Teaching Advanced Level ESL EFL English Learners
Improve Storytelling with Vocal Verbs and Adverbs
This ESL lesson plan focuses on helping students improve their writing skills by focusing on relating stories with a wide variety of vocal verbs and adverbs instead of 'he said or she said'.
How to Use Google Translate to Teach English
How to use Google Translate in an English teaching environment for ESL EFL TESOL teachers and classes.
Why Is Writing More Difficult Than Speaking?
A discussion of the challenges of learning to write fluently as opposed to learning to speak fluent English.
Guide to common challenges in classroom management for English teachers in ESL and EFL settings.
ESL printables materials for the English learning classroom which can be printed and used in ESL EFL lessons.
Top ESL Conversation Lessons Plans
These popular free lesson plans focus on building conversational skills in ESL / EFL Classes. These lessons are for use in class with beginner to advanced level classes. Each lesson includes a short overview, lesson objectives and outline and copyable materials for in-class use.
ESL Debate Lessons
This lesson plan is based on the idea that having students support opinions that are not necessarily their own during debates can help improve students fluency. In this manner, students pragmatically focus on correct production skills in conversation rather than striving to "win" the argument. For more information on this approach please see the following feature: Teaching Conversational Skills: …
Using Flickr for English Language Classes
Lesson plan focusing on using resources from Flickr under the Creative Commons license to create oral practice lesson resources.
ESL in Second Life - Learning English in Second Life
An overview of ESL efforts in Second Life with a few suggestions of possible activities to use in Second Life with classes.
Using Reading Comprehension in Lessons
Incorporating reading comprehension and dialogues into a lesson plan to help focus on specific grammar or subject areas. The following lesson plan is a blueprint to using these resources for your classes.
Multiple Intelligences in the ESL Classroom
An overview of multiple intelligences and their use in the ESL and EFL classroom. Each overview provides example lessons focusing on the intelligence type.
Your Zodiac Sign - Lesson Plan
Lesson plan for upper level ESL classes using Zodiac signs to help students build up their personality trait vocabulary and promote discussion.
YouTube in the Classroom!
YouTube offers authentic examples of everyday English used by everyday people. These videos are perfect for use in the ESL classroom.
Take a Test
Before you take a test for ESL learners provides a guide to proper test preparation for the TOEFL, FCE, IELTS, or other important English exams.
How to Make a Multimedia Presentation in Your English Class
In depth feature on how to create a multimedia presentation as an ESL project for English learning classes.
Online English Teaching Certification
i-to-i Online TEFL Course review by Kenneth Beare about.com's guide to English as a second language for ESL and EFL teachers wanting to get teaching credentials via an online course.
A Difficult Situation: Using Modal Verbs of Probability in the Past
A difficult problem is presented and students talk about the problem and offer suggestions for a possible solution to the problem. While the focus is on the past forms of modal verbs of probability and advice (i.e., must have been, should have done, etc.), it also serves as a great starting point for a discussion of issues that are sure to be hotly debated.
Understanding Newspaper Headlines
Newspaper headlines can be difficult to understand. This lesson on newspaper headlines provides help to students on understanding common forms used in newspaper headlines.
Advanced Learners Maze
Use this maze as a review test of students' knowledge of English while having fun.
Asking Questions 2
Due to popular demand of the lower level 'asking questions' lesson, this 'asking questions' plan is aimed at intermediate to upper intermediate classes to help improve students' question asking ability in a variety of more advanced tenses.
Book Recommendations for Advanced English Learning
Recommendations for every advanced level American English or British English learner including course book, grammar books, exercise book, dictionary and vocabulary building resources.
Chunking - Vocabulary Building
Upper level reading comprehension provided as a means for students to learn chunksof relevant language as well as appropriate vocabulary.
Conversation Lesson: Multinationals - Help or Hindrance?
A great conversation lesson that has a lot of success around the world. Students need to discuss whether multinationals are a bane or a boon to local cultures.
Creating a New Society
A classic conversation lesson piece, this lesson focuses on having students discuss which laws they would choose when creating a new society. This lesson is a guaranteed discussion generator!
Debate 1: Multinationals - Help or Hindrance?
Try this debate with your class having students take viewpoints opposing what they really believe. Focus on developing conversational skills for presenting points of view.
