TBL Activities

Have fun and explore activities you can use to promote Task Based Learning in your EFL/ESL classroom. Click on a link to preview the activity and get detailed instructions.

 

  • A Family Introduction Basic This is a task based learning activity (TBL) designed for high beginners or pre-intermediate EFL/ESL learners. The purpose is to make sentences that introduce family members using a basic Subject Verb Object (SVO) format. This helps reinforce sentence structure for second language learners. This activity can be done using one card for a group of ...
  • A Reading Mystery This is a logic reading activity for high beginner or pre-intermediate students. It is designed to be done as a jigsaw. All students start with the pictures of the suspects and the short story. following teams of four students each get a clue. Jigsaw the students to make four new groups and students share the ...
  • Advanced Assessment Rubric and Dialogue This activity is designed for advanced EFL/ESL learners. This activity helps students understand the process of assessment by the teacher by placing students in the role of the teacher. This activity also helps students understand and use a grading rubric to assess student performance in the classroom. I consider this material part of my foundation ...
  • Adverbs of Frequency Interview and Cards This is an adverbs of frequency activity designed for high beginner or pre-intermediate learners. In this activity students use a chart to interview others using questions focused on adverbs of frequency. This include matching cards, to allow for the option of using a deck of cards instead of a chart. With the matching cards teachers ...
  • Animal Description Riddle Bingo This is a bingo game designed for small groups of students, generally working in groups of three or four. This activity is designed for intermediate  or upper-intermediate EFL/ESL learners and is built different types of animals. The picture cards are cut up and place on a bingo grid. The caller card is laminated as one ...
  • Animal Habitat Reading Jigsaw This is a jigsaw reading activity for intermediate or upper-intermediate EFL/ESL students. This is an English for Specific Purposes activity focused on understanding the environment and endangered species. In this activity the teacher begins with at least 4 groups. It is possible to have 8 groups with where four have interaction. Each group receives a ...
  • Bingo Directions for Students and Teachers Here teachers can find basic directions for how to play a student centered, task focused bingo game. These directions can laminated as cards and placed on the tables for learners as they work through student centered bingo games.
  • Birthday Vocabulary Cards These are cards useful for young learners or beginning EFL/ESL students to practice language related to birthdays. These cards can be used as flashcards between partners. This also makes a quick concentration or matching game for students. Teachers can also use the cards to have students make quick sentences, or ask students to pick five ...
  • Children’s Rights Global Awareness Inductive Activity This is an inductive activity designed around the use of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) with the theme of global awareness and children’s rights. These cards can be used with beginner through advanced learners, as the students will use language at their ability level to process the cards. For the best inductive activity sort the ...
  • Consonants Activity Power Point This is a power point file designed for working with the whole group without creating a print out or handout for students. This can help teachers reduce preparation time for classes and reduce the amount of printed materials distributed in a typical class. This works with a low budget student centered approach that incorporates the availability ...
  • Continent Jigsaw Reading This is a jigsaw reading activity for intermediate or upper-intermediate EFL/ESL students. In this activity the teacher begins with 7 groups. Each group receives a continent card. Students are asked to read and remember the information on the card. A question card is included. Students can practice answering the questions if teacher desire. After a ...
  • Creative Drama Prompts These are cards designed as writing prompts for all levels of EFL/ESL learner. These can be combined with a number of lexical sets assigned by the teacher. While students can write to create the dialogue, upper intermediate and advanced level students can be encouraged to create the role play without writing as a way to ...
  • Culture Writer In this activity designed for intermediate level students, the use of a Venn diagram is employed to help students organize information about the differences between the USA and Korea. This activity asks students to draw on their knowledge and experience of two cultures in a small group discussion. An excellent activity for exploring culture difference ...
  • Draw the Comic This is a comic book drawing activity for beginning EFL/ESL learners. This activity lets students demonstrate reading comprehension while applying creative thinking and reasoning skills. A text is provided for students, but the pictures are missing. Students work together to create and illustrate the story. This activity can be followed with an activity where students ...
  • Emergency Vocabulary Cards This cards are designed for high beginner or intermediate level EFL/ESL students to learn vocabulary related to emergencies. These cards are designed to be used for a concentration or matching games. Cards can also be used for flashcard activities between pairs of students, writing or role play activities. These cards can also be used with ...
