Tag: ELTdesigns

Hearts in your hand: Who’s your partner?

This activity can work very well when teachers would like to make a random name call, or when nobody feels like volunteering to answer the teacher’s question or prompts. It works like this: 1 Give students the topic topic of the day, for example, fruits. 2 Ask students to draw two hearts on their hand […]

Giggles of goats: What reality are we in?

Our classroom space can be transformed into an alternative reality with the presence of creatures in shadow puppets. In this activity demonstrated by the in-service teachers at Gee-O during a TESOL certification course I did with HorizonTESOL, the teachers turned off the normal lights, switched on the smartphone flashlight, and then set up a makeshift […]

Football for Fans: Who are you passing the ball to?

Smart Football Aim To create an exciting classroom atmosphere in an integrated skill revision lesson in young learners or teenagers’ classroom. To learn vocabulary relating to football To create smart strategy to align players in correct positions to win the game. Level: any level and any age group Materials: markers and board Time: 20-40 minutes […]

Envelopes for Each of Us: What are you writing, to whom, and how?

Many writing lessons might not end well. Because learners have probably not been encouraged to see how others appreciate their products. Too much seems to be on correction efforts while little is paid attention to the beautiful experience of reading or simply sending the letter. A simple way is using envelopes and telling the students […]

Clay crewmates in camouflage: Where are they hiding?

With the popularity of the ‘Among Us’ game, I’ve designed this treasure hunt activity for my kids at home using the ideas of clay crewmate figures hidden somewhere around the house. Here are the procedures: 0 Rule explanation: Tell the kids that you’re going to play a treasure hunt activity. They will find 5 colorful […]

Bananas on the board: Is this art?

This critical thinking activity is inspired based on the story reported in the New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/07/arts/art-basel-banana-eaten.html. Students will take different roles to present their perspectives. Here are the procedures 1 Stick a banana on the classroom board. 2 Ask students to look at the banana, brainstorm and write down 1 or 2 words on […]

Animals we adore: What do they say about our personality?

I don’t remember where I picked up this activity so am unable to give credit to the original authors. It works like this: teachers will walk students through drawing three favorite animals of their own, and the slowly revealing that those animals reveal others’ opinions about them and their own viewpoints. Here are the procedures: […]