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LESSON DESCRIPTION _____________________________________________________________No.                                       ...
SIGN THE ALPHABET                 [ alphabet, reading, vocabulary, TPR]13 ________________________________________________...
25                         THANK YOU GAME                 [speaking, expressions, task, last lesson]     _________________...
__________________________________________________________                          ANGEL VS DEVIL                 [ speak...
STORYBOOK MAKING                   [ writing, past tense, comics, reading ]50 ____________________________________________...
62                    . IT’S A WONDERFUL WORLD!                   INTERMEDIATE                 [ song, music, vocabulary, ...
74                             LET’S TALK!                            LOW                [ speaking, vocabulary, game, con...
__________________________________________________________                              CLOTHING                [ vocabula...
99                              BACKDOOR                                ALL                  [ description, tenses, video,...
111                     Zoo Making & Animal Talk                        Low                    [ animals, prepositions, he...
123                         The Force Be With You                           High Beginner                   [ home, readin...
#1 Battleship (Low)Today I offer a very good way to getlow level students to practice andlearn the target language.BATTLES...
#2 Who Is It? (Low)Todays Canned Lesson is aquick but very effective wayto get conversation started inyour class. For low ...
#3 Read Aloud and Spot the Differences (Intermediate)This is similar to the conversationactivity in which students look at...
#4 The 4 Wishes Game (Low Intermediate)This lesson activity has to do with "wishing". Practice beforehand the propergramma...
#5 - Mr. Xs Amazing Day (Low)This truly is a Canned lesson.About daily routines and basic verbs expressing daily habits. T...
3. Give the hand out and have students write a sentence or two, depending ontheir level/ability about each picture. Edit a...
#6 Where in the world is Matt? (Low)This video lesson reviews countries and is reallyfun for students.1. Warm up -- Show t...
#7 Story Retelling, Funny Stories (Intermediate)Stories are powerful ways to activate language and also help students "fra...
4. Ask them as a group about which story they found the funniest / likedthe best. Have one student retell that story as re...
#8 Do you believe in.......? (Advanced)This is for higher level studentsand is a discussion activity. Fitsright in with th...
#9 Birthday Horoscope Activity (Intermediate)This lesson activity is for mid to highlevels. It practices adjectives to des...
# 10 -- Comic books or Mini books! (ALL)This lesson idea is SUPER andreally works. Kids love comicsand drawing and it real...
#11 Classroom interviews / radio shows                (High Beginner)I find that many students dont learn howto make quest...
#12 -- POP UP CARS (Low)This lesson is for young learners. Asyou probably know, all youngstudents love cars! (and dont let...
#13 -- Teaching English With Sign Language (LOW)I recently attended a storytelling workshop led by Cathy Spagnoli. She is ...
#14 TV Commercials (Intermediate)For this lesson, youll need a computer and screen. If not, use the Make acommercial blank...
one I used long ago in Side by Side) with a partner. Model first for the students.This is really fun and can be hilarious....
also just be part of a writing lesson. For adolescents but might work withadults!If we are to succeed in the classroom, we...
#16 Teaching Numbers (Low Intermediate)Teaching numbers is a verypractical skill that students willappreciate. Knowing how...
Resources: I FEEL LIKE A NUMBER doc | Gloria Estaphan, 1, 2, 3             Posters: Ordinal Numbers   Cardinal Numbers
#17 Brands And Preferences (Low Intermediate)This lesson is really interactive and greatlymotivating. Students of all leve...
#18 When Was The First / Last time …..? (Low)This is intended to practice the use of the pastsimple tense and help student...
#19        Gossip        (High Intemediate)This lesson in a Can harnesses that energy. It is a very simple lesson which ge...
# 20 Finish It Off ! The power of Bla bla bla bla.... (Low)This is a fun, conversationalexercise. It can be used as a fill...
#21 - Look on the bright side! (Intermediate)A lesson practicing the use of "chunks" to respond to information in a goodwa...
#22 - Horrible, Stupid, Funny Jokes. (Intermediate)Young learners LOVE jokes. Doesntmatter if they are in English and hard...
#23 - AT THE MOVIES (Low)Students love going to the moviesand discussing their favourites. ThisCanned Lesson uses that ene...
#24 What Time is it? (Low)This is a lesson that almost anyone whoteaches beginners, will have to do. There areso many ways...
#25 The Thank you Game (Intermediate)This works well at the endof a session/course. A verysimple activity.1. Divide the bo...
#26 The Family (Low)This is a basic theme in EFL andone every teacher should enjoyteaching. It is personal andmotivating.H...
27 Conversation starters. (All)Keeping and / or getting studentsto start talking is the cornerstoneof teaching of EFL as a...
you ever _____and _____?). The student on the right replies and the othersmust ask two follow up questions.Two great sourc...
28 Presentations and Public Speaking (High Intermediate)This Lesson in a Can can be short andsweet or long and delicious.....
ask students to try and say the speech on their own. Also, there are a couple offunny speeches you can play for laughter. ...
29 - Introductions. Who are you? (Low Intermediate)This is a very simple idea and it letsstudents "share" themselves and t...
(the most important part of the writing process Publishing! / Presenting!). Youmight also start a voicethread and have stu...
30 School is....... (using adjectives) (Intermediate)A very simple activity, lesson idea.Todays lesson in a Can is aboutad...
# 31 Vocabulary review - Top 5 (All)Todays lesson in a Can is an example of how toreview vocabulary in a fun way. Not real...
#32 TPR and learning the Alphabet - Sign it!This lesson is for young learners and is a unique way to teach the alphabet,sp...
#33 - Christmas Lessons - "The Joy of Giving"This Lesson in a Can is aboutChristmas . See our Christmaspage for a world of...
#34 - Mr. Beans Christmas - Video in the classroomI love using Mr. Bean in the classroom (see ourresources here and also o...
#35 Legally Jolly! The N.Y. Times Snapshot of the DayThis Canned Lesson uses a real neat resource (thankyou Nancy Bosch on...
#36 Last One Standing - A new song game...Todays Canned Lesson was inspired by acolleague Jennifer. Last week we held our ...
4. Then, play the song. Students are standing and if they hear their word, theycan sit down. (or vice versa). Here it agai...
#37 The 3 Sentence Game.Many know the 20 question guessing game. (andsee 20Q and Akinator for great online versions! ) Wel...
#38 Adv. / Disadv. Angel and Devil- Sequencing informationI mentioned this lesson ideaearlier in the Canned lessonabout Pr...
#39 BAAM! - A multi level language game using flashcardsI got this idea awhile back while listening to a podcast interview...
#40 ZIP - ZAP - The Addictive language game.This Canned lesson is really an activity that your students can do wheneversom...
#41 - ONE OF THESE THINGS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHER!This is a very powerful way to teachand also teach and get students to use...
#42 Introducing the teacher    Making a "communicatively focused" classOne of the scariest things can bethe first day of c...
and form the questions in the 3rd person. The students have to remember whattheir partners favourites were -- not that eas...
#43 -- Getting to know the students.Getting to know your students will be your top job the firstfew weeks/month. It is ess...
