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Online ESL Teaching Activity: Scavenger Hunt

Fun and Effective Online ESL Teaching Activity Scavenger Hunt (600x600)

Online ESL Teaching Activity:Scavenger HuntDuration: 15-20 MinutesType: Individuals/Small GroupsWhat you will need:Zoom App or Google HangoutsList of Items to Scavenge for (Images to represent vocabulary words, or an image to represent a paragraph, sentences that include particular vocabulary words, etc)Fun Reward for the Winning TeamOverview:Students work individually or in small groups to look for items …

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Online ESL Teaching Activity: Google Maps Trip Planning

Fun and Effective Online ESL Teaching Activity Google Maps Trip Planning (600x600)

Online ESL Teaching Activity:Trip PlanningDuration: 15-20 MinutesType: Small Groups OnlineWe have done something similar to this in a classroom setting, but I haven’t tried it out online yet. I’d love to know what you think.What you will need:Meeting App (Zoom, Google Hangouts) Google MapsList of Objectives for Students to Complete (See Below)Overview:Students get in small groups …

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ESL Writing Activity – Roving Paragraphs

Fun and Effective ESL Writing Activity Roving Paragraphs

ESL Writing Activity:Roving ParagraphsDuration: 15-20 MinutesType: GroupThis wonderful activity comes from Carol Salva and gets students speaking, listening, reading and writing. You can read more about it in Carol’s book Boosting Achievement in part 4 which covers lots of really practical teaching strategies. You can also read about it in this article from Kirsten Foti. What …

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ESL Writing Activity – Quick Writes

Fun and Effective ESL Writing Activity Quick Writes

ESL Writing Activity:Quick WritesDuration: 5 MinutesType: IndividualThis activity comes from the one and only Tan Huynh. You can learn more about Tan on his ESL Teaching Hero Spotlight page. What you will need:Paper & Pencils (I suppose you know that 😄)Question or PromptOverview:Students are given opportunities throughout the class to quickly reflect, summarize, or respond to …

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ESL Writing Activity – Curation

Fun and Effective ESL Writing Activity Curation

ESL Writing Activity:CurationDuration: 10-20 MinutesType: Partners or IndividualsWhat you will need:Paper & Pencils (I suppose you know that 😄)Magazines, iPads, Computers, NewspapersTopic, Theme or CategoryOverview:Students curate articles, images, videos, or any other content along a particular theme or category, organize them and then write about them.How to Organize:Pull a theme or category from the vocabulary, …

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Practice Say Write Change

Fun and Effective ESL Writing Activity Practice Say Write Change (600x600)

ESL Writing Activity:Practice It, Say It, Write It, Change ItDuration: 10-20 MinutesType: IndividualWhat you will need:Paper & Pencils (I suppose you know that 😄)An Example TextTPR Motions to Go with TextOverview:Each students receive a set of example sentences or an example paragraph that they practice together with the teacher or in small groups. Once a …

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ESL Writing Activity – Substitution

Fun and Effective ESL Writing Activity Substitution (600x600)

ESL Writing Activity:SubstitutionDuration: 10-20 MinutesType: IndividualWhat you will need:Paper & Pencils (I suppose you know that 😄)Whiteboard/Overhead/ProjectorAn Example TextOverview:With the students help, the teacher writes down lists of words that students can substitute into an example text to make it their own. How to Organize:Provide students with an example text you want them to reference. The …

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