Recipes under the ‘Elementary’ Category

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 […]

Two players face each other. One palms up and the other palms down over the other hand. The player with the palms up try to slap the hand with palms down. When successful, the student can ask the other student a question (improvised or from a list). Swap places.

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 […]

The teacher elicits some verbs from students (4 or 5 verbs) and writes them on the board. Ex: run-eat-see-fly. Give students 2 or 3 minutes to write a sentence with all the verbs from the board in the same sequence without adding any other verb except for auxiliaries. Ex: I was running home to eat […]

Use this video to show students how to play the game. It is very simple! Get more flashcards and ideas for more Flashcard games HERE.   [youtube]oVrauLv7P1U[/youtube]

# 96 Running Dictation This activity can be used with any level – just use an appropriate text. It is great for introducing a text that you will study in depth through intensive reading. Or it can also be used to finish off a lesson/unit and review the text again… Basically, you have to do […]

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 […]

A great way to start a class concentrating on the simple past. I usually engage everyone in a friendly chat, just to get them ready for the start of the lesson, then, when I know they are concentrated on me, I walk out of the classroom. Seconds later (after the chatter has died down a […]


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