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We are a group of ESL teachers based in China, but the materials we provide here are suitable for ESL students anywhere in the world. We have a selection of stand alone lessons, and presentations that can easily be incorporated into existing lessons for ESL students. Almost all of our materials are aimed at students over 16, but they would work with any learners of an intermediate level or higher.

We are a group of ESL teachers based in China, but the materials we provide here are suitable for ESL students anywhere in the world. We have a selection of stand alone lessons, and presentations that can easily be incorporated into existing lessons for ESL students. Almost all of our materials are aimed at students over 16, but they would work with any learners of an intermediate level or higher.
British vs. American English ESL

British vs. American English ESL

A detailed presentation looking at the vocabulary, spelling, and grammar differences between the two main branches of English. A good cultural introduction for ESL students, and can easily fill a hour lesson when used in conjunction with the American English vs British English worksheets, which are provided. Lesson could easily be used for a test-teach-test style class, or a task based learning one.
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Introduction to Music Genres ESL

Introduction to Music Genres ESL

A one hour lesson to introduce students to the different genres of music, and the instruments used to create them. Due to copyright the MP3’s I personally use in class have of course been removed, but the answers remain, teachers are free to replace the genres with any they see fit. Word files for the worksheets have been uploaded so they can be easily uploaded.
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19 Ethical & Moral Dilemmas ESL Discussion

19 Ethical & Moral Dilemmas ESL Discussion

A presentation of 19 different ethical or moral dilemmas for ESL students to discuss. Aimed at Intermediate or higher level students, there are a few pieces of less common vocabulary, which will require explaining or concept checking.
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English Expressions ESL

English Expressions ESL

A simple 75 page presentation where each page has a common English expression. Personally I use this is in class in a number of ways, either on a screen or printed out. One student must talk to the other, and make them say the expression on the screen or on their sheet before moving on to the next one.
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ESL Memory Test

ESL Memory Test

A quick introductory activity to get students thinking, and using English to discuss what they saw. Four different images are on the presentation, it is suggested that just one or two are used, as a warmer to get students into speaking English.
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144 ESL IELTS Discussion Questions

144 ESL IELTS Discussion Questions

A great way to open up ESL students to discuss a range of questions, they can choose from 8 different types of questions, before being presented with 24 numbers. Then they randomly select a question. It is a great way to have students practice questions, that they might well encounter in part one of an IELTS exam. Also it is a good way to open up the class for discussions on issues that they should be comfortable with.
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American Slang ESL

American Slang ESL

An introduction to 52 different pieces of American slang. Ideal for any ESL students looking to gain a wider understanding of the different uses of English in different contexts.
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ESL Introduction To Phrasal Verbs

ESL Introduction To Phrasal Verbs

A lesson based on a lot of different phrasal verbs, and the different meanings they can have both literal and non literal. Finishing up with a game that can be done as a whole class or in groups using the worksheet provided.
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Business English Slang ESL

Business English Slang ESL

A introduction for ESL students into 33 different bits of Business English slang, an ideal companion piece for any introduction to Business English lessons, and can easily be slid into existing lessons for a little bit of light relief.
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Multiple Choice ESL 1950s Slang Quiz

Multiple Choice ESL 1950s Slang Quiz

A 25 question multiple choice quiz to introduce ESL students to the idea that words have multiple meanings, and they change over time. This quiz focuses on words that had new meanings in the 1950s, and are still in use today. I did deliberately chose not to use too much dated slang, and for words like ‘bread’ the alternatives are also definitions for bread, but they are formal ones. Personally I use this as part of a class on the development and changes in the English language
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Lost! ESL Discussion Activity

Lost! ESL Discussion Activity

Students are presented with the classic sinking ship situation and they must choose who gets to go in the life boat. Included is a ppt to introduce the situation and the available passengers to choose from, along with a handout for the students detailing the passengers. It should provide for a lively debate between intermediate and above students.
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4 ESL Board Games

4 ESL Board Games

Four different ESL Board games aimed at getting beginner to intermediate students talking about a range of topics that they should be comfortable talking about. Mostly focus on their likes and dislikes and giving simple opinions on things.
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8 Steps To Success ESL Lesson

8 Steps To Success ESL Lesson

An approximately 40 minute ESL lesson for Intermediate and above students based around the 5 minute TED talk 8 steps to success. Lesson plan is available as a free download, which shows in more detail how to use the ppt. The purpose of the lesson is to firstly get students talking and discussing the ideas behind success, and secondly to practice their listening in an more interesting context.
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Fill in the Blank

Fill in the Blank

A fun game to end almost any class with, 17 slides with different sentences on them. Divide the class into two equals teams, and make sure everyone has plenty of paper and a pen. Have a one player from each team and sit at the front of the class Show the first slide, and read the sentence Use the word ‘blank’ as the missing words in the sentence. The aim is for each team member to write down the same ‘blank’ word as their player at the front of the class. Both players and team members keep their answers secret. When everyone has written a word, ask the students at the front to reveal their answers. For each answer, the team members have that match their players answer, they get a point. Repeat with different players
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Art of Conversation ESL Presentation & Lesson Plan

Art of Conversation ESL Presentation & Lesson Plan

During many ESL classes, students are asked to discuss a set of questions with a partner. All too often this becomes more like an interview, students do not wait for responses before asking the next question. This class attempts to right that wrong and introduce ESL students becoming more conversational when they are talking to people.
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Canadian Slang ESL

Canadian Slang ESL

A quick guide to some of the more interesting pieces of Canadian English, an ideal quick introduction for students heading to Canada for further study.
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Touchstone 2 Textbook Multiple Choice Review Quiz

Touchstone 2 Textbook Multiple Choice Review Quiz

44 questions to review some of the vocabulary and grammar points covered in level 2 of the Touchstone text book series from Cambridge English Book. It is a selection of multiple choice questions based on the book, with 4, 6 or 8 options to answer. Teachers notes on the presentation tell you, which page of the book is being referenced.
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Fun ESL Games

Fun ESL Games

Two separate versions of the ‘fun time’ game for ESL students. Class is divided into two teams, and then they can pick from one of five topics Drawing, Acting, Taboo, Question and Who/What Am I. Students then choose from one of eight options for each topic and come to the front of the class to do whatever they chose. Drawing is like Pictionary, Acting is Charades, Taboo is a well known game, questions allow a chance to review some knowledge learnt in class and Who/What Am I works on students logical thinking.
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Lost in the Jungle ESL Activity

Lost in the Jungle ESL Activity

A speaking activity designed to fill a 45 minute ESL class if used in the correct way. Students are ‘lost in the jungle’, and then must decide what items are essential in pairs. Then joining with another pair to narrow the list down until eventually the class has their five essential items. It should provide for a lively discussion. It is aimed at intermediate level students, but would work with higher level students too.
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Lying ESL Activity

Lying ESL Activity

A 45 minute ESL lesson with ppt and plan to get students talking on the subject of telling lies including a great freer practice activity to get students talking. In addition links are provided for a TED talk that can be used to expand the lesson to sixty minutes or longer.
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