ESL Writing Lessons: Structure a Paragraph   This writing activity helps English students learn how to write a well structured paragraph by learning and practicing how to: 1 Write a good topic sentence. This is the first sentence of the paragraph. This sentence tells the reader the main idea. 2 Provide evidence and details to support […]

Learn English Articles, A Quick review

by eslwriter on March 26, 2015


Learn English Articles in Writing Class   Learning how to use definite and indefinite articles is not easy for ESL students. There are so many different rules and exceptions.  This quick review might help. It provides a simple explanation for six common rules about A/AN and THE. ESL Writing Activity #1 Click to get the […]

Extensive Reading   This is the introduction to an Extensive Reading program for the teacher training program. The overall goal is to help the teachers improve reading fluency and, by extension, language learning through sustained reading and related activities. Week 1 Activities Explain purpose and structure of Extensive Reading. it’s a fun, enjoyable experience it’s not studying […]

Learn English Vocabulary: Frame Games

by eslwriter on February 16, 2015


Helping students learn English vocabulary is part of the writing teacher’s job. That’s especially true for young learners. One strategy to help students learn new words is constant exposure. Some experts say students need to see a word at least ten times before they really learn it. Maybe more. Learning English Vocabulary If that’s true, […]

ESL Writing Exercise: Six Sentences

by eslwriter on November 23, 2014


SIX SENTENCES Time: 15-25 minutes Level: High beginner + Example: Visit The Idea This controlled writing activity helps students write clear sentences by focusing their attention on every word. Step 1 Write a six-sentence paragraph with three rules. Do not repeat any word, including contractions and articles. The paragraph must tell a story. The final […]

ESL Writing Activity: List Poem

by eslwriter on November 19, 2014


Here is another writing activity to help ESL students learn English writing. This activity is called List Poem. List Poem Time: 10-20 minutes Level: High beginner + Example: Read Shel Silverstein’s, Sick, a fine list poem. This fun, high interest activity asks students to make a list of things and put them inside a free form […]

100 Word Stories

by eslwriter on November 9, 2014


ESL teachers usually look for new writing prompts and warm-ups to help their students stay interested in learning English writing. 100 Word Story is a website, a writing challenge and a terrific writing idea for the ESL classroom. The idea is simple: write a story with 100 words. The topic is wide open. The only […]

How to Write a Sentence

October 26, 2014 ESL STUFF

Here is an article from The New Yorker. It is called How to Write a Sentence.    

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How Does Writing Affect The Brain?

October 23, 2014 ESL STUFF

How Does Writing Affect The Brain? Here is the answer. Delightful story about the connection between writing and brain activity.  

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Compare and Contrast ESL Exercise: Coke Video

October 7, 2014 Cool Videos

Here is a short video that can help ESL students to learn English. The video can be part of a lesson to teach English speaking or writing with an emphasis on comparisons and contrasts. It can be used also to develop vocabulary by encouraging students to use different types of verbs. Teach English with Videos The coke […]

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