Have a fun end to the first term with this ESL Christmas quiz. This quiz is suitable to teens and adults with and Intermediate + level. The ESL Christmas quiz should take at least 35 minutes and is sure to put your students into the christmas mood. The quiz is broken up into 3 rounds. […]
This weeks post looks at comparative and superlative activities for teenagers. It can be difficult to find ways to introduce comparatives and superlatives to teens, as the thoughts of grammar usually makes them less than motivated. I have found that this way can be a great way to introduce comparatives and superlatives in a fun and “cool” way!
This lesson uses Daft Punks “Harder Better Faster” and is a better alternative to the Kayne West version as it contains no bad language etc.
1. Before class, print a copy of the lyrics and cut the verses up.
2. Put students in groups and explain that they are going to listen to a song and you want them to organise the lyrics into the correct order.
Note: The lyrics start from around 0:30 and the set of printed lyrics ends at 2:30
3. As they listen to the song, students organise the lyrics into the correct order.
4. After they have listened to the song ask the students to underline the comparatives they can find in the lyrics. If they have not studied them before give them an example and ask them to find more examples.
5. After this it could be a good opportunity to look at the superlatives. Ask the students to write the superlative form of the words that they have underlined.
Get students to write the base form of the adjective and the superlative form.
6. Now get the students using and practicing by making comparative sentences and then using the superlative.
More comparative songs
Comparative and Superlative Games and Online Games Activities
Even more activities can be found here (Link removed as this website now charges for content)
This weeks post looks at comparative and superlative activities for teenagers. It can be difficult to find ways to introduce comparatives and superlatives to teens, as the thoughts of grammar usually makes them less than motivated. I have found that this way can be a great way to introduce comparatives and superlatives in a fun […]
This game is a great way to break up the class and get the students focused on the lesson.
ESL Bomb is a great game for vocabulary revision. You can use it with groups of vocabulary and it can be a great addition to your classroom routines. Method 1. Get a small soft ball and a timer. 2. Pick a category of vocabulary you would like the students to practice. […]
Activity Time: 10 mins +
1. Write words on pieces of papers that you want the students to revise.
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 […]
Story of St Patrick (Video)
Level: Teens and adults. Pre intermediate +
Whiskey In The Jar
Project or give each student a list of the key vocabulary of the song. First, get the students to find the meaning of the words if they don’t know them.
Part Two: Listening
Give each student a copy of the handout. Give them some time to read and correct any errors they think they see, then let them listen and correct the errors.
Stage 1 Listen and correct the errors
|The original lyrics|
The Wild Rover – gap fill
Level: Teens and adults beginners +
1. Give students a copy of the handout. Tell them to look at the gaps. Each gap is missing a verb. Tell them to predict which word is missing.
2. Students check their ideas in pairs.
3. Students listen to the song and correct their answers.
4. Now get them singing and clapping! My students always love singing this song.
St Patrick’s Day Storyboard
Activity Time: 10 – 15 minutes +
Materials required: Copy of picture board
Skills practiced: Vocabulary and expressions
Level: Young Learners +
1. Print out a copy of the storyboards for each pair of students.
2. Cut up the cards and mix them.
3. Give a set of the cards to each pair of students. Tell them that they must look at the pictures and arrange them in the correct order. Then they must write a story using the cards. Tell them that they must write one sentence per picture (Young Learners, a paragraph for teens etc) Tell the students they have 10 minutes.
Allow the students to use resources such as dictionaries etc to develop their stories.
4. After students have written their stories, get them to share and present them to the class.
St Patrick’s Day Idioms
Materials required: Copy of idiom pictures below PDF
Skills practiced: Vocabulary and expressions
Level: Young Learners (one or two idioms),Teens and adults. Beginners +
1. After you have introduced other vocabulary for St Patrick’s Day, you can introduce idioms. Show the students the idiom and then show them the picture.
2. In pairs, students try to decide what the idiom means then they report back to the class. Give an example of the idiom in use and then get the students to write their own sentence.
3. Revision is important with Idioms. As in the Powerpoint presentation, when revising idioms show the students the picture and ask them in pairs to write the idiom. After check if they have remembered correctly. Following this, concept check the meaning.
|Definition: A wish of good luck to someone.|
|Definition: A talent for making things grow.|
|Definition: To recycle materials and good for the environment.|
|Definition: A different place appears better than where you are.|
|Expression: The Irish are lucky or have luck.|
|Definition: To give someone permission to do something.|
Extra materials For Young Learners
St Patrick’s Day Flashcards – Large flashcards
Key words: Ireland, leprechaun, pot of gold, rainbow, shamrock and snake
St Patrick’s Day Word Search – A word search to practice the key vocabulary of St Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day Vocabulary Match Game (young learners)
Page updated 13 March 2019
This post looks at 5 ESL St. Patrick’s Day activities to add to your lesson plan for St Patrick’s Day. This post has activities for Young Learners, teens and adults. As I am Irish myself, St Patrick’s Day is one of my favourite holidays that I get to teach about. Due to this, I have […]