http://www.mes-english.com/games.php (lots of ideas and printable games)
WORKSHEETS The textbook provides a few good worksheet-type activity, but these tend to be short and sometimes boring for the students. Worksheets can be interesting and a great teaching tool:
Easy to find for free online.
Easy to create yourself in Microsoft Word (Be creative!!)
Good for practicing reading, writing and speaking if used properly.
Great for activities focused on grammar (tip: Fill-in-the-blank activities)
WORKSHEETS ONLINE Websites I recommend:
http://www.esl-kids.com/worksheets/worksheets.html (Many kinds of worksheets you can create yourself and print)
http://www.esnips.com/web/Worksheets-Vocabalphabetgrammaerphonicsetc (My own Esnips folder filled with just worksheets which I downloaded from subscription only websites)
http://www.mes-english.com/worksheets/ (pre-made or customizable worksheets)
LESSON PLANNING TIPS When planning a lesson, we need to:
Think of activities that will make the class more mentally and physically active
Try to incorporate activities that allow learners to use and improve more than one skill (reading/writing/speaking)
Don’t use material SOLELY for fun. Learning is always the main goal.
Be consistant with previous and following lessons
Manage your time well. Allow enough time for both explaining the activity and doing the activity
FINAL THOUGHT We all have to keep in mind that every teacher has a different idea of what will work best with students. What works with mine, may not work as well with yours. We need to know our own students, what they can do, what they like, how they think, and their motivations for learning English. Then we develop materials with this in mind.