3 Fun and Easy Warm-Ups

My basic level students, Andreia and Flavia, are gaining comfort with me and with the whole experience of filming for YouTube. (See my Basic English playlist.) They start each lesson with smiles and willingness, but it certainly helps to warm up, and so I’ve had a fun time doing simple speaking tasks to get us…

Back-to-School Activity: Classroom web

This is the second of the two promised activities for the first week back to school. As I explained, each one was originally intended for elementary and middle school children. They have been modified and expanded for the adult ESL classroom. Activity: Classroom web (Original submitted by Melissa Walker of Graham, NC) Object: To weave…

Back-to-School Activity: Class-created puzzles

Sometimes I find that activities originally intended for elementary or middle school students can be easily adapted for adult ELLs. Such activities often include strong visual aids or interesting use of physical movement, which is appropriate for students who have limited proficiency in English. I came across two classroom activities submitted by elementary and middle…