Conversation Class: Wonders of the World Slides

Wonders of the World ESL Lesson Plan In my last post, I shared conversation class material on the theme of travel and survival. In this post, you can access materials 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. Continue reading

Conversation Class: Travel and Survival Slides

Travel Lesson Plan ESL Conversation classes can be a lot of fun to teach. Students have a great time and can even get loud and quite lively. Conversely, if students feel shy or uncertain, then you may end up with that painful silence wondering how to get the discussion going. In my experience, having lots of visuals and interactive tasks helps to get the conversation flowing. This activity sequence on travel and survival skills has always been successful in my classes.  Continue reading

First Week of Class Community Building Lesson Plan

First Week of Class Community Building Lesson Plan

Here we are already with another semester starting. I made these slides for my intermediate integrated skills course for this first week. They 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. So, if you spent the break relaxing and not thinking about class but are now finding yourself asking what you’re going to do this first week, try some or all of these activities.   Continue reading

Conversation Class: Art Vocabulary and Discussion Slides

Art Discussion SlideI taught a conversation class a few semesters ago. I used slides for each of the topics because I found that the visual support helped students as they navigated conversations using new vocabulary and structures. It was also a free and easy way to bring vibrant photos into the class to help spark discussion on the topic. The material I’m sharing here is from a week we did on art. We had a great time learning vocabulary and talking about art. It was one of my favorite topics. If you’re leading a conversation class or conversation hour, this just might be your next topic.  Continue reading

Five Ways to put Writing into your Beginning-Level ESL Classroom

pexels-photo-110473I’ve taught English composition classes. We worked on thesis statements, clarity, organization and more. We read, discussed, and wrote about books and academic articles about complex topics and themes. I’ve also taught beginning ESL classes where the students often struggle with correctly creating basic sentences. At first glance, you may think that beginning ESL courses have nothing in common with high-level comp classes. But can they? Should they? Can beginning ESL language learners be asked to write in paragraphs while they’re still learning to form sentences? In my experience, they can. Continue reading

Adventure Man: A Past Tense Journey

 

Since the start of language, it has been used to tell stories. It’s a natural part of the human experience to recount events and experiences in our lives.  Using past tense forms can be difficult at first for English learners. This is an activity that I’ve used for several semesters to give students a chance to be creative and practice the past tense. It also promotes the use of the simple past and past continuous together.

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Health Vocabulary Activities and Role Play

Suggestions with shouldI’m using the book World English Intro by Cengage learning in my beginning integrated skills course. I love this book because it has engaging material and photos by National Geographic. I just completed unit 10 which covers health and illnesses. The unit introduces expressing feelings such as “I feel sick” as well as using should and shouldn’t for advice. This article contains all of the material I created for this unit,  but if you’re teaching illnesses, remedies, health, or advice with should and shouldn’t, you’ll get great ideas and materials no matter what book you’re using. Continue reading

Fashion Vocabulary

Clothes VocabularyI recently covered a unit on fashion in my beginning ESL course. I wanted to do something that would be fun and engaging with students, as well as get them using English vocabulary for clothes. I ended up creating this activity sequence that ultimately gets students to piece together an outfit for a specific occasion from “stores” of magazine clothes created by groups. The great thing about this activity is that Continue reading

Demonstrative Pronoun Slides

demonstrative-pronounsTESOL Planner is happy to introduce the first of many in a series of classroom slides. In my classes, I use slides as my lesson plans. They keep me on task and help me flow through activities smoothly. They also provide visuals for students throughout the lesson and allow students the ability to review the lesson at home if they need more practice. Continue reading