Here’s a fun worksheet I worked up to practice using simple transitive verbs. First, students should fold the sheet in half and brainstorm 12 nouns and 4 adjectives. I let students use textbooks and dictionaries, and encourage them to find interesting words that are new to them.
Once all the students have finished brainstorming, we proceed to the other half of the worksheet. Students should first write the meanings of the verbs at the top of the sheet in their native language. This can be done on the blackboard first if the teacher prefers. Then students should complete the sentences with the words they brainstormed on the first half of the worksheet.
When the sentences are complete, students pair off and share their original, and hopefully funny, sentences. This can be made into a game or into more of a pair discussion depending on the ability and energy level of the students.
As of April this year, I’ve begun teaching ESL and English Communication in junior high schools here in Japan. It’s taken some getting used to after years of teaching in elementary schools, but I feel like I’ve hit my stride.
There’s very little need for me to introduce new structures and drill grammar because the students get more than enough of that in their regular classes with the Japanese English teachers. I try to minimize teacher-talk and maximize oral communication time, and to that end have made up several Q&A worksheets to practice various expressions and grammar points.
This is perhaps the most basic, and most versatile, of the worksheets I’ve made so far. Students prepare five questions based on any relevant grammar points or lesson themes, then in take turns asking their questions and writing down their classmates’ answers. As an activity it allows students to exercise thinking, writing, speaking and listening skills while creating a quantifiable result that teachers can check and grade. Plus, it’s fun!
Here is the worksheet I’m using to supplement Hi Friends 1 Lesson 2. The idea of using gestures to communicate is one of the underlying themes in this lesson, and what better way to practice communicating with gestures than a lively game of charades?
After presenting the basic present continuous and giving plenty of examples, I have students complete this worksheet in groups. This makes the worksheet into a social activity, and allows more advanced students to help others without being too obvious about it.
Once the groups are complete, we practice the new vocabulary, then finish up with a game of Charades using actions from the worksheet. I sometimes add the question “What are you doing?” to make the game more of a call and response activity.