Happy Drilling in EFL Classroom



Drills are the most important exercises at the 1st phase of learning a new structure. They may be neglected thinking that they are mechanical and meaningless but they may be very effective for some learners. They are repetitive so they can make the form memorable. Making a drill type of exercise a little bit meaningful and adding a pinch of creativity to it can be challenging but it is worth it. I want to list some ideas here and I’ll divide them into two categories. Tools and the Activities …



1. Ask students to take photos of people or pets at home,in the street or give them your own photos or tell them to draw.

2. Give them an A4 size paper and show them how to fold it as a tiny book , or show them how to fold as 6 equal rectangles, or see more foldables here 

3. Introduce them some desktop tools to work with or some web 2.0 tools like bookr, bubblr, imagechef, animo to, glogster, 

4. Buy colourful post-it notes with different shapes.


1. Tell them to write what they were doing/ had done / did when,after before the photo was taken ( I was —ing when my mother took this photo) / I had eaten my sandwich before this my mum took the photo.

2. Give the skeleton and ask them to write a poem. You can see another example here.

Short Story Lessons: Eveline

One of the stories I love revisiting is Eveline from Dubliners. This year with my year 12 students we read it again. I’d like to share the follow-up activities we did. I grouped the students and assigned them with one task. They chose one and created the followings.

1. Adapt Eveline to 21st century and rewrite a short story with the same
characters in your own city.
2. Create a biography about the life of a character from the story.
3. Create a billboard for the story.
4. Create a movie trailer.
5. Write a poem about one of the characters.
Digitalising the story
1. Choosing a web 2.0 tool, summarise the story or analyse the characters or suggest the story to others
2. Direct your own movie or animation.
3. You can create a poster, an animation, a slideshow, a book cover
4. Create a Fakebook account for one of the characters.

Trailer created by Aris. Thank you Aris for the hard work.

Karin created an awesome Fakebook account using class tools.net

Sintiya’s poem

Christina’s adaptation to 21st century and Istanbul

More Eveline activities here, here and here

You can also visit our class blog and leave them a comment here 🙂

Google Drive for Beginners

I blogged about Google apps that I was planning to use this year but while chatting with some colleagues the other day, I realized there are still a lot of people who need help with some digital tools that may help reduce their workload.

I used to email lesson plans and worksheets to myself in order to continue to work on them. Then I discovered some really cool tools. Google applications are great for being a practical teacher.

Let’s start from very beginning:

Using Google drive is a good idea instead of writing a document on word at school and then email it to yourself to continue your work at home.

If you set up a Google account you will see some icons on the top right corner of your screen. One of them is the Google drive. Just click on the drive and you will see a red CREATE button on the left corner of the screen. If you click on CREATE, you will se a list of apps that you can use for many things. You can make these files private for yourself or share it with your colleagues or students for collaborations.

google drive


google apps 2


I will start with Google document. It works just as “word” works. You can invite others to work on the document. It is great for collaborative writing, for instance. Once you finish, you can save it as word document, pdf or some other formats.

The next app that I will suggest is the Google presentation. It also works as a very familiar tool, the power point. You can add images and texts and ask others to add their ideas on slides. It can also work as a collaborative vocabulary notebook, a collaborative storybook, etc.

Another tool for a complete beginner is the Google form. Google Form is a useful tool, send a survey, give students a quiz, or collect information.














































Ready for a Fun EFL Blog Carnival?










Once again you are kindly invited to the next ELL, ESL, ELT carnival on this blog. The theme of the 36th carnival will be All about Holidays. It will be published on the 1st week of December.

You can share a lesson on holidays and celebrations, not just Christmas or New Year that are waiting for us. We will be rich if you can also share lesson ideas from your culture or other cultures that.

Let’s make a jolly, energetic holiday carnival that we will visit all year long.

If you want to participate, you can use the easy submission form and send me your blog list or you can contact me from here or twitter (I’m @evab2001) if the form doesn’t work.

If you don’t blog, you can still participate. I’ll be glad to host your song lesson posts on my blog.

And don’t forget to visit the 35th Blog Carnival hosted by dear Vicky Hollet.

You can read all the previous entries from here.


Drama Sites and Ideas for EFL, ESL Classrooms



Drama in the ESL Classroom  is a resource site for EFL, ESL teachers who are interested in using drama in their teaching. The site contains explanations on drama techniques and links to other sites.

Classroom Lesson Plans a great sites full of links to very useful lesson plans.

Drama.Ed.Net is another site that an EFL teacher would like to bookmark.

Some more activities on Eslflow can be bookmarked or downloaded to be used in the class.

EFL Theatre Club is a teacher’s haven. You can download the scripts or the stories prepared by Dominic Streams.

Don’t forget to visit Ken Wilson’s blog to find a script that you can use in the class. He has a great collection at box.net.

A few activities from this blog

Just Improvise 

Fun with Present Continuous 

Dynamics of the New Classroom