Intermediate ESL

hand holding a green and white flyswatter against a white background

This activity is a staff and volunteer favorite!

 

Purpose:  to help learners build their skimming and sight word recognition skills

Preparation Time:  5 minutes

Materials Needed:  two flyswatters

Procedure:

question mark made out of multi-colored post-it notes

Purpose:  to get learners comfortable with asking and answering basic questions using a variety of verb tenses

Preparation Time:  None

Materials Needed:  sets of grammar tense questions and answers cards, cut apart

Procedure:

row of five pastel colored question marks

Purpose:  This structured speaking activity gives learners the chance to practice asking and answering questions. The repetition that the activity provides builds comfort with the language, as well as confidence and fluency.  

Preparation Time:  None

Materials Needed:  1-6 prepared questions

Procedure:

question mark made out of multi-colored post-it notes

Purpose:  This fun and high-energy game helps learners develop their ability to describe words that they don’t remember or haven’t learned yet.

Preparation Time:  None

Materials Needed:  blank slips of paper

Procedure:

drawing of woman in a red shirt shrugging her shoulders and looking confused

Purpose:  It can be embarrassing and difficult for learners to admit that they don’t know the answer to a question in class. This activity helps learners to become more comfortable with expressing uncertainty.

Preparation Time:  None

Materials Needed:  None

Procedure:

fireworks exploding in a black sky

New Year’s Resolutions

In this lesson, students discuss how they celebrate New Year, and read about some typical celebrations in the UK, as well as looking at New Year’s resolutions and reflecting on what makes a year good or bad.

https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/new-years-resolutions

 

New Year’s Resolutions: A Reading and Conversation Lesson for Adults

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Purpose:  This partner activity helps learners to develop listening skills that are necessary for phone calls and other methods of communication that aren’t face-to-face.

Preparation Time:  10 minutes

Materials Needed:  handouts with 3-6 questions written on them (one for each learner)

Procedure:

a brain in a clear lightbulb

Purpose:  Help learners improve their listening and recollection skills, as well as practice responding to questions.

Preparation Time:  2 minutes

Materials Needed:  mini-whiteboards, markers, erasers

Procedure:

  1. Generate a list of 2-5 questions that tie into the current class theme.

Example 1:

(Low beginning level class, theme of family)

red and white target with an arrow in the middle

Purpose: This small group activity gives learners opportunities to practice formulating questions and answering a wide variety of questions.

Preparation Time: None

Materials Needed: None

a pile of multi-colored stopwatches

"Routines are the backbone of daily classroom life. They facilitate teaching and learning…. Routines don’t just make your life easier, they save valuable classroom time. And what’s most important, efficient routines make it easier for students to learn and achieve more."

Learning to Teach…not just for beginners by Linda Shalaway

 

Routines are a lifesaver to ESL teachers and learners of all levels. A good routine provides numerous benefits to teachers and learners, including:

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