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120-90-60 ESL Speaking Fluency Activity

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All of our students want to speak more fluently in English! It can be difficult to help your students with this though because most of the activities you’ll find in textbooks focus more on accuracy.

Teachers are more comfortable fixing accuracy mistakes as well. After all, it’s easier to pick out wrong grammar or vocabulary choices than telling a student to just “talk faster!”

Here’s one ESL speaking fluency activity that you can try out in your classes. It’ll help get your students speaking more quickly, but with a bit of the familiar. They’ll be speaking more quickly, using a topic they’ve already spoken about. Here’s how it works.

ESL Speaking Fluency Activity: 120-90-60

If you want to help your students speak more quickly and fluently, this is the perfect ESL speaking fluency activity for you. It’s more of an activity for intermediate to advanced students because beginners will find it a struggle to speak in English for a full two minutes without stopping. They also are at the stage of focusing on saying anything, as opposed to saying it quickly!

Students have to talk about a topic for 120 seconds. The next time, they have to include all the same information but cover it in 90 seconds. The third time, the same information but in 60 seconds. It’s challenging but also really fun! It’s amazing to see who can actually do it.

Here’s How You Set Up 120-90-60

Give your students a topic that they know a lot about. For example: good or bad points about their school, university, or hometown. I often give 1/2 the students one topic and the other 1/2 another just to make it a bit more interesting to listen to.

Give your students 1-5 minutes to prepare, depending on their level. Advanced students will need less time than intermediate ones. For the best students, I’ll get them to just think “in their heads” and write nothing down on paper. This makes it a bit more challenging for them.

Emphasize that your students should just write one-two words for each point, and not full sentences because it is actually a speaking activity and not a writing one. The most important point is to NOT write full sentences.

I’ll often show an example of what I expect to my students.

Hometown: Good & Bad Points:

  • Introduction
  • Good (parks, restaurants, my family)
  • Bad (traffic, no university, pollution)

This is the outline from which they’ll talk for 120 seconds, then 90, then 60.

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The Talking Part of 120-90-60

Then, with a partner, the first student has to give their speech and talk continuously for 120 seconds while their partner listens. I use an online stopwatch so that the students can see the countdown. Then, I give the students another 2 more minutes and they switch roles.

After that, the students have to find a new partner and the activity repeats, except they have to include ALL the same information as before, just in 90 seconds. Then, switch again, and 60 more seconds. For lower level students, you can adjust the times to make them shorter.

An Optional Add-On

To make this ESL speaking fluency activity a bit more interactive, you can require that the listener asks 2-3 questions after listening. This gives the students a reason to listen, which is always a good thing!

Need More ESL Speaking Fluency Activities?

If you liked 120-90-60, then you’re probably going to love this book: 39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities for Teenagers and Adults. It’ll make your lesson planning easier, guaranteed.

Many of the activities focus on speaking fluency, while others focus on accuracy. There is a nice mix and your students will love the variety in your English speaking lessons. The detailed instructions will show you exactly how to implement the activities easily into your classes.

If you’re really busy, or just out of fresh ideas, then you’ll need to check out the book for yourself on Amazon. It’s available in digital and print formats. The (very cheap!) digital copy can be read on any device by downloading the free Kindle reading app.

Get it today:

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120-90-60 ESL Speaking Fluency Activity

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All of our students want to speak more fluently in English! It can be difficult to help your students with this though because most of the activities you’ll find in textbooks focus more on accuracy.

Teachers are more comfortable fixing accuracy mistakes as well. After all, it’s easier to pick out wrong grammar or vocabulary choices than telling a student to just “talk faster!”

Here’s one ESL speaking fluency activity that you can try out in your classes. It’ll help get your students speaking more quickly, but with a bit of the familiar. They’ll be speaking more quickly, using a topic they’ve already spoken about. Here’s how it works.

ESL Speaking Fluency Activity: 120-90-60

If you want to help your students speak more quickly and fluently, this is the perfect ESL speaking fluency activity for you. It’s more of an activity for intermediate to advanced students because beginners will find it a struggle to speak in English for a full two minutes without stopping. They also are at the stage of focusing on saying anything, as opposed to saying it quickly!

Students have to talk about a topic for 120 seconds. The next time, they have to include all the same information but cover it in 90 seconds. The third time, the same information but in 60 seconds. It’s challenging but also really fun! It’s amazing to see who can actually do it.

