book Materials to Improve Comprehension Strategies and Expand English Vocabulary 

Adding a full length book to your ESL curriculum can be great way to add authentic and engaging material to your class. Check out this article get all you need to use the book I Have a Dream by Margaret Davidson in your class. I used it in my low intermediate class with adult learners and it went really well.

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16

Aug'17

Verb Cards for Interactive Practice

A while back I posted a set of verb cards to use for a variety of different activities. This is a new set that I created that uses actual images instead of clipart. There is a total of 81 different commonly used verbs in English. You can use these cards for an endless number of activities in your class.

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20

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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13

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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20

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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15

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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11

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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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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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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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

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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02

Mar'17

Demonstrative Pronouns Exercise

This activity is great because it gets students out of their chairs and practicing the close / far aspect of demonstrative pronouns in a physical way. During the activity, I could tell my students were connected, engaged, and talking through the grammar with their partner. After the activity, they said that is was fun.

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