Teaching Writing Skills Just Got Easier A Little Bit of the Dead on the Inside Feeling I worked for a decade in South Korea universities and much of that time was spent teaching writing skills. I taught everything from how to construct a basic sentence to the five paragraph academic essay and of course, everything in between. I usually was …

Why I Love ESL Surveys Surveys are one of my favourite ESL activities and I use them at least once a month in my classes. I love them for the following reasons: They cover all 4-skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking). They’re student-centred to the extreme. The teacher just has to set it up and then the students do all …

ESL Speaking Class: Level it Up! If you’re looking to make your ESL Speaking class awesome, you’ve most certainly come to the right place! There are 49 tips and tricks that will help get your students active, engaged and speaking English. Happy students = happy teachers so check out this SlideShare presentation below for the 49 hits of awesome. And …

Ball-Toss: 4-Skills ESL Activity Skills: Reading/Writing/Speaking/Listening Time: 5-10 minutes Level: Beginner to Intermediate Materials: Lightweight ball (such as a beach ball) with questions written on it Ball Toss is a 4-skills ESL activity with many variations. One variation I have used with great success is writing questions on a beach ball. I use a white board marker to write on …

101 ESL Activities: For Teenagers and Adults 101 ESL Activities for Teenagers and Adults is a new book from Jackie Bolen and Jennifer Booker Smith that’s now available on Amazon. It’s designed to make life easy for teachers! Here’s how 101 ESL Activities for Teenagers and Adults will help you: Save time lesson planning. Maybe you’re tired of wading around …

Top 10 ESL Activities for Big Classes I love large classes of 20+ students! They used to terrify me when I first started teaching in Korean universities. However, as the years went by and I figured out how to manage them, I liked them more and more. These days, I actually prefer a class of 20 to a class of …

How to Use Video in the ESL Classroom  Do you remember how exciting it was when the teacher wheeled the big TV into class? It felt like the school holidays had come early! Sure, you usually ended up watching a stuffy old documentary but it was better than yet another hour of book work. Video has been inspiring excitement and …

If you’re looking for some fresh, new ideas for your English classes, check out these top 10 ESL activities for teenagers. They’re guaranteed to be fun, engaging, and interesting. Your students will love your classes! #1: Running Dictation If you’re looking for an active, 4-skills ESL activity that teenagers will love, look no further than running dictation! It’s competitive, fast-paced and students …

Is that Sentence Correct? Skills: Listening/ Speaking/ Writing Time: 10 minutes Level: Intermediate to Advanced Materials: Blank paper, vocabulary words Is that Sentence Correct is an English grammar activity. It’s a sneaky way to get your student to make grammatically correct sentences using the target vocabulary. Start off by giving your student a few different vocabulary words. It should be …

Private English Teaching Activities For Kids If you’re looking for some private English teaching activities for your 1-1 classes, you’ve come to the right place. 39 Awesome 1-1 ESL Activities for Kids has more than three dozen fun, interesting and engaging ESL activities that are perfect for kids 7-13 years old. These ESL activities cover all 4-skills: reading, writing, listening …