Fundamentals of Setting Up ESL Activities

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Setting up activities can be a daunting task when first starting to teach. There are a lot of factors that affect the outcome of the activity and there is a delicate balance between saying too much and too little.There are really only two steps to setting up an activity after you have done all the hard work presenting and practicing the language. 

Step 1 – Context

What is the goal of the activity? This should be one of the first things you tell your students. Set a context, write it on the board and ask some concept checking questions. If it is a freer activity, you can gauge what kind of language the students might use in the activity by asking a few key questions here, or you can elicit the kind of language you want students to use in a controlled activity. 

For example: “Let’s go shopping…

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