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ESL Sentence Starters
22 Feb, 2018

ESL Sentence Starters

ESL Sentence Starters is a simple warmer that you can use with teens and adults. This simple no-prep warmer can take only a few minutes of class time to get students going at the beginning of class.  Method: Start by selecting a sentence from the list below. Write the sentence on the board and ask […]

ESL guaranteed Irish fun Activities for St Patricks day eslkidsgames.com
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 put together a number of activities that are fun, engaging and there are lots of opportunities for students to practice key skills and use their creativity.
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Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit
Happy St Patrick’s Day to you (In Irish)
 

Story of St Patrick (Video)

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

Method

1. Before you begin the slide show, ask the students what they know about St Patrick.
2. Tell them they are going to hear about the story of St Patrick.

Whiskey In The Jar

“Whiskey in the Jar” is one of the most popular traditional Irish tunes. It features love, robbery, betrayal and a melody that has become known the world over.
The story tells of an Irish highway man who travels the Cork and Kerry mountains and the song tells of how the bold highway man robs from an English soldier.
Activity Time: 10 – 15 minutes +
Materials required: Student handout , Music video below
Skills practiced: Listening, vocabulary, speaking.
Level: Teens and adults Pre-intermediate +
Part One : Music story and look at vocabulary
Key Vocabulary

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.

Then ask them in pairs to guess what the song might be about.

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
Student’s version with errors
Stage 2 Listen and put the sentences into the correct order (see printable)
Stage 3 Listen and fill in the gaps (see printable)

The Wild Rover – gap fill

Activity Time:   10 – 15 minutes +
Materials required: Student handout  (View), Music below
Skills practiced: Listening, vocabulary, speaking.

Level: Teens and adults beginners +


Method
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 +

Method
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.

ESL Story picture story prompts for ESL Young learners Story writing

St Patrick’s Day Idioms

St Patrick’s Day is a great opportunity to give students with a chance to learn idioms. Idioms are an important part of language learning. They are a common part of speech and an important part of fluency.
Activity Time:   10 – 15 minutes +
Materials required: Copy of idiom pictures below PDF
Skills practiced: Vocabulary and expressions
Level: Young Learners (one or two idioms),Teens and adults. Beginners +

Method:
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.

Good Luck eslkidsgames.com St Patrick's Day
Definition: A wish of good luck to someone. 
to have a green thumb idiom eslkidsgames.com St Patrick's Day
Definition: A talent for making things grow. 
a green eyed monster idiom eslkidsgames.com
Definition: Jealousy 
to be green idiom eslkidsgames.com
Definition: To recycle materials and good for the environment.
grass is always greener on the other side idiom eslkidsgames.com
Definition: A different place appears better than where you are. 
the luck of the Irish Idiom www.eslkidsgames.com St Patrick's Day
Expression: The Irish are lucky or have luck.
to give the green light idiom eslkidsgames.com
Definition: To give someone permission to do something.

Extra materials For Young Learners

St Patrick’s Day Flashcards – Large flashcards

Download (PDF, Unknown)

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)

More ESL St. Patrick's Day Activities
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ESL St. Patrick’s Day Activity: True or False  is a simple St. Patrick’s Day activity for teens and adults. In this activity, students test their knowledge about Ireland and Saint Patrick’s Day by deciding if the statements are true or false.

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10 Mar, 2013

5 ESL St Patrick’s Day Activities

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 […]

24 Feb, 2013

FCE Speaking Activities

This post looks at two different FCE speaking activities to practice speaking skills with exam students, but both of these activities can be used with lower level students. These activities are easy to adapt and as such can be used  regularly to practice for Part 2 and 3 of the FCE and CAE exams. Wordle headlines This activity is a […]

Getting teens interested in topics can be hard work. Videos can be a great way to get them and even adults more engaged in a topic.

This week’s post looks at four different activities that can help practice key skills and develop interest and knowledge in the topic of food.

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Fast Food Facts

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 +Method:
1. Put the class in pairs. Tell the students they are going to watch a video.

