This is a quick no-prep activity that can be used as an ice breaker or a regular activity. Students usually like to talk about themselves and maybe boast a little so this activity is quite popular. At the beginning of the lesson, ask them to pull out their mobile phones and tell them to browse … Continue reading No-prep Speaking Activity: Warmer And Filler For ESL Classes
I do a lot of speaking activities with my older students. We do a lot of simulations, discussions, role plays, games, etc. One of the activities I do is an argumentative debate where they can utilize everything they've learned, and another great thing about this activity is that it combines writing and speaking. It can … Continue reading ESL/EFL Speaking Activity: Role Play Debate
This activity is for a group of four students, B1-B2 level, 15+ age. I find it's best to use this activity after teaching crime vocabulary, and after teaching some basic concepts of peer pressure, argumentation, and manipulation. What I like about this activity is that the character cards don't tell the students what decisions they … Continue reading Will Your Students Steal A Car?: ESL/EFL Simulation Activity
I got the idea for this activity after we came across a well-known photograph in our textbook, and I was surprised how many students didn't know it. Sure, young people are overwhelmed with photos all day long, take Instagram for example, but it is usually photos of celebrities, fashion, food, Starbuck cups, you get the idea. … Continue reading Picture Based Speaking Activity For ESL/EFL Classes
My students love creative activities, especially the younger kids and teenagers are always thrilled when we play a game or do some acting. I did this activity with students from 14 to 19 years. It was always a success. The best thing is, there is almost no prep and you can do it the whole … Continue reading Group Activity For ESL/EFL Classes: Famous Stories With A Twist!
Picture description can be rather boring after some time and it occurred to me that usually, the pictures are not very creative. I came up with an idea how to spice it up a bit. The pictures in this activity are unusual, imaginative and I hope they will spark some entertaining stories. I recommend to … Continue reading Speaking Resource for ESL/EFL Teachers: Creative Storytelling
Who doesn't like jelly beans? Most kids love them. Why not use that love for them in your classroom? I'm sure most of you know the naughty version of Jelly Beans- Bean Boozled. It is a game which features a spin wheel and 14 different flavours of the jelly beans. 7 of the flavours are … Continue reading Bean Boozled in ESL Classroom: A Funny Way to Warm Up, Engage And Motivate Your Students.
Forbidden Words is a game card activity based on Taboo. The aim of the game is to explain given words, but without those words that you would most likely use because those are taboo – that means, you can’t use them. The simplicity of this game allows for endless variations and you can use it to teach … Continue reading Business English Vocabulary Card Game | Forbidden Words
There are not enough conversation questions in the resource universe to satisfy the needs of an average English teacher. We need more, more! Especially, when you teach one-on-one, the search for good questions can be excruciating. I put together 28 questions which can help the conversation to get going. Some of them are closed questions, they … Continue reading 28 ESL/EFL Conversation Starters to Spark Conversation
My younger students are very competitive and playful, and I love that about them. It is great to see that they are engaged and immersed in the activity, that they are having fun; and that they don't even realise they are learning. I am always in need of new resources, games, flash cards, you name … Continue reading Make Game Quizzes For ESL Lessons