Class introductions using Wordle and word clouds

Levels: elementary to advanced.
Ages: teens; adults.
Type: using word clouds to generate discussion and build rapport.
Skills: reading; writing; listening; speaking.
Language focus: grammar – textual cohesion; any other grammar and vocab points as they arise.

Holocaust Memorial Day lesson for lower-level learners

Levels: beginner to low pre-intermediate.
Ages: teens; adults.
Type: listening for gist and detail; speaking (sharing information).
Skills: listening; speaking; pronunciation (intonation patterns and individual sounds).
Language focus: vocab re family relationships & personal feelings; any other grammar and vocab that arises.

First Lesson: Low Level Ice-Breaker

Levels: beginner to low pre-intermediate. Teachers with higher level classes might want to use my friend Jackie’s interview lesson, which you can find here.
Ages: teens; adults
Type: conversational; “breaking the ice”
Skills: listening; speaking; pronunciation (intonation patterns and individual sounds).
Language focus: introductions; any grammar and vocab that arises.

DIY Board Game

Levels: strong elementary to advanced.
Ages: kids; teens; adults.
Type: board game; conversations.
Skills: listening; speaking; writing; pronunciation (difficult phonemes).
Language focus: question forms; vocab revision.