Importance of worksheets in ESL classrooms

This article is written by Neha Joshi. 

Language classes need to be lively, since language itself is a matter of lively thinking process and everyday routine. Still sometimes language classes go dry-more so when it is a second language classroom. There are many ways in which this can be resolved; use of worksheets is one of them.

Worksheet helps an SL classroom in following ways:

1. Immediate Practical Use

The taught lesson can immediately be put in use with the help of a worksheet. This will enhance the understanding and make it more apt for the students. After all we learn a language in order to use it. Worksheets would thus provide with an apt sense of meaning and so the learning will get consolidated. [Read more…]

Worksheet: ‘American Headway Pre-Intermediate Listening Practice’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘American Headway Pre-Intermediate Listening Practice’

Extensive listening practice for American Headway pre-intermediate level. The file provides the link where audio tracks are available for download. For each track I wrote the related questions. Exercises range from word completion to answering questions, true or false, table completion or tick what you hear. Right below each exercise you can find the keys and, often, the total number of blanks to fill in or any other detailed information that enables you to pick an audio track, assign it as homework or do it in class. I have been working on similar sheets for quite a long time now and I hope they can prove useful to as many people as possible.

Download ‘Common Prepositions – Examples’ Worksheet. 

Worksheet: ‘Physical Appearance PowerPoint’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Physical Appearance PowerPoint’

This PowerPoint contains a collection of useful vocabulary items necessary to describe people’s physical appearance. It includes some CCQs to check students’ understanding. It can be used in compositions or speaking activities. In the last slides the students are asked to describe some Hollywood stars. It is appropriate for both elementary and pre-intermediate leves.

Download ‘Physical Appearance PowerPoint’ Worsheet

‘Fun, Useful Ideas for Working with Adjectives’ by Jennifer Lebedev

Jennifer Lebedev’s latest blog post is titled “Fun, Useful Ideas for Working with Adjectives”.

Jennifer says, “My next grammar video will target the order of adjectives. I find it’s one of those topics that can put me a loss for answers. Why do we put size before color? Why do we put shape after size? Well…because. It sounds like a lame answer, but that’s just what we do. Language users develop standards, and it’s best to observe those standards for clear communication. If you talk about a brown big couch, you might be putting a pothole in the road to comprehension. In contrast, the phrase a big brown couch is easily digested in the flow of conversation.”

‘What’s Wrong With Nonstandard Dialects?’by Barrie England

Barrie England’s latest blog post is title “What’s Wrong With Nonstandard Dialects ?”.

Barrie says,”What, I wonder, do such people make of nonstandard British regional dialects? Here are examples from four of them. Are these equally ungrammatical, illiterate, incorrect, sloppy and lazy? Or are they dialects which have the same linguistic validity as Standard English, but which for political, economic and social reasons weren’t selected for standardization?.”

Why learning a language is a lifelong process

The most widely spoken language in the UK is British English, and just 7% of the population are bilingual.

It’s often said that Britons are either unable to unwilling to learn second languages, but this might be because the UK and Ireland are the only two countries in the EU where it is not compulsory to learn a foreign language at school.

However, it doesn’t matter whether you are unilingual or a polygot – someone that speaks multiple languages – you will continue learning language for the rest of your life.

When people learn a new language, they often stop once they are proficient enough for their needs. For example, if you are going on holiday to Spain, you might need to ask for directions, order food, or make small talk. [Read more…]

Worksheet: ‘Common Prepositions – Examples’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Common Prepositions – Examples’

List of the most common English prepositions. Tons of examples. Special attention to the distinction between in/at/on. Explanation and examples are provided in a structural scheme: time, place and other prepositions. External link to full list of prepositions included in the file.

Download ‘Common Prepositions – Examples’ Worksheet

Worksheet: ‘Song Worksheet: Zombie by The Cranberries’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Song Worksheet: Zombie by The Cranberries’

This worksheet is about The Cranberries’s song, Zombie. There is a summary of the troubles in Ireland, then students can listen to the song and watch the video, they have to fill in the blanks, number the lines, or tick the words they hear. The second page will help your students analyse the song.

Download ‘Song Worksheet: Zombie by The Cranberries’ Worksheet

Worksheet: ‘Body Language’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Body Language’

Body Language was initially a presentation for interactive boards, but it can be used in any other way. Most of the times our body language reveals truths or lies. Different gestures have different meanings in different cultures. Here we discuss with our students in a rather entertaining way the messages our body and gestures send to others, when flirting as well (how interesting can that be) . You can introduce the topic with the song Devil in Disguise by Elvis Presley.

Download ‘Body Language’ Worksheet

Worksheet: ‘Present Perfect: Life Experience Worksheet’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Present Perfect: Life Experience Worksheet’

This is a worksheet for teaching or revising the differences between the present perfect and past simple tense. There’s a brief explanation and example sentences at the top of the page followed by an activity in which students are asked to fill in the blank spaces with the present perfect or the past simple of the verbs in brackets. The answer key is included.

