ESL Activities for One on One Tutoring

Top 10 ESL Activities for One on One Tutoring If you’re looking for some ESL activities for one on one tutoring, you’ve come to the right place! We have our top 10 ESL activities that will help get your private tuition student talking, enjoying their lesson and coming back for more! Without further ado, here are our favourite ESL activities …

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 …

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, …

Terrible ESL Textbook? Here’s What to Do

A Terrible ESL Textbook: Here’s How it Happens I’m sure we’ve all been there. We’re given a terrible ESL textbook that most fittingly belongs in the trash. It certainly doesn’t belong in the hands of our students, who’ve done nothing to deserve this fate, nor does it belong in the hands of the teacher, who has plenty of better things …

Flyswatter: ESL Vocabulary Game for Kids

Flyswatter: An ESL Vocabulary Game for Kids Skills: Listening/Reading Time: 5-10 minutes Age: 7+ Materials: Whiteboard, 2 flyswatters Flyswatter is a fun ESL vocabulary game for kids┬áthat can really energize your class at the end of a long day or semester. It makes an excellent way to review any new vocabulary that you’ve taught or as a warm-up at the …

An ESL Reading Lesson Plan Template

I Had No Idea, too I’m always surprised when I get reader questions or talk to people preparing for their upcoming ESL job interviews that they don’t know how to make a basic lesson plan. But, it’s not so crazy I guess and I actually had no system of any sort until I took the CELTA course a few years …