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  5. 5. LESSON DESCRIPTION _____________________________________________________________No. LEVEL BATTLESHIP [speaking, guessing, games, verbs]1 __________________________________________________________ LOW WHO IS IT? / CELEBRITIES [ speaking, people,description, questions ]2 __________________________________________________________ Low READ ALOUD GUESS THE DIFFERENCES [ reading, listening ]3 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE 3 WISHES GAME [ past possibility, game ] Intermediate4 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE MR. X’S AMAZING DAY [ writing, daily routine, habits,verbs, video ]5 __________________________________________________________ LOW WHERE THE HELL IS MATT [ music, geography, nationality, countries]6 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE BEST FUNNY STORIES [ humor, retelling, past tense, ] HIGH7 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE DO YOU BELIEVE IN …? [ speaking, questioning, beliefs, pairs]8 __________________________________________________________ ADVANCED BIRTHDAY HOROSCOPE [ months, personal adjectives, tasks]9 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE MINI-BOOK MAKING [ writing, comics, storytelling, pasttense ]10 __________________________________________________________ ALL CLASSROOM INTERVIEWS [ speaking, role playing,questions]11 __________________________________________________________ LOW POP – UP CARS12 [ arts and crafts, colors, camps ] LOW
  6. 6. SIGN THE ALPHABET [ alphabet, reading, vocabulary, TPR]13 __________________________________________________________ LOW TV COMMERCIALS [ listening, critical thinking, media awareness ]14 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE TRANSL8IT – TEXTMESSAGES [ writing, decoding, game ]15 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE TEACHING NUMBERS [ listening, vocabulary, pairs ]16 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE BRANDS & PREFERENCES [ speaking, comparatives, game] LOW17 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE WHEN WAS THE FIRST/LAST TIME… [ speaking, survey, past]18 __________________________________________________________ Low I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE [ writing, idioms,humor] HIGH19 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE FINISH IT OFF! [ listening, stories ]20 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE! [speaking, idiomatic expressions, pairs ]21 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE HORRIBLE, STUPID, FUNNY JOKES. [ humor, questions ]22 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE AT THE MOVIES [ media, posters, quizzes, presentations]23 __________________________________________________________ LOW WHAT TIME IS IT? [ numbers, time, pairs ]24 __________________________________________________________ LOW
  7. 7. 25 THANK YOU GAME [speaking, expressions, task, last lesson] __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE THE FAMILY [ family tree, vocabulary, getting to know students]26 __________________________________________________________ LOW CONVERSATION STARTERS [ interviews, questions, prompts]27 __________________________________________________________ ALL PUBLIC SPEAKING [ speaking, skills, presenting ] HIGH28 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE WHO ARE YOU? [ quizzes, pairs, questions ]29 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL IS…….. [ adjectives, stating “why”, because, pairs ]30 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE THE TOP 5! [ vocabulary, ppt, game ]31 __________________________________________________________ ALL ALPHABET SIGNING [ alphabet, TPR, vocabulary ]32 __________________________________________________________ LOW PRESENT GIVING [ speaking, X-mas, saying thank you, vocabulary, task ]33 __________________________________________________________ LOW MR. BEAN [ speaking, pairs, video, verbs ]34 __________________________________________________________ LOW . N.Y. TIMES LESSON OF THE DAY [ current events, human interest35 __________________________________________________________ ALL LAST ONE STANDING [ listening, music, vocabulary, game]36 __________________________________________________________ ALL THE 3 SENTENCE ACTIVITY [ speaking, grammar, game ]37 ALL
  8. 8. __________________________________________________________ ANGEL VS DEVIL [ speaking, comparatives, transitions]38 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE BAAM GAMES [ vocabulary, review, quizzes, game ]39 __________________________________________________________ ALL ZIP – ZAP GAMES [ vocabulary, word association, game]40 __________________________________________________________ ALL ONE OF THESE THINGS IS LIKE THE OTHER [ speaking,cooperative learning,critical thinking, comparing ]41 __________________________________________________________ LOW INTRODUCING THE TEACHER [ question making, groups, first lessons, assessment ]42 __________________________________________________________ ALL GET TO KNOW YOUR STUDENTS [ guessing, questions, pairs]43 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE MAKE A DIFFERENCE [ song, story, critical thinking ] HIGH44 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE WHERE YOU FROM? [ geography, nationality, flags, countries ] LOW45 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE BINGO GAME – LESSON PLAN [ speaking, vocabulary, game ]46 __________________________________________________________ LOW LESSON IDEAS – PEOPLE [ song, adjectives, grammar, have/has got ]47 __________________________________________________________ LOW BREAKING NEWS ENGLISH [ listening, current events, news, exercises ] HIGH48 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE WHAT’S YOUR JOB? [ vocabulary, jobs, careers, listening]49 __________________________________________________________ LOW
  9. 9. STORYBOOK MAKING [ writing, past tense, comics, reading ]50 __________________________________________________________ LOW DIGITAL STORYTELLING [ technology, reading, pictures, writing ]51 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE SURVEYS AND QUIZZES I [ speaking, tasks, grammar ]52 __________________________________________________________ LOW SURVEYS AND QUIZZES II [ speaking, reading,personality adj., quizzes ] HIGH53 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE PLAYS – THE LITTLE MOLE [ plays, listening, reading, animals ]54 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE WEBQUESTS [ technology, internet, task, computers ] LOW55 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE WHITEBOARD SOCCER [ vocabulary, game, trivia, questions, test ]56 __________________________________________________________ ALL JUST A BLANK PIECE OF PAPER – I [ drawing, vocabulary, creativity ]57 __________________________________________________________ ALL JUST A BLANK PIECE OF PAPER – II [ introductions, personal information, questions ]58 __________________________________________________________ ALL JUST A BLANK PIECE OF PAPER – III [ family, speaking,relationships ]59 __________________________________________________________ ALL . JUST A BLANK PIECE OF PAPER – IV [questions, prepositions, homes ]60 __________________________________________________________ ALL $100 LAPTOP [ listening, current events, technology, exercises, vocab. ] HIGH61 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE
  10. 10. 62 . IT’S A WONDERFUL WORLD! INTERMEDIATE [ song, music, vocabulary, brainstorming ] __________________________________________________________ HOMONYMS AND HOMOGRAPHS [ pronunciation, vocabulary, listening ]63 __________________________________________________________ ADVANCED TEACHING TEACHERS [ question making, prof. development, skills ]64 __________________________________________________________ ADVANCED ? MAKING – GETTING TO KNOW YOU [questions, surveys, conversation ]65 __________________________________________________________ LOW ? MAKING - WALKAROUNDS [ speaking, tasks, vocabulary]66 __________________________________________________________ LOW ? MAKING - PHOTOS RESPONSE [ questions, vocabulary, game ]67 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE ? MAKING - THE 5WS [ current events, speaking, news, video, listening ]68 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE ? MAKING - TIC-TAC-TOE [ questions, game, grammar ]69 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE ? MAKING - BATTLESHIP [ game, vocabulary, questions]70 __________________________________________________________ LOW GAMES 4 REVIEWING TENSES [games, grammar, tenses, questions ]71 __________________________________________________________ LOW TRAVEL TALK [ conversation, retelling, past tense, holidays ] LOW72 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE NOSY NEIGHBORS [ speaking, vocabulary, verbs, game ]73 __________________________________________________________ LOW
  11. 11. 74 LET’S TALK! LOW [ speaking, vocabulary, game, conversation] INTERMEDIATE __________________________________________________________ DEBATE IN THE EFL CLASSROOM [ debate, critical thinking, problem solving ] HIGH75 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE GUESSING ABOUT CLASSMATES76 [ classmates, questions, game ] INTERMEDIATE CULTURE SPECIFIC TEACHING [vocabulary, grammar, poetry, expression]77 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE GOOD NEWS / BAD NEWS [ speaking, idioms ] HIGH78 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE PICTIONARY [ speaking, technology, drawing, crafts,game]79 __________________________________________________________ ALL INFORMATION GAP [ speaking, idea, tasks, communication]80 __________________________________________________________ ALL ASK THE TEACHER [ speaking, game, interview, introductions] LOW81 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE HOW MUCH IS IT? [ game, numbers, shopping, prices ]82 __________________________________________________________ ALL COOPERATIVE LEARNING [ critical thinking, group work,tasks ]83 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE CELL PHONE SCRAMBLE [ technology, dialogue, writing, game ]84 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE THE POWER OF PREDICTION [ reading, future tense, stories]85 __________________________________________________________ ALL JEOPARDY BRAINSTORMING86 [ game, questions, brainstorming] ALL
  12. 12. __________________________________________________________ CLOTHING [ vocabulary, categorizing, description ]87 __________________________________________________________ LOW CLASS GIFT GIVING [ vocabulary, thanking, task, Christmas, because ]88 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE CARD MAKING [ Christmas, crafts, thanking, drawing ]89 __________________________________________________________ ALL COOTIE CATCHER [ craft, game, vocabulary ]90 __________________________________________________________ ALL NFB SHORT VIDEOS [ video, description, stories, vocabulary] LOW91 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE NEW YEAR Resolutions92 [ future tense, resolutions, agreement, song ] INTERMEIDATE SIGNS [ modals, song, vocabulary, commands ]93 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE EXERCISE AND TREADMILLS [ video, music, current events, reading, vocabulary ]94 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE Current Events [ current events, news, reading ] HIGH95 __________________________________________________________ INTERMEDIATE RUNNING DICTATION [ writing, reading, game, korea ]96 __________________________________________________________ ALL FIND SOMEONE WHO [ speaking, task, questions, game ]97 __________________________________________________________ ALL CLOZE ACTIVITIES [ speaking, listening, vocabulary ]98 __________________________________________________________ ALL
  13. 13. 99 BACKDOOR ALL [ description, tenses, video, Mr. Bean ] __________________________________________________________ USING FLASHCARDS [ vocabulary, game, task, pictures]100 __________________________________________________________ ALL 2 Way Tasks - Pair Work [ speaking, pairs, communicative, tasks ]101 __________________________________________________________ ALL Listening Activities Galore! [ listening, tasks, audio ]102 __________________________________________________________ ALL Reading Response [ reading, writing, predicting, creative thinking ]103 __________________________________________________________ ALL The Class of 2010 [ listening, video, current events]104 __________________________________________________________ Adv. World Cup Country Project [ reading, writing, geography, presentation ]105 __________________________________________________________ Int. Music Appreciation [ listening, opinion ]106 __________________________________________________________ Int. Summer Vacation [ writing, past tense ]107 __________________________________________________________ Low Opinion Survey [ conversation, feelings, adverbs ]108 __________________________________________________________ Low Intermediate Be an Inventor [ vocab, video, project ]109 __________________________________________________________ Intermediate Describe and Draw [ there is / there are, prepositions]110 __________________________________________________________ Low Intermediate
