Recipes under the ‘False Beginner’ Category

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 […]

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]

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 […]

Here is the link to a treasure hunt online which worked really well with my students. Hope it’s worth sharing and you’ll find it useful. villanovaschoolenglish.pbworks.com/TREASURE-HUNT

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 […]

First, come to class with some pictures you’ve cut out of a newspaper or magazine. Nice gift ideas. Tell the students it’s Christmas and walk around the class giving items. Stop at a student, handing them the picture and say, “Merry Christmas! Students if advanced must reply with more than “you’re welcome” and should use […]

This is a standard lesson / activity for practicing possessives. 1. Put on the board my ….. – mine. your ….. – yours. his ….. – his. her ….. – hers. its …… – its. our … – ours your … – yours their ….. theirs. 2. Prior to the class while students are waiting, […]


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