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- Talented, More Talented, the Most Talented: Comparing Celebrity Actors
This is a worksheet to work on comparatives and superlatives as students compare 3 Hollywood actors: Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and James Franco. The factual information is provided in the first ...
- Present Simple Questions with 'Do You
This worksheet is for low level adult students to practise talking about their free time activities and when they do them. Additionally, mingling to find the students to whom the sentences belong ...
- Test Your Kids
Brief test to check some grammar points of your elementary students. Personal information questions in a club or a spa situation, colours, animals, the weather, cardinal numbers up to 100. Multipl ...
- The Hunger Games Basics. Power-Point
This power-point presents some basic (background) facts about Suzanne Collin's novel. It is meant to draw the attention of students - who have read the first part of the book - on some points. As ...
- Have You Got Any Bananas, Please?
This worksheet is for low level young learners practising questions with Have you got any …, please? and giving short answers 'Yes, I have. No, I haven't.' as part of a shopping role-play. ...
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Bingo is one of my favorite games to play in ESL classes.
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Puzzles are always a good time.
OK, not always, but most of the time, and logic puzzles are a great way to challenge your students. You can find various logic puzzles on the internet or can make your own. Making your own logic puzzles can be a very time consuming and difficult process, especially if you are not overly familiar with how these usually work. Modelling them after the Einstein Puzzle is prob ...
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If you are looking for a fun and creative way to review asking and answering questions with your ESL students, here are some activities you might want to try.
Tell Me About Yourself
Getting to know your fellow students is one of the greatest ways ESL class members can practice asking questions. This activity can be as simple or as complicated as your students can handle. ...
Every ESL teacher working in a foreign country eventually realizes that one of the greatest obstacles facing their students is a lack of opportunities to speak English.
Often students’ reading and writing skills far outstrip their speaking and listening skills simply because they are exposed to more reading and writing than listening and speaking. There is no reason for students to speak English o ...
International students studying in the United States or other Western countries often come from cultures where academic integrity is understood differently.
Thus, they may not be familiar with Western expectations when it comes to expectations in American universities for integrating source material using proper citations and formatting styles. It can be difficult to determine whether or not cases of pl ...
Peer Review is perhaps one of the most challenging methods of teaching in the English as a Second Language writing classroom; on one hand, when it goes well, the benefits of it students are tremendous and impactful.
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