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Proverb Review

In ‘Proverb Review’ students practice speaking while discussing common English proverbs. Students discuss the proverbs meaning and compare them to proverbs in their own language. This is simple activity is great to practice speaking and translation with adults and teens at the beginning or end of class. This activity is great for adult and teen students with a level  of intermediate plus.

Choose from any one of these common proverbs to expand students knowledge of English.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder  

Actions speak louder than words.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step  

All good things must come to an end

A picture is worth a thousand words

A watched pot never boils

Beggars can’t be choosers

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Better late than never

Birds of a feather flock together

Cleanliness is next to godliness

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

Don’t judge a book by its cover

Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket

Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today

Don’t put too many irons in the fire

Easy come, easy go

Fortune favors the bold

God helps those who help themselves

Good things come to those who wait

Honesty is the best policy

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em

If you play with fire, you’ll get burned

If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself

Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer

Knowledge is power

Laughter is the best medicine.

Like father, like son

No man is an island

People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones

Practice makes perfect

The early bird gets the worm

The enemy of my enemy is my friend

The grass is always greener on the other side

The pen is mightier than the sword

There is no place like home

There is no such thing as a free lunch.

 

ESL Warmer: Numbers in my Life

Numbers in my Life,  is a quick no-prep way to get students talking. In this activity, students choose three numbers that are significant in their lives. After, students try to guess the meaning of a volunteers numbers. If the class cannot guess the significance the student tell the students what those numbers mean to them.

This activity is a great ice breaker and a simple way to introduce the teacher to the students and then have the students introduce themselves to the class.

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ESL Mime the adverb

ESL Game: Mime the adverb

Mime the adverb is a simple and fun no-prep activity to practice adverbs with elementary, intermediate and even advanced students. This game is suited best with teens and adults but could be adapted with young learners.

Method

  1. First, print out the adverb cards and cut them up. See below for pre-prepared sets of cards for elementary, intermediate and advanced levels which can be printed out and used in class.

ESL Game Mime the adverb Cards

2. A student selects a card and must mime any action they want while the rest of the    class has to guess the adverb.

3. You can award points to the student or in teams for each word correctly guessed. Set a time limit to make the game more challenging.

 

 

Extension: Make a set of verb cards and have students act out the adverb and verb for more practice and fun.

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ESL Warmer Finish the Quote

ESL Warmer: Finish the Quote

Finish the Quote is a simple way to start a new topic or unit with adult or teen students. In this activity you give students half of a quote about the topic they are going to study. In pairs or individually, students complete the quote and later discuss their quote with the class. After, show the students the original quote and discuss its meaning and the students’ opinion.

For example, if you were going to talk about ‘travel’ with students, you could start class by giving students half a quote on travel such as ‘Life is either daring adventure…” and students need to finish the quote. After, ask students to share their ideas and discuss them. Lastly, show them original quote and ask them to discuss what they think it means.

Some quotes you could use with finish the quote include:

Travel 

Life is either daring adventure or nothing Helen Keller

Buy the ticket take the ride Hunter S. Thompson

You only live once, but if you do it right once is enough Mae West

Above all, try something Franklin D. Roosevelt

I never worry about the future, it comes soon enough Albert Einstein

One who makes no mistakes, makes nothing at all Giacomo Casanova

Do one thing every day that scares you Eleanor Roosevelt

In the end it’s not the years in your life that counts, it’s the life in your years Abraham Lincoln

If I’d followed all the rules, I’d never have gotten anywhere Marilyn Monroe

Action expresses priorities Gandhi

Food

If you’re afraid of butter, use cream. –Julia Child

First we eat, then we do everything else. –M.F.K. Fisher

Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first. –Ernestine Ulmer

In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is strength, in water there is bacteria. –David Auerbach

You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food. –Paul Prudhomme

Education/Language Learning 

The limits of my language are the limits of my world. ‒Ludwig Wittgenstein

To have another language is to possess a second soul. ‒Charlemagne

Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going. ‒Rita Mae Brown

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. ‒Chinese Proverb

Have you got some good quotes on different topics? Or would you like more quotes on different themes? Share your requests, thoughts and ideas in the comments below.

 

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ESL warmer finish the thought

ESL Warmer Finish the Thought

Finish the thought is a simple warmer to start class. This activity is best suited for teens and adults of all levels.

Start by writing a sentence on the board and ask students to complete it any way they wish.

Some sentences you could write include:

Today I’m happy about….

Today was great because…

Today will be great because…

Yesterday, I wish I had…

By the time we finish today, I want to have…

After ask students to share their sentence and explain or share their story. This activity can be a great way to focus learners and build rapport.

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How many things… (Young learners and teens)

Boredom Buster (Young learners and teens)

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