Author Archive | susanverner

Take a Bite Out of Dull ESL Classes with Apples to Apples!


Teaching and apples have gone hand in hand for far longer than any of today’s teachers have been in the classroom.

The classic picture of an apple on the teacher’s desk is one we all know, and odds are that, …

6 Dazzling Movies for ESL Students with 12 Targeted Activities


Reading, writing and ‘rithmetic might traditionally go together.

And of course there’s that other great combo for the ESL classroommovies and books.

In native speaking classrooms, many teachers start with students reading a book and then …

6 Modern ESL Writing Projects That Students Can Actually Relate To


Writing projects that ESL students actually enjoy are more elusive than Bigfoot.

You might have stopped believing that they actually exist.

Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I know they’re out there.

In fact, I have the evidence that …

Become a Master of Puppets by Using These ESL Role Plays for Kids


Have you heard the expression “all boy”?

It fits my son to a T. He’s “all boy,” all right—rough and tumble, never stops moving, loves swords and superheroes. Oh, and one thing I never would have expected from him: …

5 ESL Activities for Teaching Students About Presidents’ Day


I cannot tell a lie—Presidents’ Day is an incredible opportunity for ESL teachers.

You can teach interactive English lessons and discuss American history in one fell swoop.

Not to mention, American presidents are fascinating, important figures for students to learn …

6 ESL Groundhog Day Lessons to Chase Away the Winter Blues


Are you a fan of Bill Murray?

“Zombieland”… “Ghostbusters”… “Lost in Translation”…

You’ve got plenty of movies to choose from when picking from the best this seasoned actor has to offer.

One of my favorites just happens to resurface …

The Only Tool You Need When Teaching Multilevel ESL Classes


Can you picture an NFL quarterback and pee-wee football players on the same team?

Sometimes teaching a multilevel English class can feel like that.

And as teacher, you have the job of being coach to all, bringing out the …