Here are 5 ESL speaking activities that work really well as warmers or fillers for intermediate+ students. Review vocabulary, teach English, nudge students towards fluency and have a little fun at the same time.
Sponge Activities that Teach English
Teaching English requires a panoply of skills. One of them is preparation. ESL teachers need a good supply of ready to go materials when the inevitable surprise comes up. Like when a lesson finishes early and you want to fill a gap with a useful activity.
Consider adding these 5 activities to your collection of back pocket activities, fun language-focused exercises, video lessons and pair work discussion builders that require little prep.
Most of the activities are geared towards a conversation class (high beginner+), but can easily be adapted for writing classes with some imagination.
Learn English with Logic Puzzles and Word Games
Can you teach English in an EFL class with logic puzzles and word games?
Sure. Every English class needs a little variety to keep things interesting and people motivated. Besides, puzzles and words games are great learning tools. Used in pairs or with the class as a whole, they focus attention on short reading passages with the goal of comprehension, encourage students to speak up, stimulate recall of long-forgotten words, and foster learning by helping students see patterns.
Three EFL Conversation Activities
Sometimes an EFL class needs activities which get away from the textbook in order to keep everyone motivated, including the teacher. Here are three activities that work well with pairs or small groups.
These EFL conversation activities help students learn English by involving a number different language skills including task-based problem solving, fluency, intensive listening and precise vocabulary.
1. What Happened? – Be Precise
This fun exercise that will challenge your intermediate+ level EFL students. Watch a short video which contains 13 segments (the video is about one minute long). Each segment shows dots and lines moving in way that visually illustrates an abstract concept.
Now describe each segment with precision. Sounds easy? Ha.