10 dictation activities – breathing new life into an old staple

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 […]

Short and funny English videos for your ESL classroom

A page where I gather short, funny English video clips. One way to use videos like these is to divide the class into small groups and show each group a different clip on a laptop or tablet. Then have individuals from each group meet with counterparts from other the groups and explain their video to them. […]

Word match – a minimal pairs game for teaching pronunciation

The aim of this minimal pairs game is to get learners to notice problems they have with different but similar vowel and consonant sounds and to practise reproducing the correct sound. Minimal pairs are pairs of words that differ in only one phonological element, for example, a vowel change such as in bed and bad […]

Number bingo! – a fun way to practise learning numbers

Number bingo is a fun game to help beginner English learners recognise numbers. For some reason my adult learners always really enjoy this game, I think it helps to relieve the pressure of being a beginner and makes them realise that learning English can be fun too. Give each student a bingo card. If there aren’t enough […]