Author Archive | susanverner

Let Students Laugh Their Way to Fluency with ESL Mr. Bean Lesson Plans


Have you ever watched a grown man put a turkey on his head and think to yourself, “Hmm, this could make a great English lesson”?

Probably not.

What person in their right mind puts food on their head, …

Transform Your Classroom into a Fall Festival with These 5 ESL Autumn Activities


Can you smell it in the air?

No, I’m not talking about what the Rock is cooking. I’m talking about autumn!

Take a moment and breathe in the scents of pumpkin spice, caramel apple and falling leaves. Isn’t it …

Guide Your Students to Success with These 50 ESL Writing Prompts


Ever find yourself staring at a blank page for extended periods of time?

We all do, even the most experienced writers.

But for many ESL students, the dreaded blank page isn’t just intimidating—it’s immobilizing.

After all, they’re working in …

8 English Vocabulary Poster Ideas for a Wonderfully Word-friendly Classroom


If only these walls could speak?

If only these walls could teach!

In fact, they can.

Class walls will not exactly have the same effect as, say, Robin Williams standing on a desk talking about the universe, but they

The Secret Life of ESL Flashcards: How to Transform Them Into Fun Classroom Games


Things that happen in a flash are usually pretty exciting.

Think about it.

A flash of lightning, a flash in the pan, The Flash…

So why should flashcards be so boring?

Most of us associate flashcards with late-night study drills. …

Presentations and Activities: How to Teach ESL Vocabulary with 5 Popular Holidays


Once everyone has had their fill of Halloween candy, the words on lips all over the United States are “Happy Holidays.”

Merry Christmas!

Happy Hanukkah (or Chag Sameach)!

Happy New Year!

Wonderful wishes abound from November through January, often over

6 Highly Motivational Songs for Sluggish Students in English Class

funny finish of racing snails

Do you ever feel sluggish and unmotivated when you teach? Do your students?

If so, that’s okay!

Even if it’s not ideal, it’s completely normal for all of us to feel low on the motivation scale every now and …