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.
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:
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
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
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.
ESL catchphrase is a simple game that is a great way to start or end class. Watch the video below to see how to play. A list of catchphrasesand definitions can be found here. This activity is great to play at the start or end of class and is an effective way of exposing teen and adult students to common phrases and expressions in English while having fun in the classroom. As ever, enjoy and have fun!
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)
Ask the students to stand up and form a circle.
Pick up the ball and explain the rules of the game to the students
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.
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.
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.
CATEGORY GAME (MONKEY IN THE MIDDLE)
This is a fun and interesting group activity which helps students to practice and check vocabulary of different categories.