Resource Book for EFL Teachers in Central Asia

by Ercilia Delancer  – Urcuquí, Imbabura, Ecuador

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Here’s a wide-ranging book of useful EFL resources that Ercilia put together while working as an English Language Fellow in both Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

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Ercilia Delancer Resources

In Memoriam

Sue Gershenson (1945-2011)
Peace Corp Volunteer Nepal 191 (2000-2002)

This booklet originated in the Terai region of Nepal where I served as a Peace Corps
volunteer teaching English and American and British literature to high school students.
It was born out of a concern for the paucity of teaching resources available to the typical
village school teacher who only had access to the government-issued textbook, chalk,
and board.
No credit is been given to any particular source for materials here, except where noted,
as I came across them while attending multiple workshops and seminars sponsored by
the Peace Corps, the British Council and other NGOs in the area. In addition, many of
the worksheets are freely available online these days.
Sue Gershenson, my fellow Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal, played a pivotal role in
getting the original booklet published in 2002. Although she was a lawyer by
profession, she offered invaluable advice in the formatting of the materials to make it
more accessible to the teachers. She lost her battle against cancer in 2011, and I miss her
terribly.
This revised booklet is being made available free of charge for anyone interested in
picking up some new ideas, games or warm-ups as well as refreshing their knowledge
of certain grammar structures, idiomatic expressions or difficult words.
I would like to thank Willoughby Ann Walshe, Peace Corps volunteer in Kyrgyzstan (K-
20), for her assistance in revising the materials and collating them into a more logical
ordering.
Ercilia Delancer, Teacher Trainer
English Language Fellow (2011 and 2012)
Peace Corps Volunteer, Nepal (2000-2002)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan June 2013

