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Christmas is approaching and students are getting more and more excited about the coming holidays. Here are some ESL materials for Christmas to keep them busy in these last orange- and cinnamon-flavoured weeks of 2022:
ESL materials for Easter: quizzes, songs and worksheets LOOKING FOR COOL WORKSHEETS FOR YOUR ESL LESSON? 7 worksheets for kids and pre-teens: I spy, guided colouring, picture riddles with Easter characters, writing worksheets, secret messages for Easter, etc. READ MORE 10 worksheets for cool kids about Easter: Easter Egg Hunt printable cards, worksheets with colourful pictures to teach vocabulary & grammar and improve speaking etc. READ MORE 3 worksheets for teen ESL students: picture-based writing, writing with egg idioms and an interactive online worksheet for speaking & writing. READ MORE EASTER – 17th April 2022 VIDEO QUIZ (B1): Practise strong
Another Scratch app this time to use and remake. It helps your students practise to find and describe differences in pictures and for Scratchers it’s a nice way to practise costume-change and sprite editing. Find the differences Instructions: Click onto the green flag and then memorize the picture for 30 seconds.Then click the A key on your keyboard and note 5 differences.Finally, click onto SPACE and not 6 differences.Do you have a good memory? For Scrachers, SEE INSIDE, it’s a simple costume-change code, however, in some cases, you need to move the sprite away from its centre point. You might
A first lesson after a long summer break should be about discussing what you and your students have done since last time you met. It’s a great opportunity to exchange experiences, create a great group dynamic and revise simple past forms in positive, negative and interrogative sentences. So, here’s a quick idea for a welcome-back lesson:
Today let me show you – and challenge all Scratch coders – with a Scratch animation to practise for Cambridge Movers Speaking Part 3: Which one is different and why?
September 2021 – How is this school year going to be? Face-to-face, online, locked down? Whatever the answer is, we are happy to be back to school… and back to some great playful Cambridge YL Starters, Movers, Flyers exercises. Check out these ESL materials:
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.
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.
November 2020 – Before sending your student to do any speaking exam, you should show them a video of a real oral exam and also rehearse it with them. Here is one way how you could do it. The post concentrates onto IELTS Speaking Band 7, but you can adapt it to any other exam. The lesson is designed for an online individual course.
November 2020 – Here’s a lesson idea based on Kang Lee’s TED Talk from February 2016 about if we are good at telling when a child is lying. The lesson is aimed at B1plus level (or higher) and includes listening and vocabulary training. The main target is to start and finish the lesson with an open conversation about the topic.
November 2020 – Here’s a lesson idea based on Susan Pinker’s TED Talk from April 2017 about longevity and why some people live longer than others. The lesson is aimed at B2 level (or higher) and includes listening and vocabulary training. The main target is to start and finish the lesson with an open conversation about the topic.
When we think about reading, we picture books, newspapers or magazines. However, your students probably read daily texts that are shorter, more about consumption and not (only) about entertainment or current affairs, and are more packed with information. Let me give you a simple example how to train them to find and read this type of texts in real life and some tasks to customize for your lesson, with the aim to improve reading for details. Use online reviews in your ESL lesson.
This time, let me invite you to enjoy a great thriller with your students and to work on an ESL film quiz written for B2/C1 students. In addition to the obvious benefits (improving listening skills, expanding vocabulary, etc.), this film gives plenty of opportunities to speculate about what might have happened before, since it is told in reverse.
Films offer entertainment, listening practice, exposure to different varieties of English and a real expansion of up-to-date vocabulary. Here is an ESL film quiz for your teen students at around B1+/B2 level to think and speak about issues like university, apps, dating and love in our modern ages.
Students often need to express their opinion in 1-2 minutes, by responding to some questions, analyzing problems and/or proposing their own ideas. They don’t only need to do this, but should do it with adequate fluency and accuracy. Still, they waste time by looking for a word or try to put together a complex grammatical form. More than ever before an exam they need to understand what it means that they need to analyze and comment about a topic while the clock is clicking. Read this article describing a lesson tip about fluency training.
BULLETPOINTS: Conversation Lesson Plan with Aunty Emma Topic: Aunty Emma; Level: pre-intermediate to advanced; Time: 30-60 min; Material: whiteboard and marker; Preparation time: none; Skill: speaking; Function: (dis)agreement, negotiating; Group size: min 2 students.
This is a lesson plan for a conversation lesson about problems and possible solutions for A2+ level ESL classes. BULLETPOINTS: Topic: Problems and solutions;Level: A2+;Time: 60 min;Material: whiteboard, marker;Preparation time: none;Skill: speaking;Function: Giving advice(You should/could …, Why don’t you …, You might want to consider V-ing…, etc., depending on the level of the students);Grammar/Vocab: Modals – should, might, could, I’d suggest that you …;Group size: 4+.
This is a lesson plan with worksheet for A1-A2 classes who are learning or revising how to ask for and give personal information. BULLETPOINTS: Level: A1-A2 (Elementary); Age: adults; Group size: any; Aim: to practice question formations – to ask questions about personal information; – to give information about personal details; Skill: speaking; Grammar: questions, to be, have got; Vocabulary: personal details; Length: 90 min; Preparation time: 5 min (print and cut student’s worksheet); Material: student’s worksheet (one sheet per two students), whiteboard + marker.
This ESL activity starts with a reading comprehension task and expands the topic of stereotypes into a wider conversation. BULLETPOINTS: Level: B1+; Age: adults; Group size: any; Aim: to enable students to express their point of view on national stereotypes; Skill: reading into speaking; Grammar: -; Vocabulary: stereotypes; Length: 30+; Preparation time: none; Material: websites linked to this page.
This lesson idea offers questions to one Follow This Netflix original series, discussing social media influencers and ‘teen bosses’. BULLETPOINTS: Level: B2+; Age: teens, adults; Group size: any; Aim: to listen and talk about teen popularity and social media issues; Skill: listening and speaking; Grammar: -; Vocabulary: -; Length: 60+; Preparation time: 30 min (watch the episode and print the worksheet); Material: worksheet attached, you also need a NETFLIX account.