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Peter Snashall    September 20 th  2018 (updated)

 

If your students are at the right level, debate and discussion lessons about contemporary topics can be some of the most interesting classes you will ever have. That’s my experience. Discussing a topic such as automation with students who are just  about to graduate is really fascinating as it is so relevant to their career paths and future lives. In fact, when you throw technology in the mix, many topics become more interesting.

11 classroom debate and discussion language activities

10 environmental issues vocabulary and language exercises 

I’ve realized it’s quite a head-spinning business choosing images to accompany teaching materials. There are quite a number of factors to be considered. An image has to have the right visual clarity and  it also has to have a clarity of meaning.  Sometimes it takes a while to get this right ( a year or two!). And a lot of classroom testing. Anyway  here are the latest reviewed and improved pages:

5 tourism and hotel vocabulary and  language exercises

5 airport and travel vocabulary and language exercises

10 Jobs and careers language skills exercises 

4 essential pronunciation worksheets

Over the past year this website has been moved onto a new platform. Due the site’s size, there have been many problems. However, it seems finally we can get back to just focusing on improving the sites user-friendliness and teaching materials.

8 essential Business English vocabulary exercises

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With the arrival of the new academic year I have found myself having some time to improve teaching materials posted on this website. Increasingly, technology is making it easier to produce better materials and I am trying take advantage of every technological advance. At present, I am trying to add answers to most exercises and improve the quality of the materials.  I want to make it easier to search through the materials on mobile devices. Also, I have improved the download speeds on many PDFs. Below are some recent updates:

6 Elementary to Pre-Intermediate Reading Exercises

10 Food, Cooking and Restaurant Language and Vocabulary Exercises

8 Business English Speaking Skill Worksheets

10 Computing and  Internet Vocabulary and Speaking Activities

One of the most popular classroom topics at the beginning of each academic year for elementary ESL students is classroom language.  Below is a compilation of classroom language exercises.

8 Classroom Language Exercises

Also for the first day of class!

5 First Day of Class Activities

Recently, I  republished  a collection of present continuous worksheets. These have been on the site for some time but now have answers included and reduced file size for faster downloading or printing.

4 Picture-Based Present Continuous Worksheets

One thing I have noticed myself doing when preparing a class is running through a list of possible teaching alternatives. However, I often realize afterwards that I have forgotten something. So I  have decided to make some lists of activities for certain skills and topics. My first list is:

7 Essential Speaking Activities

After teaching for 30 years, I have come to the conclusion that the best classes are those are constantly providing fresh and topical content to students.

I am always struggling and experimenting with ways to do this.

And I have realized that it may not just be fresh content but that it can be a fresh format (sometimes in the smallest ways) that makes an exercise interesting. I am always trying to create new worksheets that help engage the students and also that help make the lessons flow better.

Here are a some recent experiments that have gone fairly well:

What’s it used for ?

3 Great Ways to Start a Class

Travel advice: modals for prohibition and obligation

Movies Brainstorm and Speaking Activity

Job Enquiry by Telephone

Of course, apart from trying to create fresh content and formats, there are multiple other factors to consider.

One of those other factors is teaching efficiency and fluidity. And if you are teaching large classes, teaching efficiency is really important.

One of the ways I manage my listening/speaking classes (I have been teaching 50 student listening/speaking classes!) is by using the latest technology which allows me to monitor individual students at the same time as I am managing the listening material for 50 students (see how I manage listening/speaking classes below).

Revolution in the Listening/Speaking Classroom  (upated for 2018)

NB: Sometimes I make errors in the worksheets. I put creativity ahead of accuracy (ooops!).  If anyone wants to contact me about the content on this site, my email is eslflow@gmail.com  I welcome suggestions and can fix errors or any download problems really quickly.

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