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This is a great idea for the start of the year.  Give each group of students some card board strips of paper. Also some tape.  Students brainstorm the names of all things in the classroom (in English!).  Then, ask them to go tape the names up around the classroom. First come, first server. After, take […]

This idea works well in pairs.  Model in front of the class first.    1. Write numbers or letters on the back of a student/classmate by using your finger. 2. The classmate guesses the number/letter. 3. Make it more advanced. Larger numbers / words.    You can also do a variation of this by doing […]

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Sometimes it is really difficult to avoid students talk in their mother tongue, so usually I choose a corner of the whiteboard and draw a small circle and write Portuguese Area. So if a students want to say anything that he/she can’t say in English he/she has to stand up and go to the Portuguese […]

Great activity to revise VOCABULARY from previous classes. Ask students to think of a word they’ve learned previously. They have to make sure they know how to write it. Students come to the front of the class and write the word in the air using his index finger. Then, students write down they word and […]

This is a ridiculously effective listening lesson for low to mid-range students.  3rd grade upper level middle school tends to buck against it though some of them enjoy it.  May be too easy for them.  The two youtube clips are below. Clear the desks.  All of them.  Make sure the whole room is nothing but […]

I use this game with my students to check spelling of vocabulary introduced in the previous lesson. Divide class in two teams, A and B. Divide the board in the middle. Mark each side of the board for each team.   On each side of the board draw:   a river with stepping stones for […]

I got this one from EFL Classroom 2.0. There is a ppt you can use to do dialogues which is cool.    Disappearing dialogues is a very much used language teaching technique 1. Elicit and write the dialogue. Or use a prepared dialogue. 2. Students practice in pairs.   3. Once they are comfortable with […]

MoTiVaTiNg PrOjEcTs To LeArN EnGLiSH: CrEAte YouR EnGLish GaMe Hi, there!,     Last year, I asked my students to do the following project: CREATE YOUR ENGLISH GAME! It was a hard task, but so REWARDING!!!!!!! Because of that, I’ve just decided to share this interesting useful IDEA with other students and teachers. Let me […]

Here is how I help my students learn their vocabulary! It has improved my students’ ability to recognize vocabulary and teaches them a way to learn vocabulary independently! It’s called Six Steps! We do them as an introductory lesson for new vocabulary. The Six Steps: 1. Look at the word 2. Hear the word 3. […]


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