From pictures to words: How was your summer vacation?

My most recent YouTube lesson about summer vacation could be a springboard for different age groups at different levels of proficiency. Would you like your students to talk about their summer vacations? Do you want to share some common ways to ask how a vacation was spent? This could also include a review of question…

Back to the Basics (2)

Recent questions from students have prompted me to consider additional opportunities for review. Basic level students have asked me about the verb form after people and the reason for using helping verbs in questions. From subject-verb agreement to question formation, students need more practice with grammar. Comments and email sent to me reveal further doubts over…

Commenting on Halloween Costumes: Activities for Beginners

Some of you who’ve been visiting my blog over the years may recall that I love Halloween. It’s one of my favorite U.S. holidays. I’ve already shared many activities with this holiday theme. However, looking over my past posts, I see that I should bring some balance into the offerings by creating at least one or…

Whose Is It? An activity to practice possessive pronouns

How do you like to teach possessive pronouns? Since I was working one-on-one with my beginner student, Natasha, I focused first on mine and yours. We put personal items in a basket and took turns taking them back out. As each object was pulled back out, we identified whose object it was or wasn’t. For example, “This is…

Design Team Challenge: A pair activity to practice prepositions of place

I’ve offered a couple of ideas in the past for prepositions of place. See Quirky Questions and Scenic Portraits. Since I’m now covering this topic with my beginner student Natasha, I began to think of additional ways to put these structures into her communication with me. Admittedly influenced by the American TV channel HGTV (Home…

Naming Names: A pair activity to practice yes-no questions with beginners

I’ve shared activities in the past to practice question formation. However, I’d like to offer one more in case you have a group of beginners who are still limited to the simple present tense. Please view my Naming Names_handout. You may find that the activity is similar to games you’ve either heard about or played before. The…

Who’s Who: Practice with present forms of BE

You can listen to this post here. As I continue to work with my new student, I’m challenged to provide meaningful speaking activities that make use of her limited amount of English. However, by talking about people we both know or are at least familiar with, we’ve been able to have simple conversations. The activity…