Adaptable, humourous, easy to put together and fun. Many ESL pupils have found these skits fun, become more confident speaking English and enjoyed the learning process. The skits cover common vocabulary themes and grammar and allow for speaking opportunities in life-like meaningful contexts. Ideal for small groups, one to one with private tutors or use with your own children. Every skit is adaptable to any number of children. Scripts are written for ESL beginners with examples of alternatives provided to show how easy it is to adapt them and make them more complex for intermediate levels. The age bracket suggested is from 6 to 12. Some skits are possible with ages 4 and 5 though it takes much longer to prepare. Here is what other teachers have reported on using the plays and skits in this book: The kids asked to do it again: I did that play (Ready Steady go!) with my children's class yesterday evening and it worked really well. They absolutely loved it and I wished I'd taken my camera as, by the end of the lesson, they were all sitting in their pretend car with a fine array of ski hats, sunglasses, umbrellas, over-sized gloves, etc. They looked like film stars! Anyway, they've asked to do it again next week so a sure sign that they enjoyed themselves. Miranda Goodwin, France Since discovering your materials I enjoy the planning...and love the teaching. You use the fun approach I believe in through the theatre work I have done, and you have given me the confidence to know it can be applied to language learning for this age group. The kids love it and so do the parents! Joanna Simm, France The children in my beginners English class had such fun doing your skit 'Ready Steady Go!' They were begging me for a skit. 'The Robot' was perfect and so simple to do. It really helped the kids build confidence in their ability to speak English. Thanks for making us look good! Becky Good, Battambang, Cambodia Whenever you have any more ideas be sure to let me know. The stories are fantastic, the games are great and the plays are wonderful!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for making my classes work so well. Lisa Brownlow in Spain I just wanted to let you know that the plays were a great success and I intend to keep having fun with them. Each of my classes put the play on for the school and the parents! Thank you for your great ideas. Michele Hain, Germany Just wanted to let you know how I went with my 1st play girls will be girls and boys will be boys!!!! It was great and the kids loved it. I really got them to ham it up when they said "Hey girls."They laughed and laughed they managed the vocab great and I knew it would work as I had taught them the vocab previously. It's amazing to see the confidence it builds in them. At the end of one lesson I had one little girl come up to me and say ?Miss Cathy, I am a dancer? and she showed me some wonderful dance moves. Cathleen Molloy, China
Do you want to make your ESL classes much more engaging and save hours of prep time? Start role playing! Some people perceive language learning as a dull and difficult task. And sometimes it can be. Role playing introduces fun and motivation into the learning process. It breaks the monotony and builds a framework for students to talk confidently. What will you find in this book? The role plays inside cover many different topics, from daily situations to bizarre stories. They are thought for groups of two students at intermediate or advanced English level. Each activity introduces some useful vocabulary and gives each student his or her role. Then, action begins. That simple. No need for role play cards or paper sheets.
A book of fun and engaging role play activities for use in ESL and EFL classrooms. The role plays cover a wide variety of topics and are designed to maximize student engagement and English language production.
Thirty years of theatre experience and ten years of teaching ESL has equipped Melee Hutton with the vision and expertise to create an innovative approach to English as a Second Language instruction. Using twenty distinct and imaginative scenarios which Ms. Hutton has crafted, students can engage in structured role play while having their imagination ignited in a student-centered learning environment. Interesting concepts and useful terms are introduced and explored in a relevant context, making learning enjoyable, memorable, and accessible. www.meleehutton.com
"The researcher's belief in the communicative approach to teaching language led him to research how instruction can be arranged to bring about low-level / low-literacy students' success with a communicative, meaningful role play task. Often low-level learners struggle with how to complete communicative activities. In a three week unit, the researcher taught a level one ESL class the skills needed to do a role play activity, and on the last day the students attempted to prepare and present role plays of calling to make a doctor's appointment. Data was collected through field notes, audio-recordings of role play presentations, and student questionnaires. Results showed that the students enjoyed the role play activity and did not find it too challenging. The research showed that progression from simple, more guided activities to more advanced, less supported can be an effective approach to teaching a communicative task in a low-level classroom."--
A User-friendly Guide to Teaching English as a Second Language
Author: B. a. Tesol Dang, Pinky Y.
