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Practical ideas for activities in the ESL classroom

Classroom Practice Of A/An
Activities for intensive practice of the two indefinite articles and the difference between them.

Different Ways Of Brainstorming In EFL Classes
How to get away from the teacher standing at the board with a marker waiting for students to come up with ideas.

Using Animals To Teach Other Language Points
Using the incredibly popular topic of animals to teach much more useful language.

Fun Activities For The Second Conditional
Stimulating ways to practise the imaginary situations and advice, negotiations and moral dilemmas meanings of the second conditional.

Fun Practice For The Simple Past
Drilling games and communicative activities for intensive practice of the Past Simple

7 fun activities for mixed future tenses
Ideas on how to practise two or more future tenses together in ways that make their different meanings clear

Practice activities for “Going to”
Ideas for fun activities practising “going to for plans” and “going to for predictions with present evidence”

15 fun activities for Present Simple/Present Continuous
The best way of teaching the present tenses is to compare and contrast them. These ideas will show you how to do the even more difficult task of combining them in practice activities, all of them done in simple and entertaining ways.

Past Continuous activities
Amusing ways of giving students intensive practice of the Past Progressive tense

Multilevel ESL Activities
Discover three fun multilevel ESL activities that are easy to implement with low or no prep time.

20 fun ways to teach kids body vocab
Games and other ideas for teaching the useful and fun topic of body parts vocab to kids

Physically active reading activities
One solution to many potential problems with reading is to use texts in ways that get students physically moving around.

18 fun activities connected to the topic of amusement parks
I sat down to brainstorm these ideas and write some of them up as lessons to match a particular unit in the Oxford University Press textbook for teenagers Challenges 1 that I am using, but this is such a popular topic for young learners and teenagers that I would use many of the ideas again […]

Fun activities for prepositions of time
1. Prepositions of time SNAP Prepare playing cards with the preposition of time replaced with a gap, with at least two different prepositions in the pack and approximately the same number of cards for each preposition- for example, 10 cards with “at” missing, 10 cards with “in” missing, plus maybe 10 cards with “on” missing. […]

Fun activities for practising A, An and The
1. Disappearing text Put a text on the board including examples of the meanings of articles that you have presented or are going to present, and have one student or team of students read it out loud. They then choose one word and that is covered or erased. The next person or team must then […]

Fun ways of practising country and nationality words
1. Word roots dictation The teacher reads out a list of words that originally come from a particular language, e.g. words that come from French and are now used in English, using their English pronunciation. The teacher should start with obscure ones and get more and more obvious until they reach words that are obviously […]

Fun practice activities for there is, are, was, were
1. The worst school in the world Students compare their primary schools, with the aim of showing that their school was worse than their partners’, leading to sentences like “There was a swimming pool, but there was only cold water in

Fun practice activities for family vocabulary
1. Men and women stations The teacher or one of the students says a family relations word like “mother-in-law” or “grandfather”, and students run and touch the right wall if it is a female word or the left wall if it is a male word. Less noisy versions include jumping right or left of a […]

Ways to start an adult lesson
1. Chat Especially in adult classes with few students and at higher levels, this is probably the world’s most used “warmer”. And for good reason- many people choose to take extra lessons precisely because they feel they didn’t learn to chat in English at school. The magic word here, though, is “learn”. Just as listening […]