Category Archives: "ESL"

21 Oct, 2012

Magazine Personalities

Magazine Personalities is a great way to get to know your class in your first lesson and also to get them speaking about themselves and their interests. I use this activity with my teen and adult classes and have found that it’s a great way to get them talking. It also gives you a great […]

14 Oct, 2012

How many things…

This warmer is always a fun way to get your students thinking and practicing their vocabulary. I first came across this activity in this book, which has some great ideas for mini-brain workouts for quiet or tired students. This activity is extremely easy to do and requires no pre-class preparation or materials. Activity Time:  5 – 10 […]

4 Sep, 2012

Curiosity Ideas

 The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds… France, Anatole No one can deny the importance of curiosity in learning. But as teachers how do we integrate curiosity into the ESL classroom? This post is going to offer some suggestions as to how you can create […]

27 Aug, 2012

Where to find it

Where to find it   Photo by NS Newsflash This activity is a great way to use authentic materials in the classroom. I have used this activity in summer schools where I could get free English newspapers. However anyone living in a major city should have no problem sourcing newspapers.        Remember newspapers can be […]

8 Aug, 2012

Teacher Class Survey

“There can be no educational development without teacher development;….the best means of development is not by clarifying ends but by analysing practice.” Lawrence Stenhouse   Getting feedback from your students is vital in my opinion to develop as a teacher. While most institutions will require you to give your students a feedback questionnaire, these usually dont […]