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Ch 6: ESL Activities for Adult Learners

About This Chapter

These short lessons offer resources you can use to create enjoyable classes for your adult ESL students. You'll get ideas for fun activities, including songs and group projects, as well as a sample lesson plan, that you can use to create engaging classroom experiences to help your students learn English.

ESL Activities for Adult Learners - Chapter Summary

Our professional instructors assembled this chapter to provide you with resources you can use to enhance your ESL lesson plans and incorporate activities to help adult students learn English. This chapter includes short lessons that may be completed on any internet-ready device and assessments that may be taken to ensure you don't forget important details.

How It Helps

  • Improves lesson plans: This chapter will help you improve lessons plans to help adult ESL learners get the most out of your lessons.
  • Engages adults students: With this chapter you will study activities that are designed to improve the engagement of adult ESL students.
  • Practice skills: Some of these activities provide students with multiple chances to practice using English in a supportive learning environment.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

  • Implement speaking activities for adult ESL students
  • Make use of ESL icebreakers
  • Hold ESL listening activities for adult ESL students
  • Incorporate group activities in your ESL lessons
  • Use songs to engage adult ESL students
  • Help adult ESL students improve their writing skills

16 Lessons in Chapter 6: ESL Activities for Adult Learners
ESL Speaking Activities for Adult Learners

1. ESL Speaking Activities for Adult Learners

This lesson provides you with some activities that elicit speaking skills in adults learners of ESL. The activities take into consideration important aspects such as cultural sensitivity, varied skills levels, and engaging topics.

ESL Icebreakers for Adult Learners

2. ESL Icebreakers for Adult Learners

In this lesson you will learn some basic warmups for adult ESL lessons. The warmups are based around normal topics that an adult might have in regular conversations.

ESL Listening Activities for Adult Learners

3. ESL Listening Activities for Adult Learners

Listening activities are important for ESL students to improve their language proficiency. In this lesson, we will discuss some effective listening activities to help adult learners build their comprehension.

ESL Group Activities for Adult Learners

4. ESL Group Activities for Adult Learners

This lesson will introduce you to group activities you can use with adult learners of varying English levels. There are many ways that teaching older ESL students can differ from teaching younger learners, and the following activities take this into account.

ESL Grammar Games & Exercises for Adults

5. ESL Grammar Games & Exercises for Adults

Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) learners have particular needs that differ from the needs of younger ESL learners. This lesson provides teachers with grammar-related games and exercises specifically designed for mature ESL students.

ESL Writing Activities for Adult Learners

6. ESL Writing Activities for Adult Learners

In this lesson, you will learn about some useful writing activities for ESL adult learners, including those at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. You'll also find out what question you should ask yourself when planning writing activities for adult learners in an ESL class.

ESL Conversation Activities for Adult Learners

7. ESL Conversation Activities for Adult Learners

Speaking is one of the best ways for students to improve language proficiency. In this lesson, we will discuss some simple and effective conversation activities for ESL adult learners.

ESL Songs for Adult Learners

8. ESL Songs for Adult Learners

Songs are an engaging way to practice vocabulary and grammar. This lesson provides you with a list of songs you can use with your ESL adult learners along with ideas about how to use song material.

Sample ESL Lesson Plan for Adult Learners

9. Sample ESL Lesson Plan for Adult Learners

Are you teaching adults English as a second language (ESL)? If so, take a look at some sample ESL lesson plan formats to teach writing and speaking to adults, as well as some criteria you may wish to consider when planning your lessons.

ESL Retelling Activities for Adults

10. ESL Retelling Activities for Adults

Retelling information is an important skill for ESL students to learn. Appropriate topics vary by age group, of course, and this lesson gives you some ideas to engage adult students in retelling.

ESL Employment Lesson Plan for Adults

11. ESL Employment Lesson Plan for Adults

This lesson aims to teach adult ESL students important job-related vocabulary and skills through relevant and meaningful activities. Students will have the opportunity to put their new vocabulary and skills into practice through engaging in mock interviews and creating their own resume.

ESL First Day of Class Lesson Plans for Adults

12. ESL First Day of Class Lesson Plans for Adults

This lesson plan provides two fun, hands-on activities that can be used for adults in an ESL classroom. It will provide an opportunity to get to know their instructor and their peers. Additionally, the students will create their first writing sample and set up expectations for the remainder of the course.

ESL Halloween Lesson Plan for Adults

13. ESL Halloween Lesson Plan for Adults

If your adult learners are learning about holidays, use this lesson to introduce Halloween. Students can use multi-media resources and art to learn about Halloween words, symbols, and activities. Then, the students will play Halloween BINGO and charades.

ESL Thanksgiving Lesson Plan for Adults

14. ESL Thanksgiving Lesson Plan for Adults

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about Thanksgiving in the United States. They will learn about this American holiday then practice holding basic conversations about Thanksgiving in English.

ESL Grammar Lesson Plan for Adults

15. ESL Grammar Lesson Plan for Adults

The many parts of the English language can make it very difficult to learn. Infinitives, which can act as nouns, adjectives, and adverbs, are a particularly tricky topic for ESL learners. This lesson focuses on introducing infinitives and the use of proper verb tenses to adult ESL learners.

ESL Writing Lesson Plan for Adults

16. ESL Writing Lesson Plan for Adults

With every problem, let's hope there is a solution. For ESL students, writing about a problem and solution can be a good way to practice vocabulary and grammar. This lesson plan will allow ESL students to learn the terms 'problem' and 'solution,' and practice writing with some additional writing activities.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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