2. First, play the video and ask the students to answer the following question as a warm up. Stop the video at 0.59 seconds.
 How many customers can a single fast food company serve in one day?

 

Answer: 46 million

 



3. Tell the students they are going to hear twenty facts in one minute. Tell them that they must listen and write as many as they can. After they hear the list for the first time, they will get a few minutes to check their answers with their partner. Then, they will listen a final time.

(Note: It is not essential that your students get all of the facts.)

4. Ask the students to look at the facts and pick one piece of information that they found interesting or surprising. Discuss the facts.

#1 40 percent of American meals are eaten outside of the home.
#2 Each day, one in four Americans visit a fast food restaurant.
#3 60% of adults and 16% of children are overweight.
#4 A mustard stain will damage a good shirt.
#5 French fries are the most eaten vegetable in America
#6 You would have to walk for seven hours to burn off the calories from a Coke, fries and Big Mac.
#7 Sometimes chicken isn’t chicken.
#8 Burger King’s Light Italian still has 18 percent of your daily fat.
#9 Cute cows die
#10 McDonalds distrubutes more toys per year than ToysRUs
#11 Children who eat fast food gain about 6 pounds (2.7Kg) more per year than normal.
#12 100,000 deaths each year have been linked to obesity.
#13 Love handles aren’t lovely.
#14 Daily consumption can lead to a psychological addiction.
#15 Fast food compromises diet quality by displacing healthy food.
#16 Obesity has been linked to 20 physical problems and diseases.
#17 Only seven items on McDonalds menu don’t contain sugar.
#18 Taco Bell equals frequent bathroom visits.
#19 Obesity will pass smoking as the leading cause of death in America
#20 A diet hight in sodium, fat and cholesterol can lead to heart disease.

ESL Food Conversation 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 +
Method
 
Print out the following questions and cut them out. Each student takes a question and answers it.

If you could only eat one thing every day for your entire life, what would it be? Why?
What was the first thing you ate today?
What do you hate to eat? Why?
What is your favourite national dish? Why?
What is your favourite thing to cook?
Why?
What is the nicest thing you have ever eaten?  Describe it.
Which country makes the best food? Which makes the worst?
Why?
Would you like to be a vegetarian? Why/why not?
Do you think the food in your country is healthy? Why/Why not?
Which country in your opinion has the healthiest diet in the world? Why?
Which country has the worst diet in the world? Why?
How healthy is your diet? Why do you think that?
What’s your favourite junk food to eat? Why?
Do you believe “we are what we eat”?
Why/why not?

Food Memory Challenge

Activity Time:  5 +
Materials required: It’s optional to project the image below to use as a guide and visual.
Skills practiced: Speaking, vocabulary.
Level: Any levelMethod
1. Explain to the class that they are going to play a game. The first student starts with A and they must say a fruit or food that begins with A. e.g Apple

2. The second student must say a food item that begins with B e.g Banana.

3. Keep going student after student. If a student is unable to answer, they are eliminated. The game ends when there is only one student left.

Celebrity Chef

Activity Time:  10 Minutes +
Materials required: Video shown below
Skills practiced: Speaking, Listening and Writing.
Level: Lower intermediate +

Method
1. Show your students the following two pictures.
Ask them the following questions:
Who is he? 
What do you think his job is?
Why do you think this? etc
2. Tell them that they are going to watch a video and you would like them to answer the following questions;
1. How many people is Jamie Oliver cooking for?
2. What is one of the most important things about cooking paella?
3. What are the first 4 ingredients Jamie Oliver mentions?
4. What seafood is used?
5. What do you think the Flamenco singer is singing about?

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17 Feb, 2013

ESL Food Activities

Getting teens interested in topics can be hard work. Videos can be a great way to get them and even adults more engaged in a topic. This week’s post looks at four different activities that can help practice key skills and develop interest and knowledge in the topic of food. Don’t forget to follow/add me on twitter and […]