Category: online

Instant Prompts

Teaching a language is both super difficult and super easy. That’s contradictory but if you’ve taught a number of years, I think you’ll also see the logic and sense in that statement.

One of our main jobs is to give … Read More ....

What’s The Trend?

A simple teaching recipe using the website – Storyline.

Students in teams open up the game and play. They must make a graph about the data set provided by the site. Ex. Percent of internet users over time.

Students discuss, … Read More ....


Sequencing is a great, open way to design a lesson task. Students get lots of comprehensible input and listening for detail and it is easy to do, organize.

1. Find a good piece of audio or video with clear steps. … Read More ....

Free Hugs

I used to do this with my classes (teacher training) and it always showed up on my teacher evaluations post-course as one of the highlights mentioned by trainees. You can do it too with students.


Play the song … Read More ....

Tasks For Teaching

TBLT (Task Based Language Teaching) is a valid approach and alternative to the traditional Prepare – Practice – Produce style lessons many teachers deliver.

Simply give students a task (preferably transferable to the real world) and let them “have a … Read More ....

Guess The Sound

A fun game you can play online or off.

1. Students go and find an object that makes sound.
2. Keep it hidden or turn off the camera.
3. Then they do the sound and others guess.
4. Who guessed … Read More ....

Guess The Ad

Commercials are high-quality materials to use in the language classroom. And they are copyright free!

Just play a commercial that doesn’t show the product until the end. Pause and have students guess what brand/product is being sold.

Here are a … Read More ....

Play. Pause. Repeat.

Video based lessons needn’t be complex.  For language learning they can be as simple as providing students with a simple task while watching and letting them “take in” and negotiate the meaning of the language in the video.

Prediction is … Read More ....

Stand Up If

A fun listening and getting to know each other game for the class or even online (in the video conference, students can “raise your hand if ..”.

Read out statements and students stand up if they answer yes to the … Read More ....

Home Scavenger Hunt

One sterling activity to engage students studying remotely is to do a home scavenger hunt.

Students have X minutes to find the objects and then report back and “show and tell” with other students in the video call. A nice … Read More ....