Simple ideas for busy teachers
EFL Teaching Recipes
Simple ideas for teachers to use as classroom lessons
One sterling activity to engage students studying remotely is to do a home scavenger hunt.
Students have X minutes to find the objects and then report back and “show and tell” with other students in the video call. A nice … Read More ....
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:
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 ....
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 ....
This is very much like the famous quiz game, Golden Bell. Play until one student standing who can then challenge the teacher.
Students stand in a line. The first two in the line face off. The teacher shows a … Read More ....
As a warm up today I passed out playing cards to my 34 5th graders (face down on desk).
I had them place the cards on their foreheads without looking. I cautioned them that they were NOT to indicate (with … Read More ....
This is an easy but fun lesson to practice geography, question making and language skills.
1. Choose one student who comes to the front of the class.
2. The student writes in big letters on a piece of paper with … Read More ....
This is a great game that is easy to start/finish.
1. Get students in small groups.
2. Select 3 categories. Ex. Food / Country / Verb
3. Select a letter from the alphabet. Ex. G
4. Students have to write … Read More ....