Beginning ESL

woman holding a finger to her chin and looking thoughtful

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

Preparation Time:  5 minutes

Materials Needed:  mini-whiteboards, markers, erasers

Procedure:

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

Example 1:

(Low beginning level group, theme of family)

classroom with desks and chairs facing a chalkboard

Purpose:  to practice speaking and writing prepositions of place

Preparation Time:  5 minutes

Materials Needed:  two lists of items in the classroom (3-5 objects on each)

Procedure:

group of Asian men sitting in a circle and talking

Purpose:  to provide learners with practice summarizing and analyzing information from charts

Preparation Time:  5 minutes

Materials Needed:  two short texts on the same topic

Procedure:

two overlapping circles with a red center

Purpose:  to encourage learners to compare and contrast short reading texts, and build familiarity with the Venn Diagram graphic organizer.

Preparation Time:  5 minutes

Materials Needed:  two short texts on the same topic

Procedure:

a black and white picture story showing a woman with a stressful life

Purpose:  to give learners practice identifying the main idea and retelling key details

Preparation Time:  15 minutes

Materials Needed:  sets of picture stories, cut apart

Procedure:

a detective in a green coat and hat smoking a pipe and looking at a question mark through a magnifying glass

Purpose:  to help learners begin to use evidence from a text to make inferences and support answers

Preparation Time:  10 minutes

Materials Needed:  A picture, sets of questions

Procedure:

a silver stopwatch

Purpose:  to assist learners in developing their verbal summarizing skills.

Preparation Time:  None

Materials Needed:  None

Procedure:

the numbers one, two, and three in colored blocks

Purpose:  Free speaking can be challenging for learners of all levels. This activity helps learners to develop comfort with speaking for longer periods, and to improve their ability to add details and information to a story.

Preparation Time:  None

Materials Needed:  None

Procedure:

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:

black chalkboard with the words what where how why when and who written on it with a question mark in the middle

Purpose:  to get learners comfortable with asking and answering basic conversation questions while building an awareness of wh- question words.

Preparation Time:  None

Materials Needed:  Sets of Wh- Questions and answers cards, cut apart

Procedure:

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