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PET Describe the Photo

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This activity allows students studying for the Preliminary English Test (PET) to practice the “describe the photo section” (Part 3) of the speaking exam. This application works on mobiles, iPads and on digital whiteboards.

There are 26 photos in total in this version of the activity and offers plenty of practice for students preparing for the Cambridge PET exam.

Use the “tips” and “phrases” section to allow students to practice key skills required in the exam before they begin the practice session.

The timer allows the teacher and student to complete the task in the required time. Press “set” to set one minute on the timer and then press “start” when the student is ready to begin.

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ESL Password

“Password” is a great game that can be used again and again for revision of vocabulary. This is a game every ESL teacher should know. This game is great with kids, teens and adults and is always a popular game with groups. 

Activity Time: 10 mins +
Materials required: whiteboard.
Skills practiced: Vocabulary and spelling. 
Level: Young learners
1. Divide the class into two teams. Put a chair in front of the whiteboard facing the class. 
2. One person from one of the teams sits in the chair. Write a word on the board that team can see and not the person in the chair. The team then have to explain that word to the person in the chair without saying the word. You can set a time limit if you wish.
If the student says the word their team gets a point.
3. The second team now try. The team with the most points win.

ESL Health

This week’s ESL activity is for teens and adults on the topic of health. These materials can be used as a great way to introduce the topic of health in a fun and engaging way. Please leave your comments.

ESL Health Questions

Activity Time:  5 – 10 minutes +
Materials required: A print out of the questions below. Download 
Skills practiced: Speaking, listening and reading.
Level: Pre-intermediate +

Print out the following questions and cut them out. Each student takes a question and answers it.

Do you always eat healthy food?
Do you catch a cold more than once a year?
Do you bruise easily?

Do you take vitamin or minerals? why/why not?
What is a healthy lifestyle in your opinion?

Do you have a healthy lifestyle? Why?

Do you have any allergies?

Do you have any scars?
Do you think smoking is not bad for your health?
Which country in your opinion has the healthiest diet in the world? Why?
Which country has the worst diet in the world? Why?

Do you usually get enough sleep?

ESL Health Video

This activity can be a great way to get teens engaged by using a video to introduce a topic.
Activity Time:  5 – 10 minutes +
Materials required: Students require pen/pencil and a piece of paper
Skills practiced: Speaking, listening and reading.
Level: Pre-intermediate +

1. Tell the students they are going to watch a video. Tell them they need to write the following information on a piece of paper.



2. Tell the students that they must listen and watch the video and try and write down what the significance of each number is. Tell them they will get to hear it twice. Play the video once. After the first playing, get the students to check their answers with the person next to them. Give them a few minutes and then let them listen and watch a second time.

3. Check their answers

1 – The number one vegetable in America is the potato. 
50,000,000 – The number of people who go to fast food restaurants daily. 
20% – 20% of Americans eat fast food twice a week. 

75% – Customers who visit McDonalds 10 times a month make up 75% of sales. 
93% – 93% of children recognise the McDonalds brand. 
2,768 – The average daily calories intake of Japan.
248,000 – Number of Americans who die due to obesity every year.

4. Encourage students to give their opinions about the facts in the video. Get them to compare and contrast to their own country. This could lead into researching about their own country. This could be set as homework or done in class.

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ESL Food Activities

ESL Countdown

What Am I?

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 levels as quick warmers.

Activity Time: 5 mins +

Materials required: Whiteboard and optionally a projector to use the digital version below.
Skills practiced: Speaking, brainstorming,vocabulary and fluency.
Level: Young learners

1. Write or project the riddles in the following presentation.

2. Encourage students to guess what the answer is. Slowly reveal each answer, encouraging students to continue guessing. Students don’t need to understand every word to guess the answer. Try not to explain every word. Students can be put in pairs and write down their answers also. This can be a good way to make this a communicative task.
ESL Riddles curiosity in the classroom

Zombie Apocalypse

eslkidsgames.com Zombie speaking activity FCE

Preparing teenagers for exams like the FCE can be difficult. The materials in the book are not always as exciting as you or your students might like. Recently I have tried to make practicing speaking more enjoyable for my students. This is the second of a number of posts dedicated to practicing speaking.

Activity Time:   10 – 15 minutes +
Materials required: Copy of the powerpoint 
Skills practiced: Writing, brainstorming, critical thinking, speaking.
Level: Teens and adults. Pre intermediate +

1. Organise the class in to groups of 2 or 3

2. Play the slides below. Tell the students that they must choose a maximum of 8 objects they would bring and ask them to write a reason why the have chosen that item.

3. After the groups have spoken about what they would bring and why, ask them to consider which group is best prepared.

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More Halloween Activities
Check out our other Halloween activities for young leaners, teens and adults!

Trick or Treat – is a fun activity for young learners where they draw cards and get treats or tricks!

Halloween True or False – Ideal for teens and adults.e

Halloween Family Fortunes – Ideal for teens and adults and even young learners to practice Halloween vocabulary.

Halloween Idioms – Ideal for teens and adults.