Category: Foreign Language Study
In today's world, teaching English as a Second Language (E.S.L.) is big business. An expanding global communications network has made English the international language of choice. In Highway to E.S.L., authors Rik Ruiter and Pinky Dang provide an easy-to-understand guide, not only for individuals seeking a new and rewarding career teaching English, but also for experienced E.S.L. instructors who wish to improve their classroom skills. Written in a user-friendly format that includes detailed course planning and an appendix containing a variety of useful evaluation forms, Highway To E.S.L. supplies readers with valuable information on how to teach the different disciplines of English-a vital component to successful education in both domestic and international markets. Other key topics include: · Necessary teaching methodologies and approaches · Innovative personal teaching tips · Proficient classroom management · Troubleshooting common classroom problems · Efficient planning that utilizes timetables · Stimulating activity suggestions · Effective curriculum and lesson planning for grammar, reading, writing, listening, and speaking · Incorporating both conventional and non-conventional teaching resources in the classroom In Highway to E.S.L., Ruiter and Dang answer the common "who, where, when, what, why, and how" questions of both experienced and inexperienced E.S.L. teachers, providing teachers with the vital information needed to educate eager minds.
An anthology of articles on teaching English to speakers of other languages. The emphasis is on practical concerns of classroom procedures and on cross-cultural aspects of teaching English around the world. Several of the articles focus on communicative language teaching.
This series gives teachers, trainers, and trainee teachers practical guidance in key aspects of language teaching. Each book includes an introduction and up to 100 classroom ideas, materials, and techniques. The activities are clearly presented, and offer teachers all the information they need about appropriate level, time, preparation, materials, variations, and follow-up activities.
This is an easily understandable and practical guide to effective teaching for teachers and trainers in all instructional settings: school, further education and training, and higher education. It is particularly useful for students, both as a text for their theoretical studies and as a reference during their practical teaching experiences and their later teaching careers. This second edition has been extensively revised and now includes introductory chapters that provide a strong theoretical base as well as a chapter on outcomes-based assessment.
During the course of his carrier a teacher will make use of different methods and techniques. Everyone is different, and almost anything could be controversial. There is not a single technique or method that works for all students in every situation. The teacher must respond to the differences in his students and risk controversy when trying out methods and techniques that are controversial. In this book I have tried to display the different methods in ESL teaching.
Practical and concise, this introductory text for language teaching professionals is a guide to ESL assessment and to fulfilling the testing component of TESOL programs in the U.S. and around the world. Covering the fundamental descriptive and quantitative facets of effective language testing, it explicates key technical aspects in an accessible, non-technical manner. Each chapter includes relevant practical examples and is augmented by a partnered project that provides practical opportunities for readers to apply the concepts presented in real testing situations. Measurement and Evaluation in Post-Secondary ESL: Discusses effective methods of evaluating the language proficiency of college-bound English language learners in various skills areas such as reading, oral proficiency, and writing Takes a fresh look at accepted assessment concepts and issues such as validity and reliability, construct definition, authenticity, washback, reliable scoring, rater training, holistic and analytic rubrics, standardized tests, and statistical concepts Places special emphasis on innovative methods and alternative forms of assessment, such as self and portfolio assessment, as an adjunct to traditional methods Reviews the changes in the new internet-based Test of English a Second Language launched in 2005 Addresses the role and responsibilities of assessors
Thirty years of theatre experience and ten years of teaching ESL has equipped Melee Hutton with the vision and expertise to create an innovative approach to English as a Second Language instruction. Using twenty distinct and imaginative scenarios which Ms. Hutton has crafted, students can engage in structured role play while having their imagination ignited in a student-centered learning environment. Interesting concepts and useful terms are introduced and explored in a relevant context, making learning enjoyable, memorable, and accessible....
