Intermediate ESL

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

Purpose:  to give learners practice comparing and contrasting a wide variety of responses to a question or prompt

Preparation Time:  5 minutes

Materials Needed:  Analyze Responses Grids

Procedure:

a pile of pastel colored stopwatches

Purpose:  to help learners develop their speaking fluency on a variety of topics in a low pressure environment

Preparation Time:  none

Materials Needed:  index cards

Procedure:

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:

graphic of elllo website

If you teach an ESL class, you might hear learners tell you that they struggle to understand people that they interact with out in the community. English language learners benefit from listening to fluent English speakers who have different accents, speaking speeds, and speaking styles. They need to be able to understand everyone, not just their teacher!

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:

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