Picture Library

Pictures speak a 1,000 words and are the engine of language teaching because they provide much needed contextualization for the lesson.

Every teacher staying in EFL / ESL should have a picture library, a folder of photos (laminated if you … Read More ....

Student created word searches!

I’m a big fan of SCC – student created content. Instead of just handing out a photocopy or a worksheet – get the students to make the activity or worksheet!

They learn while making the content and since they have … Read More ....

Student – Teacher Box

Put a box on your desk and tell the students if they have any thoughts, to write them down on a piece of paper WITHOUT A NAME and put it in the box. Once a week, look in the box … Read More ....

Wall of Words

Every week put up a large piece of chart paper on the classroom wall. Get a marker on string and tie it nearby.

Students can go there and write new vocabulary they have learned or just put up graffiti and … Read More ....

BAAM

BAAM is a game I made after a lot of thought. Many teachers told me that they were frustrated when playing games – only the high level students answered and were involved!

So I came up with BAAM and without … Read More ....

Celebrities

Students love to talk about celebrities.

1.  Put the names of some celebrities on the board. Describe one and the students will guess who it is. Erase that name and continue until all are erased.

2. Give students a blank … Read More ....

Whisper, Draw, Write….

This is a variation of the famous “Telephone” game. 

Write a word on a slip of paper and show it to a student. This student must whisper it to the second student. Then the second student must draw a picture … Read More ....

Plan the teacher’s Vacation!

Put the students in small groups, and ask each group to plan a vacation for you. They must plan where you will go, what you will do, who you will go with, and what you will buy. Give them some … Read More ....

Postcards

Purchase a postcard for each member of your class (or just make some and photocopy or get a stack of free ones available at some stores. You could use this one¬†or see all our templates.). Each student writes … Read More ....

TELL US ABOUT

This small group discussion game is excellent because students talk about their own lives and the other students ask further questions and become really curious.

Use these cards. Model with the whole class by giving selected students cards and … Read More ....