ESL Activities: Top 9 Sites

ESL Activities and Games in Abundance! If you’re looking for ESL activities, you’ve come to the right place! There are a ton of ESL activities and ESL games for just about any skill, level or age group of students. However, if you can’t quite find what you’re looking for on this site, there are a few other ones that can …

ESL Activity for Kids: Mystery Box

ESL Activity for Kids: Mystery Box Skills: Speaking Time: 5-10 minutes Age: All Materials: Several small objects, a box This is one my students’ favourite ESL activities for kids. I like to use this activity just after studying adjectives. I’ll make sure we have learned words that describe texture as well as the usual size and shape words. This is …

ESL Surveys and Why I Love Them

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 …

Ball Toss: A 4-Skills ESL Activity

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 …

Top 10 ESL Activities for Big Classes

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

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 …

Top 10 ESL Activities for Teenagers

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 …

English Grammar Activity: Is that Sentence Correct?

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

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 …

ESL Classroom Management Tips and Tricks

No Classroom Management Skills? I’ve Been There Maybe you’re kind of like me. I remember back to my first couple of years teaching kids in a hagwon (private institute) in South Korea when I had no idea what I was doing. The kids totally took advantage of this situation and I had very little control over my classroom. Of course, …