Human Sentences

This is helpful for learners with lower language levels who are struggling with the auxiliary verb system (be, do and have).

I give learners a piece of paper or mini-whiteboard with one word of a short sentence. They … Read More ....

Vocabulary Pyramids

I adapted this idea from the Hot Spot series of young learner coursebooks, and use it to review vocabulary from previous lessons.

At the start of a lesson, I ask learners to write the names of:

  • one activity
  • two animals
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Name 3

name3things

A simple game. Write a bunch of categories and have students brainstorm 3 things for each category.

Then take up with the groups in turn. Each thing not repeated gets a point. Continue with all categories. Most points win.

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Who Is It?

Write everyone’s names on slips of paper and put them in a hat or box. Choose two pairs of learners to be players, and ask each of them to pick a name and keep it a secret. Ask the rest … Read More ....

Listening Skills Story

listeningI do this story often with new classes – int/adv. levels. It really helps emphasize the need to listen carefully.

1. Tell a story like the one below. Start with ” I’m going to tell you a story. Listen carefully. … Read More ....

Retell A Movie Plot

Students watch a lot of movies! So harness this and get them “retelling” a movie plot and sharing their thoughts about a movie in English.

Use this template so they can prepare their thoughts about the movie they have chosen … Read More ....

Word Chain

wordchainWrite a word on the board. For example “apple”.

Ask students to continue with new words or expressions using the last letters of the previous word.

Ex. apple – learn – ever – very – ryebread – address …..
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Story Retelling

story-retellingAsk a few students to step out of the classroom.

Tell the students in the classroom a simple, step by step story. Like the 3 wishes joke maybe.
Ask the students to come back in the class.
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5Ws

5wshThis is a very easy technique for making a lesson.

Take any news story or any story. Assign and have students dissect the story and fill in the 5Ws .

Use this easy template – 5ws Graphic Organizer   Bingo!

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Important Dates Of A Month

This is a real easy idea and especially good for the start of a school year or the beginning of any month or the year.

Provide students with this template and have them research all the important dates for the … Read More ....