Simple ideas for busy teachers
Simple ideas for teachers to use as classroom lessons
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 …..
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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.
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This 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!
Have … Read More ....
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 ....