  14. 14. 111 Zoo Making & Animal Talk Low [ animals, prepositions, here/there ] __________________________________________________________ The Multi Platform Male [ commercial, adjectives, media] High112 __________________________________________________________ Intermediate Words,Words,Words [ collocations, video, vocabulary ]113 __________________________________________________________ Intermediate Spiderman and Superheroes ability, drawing, listening, song]114 __________________________________________________________ Low Intermediate Eminem: Im Not Afraid [ questions, chant, rap, lyrics rewrite, song ]115 __________________________________________________________ Low Intermediate This Is The Truth - Adidas [ commericials, statements, motivation, writing, listening] High116 __________________________________________________________ Intermediate The Incident At Tower 37 [ retelling, story, environment, water, animation]117 __________________________________________________________ Intermediate Technologic: Talking about technology [ verbs, technology, song, phrasal verbs, matching]118 __________________________________________________________ Intermediate Making a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich [ retelling, transitions, food, video, Mr. Bean]119 __________________________________________________________ Low Intermediate Getting Started - Procrastination [ daily habits, routine, verbs, video]120 __________________________________________________________ Intermediate I Am Beautiful [ adjectives, listening, song, describing]121 __________________________________________________________ High Beginner The Snowman [ prediction, ordering, Christmas, holidays, video]122 __________________________________________________________ Intermediate
  15. 15. 123 The Force Be With You High Beginner [ home, reading, sequencing, commercials] __________________________________________________________ Simply The Best [ superlatives, adjectives, verbs, survey, song ]124 __________________________________________________________ Intermediate The World We Live In [ comparisons, critical thinking, nature, video, vocabulary ]125 __________________________________________________________ Intermediate Vowels: Pronunciation [ vowels, pronunciation, sounds, phonetic alphabet, video]126 __________________________________________________________ High Beginner The Sounds Of Silence [ description, listening, pronunciation, reading ] High127 __________________________________________________________ Intermediate Protech Your Dreams [ dreams, possibility, the future, career, sports, film]128 __________________________________________________________ Intermediate What Did Ferris Do today? [ past events, retelling, routines, film ]129 __________________________________________________________ High Beginner Forgotten [ doing, homes, sounds like.., video, memories]130 __________________________________________________________ Low Split Screen: A Love Story [ past, routine, daily activity, vocabulary, travel ]131 __________________________________________________________ Beginner
  16. 16. #1 Battleship (Low)Today I offer a very good way to getlow level students to practice andlearn the target language.BATTLESHIP.Play first as a whole class, teamsguessing. Later the students play inpairs. Draw a grid equal to thebattleship grid on the board. Prepare 6ships on your own hidden paper. (2 3squares, 2-4 squares , 2-5 squares. Only horizontal or vertical.This powerpoint might help explain the concept to the whole class.Students from each team ask you, using the target language and try to get a "hit".If they hit, they continue and get a point. If they sink a ship, scream "Battleship"and they get the amount of points the ship is worth (3, 4 or 5) plus the point forthe hit. But then they must stop guessing, next teams turn. Continue until allbattleships are sunk. Team with the most points wins.Then have the students draw their own ships in and play, using the bottom grid.Circulate and help as necessary. I even got a few classes who loved the game,making their own cardboard battleship holders. Just fold hard/thick cardboardand staple together. They glue or paper clip their sheet to the board and play,their paper well hidden. Works like a charm . Here, attached is one sheet. Findmany more HERE and HERE.. Enjoy! Can be prepared by any teacher and usedfor any grammatical target language....be inventive!You can also play online battleship in our ARCADERESOURCES: Battleship Template Battleship master.doc Battleship mr.dfuture.doc Battleship Play.doc Battleship subjects & days.doc Battleship time2.doc Jobs Jobs 2 tenses
  17. 17. #2 Who Is It? (Low)Todays Canned Lesson is aquick but very effective wayto get conversation started inyour class. For low beginnersto advanced. Alsotry Uwall for a visual promptand music!1. Put some pictures of celebrities/famous people on the board. (I just printand use magnets to hold). Describe some an get the students to respond, whothey think you are describing. Circle that picture. It is eliminated. Continueuntil all have been guessed. You may even do this in the form of a point game.2. Hand out the Who Is it ? sheet. I sheet / 2 or 3 students. Students describea person on the sheet and the others guess. When guessed or if they say "Wegive up!", a circle is drawn around the persons name. It is eliminated. Studentscontinue taking turns until most of the names are eliminated.3. Students ask you / quiz you. This is necessary, reverse the process to helplanguage learning. Also, they will ask you about the ones they dont know!I have 2 versions, One is for where I teach presently Korea. The other for thewhole wide world. But as with all materials, modify for your own class/ culture.Have fun gossiping! Also see these ppt Guess Who / Guess What games.Perfect! Akinator- where the computer guesses a person the class chooses, isalso wildly useful and popular.You might also try our Who Is Speaking game!Resources: Lets Talk Celebrities PPT | Who is it (Celebrities) | Who is it? (Korea) | Who is Who?
  18. 18. #3 Read Aloud and Spot the Differences (Intermediate)This is similar to the conversationactivity in which students look atpictures, describe the pictures, anddiscover the picture differences.However, this is done with a readingtext and students read and listen. Inthe example below, which is done inpairs, one student reads a text aloudabout one animal. The other studentlistens and reads a text silently untilhe or she realizes there is adifference . This student informs the partner of the difference in the text.Students write the differences on their texts, and after each student has readaloud, they discuss the differences and decide which information is correct. Theteacher can provide the students with a new text which has all the correctinformation. Students scan it to discover the correct answers.Sound easy enough? Yes, an instant lesson but make sure you the teacher readthese beforehand!Also, this "Spot The Differences" power point with pictures is a perfectcompliment. Students look at the pictures and find as many differences aspossible.Put on the board - In Picture A there is / isnt ........... but in Picture B there is /isnt.Students talk about their reading using this structure. Heres a flash wholescreen version.Resources: Reading: Find The Differences 1 Reading: Find The Differences 2Also find many online presentation/games like this in our GAMES directory.
  19. 19. #4 The 4 Wishes Game (Low Intermediate)This lesson activity has to do with "wishing". Practice beforehand the propergrammatical form of stating wishes. Then maybe tell the 3 genie joke asoutlined in the handout --- marooned on an island each wishes to be home, thelast wishes theyd come back, hes lonely!. Here it is in presentation.Once youve covered that, play the LIE game.1.Write down 4 wishes on the board, one is a lie and the students guess whichone is the lie. Use this form;A) I wish I had ....................B) I wish I could .....................C) I wish I were .......................... er / more ....D I wish I had (nt) ....................... (regret)2. Students do the same and others try to guess which is their lie.3. Handout the cards and tell them they are genies but with only the powers onthe cards. They walk around the class trying to get their wishes granted!Really fun, read in detail on the handout below. Thanks to Jill Hadfield and hergreat set of Communication Games for the inspiration for this activity which Imodified. Have fun wishing!Resources: 3 Wishes Game Handout
  20. 20. #5 - Mr. Xs Amazing Day (Low)This truly is a Canned lesson.About daily routines and basic verbs expressing daily habits. The goal is forstudents to create a minibook at the end. Colour and show some self expressionand "product pride" in their own learning. Use for the past tense or just thepresent tense (routines)Its called Mr. Xs Amazing Day. (you might show a warm up of Mr. Bean forthis and have students describe what Mr. Bean is doing or did ).1. Review the basic vocabulary by showing the powerpoint (attached) andasking students for the answer to "What is Mr. X doing? or What did Mr. X do?" (I have two ppts / two movies one with the present habitual tense and oneusing the past tense - find in our ppt folder). Reshow the ppt and have them askin groups - one student the teacher.2. Show the video with sound effects.
  21. 21. 3. Give the hand out and have students write a sentence or two, depending ontheir level/ability about each picture. Edit as necessary. Then students cut outthe pictures and paste into a minibook {fold 3 sheets of A4 twice, cut the foldedge on top, staple and you have a little mini book - students love them! A realpocket book!} Students colour, decorate, make a title page and write in theirsentences/story.Then in some other classes (but this might take a few classes) SHARE.Chose some students to share their work/present - the final stage in the writingprocess.....There you go, you have Mr. Xs Amazing Day!Resources: Mr. Xs Amazing Day handout Mr. Xs Amazing Day powerpoint Mr. Xs Amazing day video | Mini PPT Movie (wmv) | Jeopardy Routine Jeopardy Yesterday
  22. 22. #6 Where in the world is Matt? (Low)This video lesson reviews countries and is reallyfun for students.1. Warm up -- Show the students one ofthe "Where the hell is Matt? " videos. Forexample, this one. Pause the video and have astudent ask others - "Where "the hell" is Matt?" (agood full screen version is in the A/V player.(assorted folder). Put full screen and then keephitting pause.2. Activity. - Write some names of countries on the board. Describe a countryusing the target language of the handout. Students guess which country is beingdescribed. Once guessed, cross off the list. Continue with students playing eachother in 3s, competing using the handout.Also use this What the WordleCountries game! Or quiz with this FLAG slideshow.3. Warm Down. You might use any of the videos on Geography at themovies or any of the games about countries in our Games resources or Gamespages. (like Jeopardy / Baam - about countries/flags) This "LILY" video isgreat too. Play and pause and have a student point out the country before Lilydoes!.Finally, in pairs, students can play using the Which country is it? handout.Resources: World Map | Flags Of The World Game PPT
  23. 23. #7 Story Retelling, Funny Stories (Intermediate)Stories are powerful ways to activate language and also help students "frame"and retain language. This lesson about Funny stories is for higher level studentsbut is really fun and engaging. See our Stories/Reading resources for manymore resources. Full Screen1. Start by giving one of the funny stories (I like to give the 3 wishes story)to one of your better students to read. Ask them to step out of the class and readalone. You will call them back in, in a few minutes.2. Tell another story to the class. Stop before the punchline and ask them toguess.3. Give students a funny story (see below). You can either just chose 3/4 andgive these out to groups so each member has a different story or use all thestories. Students are to read the stories quietly for a few minutes, asking aboutany difficult understanding or vocabulary.Then in groups of 3/4 they try to retell their story to other group members.Explain they should try to only read if it is too difficult to state in their ownwords. When the teacher signals (after about 10-15 min.) students changegroups once more and retell again (it will be easier).
