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I have 10 years experience in a classroom setting as well as on-on-one tutoring (in person and online) of all aspects of English. My focus has mainly been with adult learners of English as a second language, and I have taught students from all over the globe and from many different language backgrounds, but I have worked with all ages and levels of English development. I enjoy creating engaging English and ESL materials that make learning English fun!

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I have 10 years experience in a classroom setting as well as on-on-one tutoring (in person and online) of all aspects of English. My focus has mainly been with adult learners of English as a second language, and I have taught students from all over the globe and from many different language backgrounds, but I have worked with all ages and levels of English development. I enjoy creating engaging English and ESL materials that make learning English fun!
ESL Lesson for TED Talk - How Language Shapes the Way We Think
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ESL Lesson for TED Talk - How Language Shapes the Way We Think

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ESL Lesson: Based on a TED talk by Lera Boroditsky and designed for upper intermediate to advanced ESL learners to practice listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary and grammar skills. Discussion questions encourage higher order thinking. Lesson includes these practice activities based on the Ted Talk: ✿ Pre-viewing activity and discussion questions ✿ Vocabulary activities: (1) matching activity with vocabulary from the Talk to prepare students for the video, (2) discussion activity using the vocabulary, (3) short activity with multiple-meaning words, (4) Vocabulary writing activities, and (5) crossword puzzle ✿ Comprehension and discussion questions ✿ Mini grammar lesson and practice using articles ✿ Mini grammar lesson and practice and practice activities with noun clauses ✿ Two additional discussion activities related to the topic ✿ Variety of writing topics related to the Talk topic ✿ Download includes 13 lesson pages plus lesson notes and answer keys. ✿ Separate teacher and student versions to give the option to send the lesson to your students electronically.
Sentence Building Task Cards
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Sentence Building Task Cards

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Writing practice for complex sentences and structure with different parts of speech. This set contains the following: *40 task cards (20 cards to practice combining ideas in simple sentences to create complex sentences, and 20 cards to practice writing sentences with different parts of speech from the same word family.) *QR code option for complex sentence cards *Student instruction card for each type of task *Possible answers for complex sentence cards
Word Puzzle Escape Room Activity
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Word Puzzle Escape Room Activity

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In this fun escape room game, teams work together to solve the word and logic puzzles using critical thinking skills to discover codes to open the lock. Students love the fun of an escape room game, and you will love that this low-prep activity gets them thinking as they solve the puzzles and clues! Includes 2 versions: Paper-only version: You can use an actual lock with a number combination to give it more of an escape room feel, but it is not required. After each correctly completed puzzle, teams submit their solutions to the Key Master (teacher) to receive a key with a code word on it. After collecting all four keys, teams unscramble the words for a final instruction/clue to crack the combination. Paper-Digital hybrid version: The same puzzles as above are used, but there are no keys to collect from the teacher, and no physical lock boxes are used. After completing the puzzles, students enter the digital escape room and use the codes they have figured out based on the puzzles and other clues hidden within. Each puzzle represents one lock that they must open. If they get the answer right, a key with a code word will appear on the screen. They take note of the key word and continue in the same way with the next three puzzles/locks. The fifth and final lock uses the secret code found from the clue words on the keys. This is a fun activity that will get your students thinking and working together. It is especially great for upper-level ESL students to get them talking and they will probably even learn new vocabulary in the process. This is great as an ice breaker, before or after a school break, end of year class activity, or any time you want to mix things up and give your students a fun break while also encouraging critical thinking. This resource contains: 1. Teacher instructions and notes 2. Student instructions and key/code recording sheet 3. Series of four puzzles/challenges for students to complete: Riddle Puzzles: (hink pinks and hinky pinkies). Teams work to find two-word rhyming answers to the clues. Two versions are available to adjust the level of difficulty/time required. (Three levels of difficulty are included with the digital hybrid version) Pictogram: Teams find the hidden message by solving the pictogram puzzles. From the given pictures, letters are added, subtracted, or replaced to reveal words from the message. Cryptogram puzzle: Teams work to decipher the message that will also help them figure out the final code. Three versions are included so you can choose the appropriate level of difficulty. Logic Puzzle: Teams work together to figure out the solution to the puzzle about guests escaping a haunted castle. 4. Color-coded keys to distribute to teams after each correct puzzle (only needed when using the paper-only version). 5. Answer keys
Comma Splice and Run-on Sentence PowerPoint and Activities
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Comma Splice and Run-on Sentence PowerPoint and Activities

