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Recycling bin
Helps learners understand what recycling is and why it’s important and provides listening practice.
Index cards
Practice vocabulary, descriptions and sentence formation.
Ear
One of the challenges in teaching a diverse group of learners is that everyone comes to class with different life experiences and expectations! As you prepare to do an activity, think about how you might prepare your student or students. How can you link the material to what they already know? Here are a few suggestions.
Dictionary
Gives intermediate and advanced level students practice working with dictionaries and recognizing differences in the definitions of similar words, as well as increasing learners’ vocabularies.
Orange
This method starts with a theme or context (the “whole”), pulls out specific parts to analyze, then goes back to a text to practice the “part” in context. It can help students work on spelling, reading, and pronunciation skills.
Writing book and pen
To improve writing fluency and to practice language specific to the chosen role play situation. An interesting problem can get students writing without being too concerned about making mistakes.
Old-fashioned camera
Visuals cues provide an interesting and challenging way to review vocabulary, as well as testing students’ powers of observation. This activity works well in one-to-one situations as well as in a group.
Texting
Incorporate text messaging into reading and writing instruction for ESL or general literacy/ABE learners.
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.

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