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Scrabble tiles spelling the word pause

Purpose:  To practice noticing and using thought groups. Thought groups are when speakers break their sentences into chunks by pausing after phrases or to add emphasis to their speaking. Using thought groups in speech makes it easier for the listener to understand the speaker’s message.

Preparation Time:  None

Materials Needed:  Copies of a reading text

Procedure:

three words followed by dots representing their stress patterns

Purpose:  Improves pronunciation and provides practice identifying word stress patterns in new vocabulary, and helps learners to focus on the most critical words in a message.

Preparation Time:  10 minutes

Materials Needed:  Copies of the Word Stress Chart for each learner, reading text

Procedure:

wooden auction gavel and red sold stamp

Purpose:  To review grammatical structures in a fun and collaborative competition

Preparation Time:  10 minutes

Materials Needed:  Handouts with 10-15 correct and incorrect sentences (use grammar structures that the class is familiar with to modify for your level of learners), play money

Procedure:

twitter logo white bird on a blue background

Activity Name: 

Purpose:  An innovative activity to help learners develop their writing skills and improve their writing focus in 140 characters or less!

Preparation Time:  5 minutes

Materials Needed:  index cards

Procedure:

winter memory game with pictures and words of winter items

Winter is a huge part of life in Minnesota, and the snow and cold is everyone’s favorite topic of conversation. Help your students learn how to talk about winter and have fun doing it! Follow the links to the resources below to find hundreds of classroom resources about winter in Minnesota.

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Smiling Ethiopian woman sitting at a table

In the wake of the recent executive order that was recently passed that severely restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries, suspends all refugee admission for 120 days, and bars all Syrian refugees indefinitely, there have been numerous online and in-person conversations around this topic. When looking for information regarding refugee resettlement, it can be frustrating and time-consuming to sift through the massive amount of information that is available to us online.

Green grid with examples of pronunciation of -ed endings

Purpose:  To help learners correctly pronounce the final –ed at the end of past tense regular verbs.

Preparation Time:  15 mins

Materials Needed:  Class copies of Pronunciation of Past Tense Regular Verbs handout, a list of past tense regular verbs that the learners are familiar with (e.g. walk, stop, wash, clean, want, etc.

two silhouettes of running figures passing a relay baton

Adapted from www.teachingenglishgames.com. Check out their website to find other great suggestions for games for the ESL classroom!

Purpose:  Review grammar, vocabulary, or sentence structures and practice writing by using fill-in-the-blank worksheets to create a dynamic team game.

Preparation Time:  5 minutes

Materials Needed:  Several copies of a worksheet, blank pieces of paper

Procedure:

picture of a paper with sentences and pictures written on it

Purpose:  A super fun game that is guaranteed to generate a lot of laughter and gives learners a chance to practice writing in a low pressure setting.

Preparation Time:  None

Materials Needed:  1 piece of blank paper per learner

Procedure:

hand crossing off the i n at the front of the word incorrect with a red marker

Error correction and feedback is an essential part of the learning process, but it can be difficult to provide each individual learner with targeted corrections and feedback during writing assignments, particularly if the class is large.

A simple way to involve the whole class while giving corrections and feedback is to use class writing time as an opportunity to gather data regarding writing errors, and then write them on the board to correct as a class, rather than speaking to each individual learner.

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