Just like bread, a class can become stale.
The same setting every day with the same classmates and the same teacher, often going over something fairly similar to the day before and the day before that ends up becoming a bit of a repetitive drone. However with modern technology, the advantage of mixed techniques and variety of different tools available to teachers and students alike, this needn’t be the case.
There are a variety of methods that can be incorporated into lesson plans that make the classroom a far more exciting place than, perhaps, it was in times gone by.
Of course the first place to look would be the internet, with its endless supply of information, not just about cats, you will be sure to find something that will spice up any ESL lesson.
A few websites that I have found handy are;
I only put those three down because I have used them on more than one occasion and found them to be particularly useful, however a quick google search with the letters ‘esl’ will bring up about 95 million results so I’m sure there is a lot more there that I haven’t mentioned.
Movies and music; I have grouped these together as I feel that they can bounce off each other quite easily. Music videos as well as short films will keep students engaged and entertained while still learning vocabulary, sentence structure and pronunciation.
Youtube, Vimeo and other streaming websites can help in this regard.
Educational videos and slightly more in depth and higher level content can be found on websites such as:
I find these to be great conversation starters or ways of getting students to think in a manner that they may have not thought of before or perhaps haven’t been exposed to.
There are some simpler techniques that require less thought and planning, such as board games and supplementary books with photocopiable material and games you can play with a few scraps of paper or a set of dice. This just requires a little bit of imagination.
Essentially there should be no reason to let the English classroom become stale but in case you feel that this is happening you can rest assured, knowing that there are many things that can be done to solve that.