Writing Tag

A piece of paper, a chalkboard and a pair of scissors are a teacher’s best friends.  Tr.uly, let me explain with this one activity.

1. Give each student a blank piece of paper.

2. Ask them to fold it “hamburger”, … Read More ....

Snowball Fight!

This is the perfect icebreaker and getting to know you activity! See an already made version HERE.

First, write 3 very simple sentence prompts on the board. For example something like this….

1. I like ………………………..

2. I don’t like … Read More ....

Can Pigs……? PROVERBS

Here’s a unique way to learn and practice proverbs for a higher level class (and probably high school or univ/adults).

Put a few common proverbs on the board without the ending. You can bring a horse to water but……….

Solicit … Read More ....

Describing your apartment

This is an excellent way to get students speaking and to practice “home” related vocabulary and prepositions.

1.  Warm up by quizzing students about prepositions. Take a pen and place it around your body. Ask, “Where’s the pen?”.  Place it … Read More ....

SCC – Student Created Content

I am a firm believer in this! The students create the materials in a simple fashion for practicing / producing language. The context is given and so they have an easy time to speak. Also, very simple and less work … Read More ....

Indian Poker!

This is a variation of the 20 questions  game but can also be a way to learn/produce/practice all lesson vocabulary.

Give all students post it notes. ( I like using the small ones, the really tiny ones).  Students choose a … Read More ....

Rewrite a common story

The True Story of the 3 Pigs is a timeless classic.   Read the story with your students, maybe having a few students act it out as you read.

Then, ask the students to write another well-known story from the point … Read More ....

Real Recipes – Play Dough!

Arts and crafts are great for young learners. Get cooking and using these “real recipes” to create some clay and play dough for language learning.

Get the students to challenge each other by moulding something while the others guess what … Read More ....

Scavenger Hunt

So, all of my students have their own cell phones, most of which have cameras, right?  I decided to use this to my advantage and have the kids to a scavenger hunt.  I made a list of things they had … Read More ....

Drop Everything And Read (DEAR)

Drop Everything And Read celebrates the power of SSR (sustained silent reading).

Our students can acquire powerful amounts of vocabulary and lexical/linguistic knowledge by learning language within the context of a story/book. Stephen Krashen is one of ELT’s biggest advocates … Read More ....