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complete, no-prep lesson on how to correctly join clauses and avoid run-on sentences (comma splices and fused sentences). Includes editable PowerPoint presentation that takes the student through a step-by-step simple explanation of what run-on sentences are and how to correct them. Student is given a brief explanation of independent and dependent clauses, and students are presented with five methods for rewriting sentences to avoid comma splices and fused sentences. At the end of the presentation, there are several practice activities to do as a class. Possible answers are given in the teachers notes section of the PowerPoint. Also included is a two-sheet handout students can use for reference that highlights the main points of the presentation and shows more examples. Finally, there are several activity sheets for students to practice identifying run-on sentences and correcting them using a variety of methods. Answer keys are included with correct and/or possible responses.
Gerund PowerPoint Lesson and Practice Activities
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Gerund PowerPoint Lesson and Practice Activities

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No-prep lesson includes editable PowerPoint presentation that explains what gerunds are and how they function and gives examples of sentences where gerunds are used as subjects, subject complements, direct objects, and objects of prepositions. Some discussion questions are given for students to practice using gerunds in conversation. Also included is a two-page worksheet for students to practice identifying gerund function, completing sentences using gerunds, and writing their own original sentences with gerunds. This is a topic that is particularly difficult for English language learners to grasp, so this clear and easy to understand explanation with ample practice is sure to help them improve sentence structure.
ESL Lesson for TED Talk: The Joy of Surfing in Ice Cold Water
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ESL Lesson for TED Talk: The Joy of Surfing in Ice Cold Water

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*updated 1/13/18* ESL Lesson: Based on a TED talk by Chris Burkard and is designed for upper intermediate to advanced ESL learners to practice listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary and grammar skills. Discussion questions encourage higher order thinking. Complete lesson notes and answer keys are included. This lesson is ideal for use in the flipped classroom. The video can be assigned for homework and discussion questions can be done in pairs or small groups during class. Lesson activities can be either be done in groups or at home and discussed during the next class. Lesson includes these practice activities based on the Ted Talk: 1. Pre and post-viewing discussion questions 2. Vocabulary matching. Students use the context of a sentence to match the definition with the vocabulary word. 3. Crossword puzzle using vocabulary from the talk 4. Vocabulary discussion and writing practice questions 5. Mini grammar lesson and practice activities for comparative and superlative adjectives 6. Writing activity to practice using comparative forms. Students choose one of two topics related to the talk and compare two activities or two places. 6/18/18 Update: Now includes a separate student version without answer key to give the option to send the lesson to your students electronically. If you purchase this product, your feedback would be greatly appreciated!!
ESL Number Pronunciation Bingo
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ESL Number Pronunciation Bingo

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ESL Lesson: This short lesson will help English language learners notice the pronunciation difference between pairs of numbers such as fifteen and fifty. Students will then practice their speaking and listening skills to create a bingo card, and then they will have further listening practice as they play the game. All lesson instructions are included, as well as bingo cards and numbers and materials for game variation.
ESL Lesson for TED Talk: A Life Lesson from a Volunteer Firefighter
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ESL Lesson for TED Talk: A Life Lesson from a Volunteer Firefighter

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FREEBIE! ESL lesson based on a TED talk by Mark Bezos and is designed for intermediate and above ESL learners to practice listening, speaking, reading, vocabulary and grammar skills. Discussion questions encourage higher order thinking. This no-prep lesson contains complete lesson notes and answer keys as well as ideas for expansion activities. This lesson is also great for use in the flipped classroom. The video can be assigned for homework and discussion questions can be done in pairs or small groups during class. Lesson activities can either be done in groups or at home and discussed during the next class. If you download this product, I would be very grateful for your feedback! Thank you!!
Reading Street Spelling and Vocabulary Activities: My Brother Martin
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Reading Street Spelling and Vocabulary Activities: My Brother Martin

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updated summer 2020 Spelling and Vocabulary activities from Fourth Grade Reading Series story, “My Brother Martin” These activities give several opportunities to practice the words in a variety of ways. As they go through the activities for this series, students make connections with other language concepts such as alphabetization, synonyms, antonyms, syllables, homophones, analogies, rhymes, word meaning, etc. Download includes 12 activity pages plus answer keys: * Worksheet for practice/self test * Word list to alphabetize. They can either rewrite the words from their list alphabetically or cut out the words and arrange in order before rewriting them. * Scrambled words puzzle * Scavenger hunt * Quotefall puzzle: answer clues with spelling words, and then transfer circled letters to reveal a Martin Luther King, Jr. quote. * Dictionary and writing activities * Silly sentences - students make sentences using words that start with letters from spelling words * Dictation activity * Vocabulary activity from the words to know. * Explanation and activity for coordinating conjunctions * Grayscale versions included
United States Research: Florida
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United States Research: Florida