Download ‘Present Perfect: Life Experience Worksheet’  Worksheet

Worksheet: ‘Spring’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Spring’

This worksheet contains vocabulary related to spring. In exercise 1 students have to match the words and the pictures, in exercise 2 they have to find some other spring words in the wordsearch, and in exercise 3 they have to colour a picture according to the instructions.

Download ‘Spring’ Worksheet

Worksheet: ‘Earth Day’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Earth Day’

22 April – Earth Day and its History. Help students to become familiar or to review the history of Earth Day. Relevant vocabulary terms to match, reading text with photos, 2 supporting videos to help with listening in English, earth idioms, and discussion questions to expand the student’s knowledge on the topic.

Download ‘Earth Day’ Worksheet

Worksheet: ‘Easter Sudoku’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Easter Sudoku’

This worksheet contains a Sudoku about Easter. Students have to complete the grid as if they were playing Sudoku (with words instead of numbers). Every row, column and mini-grid must contain all nine words. Don’t guess – use logic ! Hope you’ll enjoy it.

Download ‘Easter Sudoku’ Worksheet

‘On ‘I would have liked to have studied’ by David Crystal

David Crystal’s latest blog post is titled “On ‘I would have liked to have studied”.

David says, “A correspondent writes to ask if I could explain the difference in the meaning between the following sentences: (1) I would like to have studied philosophy. (2) I would have liked to study philosophy. (3) I would have liked to have studied philosophy.The underlying issue is one of focus. Where is the perfective meaning inherent in the auxiliary verb have being focused? In (1) the liking is now and the studying is some time in the past. In (2) the liking is some time in the past (and thus the study). In (3) both the liking and the study are in the past.”

On ‘I would have liked to have studied

David Crystal’s Blog

‘Grammar Basics: Active and Passive’ by Barrie England

Barrie England’s latest blog post is title “Grammar Basics: Active and Passive”.

Barrie says, “We can conclude from this that the English passive is formed by taking the object of the sentence as it appears in the active and placing it at the beginning of the passive sentence, thus making it the subject of the new sentence. We change the verb from the active to the passive by taking its past participle, painted in this case, and placing it after the appropriate tense of the primary auxiliary verb beMy portrait was painted by Picasso happens to contain, as we have seen, the Adverbial by Picasso. Such a constituent of the sentence is called the Agent or the  Instrument, the latter because it tells us who (or sometimes what) was, yes, instrumental, in bringing about the action described. Note, though, that an Instrument is not always necessary in a passive sentence. We can say, for example, My house was broken into without saying who by, perhaps because we don’t know.”

Grammar Basics: Active and Passive

Barrie England’s Blog

‘Students, parents, teachers, principals + elected officials understand the research behind cell phones for #mlearning’ by Lisa Nielsen

Lisa Nielsen’s latest blog post is titled “Students, parents, teachers, principals + elected officials understand the research behind cell phones for #mlearning”.

Lisa says, “In general, 95% of teens use the internet and 74% are “mobile internet users” (Pew, 2013).  With or without us, students are using cell phones for learning despite the perception by some parents and teachers that cell phones are distracting to kids. A national study shows that 1 in 3 middle schoolers are using their devices to complete homework and learn better (Tru, 2012).”

Students, parents, teachers, principals + elected officials understand the research behind cell phones for #mlearning

Lisa Nielsen’s Blog

‘TESOL 2014 Highlights: Using Twitter’ by Jennifer Lebedev

Jennifer Lebedev’s latest blog post is titled “TESOL 2014 Highlights: Using Twitter”.

Jennifer says, “The presenters started with a discussion of the benefits. Among them is the fact that Twitter makes text retrievable. Students and teachers can easily go back and read earlier tweets. Also, people can become connected by topic. Connections can occur in and out of the classroom. Finally, through a humorous anecdote of his own language learning experience in Korea, Nathan explained how subtle things in speech, such as a small word or structure, might be missed in conversation, but through the process of reading text those small differences are more easily perceived.”

TESOL 2014 Highlights: Using Twitter

Jennifer Lebedev’s Blog


‘And the Other Is a Jellyfish’ by Barrie Caxton

Barrie Caxton’s latest blog post is titled “And the Other Is a Jellyfish”.

Barrie says, “I’m thinking of technical terms in rhetoric like chiasmus, the name of the criss-cross pattern “A, B: B, A” that Jack Kennedy loved so much (“Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind”), based on the name of the Greek letter chi, because of its X-like shape. There is (as far as I’m aware) no comparable term for the way this remark on Twitter achieves its sting (no pun intended):.”

And the Other Is a Jellyfish

Barrie Caxton’s Blog