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The seniors just finished their last big paper, and I have two weeks left with them (if that; y’all know it’s a hectic time and there’s a good chance we’ll miss a class or two for whatever reason). On top of that, one of the two sections I teach has been shortened to 30 minutes. I don’t want to just blow them off, but I want to do something engaging that is not super hard and maybe leave them with the impression that “hey, English can be fun.”

Ideas so far are podcasts, poetry, short stories...

I appreciate your brilliant ideas in advance!


School's almost out, and because of an earlier flu epidemic, I'm left with about 10 days to squeeze it in.


Good day, reddit! I apologise upfront for my English and all the formatting mistakes, but I feel like I really need your guidance.

So I’ve been learning and practicing English eversince I was 7 y.o (I am 24 now) and it has always been a joy for me. When I was about 20 I started tutoring English as a foreign language to kids to some success, although I have never received any professional training and sometimes I felt like I dont know where my lessons are going. This felt terrible, because I felt like I let these kids down.

Recently I was approached by a group of my friends (around 10 people) and they asked me to tutor them from the elementary level. I agreed and requested them to buy Essential English Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy, some of them have already purchased the book. Thats when I realised that I have to be much more serious about it, I am my friends’ best shot at English for now and they trust me and my skills.

Can you guys help me to come up with a schedule? What is the suggested teaching order? How to implement speaking effectively in my classes? Any useful resources that I should look into? I feel really lost, but I’m excited to learn. Thank you for the help!


Has anyone had success with different approaches to the standard "read this and we'll assess you on it in the fall" approach to Summer Work for ELA classrooms?

A list of options? A writing component or reading log?


So I have about 30 minutes to fill in Monday with my juniors. They are finishing their unit and I do not want to beat it to death. I need a stand-alone lesson or activity that would fill about 30 minutes. Any suggestions?


Next year I have gotten approval for a one semester middle school creative writing course and I am at a loss as far as a short story anthology for the class. I am looking for school appropriate stories from a wide range of authors/time periods. Anyone use a good anthology in class that I could order? Freaking out a bit because I just found out they need my order by Friday if I want it next year.

Also, any suggestions for novels to read in class with 7th/8th graders would be great. Leaning towards Percy Jackson or Fablehaven.




I volunteer as English-as-second-language teacher, giving remedial lessons to socially disadvantaged children aged 11-16.

I am trying to make English fun and more just the usual drudge of rote memorizing.

I got notice that I am supposed to take over lessons tomorrow. Kids were promised something Easter-themed. It is a group of boys aged 12 and 13. A few weeks ago I did a lesson using Dr. Seuss The Cat in the Hat. It was a bit above their level of vocabulary but close enough.

I am hoping for other suggestions with a low vocabulary that won't bore that age group. Most children's books are above their level due to vocabulary. Ideally something Easter-themed but I take anything at this point.

I have been hunting YouTube for ideas for 4 hours, but so far no luck.

Thank you very much.

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