As teachers we spend a lot of time looking for ideas. How about this one? Randomly open an activity book of your choice. Point to an idea and make an effort to plan a lesson around it. You can adapt it, use it as is, or chat to another teacher about that specific idea to build up your lesson plan. Instead of finding the usual kind of activity that suits your personality, making an effort to do the above may force you into adapting your methods and producing a different kind of lesson that you don't usually choose.
Check out the short, fun essays kids will love to read on this website under the Kid's Corner section. You can type in the search area to find them easily. You can also give them for homework as there is a question after each essay that they could prepare either in writing or for a conversation.
Summer is here and learners don't really want to study now. However, through the medium of crafts, teachers can continue to teach language through any handwork of interest to their students.
Look around at Pinterest to see what wonderful ideas are suitable both for kids and adults.
check out www.cottonthreads.com. This is a sister site to eslideas.com and let some of the photos excite you to do some creative stuff with your students.
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The poems are for young readers through adult poetry fans. Very rhythmic in style, and thought provoking for those who enjoy these themes. Fun for higher level classes of ESL, or in English classes for young teens.
I have been teaching ESL for many years, and through them have presented my ideas and also written a large number of lesson plan activities. I want to add them to this site of mine (www.eslideas.com) but would like to poll my visitors to see if there is interest so that my efforts will be enjoyed by those who will really enjoy and use some of the ideas that suit your classrooms. Please take the survey.
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Lucille (editor, creator and owner of this site.)
Jokes and cartoons reflect the language and behavior of the population. When studying languages, empty joke and cartoon drawings allow students to write in their own story or joke line. Introducing some common, well-used slang can also be fun and help students to understand words they are hearing around them, that may not be described in the dictionary to match the present usage, but are certainly being used. Slang words such as "cool", "awesome", "cute", "hot" are examples of the many, many words used in the American culture. Esl teachers living in other places can include the local jargon to help their students. The use of dialog role play can also be drawn into cartoon form and used as a writing platform.
Jokes and cartoons introduce humor, discussion and a fun element into lessons. A collage of jokes can be made on poster boards to decorate a corner of the classroom too. Use a theme, such as Christmas, holidays, vacation time, travel, to help introduce relevant vocabulary and keep lessons interesting in this interim period between the festivities of Thanksgiving and the Christmas break.
The more topics we have to choose from, the better. Click on the link here for Esl Ideas' list of creative topics for classwork or homework, esl or any language classroom.
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Dialogs for pronunciation practice, such as this example, should be written
to suit the learners in the class, to practice sounds that are difficult specifically for the L1 background of the students in the class. Working on dialogs will facilitate practice and sharpening of clear sounds in the context of real conversation in the new language. In general, acting out dialogs either in front of the whole class, or in small groups, gives all the students the platform to
participate, practice, listen to others, and improve in their pronunciation skills.
Here is a script using "F" and "V" sounds.
Hey Fred. I’m very hungry. Will you do me a favor? ·
Sure Valerie. For you…anything. ·
The vending machine is broken. The factory will only fix it next week. Will you buy me some fries, fish and vegetables at the fast-food place on Valley Street? ·
Sure. It will probably be more than five dollars. Do you have money to give me? ·
Here is five dollars. Today the sodas are free. Thanks very much Fred. ·
You’re welcome. By the way, are you free on Friday night? We are all going to
the Food Fair on Van’s farm? ·
Actually, I really don’t like fairs, but you know, for you, I am free on Friday night. ·
Great. I have your cell-phone number…so I’ll call you soon. ·
Grammar comics - what a great way to introduce and practice new grammar structures! Comics are such a popular medium, so using these small illustrations to create dialogs or scripts appeal to a wide audience. Comics work both for young and old, can be adapted for simple structures to the most complex, and are universal.
Creative teachers can write their own scripts using a ready comic with the original words removed, or have students write the words,(the teacher corrects the work), and hand out to all the students to read and enjoy while reviewing a particular grammar structure. Comics can even be used in a test situation; pictures add the element of fun thereby easing test tension.
On this site are a number of grammar comics, under the Grammar Dialogs section.
Creating or finding dialog role play scripts with a minimal amount of vocabulary, and very limited grammar structures (such as the present tense) only, is challenging. How many interesting texts can the teacher create without a fairly boring - although important - result?
Dialog role plays are extremely important for the phase when students themselves can't say much. Script performance enables students to hear repetition (as each pair acts out in front of the class after practicing for a while) and achieve fluency within that little given text.
Students, while so very limited in the basic stages of their new language learning, want to show the reality of their personal experience, originality, personality, and role plays can offer this. In simple texts there can be many actions behind the words. Just as actors don't just read the lines, so too can the language learners work to add more meaning to very basic words.
On this site the section Beginners offers a number of carefully constructed basic level scripts which I hope you will find enjoyable and useful.
Hello fellow teachers,
I am a teacher of ESL and Drama. With over 38 years of experience in a number of countries, I enjoy sharing creative ideas to help both teachers and students teach and learn in a positive atmosphere