Improving critical thinking skills in the ESL classroom Learning English is not the only aim for every ESL/TEFL classroom. It is also hoped that students are able to become more rounded in their academic skills. One of those other core … Continue reading I Knew That!
Key advantages of an Ice Breaker activity This is an ideal activity to help your students get to know each other and ‘break the ice. I’ve … Continue reading 15 Free Ice Breaker Worksheets and How to Use Them in Your ESL Class
China is a rising nation, discuss the issues with your students with this lesson. Language level: B1+ Aim: Introduce ideas around China and its history. Learner type: Young learners; Teens; Adults Time: 45 – 60 minutes Activities included: Discussing quotes, … Continue reading China
O Canada! Our home and native land! A country with a great sense of pride and history. Relatively speaking Canada is a young nation but have achieved much. What is life like there? How do people endure the winter? Are … Continue reading Canada
For the last seventy years, the American Presidency has been a position of great power and world esteem. While without its own controversies, whoever holds the Office of President of the United States has the physical power and political influence … Continue reading American Presidents
Renewable energy is making serious inroads into the energy mix of many countries. How will this affect the environment? Who would benefit? Is is just a waste of time? Solar raises many questions and this lesson allows students to think … Continue reading Solar Power
Australia is a wonderfully bright and diverse country with a rich history. Being a key country around the Pacific rim it is home to many nationalities. The government has actively sought to improve of Human Rights and Free Trade in … Continue reading Australia
Getting your students to talking about controversial topics is sometimes quite hard. This lesson on protests will include some reading, discussion, and a final video presentation. Lesson timing: 90 minutes Level: B2 and above Teacher instructions Ask students to look … Continue reading Anti-war Protests
Every journey starts with a single step. Welcome to the beginning of a great website which brings fluency and discussion to the EFL/ESL classroom. As a teacher of almost 7 years I can understand the need for encouraging opinions, ideas … Continue reading Welcome
The internet is rife with misinformation, so where would you go to get the facts you can trust? Well today, many are going to Wikipedia to dig deeper into topics, with all content provided gratis by its users. A revolution when it started, the site has now become a staple of the internet with its reputation for accurate and timely articles being used cited by newspapers to university students.
Violence in any form is unacceptable. However, in recent years there have been a number of high-profile cases of domestic violence and so, it has brought the problems of this form of abuse to the front of peoples minds. The … Continue reading Domestic Violence
In this lesson, students will have the opportunity to discuss the London Congestion Charge, a new tax designed to reduce the number of cars on the streets of London. While many have welcomed its introduction others are still not convinced … Continue reading London Congestion Charge
Introduction Keeping fit and healthy is now a priority for many people around the world. The “keep fit craze” has continued unabated over the years and it is contributed to lowering the levels of obesity in many developed nations. When … Continue reading Vitamin Pills: Just a waste of money?
Homework is the staple of any school. How useful is it really? And should parents help their children with the homework? It is important to know that children excel when they are dedicated to their studies. Some, however, need a … Continue reading Homework: Should parents help?
If you watched the news any time over the last ten years you would have heard of the War on Terror, or terrorism. Many government and countries around the world are taking steps to either stop the spread of terror … Continue reading Fighting Terrorism
Download the PDF Vox Pop plan: Workplace Drinking Vox Pop ESLTalkingPoints PDF If you are having trouble using this lesson plan, get more ideas at How to teach using online comments and vox pop replies Additional Links (External): TUC Alcohol Concern Alcoholics Anonymous [docxpresso file=”http://esltalkingpoints.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Workplace-drinking.odt” comments=true] Continue reading Workplace Drinking
Multimedia and visuals are now the mainstay of any workplace which values employee engagement. The era of simple bar charts and graphs are being superseded by newer and more stimulating infographics. These brightly coloured and heterogeneous images have established themselves as … Continue reading How to teach with infographics in the ESL classroom
A great little questions worksheet to get your students using the right grammar structure for; already, yet, ever, never, just, since, and for. We’ve also included a quick summary of each word usage from a Google search (original website citation … Continue reading Already, yet, ever, never, just, since, for
In my experience student avoid using adverbs because they feel it’s monumentally difficult. Get your class using a variety of language and vocab with this Adverbs of Manner worksheet. Download the PDF lesson plan: Adverbs of manner ESLTalkingPoints PDF [docxpresso … Continue reading Adverbs of manner
A quick way to have students remember to use the right adverbs to describe the frequency of an activity. Download the PDF lesson plan: Adverbs of frequency ESLTalkingPoints PDF Continue reading Adverbs of frequency
Download the PDF lesson plan: Adjectives -ed / -ing ESLTalkingPoints PDF Continue reading Adjectives -ed / -ing
Download the entire list as a convenient PDF: Phrases for conversations, debates and discussions PDF Continue reading Phrases for conversations, debates and discussions
What is the purpose of teaching quotations? Using quotations is the cornerstone of any respectable academic essay. Knowing how to; understand the context of a quote, how it could be relevant to a large discourse and how to integrate its … Continue reading How to teach quotations in the ESL classroom