Category: Reading

What’s the story?

Here is an ESL idea to practise speaking, asking questions and storytelling. 1. First, either draw or wite the necessary words that make up a story and get your students to guess. 2. Then, you divide your …

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 …

All in one!

Here is an ESL activity that practises reading, writing and speaking. Choose an appropriate text for your class.  After they have read the text, tell your students they are going to test their colleagues! In …

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 …

Reading part 3

Here is an activity to practice FCE reading part 3. First take the four texts and cut them into 4 individual texts.  Divide your class into 4 groups and give one text to each group. …

How to teach adverbs

Here is an ESL teaching idea for adverbs. As you know adverbs describe verbs/actions so I usually find a text that is easy to mime to.  Put your class into groups and have one student …

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 …

Reading Auction Game

Here is a fun ESL gap fill reading or open cloze activity idea. 1. Give out any gap fill reading (appropriate for age and level of course!) and get them to quickly read it. 2. …

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 …