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…

Mystery Movements 2: An activity to practice the present progressive

Fall is here and I’m resuming private lessons with my beginner student, Natasha. Summer activities forced a break upon on us, but now more time has appeared for teaching and learning. We’ve begun to practice the present progressive. I’ve already shared both with Natasha and you the first Mystery Movements activity. This proved to be…

Guess Who? Using photos to practice questions with WHO and WHAT

Click here to listen to my introduction to the activity “Guess Who?” Question formation is addressed in the early levels of any and all grammar book series, yet the topic occasionally causes difficulty even for more advanced students. I’ve already suggested Partners’ Pastimes, an activity that reviewed all wh- questions in the present tense. Today…

Party Poll: A speaking activity

Step 1 – Copy enough survey sheets so that each student receives one. (See below for printable copies.) For groups larger than then, you may make doubles or create additional surveys on other topics. Note: These questions (especially the first five sets) were written for adult learners. Step 2 – Give each student one survey…

A Day at the Zoo: Using an Online Map

Who doesn’t enjoy a trip to the zoo? See if you can get a map of a local zoo and modify the basic level tasks below according to the attractions and facilities available. You may also simply use the link I provide to the map of Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts. Download and print out the map…