Alphabet Organizing

  This is a very simple way to brainstorm and practice    vocabulary. Alphabet organizing!

 

Simply use this handy organizer and get the students to list all the vocab for a certain topic (at the beach, at the restaurant, animals, … Read More ....

Torn Pictures…

This is a wonderfully simple communicative activity.

Get a pile of nice magazine pictures. Next, tear or cut them into twos. Enough halves for the number of students in your classroom.

Then, give each student half a picture. They have … Read More ....

Bragging rights!

  Everyone loves to brag, so this lesson recipe works every time with a variety of levels and ages. It also allows students to use their own “lexicon” and thus practice producing language rather than just “acquiring”. It really helps … Read More ....

What’s the weather like in …….?

The weather is a standard topic and beyond reviewing the vocabulary (which you can do with these resources) , you can really do it communicatively by getting students to do / practice weather reports!

After going through the vocabulary … Read More ....

Guided Writing

There are many ways to teach writing but one way that I really think provides enough structure for beginning and developing writers is guided writing.

Give students a text with words missing (usually nouns). In groups or pairs, they can … Read More ....

Simon Says!

   This is a classic TPR game (Total Physical   Response) and gets the students up and participating, as well as learning actively.

The teacher (or a student(s)) instructs other students to do certain actions.

Ex.  Simon says, “Touch your nose”! Read More ....

An Activity with a Cell Phone

 An Activity with a Cell Phone

 

This activity was done in a workshop for teachers of English working at the DGEP (Direccion General de Escuelas Preparatorias), high school teachers of English.

 

The activity was to show a simple … Read More ....

The Gumball Game (Prepositions of Motion)

“I dropped my gumball, and it went . . . . .”

Required items:

1) Index cards, or pieces of paper

2) A large drawing surface (whiteboard, blackboard, a big piece of paper)

This is a fun activity to help … Read More ....

Report it! Newspaper reading…

I really think it is great when a teacher gets the students interested in the world and what’s happening there.

You can use the newspaper in many ways but one easy way is to ask a student each day to … Read More ....

Foldables

   Foldables are a great way to make your lessons “active” and also more about fostering thinking skills.

They can be of all sorts. Just start with a piece (or pieces) of paper and get the students folding and labeling.  Like … Read More ....