Simple ideas for busy teachers
Simple ideas for teachers to use as classroom lessons
You can use a dictogloss task to practise all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking), along with grammar or lexis. See a nice explanation HERE.
If the topic of the week is sport, create a short text about sport, … Read More ....
Divide learners into teams of four. Write a word that you introduced last week on the whiteboard, like:
Ask learners to agree on:
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 ....
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:
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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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 ....
I 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 ....
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 ....
Write 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 …..
Pts. … Read More ....
Ask 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.
The rest of … Read More ....