Here’s a quick and simple to set up activity to help remind students that we use the present simple when giving general information about our lives and routines. First, illustrate the use of the present simple by telling students some the duties involved in your job. For example, I prepare classes, I correct homework, I […]
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Here’s a quick idea for reviewing and uncovering clothes vocabulary and practising the second conditional. Brainstorm as many different types of clothes as possible starting with the head and working down. Write all this vocabulary on the board in columns labelled Head / Top / Bottom / Hands and Feet. You could use our clothes […]
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 emphasise the word present, as in the action which we are talking about has a strong connection to the present moment. For example, I’ve spilt […]
Dull, lengthy dictations are no longer so prevalent in most ESL classrooms, however, there is some value in the format, and used in moderation, dictation activities can be a useful and stimulating exercise. Some of their benefits are promoting the noticing of new forms, developing hearing skills, presenting new language, and checking spelling. In a standard […]
Some days it feels just too hot to sit in the classroom. If you have a nice patch of ground nearby, why don’t you take them outside and allow the change of scenery to stimulate their imaginations? Here are ten outdoor activities which need little or no preparation. Scavenger hunt Make a list of items for your […]