Teaching Speaking – Activities

Teaching speaking is the core of what many language teachers do.  It’s important to understand the classic activities that support teaching speaking and getting students to communicate in the language.

Here are some great recipes for activating your students’ powers … Read More ....

Guess The Price

Bringing reality into the classroom is so important.  Language is something we use in the real world and so it is incumbent that teachers link their lessons to actual use in the wider world.

One nice example is a – … Read More ....

Brainstorming

Brainstorming is a great, open-ended activity that can be used for many teaching objectives.  Assessing student prior knowledge, consolidation, review or just language enjoyment and fun.

Give students an organizer or blank piece of paper and some short instructions / … Read More ....

Interview An Older Person

This is a great task and homework assignment.  Get students to use a set of questions (make them in class) and interview an older person they know. A neighbor, a grandfather, grandmother, a friend of the family …. doesn’t matter.… Read More ....

A Back To School Snowball Fight

It is back to school time and this teaching recipe is proven to work for all levels!

1. Get students to fill out on a sheet of paper some info. about themselves. You can use a prepared page like this Read More ....

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 ....

Logical Inferences. Cause and Effect.

A fun way to elicit vocabulary from students is through a First – Then activity. It’s based on a fantastic kid’s book – First The Egg.
It’s really easy to play. Prompt students with “First the X” and then students … Read More ....

Music Works

One recipe for teachers is to think of music differently. Not just as a way of studying language – listening to words but also as a way of classroom management or creating classroom atmosphere.

Here are a few ways music Read More ....

Post It Notes

Post It Notes – small things but so useful!   Get students using them to label the things in the classroom.  Or get students putting them on their desk into categories, writing the vocabulary on the note.  Or have students go … 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 ....