EASTER: ESL worksheets and activities

/ All levels, Easter, Grammar training, Lesson plans, Lesson tips, Materiali per Festività, Parents, Speaking and Conversation, Teachers, Vocabulary training, Writing Training, Young Learners

ESL quizzes, songs, exercises to celebrate/discuss Easter: 17th April 2022 VIDEO QUIZ (B1): Practise strong adjectives with the Easter Factory scene from HOP (2011) Interactive worksheet (A1/A2): Watch a short scene from HOP (E.B. playing the drums, starring David Hasselhoff) and answer to listening comprehension questions and do some background check: Interactive worksheet (A2/B1): Watch a short scene from Rise of the Guardians (2012) and practise listening comprehension (true/false) and sentence completion with gerund vs. to+infinitive verb forms: Easter Jokes: Looking for cool worksheets for your ESL lessons? Free materials for kids/Young Learners: A one-page worksheet with a picture, 10

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/ Grammar training, Halloween, Lesson tips, Teachers, Vocabulary training, Young Learners

In Italy, most language courses start in October, just before Halloween. This means that Halloween lessons are due to become grammar revision lessons. If you are teaching Young Learners at A1 level, you might need to revise nouns: 1) with indefinite article (a/an), 2) in plural forms,3) with adjectives (adjective-noun word order).Here’s a downloadable slide-show combining these grammar points with Halloween vocabulary for 6-10-year-old students.

LESSON PLAN: Absurd Reality and Artistic Vision in Selfies

/ B2, C1, Grammar training, Speaking and Conversation, Teachers

January 2021 – In this lesson plan, you can discuss selfies from an artistic and a humorous point of view. The lesson aims at B2-C1 level students and is based on a TEDTalk (available on YouTube, not on the official TED site) and a scene from a late night TV show. It gives opportunity to revise narrative tenses and/or reported speech with your students. The exercises are suitable for online lessons.

LESSON PLAN – Regular verbs in simple past

/ A1, A2, Grammar training, Teachers

December 2020 – This lesson plan introduces or revises regular verb forms in simple past. It’s target level is A1-A2. The exercises also revise vocabulary linked to ‘restaurants’, a lexical field students are often exposed to even at lower levels while traveling. The short video to watch is the end scene of the animated Disney/Pixar film ‘Ratatouille’. There are also materials included to practice pronunciation of the -ed ending and spelling.


/ A1, A2, B1, B2, Exam training, Grammar training, Teachers

December 2020 – When I started teaching online I kept going back to one website to test my students’ grammar knowledge in test-teach-test approach. At the beginning, it was a simple blog, however, it has grown up to a prodigious test bank. Today, I invite you to visit the TEST-ENGLISH website.


/ B1, B2, Grammar training, Speaking and Conversation, Teachers

November 2020 – Third conditional is a tough grammar point and it’s also difficult to make students practise it, since it is not so often used in real life situations. Doing automatized exercises seems to work for the moment, but fails on the long run. To help students memorize the structure, you might want to spend some time making them do different engaging activities over a couple of lessons. Here are some ideas how they could practice third conditional sentences.

SPICE UP YOUR LESSON WITH A SONG – Grammar & Vocabulary through Listening

/ A1, A2, B1, B2, Grammar training, Lesson tips, Listening training, Teachers, Vocabulary training

November 2020 – Songs are an evergreen possibility to lead into a new topic or introduce a new grammatical structure, they can be an excellent exercise to wind down a lesson and even in between two exercises, they are good for making students relax and prepare for the next task. In this post, I would like to show you some interactive worksheets to do while listening to some great classics and also some newer hits – with embedded YouTube videos.


/ Grammar training, Teachers

I have been planning to write about grammar for a long time. I don’t think that grammar is so important in language teaching, however, no established teacher can afford not knowing grammar, above all in adult courses. In my career as a supervisor of native and non-native English teachers, I noticed that most new teachers have difficulties what to explain about any grammar structure to their students. The more they knew about the students’ first language, the clearer the answer became to this question. But there is always a first time.


/ A2, Grammar training, Teachers, Young Learners

BULLETPOINTS: Level: Flyers (A2); Age: 7-12; Group size: any; Aim: to activate previously learnt future forms; Skill: writing (tracing) and speaking; Grammar: going to and present continuous for the future; Vocabulary: birthday; Length: 30 min; Preparation time: none; Material: worksheet attached.