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Interactive Phonemic Chart
The symbols on this clickable chart represent the 44 sounds used in British English speech (Received Pronunciation). Click on each symbol or sample word to hear.
Sorting Worksheet Generator
Makes a 3-column sorting worksheet with all the words mixed up in a box at the bottom. Students sort the words into the appropriate column.
Makes a worksheet with the words you enter automatically scrambled. Students unscramble the words and spell them out correctly.
Matching Worksheet Generator
Makes a matching (spaghetti) worksheet where students draw lines from items on the left to matching items on the right.
Here is a collection of strange signs that you may enjoy sharing with your students - with appropriate explanations! You can use them in various ways, for example asking just what is wrong or getting students to correct them.
Teaching with Dictation
Dictation is sometimes frowned upon as an outmoded, teacher-centred writing activity with no real input from the student.
Improvisations (ESL Activities)
Improvisations are not role-plays or simulations (although many of them can be adapted as such). The objective here is total spontaneity and improvisation.
Here are some ideas for practical classroom activities in an ESL setting.
These handouts will print out easily on A4 or equivalent paper. They are copyright-free and you can print and distribute them to your students as much as you like.
Fun ideas for ESL games in the ESL, EFL, TEFL class.
Picture flashcards for phonics
The simplest of all ways to teach and practise phonics – and quite fun too!
The ATONIN Time Pyramid
The ATONIN Time Pyramid can help people remember which preposition – at, on or in – to use with hours, days, months, years, etc. Written by phrazzleme for TEFL.net An easy way to remember which preposition to use with hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades, ages. Do you have a difficult time remembering which preposition […]
TP Worksheet – Mines
An interesting lesson topic which provides students with the opportunity to explore the various meanings of the word “mine”. Students meet words and phrases such as “a goldmine”, “a mine of information”, “miner” and “landmine” in a gap-fill exercise before moving on to discuss questions such as “How do you think you would react if […]
TP Worksheet – Up in Arms?
A lesson based on the topic of the army. Students discuss questions such as “What qualities does a good soldier need?” and “Is it a good idea to use soldiers in a peace-keeping role?” A gap-fill activity introduces students to related phrases like “to soldier on” and “to hold the fort”. Finally, students practise the […]
TP Worksheet – Floods
A lesson on the recurrent global theme of floods. First the students deal with the pronunciation of ‘oo’ in words such as ‘look’, ‘food, and ‘flood’. Students then build their vocabulary through a gap-fill exercise including words and phrases like ‘to burst into floods of tears’ and ‘waterlogged’. Students then have the opportunity to practise […]
TP Worksheet – Jabbering about Jabs!
A lesson on the little-covered global topic of “Jabs” and associated words and phrases (e.g vaccination). Students discuss questions such as “Do you know anyone who is scared of needles?” in a fluency activity before moving on to discover expressions and idioms connected with the topic. For example, “to inoculate” and “booster shot”. Further opportunities […]
TP Worksheet – Oil
A lesson on Oil and associated words and phrases (e.g oil spill). Students discuss questions such as “What can be done to discourage people from relying so much on fossil fuels like petroleum?” in a fluency activity before moving on to discover expressions and idioms connected with the words “oil” and “grease”. For example, “to […]
TP Worksheet – On Balance!
A lesson on the unusual, but universal, subject of balance. Students discuss questions such as “Do you think children have a better sense of balance than adults?” in a fluency activity before moving on to discover expressions and idioms connected with the word “balance”. For example, “bank balance”. Practice of these phrases is provided in […]
TP Worksheet – Flags
A lesson on the little-covered topic of “Flags” and associated words and phrases (e.g banner). Students discuss questions such as “What do the colours in your national flag represent?” in a fluency activity before moving on to discover expressions and idioms connected with the word “flag”. For example, “to flag down (a car)” and “to […]
TP Worksheet – This is Blinding!
A lesson on Blindness which is “blinding”! Students discuss questions such as “Can you think of any famous people who are/were blind?” in a fluency activity before moving on to discover expressions and idioms connected with the word “blind”. For example, “as blind as a bat” and “to be blind drunk”. Practice of these phrases […]
TP Worksheet – The Eyes Have It!
Get your students talking about eyesight in general and their own eyes in particular with discussion questions such as, “Whose eyes have you got – your mother’s or your father’s?” and “Which eye do you wink best with?” before moving to complete a gap-fill exercise. A fluency activity gives the students another opportunity to practise […]
TP Worksheet – What a Relief?
An up-to-date lesson about relief efforts in disaster zones. Students are introduced to useful topic-related phrases such as “trapped under rubble”. They discuss questions such as “What difficulties are there in organising an international relief effort in a disaster area?” and “How long should the relief effort go on for after a disaster?” before moving […]
TP Worksheet – Pack it in!
A topical lesson on the subject of packaging. Students discuss questions such as “How could people be encouraged to recycle more packaging?” before moving on to a gap-fill exercise which enables them to practise using related words and phrases. Students further practise their fluency with a variety of discussion questions including “How much does the […]
TP Worksheet – Food, Glorious Food!
This lesson discusses various aspects of food and the lack of it. Students discuss questions such as “What are the advantages and disadvantages of buying food in street markets instead of supermarkets?” They then discuss some traditional sayings such as “You can’t have your cake and eat it.” Students further practise their fluency with a […]
TP Worksheet – Too Hot to Handle
A lesson dealing with the subject of controversial discussion topics in the classroom. Students discuss questions such as ‘How acceptable is it in your culture to express your opinion in public?’ before moving on to decide which topics might be considered controversial in English language classes around the world. Students further practise their fluency with […]
TP Worksheet – Poverty
A truly global topic for discussion – students will have a lot to say about this. Fluency is practised in Activity 1 with stimulating questions. Vocabulary is expanded in a gap-fill exercise and students’ general knowledge is tested in a true or false quiz. Fluency is further generated through questions such as, “Who should be […]
TP Worksheet – Wealth
A topic close to everyone’s heart! Students practise their fluency in Activity 1 with personalized questions about being rich before exploring the different meanings of the word “rich” in a variety of contexts. A gap-fill exercise introduces students to a selection of synonyms and idiomatic expressions, while the final activity generates further fluency practice through […]
TP Worksheet – Education
A lesson to get everyone talking! Students practise their past tenses in Activity 1, reminiscing about their school-days, before moving on to a gap-fill exercise based on words built from “education”. The last activity stimulates further discussion, this time of a more general nature, including questions such as “What are the advantages and disadvantages of […]
TP Worksheet – Adoption
A stimulating conversation lesson on a controversial topic. Words built from the base word “adopt” are practised in a gap-fill exercise and fluency is encouraged through demanding discussion questions such as: “Should same-sex couples be allowed to adopt children? What is the right age to tell a child that s/he is adopted?” Talking Point Worksheet […]
TP Worksheet – Recession
A lesson that will definitely get your students talking! First, the difference between “economic” and “economical” is clarified and practised. Then your students meet new vocabulary (such as “quantitative easing”). Finally, fluency is encouraged through stimulating discussion questions such as: “How is the credit crunch affecting people in your country? Should governments be allowed to […]