What’s my dream job?

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 […]

Present simple vs present continuous photoset

This is a photoset which you can use to illustrate the difference between present simple and present continuous. Each photo shows someone with a clearly identifiable job who is doing something that the job usually doesn’t entail. First, ask the students, what does he/she do? to elicit their job title. Then ask them to expand on what […]

Present Simple Interviews

This is a fantastic activity for giving students practise in asking and answering questions in the third person singular. Make sure students are in pairs, if there are an odd number of students, it’s best if the teacher makes up the odd pair at this stage. Give each pair a set of interview sheets (Note: each […]

What’s the movie? – how to talk about a story

What’s the movie? is an enjoyable activity which introduces some movie and storytelling vocabulary while practising use of the present simple in talking about film plots and books. Think of a popular film and write some present simple sentences describing the plot and setting., For example: It’s set on a big ship It stars Leo […]

Find someone who – printable worksheets for adult classes

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 of these on the first day with a new class as they can serve as a great ice-breaker activity. First, give each student a copy of the question […]

Poker Face

Poker Face is a true or false type game that can be played with a pack of playing cards (or slips of paper). You can use it to review specific tenses and for question asking practice. Deal each player three to five cards. The first player lays one of their cards face down and makes […]

Snap! (forms of to be)

This is a matching exercise to practise short answers, as well as the different forms of the verb be. It’s also available as a web app for your smartphone or tablet. Put students into pairs and give each pair their own pile of snap cards Get the students to shuffle them and then arrange them into two columns, […]

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 and in the process get to know each other a little better, hopefully leading to higher quality interactions and increased speaking opportunities. In fact, some […]