Friday, 25 April 2014

High School ESL Self Portrait Conversation Lesson

This is a fun lesson about analysing self portraits that all my students enjoyed. First you will teach them some vocabulary related to self portraits then the students will have to draw a self portrait that represents themselves. The downside is that a fair amount of time is spent drawing a self portrait of themselves, but you could either ask them to do it as homework or set a specific time limit for drawing the picture.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

ESL Music Gap Fill Exercise

This is part of a lesson I have just done about reassurance. It is a simple gap fill exercise, just give each student a worksheet and ask them to fill in the gaps. McFerrin's accent is obviously very strong but his voice is clear over the music and he speaks very slowly so the student's did not have too much trouble. I have included both a worksheet and a PPT you can use if your students have whiteboards/notebooks and you want to save paper.

I also ask a bonus question which is if they notice anything unusual about the song. The answer is that it is a cappella. There are no instruments used throughout the song!

Monday, 14 April 2014

How to teach an ESL Debate Lesson.

Debate ESL Lesson
I have recently started teaching debate lessons to my high level high school classes. The students seem to really like them and they get very involved in the debate. The lesson as a whole gives them great practice in presenting, speaking, listening and even reading depending on how you ask them to research their ideas. This is how I structure my debate lessons.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Business English ESL lesson-Analyzing Graphs

One of my high schools specializes in teaching science so this lesson was particularly useful. The students first learn some phrases they can use when analyzing graphs before having the chance to practice these phrases with some real graphs. Finally they make their own graphs and present them to the class.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Role Models and Icons ESL Activities

This isn't one lesson so much as a collection of activities I have used over the topic of role models and icons. Throughout this subject there are plenty of chances to involve all your student's favourite celebrities and famous people, which invariably gets them excited about the lesson!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Fun ESL Speaking Activities Using Dialogues.

This year I have been given text books for all my classes, the quality of the book varies however the one thing all the books have in common is.. Dialogues! Dialogues can be a great way to get all the students speaking natural and correct English, however just repeating the same phrases over and over can get a bit dry. Here are some activities I use to spice them up a bit!

Food From Around the World ESL Lesson Plan

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This is a great lesson to teach advanced or adult students about food. The quiz at the start is tough but gets them really interested in the topic. The rest of the lesson is spent talking about different categories of food and the differences between what countries eat and what the reasons are.
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