Friday, 25 March 2016

Can You Make A Burger? Speaking Game


This is a little speaking game I made... my love of burgers and ESL combined! lol.
I hope you can use it in your classes. You can change the conversation questions for any level or topic you'd like. For me, I am using this as an after school English class warm up, so I am asking some random questions to get the kids talking. I could happily use this for adults as well.

Here's how it works, and some preview slides:



First, show them the title slide and how to play, then the burger table. I would demonstrate the game instead of reading out the instructions, they're really just there for the teacher.

Second, get your class into 2 teams. You can play with uneven sized teams, 2 teams of only 1 pupil, whatever you'd like. It's not a biggy. Next, get them to roll 2 dice. The first dice should indicate the question out of 5 questions (on the right side of the burger table) the student should answer. If they roll a 6 they can pick any question. 

The second roll, indicates the burger ingredient they get.
The object of this speaking game is to see which team makes a complete burger first.
You will be required to mark the table by using a white board marker. I'd do a different color pen for each team or if you can't mark, use a magnet or sticky notes. The burger ingredients are numbered 1-6 to match the 6 sides of the dice.

If they roll the same combination after already marking it on the table, they have to repeat the same question. That's fine especially when you play in teams as different students will roll and be able to answer the same question but obviously, with their own answer -as the questions are conversational no right or wrong answers, so to speak.

You can download this PowerPoint from my teachers pay teachers page, for free!



As you can see the question box, when pushed hyperlinks to the question slide. Click when you arrive there and the food tray with the question will appear. After answering, click the green arrow to return to the burger table slide.

Once again, you can easily edit the questions to new conversation questions and re-use this warm up again and again. Happy Teaching!

You can download this PowerPoint from my teachers pay teachers page, for free!

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Middle School Lesson - Origins ~ Names & Introductions

Hello all, this is my middle school lesson plan for our first after school English class for 2016. I will be teaching a middle school class after school for a couple months. 
I am using a textbook to get topic ideas and later will include some grammar activities that are in the textbook as well. I was able to find the textbook free online in PDF file format. 

I strongly recommend it for a guide but I have heavily adjusted the vocab and expressions to ESL lower level students. It's called Speak-out Advanced Student's Book -hurry and download it before it disappears! 


I made a PowerPoint and I made a couple handouts, all which you can download for free on my teachers pay teachers page. Click to download. 

**disclaimer** Some of the Korean translations might be wrong, my students helped me change the word for initials - please note that, I am not a Korean speaker. Thanks.

HOWEVER, PLEASE REMEMBER to change the slides in the PowerPoint and input name information about YOU, change MY photo to yours, etc.  It is a introduction class which is why there are a few picture and facts about me. But I left them in so you know how to edit it and what facts to put according to the lesson topic. 



Below is my lesson plan so you can get an idea of the lesson!
Happy Teaching :)


Update! I found this cute and fun video for warm up - it's K pop stars saying Western female names. English subtitles included.




Lesson Plan 1: Origins Names & Introductions

You will need 2 handouts & 1 PowerPoint for this lesson. This lesson can be used for 2 different classes, about 4 hours total = includes breaks.


Name tag making
* Learn student names.
*Introduce yourself.
*Write a few introduction sentences on the board to help them speak.
  “Hello, my name is ________. I’m ___ years old and I’m from _____.”
  Good evening. I’m _______. I go to ________ school.”
  Hi everyone, I’m ___________. I like English because…”


Warm up
 Roll the dice Bingo game. First slide in PPT.
 Separate the class into 2 teams.
Ask a rep from team 1 to roll the dice. Whatever number they roll they have to read the question in the corresponding box in the table. And answer that question. (E.g. What movie did you watch recently?)
 You should mark an X in the box they have read and answered. Whichever team is able to get 4 X’s in a row, gets bingo and wins. So if team members roll the same number as a past team member they simply answer the question again but no new X for their bingo.



Topic introduction & new vocabulary PPT
Go over the new words of the topic and discuss
Introducing yourself and your name. PPT
 (Change Slides according to you! The slides are about me in the PPT.)
Go over your name, origin and meaning.
Discuss with them –the popularity of their name in Korea, their initials or any famous people with their name.
Use the name worksheet if you need, for them to write as they discuss.

Slide preview:





Reading: Superhero Names
  Read the text and discuss the bold words.
  Ask students to read together as well as volunteer readers to read to the class.
  If a small class break the reading into parts and have every student read a part of it.
  Ask comprehension questions after:

  What is Hulk’s real name?
  What type of scientist is Bruce Banner?
  What does holkas mean?
  What comic book company is Hulk from?
  What color are the markings on a Black Widow spider?
  What does the spider eat?
  What is Black Widow’s real name?
  Where is Black Widow from?




