Transitive Verbs MadLib Worksheet

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.

 

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Winter Break Questions

Winter break has come and gone, and everyone is back in study mode.  Here is a worksheet I made up to help students talk about their winter break experiences in English.

It is a fairly easy task that can spark some interesting discussions.  First, using the question words at the top of the page, students make 5 questions to ask others.  The question words and verbs are mixed up, students should pay attention to which verbs they are using with the various question words.

Once the questions are written in the provided spaces, students make pairs and ask and answer one question each about their winter break, writing their partner’s answer in beneath the question.

What did you eat over winter break?

Billy ate fried chicken over winter break.

– or simply –

Billy ate fried chicken.

 

For more advanced students, encourage (or require) them to ask at least one follow up question before changing partners.

 

 
winterbreak_questions worksheet

Because after a while… more time expressions

Here is a worksheet for practicing time prepositions and to get a little more experience thinking in English.  The goal of this worksheet is for students to complete the sentences with content they think of on their own.

The plan is fairly simple.  First, review the vocabulary, and let students write the meaning of the words in the box on the lines provided so as to minimize confusion.  Next, have the students look over the worksheet and make sure that the task is clear and there are no other grammar or vocabulary questions. Once everyone understands the task, let them have at it.

More advanced learners should be able to complete the worksheet by themselves, making original sentences.  For lower ability students, working to complete the task in pairs or small groups may be more effective.  If students are still having difficulties, the task can be completed as a class. When the worksheet is finished, students can share their original sentences with a partner.afterwhile_wksht

Back to School Summer Vacation Interviews

I almost always try to make the first lesson after summer vacation about what students did on their vacations.  In elementary school we stuck to “Where did you go?”, but junior high students are capable of more complex conversations.

The goal of this lesson is to have students ask and answer questions about their summer vacations.  In more advanced classes simply explaining the activity and setting them to it can be enough, but it is always better to review ways to form questions and offer some examples and well as suggest some useful vocabulary.  I start by having the students think of some questions to ask the teachers, and maybe even predict the answers we will give.  Everyone gets a chance to practice the question structures and listen to properly formed answers.

For the actual interviews, I first pass out the worksheets, then break the students up into pairs.  The task is to ask questions and use the answers to write a simple description of their partner’s summer vacation.  I usually provide about 10 or 15 minutes for both partners to complete the task, then have them present their results to the class.  This is an especially good task for very quiet classes, as it gives them the chance to practice speaking, writing, and listening in a structured way.

Here’s the worksheet, enjoy!

Summer Vacation Interview worksheet

Some Grammar Worksheets for Junior High ESL

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!free_question_sheet

The ~ing Worksheet

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.

 

present continous practice worksheet

Hi Friends 1 Lesson 1 “Hello!”

The kids are back and classes will be starting sooner than you know it!  Are your ducks in a row?

Hi Friends 1 Lesson 1 is all about greetings and introductions.  Here’s how I plan to attack it.

 

(1) Introduction
Write names on books (in English)
Make English nametags (if necessary)
Let’s Listen 1, write the names of the characters in English
Play game using “My name is~”

(2) Flags of the World (Flag cards can be found here)
Let’s Listen 2 (International Greetings)
International Greetings Janken Game

(3) Review International Greetings
Make business cards

(4) Review International Greetings
Let’s Listen 3
“My name is ~” “Nice to meet you.” Card Swap Janken

 

For the business cards, I have prepared a template for students to use.

One A4 sheet makes 8 cards, which can be colored and embellished as desired. Don’t forget to make some for yourself too!

HiFriends 1 name card 名刺票

ABC Practice for Big and Small

The days are slowly getting longer, and time is getting shorter for Japanese students.  Graduation is less than two months away, and a new crop of first graders start in April.  What better timing for some ABC practice?

 

Junior High English lessons begin at ABC and slowly ramp up.  Students who can clearly and confidently print the alphabet will be able to proceed quickly to more interesting fare while others are churning through drills.

New elementary school students also benefit from early and frequent alphabet practice.  The sooner children can recognize and write the alphabet the more effective phonics practice becomes.  From there its a small step to basic English reading skills, and then the sky’s the limit!

 

Here are worksheets for lowercase and uppercase letters.  A double sided print (uppercase on one side, lower on the other) is environmentally friendly and an excellent quiet activity for older students.  Going through the letters slowly and emphasizing proper stroke order is a very good lesson for younger students.  It’s never too early to start and never too late to improve!

ABC alphabet practice writing worksheet esl efl eigo abc alphabet lower case esl efl eigo writing

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone! We are back and getting ready for the 3rd and final term of this school year.

Hi Friends 1 and 2 present us with much the same content as Eigo Note did, so we will be doing pretty much the same lessons as we have done in years past.

Hi Friends 1 brings us the “I study Japanese” theme, followed by the “What would you like?” theme.
For the “I study Japanese” theme, I use these sets of cards.
First, Days of the Week

Next, School Subjects

I finish with this up with a group project, planning an original time schedule.

As a group, students assume the role of teachers and decide what subjects to teach and when to teach them.

Once the schedule has been decided, they then complete the time schedule worksheet, taking turns filling in the days and the classes.

Additional rules may be needed to avoid things like six straight hours of P.E.  I limit subjects to at most twice a day, and require that all

subjects are taught at least twice a week.

Weekends are for things like sports practice, homework, piano lessons, shopping and so forth.

Students also need to come up with a name for their school, an English name of course!

When everything is complete, the groups present their original schedules to the class.

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Here’s the worksheet, I recommend one B4 size for the group, but smaller individual worksheets could

work better if students prefer not to share.

 

 

 

Let’s make a Christmas Tree!

Just a week until Christmas!  Here’s a fun cutting and coloring activity for elementary students.  Review colors and shapes, give simple instructions in English, and make your very own Christmas tree!  This is a great way to round out the term.  Try it!christmas tree ornaments esl efl eigo christmas tree esl efl eigo

If cut and paste activities aren’t quite what you’re looking for, why not make a Christmas card in English?  Fold in half longways, then fold again to make a book-style Christmas card.  Students can color in the letters, write their names, draw Christmas-y pictures, and write a Christmas greeting in English!

Christmas Card image worksheet eigo note esl efl

Have a great winter break, see you in 2013!