  24. 24. 4. Ask them as a group about which story they found the funniest / likedthe best. Have one student retell that story as review (some will not have heardit!).The times Ive done this lesson, it has always succeeded. The stories are funnyand it can lead into the students telling their own / sharing their own funnystories/jokes. Also, if time permits, keep getting them to retell as many times aspossible by changing groups. Also challenge them to retell another personsstory! You might even extend for very high level students by having them writedown a story they heard and then have other class members edit and read. (seethe story frame template attached).Resources: Funny Stories ppt Best Funny Stories handouts Story frame template Joke Match Horrible Stupid Funny Jokes Story Dominoes ppt
  25. 25. #8 Do you believe in.......? (Advanced)This is for higher level studentsand is a discussion activity. Fitsright in with the theme ofHalloween.Start the lesson by askingstudents about their beliefsregarding a few of the topics.Prompt with "why?", "Howcome?" Then students sit in pairsand discuss their beliefs. If theyhave differing beliefs, they should tell why the believe what they do.Finally, if time permits, give students a topic and have them do a quick survey -walking around the classroom. To finish up, they tell the class the results oftheir survey. Many might surprise you! Modify for the culture you teach in -see the attached.This is what makes the world beautiful - the variety of beliefs!Resources: Do You Believe In...? Handout I believe I can fly listening sheet (song)
  26. 26. #9 Birthday Horoscope Activity (Intermediate)This lesson activity is for mid to highlevels. It practices adjectives to describecharacter.First, quiz the students about thezodiac, birthdays etc.... Review months,ordinal numbers. Then ask them to walkaround the class, asking everyone whentheir birthday is and recording the info. /name of the person beside the zodiaccategory.Then, the students come together ingroups. They should look at thecategories of adjectives and write a classmates name under the list that bestdescribes that person. Can lead to lots of discussion but it should be a best fit.Ask them to decide which list best suits you, the teacher, to start the discussion.After groups have written the names of classmates under the lists, tell thestudents that each list corresponds to a particular zodiac sign! Ask aboutdifferent students and what other groups thought was his/her personality profile.Then reveal which sign it is, really.Resources: Birthday Zodiac Handout Adjective Horoscope sheet Today’s Horoscope*** Sagittarius is group 1 , Scorpio 2 etc...keep going clockwise.An interesting activity. This will take a full lesson, leave lots of time! Usethese flashcards too!
  27. 27. # 10 -- Comic books or Mini books! (ALL)This lesson idea is SUPER andreally works. Kids love comicsand drawing and it reallyunleashes the power of"personalization" - meaning thatto retain language students haveto use it in a personal fashion.Whether that means asking to dosomething in real life or makingtheir own storybook.Use the Action story pictures attached. Run through them using the ppt ifpossible (in our ppt presentation folder) and illiciting response about Mr. X.Then students write sentences about him.Low level students can use the models and higher levels can add moreinformation. Edit and then students can cut the pictures and enter the editedlanguage into a "mini book". See the pdf attached on how to create this book.Finally, share it in class. Students can read and pass their own book around.Start building a class library of mini books, youll be amazed at how fast it cangrow.Also see the Action story handouts which can also be used for either pictures orto write a whole comic book.See all our Comics/Cartoon resources HERE. Get a full description of makinga storybook HERE.Resources: Action Story Photos | Making a Mini Comic Book Action Pictures | Video and more... | Making Books
  28. 28. #11 Classroom interviews / radio shows (High Beginner)I find that many students dont learn howto make questions, early enough. It is avital skill and especially important if youwant to foster dialogue/conversation. Noconversation can really happen withquestions!I have found a classroom radio show tobe a perfect anecdote. Both for helpingstudents acquire the ability to ask basicquestions and for fostering speakingskills. I usually would interview a newstudent each day, as a class. I called thisthe "Mr. D. Radio Show". Eventually, Igot higher level students being the MC and I just sat back and enjoyed the"show".How? Well, use the MesEnglish identity cards attached. Write down on chartpaper, the questions for each of the items (Name, Age, nationality etc...). As thestudents as a group ask or repeat the questions, the chosen student answers.When youve interviewed all the students, have them take an identity ( asuperhero, celebrity ) and without asking their name, the students ask questionsand guess who..... You can also make this into a classroom activity by havingstudents interview each other in pairs using the cards. Further, the cards can beused for any sort of "find someone who..." game. Simply hand out the cardsand give the students a task . For example - find someone who is the samenationality as you. Students go around the room asking. If they find a match,they link arms and continue walking around the room asking "Where are youfrom?". This works for birthdays, likes, height, weight, etc...)Enjoy the interviews. I will also add, the microphone aspect of this works wellto get students who otherwise wouldnt talk, speaking. Especially in Asiancountries, giving a student a microphone transforms them and they get somesort of anonymity from it and feel more comfortable speaking.Resources: Role Play Cards 1 Role Play Cards 2
  29. 29. #12 -- POP UP CARS (Low)This lesson is for young learners. Asyou probably know, all youngstudents love cars! (and dont let thesecret out but girls also...). Thissimple lesson idea is for practicingcolours.Students chose one of the 2 popupcars attached. Print them on stiffer/thicker paper. Then, they colour them theirfavourite colours, chosing from a list. Students then get the chance to describetheir car. You can even practice car vocabulary this way.Not a heavy lesson but one which students will enjoy. Ive also hung up the carsafter they are coloured and glued. Nice way to get some class pride going and itkeeps them out of their hands.You can even play a quick quiz game using the racing car counter attached.Great way to make a boring question and answer game fun!Resources: Pop-Up Car Pop Up Car 2 Pop Up Van Car Race ppt
  30. 30. #13 -- Teaching English With Sign Language (LOW)I recently attended a storytelling workshop led by Cathy Spagnoli. She is anamazing storyteller and uses all sorts of gestures/effects. She also uses ASL ,sign language to tell stories and add an extra dimension to them. I got tothinking that this would be an excellent way to introduce the alphabet and evenget young students spelling words back and forth. Doing fosters languageacquisition and retention and it is a fun, active way to teach English.You can go through this PPT I made with students. They can try to make thesign. Or if adept, after awhile try to sign the picture shown.Another great TPR activity along the same way is getting the students towrite/draw numbers/words/pictures on each others back or palm. The otherstudent guesses! Great fun and not as easy as it sounds. But a marvelous way topractice.This topic too, is loaded with alphabet ideas!Resources: Sign The Alphabet PPT | Teaching Children Signs
  31. 31. #14 TV Commercials (Intermediate)For this lesson, youll need a computer and screen. If not, use the Make acommercial blank dialogue with your students (attached) only. Also, thesemedia awareness flashcards are handy!TV Commercials are great for the classroom! Look in the Commercials folderof our A/V player. Or see this blog post and get a whole list withrecommendations for the language points to use for teaching! A purpose orlearning outcome is important.*** When showing a commercial in class, be careful to edit for content.This lesson focuses on being the video "Media Wise" and learning to analyze aTV Commerical.First show students a few TV commercials - ask them to tell you which onethey liked best and why? Then talk about what things "hooks" companies use toget us to buy items (celebrities, packaging, music, science, sex, humor, surprise,belonging to a group, miracles etc....). More commercial options.Heres a suggestion.Show the nice little film, MEDIA WISE. This can be used with youngstudents or adults. My adult teachers loved it and the language is clear, easy tounderstand. Ask students to do the quiz afterwards. You might also do theattached Fact or Opinion pair exercise. Students guess if the statement of theirpartner is truly a fact or an opinion (commercials make us believe opinions arefacts!)Finally, have the students do the blank dialogue of a commercial (altered from
  32. 32. one I used long ago in Side by Side) with a partner. Model first for the students.This is really fun and can be hilarious. Afterwards, chose some pairs to performthe commercial for the class!If you have time or want to extend to another lesson - use the Analyze a TVCommercial chart I made. Show some other commercials and ask them to fill inthe categories.....Resources: Analyzing TV Commercials chart Fact or Opinion? Media Wise download Media Wise teachers guide Download a whole list of the best commercials (links) for teaching Our Mixtube playlist of commercialsHeres a good example of a commercial which has a learning outcome -comparatives/superlatives.Other resources: Fact or Opinion Pair sheets Analyzing TV commercials handout Making Commercials(Vocab) EnglishCentral video commercials course#15 Using Text messaging to motivatestudents to write! (ALL)This lesson is a whole language lesson but could
  33. 33. also just be part of a writing lesson. For adolescents but might work withadults!If we are to succeed in the classroom, we have to use methods that motivatemore "digital" learners. Language is not just the static thing we so oftencategorize in under. It is dynamic and comes in many forms. Text messaging isa mainstay of many students lives and we should use it as a way to motivatethem to learn standard English.I have several games called Transl8it , Ive attached the Pop song version. (theothers are in our shared ppt games folder). Students decode the pop song intostandard English. They then correct their answers/spelling. Next, play the songclip by clicking the cell phone and sing! A great interactive lesson. Also, canthey guess the song and singer?You can make your own text messaging for your students to transl8 by goingto www.transl8it.com Simply enter the English and press the button -- outcomes the text message! Copy/paste/print and hand out to students to decodeinto standard English.There is a page of text abbreviations on this What the Wordle which might beuseful. Get more like this HERE. This essay by the eminent David Crystal -Txtng - da gr8 db8 is a good read on this subject.We also have word.doc versions of these games. Also, flash versions .Youmight also warm up with this commercial. It says a lot about the digital divide....Resources: transl8it Guess the Song ppt Transl8it Dialogues PPT Transl8it mixed game ppt
  34. 34. #16 Teaching Numbers (Low Intermediate)Teaching numbers is a verypractical skill that students willappreciate. Knowing how to countisnt enough! We use and statenumbers in many different ways.Students need to be exposed tothese.Prepare -- Put up a whole lot ofnumbers on the board. Prices /temperatures / serial numbers /percentages / decimals / fractions /square roots / math problems / dates/ ratios / diameter / length X width /ft. inches etc....Then ask students a question and from that, they must state the answer that ison the board. Cross each one off as they are asked/answered. Then go overthem for pronunciation or review them at the end of the lesson.Practice. -- Students take the handout and fold it in half. One reads/dictatesfirst for their partner. The partner takes down notes and records the numbers.Make sure they know how to ask "Could you repeat that?" and "Could youspeak a little more slowly, please?"After they are finished they unfold their sheet and correct their dictation.Produce - Students make their own sentences using the model and changingthe numbers. Then practice again with their partner.You might extend with a listening exercise, having students listen and recordthe numbers stated in a dialogue.....And then after all that, I usually do the song, "Feel like a number" or " I, 2, 3,Gloria Estaphan (attached)Also, this video is a super "engager" - to get students into the lesson aboutnumbers..... and for kids, The Song of the Count rulz!
