listening

English language learners often have difficulty identifying the difference between open-ended and close-ended questions. Learn some strategies for helping them recognize the difference.
Four dogs
This activity gives students speaking and listening practice, as well as allowing them to discover their commonalities and unique qualities. Since some students may be uncomfortable telling falsehoods, something that is required if you play Three Truths and a False, why not try this variation?
Dice
Gives lower level students speaking and listening practice; to give higher level students practice with critical thinking skills, as well as speaking and listening.
Checkmark
This is a conversation activity that encourages students to produce language quickly and cooperatively, while practicing a specific grammar point.
Workers
Practice talking about jobs.
Puzzle
To practice reading comprehension; to practice speaking skills.
Recycling bin
Helps learners understand what recycling is and why it’s important and provides listening practice.
Target
This activity encourages students to think about how they make decisions and to explain those decisions to others. Explaining decisions is a form of critical thinking.
Happy New Year!
Share cultural information about New Year’s celebrations around the world and encourage students to set goals by making resolutions.
Thumbs up, thumbs down
Encourage advanced-level ESL and GED students to use transition phrases in conversation. This activity will help students use more academic language in speaking and in writing.

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