As teachers, we want to see our students succeed. Supporting them to acquire life skills is one of the more effective ways to do so. This book provides fifty inspiring, practical tips and activities to enhance students’ social, academic, critical thinking, digital, and work skills to help them become their best selves. It is a quick and essential guide for any busy teacher. This guide is simple, supports all levels of learners, and many of the activities require little or no preparation or special materials. Each activity assists students to improve their speaking, reading, writing, listening, grammar, vocabulary, or pronunciation skills while also practising their broader skills for life. The Fifty Ways to Teachseries gives you a variety of drills, games, techniques, methods, and ideas to help your students master English. The ideas can be used with any textbook, or without a textbook at all. These short, practical guides aim to make your teaching life easier, and your students' lives more rewarding and successful. If you’re a busy teacher who wants to see their students excelling, this is the resource for you.
This Handbook, with 45 chapters written by the world’s leading scholars in second language acquisition (SLA) and language testing, dives into the important interface between SLA and language testing: shared ground where researchers seek to measure second language performance to better understand how people learn their second languages. The Handbook also reviews how to best measure and evaluate the second language (L2) learners’ personal characteristics, backgrounds, and learning contexts to better understand their L2 learning trajectories. Taking a transdisciplinary approach to research, the book builds upon recent theorizing and measurement principles from the fields of applied linguistics, cognitive science, psychology, psycholinguistics, psychometrics, educational measurement, and social psychology. The Handbook is divided into six key sections: (1) Assessment concepts for SLA researchers, (2) Building instruments for SLA research, (3) Measuring individual differences, (4) Measuring language development, (5) Testing specific populations, and (6) Measurement principles for SLA researchers.
A Guide for Second Language and World Language Teachers
Author: Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor
This engaging and complete resource has everything you need to bring drama and theatre techniques into the ESL, EFL, or World Language Classroom. Are your students reluctant to speak out in class? Do they lack confidence in their language skills? The dynamic drama games in this book are the perfect catalyst to transform your students into engaged learners, and help them build confidence and language skills. The interactive theatre games and techniques are specifically designed for use in Second, Foreign, and World Language classrooms to empower students through meaningful, agentive language learning. With over 80 activities and games, and hundreds of extensions that can be catered to every level, this book provides teachers with clear, step-by-step instructions to teaching dramatic activities with L2 learners of all levels and backgrounds. The games and strategies in this book will enliven classrooms with communication that is creative, memorable, inspiring, and fun. Grounded in cutting-edge research, this book explains why teaching language through drama is effective and inspiring for teachers and students alike, directing readers to a wide array of resources and approaches to teaching language through theatre. You’ll also find guidance on leading drama games with language learners in a variety of online platforms, lesson planning models, and an example lesson plan for easy implementation in physical or virtual classroom spaces.
Short RolePlays & Conversational Dialogues for Teens Learning English
Author: Shelley Ann Vernon
19 Short, fun skits for teens learning English. Teach English through drama and have fun with your teens.Skits cover topics dear to teens. Discussion ideas for each topic included. A version for one to one is included with every skit, as well as the group version. Flexible group sizes and numbers of students for each play.
This guide for teachers and teacher trainees provides a wealth of suggestions for helping learners at all levels of proficiency develop their listening and speaking skills and fluency, using a framework based on principles of teaching and learning. By following these suggestions, which are organised around four strands—meaning-focused input, meaning-focused output, language-focused learning, and fluency development—teachers will be able to design and present a balanced programme for their students. Updated with cutting-edge research and theory, the second edition of Teaching ESL/EFL Listening and Speaking retains its hands-on focus and engaging format, and features new activities and information on emerging topics, including: Two new chapters on Extensive Listening and Teaching Using a Course Book Expanded coverage of key topics, including assessment, pronunciation, and using the internet to develop listening and speaking skills Easy-to-implement tasks and suggestions for further reading in every chapter More tools for preservice teachers and teacher trainers, such as a sample unit, a "survival syllabus", and topic prompts The second edition of this bestselling book is an essential text for all Certificate, Diploma, Masters, and Doctoral courses for teachers of English as a second or foreign language.