Click here for a link to Purina All Stars, a video archive of animals. Watching these short video clips with your students will make great discussion starters.
Put on the board questions like:
What kind of animal is that?
What is he/she doing?
What is the owner doing?
Do you have a pet?
What kind of pet do you have?
What is your pet’s name?
If you don’t have a pet, what kind would you like to have and why?
If you scroll down and look to the left side, you will see tabs for other pages – wildlife, meow, woof, odd couples, little critters and more.
Below is a list of more animal videos. I suggest previewing and downloading the videos before showing them in class ( just to make sure that there are no glitches and nothing inappropriate pops up on the screen – the videos tend to load one right after the other.)
I ran across this on You Tube and thought it was really good. It is a bowling game that requires the students to knock down colored pins. The vocabulary words are divided up into colors that correspond to the pin’s color. One team rolls the bowling ball and then the other team has to say a sentence using the words that are organized by color. I know it sounds confusing, but watch this to see how it is done.
Click herefor a link to an article at ESL Focus about using ESL games to motivate adults. At the end of the article she offers 10 tips.