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Discover Florida with this activity packet! Students can learn more about their own state or discover another. This is also a great way for adult ESL students to learn more about this new country they call home! I have used this activity by assigning each student a different state to research and then present to the class as a commercial for people to visit "their" state. The students loved this activity, and they learned so many interesting things about the U.S. There are many other ways to use the materials, and there are a variety of activities in this collection that can be used to suit your needs. Download includes the following: * A U.S. map that highlights Florida and shows bordering states for the students to identify and label. * A short pre-research activity to have the students write what they know about the selected state and what they would like to find out. * A quick reference activity to have students find and label the major cities and find out a few fast facts. * A scavenger hunt. * A graphic organizer to make notes about the information they find from their research. * A worksheet to identify and research an influential person from the state. * A map with major or important cities labeled and a worksheet to investigate a specific city. * Assignment to create a commercial about the state. * A research credit worksheet to keep track of where the information or pictures came from as they do their research. * An acrostic poem using the letters of the selected state. * Graphic organizer for writing an opinion paragraph. * Graphic organizer for writing a compare and contrast paragraph to compare two states. * A research closing activity to summarize what the students learned and what they would still like to know about the state. * A large blank map that can be decorated with drawings or pictures of symbols related to the state. A PowerPoint version is also included in case they would like to use clip art to decorate their maps. * Grayscale versions of any worksheets that have color.
Sentence Editing Task Cards
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Sentence Editing Task Cards

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These sentence correction task cards are a great way for students to work individually or with partners to edit grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. They also work well for ELLs as they also contain some grammar errors that are common for students learning English as a second language. The set contains 40 cards with grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization errors that need to be corrected. Suggestions for correct answers and grayscale versions of all cards are included. Also includes an optional QR version.
Subject-Verb Agreement Practice
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Subject-Verb Agreement Practice

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This is a brief review of form and use for simple present tense and subject verb agreement, and is especially helpful for ESL and ELL. This is not intended as an introduction to the simple present tense for beginning language learners. Rather, this is a review for students who previously learned the simple present tense but still have trouble using it correctly. Many English language learners, including advanced students, have difficulty mastering this structure, so this is a good short review with several practice activities to give them a variety of ways to work with the present tense. It can also then be used as a reference handout to review as needed. Updated 9/30/20: Now includes a Google Slides version for distance learning.
Picture Prompts for Discussion and Writing
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Picture Prompts for Discussion and Writing

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These picture prompt cards for discussion and writing contain a wide variety of topics and tasks to practice speaking and/or writing skills and also encourage creativity and higher-order thinking. Printable and digital (Google Slides) options are included! These topics will have students describing, giving opinions, persuading, explaining a process, comparing/contrasting and creating stories or dialogue as well as writing advertisements, letters, news articles, and personal experiences (often from the perspective of another), etc. There are topics that will only need a short time to complete the activity, and others will take longer. Use them for warm-up activities, group projects, journals, presentations, debates, and more. You will find plenty of uses for these cards! Perfect for middle school, high school, and adult ESL! ***Update 7/20: This resource has been updated to add a digital option using Google slides. Additionally, two printable options are now included: (1) task cards or (2) each prompt on an individual sheet with lines to write the response. Also added 8 new prompts (for a total of 88).
ESL Lessons for TED Talks Bundle (Volume 1)
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ESL Lessons for TED Talks Bundle (Volume 1)

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Practice ESL listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar skills with this bundle of four lessons created from TED Talks for upper intermediate and advanced ESL students. Preview is an example of one of the lessons. Bundle contains the following lessons: ESL Lesson for TED Talk: A Life Lesson from a Volunteer Firefighter ESL Lesson for TED Talk: How a Penny Made Me Feel Like a Millionaire ESL Lesson for TED Talk: The Joy of Surfing in Ice Cold Water ESL Lesson for TED Talk: What Makes a Good Life?
Complete Sentences and Avoiding Fragments
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Complete Sentences and Avoiding Fragments

