Tag Archives: ESL

Speed Speaking

I made a collection of slides that are designed for TOEFL-style speaking.  They can be used as a pair warmup activity in class, and optionally in an interview test, according to the teacher’s interests. Download the files from Archive.org. There … Continue reading

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Homework Objectives

What is the point of homework? I was chatting with my coworkers the other day and learned they were spending long hours grading homework. I asked them why, and we had a fascinating conversation. It turns out they were spending … Continue reading

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Aesop’s Fables

Here are a collection of one-page short stories and questions suitable for ninth grade Japanese students studying English.  These are a part of Aesop’s Fables. It is all bundled together with MP3s on Archive.org. The Ant and the Grasshopper. ODT … Continue reading

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Three Letter Words

We teach phonics to help students learn to read and pronounce English words correctly. It is reasonable to start with standalone letters, quickly transition to consonant-vowel and vowel-consonant pairs, and then move to three-letter words.  Here are three sets of … Continue reading

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Sports

Sports come up in textbooks all over the place, and with good reason: many people either do or did play sports, many sports have a strong cultural like, and watching sports on TV or YouTube is incredibly popular.  Here is … Continue reading

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Country Slide Show

Several years ago, Adam and I made some posters about countries so that students could make small groups, and use the posters to prepare and deliver presentations. As we wrote back then: Presentations are common activities in English conversation classes, … Continue reading

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Holiday Presentations

Here are some slide shows and information sheets on seven U.S. holidays.  Students are placed in groups of three or four, each group gets a holiday, and they write and deliver a presentation to the class introducing it.  The materials … Continue reading

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