TABLE OF CONTENTS
12. SO YOU THINK IT’S EASY TO LEARN ENGLISH???
13. BELIEFS ABOUT LANGUAGE LEARNING INVENTORY
14. STUDENTS SAY A GREAT TEACHER……
15. CLASSROOM RULES
16. 99 WAYS TO SAY “VERY GOOD”
18. Causes of Students’ Misbehavior
20. ENCOURAGING ENGLISH IN CLASS
21. WORDS THAT ENCOURAGE
22. STUDENT’S SURVEY
23. SING ME A SONG
25. THE ALPHABET SONG
26. ICEBREAKERS, WARM-UPS, ENERGIZERS AND OTHER GAMES
GRAMMAR REVIEW, EXERCISES AND GAMES
50. WHAT IS GRAMMAR?
60. A WORLD OF LANGUAGE: A GLOSSARY OF TERMS
62. PARTS OF SPEECH
64. FUNNY GRAMMAR RULES
65. ADJECTIVE POSITION
67. COMPARING DESCRIPTIVE ADJECTIVES
69. COMPARATIVE AND SUPERLATIVE FORMS OF ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS
70. COMPARATIVE/SUPERLATIVE ADJECTIVE QUIZ
71. ADJECTIVES/ADVERBS/LINKING VERBS
72. DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN ADJECTIVES ENDING IN –ED VERSUS
73. SUPERLATIVE ADJECTIVES
74. COMPARATIVE ADJECTIVE QUIZ
75. NONPROGRESSIVE, NON-CONTINUOUS OR STATIVE VERBS
76. STATIVE or LINKING VERBS: An Exercise
78. GUIDELINES FOR USING ARTICLES
79. USING DEFINITE ARTICLE “THE”
80. ARTICLES EXERCISE
81. CAPITALIZATION RULES
82. CAPITALIZATION EXERCISE
83. CAUSATIVE VERBS: GET, HAVE, LET, MAKE
84. CONJUNCTIONS: A SUMMARY
86. Conjunctions – So, But, Or, And
87. CONJUNCTION ACTIVITY
88. FOR AND SINCE (TIME)
89. GERUNDS VERSUS INFINITIVE
90. “I” and “Me”
91. IRREGULAR VERBS: AN ALPHABETICAL LIST
93. Irregular Verbs Exercise
94. LIST OF MODALS
95. MODALS – An EXERCISE
96. NONCOUNT NOUNS
97. COUNTABLE AND UNCOUNTABLE – NOUN QUANTIFIERS
98. PHRASAL VERBS (SEPARABLE)
99. PHRASAL VERBS – INSEPARABLE
101. TWO-WORD VERBS – A QUIZ
102. PHRASAL VERB EXERCISE
103. PREPOSITIONS: A SUMMARY
107. PREPOSITION QUIZ
108. PREPOSITION PRACTICE
109. PROVERBS – AN EXERCISE USING PREPOSITIONS
110. PREPOSITIONS + GERUND
111. PRONOUN EXERCISE
112. OBJECT PRONOUNS
113. ALL PRONOUNS PRACTICE
114. ANY / SOME: AN EXPLANATION
115. SINGULAR AND PLURAL FORMS OF NOUNS
118. EXPRESSIONS OF QUANTITY
119. USING AND + TOO, SO, EITHER AND NEITHER
120. SO, TOO, EITHER OR NEITHER: AN EXERCISE
121. QUOTED SPEECH VERSUS REPORTED SPEECH
122. REDUNDANCY
123. RELATED WORDS
124. RELATED WORDS PRACTICE
125. TAG QUESTIONS
126. TAG QUESTIONS EXERCISE
127. WHEN AND WHY DO WE USE THE SIMPLE PRESENT PERFECT?
128. THE PRESENT PERFECT PROGRESSIVE
129. Distinguishing between the Present Perfect and the Present Perfect Progressive
130. USING THE SIMPLE PAST VERSUS THE PRESENT PERFECT
131. EXPRESSIONS OF PURPOSE
132. BASIC SUBJECT – VERB AGREEMENT
133. Subject-Verb Agreement: AN EXERCISE
134. Subject – Verb Agreement: More Practice
135. SUBJECT – VERB AGREEMENT: USING EXPRESSIONS OF QUANTITY
136. FORMS OF YES/NO AND INFORMATION QUESTIONS
137. USING ADVERB CLAUSES TO SHOW TIME RELATIONSHIPS
138. Using Adverb Clauses to Show Time Relationships
139. EXPRESSING PAST HABIT: USED TO
140. Seven Ways to Express the Future in English
142. USING WHO, WHOM, AND THAT IN ADJECTIVE CLAUSES
143. ABOUT YOU – ADJECTIVE CLAUSES
144. If: Special Tense Use
145. ACTIVE AND PASSIVE SENTENCES
146. USES OF THE PASSIVE VOICE
147. ACTIVE OR PASSIVE VOICE – AN EXERCISE
148. WH- Question Practice
149. THERE IS OR THERE ARE?
150. USING SO AND SUCH
151. USING ALREADY, YET, STILL AND ANYMORE
152. Troublesome Verbs
153. SAY AND TELL
154. SAME AS, SIMILAR TO, OR DIFFERENT FROM
155. TOO MUCH OR TOO MANY??
156. USING “WHEN’ AND “WHILE” WITH THE PAST CONTINUOUS AND THE SIMPLE PAST
