Author Archive | Ruth Wickham

How to Teach English to Chinese Students

Chinese students who are learning English have to tackle certain linguistic and cultural differences. This is why your teaching won’t be the same as with a class of French speakers, for example. Whether you have a mix of Chinese …

How to Teach English to Adults: 10 Engaging Activities

Teaching English to adults is not the same as teaching children or teenagers.  There are some important differences you must consider, such as their reasons for learning and certain stressors and pressures they might be facing.  But just because adult …

73 ESL Writing Activities

From a student’s point of view, writing assignments are something to dread. But from an ESL teacher’s point of view, they should be a challenge worth accepting. The challenge for you is to motivate your students enough to actually be …

Fun ESL Kindergarten Games

Playing fun cooperative games created for young students will keep your kindergarteners involved, laughing and learning. Even if they don’t understand every single word you say. In this blog post, we’ll explore five ESL games for 3-5 year olds…

4 Creative ESL Crafts Activities

Crafts are an incredible way to teach language through hands-on creativity.  No matter your students’ ability level, a craft activity offers the perfect way to get away from chalk and talk and endless worksheets. They’ll get every student engaged and …

How to Teach Listening in the ESL Classroom: 15 Activities

Teaching listening skills can be tricky, as all students learn at different paces. Some students will “get it,” others may struggle… and what if a student is hard of hearing? In this post, I’ll discuss how to teach listening skills…

16 Pronunciation Activities for ESL Students

Do you find yourself nagging your students about their incorrect pronunciation? English pronunciation can be tough to master. When at least several of your students are struggling with the same problem, it’s definitely worth doing some activities to teach them …

23 ESL Speaking Activities for Adults

Younger ESL students know what’s up. They treat being in ESL class like being on the playground. And that’s how it should be! ESL class is the perfect place to make English mistakes. But speaking out loud in front of …

18 ESL Pair Work Speaking Activities

You really must get your students to speak. That’s the only way they’ll achieve English fluency and find their own voices in their new language. It’s not good enough if it’s just in their heads. It’s not good enough …