Happy Birthday, Winnie - reading worksheet

Happy Birthday, Winnie - reading worksheet

This is a three page reading resource which I developed for use after reading "Happy birthday, Winnie" by Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul. It contains three pages with comprehension questions, a match-the-halves sentence exercise, a verb word search and a story starter prompting the student to imagine a story involving Winnie. It is suitable for children who are able to read and enjoy the Winnie stories. I used it with an ESL student who was 11 years old. The book is available to read online on the Oxford Owl reading site: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-school/default
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Cinderella-the sequel. A play for young English learners

Cinderella-the sequel. A play for young English learners

This is a short play I wrote for an English summer camp concert. It's suitable for learners up to about 12 or 13 years of age. It takes about 7 to 10 minutes. The main aim is to give them a chance to use their English in a fun setting. There are 13 characters in the play but it would be easy to add or remove characters. I've included a Word document for those of you who would like to edit the play for your class or group. My 11- to-13- year-olds loved doing this play, which was easy enough for them to learn in about 4 days. I hope yours enjoy it too!
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ESL/EFL first lesson needs analysis

ESL/EFL first lesson needs analysis

This lesson can be used with pre-intermediate and above EFL/ESL students. Aim: to conduct a needs analysis while also involving students in speaking and revising question forms and verb tenses. This lesson was prepared for a group of pre-intermediate teachers doing a short, conversation based course in Italy, so my questions are specific to what I expected them to need. However, I've given a word document so that you can change anything you like to suit your particular group. There is also a page of teacher notes with suggestions for using the worksheet.
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Alphabet in English for Italian Students

Alphabet in English for Italian Students

This resource is a one page list of the English Alphabet with the pronunciation written in a way that is specifically adapted to Italian students. Phonetic spelling is NOT used since early learners (and later) and their parents do not know it. This is written in a way that makes the pronunciation immediately accessible. I give this sheet to students and their parents so that they can practice at home.
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Find someone who... ESL/EFL first lesson activity

Find someone who... ESL/EFL first lesson activity

This worksheet was prepared for a group of teachers attending a short conversation-based English course in Italy. Aim: to promote conversation and revision of question forms and tenses. There is one page with 17 statements which prompt a question, and space for the name and details. There is also a page of teaching notes. For this task, I've included a range of statements in various tenses which would also be suitable for students returning to lessons after the summer. There are statements in the following tenses and modalities: present simple, past continuous, simple past, present perfect, present continuous, can, is going to A list of question words at the bottom of the page prompts the students to ask follow-up questions, thus broadening the speaking practice. This is a word document so that you can change any of the questions if necessary.
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Cambridge PET exam sentence transformation practice

Cambridge PET exam sentence transformation practice

This resource has been specifically developed for revision and practice for the Cambridge PET exam. It is aimed at ESL students of Intermediate level (B1). It consists of two pages of transformation exercises (four questions of five transformations each) and one page of answers with a short teacher note suggesting how to tackle this type of question at the end. Grammar included: direct and reported speech, present perfect with for and since, comparatives, modals (must, have to, need). It could be used with any ESL students at the right level, to encourage thinking in English and fluency.
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ESL summer camp reward tokens to promote speaking

ESL summer camp reward tokens to promote speaking

I created this resource specifically for ESL summer camps, but it can be used in class too. It is for children up to the ages of about 14. Since Italian children are often reluctant to use English, I reward any use of good English with one of these tokens throughout the day. At the end of the day, the student with the most tokens is allowed to choose a sticker from my sticker pages. I also choose a second student to get a sticker so that everyone gets a chance and the winner is not always the same person. They students then hand back their tokens and we start anew the next day. It encouraged a lot of speaking! There are four pages of tokens to be printed and cut apart. Two have 8 to a page and two have 6 to a page. There are different comments on the tokens: "GOOD ENGLISH!", "ENGLISH SUPERSTAR!", "WELL SAID!" AND "SUPER SENTENCE!".
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Study English Effectively ESL worksheet

Study English Effectively ESL worksheet

This resource was made for Italian Pre-intermediate to Intermediate ESL students. The aim is to encourage students to think about how they study English,to introduce some study methods and some Internet websites,to create discussion about the topic, and finally, to practice writing a letter to a friend on the topic. There are three pages, including a page of teacher notes. The worksheet contains an article with suggestions on how to study English effectively, questions to promote discussion and an instruction to write a friendly letter on the topic.
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Countable or uncountable revision worksheet

Countable or uncountable revision worksheet

This resource was developed for ESL students at intermediate level. It is specifically for students preparing for the Cambridge PET exam and aims to revise the use of countable and uncountable nouns. There are three pages in total. Two contain the worksheet, which includes grammar notes on the use of much, many, some, lots of, any, a few and a little. The third page contains the Teacher notes and answers.
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Comparatives and superlatives web-quest reading comprehension

