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

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