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Teaching Intermediate Level ESL EFL English Learners

Lesson plans for intermediate level learners in grammar, writing, listening and speaking as well as an other teaching theory and strategies.

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'.

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.

Classroom Management
Guide to common challenges in classroom management for English teachers in ESL and EFL settings.

ESL Printables
ESL printables materials for the English learning classroom which can be printed and used in ESL EFL lessons.

Lesson Plans Focusing on Tenses and Verb Conjugation
These lesson plans help students learn to use English tenses and conjugate with confidence. Many of the lessons focus on using related verb tenses during conversation, rather than focusing simply on correct verb conjugation. Each lesson includes lesson objectives, step by step instructions and copyable handout materials for in-class use.

Exploding Texts - Creative Writing and Grammar Exercise for ESL Classes
Exploding texts takes short texts and 'explodes' them by adding longer modifiers, dependent clauses, etc. to help students improve their creative writing and grammar skills in English.

Creative Writing as an ESL Music Lesson
This lesson uses short excerpts of music as an ESL music lesson to inspire creative writing in the English learning classroom.

English for the Food Service Industry
English for the food service industry introduction to essential English grammar for this profession.

Business English Dictations - Dictations for English for Special Purposes
Beginning to advanced level dictations focusing on different business English sections for use in business English and English for special purposes classes.

Lower Intermediate English Grammar Review 3 Answers
Grammar Review for Lower Intermediate level English ESL EFL and TEFL courses focusing on the most common grammar objectives and functions, each question focuses on one important and specific aspect of English learning and study

Lower Intermediate English Grammar Review 3
Grammar Review for Lower Intermediate level English ESL EFL and TEFL courses focusing on the most common grammar objectives and functions, each question focuses on one important and specific aspect of English learning and study

Lower Intermediate English Grammar Review 2 Answers
Grammar Review for Lower Intermediate level English ESL EFL and TEFL courses focusing on the most common grammar objectives and functions, each question focuses on one important and specific aspect of English learning and study

Lower Intermediate English Grammar Review 2
Grammar Review for Lower Intermediate level English ESL EFL and TEFL courses focusing on the most common grammar objectives and functions, each question focuses on one important and specific aspect of English learning and study

Lower Intermediate English Grammar Review 1 Answers
Grammar Review for Lower Intermediate level English ESL EFL and TEFL courses focusing on the most common grammar objectives and functions, each question focuses on one important and specific aspect of English learning and study

Lower Intermediate English Grammar Review 1
Grammar Review for Lower Intermediate level English ESL EFL and TEFL courses focusing on the most common grammar objectives and functions, each question focuses on one important and specific aspect of English learning and study

Process Description
This lesson helps students develop narrating skills by thinking in terms of verb 'groups' that belong together in order to describe a process.

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.

Newspaper Crazies
Children's ESL game to help associate and reinforce written and spoken words that rhyme and have been introduced during lessons.

Slap That Word!
Children's ESL game to help associate and reinforce written and spoken words that have been introduced during lessons.

Lesson Plan - Future with Going to and Will
Lesson plan and exercises for ESL classes focusing on the future with will and going to.

Process Writing
Introduction to using process writing in an ESL EFL setting.

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.

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.

Creating a Multimedia Presentation as an ESL Project
In depth feature on how to create a multimedia presentation as an ESL project for English learning classes.

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.

Benefits of Multimedia ESL Projects
Descriptions of the benefits that can be derived by creating a longer multimedia project in ESL EFL classes.

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.

A VIP - Present Perfect Simple and Continuous Lesson Plan
This lesson uses an imaginary biography to get students asking questions and speaking about completed accomplishments (present perfect) and duration of activity (present perfect continuous) in contrast to the simple past.

Aesop's Fables - The Ass and his Purchaser
Lesson Plan based on The Ass and his Purchaser including vocabulary and key phrase explanations and follow-up questions.

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.

