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Engage Students in Grammar Instruction with Technology Tools
ESL teachers have a plethora of technology options, from hardware and software to Web-based resources, for use at all stages of a grammar lesson. Actively participate using free, on-line tech integration possibilities, designed by the presenter, that engage students and assist them to retain what they learn.
Videos for Repetition:
Irregular Past and Past Participles from ManyThings.org
Irregular Verbs on
For many grammar videos, see
//English with Jennifer//
Slide shows for presentation, visuals, guided note-taking, flashcards
View 2012 Presentation for many PowerPoint files and more
Parts of Speech flashcards
Short Video Clips - Speaking and Writing Prompts
Use short videos clips as speaking or writing prompts to practice verb tenses, especially past with past continuous. He/She was... (verb) + ing when... They were (verb) + ing when...
Provide students a list of words. Invidividually, in pairs, or small groups, students predict the story by writing it, using all the words on the list and a target verb tense. After students compose a paragraph with instructor feedback for revisions, students read their stories. Then the instructor shows the video clip. Incredibly, each team always writes a very different version. The team closest to the actual story wins! The "story" of the video clip could also be the basis of a verb conjugation exercise (see document at Example 1). Follow up with dialog writing. What did the people in the video say to each other? What happened next?
Write a story simple past and past continuous .docx
More videos like these
The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore"
by William Joyce of Shreveport, LA (referred to me by an ESL teacher at TESOL Convention, who has used this animated short successfully with his middle school students)
"The Lighthouse" from The Literacy Shed
with ideas for lesson activities (referred to me by Evelyn Fella) - the site contains much more -- see also
The Great Animations Shed
Examples of other animated shorts that can be used for speaking, writing:
Awesome Summer Vacation
Grammar and Pronunciation Practice
Practice reading, speaking, verb tenses (simple present), and pronunciation (third person -s endings): The Difficult Daily Routine of an Aspiring Actor Video:
SuperChill Monkey Does Hollywood
Another Video that would work well for this type of activity: If you could have a personal assistant, what woul you have him do?
Useful Dog Tricks
“Beyond Dialog and Drill”
PowerPoint with callouts (to insert thought and speech bubbles, on the Insert tab, choose “Shapes”; with the cross, drag to draw selected bubble)
Video for discussion and writing
ABC: What Would You Do?
Racism against Migrant Latino Workers Episode
Video Cellphone Karma
- online writing based on visuals
Board races from PowerPoint slides or images
**Parade of Games in PowerPoint**
Sample games and game templates for download, including Buzz Word Bingo, Correct Order, Idea Map, What is the Truth, What am I?, and more
**Fun and Games**
Compilation of some of the most popular PowerPoint game templates
Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, and Pyramid Game, and others
ESL Games Templates
Jeopardy, Taboo, Hidden Picture
Sunken Treasure, Guess Louie, What's Behind the Box?, and more...
AND thanks for Heather Hargas for sharing this Web site, which can be used for making game-show materials saved online:
Super Teacher Tools.
sample Jeopardy Game
for a midterm review.
Web Sites with Games for Team Competitions and Fun in the Classroom
Active / Passive Basketball
Verbs Challenge Board
ESL Games Plus
Verb Tenses Jeopardy Game
Grammar Gorillas Game
Word Invasion Game
Children’s University of Manchester -
The Adjective Detective
Grammar Practice Park
Fun English Games
English Media Lab
Cell phones and mobile devices / apps
Mobile Phones in the Classroom Video on OTAN
(can also be computer-based polling)
(polls, surveys, quizzes)
(student and teacher app)
Grammar Girl Podcasts
English Grammar Help! Podcasts
Apps (for grammar, not all free -- new ones developed every day) - not reviewed - results from itunes search:
Mobile Apps for Literacy Playlist
SayHi Voice Translator
Painless Grammar Challenge
English Basic Level
Daily Grammar Lessons Workbook
Grammar Up: Phrasal Verbs Lite
SentenceBuilder for iPad
Grammar Basics and Advanced Lite
Performance / Project-Based Assessment
narrated PowerPoint (simple past and present)
My Characteristics and Emotions
narrated PowerPoint (participial adjectives)
Life Changes narrated PowerPoint (used to)
My Job, My Classmate’s Daily Activities (simple present tense)
A Wonder of the World, An Invention (present & past passives)
Life Experiences poster (present perfect)
If I Could Change the World, If I Could Have Three Wishes (unreal conditionals)
online multimedia posters
Favorite Web Sites for Supplemental Grammar Exercises for Students
Guide to Grammar and Writing
Purdue Writing Lab
ESL Writing Den
Road to Grammar
The Big List
Learning / Brain Research
From: TESOL Virtual Seminar “Implications and Applications of the Latest Brain Research for English Language Learners and Teachers” presented by Ken Pransky, Collaborative for Educational Services & Dr. Francis Bailey, Director of TESL MA Program, University of Kentucky
Baddeley, A. (2007). Working memory, thought and action. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Bailey, F. & Pransky, K. (2014). Memory at Work in the Classroom: Strategies to Help Underachieving Students.ASCD
Gathercole, S. and T. Alloway. (2010). Working memory and learning: A practical guide for teachers.Los Angeles,CA: Sage.
Gattegno, C. (1972). Teaching Foreign Languages in Schools: The Silent Way New York: Educational Solutions, Inc.
Frawley, W. (1997). Vygotskyand cognitive science: Language and the unification of the social and computational mind. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Harrington, M.and Sawyer, M. (1992). L2 working memory capacity and L2 reading skill. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 14, 112-21.
Miller, G. (1956). The magical number seven, plus or minus two: Some limits on our capacity for processing information: Psychological Review, 63, 81-97.
Nisbett, R. (2003). The Geography of Thought. New York: Free Press.
Paradis, M. (2009). Declarative and procedural determinants of second languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Plass, J., Moreno, R., & Brunken, R. (2010). Cognitive Load Theory.Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Pransky, K. (2008). Beneath the surface: The hidden realities of teaching culturally and linguistically diverse young learners. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Ortega, L. (2009). Understanding second language acquisition. London: HodderEducation.
Sweller, John, JeroenJ.G. van Merrienboerand Fred G.W.C. Paas(1998). Cognitive Architecture and Instructional Design. Educational Psychology Review. Vol. 10 no. 3., 251-296.
Schmidt, R. (1990). The role of consciousness in second language learning. Applied Linguistics11.
Sousa, D. (2011). How the Brain Learns. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
Tulving, E. (2002). Episodic memory: From mind to brain. Annual Review of Psychology, 53, 1-25.
Vygotsky, L. (1986). Thought and language. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
Whitehead, A.N. (1929). The Aims of Education. New York: MacMillan.
“Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge: A Framework for Teacher Knowledge,” by Punya Mishra & Matthew J. Koehler, Michigan State University, in Teachers College Record, Vol. 8, #6, June 2006, pp. 1017-1054
See College of William & Mary School of Education TPACK resources: curriculum-based learning activity types ('LATs'), teaching strategies, and performance assessments
TPACK in 3 Minutes video on Youtube at
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