  • Emotions Cards These cards are designed to teach intermediate level vocabulary related to emotion to EFL/ESL students. There are two card pages. Teachers can cut all the cards and have students group which cards match based on the emotion that is being experienced. One card has a number of activities, events or experiences. The second card has ...
  • Endangered Animal Writing This activity is designed or upper intermediate or advanced level EFL/ESL students. This activity requires students to apply language understanding to global awareness of endangered species specifically located in Korea. In this activity one group of students gets an information card about a different animal endangered in Korea. Using the information on the card the ...
  • English for Specific Purpose Time Activity This is a matching activity designed for kindergarten level or beginning EFL learners. This is a subject specific activity designed to help students accomplish and understanding of daily routines while also building student ability to read a analog clock face. In this activity students play a concentration style matching game by matching the activity to ...
  • Environmental Pollution Inductive Cards This is an inductive activity designed around the use of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) with the theme of global awareness and environmental problems.  These cards can be used with beginner through advanced EFL/ESL learners, as the students will use language at their ability level to process the cards. For the best inductive activity sort ...
  • Family and the Home Riddles These are riddles related to family and the home that are designed for use with high beginner and intermediate EFL/ESL learners.     Each riddle is on a separate card. A second card includes picture answers. There are a number of ways to use riddle cards in the classroom. This can be used as a concentration or ...
  • Family Tree Grid This is a simple family tree grid that can be used with EFL/ESL learners as an interview information gap to fill in information about the family. Students in pairs ask questions about family members and fill in the tree. Add extra scaffolding to this activity by providing students with the questions to ask, or question ...
  • Five Senses In this activity for high beginning or pre-intermediate EFL/ESL students, the group can practice working with language related to the five senses. These cards focus on using smell, touch, see, hear, and taste using the Subject Verb Object (SVO) sentence structure. Theses cards have a number of options. This can be done as a match ...
  • Follow the Rules Foundation Activity These activities are designed to help EFL/ESL learners in the classroom understand the rules and appropriate behavior in the classroom. This activity is designed for advanced students. I consider this material part of my foundation collection, as understanding appropriate and acceptable behavior is an important foundation stone for any classroom. This activity provides students with ...
  • Following Directions This is a tactile kinesthetic reading activity designed for high beginner or intermediate level EFL/ESL students. This test reading comprehension while providing students with an authentic task based learning task. Successful completion of each activity is a demonstration of comprehension. Teachers will need toothpicks and clay for groups of four students. Pass out the cards ...
  • Global Needs In this activity for high beginning or pre-intermediate EFL/ESL students, the group can practice working with the use of need, have, and has. These cards can also be used to have students think about the needs of children in poor nations or developing countries. This activity is excellent as an awareness raising activity for impoverished ...
  • Good Behavior Reading Dictation These activities are designed to help EFL/ESL learners in the classroom understand the rules and appropriate behavior in the classroom. This activity is designed at two levels. This can be used in leveled classes, or  differentiated in a single class. However this is appropriate for most levels of ELL learner where classroom behavior is a ...
  • Hobbies Riddles These are riddles related to hobby activities that are designed for use with intermediate EFL/ESL learners.  Each riddle is on a separate card.This can be matched to pictures cards in the Hobbies Flash Card Activity Set. There are a number of ways to use riddle cards in the classroom. This can be used as a ...
  • Hobby Interview Presentation This is a scaffolded interview activity for high beginner or pre-intermediate students. This activity focuses on hobbies and using language related to hobbies. In the interview students can ask all the questions to a partner. Using the second sheet students fill in the blanks with answers. The answer sheet can than be presented to the ...
  • Hobby Vocabulary Matching This is a flash card and matching/concentration activity designed for high beginner or intermediate level EFL/ESL students using Hobby Lexical sets. Here students are presented with different activities and must match the activity to the tools needed to complete the activity. This is a wonderful vocabulary activity for students. Cards can be used for flash ...
  • How Many Candies? This is a thinking and conversation activity. For this teachers will need to buy a bag of colored candies. If you would like to pass out the candies I recommend M&M’s. However a larger bag can also be used and presented at the front of class.   Students discuss the question and record guesses as ...
  • In My Room Drawing Information Gap These information gap activities are designed for high beginners or intermediate EFL/ESL students to practice communicating information. This information gap is designed to help learners practice with vocabulary related to description, preposition, and objects from the room. While completing this information gap students communicate a description of their bedroom. The speaker describes their room and what ...
