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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.


Two No-Prep ESL Ball games

two No-prep ESL ball games



This is an effective and enjoyable activity which encourages the active participation of learners. The aim of the game is to help learners practice words associated with a particular topic or category. For example, you could ask the learners to use only names of animals, countries, verbs etc.

Activity time: 30 minutes

Materials required: Ball (Any type of soft ball will do)

Skills practiced: Word association (word on a category)

Level: All


  1. Ask the students to stand up and form a circle.
  1. Pick up the ball and explain the rules of the game to the students
  1. Begin the game by saying the first word and then bounce the ball or you can throw the ball to a student randomly and ask the student to say a word belonging to that same category.
  1. After the first student says their word, he/she has to bounce or throw the ball randomly to another student, and this continues with each receiver saying a new word until a student can’t think of any new word to say.
  1. When it gets to the point where a student can’t think of a new word, the student will be asked to make a simple and complete sentence using the word said by the last person. After the sentence has been made, the ball will be passed to the next students and the game continues.



This is a fun and interesting group activity which helps students to practice and check vocabulary of different categories.

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials required: Ball

Skills practiced: Vocabulary (relating to different categories)

Level: All level


  1. Prepare a list of categories of vocabulary you want the students to review and practice.
  2. Ask the students to form a large circle.
  3. Select a student who will be the monkey in the game, ask the monkey (the selected student) to stand in the middle of the circle.
  1. Give the other students a category from the list you have. Example: Food
  1. The students then tosses the ball among themselves making sure that the monkey does not get it.
  1. The student tossing the ball must say a word that belongs to the selected category.
  1. If the monkey catches the ball, the student who tossed the ball becomes the new monkey.
  1. If any student cannot say a word that belongs to the category, they become the new monkey.
  1. Ensure you change the category whenever there is a new monkey.
  1.  Enjoy and have fun.

Note: The list of vocabulary depends on the level your students.  

5 ESL Writing Activities For Children

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This post will look at some ways you can develop writing skills with young learners in the ESL classroom.


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 and try to identify the word, shape etc


If you have mini whiteboards or even paper, get students to write down words from flash card prompts. Put a flash card on the board and students have to write down the word and then flip and show the word they have written. Great for revision and practicing spelling etc.

Word snakes

Word snakes are a great way to practice vocabulary, writing and spelling skills with young learners. Get students to make their own with groups of vocabulary, swap the word snakes and complete them.
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One Minute Challenges

One minute writing challenges can be a great way to get young learners writing. Give students one minute to write as many words as they can from a given category.

Word Ordering Activities

Get students making full sentences with word ordering activities. This type of activity can be a great way of practicing sentence structure or practising grammar points.
Just give students sentences with the words jumbled. In pairs, students have to reorder a sentence.
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Secret Spies

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


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