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How to get kids to listen to you and to encourage good behaviour.

At the beginning of the lesson split the class into teams, for a simple example team A, B, C, D (if they are sitting at tables maybe each table is one team)

Begin the lesson and give the clear instruction that you will count down from 3 and that they should be quiet at the end of the countdown.

You can demonstrate this to make sure it is understood.

If they are sat quietly at the end of the countdown add points to their team score, if they are noisy or any other undesirable behavior take away points from their team score.

At the end of the lesson, make a big deal about congratulating the winning team, you can give a prize if you are feeling generous but usually, just a high five or something is enough.

Eventually, they will get used to the rules of the classroom and understand the benefits of good behaviour.

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Telling the Time – Class Tips

Adult ESL learners have countless daily opportunities for listening and speaking in English as they interact as workers, family members, community members, and classroom learners. Some listening is non-face- to-face, such as listening to movies and broadcast media, listening on the phone, and listening to loudspeaker announcements. Most listening, however, combines short bursts of face-to-face listening interspersed with speaking – such as asking and telling the time.


Double Dictation

Working in Pairs get your students to :

1. Ask What time it is

2. Write down the time

3. Check to see if Correct


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Teaching Food, Numbers & Letters

Information Gap Grid

2 Partners – each take turns to ask for the Grid reference (in English) and the other responds with the correct Food name in English

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Small Group TEFL Game

Grid game

Roll the die.
Answer the question. Get one point.

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Clip Art Game

What is it?

> Roll the dice.
> Say the name of the food.

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Fluency Circles

Fluency Circles

Preparation: Photocopy and cut up the fluency strips, making sure that you have one strip for each pair in the class.

  • To start, divide the class in half and demonstrate to students that they should form two concentric circles.
  • Each student in the outside circle should face a student in the inside circle, thus forming a pair. Give each student in the outside circle a fluency circle strip that you have prepared in advance. (If you have an odd number of students, one student can wait on the outside for one round. At the end of that round, that student enters the outside circle and another student comes out for one round, etc.)
  • When you tell them to start, the students in the outside circle begin the task by asking the questions on their fluency circle strip one by one.
  • The students in the inside circle respond and the pairs continue to talk until you tell them to stop.
  • When everyone has stopped talking, ask the students in the outside circle to rotate one place, repeat the process and rotate again. After they have spoken with three partners, ask them to rotate again, switch roles, and begin again. Generally the students in the outside circle will rotate three times and then the students on the inside circle will rotate three times. However, if the content is difficult for your students, you can ask them to continue for several more rounds.


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Mingle TEFL Game

Find someone who…

Walk around. Ask a question. Find one person for each of the following.
When you find someone who, write the name of that person.

1. __________ is a new teacher.

2 __________ has a pet.

  1. __________ likes Thai food.
  2. __________ can swim.
  3. __________ has visited more than 5 countries.
  4. __________ can speak two or more languages.
  5. __________ has an interesting hobby.
  6. __________ was not born in the U.S.
  7. __________ is originally from California.
  8. __________ can count to ten in Japanese.
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Teacher-less activities

What are Teacher-less activities?
A teacher-less activity can loosely be defined as:
– an activity that involves students turning to one another as sources of knowledge, information, and opportunities to practice the target language.
– not teacher-fronted

Teacher-less activities…
o Are noisy and chaotic.
o Put students at the center.
o Allow students to control the pace.
o Allow students opportunities to negotiate meaning. o Encourage students to cooperate with one another. o Allow multiple levels in one classroom.
o Build community.
o Lower effective filters.
o Stimulate real conversation (and allow it).
o Allow teachers to act as participants.
o Avoid the “blah blah blah Ginger trap”.
o Are student friendly.
o Are VERY teacher friendly.
o Are FUN!