  • Interview for Story Reading This is an interview activity designed for less controlled practice for  intermediate or advanced EFL/ESL learners. This is a general interview to discuss reading materials presented in the class. For teachers using extended or extensive reading practices with advanced learners this interview activity can help provide structure for deeper discussion of written texts. For these ...
  • Jobs Bingo Game This is a bingo game designed for small groups of students, generally working in groups of three or four. This activity is designed for beginner or pre-intermediate EFL/ESL learners and is built around a Jobs lexical set with a grammatical focus on future tense using will. The picture cards are cut up and place on ...
  • Jobs Matching In this activity for beginning or pre-intermediate EFL/ESL students, the group can practice vocabulary clarification for Jobs and the requires fields of study related to a job. T Theses cards have a number of options. This can be done as a match the picture with the sentence; a gap fill activity, as a flash card ...
  • Jobs Mingle Activity This is a role playing information gap mingle/cocktail mixer type activity for a smaller group of high beginner or pre-intermediate EFL/ESL students. To complete the activity cut out the cards and hand them out to students. Students become the character on the card. Students mingle around the room asking the questions and try to find ...
  • Korea and the US Culture Cards These cards are designed to help pre-intermediate or intermediate level students with understanding concepts related to culture. This is an English for Specific Purpose activity that also deals with learner identity in the classroom. To use these cards teachers can cut out the cards, or present all the pictures on one laminated card. As a ...
  • My Dream Classroom Drawing Information Gap These information gap activities are designed for high beginners or intermediate EFL/ESL students to practice communicating information. This information gap is designed to help learners practice with vocabulary related to description, preposition, and objects from the room. While completing this information gap students communicate to partners a design for the perfect classroom. The speaker decides ...
  • My Hobby Role Play Info Gap These are information gap role plays designed for high beginner or intermediate level EFL/ESL students. To use this information gap role play have students fold the gap in the middle of the page. Students can make notes during or after the information gap role play. This information gap woks with vocabulary related to hobbies. Students will ...
  • My Perfect Friend Drawing Information Gap These information gap activities are designed for high beginners or intermediate EFL/ESL students to practice communicating information. This information gap is designed to help learners practice with vocabulary related to descriptions of the body. This can be utilized with lessons that call for describing people or adjectives of description. While completing this information gap students ...
  • Rebus Card Activity This is a Rebus card activity designed for intermediate or upper-intermediate level EFL/ESL students. This activity is structured around vocabulary related to the classroom. The first three cards are single vocabulary words only. The last two cards are simple sentences. This is a fun activity that can be used as a warm up, as part ...
  • Rebus Puzzle Construction In this activity students learn how to construct a Rebus puzzle type activity where words are represented by pictures. This activity is designed for high beginners or intermediate level EFL/ESL students. This is a training exercise for learning how a rebus puzzle works. Here students choose one sentence as a group. Each student in the ...
  • Rebus Puzzles Two In this second Rebus puzzle type activity where words are represented by pictures. This activity is designed for high beginners or intermediate level EFL/ESL students. This is a training exercise for learning how a rebus puzzle works. Here students choose one sentence as a group. Each student in the group makes a picture or pictures ...
  • Role Play with Food Vocabulary This is a role play and drama activity designed for young intermediate EFL/ESL learners. The activity reviews food and like vocabulary. Start by having students work in groups to preform the role play. Students can perform the role play for others, or for the class. Teaches may also take videos of the role play. When ...
  • Running Dictation Follow Directions This is a running dictation activity for high beginner, pre-intermediate EFL/ESL learners. This is a great four skills activity that incorporates reading comprehension with a task activity that has kinesthetic movement and interpersonal communication at the core. Cut the sentences out as strips and place on the wall. Pair up students and have students go to ...
  • Shape Large Group Power Point This is a power point file designed for working with the whole group without creating a print out or handout for students. This can help teachers reduce preparation time for classes and reduce the amount of printed materials distributed in a typical class. This works with a low budget student centered approach that incorporates the ...
  • Tasked Based Lesson Plans: Introductions I work a lot on training teachers, and a lot of talk with training is devoted to tasked based learning and communication. At the same time I do a lot of work with the PPP framework or the ECRIF framework for teaching communication. The different here being that PPP is a framework for teacher planning ...
