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 The Odd One Out Game: Students look at a list of four items and decide which is different.  They must give a reason. Everybody holds their answer up at the same time.  If their reason is unique they get a point.

Example: Eagle, Owl, Bat, Penguin.

Penguins can't fly.

Bats are mammals.

Bats have teeth.

Bats have poor eyesight.

Penguins can swim.

Peguins only live in the Southern Hemisphere.


Remember they only need to give a unique reason to get a point.  If two students or two teams give the same reason, they cancel each other out and don't get a point.



Dislikes: Simple worksheet highlighting useful language for discussing dislikes.



Classroom English: Highlights the essential language for getting information when you don't understand something.  Great first class.  Comes with cards as well.



For and Against: A simple worksheet for practising expressing opinions.  A list of issues are given and students decide whether they are for it or against it in groups.



Chores, Errands, and Favors: Students discuss what chores they do and what errands they run 



ESL Surveys: This section contains several sets of survey questions. Students walk around the room and survey each other.


Love and Relationships: A collection of worksheets and activities for teaching vocabulary used to describe relationships.


Asking Permission: Simple card activity where students practice using "Is it OK...?" or " Do you mind . .?"

We have a lot in common: An ice-breaker. Students try to find out what they have in common.


Find Someone Who: Another ice-breaker with 3 sheets to avoid too much repetition. Emphasis is on the past tense.


How Life Has Changed in Fifty Years: A discussion generator with lots of comparatives.  Students work in groups and then present their results to the class.


At the Movies:  A simple worksheet illustrating the language used to talk about movies.


At the Movies II: A continuation of the above.  Students make riddle cards and ask each other movie riddles.

Solutions to Problems: (new) Students become the managers of a hotel that has many problems. They have to discuss problems, solutions, agreement, and disagreement.