  35. 35. Resources: I FEEL LIKE A NUMBER doc | Gloria Estaphan, 1, 2, 3 Posters: Ordinal Numbers Cardinal Numbers
  36. 36. #17 Brands And Preferences (Low Intermediate)This lesson is really interactive and greatlymotivating. Students of all levels love to talkabout their preferences and discuss brands andwhich they prefer and why?Prepare- Warm up with the conversation PPtPreferences. First have the students ask youabout your own preferences. Then in smallgroups, they follow the ppt and ask each other. After each questions, they mustask "How come?" ....... If you have time, get the students to do the survey at theend. They write down two opposing things (McDonalds or Burger king) on anindex card. They go around the class asking and then when the activity ispartial finished (dont allow them to ask everyone unless its a really smallclass!) as a group, have each student report back.Practice. - Students use the brand sheet to talk about the brands of goods theyprefer and why? How loyal are they? They must state if they have a brandpreference or dont have a preference (see attached.)Produce - Play the Whats my Brand ppt. The first slides are about manybrands. Students have 3-5 min. to write the brand name and product to as manyas possible. Winner is the team with the longest correct list!Then go through the top 100 brands. Can they guess the product and even thecountry of origin? Play it as a competitive game to make it even moreinteresting.....Resources: Whats My Brand ppt | Brand Preferences doc | Brand Fight What’s your preference ppt
  37. 37. #18 When Was The First / Last time …..? (Low)This is intended to practice the use of the pastsimple tense and help students talk about theirpast experiences. Do you know that almost 70%of English conversation utilizes the past tense?We should spend more time on this, IMO.Warm Up. Give the students some pictures andhave them ask you using the target language onthe board.1. When did you last .....................?2. When was the first time you..................?Students can also ask their own questions butthey must state two additional follow upquestions. Who / What / Where / When /How ..... ? / Why.......? / Did you ........Next, the students use the attached worksheets tointerview their partners. They should also ask follow up questions.Finally, Students can do a survey about one question and then report back tothe class. I use Index cards for them to record and tabulate their survey results.I often use many pictures to just make this lesson into a small group discussion.A student turns over the card (and I get them from many sources, seeCommunication Games in our media fire folder for a good source, they can besmall and of any action, scene) and the other students ask - When did youlast ....? Then, they also ask follow up questions.A simple lesson but one which assures a lot of language production! Especiallywith intermediate level students.Resources: When did you first / last ... handout When did you last conversation game When did you last conversation cards interactive flash presentation and flashcards for more activities like this.
  38. 38. #19 Gossip (High Intemediate)This lesson in a Can harnesses that energy. It is a very simple lesson which getsintermediate or advanced level students really producing creative language.Prepare -- Write the following chunks on theboard.1. The word on the street is....2. Dont pass this around but.....3. Keep this quiet but.....4. I heard it on the grapevine......5. Just between you and me .......6. Its said that.........(add your own)Start gossiping about class members but pretend it is true. Get the studentsreaction! Ex. "I heard that James is in love with..........!" Pretend it is all true....Practice - Give each student a blank piece of paper. At the top, have studentswrite.I heard it through the grapevine that (name).....................................................!Tell them to insert the name of the person sitting to their left and complete thegossip. Then pass their sheet to the person on their right who continuesspreading the gossip by writing more information about it and using anothergambit or chunk. Students continue this....it becomes hysterical!After the papers have made it around the classroom and got to 8-9 students.Collect them and read a few. It will be hilarious. Keep some for the beginningof the next class to read and correct for errors/feedback. Post up for students toread on their downtime....End -- Play the song "I heard it through the Grapevine" . Students fill in theblanks.Karaoke - Heard it Through the Grapevine (Youll need our player - get it HERE)
  39. 39. # 20 Finish It Off ! The power of Bla bla bla bla.... (Low)This is a fun, conversationalexercise. It can be used as a filleror as a warm up or extended as afull lesson. Lots of spin offpossibilities. It is called Finish it and provides students the opportunity tocreatively use language "chunks" those groups of 4/5 words in English thatconvey meaning and context to language.1. Warm up: Write up on the board -- "Excuse me, what did you say?".......Speak to students and say a sentence but dont finish it. Just cough ormumble..Example- "Yesterday I went to &(&(&)" The students have to ask -"Excuse me what did you say?" or their own correct reply (could you repeatthat. / Im sorry I didnt catch that...)This can be hilarious and keep asking them and then repeating.2. Give the students the Finish it cards. In small groups 2/3 , one studentreads the card and just mumbles...the other student asks them to repeat it andthey then read the card or "chunk" again and repeat it.Ex.A) "I love to play *)*)*)&^B) "Excuse me, what do you love to do?" (this is a good variety for higher levelstudentsto rephrase indirectly)A) "I love to play volleyball in the summer."3. Bla bla bla..... You can play this also very effectively by doing it "bla bla "style. Students read a chunk and then finish it with bla bla bla..... Their partnermust repeat the chunk and finish it correctly. Really works on the studentsactive listening skills when done in this fashion.Try it, this lesson is fun and really relaxes students while making them produceauthentic language! It also helps students "notice" language and what chunks oflanguage go with what others.Resources: FINISH IT - Discussion CARD GAME.doc Interactive Presentation
  40. 40. #21 - Look on the bright side! (Intermediate)A lesson practicing the use of "chunks" to respond to information in a goodway...... Warm - up ; Put the following "chunks" on the board1. Look at it this way!2. Very true but ....3. Anyways, ...4. Look on the bright side.....5. But on the other hand.....Tell the students some bad news. Really complain! My wife left me! Im broke!The cost of living is so high! My office is so noisy! etc.....Let the students respond using the gambits above.Hand out the activity sheet attached. Students in 2/3 will practice using these"chunks" . One student reads out the complaint and the others offer positiveresponses... If students finish earlier than others, have them make their owncomplaints and these are read out to the class or partners who offer to "see thebright side".Finally, let them complain to you and you, the teacher, offer your wealth ofpositive advice!You might end this lesson with a song - of course "Always look on the brightside of life " by Monty python would be ideal (and it is in our Karaoke folder,play with the karafun player). But there are many songs that might fit the bill -"walking on sunshine" is another.....(and in the karaoke folder and quickkaraoke. THIS VIDEO would also be very inspirational!Resources: ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE.doc
  41. 41. #22 - Horrible, Stupid, Funny Jokes. (Intermediate)Young learners LOVE jokes. Doesntmatter if they are in English and hard tofigure out - they will try and encounterlanguage. Todays Lesson in a Can isabout joke telling and sharing..... Find lotsmore resources in this vein HERE.1. Write on the board some responses tojokes."Thats hilarious. / Thats stupid"" Thats funny / Thats horrible!""hahahaha" / How stupid! "Good one! / I like it ! etc...."Oh I get it! / I didnt get it!"Ask students some very simple jokes like "why is 7 afraid of 8? " - Because 7,ate 9!" Get them to respond using the above. Use this or you can use my Jokeof the Day ppt. and see if they get em.Give each student a worksheet or one worksheet to a pair. They are to work andmatch up the joke and the punchline...... Afterwards, they tell another partner orgroup (there are 3 different selections of 12 jokes each) their joke and respondwith the target language.....It can be very funny and it is a good way to lighten up the day/lesson. Enjoy!Here is one in parting - "have you heard the one about the bed?"Neither have I. It hasnt been made up yet."Resources: HORRIBLE STUPID FUNNY JOKES.doc JOKE OF THE DAY.pptThese funny stories in our RESOURCES are also great!
