First, let me say I’m sorry.
I know the bullshit, the hassles, and the pure turmoil you’re going to be putting up with each day. I sympathize with you as someone that did that shit for 3 summers.
So what can I do to help? First, I’ve got tons of ESL teaching videos going up, with the goal of getting 90 of them to you by the end of this summer.
Next, there’s this new book, Fun English: 10 Fast and Easy ESL Games. You can buy it on Amazon or Smashwords for $2.99. It will be on iTunes shortly.
I used all the ideas in the book many times. Sometimes they worked, sometimes they didn’t. I’m sure you know by know that’s how it goes, even with the best activities in the world.
Yep, all classes are different, but I found these simple games usually work, especially when you keep them in the age groups I’ve set them in: low, mid and high.
So what are these cool games? Take a look at this excerpt from the book:
It was the start of my second year, and just the first week of class. I thought I’d be prepared, what with all that experience, but the sad truth was I wasn’t. Instead I was standing there amid a class of students and I had no idea what I was going to do.
Everything I’d tried didn’t work and things were going south fast. So I took off my hat, wrote up a quick list of vocabulary words from the unit the students were studying, and then began cutting them up. Into the hat they went, and then I stood there.
I still had no idea what I was going to do. The students looked at me expectantly, their bad behavior gone. They knew something interesting was coming, but they were in the same boat I was, not knowing what that might be!
I turned around and grabbed the chalk from the board, then started to write a sentence…
Check out Fun English: 10 Fast and Easy ESL Games today!