English Rocks! 101 ESL Games, Activities, and Lesson Plans (Teaching English Abroad)

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By: Greg Strandberg

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They're bored, they're tired, and they'd rather be anywhere else. That's no way to teach an ESL class, and no way to spend your time abroad. So why not get things moving and shaking with something they actually like for a change?

You can do just that with English Rocks! 101 ESL Games, Activities, and Lesson Plans. Make your ESL class the most popular in school today with 101 ideas presented with 112 pictures to help explain them.

Your students will love you and your time as an ESL teacher will finally be headache-free. So toss out that textbook and burn those boring grammar sheets. Let your class find out why learning English Rocks!

***Excerpt - Problem Strips***
I figured this activity out soon after I began teaching VIP one-on-one students. It quickly became apparent to me when I began teaching students one-on-one that I just didn't have enough materials to go an hour, or sometimes two, with the same student. Classes of students are always easier than a single student, at least in my experience, and I really struggled at first.

I don't remember where I got the idea, but it turned out to be a pretty good one, and I've been using it ever since.

Before class, make a list of about 15 to 20 problems that a student can have. Write them out in MS Word, print them out, and cut them up into strips. You'll have 15 to 20 strips of paper that you can lay out on the floor of the classroom. Here's what a few of mine look like: (picture in book)

Let your VIP one-on-one student take any 'problem' they want, read it, and try to answer what they'd do if they had that problem. You can ask them to elaborate, asking if they've ever had that problem before, if they think it could happen, and if it's a really bad problem or one that isn't that

The point is, you'll be getting a lot of time out of this activity, usually more than a minute for each problem. You can go through a few at the beginning of each class, or do them all in one sitting.

The key is making the problems funny, unusual, and a bit plausible as well. If students can get a good laugh out of the problems, they'll be having a good time, the ice will be broken, and you can have a good class.

Try writing out some problem strips of your own, or visit my website for some problem strip handouts that have already been prepared for you. Either way, you won't be having a problem killing a good 20 to 30 minutes with this great ESL one-on-one activity.

Product Details

Date: 2013-12-30

Media: Kindle Edition (214 Pages)

Label: Greg Strandberg

Manufacturer: Greg Strandberg

Language: English