Month: April 2013

28 Apr, 2013

5 ESL Writing Activities For Children

This post will look at 5 ESL writing activities for children. These activities are great for  developing writing skills with young learners in the ESL classroom.   Trace Develop motor skills with very young learners with tracing activities. Children trace shapes, letters or words from picture prompts on their partners hand’s or back. The children take turns […]

ESL Secret Spies is a simple game for Kids. Its a great game to revise vocabulary and practice spelling in a fun and interactive way. Ciphers are always great fun and loved by young learners.

Activity Time: 10 mins +

Materials required: Scissors, paper, pens/pencils
Skills practiced: Vocabulary and spelling.
Level: Young learners

Method


1. Write words on pieces of papers that you want the students to revise.
2. Cut up the words up into letters and give them to the students to put back into the correct order. Students write down the words that they decipher.
3. Get the students to make their own ciphers and swap them with the other students.
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Create curiosity in the classroom

23 Apr, 2013

Secret Spies

Can’t see the video? click here ESL Secret Spies is a simple game for Kids. Its a great game to revise vocabulary and practice spelling in a fun and interactive way. Ciphers are always great fun and loved by young learners. Activity Time: 10 mins + Materials required: Scissors, paper, pens/pencils Skills practiced: Vocabulary and spelling. Level: Young learners […]

This post looks at some ESL Health Activities. These materials can be used as a great way to introduce the topic of health in a fun and engaging way.

ESL Health Questions

Activity Time:  5 – 10 minutes +
Materials required: A print out of the questions below. Download 
Skills practiced: Speaking, listening and reading.
Level: Pre-intermediate +
Method


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Print out the following questions and cut them out. Each student takes a question and answers it.

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Do you always eat healthy food?
Do you catch a cold more than once a year?
 
Do you bruise easily?

 

Do you take vitamin or minerals? why/why not?
 
What is a healthy lifestyle in your opinion?


Do you have a healthy lifestyle? Why?

 

Do you have any allergies?
 

 

Do you have any scars?
 
Do you think smoking is not bad for your health?
Which country in your opinion has the healthiest diet in the world? Why?
Which country has the worst diet in the world? Why?

 

Do you usually get enough sleep?
 


ESL Health Video

This activity can be a great way to get teens engaged by using a video to introduce a topic.
Activity Time:  5 – 10 minutes +
Materials required: Students require pen/pencil and a piece of paper
Skills practiced: Speaking, listening and reading.
Level: Pre-intermediate +

Method:

1. Tell the students they are going to watch a video. Tell them they need to write the following information on a piece of paper.

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50,000,000
20%
75%
93%
2,768
248,000

 

2. Tell the students that they must listen and watch the video and try to write what the significance of each number is. Tell them they will get to hear it twice.
Play the video once. After the first playing, get the students to check their answers with the person next to them. Give them a few minutes and then let them listen and watch a second time.
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3. Check their answers

1 – The number one vegetable in America is the potato. 
50,000,000 – The number of people who go to fast food restaurants daily. 

20% – 20% of Americans eat fast food twice a week. 

75% – Customers who visit McDonald’s 10 times a month make up 75% of sales. 

93% – 93% of children recognise the McDonald’s brand. 

2,768 – The average daily calories intake of Japan.
248,000 – Number of Americans who die due to obesity every year.

4. Encourage students to give their opinions about the facts in the video. Get them to compare and contrast to their own country. This could lead into researching about their own country. This could be set as homework or done in class.

I hoped you enjoyed these activities. If you did or have any suggestions please leave a message in the comment section below. As always, enjoy and have fun!

More Themed ESL Activities
If you enjoyed this post you might enjoy the following:

ESL Food Activities –  This post looks at a number of activities when looking at the topic of food. These activities are especially great for teens.

ESL Countdown – ESL Countdown is based on the iconic show ‘countdown’. This simple activity is great for practicing spelling and vocabulary with students.

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21 Apr, 2013

ESL Health Activities

This post looks at some ESL Health Activities. These materials can be used as a great way to introduce the topic of health in a fun and engaging way. ESL Health Questions Activity Time:  5 – 10 minutes + Materials required: A print out of the questions below. Download  Skills practiced: Speaking, listening and reading. Level: Pre-intermediate + Method 1. Print out […]

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“Preposition Practice” is a great simple ESL game to practice prepositions of place with young learners. It’s a fun and interactive way to study prepositions of place that’s sure to be enjoyed by the whole class. 
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Activity Time: 10 mins +
Materials required: flashcards.
Skills practiced: Vocabulary, writing and prepositions of place.
Level: Young learners
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Method
1. Choose a number of flashcards you want your students to revise. Hide them in different locations around the classroom.
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2. Tell your students they need a pencil and paper. Tell them you have hidden X amount of flashcards in the room and they need to find them and write down their location on their piece of paper.
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3. The first student to find all the flashcards and write their location is the winner.
17 Apr, 2013

ESL Prepositions Game

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atfgHh7xS4Q [spacer_small] Can’t see the video click here. [spacer_small] “Preposition Practice” is a great simple ESL game to practice prepositions of place with young learners. It’s a fun and interactive way to study prepositions of place that’s sure to be enjoyed by the whole class.  [spacer_small] Activity Time: 10 mins + Materials required: flashcards. Skills practiced: Vocabulary, writing and prepositions of […]

14 Apr, 2013

Liar Liar

Liar Liar is a simple activity that I have used recently while teaching the topic of crime. It’s a simple activity and a great way to introduce the unit of crime. This activity uses authentic material and is a great way to challenge students while engaging them with interesting material. I have used this activity […]