Basic English Curriculum for Teaching
Use this ESL curriculum to build a wide base of English skills in grammar, listening, speaking and vocabulary skills.

Best Friend - Friend from Hell
What makes a good friend? What makes a friend from hell? Have students discuss these important questions while expressing opinions and reported speech using descriptive adjectives and phrases.

Business Trends
This intermediate to upper-intermediate level business lesson focuses on increasing vocabulary used to describe economic trends.

Comparatives and Superlatives
Pre-intermediate to intermediate level lesson. The correct use of the comparative and superlative forms is a key ingredient when students are learning how to express their opinion or make comparative judgments.

Conditional Statements
Making conditional statements are an important part of fluency. This lesson focuses on helping students improve their recognition of the structure and use it in conversation.

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.

Countable and Uncountable Nouns - Quantifiers
Intermediate lesson focusing on solidifying countable and uncountable nouns with appropriate noun quantifiers.

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!

Dictionary Survey
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.

Drinking - Lesson for the College EFL Classroom
Guest Lesson Plan by John Baker: The first part of the lesson uses collaborative methods in an oral fluency and grammatical accuracy activity where students use deductive reasoning to discover the rules associated with past simple construction. The second part of the lesson is an oral fluency exercise which utilizes the past simple tense and...

Effect and Qualitative Adjectives - Lesson Plan
ESL lesson plan helping students distinguish between effect (ed) adjectives and qualitative (ing) adjectives.

English: Stress - Timed Language I
Pre-intermediate to upper intermediate level lesson focusing on improving pronunciation by awareness raising and practice of stress-timing in spoken English.

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.

ESL Tic-Tac-Toe
Tic-Tac-Toe games are a fun way for students to practise their English while enjoying some competition and reviewing. Three versions are included: Conditional Forms, Question Forms, Time Expressions.

Food!
One topic of discussion is sure to be popular no matter where you are in the world: food! One of the most important things that your students need to learn for traveling is food vocabulary. This lesson focuses on building vocabulary and then having students use the vocabulary by preparing one of their favorite national dishes.

Free Daily Lesson
Each day there will be a new lesson for you to practice your English. Lessons are designed with popular topics including: real life, music, eavesdropping (gossip), slang and the movies. Lessons include an intro, listening comprehension, dialogue with idiomatic expressions explained, a discussion section, grammar point and follow-up quiz.

How would you describe your favorite actor?
This intermediate to upper intermediate matches descriptive adjectives with famous actors and actresses to build vocabulary.

Intermediate English Grammar Review Quiz
This quiz provides questions that cover each of the most important Grammar points that intermediate level English students need to know. Correct answers are provided after each question and a total score is given with feedback at the end of the test.

Intermediate Grammar Review - 1
I call this lesson "grammar banging" as it is a review for intermediate level classes of many of the most important points touched on during the year. Each question focuses on a specific grammar goal - some, any, present perfect , gerunds, infinitives, prepositions, etc.

Intermediate Grammar Review - 2
More review for intermediate level classes of many of the most important points touched on during the year. Each question focuses on a specific grammar goal - some, any, present perfect , gerunds, infinitives, prepositions, etc.

Intermediate Grammar Review - 3
More review for intermediate level classes of many of the most important points touched on during the year. Each question focuses on a specific grammar goal - some, any, present perfect , gerunds, infinitives, prepositions, etc.

Intermediate Learning Maze
Use this maze as a review test of students' knowledge of English while having fun.

Lesson: Building Character Description Vocabulary
This intermediate level lesson employs a fun questionnaire to focus on developing personal description vocabulary.

Lesson: Guilty!
"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.

Lesson: Identifying Reading Types
Lesson aimed at helping students identify the different types of reading skills required for different reading situations. These skills are naturally used when reading in the native language, but are often forgotten when applied to English reading.

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.

Lesson: Teen Advice
Students read about various teen problems and then use modal verbs of deduction to understand the problem in groups. Students follow-up by offering advice on what should be done to resolve the various problems.