Comparatives and superlatives web-quest reading comprehension

This resource is for ESL and mother tongue students at pre-intermediate to intermediate level. It is based on an article (which can be found here: http://www.english-online.at/news-articles/technology/breakthrough-for-world's-longest-tunnel.htm) about the largest tunnel in the world. It can be used as revision and consolidation after a unit on comparatives and superlatives. It contains two pages. The student's page contains comprehension questions, a table of comparatives and superlatives to complete, sentences to complete and a prompt for some discussion. The teacher's page contains the answers and notes on how the worksheet can be used.
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Cambridge PETexam  vocabulary preposition race

Cambridge PETexam vocabulary preposition race

This resource was prepared for ESL students who are preparing for the Cambridge PET exam, which is at an intermediate level. It consists of one page (a-z) of sentences with the prepositions missing. This could be used as a test after students have studied the prepositions, or as a small team game where students work together to complete the sentences and race against other teams.It could be used equally well with mother tongue English students.
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Cambridge PET exam writing part two prompts

Cambridge PET exam writing part two prompts

This resource has been prepared for ESL students preparing for the Cambridge PET exam. There are three pages of prompts in the style of the Writing part 2 question;there are a total of 12 questions in all. Functions covered include: suggesting, thanking, asking, inviting, apologizing, explaining, refusing an invitation, describing places and feelings. These can be used for assessment, revision or homework and would also be suitable for mother-tongue students in a unit focusing on clear written communication.
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Cambridge PET exam vocabulary weather crossword

Cambridge PET exam vocabulary weather crossword

This crossword was specifically made as a revision exercise for ESL students preparing for the Cambridge PET exam, which is at CEFR B1 level, but it could be used for any students at an appropriate level. It could be given as a homework exercise or as a collaborative task for two students to do in class. The answers are included. There are three pages: The puzzle frame, the clues, and the answers.
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Cambridge PET exam holiday and travel vocabulary crossword

Cambridge PET exam holiday and travel vocabulary crossword

This crossword revises travel and holiday vocabulary, It was specifically made forESL students preparing for the Cambridge PET exam, which is at CEFR B1 level, but it could be used for any students at a suitable level. The answers are included. It could be given for homework or as a collaborative task in class for two pupils to do together.
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Cambridge PET vocabulary Clothes crossword

Cambridge PET vocabulary Clothes crossword

This crossword was specifically made as a revision exercise for ESL students preparing for the Cambridge PET exam, which is at CEFR B1 level, but it could be used for any students at an appropriate level. It could be given as a homework exercise or as a collaborative task for two students to do in class. The answers are included.
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ESL summer camp songs and indoor games collection

ESL summer camp songs and indoor games collection

This resource is a collection of songs and games suitable for use at an ESL summer camp, or any summer camp. It consists of 5 pages of song words (some with actions) gleaned from the Internet and camp experience, as well as 7 pages of games instructions for indoor games (although many could be played outside as well). The objective of these activities is to get the children talking and using English in a fun way without being aware of doing so. Most of the songs and games could be used in an English-first-language environment very successfully.
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Cambridge PET writing prompts part 3

Cambridge PET writing prompts part 3

This resource is aimed at teachers preparing students for the Cambridge PET exam of English. It consists of 11 different writing prompts in the style of the Writing Part Three question. Short of buying books with mock exams, it is very difficult to find a variety of suitable prompts. I hope these will help you and your students as it has helped me and mine. The prompts are also suitable for any young students at a CEFR A2-B1 level.
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Time discussion questions

Time discussion questions

This resource is for ESL learners at Upper Intermediate to Advanced level. It consists of one page of questions which is divided into A and B for two students. Each student has 9 questions to ask their partner. Included in the questions are three quotations by authors or philosophers. Students must discuss their reaction to the quotes. It could also be used with senior high school students to encourage discussion. Always remember to remind students that they can choose whether to answer and how much information to give. If a question makes them uncomfortable, they should use deflecting techniques.
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Discussion prompts - ancestors and ancestry

Discussion prompts - ancestors and ancestry

This resource is aimed at ESL learners of upper-intermediate to advanced level. It consists of 1 page of questions which is divided into A and B for two students, as well as some Teacher notes and suggestions on using the resource. It could also be used with Senior High school students during a unit on family/genealogy.
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Strange New Year Traditions - reading comprehension

Strange New Year Traditions - reading comprehension

This worksheet is suitable for primary and lower high school ESL/EAL students. It ties into the theme of New Year but gives an interesting twist. There is one page of text and a page of questions, finishing with an opinion question that the class could discuss as a group. Flesch-Kincaid level: 3.7
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