TESOL gameDefinitions is a fun TESOL game for learners to review and recycle vocabulary. It is simple to set up, works great with large classes, can be adapted to suit different levels and exploited in numerous ways. The game also allows learners to practice their speaking and listening skills as it require them to explain terms in English so that their team or partner can identify the vocabulary.

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Texting ESL activity teaching writing skills and teaching reading skillsWhether you love text messaging or hate it, text messaging is an authentic and common mode of communication. Text messaging is a perfect example of using an authentic activity to teach reading and writing skills; it gets students using their second language for specific communicative functions based on real world needs. Here is a look at how texting can be used in the ESL classroom:

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ESL Games with DictionaryTeaching ESL students to use a dictionary with dictionary games helps bridge the controversy behind dictionary use in ESL classes. If students are going to use them regardless of the teacher’s advice, it is better to teach them how to use this resource in the proper way. Furthermore, many TESOL experts agree that a dictionary can help ESL students continue to develop all their macro skills.

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Teaching ESL integrated skills with dictationHow to Set up a Group Dictation? – Teaching Integrated Skills

Choose or create a short written passage that is level-appropriate for the students. This passage could be used as a create interest opening to the theme of a new lesson, or as a review of some grammatical feature or vocabulary. This is an activity that forces students to read, speak, listen to and write longer chunks of language so they should not be hindered by unfamiliar language.

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Information Gap ESL ActivityIn the previous blog post, I wrote about how an information gap activity like ‘Spot the Difference’ allows teachers to integrate all language skills and even teach a grammar point using the Communicative Approach. This article will show you how to use ‘Picture Description’ to teach English effectively.

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Information Gap Teaching English TEFLTwo types of information gap activities that work well for all levels to practice using descriptive language are ‘Spot the Difference’ and ‘Picture Description’. The use of descriptive language is a skill that is required for exam writing as well as speaking tests at all levels. These activities integrate all language skills with different grammatical features as focus.

The first part of this blog series will describe ‘Spot the Difference’. You will learn about the language skills used in this activity, potential language aims, and how to set up this communicative activity.

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Teach English Halloween TESOLOctober 31st is a fun and important date around the English-speaking world. It is also a great opportunity for English language learners to have some fun, learn new vocabulary, and learn about the culture behind this date.

Learning a language cannot be done independently from the culture that is attached to it. Furthermore, when students are exposed to cultural events, their interest in the language often rises.

Whether you are teaching in an English speaking country or not, you can bring Halloween to your class regardless of age group you are teaching.   Here are some ideas for a lesson that your students will most certainly remember.

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Cooperative ESL Activities Classroom ManagementCooperative learning activities help ESL students to interact more with other students and allow teachers to witness their learning. Communicating and collaborating with their peers allows students to participate more by using the language in lower-risk situations where they do not feel they are being evaluated.

Many experts recommend cooperative learning activities to provide opportunities for English language learners to practice using English and to receive feedback that promotes language acquisition. By focusing on the process as well as the product of group work, cooperative learning also enables students to work effectively with others from various cultural backgrounds and English ability levels, to develop friendships that might not happen otherwise, and to experience the satisfaction of helping others.

Cooperative learning is an essential strategy that gives students the best opportunities to use the language and practice what they are learning. The following activities are carefully structured to promote purposeful talk and collaboration:

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Teaching English with movies Teach English with video! Use video to teach any topic to students of all ages. Videos are one of the richest authentic materials because of the context, visuals, sounds, and variety of themes they provide. This free article will look at seven ESL activities and tasks that students can complete before, during, and after watching a video.

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Are you looking for an activity that involves multiple skills, can be done in small groups and encourages students to paraphrase and recycle their vocabulary and grammar? Dictogloss may be just what you need.

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