Lesson: Time Expressions
Intermediate to upper intermediate lesson focusing on identification and written production of sentences based on the correct usage of time expressions.

Lesson: Various Uses of "Like"
Pre-intermediate to intermediate lesson focusing on better understanding those all important questions with "like".

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.

Lower Intermediate English Grammar Review Quiz
This quiz provides questions that cover each of the most important Grammar points that lower-intermediate level English students need to know. Correct answers are provided after each question and a total score is given with feedback at the end of the test.

Movies, Films, Actors and Actresses
This subject is especially useful with younger students who might be hesitant to speak about their own lives. Speaking about films provides an almost endless font of possibilities for conversation.

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.

Paired Conjunctions - Not only ... but also, etc.
Paired conjunctions are often used in both spoken and written English to make a point, give an explanation, or discuss alternatives. Unfortunately, not only are they difficult to use, but their structure is also rather strict!

Pronunciation Lesson: More Minimal Pairs
This minimal pairs lesson focuses on four lists of some the more difficult changes in vowel sounds. This exercise is followed up by some listening comprehension and pair work.

Question Forms
Students who are often very familiar with standard object questions can have problems with subject questions, indirect questions, and question tags. This exercise uses a quiz to help students identify and improve their understanding of the differences i0 structure among the various question forms.

Question Tags
Intermediate level lesson focusing on the use of question tags. Question tags not only help students confirm information, but they also help them hone their auxiliary verb recognition and usage skills.

Quiz Lesson
People learn English for many reasons. Unfortunately, learners often think that there is only one way to learn English and that the same things are important for everyone. Students who are aware of why they are learning English can also be persuaded that different things are important for different learners.

Recommended Books for Intermediate English Learners
Recommendations for every intermediate level English learner including course book, grammar books, exercise book, dictionary and appropriate software.

Reported Speech: Developing Production Skills
Upper-intermediate part grammar, part speaking lesson focusing on helping students to actively use reported speech.

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 2 - Lower 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 Connectors - Guided Writing
This guided writing lesson is intended to help bridge the gap from simply writing sentences to developing a larger structure. During the course of the lesson students become familiar with the sentence connectors 'so' and 'because'.

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.

Short Writing Topics
The idea of this exercise is to get students to quickly write about a topic they choose (or you assign). These short presentations are then used in two manners; to generate spontaneous conversations on a wide range of topics, and to take a look at some common writing problems.

Spelling - Vocabulary Game
This spelling game helps ESL classes and students learn and - or review new vocabulary that may be learned during a unit, or a given period of time such as a week or a semester.

Stereotypes
This plan for young learners, also works well in adult classrooms. The lesson focuses on recognizing that stereotypes do contain some truth, but also can not be applied across the board, is central to this lesson. The lesson also helps them improve their descriptive adjective vocabulary while they discuss perceived differences between nations through stereotypes.

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.

Subject and Object Questions
Intermediate level lesson focusing on the differences between the standard object question and the sometimes confusing subject question.

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.

Telling True Stories
Telling true stories is a basic English usage task that we use on a daily basis. Unfortunately, students sometimes get caught up in trying too hard to speak English 'correctly' and can get lost. This at the cost of the story becoming difficult to understand or even incoherent. This lesson plan is aimed at helping students give structure to their relating of true stories.

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!

Writing Lesson - Non Defining Clauses
This intermediate level lesson focuses on introducing and / or reviewing defining and non-defining relative clauses. Exercises include a recognition and punctuation drill as well as a text expansion exercise.

Sentences Worksheets
Sentences worksheets to help English learners generate correct sentences while learning important sentence structure.

Graphic Organizers
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...

Internet Tools to Improve Vocabulary in English
This lesson plan focuses on building vocabulary in English by using a wide variety of internet English vocabulary tools to learn important word combinations.

Which English Language School do We Choose?
Conversation lesson outline which provides a fun basis for students to discuss why they really want to learn English. This lesson centers around the decision on which summer English program to visit.

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