Debate 2: First World Obligation
Try this debate with your class having students take viewpoints opposing what they really believe. Focus on the First World's obligation to help developing or Third World countries.
Debate 3: Is Grammar Necessary?
Try this debate with your class having students take viewpoints opposing what they really believe. Focus on the question of what is truly necessary for effective English learning.
Debate 4: Men and Women - Equal at Last?
Have women achieved equality with men at last? This debate is sure to get students expressing quite a number of differing opinions.
Debate 5: Violence in the Media Needs to be Regulated
Have the media gone to far in their constant portrayal of violence, or are they just reflecting the everyday reality of modern life? This debate can also lead to discussions about what is meant by 'Free Speech'.
Debate 6: Internet Craze
Will the Internet really change the way we live and work? Or is the Internet just a passing fad and simply a new form of communicating? Have your students discuss this hot topic and find out what they think.
Dickens' "Bleak House"
This challenging upper levels lesson employs Dickens' "Bleak House" as a study in sentence structure, vocabulary, imagery, and paragraph unity. After discussion, students choose one of the paragraphs and rewrite it in complete sentences.
This lesson (activity) focuses on understanding students' approach to using a dictionary. Once you have understood how students use their dictionary, you can then make suggestions and plan lessons based on a deeper understanding of how your students approach vocabulary acquisition.
English: Stress - Timed Language II
Awareness raising followed by practical application exercises including: function or content word recognition exercise, sentence stress analysis for spoken practice.
English: Stress - Timed Language III
Comparison of unnaturally and naturally spoken English by looking at the tendency of some students to pronounce every word correctly. Listening and Oral repetition exercise developing student ears' sensitivity to the rhythmic quality of English.
Interesting Writing: Descriptive Verb usage
One of the most important steps in improving writing skills is expanding the use of more descriptive language when describing actions. This lesson focuses on getting students to use more descriptive verbs in place of common, general meaning verbs.
Lesson: Lego Blocks
Groups decide upon a design, give it a description (a name), and then write down step-by-step instructions for how another group could construct the same design from the six pieces. This activity promotes an enormous amount of discussion within the groups during the instruction-writing phase.
Interpreting Statistics - Advanced Level Lesson Plan
This upper level conversation lesson uses statistics as a starting point for students to interpret information and draw their own conclusions. This lesson is especially useful to encourage students to not only repeat information they read, but develop their own opinions.
Lesson: Reading Clues
Lesson aimed at helping students identify contextual clues that will help them improve their reading skills. This lesson helps students get away from reading word by word and focus more on the whole. It will also help them activate vocabulary learning skills while reading.
"Guilty" is a fun classroom game which encourages students to communicate using past tenses. The game can be played by all levels and can be monitored for varying degrees of accuracy.
Let's Do Tourism -Part 1
Tourism is becoming more and more important - especially for those learning English. Here is a two part lesson which focuses on the question of developing tourism as an industry in your local town. Students need to develop concepts, discuss local economic problems and solutions to those problems, think about possible negative impacts and finally make a presentation.
Let's Do Tourism -Part 2
From Part 2: "You are representatives of rival companies who are looking to gain the contract for this re-development from the council. I want you to give a detailed presentation explaining why your company is the best one for the job. Your aim is to convince the representative of the council that your company offers the best solution."
Life Then - Life Now
Getting students to talk about the differences between the past and present is a great way to get students using a variety of tenses and cementing their understanding of the differences and time relationships between the past simple, present perfect (continuous) and present simple tenses.
Making Conclusions Based on What you Hear
Upper level listening tasks often depend on the student's ability to make assumptions and conclusions based on a listening comprehension selection. This lesson focuses solely on some of the most common forms of this task, it includes example exercises with RealAudio streaming audio.
Match-Up! is a game that helps students review basic sentence structure and match these structures to grammar concepts / structures / forms they have studied throughout the year.
Political Nightmares - Interviewing
An entertaining and challenging lesson which puts students into the position of having to defend poorly phrased statements made by various politicians. Students take either the role of a politician defending what he has said or a journalist trying to catch the politician out. Great stuff!
Prepositional Phrases - Quiz 1
"___ addition to Tom, we have invited Peter." Which is correct: in, at, with or by? Not sure? Try these three prepositional phrase quizzes to help your understanding of common prepositional phrases.
