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.
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.
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.
This is a great two-part activity that gives English learners a chance to practice question and statement forms in the simple past tense.
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.
Have some fun in class with these vocabulary cards and bingo game to practice using going to to express future plans.
Use these verb cards to form a simple yet engaging activity to have groups practice whatever verb tense you want them to work on.
These vocabulary cards, talking charts, and slides will transform your lesson on illness and remedies into a dynamic and exciting interactive class.
. 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.
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.
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.
Use these likes and dislikes cards to get your adult ESL students talking.
Download and use these cards with food vocabulary to do a variety of activities with your class.
Get your students collaborating and working together to practice the simple present and present progressive with these handouts.
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.
This handout will help students practice the verb “have” to talk about things they have in their house.
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.
Last week, TESOL Planner debuted the first of a weekly grammar review to help learners practice noticing errors. Although it’s
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.
This week, TESOL Planner is releasing the first in a series of grammar practice slide shares to offer English learners the opportunity to study and review on their own. If you’ve ever found yourself asking “How can I improve my English?” then The Sunday Review is a great resource to add to your study routine.
Correction Symbols are useful because they help the students see the types of mistakes that they are making, so they can work to eliminate them. After grading something, I’ll often write a note to the student saying something like “review SVA” when I see that the student is making a lot of one particular type of error.
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.
These slides introduce and practice the demonstrative pronouns this, these, that, and those. The slides go over statements and questions and include practice activities for the students to do.
Present perfect bingo is a great way to practice question in the present perfect and also the idea that it’s unfinished time; the questions ask about life experiences, and obviously, their lives are unfinished.
This activity gets students up and talking to each other and learning about their classmates in the process.
Whether it’s a discussion about a book students are reading in class or a first week community building activity, these cards are great.
At the start of every semester, we all face the task of finding ways to get our students comfortable and connected. One activity that I’ve used is the friendship quilt discussion where students ask four classmates four questions to get to know them better.
This activity gives students a chance to prepare for the discussion by writing down their answers in advance, and then it allows students to walk around and talk to their classmates.
I love using pictures in my classes. They can be interesting, engaging, and also give students a starting place for talking. One great way to use pictures in your classroom is to use a picture collage.