Recipes under the ‘Elementary’ Category

A classic. Board Race is a fun game that is used for revising vocabulary, whether it be words from the lesson you’ve just taught or words from a lesson you taught last week. It can also be used at the start of the class to get students active. It is a great way of testing […]

This is a recipe for any kind of theme.   1. Ask the students, what are the top 10 X (example. Cities in the world – see as youtube video below and here as a gif book) 2. Give students 5 minutes to brainstorm a list in their group. 3. Ask students for their guesses. […]

This is a great game that is easy to start/finish.  1. Get students in small groups.  2. Select 3 categories. Ex. Food  / Country  /  Verb 3. Select a letter from the alphabet.   Ex. G 4. Students have to write down a word beginning with that letter for each category. First to finish and […]

I have used this recipe to hilarious effect over my teaching years. Always a winner!  It focuses on the present perfect continuous tense and gets students practicing this form/conjugations. Come to class dressed up kind of looking like Mr. Bean. Tell students you are Mr. Has Been.  Have a set of flashcards or word cards […]

This is a great way to practice the future tense and learn about each other. Adapted from Jill Hadfield’s “Communication Games”. 1. Ask students about their resolutions. Put the target language on the board – “This year, I will / I resolve to / I’m going to ………. 2.  List some of the common resolutions […]

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Teaching the alphabet can be fun. A great activity for YLs – learn the alphabet by making the letters with your body or hand signs. See how these YLs did it. Use this as a flash presentation.  

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A simple video that makes a powerful lesson for talking about the future, resolutions, making lists.This video is a nice compliment.Ask students to brainstorm a list of 10 things they want to prioritize. Then play the video and see how many are similar. Most points/matches wins! Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM 2.0

If you have a screen and projector – using video in class brings amazing power – the power of context, into your teaching. The classroom no longer has 4 walls!  Here is one quick idea. Use the video  When I grow Up . The students watch and note all the jobs they can possible note […]

This is a real recipe!   Students use English for a real purpose, explaining to a partner or fellow group members, how to do something.  I usually start listing numbers on the board and writing a title – How to ……………..   I ask students to explain the steps of how to do some simple […]

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