Reading Comprehension: <I>The Time Machine</I> by H.G. Wells
This upper level reading comprehension takes a different approach to reading comprehension. Based on a thought provoking excerpt from <I>The Time Machine</I> by H.G. Wells.
Reports: Using a Word Processing Program in Class
This lesson plan improves speaking ability through the teamwork aspect of developing a class writing project over a period of time.
Sentence Auctions 1 - Upper Levels
Holding 'Sentence Auctions' is a fun way to help students review key points in grammar and sentence construction while having some good fun.
Sentence Auctions 3 - Upper Levels - VERY difficult
Here is another 'Sentence Auction' for upper to advanced level classes - be warned it is very tricky and great for high level students who seem to know EVERYTHING!
Shoplifting - Always Wrong or Sometimes Right?
The lesson encourages to students to discuss when / if shoplifting is ever acceptable and includes role cards for group discussions.
Student Correction - When and How?
A discussion of when and how to correct students in English learning classes, especially ESL and EFL classes. After a short look at current techniques, the article ends with suggestions as to when and how it is appropriate to correct, while not curbing students' enthusiasm.
Teaching ESL - Reading
Top choices of books for teaching English reading skills to English as a Second or Foreign Language classes. These books can be used to develop activities, complement class exercises or give students extra reading skills practice at home.
Teaching ESL - Vocabulary
Top choices of books for teaching English vocabulary to English as a Second or Foreign Language classes. These books can be used to develop activities, complement class exercises or give students extra vocabulary practice at home.
Teaching ESL - Writing
Top choices of books for teaching English writing to English as a Second or Foreign Language classes. These books can be used to develop activities, complement class exercises or give students extra writing practice at home.
Telephone English: Getting Practice
Teaching telephone English can be frustrating as students really need to practice their skill as often as possible in order to improve their comprehension skills. This lesson focuses on making telephoning practice as "authentic" as possible.
Tense Review for Advanced Levels
Time for school to start. Before you or your students get down to studying the specifics of various grammar structures, it is a good idea to review the basic English tenses. If you are an upper level student but not yet aware of all the tenses, these exercises will make a good introduction to some of the important structures ahead.
The Final Scene
Lesson which can be used by all levels. This lesson uses an image of a final scene in a western as the basis to orally review grammar studied throughout the year.
Video Games - Young Learners Lesson Plan
If there is one thing that young English learners and ESL classes have in common around the world, it's their passion for playing video games. Taking cue from this passion for video games, this lesson is devoted to getting them to talk about video games - but in English!
Why do People Do What They Do?
Advanced level lesson focusing on providing explanations for certain human behavior through the use of student generated surveys.
Working Collaboratively in the College EFL Classroom
Guest Lesson Plan by John Baker: The lesson focuses on a story about a medical student who was badly injured in a car accident when a drunken driver hit her. During the lesson, students work collaboratively in the pre and while reading stages focusing on comprehension activities surrounding the text.
Young Learner's Writing Workshop 1 - Basic Essay Writing Style
This series of four lessons is designed to help students become familiar with writing an essay in English. The first lesson is designed to give students an overview of basic essay writing style. The final three lessons focus on developing skills that are used when analyzing texts as the basis of their essays.
Young Learner's Writing Workshop 2 - Developing a Character Analysis
Once students have decided what they need to write about, they often have a hard time actually developing the material to include in the essay. For this reason, this interview format exercise develops ideas about various characters which can later be used to help them write an essay.
Young Learner's Writing Workshop 3 - Using Themes to Relate to a Story
Students now have a better understanding of the various characters in the short story or book. Students can now deepen their understanding of the work at hand by analyzing the most important themes of the book and how the character would relate to those themes based on their previous work.
Young Learner's Writing Workshop 4 - Getting Ideas Organized
This final lesson in this series helps students put their observations into written form by asking them to fill out a questionnaire. Students can then take these replies and incorporate them into their final essay.
Graphic organizers to help improve student comprehension for ESL and other classes. Each graphic organizer includes an empty template, an example graphic organizer with entries and a discussion of appropriate uses in class.
English Language Levels - Rubric to ESL Levels
This rubric provides English language level guidelines and expectations for learners at four different levels. Speaking and pronunciation, reading, writing and listening skills and capabilities are described in detail for each of these levels to help teachers and learners establish the correct English learning level either before a course...