Present perfect pictures to illustrate the past with a connection to the present

Students often have a problem understanding when exactly to use the present perfect tense and often use it interchangeably with the past simple. When explaining this tense, I tend to Continue ReadingPresent perfect pictures to illustrate the past with a connection to the present

Find someone who – a mingling activity to ease them out of their comfort zones

Find someone who is a great mingling activity which gets students on their feet and forces them to interact one-on-one with their classmates. I often do one on these on Continue ReadingFind someone who – a mingling activity to ease them out of their comfort zones

ESL crosswords and how to make them

Crosswords are really great for introducing a new theme or grammar point, you can give them out as a warmer while you’re waiting for all the class to arrive, or Continue ReadingESL crosswords and how to make them

Stand up if you’ve ever …

This present perfect game encourages students to talk about their life experiences and to reveal their more interesting stories. You can use this handout as a warm up activity to give a more controlled Continue ReadingStand up if you’ve ever …

ESL board games provide a safe space to practice new language forms

ESL board games are a handy way to get students using new language, and are especially useful for practising targeted grammar structures. Students get to ask and answer “realistic” questions Continue ReadingESL board games provide a safe space to practice new language forms