  • TBL Lesson Plan: Do you like to eat… I work a lot on training teachers, and a lot of talk with training is devoted to tasked based learning and communication. At the same time I do a lot of work with the PPP framework or the ECRIF framework for teaching communication. The different here being that PPP is a framework for teacher planning ...
  • TBL Lesson Plan: Giving Directions I work a lot on training teachers, and a lot of talk with training is devoted to tasked based learning and communication. At the same time I do a lot of work with the PPP framework or the ECRIF framework for teaching communication. The different here being that PPP is a framework for teacher planning ...
  • TBL Lessons: Imperatives I work a lot on training teachers, and a lot of talk with training is devoted to tasked based learning and communication. At the same time I do a lot of work with the PPP framework or the ECRIF framework for teaching communication. The different here being that PPP is a framework for teacher planning ...
  • TBL Plans: Classroom Things I work a lot on training teachers, and a lot of talk with training is devoted to tasked based learning and communication. At the same time I do a lot of work with the PPP framework or the ECRIF framework for teaching communication. The different here being that PPP is a framework for teacher planning ...
  • Tourism Role Play This is a tourism role play designed for intermediate or advanced EFL/ESL learners. In the role play students work to exchange and collect information to find a city that would be appropriate as a tourist destination. This activity includes information about specific cities in Korea for use with Korean learners to develop learner identity in ...
  • Understanding Assessment Foundation Activity These activities are designed to help EFL/ESL learners in the classroom understand the process of assessment and how the student interactions in the classroom are scored. I consider this material part of my foundation collection, as understanding how the teacher uses assessment is an important foundation stone for any classroom. This activity asks students to ...
  • Understanding Classroom Behavior Cards Foundation Activity These activities are designed to help EFL/ESL learners in the classroom understand the rules and appropriate behavior in the classroom. This activity is designed for all level of EFL/ESL learner as it is based on the use of pictures. I consider this material part of my foundation collection, as understanding appropriate and acceptable behavior is ...
  • Vocabulary Circles This is a vocabulary circle activity for intermediate EFL/ESL learners. Laminate and pass out the vocabulary circle cards. Optionally teachers can draw the circles on the board to save on paper. In groups students must determine which word does not belong in the circle. All students need to agree on which word that does not ...
  • Ways to Conserve Habitat This is an English for Specific Purposes activity designed for pre-intermediate or intermediate EFL/ESL learners. This activity asks students to consider content related to endangered species and is appropriate for a biology classroom, or a classroom where students are learning geography. In this activity students are presented with a number of animal and animal types ...
  • Weather Wheel This is an English for Specific purposes activity designed for beginning or pre-intermediate EFL/ESL learners. In this task based activity students will use language related to the weather. This content can easily relate to social studies or sciences classes where learners are discussing weather. Materials include: paper, crayons, paper fastener () Directions for students ...
  • Wh Question Cards In this activity for beginning or pre-intermediate EFL/ESL students, the group can practice Wh questions with a matching activity. Theses cards have a number of options. This can be done as a mingle match where students find another student with the same question, as a simple matching concentration style game, as questions in a bag ...
  • What do you like? Food Bingo This is a bingo game designed for small groups of students, generally working in groups of three or four. This activity is designed for beginner or pre-intermediate EFL/ESL learners and is built around likes and dislikes related to foods. The picture cards are cut up and place on a bingo grid. The caller card is ...
  • Where is it from Bingo? This is a bingo game designed for small groups of students, generally working in groups of three or four. This activity is designed for beginner or pre-intermediate EFL/ESL learners and is built around a global awareness of places and culture. Students will use commonly known landmarks from famous places in collaboration with different countries. The ...
  • Where is it from? Matching In this activity for beginning or pre-intermediate EFL/ESL students, the group can practice using the structure “Where is it from?” using these cards. This set also incorporate global awareness and culture through the understanding of other regions of the world. Theses cards have a number of options. This can be done as a match the ...
  • Writing Prompt Hobbies This is a simple writing prompt card for high beginning EFl/ESL learners structures around writing about sports or hobbies. Students choose one of the topics and write a short five sentence paragraph about the activity and why it was the choice. Afterwards I have student mingle and read the paragraph to at least three other ...