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Forum: Teaching ESL Nov 21st, 2011, 09:32 am
Replies: 4
Views: 3,207
Posted By alawton
Re: How to design a lesson for a student whose English level is unknown?

Hello,

I wouldn't do too much lesson planning for the first day. Take the time to feel out the situation and give assessment type tests to determine the level. Sounds like you have a VIP student! ...
Forum: Teaching ESL Nov 11th, 2011, 12:07 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 4,549
Posted By alawton
Re: Thanksgiving lesson

Hello,

What I've done in the past was to print out a list of words that have to do with the holiday. The students are pretty motivated to learn these words because they are seeing and hearing them...
Forum: Teaching ESL Oct 21st, 2011, 01:51 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 22,689
Posted By alawton
Re: "Teaching" 5-6 year olds

Hello,

You could show them a Disney DVD and have them repeat some of the funnier lines. One thing is for sure. You will get their attention. Seeing the action on the screen while hearning the...
Forum: Advertise Your Services Jun 2nd, 2011, 09:43 am
Replies: 0
Views: 1,678
Posted By alawton
English Listening Comprehension Activity

Hello,

I have some new listening comprehension activities for you to try with your students. An example can be found at: ESL Restaurant Vocabulary : Drew's ESL Fluency Lessons...
Forum: ESL Games and Activities Jun 2nd, 2011, 09:41 am
Replies: 9
Views: 8,939
Posted By alawton
Re: Board games in large classes

That sounds like a good game! You can never tell what the mood of the class is going to be. If one kids gets into it usually the class will follow. I make a "Candyland" type game board and write...
Forum: Teaching ESL May 3rd, 2011, 12:43 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 3,628
Posted By alawton
Re: Teaching present simple to 7 year olds

Hello,

Pick 10 or so verbs that represent actions that the kids can do in the classroom (walk, draw, speak....) Write out the different conjugations (I walk, you walk, he walks....) Have the kids...
Forum: Teaching ESL Apr 12th, 2011, 03:31 pm
Replies: 0
Views: 2,565
Posted By alawton
Getting Students to Practice English at Home

Hello all,

All of my students always express a desire to practice informal conversation skills outside of class. I added a new chat room feature on my website if anyone has students who are looking...
Forum: Teaching ESL Mar 21st, 2011, 08:23 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 22,973
Posted By alawton
Re: An Ice Breaker Every Day?

I've found that playing a song with the lyrics written on the board, or printed out on paper for students to see, works well. It wakes people up. I'll choose a Beatles classic and they can sing...
Forum: Teaching ESL Mar 15th, 2011, 08:22 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 6,869
Posted By alawton
Re: Dealing with difficult student

I feel for you. I've had students like that before. It is almost like their only goal is to discredit you. She is probably just waiting to pounce.

I will usually tell this kind of student to...
Forum: Teaching ESL Mar 9th, 2011, 11:06 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 4,183
Posted By alawton
Re: Motivating Adults to Speak

I think that sometimes the dynamics of a class is just not conducive to people wanting to volunteer spontaneous responses. The best you can do is try your best to get everyone comfortable. Let them...
Forum: Advertise Your Services Feb 24th, 2011, 04:00 pm
Replies: 0
Views: 2,530
Posted By alawton
New ESL Website

I created a new website for ESL students at Learn ESL with Drew (http://drewseslfluencylessons.com). It is actually a better version of my old one. The site includes worksheets and lessons for...
Forum: ESL Games and Activities Jan 5th, 2011, 11:11 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 6,338
Posted By alawton
Re: Quick alphabet review

That's a great activity. I guess if you had more advanced students you could do the same thing but for each round ask for a verb or noun. I'll try it out!
Forum: Introductions Dec 16th, 2010, 12:09 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 2,687
Posted By alawton
Re: Hi... i am from INDONESIA ^^

Hello,

Are you going to be an ESL teacher? What is the demand like for ESL teachers in Indonesia?
Forum: Teaching ESL Dec 16th, 2010, 12:06 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 3,831
Posted By alawton
Re: Suugestions for dealing with Young Learners with a very short attention span

That is a hard situation when you are teaching kids after they have been in school all day. I would present the lesson for the day in about five minutes and then have the kids do activities based...
Forum: ESL Games and Activities Dec 13th, 2010, 11:13 am
Replies: 8
Views: 3,174
Posted By alawton
Re: help, please?

Have your students come up with a role play that uses this grammar concept. Maybe have them talk about a house that has been built. They can describe all of the actions that have been taken to get...
Forum: ESL Games and Activities Dec 6th, 2010, 09:25 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 42,585
Posted By alawton
Re: Conversation activities that don't need resources

Wow! I thought I had it bad... I would have them do role plays for situations that cover vocabulary that you are studying. If you are doing shopping vocabulary have the students create a dialogue...
Forum: Teaching ESL Nov 30th, 2010, 03:20 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 4,020
Posted By alawton
Re: teaching mixed class 1- 3 year olds

For those really little ones I think it will just be baby sitting. They can at least hear you speak English though. For the students who are three and older I would have them work together when...
Forum: Teaching ESL Nov 10th, 2010, 01:28 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 5,018
Posted By alawton
Re: teaching young kids using only English

I think the experts will tell you that 100% English is the way to go, but I'm not so sure one has to be that militant. I will explain a grammar topic in Spanish to my class to really get the point...
Forum: Teaching ESL Nov 8th, 2010, 10:48 am
Replies: 4
Views: 3,135
Posted By alawton
Re: applying new words

Hello,

When I present new vocabulary words I sometimes have the students type them into Google to see how native speakers use them. I have them copy down ten examples of the sentences they found...
Forum: ESL Games and Activities Nov 1st, 2010, 12:38 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 8,405
Posted By alawton
Re: Games that can be played sitting down

Sounds like some rowdy students! You can have them play pictionary or have just two students come up to the board at a time to compete on vocabulary word definitions. You could write a sentence up...
Forum: Teaching ESL Oct 25th, 2010, 10:49 am
Replies: 3
Views: 3,445
Posted By alawton
Re: Curriculum....too advanced?

I have had a similar situation. I worked in a middle school and the district adopted new books. They were divided up by grade level. So my 8th grade students, who were brand new to English, had...
Forum: ESL Games and Activities Oct 18th, 2010, 12:00 pm
Replies: 33
Views: 168,300
Posted By alawton
Re: The Freeze Game, for teaching past continuous

Geat activity. I will have to try that out too. Do you find the students get a little wild? Any advice on how to keep order with this one? I love these kinds of games!
Forum: Teaching ESL Oct 4th, 2010, 12:07 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 4,691
Posted By alawton
Re: student's assessment feedback form

Ask students if they felt that the answers to the questions on the test were covered in class. As them if any of the wording in the test confused them. These are the two biggest issues I usually...
Forum: ESL Games and Activities Sep 29th, 2010, 11:21 am
Replies: 26
Views: 71,405
Posted By alawton
Re: The Best ice breaker

If you have a class that is mature enough to handle the following ice breaker you should try it. Get a rubber ball that is really light and about the size of a kick ball that kids play with. They...
Forum: Teaching ESL Sep 28th, 2010, 09:17 am
Replies: 4
Views: 16,215
Posted By alawton
Re: 1st lesson absolute beginners

Hello,

You could do a lot with just practicing basic nouns that students will see in the classroom. Draw or point to different objects that everyone sees. Have students repeat the words. They can...
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