Tag Archives: ESL

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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Haiku

Writing poetry is a lot of fun, as long as the teacher gets the preparation figured out.  Before writing, students need to read many examples, and it is important that these examples are relatively comprehensible. Most of the haiku I … Continue reading

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Describing Pictures

There are dozens of topics and grammar points that can be studied using activities where students say or write things about pictures.  Here are some slide shows and worksheets that I’ve used. Describe the Pictures: Animals. ODP & PDF. An … Continue reading

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Passive Voice Practice

Here are some passive voice practice worksheets.  In Japan, passive voice is taught at the beginning of ninth grade.  One of the best ways to practice passive voice is converting between active voice and passive voice sentences while maintaining the … Continue reading

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Occupations

Here are some occupation flash cards.  Occupations (jobs) are a topic that first comes up in my eighth grade textbook.  Students are asked about their dream job, why they are interested in it, and what steps they can take towards … Continue reading

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Homestay English for Australia

Every summer, several dozen students from my high school go to Adelaide, Australia, for a three-week study abroad session.  In preparation, several teachers and I teach three Homestay English lessons to them.  (There are several other prep sessions run by … Continue reading

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