10 ways to use video in the ESL class
Feb24

10 ways to use video in the ESL class

Following on from my last blog, 10 reasons you should use video in class, here is a list of ten activities you can do in class before, during and after watching videos. Prediction I once went to a talk about prediction and it completely changed the way I teach. This is a great technique to use in any class and you can do it with any activity. It’s great for stimulating interest as students pay more attention to what is happening,...

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ESL Activity: how to get those creative writing juices flowing…
Feb10

ESL Activity: how to get those creative writing juices flowing…

How often do you do creative writing in class? I’ve started doing it with both low level teens and higher level B2 students. It’s a great way to get some creative juices flowing and testing the students’ imagination. All you need is some inspiration music, time in class, and a willingness to do some correcting, or not, because that’s the beauty as you’re just letting them write. The key to these activities is that they write, fast,...

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ESL Vocabulary Activity: Guess the word
Jan16

ESL Vocabulary Activity: Guess the word

This is my favourite vocabulary activity. It’s perfect as a warmer, to introduce new vocabulary, or revision. It’s also simple to set up and students love it because they see it as a type of ‘game,’ which, in a way, it is. Plus there’s a real feel good factor when they guess the word. The main reason I love it is because you’re teaching them real life skills. If they ever find themselves in an English speaking country in...

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ESL Activity: Christmas Productions
Dec16

ESL Activity: Christmas Productions

Struggling for an idea for those last Christmas days of term? Want to do something different, fun, and get your students up acting and speaking so you can have a laugh? Then why not try this Christmas Production activity. This is a great activity for ages of about 12 and over. It’s quite similar to my previous Role Play activity, but with a Christmas twist. I’ll probably do this with a couple of my classes on the last two days of term...

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ESL Christmas activities and lessons
Dec09

ESL Christmas activities and lessons

For a list of useful ESL activities and lessons based around Christmas then keep reading. At the end of this post are two previous blogs I did back in 2012 and 2014, but these links are more updated. Busy Teacher Have a look here for a massive range of lessons, activities, reading activities and songs for Christmas. Teaching English There’s only one lesson plan here, but it looks pretty good, and is also suitable for most ages....

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ESL Activity of the month: A,B,C spelling for young learners
Nov07

ESL Activity of the month: A,B,C spelling for young learners

If you can’t spell in English, then you is a dimwit. Don’t worry, that’s not what I tell my students, although sometimes I’m tempted to, especially when they’ve been at our academy as long as I have, over 10 years, and still can’t spell ‘disappear’. I have this great system / routine / activity for teaching and testing young learners on how to spell properly, or at least have a bash at it. What do...

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