157. COLLOCATIONS WITH MAKE AND DO
159. MAKE OR DO EXERCISE
160. CONNECTIVES – AN EXERCISE
161. SENTENCE AUCTION
162. PUNCTUATION MARKS
163. THE USES OF THE COMMA
SPEAKING ACTIVITIES AND IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS
167. WHY STUDENTS DON’T LIKE TO SPEAK IN CLASS
168. DISCUSSION TOPICS BY LEVELS
169. WISE WORDS
170. SILENT LETTER GAME
171. SITUATIONS AND THEIR APPROPRIATE RESPONSE
172. WE BOTH LOVE…. AN ICEBREAKER
173. Tying the Knot
174. THE GOOD MANNERS GAME
174. THE TWO MINUTE CHALLENGE
175. THINGS PEOPLE HAVEN’T DONE
176. Cosmetic Surgery
177. COMPLAINTS AND ADVICE
178. MARRIAGE, DIVORCE AND CHILDREN
179. WORD STRESS PATTERN
180. IDIOMS ABOUT THE BODY AND THE MIND
181. TABOO GAME – FAMOUS PEOPLE
182. GET A LIFE
184. GOOD MANNERS
185. SCATTERGORIES
186. PHRASES AND PLACES
187. Shop till you drop
188. PEOPLE, PLACES OR THINGS
189. TIME
190. CLICHES
191. Personality Traits
192. $ $ Money $ $
193. THINGS PEOPLE CAN AND CAN’T DO
194. THOUGHTS ON FAMILY
195. SPEECH RUBRIC
196. RIDDLES FOR CHILDREN
196. MORE RIDDLES
198. QUESTIONS ABOUT COLORS
199. PAINTING WITH WORDS
200. LIVING IN THE PAST
201. HOMOPHONES – A DICTATION EXERCISE
202. LIKES AND DISLIKES
203. LET’S HAVE A PARTY
204. INTO MUSIC
205. INTERVIEW FORM
206. WHY MIGHT YOU…….
207. IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS USING COLORS
208. COMMON COMPARISONS – SIMILES
209. MIMES
210. I WISH ………………………
211. Growing Up
212. GETTING TO KNOW YOU
213. FUTURE PLANS
214. FIND SOMEONE WHO…..
215. Find out if your partner…
216. GESTURES AND COMMANDS – BODY LANGUAGE
215. FAMOUS PEOPLE TO TALK ABOUT
217. FAMOUS PAIRS
219. Health Consciousness
220. READING SURVEY
221. Hopes and Dreams
222. TOUR GUIDE
223. Children and Parents
224. MODERN DAY WOMEN
225. EXPRESSING OUR MOODS
226. You Can’t Live With Them, You Can’t Live Without Them
227. ALL ABOUT TRAVELING
228. The Best and Worst
229. A DAY TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY
230. THE BIRDS AND THE BEES
231. Eating Habits (A)
232. Eating Habits (B)
234. DOING THINGS
235. I’ve never ……………………………
237. ANIMATED ANIMALS
238. PARENT POWER
239. ADOLESCENCE
240. ANIMAL IDIOMS
241. What would happen if. . .
242. USING IDIOMS
244. CHILDREN AND GROWING UP
245. FOOD IDIOMS
246. VICES
247. DILEMMAS
248. DATING
249. CONTROVERSIAL STATEMENT / DEBATE TOPICS
250. PARENTAL PUNISHMENT
251. CONTRACTIONS
252. BATTLE OF THE SEXES
253. COMMON SUPERSTITIONS
254. AGE
255. ABOUT ME
256. Creating the Ideal Society
257. IF I COULD BE ……………………….
258. Tongue-Twisters
259. OVERWORKED AND UNDERPAID
260. The Perfect Partner
261. Preferences A
262. Preferences B
263. PROVERBIALLY, YOU CAN’T
264. The Ideal Job
265. Family Life
266. FOLLOW THE IDIOM
267. REDUCTIONS
268. Food for Thought
269. A REVIEW OF SOME IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS
271. How many can you think of?
272. Tell Us Something
273. IDIOMS TO EXPRESS HAPPINESS OR SADNESS
274. THINGS I DO
275. Prejudice
276. RATE THE APPARATUS
277. WHAT REALLY ANNOYS YOU?
278. Idioms to Use in Class Situations
279. THREE DISHES, BOOKS, PLACES AND HOBBIES
280. Topics to Talk About
281. WHEN I WAS A CHILD…..
282. WHY DON’T WE…..
283. TRIBOND ACTIVITY
284. TRIBOND – Answer Key
285. Working My Life Away
286. IDIOMS ABOUT THE BODY AND THE MIND
287. WOMEN AND THE PROFESSIONS
289. TRUE OR FALSE
290. What are you afraid of?
291. Conversation Questions: What if………………..?
292. Young Adulthood
293. BODY PART IDIOMS
