This is Part 2 of our original article which outlined the first 50 ESL discussion questions for adults to practice idioms. The initial list of questions covered idioms starting with A to E.
In this second installment, we will focus on idioms starting with F to O. For this lesson, each sub-section consists of 5 questions.
You can follow the instructions outlined in Part 1 or adapt the materials to match students’ needs. For example, instead of pre-teaching all of the idioms, students may look up the definitions on their own. …
If you have ever watched The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, then you will likely be familiar with the outrageously entertaining games that he plays with his guests. These skits are also excellent games for youth groups that you can adapt for language learning purposes.
The activities are suitable for most age groups and learning levels. These fun interactive games are great for ice-breakers, fillers, or conclusions to your lessons.
Now, let’s highlight five of the most popular Jimmy Fallon games from the late-night talk show. …
With the internet and online learning available to every household, we are more connected than ever. Students’ education is no longer limited to the traditional school environment within the common classroom.
What’s more, conventional curriculums no longer apply directly to real-life scenarios and course materials are often outdated. This frequently leaves kids feeling apathetic and disengaged in class.
Typically, a student’s only motivation to learn the material is to pass a test. Then, once the test is over, the material is no longer reinforced and forgotten.
What’s the solution?
To increase student motivation and interest in subjects, learning goals and activities should be more focused on their unique interests. Plus, they should be learning more things that they can apply in the real world through project-based learning. …
Teaching English with authentic content, such as movies and TV shows, is an effective way to increase engagement in your classroom. English language learners can learn new expressions by watching their favorite films, sitcoms, and cartoons online.
Students can easily access free content via YouTube and through paid streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.
It is important to use videos that match skill levels as well as students’ interests. Topics of interest will improve motivation to learn and increase attentiveness. …
Do you need some new conversation activities for your English classes?
Understanding idiomatic expressions is one of the biggest challenges that second language learners face. Practicing idioms in the classroom can help students gain confidence when they use the expressions in real-life scenarios.
This article will highlight how you can improve conversation skills with love idioms that focus on romance and personal relationships.
In the list at the bottom of the page, there are 30 easy ESL conversation questions for adults using each idiomatic expression.
Read below for some tips on how to do the lesson.
First, review the list of 30 love idioms and phrases below. Print out the list so that you can board them and elicit their meanings at the start of class. …
Understanding idiomatic expressions can be one of the biggest challenges for second language learners. There are some common reasons for this difficulty that students and teachers should be aware of:
Therefore, it is beneficial for students to practice using the expressions as much as they can in actual discussions.
When in class, or while meeting with a group outside of a traditional learning environment, there are different techniques that students can use to practice idioms so that they become more confident using them. …
“As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.”
― Ernest Hemingway
This article is tailored more towards helping second language learners improve their writing skills. However, many of the following tips can be useful for native English speakers as well.
Some of the most effective methods for elevating students’ writing involve teaching them about proper structure, descriptive writing, and autonomous learning. These three factors can be easily implemented into your lessons on a frequent basis.
As a result, by understanding how to improve writing skills in English better, your students will feel more confident next time they have to do a writing assignment. …
“Sometimes I don’t like the books that I’m reading.”
— Charlie Kaufman
Creating reading lessons for your class doesn’t always have to be a chore like washing dishes. Reading lessons don’t have to be a bore for your students either. Reading can be fun for all ages. It can also create opportunities for more interaction in class.
This article will outline five fun reading activities for ESL students that you can use in most classroom situations. Each activity is quick and easy to create with minimal preparation. Now, let’s examine the reading activities.
This activity is designed to develop students’ scanning skills. Search the internet for a chart or table outlining a TV schedule. Alternatively, this could be a team roster in sports, a sheet with various statistics, or any other genre that has a long list of information organized in a chart-type format. You could also find an infographic online to use instead. …
“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”
— Mark Van Doren
Are you looking for some new ideas for engaging your students in discussion and conversation in your classroom?
This article will highlight some fun interactive ESL speaking activities that you can use with adults and advanced students. Some of the exercises can be used for lower level students and young learners as well. Keep in mind, you may need to adapt some of the ideas depending on their level of proficiency.
Divide your students into four groups. Designate a topic of conversation in each corner of the classroom that they should discuss. For example, the corner by the teacher’s desk could be about ‘movies’. The opposing corner could be ‘cuisine’. The topics at the back corners of the classroom could be about ‘sports’ and ‘hobbies’. Of course, you can vary the topics depending on the students’ preferences and interests. …
“I grew up listening to people speaking broken English. I probably picked that up. And I probably speak English almost as a second language.”
— Christopher Walken
Improving students’ listening skills in the classroom can be a challenging task for ESL teachers — especially if you are a new teacher dealing with a variety of student levels and range of abilities.
This article will outline a number of useful ESL listening activities that can be easily applied to any group of students whether they are beginners or have more advanced language skills. …