Riddles can be a great way to practice speaking with ESL students. Riddles are a fantastic way to practice vocabulary and also engage students to think outside the box. This weeks’ game is a simple “What am I?” set of riddles. These riddles are made for young learners. These can also be used with other […]
ESL 4 Pictures 1 Word is a simple activity for lower level young learners (8+) and teens. Due to the popularity of the last Four Picture One Word post, I have made a second round for your classes to enjoy. This is level two and has some more challenging words for your class to discover. For those […]
ESL Countdown is a very popular show in the UK and Ireland. It is a simple game that is great as a warmer or cooler for the ESL classroom. It’s useful with nearly every level and a great way to get your students writing and practicing spelling. Everyone from young learners to adults can enjoy […]
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 […]
This week’s game is a simple yet great way to practice English in class while having fun. This game is suitable for a number of age groups and English levels. In ESL Four Pictures One Word, students view four related pictures and they must guess the word that connects them all. Activity Time: 10 – 15 minutes […]