  42. 42. #23 - AT THE MOVIES (Low)Students love going to the moviesand discussing their favourites. ThisCanned Lesson uses that energy toget students to produce languageabout movies. It is adapted usingthe materials found at Bogglesworld.Materials: worksheets provided /Blank sheets of paper / colouringutensilsPart A - Begin chatting aboutmovies. Favorite / types or genres.Actors/actresses etc....American / your culture - differencesLabel movies mentioned into different genres.Complete the “At the Movies” sheet. Then talk about a movie mentioninggenre/actors etc....students guess which movie it is!Part B - When finished, they make their own Riddles sheet. Read as a classand guess.Award points.Part C – Have the students make a movie poster. Or alternately, they cancomplete the Movie language sheet for vocabulary review (higher students).Make sure they include – visual, title , awards won, show times, theatre name,reviews, plot summary. Provide an example. Or draw one together first, on theboard.Make sure you post up the movie posters around the school! They will be proudof them....
  43. 43. #24 What Time is it? (Low)This is a lesson that almost anyone whoteaches beginners, will have to do. There areso many ways to attack it but let me just offeryou a few activities that are very effective.1. Use a large flash clock on the screen ifyou have it. Click here. (more in ourTeachers Toolbox! ) Here are a couplemore handy resources OClock / What time isit?Ask the students "What time is it?" andreview the time . Then have them in pairs, askeach other as you change the clock.If you dont have the full screen clock -- areally great way to do this is with TPR - TotalPhysical Response. Turn your back to thestudents and use one arm bent to be the hourhand and the other to be the minute hand. Oneside of the class asks what time is it? and the other states the time. Then havethem do this in pairs also........Here are two activities from Andrew Finchs Tell Me More activity book. Asuper resource.In the first - students fill in the clocks and write the time underneath each.Then play bingo.The second is a game where students ask "what do you usually do at(....oclock?). This is for higher level students but also practices stating the time.Finally you can end a lesson with an appropriate song or watch this REALENGLISH video about telling the time. The focus is on listening skills andpause the video and get students to repeat what time it was......Resources: Jessicas "Telling Time" resources | Telling Time Video download.
  44. 44. #25 The Thank you Game (Intermediate)This works well at the endof a session/course. A verysimple activity.1. Divide the board intotwo columns. Inone,brainstorm the ways ofsaying "thank you" inEnglish. There are many ofthem!In the other brainstorm theways of replying to "thankyou". There are many ofthem!2. Practice by saying thank you to students. Example - "thank you for alwayscoming on time, Juan" The students must use a reply that is on the board.3. Using the Thank you handout, students go around the classroom thankingtheir classmates. Each time, they check off one item and they can only sit backdown after theyve run off the whole list. .........A great, personal fun way to teach about saying "Thank you". Adapted from anidea of Jill Hadfield and her Communication Games.You might end this with a song - "Thank you" by Dido comes to mind as wellas "Thank you for being a friend" (I forget the artist!)Resources: Thank You Game | Thank You listening lyric sheet
  45. 45. #26 The Family (Low)This is a basic theme in EFL andone every teacher should enjoyteaching. It is personal andmotivating.Here are a few lesson ideas and usewhat you think is appropriatedepending on the level of yourstudents.1. Write some names on theboard - name s from your ownfamily/friends. Students shouldelicit information from you -- Whois _______? Relate to them using_______ is my ________He/she/they is/are _____s _________. Allow students to ask more questionssuch as "Where does she live? How old.....? If you are a new teacher, it mighteven be a nice idea to bring in photos or make a ppt of family pics and studentsask about those.2. After this , give each student a blank A4 sheet of paper. Students have 2 minto write down all the names of people in their own family. They can use theirL1!3. In groups of 2/3, students ask each other about family members. Whois ...? Also describe them more, depending on the level.You can go through these ppts availble in the presentation folder to reviewvocab and get students speaking more...Resources: Simpsons Family PPT | Family and Friends PPT Who What Where PPT | Jones Family – Real EnglishI usually always end by singing "We Are Family". Its also in the karaokefolder. Divide the class into 3 groups. One group sings WE ARE FAMILYgroup 2 sings - I GOT ALL MY SISTERS WITH ME and group 3 sings GETUP EVERYBODY SING! You the teacher sing the other parts!
  46. 46. 27 Conversation starters. (All)Keeping and / or getting studentsto start talking is the cornerstoneof teaching of EFL as an "art". Agood teacher has a bag of tricksto keep students blabbing andproducting language. Even betteris to get the students initiatingtheir own conversation.This Lesson in a Can is not reallya lesson but some ideas forgenerating conversation.HERE are some dandy conversation questions plus more ideas and PPTs.Our Karaoke dialogues are also super and have a "techbook" that comes withthem.When I am doing a conversation lesson, I ALWAYS have students generatingfollow up questions. So that they must produce their own language... I put upall the question starters ....Who / What Where....Did/ Does / Will....in a columnon the board. If students need prompting to ask a question, I point to thequestion prompt.Also, when a student answers a conversation question - the other student(s)must state one or two follow up questions. This is very important to the wholeactivity of conversation .....Another great way of generating conversation is "why?" use this word often!!!!I also play many presentations, just pictures which go across the screen. (seeour presentation folder for many) Students ask the standard questions abouteach slide. Who is it? Where are they? What is he/she doing? etc.....You canuse a good photo presentation to illicity all kinds of conversation. Good musicalso keeps a good mood.Lastly, I cut up hundreds of small pictures as mini conversation starters. Give agroup a pile of cards. One student turns over the card and asks a question (youcan also taper this so the students only use some target language like -- have
  47. 47. you ever _____and _____?). The student on the right replies and the othersmust ask two follow up questions.Two great sources of these small pics are all 3 levels of HadfieldsCommunication Games books and also Wrights, "1,000 pictures for teachers tocopy" Look at these samples but please purchase. Also, try our Tell Us Aboutconversation generator! as well as other starters for conversation.So get your students talking with these few ideas.....! The Best Photos Of AllTime is a great starter too!
  48. 48. 28 Presentations and Public Speaking (High Intermediate)This Lesson in a Can can be short andsweet or long and delicious.....justdepends on your own needs. Publicspeaking though, is something mostEFL teachers sooner or later must"teach" but as a subject in and ofitself, it is a great way to givestudents speaking confidence and getthem producing real language. Youwill be amazed, if you are patient,how well most, if not all of your students will perform! All of the materialsmentioned below are available through this page or my workshop page. Also,get the public speaking ebook - The Power Of Presentations.1. I usually begin a public speaking lesson by brainstorming, "What makesa great presenter?". The students should hit all the bases - Skills / Content /Organization .......... See the full lesson HERE. I also play the song - "I HatePublic Speaking" for higher level classes.2. Next, I play the Presentation Tips video and we watch presentations andask what they can do better.....There are also interactive ppts in the folderwhich look at the Worst presentation habits and the top presentations tips!3. Warm up with a game of Angel or Devil. See the lesson material uploadedhere.....Students in pairs/ Angel and Devil, state 3 reasons for (angel) or against(devil), a topic -- make sure they use transitions!4. Prepare a presentation! Give out the presentation skeleton and model apresentation. Discuss the 3 kinds of openings (story/?/Fact). Students thenchoose one of the topics and prepare a speech. They then "read" their speech ina small group. Change groups several times so they get the chance to deliver itto another group(s).The next day or if your class is long. Get them to deliver their speech. Youmight not do evaluations but the Public Speaking folder contains many rubriksand also peer evaluation checklists. The Impromptu speech worksheet has anice checklist for a presentation.To extend, you might use any of the included a/v materials. For example I puton the "I have a dream" speech of MLK Jr. in karaoke. I turn off the sound and
  49. 49. ask students to try and say the speech on their own. Also, there are a couple offunny speeches you can play for laughter. I also sometimes use OprahWinfreys eulogy for Rosa Parks with the transcript, with higher level students.Also a hit with higher level students is the "I hate Public Speaking" song.Lots you can do here. Also for quick mini speeches, use the mini cards I made.Give a card to a student and they have to quickly make a short 1, 2, 3speech.... Also see the EnglishCentral Famous Speeches courseResources: Presentation Cloze Doc | Conversation Cards Listening/Speaking Blackline Masters Presentations PPT Angel vs Devil Most Important Tips First Word War
  50. 50. 29 - Introductions. Who are you? (Low Intermediate)This is a very simple idea and it letsstudents "share" themselves and theywill have a poster to put up in theclassroom to display for others and beproud of their English.1. On the board, write the following.Name:Age:Birthday:Family:Like:Hate:Favorite:Future:Write your own words there (you the teacher). Students to warm up, makesentences about you the teacher.Erase your answers and ask the students on the back of their handout (attached)to write their own answer. Give them 5 minutes. After, in pairs or groups theytell about themselves.Next, ask the students to write one sentence about themselves for each item.1. My name is....2. I am .... years old.3. My birthday is.... etc...........You can put up the target language or leave it out depending on the studentslevel.Students should help each other to edit their sentences and the teacher goesaround the classroom offering help.Modify the handout as you see fit, to give more room for writing.Finally, students draw a picture of themselves or their favourite thingsetc.......Post the work up in your classroom or have some students read them
  51. 51. (the most important part of the writing process Publishing! / Presenting!). Youmight also start a voicethread and have students record an introduction....Resources: This Is Me.pdf | All About Me (typing) All About Me (writing) | Pass The Paper - Ask A QuestionStory Frame Template doc | Introduce Yourself lesson (Jessica) Me Myself and I | Who I Am
  52. 52. 30 School is....... (using adjectives) (Intermediate)A very simple activity, lesson idea.Todays lesson in a Can is aboutadjectives used to describe how a personfeels: frustrating, boring, exciting etc.....the _______ing form for a person.(this also might be a good time withhigher level students to show / explainthe difference between - "The class isboring [to me]" and "The class isbored")Write the target language from the handout on the board. _________ is /are sometimes _____ing because ______________. Get students to respondabout their particular classes and school feelings. Start with school. School issometimes boring because we have to write quietly. / School is sometimesexciting because we can play soccer etc.........Then give the students the handouts and ask them to connect as many thingswith feelings as possible, to express how they feel. In pairs students talk abouttheir answers.You might finish by asking students to write out 5-10 statements on how theyfeel about certain things....publish on the class wall and let them read abouthow other students feel!A great way to talk about school..... You might also try a GrammarPoem. There is a good one about "school".Resources: School is handout.doc
  53. 53. # 31 Vocabulary review - Top 5 (All)Todays lesson in a Can is an example of how toreview vocabulary in a fun way. Not really a lessonbut a game that Id like teachers to know about. It iscalled Top 5. Very user friendly and Ive received so manyemails from around the world praising it. Ive made manygames but since this is so simple, it has become the mostpopular I believe.Students are in teams and scoring is both individual and team. They try to guessthe Top 5 answers to categories. 1 = 10 pts 2 = 7 pts 3 = 5pts 4 = 3pts 5 = 2pts.If the guess an item but their answer is not in the right position, they only get 2pts.There are two basic ways to play:1) With the worksheet. This is the best way. Students individually write theiranswers down and score. The team leader collects the team scores and totals.Continue as many rounds as desired. Top team wins and also Top student (totalof all the category scores).2) Without the worksheet. -- Put students in groups and they try to guess. Ifthey guess an item on the list they get the associated points and may continue.If it isnt on the list, they lose their turn.How does the teacher know the answers? Right click and select speakersnotes. A small box will appear and move it to the top corner. Cover this on thescreen, so only the teacher (you) will see it on your computer. You can also usethis method to play Top 5 charades. Students come to the computer and try toact/mime the Top 5 answers until the music stops. Points for each correct.Ive attached the Top 5 elementary version and Christmas version. Inour powerpoint games folder there are many more versions for intermediate,advanced and adults. Enjoy! Start Top 5ing today!Resources:Top 5 elementary download Top 5 Advanced Top 5 Worksheet downloadUse some vocab. flashcards with your students also! Also, in our Arcade,try Family Feud.
