Taking attendance is one of those classroom tasks that just “must get done”. Consequently, as teachers we often don’t take it seriously. However, taking attendance can be a vital way to get a sense of the class and build community. From the teacher’s perspective, taking attendance helps establish a baseline awareness of who is coming […]
Does your student need extra listening practice? Check out this great resource: http://www.cbc.ca/edmonton/learning-english/newscasts.html Each week this Canadian website makes three lessons with audio files and transcripts available. These news stories are read more slowly than on regular radio. You can download both lessons and the audio files for free.
Do your students need more reading practice? You can find easy-to-read illustrated stories for your students to read online at this website http://www.really-learn-english.com/english-short-stories.htm There are also videos for listening practice. Check them out at http://www.really-learn-english.com/learn-english-video-lesson-01.html
Check out the worksheet generator at http://www.tefl.net/worksheet-generator/index.htm. This allows you to easily create a variety of worksheets that you can print out.
Dictation can be a fun way to practice English at many different levels. Here are three ways to incorporate dictation into your classes. 1) Phone Number Dictation Dictate your phone number very quickly. Then have students actually call you to see if they got it. This activity can also help students learn the rhythm we […]
Even our advanced students struggle with the distinction between “he” and “she”. At the beginning levels, resist the urge to gloss over the topic. And, when you hear gender mistakes at advanced classes, make it a point to to provide a few minutes of formal instruction. Here’s a fun activity to help with work on […]
Check out this link to the NYTimes. There are 183 questions with links to related articles. These could be great conversation starters or writing prompts.
We all know that sometimes our students need a bit of a “brain break”. Here’s a great activity to give your students a chance to do that. Ask students a series of random “Would you rather” questions (examples below – some silly, some thought provoking). Would you rather be 3 feet tall or 8 feet […]
Lee Shainis speaking at Ignite Boulder
Body language is an important piece of how we communicate. In this TED Talk, Amy Cuddy discusses that how we use it can help train our brains to be more confident. Watch this video and start a fun discussion with your intermediate and advanced learners. There’s even a link on the page to view a […]