Category: Listening

Miming reading

Here is a fun ESL idea to help students enjoy reading and listening. Choose an interesting text that is easy to mime.  Ask your class for two volunteers (should be strong students!) and tell them …

Magic Mini boards

Here is an ESL idea to practice grammar, games,spelling and vocabulary. This is a fantastic idea which can be used with any ESL activity. Instead of getting your students to do grammar exercises in their …

Describe and draw

Here is an activity to practice vocabulary, prepositions of place and present continuous. Get your students into pairs and give one student a picture and the other a paper and pencil. The student with the …

Past Simple Questions

This is an ESL idea to practice making past simple questions. Once you have introduced how to make past simple questions, choose a film (It should be adequate for age, level and have English subtitles!) …

How to teach the Present simple

Here is an ESL idea to introduce Present Simple.  I usually start by teaching them how to tell the time then go on to routines. First, you have to make some mini clocks with hands …

How to use films in your lessons.

Here are some ideas for using films in the classroom. 1. Silent viewing: Students watch a clip without sound and predict.  They can then write a roleplay/script and compare with the original. 2. Bingo: Students …

True and False Chairs

Here is another idea to make Reading or Listening activities more interesting. 1. While the students are reading the text, the teacher puts two chairs in the middle of the classroom. 2. You can put either a …

Whispering dictation

The majority of students groan as soon as you show them an MP3 or cassette. Put students into groups and have one member of each group go to the teacher.  The teacher will whisper the …