  54. 54. #32 TPR and learning the Alphabet - Sign it!This lesson is for young learners and is a unique way to teach the alphabet,spelling and some basic vocabulary. What you do is get the students active byhaving them sign the letters of the alphabet!Elementary students love acting and using their bodies and this facilitateslearning. Play the powerpoint below and have the students sign each letter ofthe alphabet. If they get good, see if they can spell a word! Review the picturevocabulary as you go along.....Finally, see if they can sign the phrases at theend of the presentation -- like "I love you".A great lesson which teaches more than just English! Also, see the BestAlphabet Resources thread + the Best Tarheel Reader alphabet presentations.Resources: Lets Sign the ALPHABET! ppt
  55. 55. #33 - Christmas Lessons - "The Joy of Giving"This Lesson in a Can is aboutChristmas . See our Christmaspage for a world of fun ideas.This lesson really brings a classtogether and is super fun andrewarding. Students give gifts toeach other (only pictures!) and usetarget language for saying MerryChristmas, thank you and "youshouldnt have / Why did you! / Itslovely! / Its just what I wanted...."You might also get students makingX-mas cards! or visit our X-masgift giving interactive!First, come to class with some pictures youve cut out of a newspaper ormagazine. Nice gift ideas. Tell the students its Christmas and walk around theclass giving items. Stop at a student, handing them the picture and say, "MerryChristmas! Students if advanced must reply with more than "youre welcome"and should use one of the above structures (youve put on the board). Keepgoing around the class until students get the hang of it.....Next, give students one of the pictures (see attached from Hadfields Adv.Communication Games) and put them in pairs. They must make a list ofstudents names in the class and write down one of the gift items beside it. Theymay have to ask you the names of the gifts or look them up in the dictionary.Finally, when they have decided who is getting what gift, give the signal andstudents will walk around the class using the target language and giving gifts.To conclude, ask students what they got and which present they liked best (andwhy!). Everyone in the class will feel great. If by some chance, some studentsare not getting many gifts, give them some from your magazine collection. Thiswill make them feel great.Resources: Christmas Gifts pdf
  56. 56. #34 - Mr. Beans Christmas - Video in the classroomI love using Mr. Bean in the classroom (see ourresources here and also our Mr. Bean player! and itsbeen a staple over my teaching career.Why? Well because the students love his "style" andalso it facilitates a lot of language productionbecause it lacks its own language. Thus, the studentshave to produce the language, vocabulary, role playwhatever......Todays lesson is straight forward. Mr. BeansChristmas . It is in 3 parts and you will find it in ourA/V player. This handout will guide your studentsthrough the video and help check comprehension.Moreover, Id play the video twice. The first time, have students describe whatMr. Bean is doing while watching/pausing the video. "Mr. Bean is lookingaround..." "Mr. Bean is shopping" etc..... even prep the students by pretendingto be Mr. Bean before you show the video. Walk around doing goofy thingsand they have to say....Mrs. x. / Mr. x is ...........! (I once did this same thingwith a Mr. Has Been lesson plan, hilarious! Another great way to use a Mr.Bean video (or many other videos for that matter) is to put students in pairs.One student watches the video and when not laughing, describes what Mr.Bean is doing to his/her partner who has their back to the screen. Change after afew minutes. Not as easy as it looks!/seems!Anyways, enjoy Mr. Beans Christmas! Resources: (handout)
  57. 57. #35 Legally Jolly! The N.Y. Times Snapshot of the DayThis Canned Lesson uses a real neat resource (thankyou Nancy Bosch on Classroom 2.0!) - The N.Y.Times Learning Network.Each lesson is based around the 5 Ws and studentscomplete the exercises and respond critically to thephoto and newspaper article. Not hard hitting newsbut not soft stuff either. Very well done. See ithere. This article is an in depth look at a town thatbanned the display of a creche and also a menorah oncity property (no Christmas tree either!) .Whats great about all this is that students can also access after class on the web,to review. Or even ahead of the class, to prepare. All is ready for you! Orassign one student to present the lesson and prepare ahead! I also like thisbecause it is using "authentic" materials for language teaching -- the goal ifpossible for all us teachers....Heres another interesting holiday article - Working the Santa Shift.Click HERE to get all their Christmas/holiday related lesson articles.Please let others know what you think about this marvelous resource..... Alsoour full directory of X-mas resources._______________________________________________________________
  58. 58. #36 Last One Standing - A new song game...Todays Canned Lesson was inspired by acolleague Jennifer. Last week we held our in-house workshops and basically shared somelessons. She demonstrated a way to teach asong which really was interactive, competitiveand fun. Id heard about it but never "did" it --this is a perfect example of sharing andcolleagues learning from each other....Id ofnever tried this in my own classroom withouther "push". See all our Last One Standingvideos HERE. Resources HERE.Probably the most popular last one standing video is - THIS STUDENT MADEvideo. Here are the words I used.HOW DO YOU PLAY?1. Divide the class into groups.2. Put up the Powerpoint "Last man standing" and show the vocabulary page(there is a rules page also). Review the vocab in whatever way you find works.Ask the students to draw the vocab. or make sentences but be sure to ask themto "guess the song.3. After you have pre-taught the vocabulary, give students an A4 blank sheet ofpaper. Ask them to write on of the words on the sheet of paper, BIG andpreferably in marker.
  59. 59. 4. Then, play the song. Students are standing and if they hear their word, theycan sit down. (or vice versa). Here it again, they stand up! Continue and thosestanding at the end win. Most standing in a group, that group wins. Really funand afterward play the whole song with the vocabulary highlighted.Let me know how this works for you. I will make a version with many songsshortly (but without full lyrics. Very easy to edit this and do your own songs.Remember, to embed as I did in Powerpoint, you need to convert the mp3songs into .wav files . Then you can travel with them and dont need both asound and a powerpoint file.This would make a really good camp song activity - so all you camp teachers,take note!Enjoy.Resources: Last One Standing Pop Song Version 1 ppt | Last OneStanding Version 2 ppt
  60. 60. #37 The 3 Sentence Game.Many know the 20 question guessing game. (andsee 20Q and Akinator for great online versions! ) Well,this game is a variation and just one of many possiblevariations. First to be demonstrated whole class (put the picon the screen or overhead) and then students can play ingroups or pairs.It simply consists of a handout with a grid of pictures. Ive uploaded one that isvery usable, from Andrew Finchs book TELL Me More...a very practical,teacher friendly book of activities for young learners. My fav. game is calledthe 3 sentence game. Students make 3 sentences using the structures....1. It can ....... 2. It doesnt ........ 3. It is ...............They state their sentences clearly and other students guess. If they dont guessright, that student gets a point!Other variations:1. 20 question style. Students ask yes/no questions until they guess the rightone.2. Concentration. Students cut up two sheets and then lay the cards on theirdesks. They turn them over and say a sentence, trying to get matches...3. Snap. One sheet to a group. A caller or a teacher describes and the first inthe group to snap" or put their finger on the correct picture wins a point.4. Bingo. Traditional style with chips or marker. But have the students use fullsentences to describe. Other students listen and then select the rightpicture.....you can even have them cut up the picture, make their own card andturn over when they hear the caller state.....easy way to do bingo.5. Your own variation!!!!!3 Sentences Game Andrew Finch PDF This post has lots more "Guessing"ideas. Also, Guess What/Who games and Lets Talk guessing games. AlsoSupporters get all these amazing flashcards to download.