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This lesson on sentence fragment includes an editable PowerPoint lesson that gives a review of independent and dependent clauses and explains what sentence fragments are. Multiple examples of different types of sentence fragments are shown with several practice opportunities. Download includes: 1. Editable PowerPoint with explanation of sentence fragments. A review of dependent and independent clauses is given to explain the concept of dependent clauses causing sentence fragments. Students are shown how to correct them by adding independent clauses. Examples of sentence fragments caused by missing subjects and/or verbs are also given. Practice opportunities are given after each type of fragment is presented. 2. Sentence matching activity that can be used for practicing combining dependent and independent clauses and also for partnering students up to work on further activities 3. Four practice activities to identify sentence fragments and/or correct them 4. A sentence auction game for identifying and correcting sentence fragments 5. An editable sentence auction game template that can be used for any sentences 6. Answer keys
Reading Street Spelling and Vocabulary Activities Moonwalk
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Reading Street Spelling and Vocabulary Activities Moonwalk

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updated summer 2020 Spelling and Vocabulary activities from Fourth Grade Reading Street story, “Moonwalk” These activities give several opportunities to practice the words in a variety of ways. **Recently updated with additional activities** As they go through the activities for this series, students make connections with other language concepts such as alphabetization, synonyms, antonyms, syllables, homophones, analogies, rhymes, word meaning, etc. Download includes 11 activity pages plus answer keys: * worksheet to practice/self test * Word list to alphabetize. They can either rewrite the words from their list alphabetically or cut out the words and arrange in order before rewriting them. * Scrambled words puzzle * Scavenger hunt * Silly sentences activity - students make sentences using words that start with letters in spelling words * Dictionary work and writing activities * Dictation activity * Vocabulary activity from the words to know. * Grayscale versions included
Brain Breaks, Icebreakers, and Warm Up Activities
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Brain Breaks, Icebreakers, and Warm Up Activities

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Try this wide assortment of fun activities that can be used to liven up your class! Research has shown that our brains are wired for novelty, and so it is important to switch up our activities to refresh our brains and to think of things in a different way. This collection of activities offers a wide variety of different types of tasks. Not every class has the same personality, and not all teachers have the same style, so with these 80 activities, you are sure to find plenty that everyone will love! These activities can be used as short brain breaks, ice breakers, warm-up activities, or fillers. They are perfect for any time you need to shake things up in your class, and they will get your students moving, discussing, unleashing their creativity, or thinking outside of the box. The activities have been randomized so you can work your way through the deck and have a good mix of types of tasks. Except for a few activities, no materials other than pencil and paper are needed. Some have optional handouts that you can use with the students, but in most cases, they are not required to complete the activity. These activities are particularly great for ESL students because for many of the tasks, they will have an opportunity to discuss and work together with classmates. There are also many activities that use listening and/or describing skills, which will challenge them to think and communicate in English in new ways. This resource contains the following: * 80 Activity cards with a variety of types of tasks * Index of activities with short description and any additional notes * 19 optional handouts to be used with certain activities
Writing Better Sentences Task Card Bundle
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Writing Better Sentences Task Card Bundle

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Practice sentence writing skills with this bundle containing a total of 120 task cards with a focus on descriptive sentences, structure, and editing. Set includes the following sentence writing task card sets: Spice it Up: Task Cards for Creating Better Sentences Sentence Correction Task Cards Sentence Building Task Cards
Present Perfect PowerPoint & Practice Activities
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Present Perfect PowerPoint & Practice Activities

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One of the most difficult tenses to master in English is the present perfect tense. With this PowerPoint lesson and practice activities, your students will finally feel more confident about when to use and when not to use the perfect tenses. ESL students are always asking for more explanation and practice with these tenses, and they are sure to find these resources helpful! This resource includes: Complete PowerPoint lesson on the Present Perfect and Present Perfect continuous tenses. (video preview shows a portion of the lesson) Irregular verb chart as a reference guide to forming the present perfect Handout for students to reference after the lesson with the main points that were covered and examples Three grammar activities to practice the present perfect and present perfect continuous 80 task cards describing actions that can be used for a game or conversation activity to practice using the present perfect****
Halloween Picture Word Search
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Halloween Picture Word Search

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Fun Halloween word search puzzle using pictures of things associated with Halloween to first build the word list, and then find the words in the puzzle. A hidden message is revealed after the puzzle is completed. This is a little more challenging than the typical word search, and it gives an opportunity to focus on spelling rather than just looking for words in the puzzle from a given list. This is particularly useful for ESL students as it is a good way to get students working together to build the list, learn vocabulary, and practice spelling. If you download this freebie, I would be very grateful for your feedback!