295. Star-Struck
296. IN FOCUS – INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
297. Find someone who ………………
298. WHAT A BEAUTY!
299. PRONUNCIATION OF FINAL -ED
300. Wildlife
301. Connected Speech
302. LINKING
303. Complaining
304. Ouch! That Smarts!
VOCABULARY INSTRUCTIONS AND GAMES
306. TEACHING VOCABULARY
307. WHO WORKS HERE?
308. KINDS OF THINGS THAT…
309. WORDS TO INSULT THE FOLKS YOU DISLIKE
310. WHAT DO YOU CALL THE THING THAT ……………………….?
311. Which Word is Out?
312. WHAT DO THEY DO?
313. NAME YOUR FEAR
314. WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
315. PREFIXES
317. OCCUPATIONAL BINGO
318. COMPARING WORD MEANING
319. PLACES – BUILDINGS PEOPLE LIVE IN
320. PLACES TO GO FOR A PURPOSE
321. OCCUPATIONS QUIZ
322. Nouns for Defining
323. COLLOCATIONS FOR NOUNS AND THEIR PARTITIVES
324. Bingo
325. MY PERSONAL STRENGTHS SHEET
326. IN OTHER WORDS: SYNONYMS
328. ANALOGIES
329. SYNONYMS
330. ANTONYMS
331. WHICH ONE IS THE ODD ONE OUT?
332. WHAT DO I DO? OR WHAT IS MY JOB?
3313. GIVE AN EXAMPLE
334. FIND SOMETHING…….
335. FAMILY RELATIONS
337. FAMILY RELATIONSHIP QUIZ
338. FUNCTIONAL KNOWLEDGE
339. THE INTERACTIVE PREFIX SURVEY
340. EUPHEMISMS
341. EPONYMS
342. ELIMINATION GAME
343. DOUBLESPEAK
344. COLLECTIVE NOUNS
345. CLIPPED WORDS
346. PORTMANTEAU WORDS
346. ANIMALS AND THEIR MEAT
347. A QUIZ OF COLLECTIVE NOUNS
348. ORIGINS : Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral
349. DIFFICULT WORDS
350. AT HOME – PARTS OF THE HOUSE
WRITING ACTIVITIES
352. WRITING SURVEY
353. AUTOBIOGRAPHY
354. INTEREST INVENTORY
355. AT THE ZOO
356. YOU CAN HAVE …….
357. MY FAVORITE SANDWICH
358. MAD LIBS
359. MY BEDROOM
360. PUT-TOGETHERS
361. ANIMAL HABITS
362. A FAMOUS HOLIDAY IN YOUR COUNTRY
363. DESCRIBING PEOPLE
364. THE HARDEST WORKING WORDS
365. WRITING TOPICS
366. MY IDEAL SCHOOL
367. SKELETON STORIES
369. SENTENCE STARTERS
370. NOUN AND ADJECTIVE FORMS
371. SENTENCE STARTERS TWO
372. MAKING ADJECTIVES
373. SENTENCE ENDS
374. SENTENCE BEGINNINGS
375. MY LAST VACATION
376. OXYMORONS
377. UNFINISHED SENTENCES
378. MY IDEAL HOME
379. MY HOMETOWN
380. MAIN CHARACTER QUESTIONNAIRE
381. ELABORATIONS
382. EDITING TIPS
383. A TIMELINE
384. BE MORE DESCRIPTIVE
385. WRITING QUIZ
386. HOW TO WRITE GOOD
VOCABULARY: A GLOSSARY
388. 300 USEFUL ADJECTIVES
390. ADJECTIVES AND THEIR OPPOSITES
391. ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE PERSONALITY
393. ANIMALS: AN ALPHABETICAL LIST
394. ANIMALS AND THEIR BABIES
395. BABY ITEMS
396. BODY PARTS
398. CHRISTMAS VOCABULARY
400. CLOTHING VOCABULARY
400. Jewelry – Vocabulary
401. COCKTAILS AND MIXED DRINKS
402. COMMON COLLOCATES
403. COLLECTIVE NOUNS – ANIMALS
404. COMPOUND WORD BASES
405. COUNTRIES AND CAPITALS
406. COUNTRIES, LANGUAGES AND NATIONALITIES
408. FEELINGS – VOCABULARY
409. FLOWERS AND VINES
410. FOOD
411. Fruit – Vocabulary
411. Vegetables – Vocabulary
412. HAVE YOU EVER….
413. HERBS AND SPICES
414. HOMOPHONES
415. KIM’S GAME
416. LEISURE ACTIVITIES
417. MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
418. NATURE
419. NOUN – MASTER LIST
420. OCCUPATIONS / PROFESSIONS
421. SILENT LETTERS
422. SIMILES OF COMPARISON
423. SOUNDS ANIMALS MAKE
424. THE 100 WORDS MOST COMMONLY MISSPELLED
425. 300 USEFUL ADJECTIVES – INTERMEDIATE
426. TREES
427. TROUBLESOME WORDS
429. VERBS – MASTER LIST
430. WHAT DOES IT TASTE LIKE?
431. WORDS AND THEIR OPPOSITES
432. Literary Devices
435. EFL RESOURCE BOOKLET – ANSWER KEYS