Do you have a nickname? Discussion & then guessing activity PPT
  Talk about their nicknames around the class.
  Play the guessing game. The clues are in the readings. Ask students to guess what nickname matches the person. Note – these are fictional characters and nicknames.
  Answer Key: 1. Fast Feet 2. Medal Man 3. D.C.

Nickname brainstorming and speaking PPT
  Tell the students to complete the dialogue on the slide and present around the class.
  Do it in pairs or groups.

Discussing Popular Names PPT
  Read the slides and discuss.



Play the Pokémon Telepathy Writing Game. PPT
  Play in teams or single. (instructions in PPT)

Writing Acrostic Name Poems
  Explain the idea of an acrostic poem as simply as possible.
  Read the ‘Thor’ acrostic poem.
  Show your example with your name.
  Write a superhero acrostic poem as a class. Do Hulk as you read about it earlier.
 E.g. Huge Unbelievably strong Lime green and purple Knows physics well

  Ask the students to write their own. Help around the class.
  Present to the class.

Download here. 

Hope this helps! Enjoy.


Update: I made another reading about names of foods , here it is, copy & paste it in a word doc.



Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Finger Soccer


I made this finger soccer PowerPoint and a finger soccer printable for them to play. The ball , I'll need to make with cardboard or a flat disk. And that's it. Free to download from my teachers pay teachers page.

*Edit: In the soccer field print out, write number 4 in the centre circle.

Here's what the PowerPoint looks like:


Next, a short and animated explanation of how the game works. Basically, they roll the dice and the number they roll corresponds to a sentence on the table. They read it and then place the soccer ball on the sheet in the circle that has the number they rolled. If the number they rolled isn't there, place the ball on the Team spot.


The last slide is the table, keep this projected while they play. Good news, you can change this table for any topic you want by replacing the sentences. :)


Here's what the worksheet looks like. They must get it in the goal to get a point. And with only one finger flick. It's just an A4 size sheet.


Happy Teaching! Hope it helps!

Friday, 11 March 2016

What Grade Are You In? ~ Speaking Activity Bingo

Hey all, I tried this new activity with my grade 6 yesterday and it worked a treat. All it takes is a little printing on your part and it's great to get the kids speaking and thinking.


Download this resource for free at my teachers pay teachers site. 

So, first, I gave the students a copy of this 'school' :



I told the students, there are 4 classrooms, and 6 grades. 1st grade on the first floor, 2nd grade on the second floor and so on. Next, once they all had their own school, I demonstrated the activity with my flashcards.
Name Cards



I have a pile of cards that are student names (fictional, from the textbook, etc) , another pile of cards with grades on them. "Grade 1", "Grade 6" etc - I don't write the ordinal number form , so they can challenge themselves to read it. Last pile of cards are class room numbers - so just numbers 1 -4. 

Using the cards, I picked up 1 from each pile (total of 3 cards) and completed the dialogue that I had written on the board. The students acted out the 'A' part while I used my cards to act out the 'B' part.


So if I picked cards 'Kate, Class 3 and Grade 4' they would have to write Kate in the box that is on the 4th row (4th grade) and in column 3 (class 3). This gets the students speaking and practicing ordinal numbers as well as spelling and having to listen to the spelling of the name being read out.

Now, that they understand the speaking part, I want to make it more of a game. Before the students start speaking - have every student color in 6 boxes, randomly in their 'school' table. They can choose 6 different classes on any floor. Explain to the students it's like bingo - if they can get at least 4 of the boxes they colored filled with a name, then they can call bingo and win a candy/class point, etc.


For example. Say a student comes to the front and draws the cards: Wei, Class 4, 6th Grade. Then the student who has the school table below can say he has 1 out of 4 for names needed to call out bingo.


Here's a sample board:
As you can see, this student is only one name shy of calling bingo. 


Call students up to the front to complete the dialogue with the class, using the flash cards mentioned. Play a few rounds or until you have a student win bingo. This activity can be quite long, up to 15 mins to demo and play. It's a great way to get those key phrases going. It worked well in my class.



Happy Teaching!

Monday, 7 March 2016

Where Are You From? Simple Speaking Game

This is a quick 10 minute activity to play with your classes to practice the phrase 'Where Are You From?'.



Have your students make a table as seen above in their notebooks or make one in word and photocopy it for them.

Instruct your students that they must go around the classroom and ask their classmates "Where are you from?" and they answer with their previous class name (from the year before)- so grade 5 students will answer with "I'm from class 4-1." etc. Because this lesson is the first of the year it's a perfect activity as the students are fresh from their old classes.

It's also a nice ice-breaker for them to get to know each other. The second question they should ask is "What is your name?" and you can choose to get them to practice spelling their names in English or write it in Korean.


This is a nice short activity for them to use and understand the question 'Where are you from?' in a different form other than nationality. Also, I made sure they had a time limit of about 2- 3 mins and said they needed to finish the table. They found that exciting and rushed to go and interview their classmates. This works best with a class over 10 students at a bigger school.

Hope this helps,


Happy Teaching!