Esl Ideas.com presents a quick list of conversation topics you can use tomorrow - or anytime, to present to your students, to give as a homework assignment, to offer those who want to study at home and improve their level. Check out "Speaking Ideas" on this site.
Today, most kids have a camera, or cellphone with a camera, so asking them to take a picture of something is easy. A homework project, weekend assignment, or prompt for a conversation class is workable. Tell the students what they need to photograph (based on theme, or another of your lessons) and have them bring in that photo for the writing, speaking, or presentation lesson.
Sometimes teachers do too much of the talking. This creates a laziness in the students and often boredom because the students come prepared to "just sit and listen" (and daydream and think of something else). Ensure that part of the lesson is a student to student session; this gives opportunities to interact, share ideas, help each other, and remove the teacher as the focus. Always have an idea tucked into your planning that you can introduce at the beginning, middle or end of the lesson to enable this kind of activity.
Give me an ESL idea now - quick
Need something quickly!! Put your hand in a drawer or handbag and take out an item. This is your prop. What can you do creatively around it? Let this random item become the basis for vocabulary, asking who owns such an item, "where did you buy yours", "why do people buy these" "do you know how such an item is made" "where is it made". Later, in the computer room, tell students to look up sites like Wikipedia, How things are made sites, to find out about the production and detail of such an item. Examples, keys, various containers, make up, plastic membership cards, tissues.
Keep a pile of comics and magazines in the classroom for a variety of activities. These can be used if a quiet reading session is needed to end the lesson, or after a rowdy activity. Pictures from the magazines can be used for writing and conversation prompts. Pair work is fun - students can be given assignments of looking for pictures of vocabulary items, verb activities, and describing things to each other.
10 Things About Myself
Have students write down 10 words that describe themselves e.g. tall, intelligent, sensitive, hungry. In pairs, have students share their lists. Nice as a warm up or last ten minutes of a class to wind down. Good for vocabulary, and communication giving personal information in pairs
Of course you are doing writing activities in class. Obviously you are using your curriculum to get the basic ideas. But, knowing the drive for teachers to find something different, something interesting and usual, I am aware that there is a constant search for quick prompts to spark something new. Esl Ideas.com has writing ideas listed simply so that you can take a quick scan and find something immediately. Sharing ideas is always good. Something that you do that you feel is boring might be exciting for someone else and vice versa. After all, we tend to follow our own pattern of teaching style. Do take a look here and hopefully you will find some suitable ideas for your classes.
Nothing like James Bond
The James Bond movies are a delight for fans of action, high tech and flair in fashion and modernity. Each of the James Bond movies reflect the time, (for example, the James Bond made in the 1980's reflects fashion and music from that time,) from fashion to fad. These movies are really just for fun, and adult learners can be prepped with a large vocabulary list if the texts, theme and ideas are researched a little on the Internet prior to the movie screening. There is a lot available for material, from music scores to the influence of the series on the spy world in fiction.
Learning to Read and Write the ABC
The most basic of skills in language learning is learning to read and write the alphabet. Through movement, drama and games this learning can be enhanced. For young learners, moving and shaping their bodies to form letters can be really fun and add to the understanding of the shapes of the letters. Check out the Ready LessonPage plan on learning the alphabet Enjoy.
Having students give presentations in class is excellent for building confidence and practicing language. It involves preparation and repetition, and gives the participants a platform to be the focus and the entertainer.
Preparing for a presentation means the student has to read, write and develop ideas on topics given by the teacher. Thus, the assignment of a presentation can be given as homework, and the results - the presentation - can be an enjoyable, shared experience in the classroom..
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