  61. 61. #38 Adv. / Disadv. Angel and Devil- Sequencing informationI mentioned this lesson ideaearlier in the Canned lessonabout Presentations. In thisactivity, students state 3 reasonsfor or against something in pairs.One person is the angel andgives 3 good reasons usingsequential transitions (Firstly,first of all, in the first place /Secondly, furthermore ....... and so on...) One person is the devil and gives 3reasons NOT to.First model the activity.The teacher is the devil and gives three reasons NOT to (study - for example!).The students offer 3 reasons TO (study) . Make sure they order their argumentsusing transitions.Then in pairs students play, being angel and devils.. It can lead to some livelydiscussion and really gets students thinking on their feet or the seat of theirpants!Resources: Advantages/Disadvantages.doc | Debate resources The #1 Debate Site | Presenting resources
  62. 62. #39 BAAM! - A multi level language game using flashcardsI got this idea awhile back while listening to a podcast interview of the genkiEnglish founder (its in our music player). It is called BAAM! and is astimulating game of chance most appropriate for young learners but adultsenjoy it too.1. Find some appropriate flashcards which will help you practice whatevertheme/vocab or language structure you are studying. 100s of sets and anebook HERE. PDFs HERE.2. Divide students into 3s.3. Put the flashcards into a bag/box. Forevery 5 flashcards put in a BAAM! card.4. Students take turns reaching into the bagand pulling out a card. If it is a BAAM card -they must return all their cards to the bag/box.If it is a flashcard, they must use produce a response.(this can depend on the level and target language. The lowest level of studentscan just say the word/what it is. The highest can use some language structurelike Yesterday I ........... I also often have the student who draws the cardproduce 3 questions about the flashcard to ask the partners. But this is all up toyou - the teacher).5. The first student with 3 flash cards correctly answered wins!Ive attached the BAAM cards and some elementary flashcards that are usable.You can also use any of the many flashcards in our mediafire account. Further,take any ppt and make flashcards by using print preview and chosing Print 6slides / page. They make beautiful flashcards and its a handy trick for manythings, ppt - print preview.Also, play BAAM with PPT.Resources: Teaching with pictures - a great source of pictures for this activity. BAAM Powerpoint Templates & Discussion (get rules - how to play).
  63. 63. #40 ZIP - ZAP - The Addictive language game.This Canned lesson is really an activity that your students can do wheneversome fun yet competitive language practice is needed. It would be a greatactivity for a camp or for a party or just as areward for students. I discovered it whenteaching Grade 4 and having my students inthe portable on rainy days. I observed thegames they played and modified this one for learning. It is called Zip - Zap.Get the students in a circle standing, best size is 6-12 . One student starts inthe middle. The student in the middle is the boss, what they say goes. Thewinner is last person standing.The "boss" spins around pointing and saying , zip zip zip......when they stop,the person they are pointing at ducks. The two on either side have to draw andshoot or "zap" the other person. The boss calls the winner. In the ESL / EFLvariation, instead of just pointing, the boss says a letter. The two students shooteach other by drawing and saying a word beginning with that letter. The loserdies and must sit down. Continue until 2 students left. Stand them back to back.They pace 3 steps and then draw. The winner, the last person alive goes to themiddle as "boss" and you start again......Lots of variations. Saying a letter is the simplest. But you can do ending in theletter, word association (boss says food, they say a food or associated word),verb - noun , noun - verb. opposites, colours. Country / city or language ornationality etc......Fun game and the students really concentrate and get into it. Zip - zap. Soundscomplicated but anything but. My grade 4s would play this all day if I had letthem..... Heres the handout with a full explanation.More ideas like this HERE.
  64. 64. #41 - ONE OF THESE THINGS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHER!This is a very powerful way to teachand also teach and get students to usehigher level thinking skills.I took my inspiration from the SesameStreet song/video. You might play thevideo and sing the song and Iveincluded it in the attached powerpoint.Warm up -- Choose 4 objects and present them to students. Ask the studentshow they are similiar / different. Then ask the students to choose one object andstate why it is different. Put up the structure on the board.The _______ doesnt belong because ____________________.Next. a) give students a pile of flashcards or cut up pictures of things.b) have students write out a pile of words for things on slips of paper.Ask the students in groups or pairs to play the game and taking 4 randomcards/things, state which one doesnt belong.Finally, play the attached ppt game. Give students a few thinking songs tomake a list for each slide (there are many "doesnt belongs!) You will find thestudents will be so creative usually! Give them points for each statement theycome up with....And keep singing the song....One of these things is not like the others...one ofthese things doesnt belong. Can you tell me which doesnt belong .... by thetime I finish this song.... Play the famous Sesame Street video to end or beginthe lesson!Resources: Not Like the Other Things.ppt Flash Version | Worksheet
  65. 65. #42 Introducing the teacher Making a "communicatively focused" classOne of the scariest things can bethe first day of class. But thiscan also be one of the mostinvigorating for a teacher. If youare prepared and at the sametime, flexible -- youll have agreat time getting to know yourstudents and also allowing themto get to know you. It is alsoessential that you keep thingslight and in this way, create avery relaxed, warm environmentfrom the get go. Leave the rulesand classroom procedures and a well designed (ordered) lesson for the nexttime. Not the first class.A great way to introduce yourself is to produce a ppt and have the students askyou questions based on the photos. You can also just bring in some pictures andthings about yourself and let them hold them up and ask you! They will ask --Who is she? Where are you? etc.....put up question words on the board for aprompt or in your ppt proper. Also, VIP 9 Very Important Point) !!!! When astudent asks you a question - ask and echo one back. This is a great teachingtechnique and it allows you to assess that students language level. If they ask,"Is she your mother?" . Answer and then ask , "What is your mothers name? "or "Does your mother like spaghetti too?" or anything about her/his mother.Another good activity is for the students to interview each other in English.They can also take on a famous person or characters personality for this. Thisactivity reviews all the basic questions regarding; name, age, job, family, likesetc..... Here is a ppt (see the second part) which can be used for this. Get thestudents echoing like you and asking the questions back to each other. Also, tryto get them extending and asking follow up questions if possible.There are several other icebreaker and other ideas which Ill save for the nexttime. But one other one might be to use the basic questions about "favourites"to interview each other . A good list of conversation questions can really help.But youll have to edit many of these and see my uploaded examples. A goodidea here is to put students in pairs. Then after a set time, they change partners
  66. 66. and form the questions in the 3rd person. The students have to remember whattheir partners favourites were -- not that easy!!!! As always, at the end, do abriefing and review the material in some open fashion.Have fun introducing yourself to your students! Thats the key, the first day.Resources: Tell Us About ... cards Interview a Classmate.ppt Conversation Questions - Basic.doc Conversation QuestionsFavourites.doc
  67. 67. #43 -- Getting to know the students.Getting to know your students will be your top job the firstfew weeks/month. It is essential that you gauge what theyalready know but even more importantly, essential that youget to know them as "individuals". This book/post might helpyou before you start teaching.You might not remember all their names or exactly what theyeach individually like/dislike but you should get a generalidea of interests and what motivates them. This should impactwhat you teach -- use their interests and curiosity to good effect.How to do that? Well, for one you could give a needs assessment. Basicallythat is just a checklist or quick questionnaire of what things youd like to knowabout them. Keep this on file for reference. Further, you got to have a Seating Plan for each class. Just make an A4 ofsquares representing the class and pass it around. Students will fill it in. Eachclass, have it on your desk for reference. Look at the students, look at theseating plan, refer to the students by name. Pretty soon, you wont have to lookat the seating plan. Also, if you make it quite large, you can make notes besidea students name for reference. A very handy tool, a seating plan!Icebreakers are great ways to get students to mingle and get to know each other.My fav. is the 3 truths, one lie game. See a whole bunch more in this olddiscussion thread where I outline the 3 truths , 1 lie "snowball fight" game. Somany more. Ive uploaded here a couple for higher level students. One otherquick one is to have students write all over an A4, certain key words about theirlife. For example, purple, 1999, horses, Delaware etc..... They switch paperswith a partner and ask each other questions. "What does Delaware mean? Wereyou born there?" etc..... Teacher demonstrates by writing the key words on theboard about him/herself and then students will ask the questions.Good luck creating a friendly, free and fervent classroom. The attention youpay on the "mingling" lesson ideas early on, will pay off in student motivationand learning in the future (remember Krashens Affective Filter Hypothesis!!!!).Resources: Guessing about classmates.doc GETTING TO KNOW CLASSMATES.doc SEATINGPLAN.doc

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