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Talk for a minute: speaking activity

This is a great way to get students talking about any topic. The power point shows students a list of topics and guides them so that they can tap about what is displayed. It is great for shy students and it’t can also be a great class starter. Download the worksheet.

13 Questions (8) – WH and yes-no – Creative cloze DIY (Pair work)

These templates are good for honing your student’s listening and writing skills. These will encourage them to be as creative as possible by making their own set of questions. How it is done: The students should come up with their own set of questions with the first word as the guide to start. Make sure they’re grammatically correct. Identical questions should not be allowed in pairs. Recommended for: This worksheet is recommended for high school students, elementary school students and adults at Beginner (pre-A1), Elementary (A1), Pre-intermediate (A2), Intermediate (B1), Upper-intermediate (B2), Advanced (C1) and Proficient (C2) level. Preview the worksheet Download the WH and yes-no DIY question: In word format: Editable if you want to add to it. Present continuous PDF format

Present Simple Test Worksheet

This printable, downloadable handout is intended for high school students, elementary school students and adults at Elementary (A1), Pre-intermediate

Nature elements – Water matching

A simple yet engaging worksheet on natural elements that affect our lives. Students love it.

8 what’s that word for elementary level students warm up

Many of you who have been following me know about this compound words vocabulary builder and class starter activity that I do with my students. It’s been something that has worked for me since I first came to Korea in 2009. You can find many of them on the waygook site that me and others have uploaded there but I still like to make fresh ones to meet the needs of my particular students. I use these for my elementary level students and it works great. But once in awhile someone sends me some of their own that they have made and I like to share those as well. The idea seems to have caught on very fast and many teachers use it now. Why not? It works in getting students to learn new words and rehearse and relearn forgotten ones. Not only that, it is a load of fun. There is no class I hav...

Helpful ESL Activity: 19 Alphabet Riddles For Your Students

Riddles are a good way to get a class started and get students engaged. They are funny and also get students thinking before getting into the meat of the lesson.

32 Fun Idioms and Sayings you can Teach your Students

Teach your students these fun idioms and expressions and keep your class going.  You want to expand their minds, stimulate their brain, massage their noggin – (1620s, “small cup, mug,” later “small drink” (1690s), of unknown origin, possibly related to Norfolk dialectal nog “strong ale” (now chiefly in eggnog). Informal meaning “head” first attested 1866 in Amer.Eng.). I couldn’t help but add the historical bit in there. 🙂 I get carried away sometimes, forgive my digression. Anyways, fun idioms and sayings are a good way to get the students thinking outside the box, and in my classes, well, the higher level ones, I either use as warm up to get the class going, a riddle or a fun idiom. They all do wonders I find. And in my constant...

Picture Code Game – A Fantastic Warm-up Activity for English Class

A good warm-up activity for English class can be the difference between a good class and a bad class. Everyone knows that first impressions are hard to break. The same goes for your class. How you begin your class sets the tone for the rest of the lesson. If you walk in and start yelling at students right away it not only puts you in a bad mood but the students as well. Not good to start the class right? Good to Read: Class Starter Activity: Animal Association Warm-Up You might want to do this instead –  walk in and stand at the Teacher’s area and be quiet. I often have to do this because my kids, especially the boys, are very rowdy. Then when I am quiet, a few students notice, and when they do, slowly the others do too and so on and so on. This doesn’t work sometimes so ...