Here’s How You Set Up 120-90-60

Give your students a topic that they know a lot about. For example: good or bad points about their school, university, or hometown. I often give 1/2 the students one topic and the other 1/2 another just to make it a bit more interesting to listen to.

Give your students 1-5 minutes to prepare, depending on their level. Advanced students will need less time than intermediate ones. For the best students, I’ll get them to just think “in their heads” and write nothing down on paper. This makes it a bit more challenging for them.

Emphasize that your students should just write one-two words for each point, and not full sentences because it is actually a speaking activity and not a writing one. The most important point is to NOT write full sentences.

I’ll often show an example of what I expect to my students.

Hometown: Good & Bad Points:

  • Introduction
  • Good (parks, restaurants, my family)
  • Bad (traffic, no university, pollution)

This is the outline from which they’ll talk for 120 seconds, then 90, then 60.

ESL Games and Activities Straight to your Inbox


The Talking Part of 120-90-60

Then, with a partner, the first student has to give their speech and talk continuously for 120 seconds while their partner listens. I use an online stopwatch so that the students can see the countdown. Then, I give the students another 2 more minutes and they switch roles.

After that, the students have to find a new partner and the activity repeats, except they have to include ALL the same information as before, just in 90 seconds. Then, switch again, and 60 more seconds. For lower level students, you can adjust the times to make them shorter.

An Optional Add-On

To make this ESL speaking fluency activity a bit more interactive, you can require that the listener asks 2-3 questions after listening. This gives the students a reason to listen, which is always a good thing!

Need More ESL Speaking Fluency Activities?

If you liked 120-90-60, then you’re probably going to love this book: 39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities for Teenagers and Adults. It’ll make your lesson planning easier, guaranteed.

Many of the activities focus on speaking fluency, while others focus on accuracy. There is a nice mix and your students will love the variety in your English speaking lessons. The detailed instructions will show you exactly how to implement the activities easily into your classes.

If you’re really busy, or just out of fresh ideas, then you’ll need to check out the book for yourself on Amazon. It’s available in digital and print formats. The (very cheap!) digital copy can be read on any device by downloading the free Kindle reading app.

Get it today:

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Stir-fried Spicy Pork (Jaeyook Bokeum – 제육볶음)

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Korean Spicy Stir-fried Pork (Jaeyook Bokeum – 제육볶음)

Korean hot pepper is what make so many dishes distinctly Korean. The spicy and sweet flavor of the pepper adds both kick and flavor to dishes without making them too spicy. This recipe is a quick, stir-fried dish that you can make in about 20 minutes. Served over rice with sheets of seaweed laver to wrap and it makes a filling lunch or dinner main dish.

 

Ingredients

  • Sliced pork (about 1 pound or 500g)
  • One sliced onion
  • Large green onion

Sauce:

  • Hot pepper paste (1.5T)
  • Hot pepper flakes (1T)
  • Soy Sauce (2T)
  • Minced Garlic (½T)
  • Sugar (1T)
  • Sesame Oil
  • Sesame Seeds (for garnish)

 

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Directions

Preparation

Cut the meat into small strips or cubes.

Chop the vegetables.

Ingredients are laid out in small square bowls and on a dish. In the square bowls on the left: hot pepper paste, hot pepper flakes, sugar, minced garlic, soy sauce. In bottles above: sesame oil, sesame seeds. On a ceramic plate on the right: chopped onions, chopped carrots, chopped pork.

Ingredients needed for Korean Spicy stir-fried pork: hot pepper paste, hot pepper flakes, sugar, minced garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, chopped onions, chopped carrots, chopped pork.

 

Make the sauce: In a bowl, combine and mix the hot pepper paste, hot pepper flakes, soy sauce, minced garlic.

Hot pepper paste, hot pepper flakes, soy sauce, minced garlic, sugar and sesame oil is being mixed in a medium black ceramic bowl. A white ceramic container rests above with hot pepper flakes inside.

Mix the sauce. Hot pepper paste, hot pepper flakes, soy sauce, minced garlic, sugar, sesame oil.

Heat at large wok on high heat. Add some oil. Add the meat and sugar then begin stir-frying the meat. Do this until the meat starts turning whitish in color.

In a large black wok, sugar is being poured on top of pork.

Heat the wok and add oil and meat. Stir in sugar and start to stir-fry.

Pour the sauce and mix into the meat while still stir-frying.

In a large black wok, red sauce is added over cooked pork. The pork is whitish in color.

Add the sauce to the meat once the meat is whitish in color.

Add the vegetables and continue to stir-fry.

In a large black wok, carrots and onions are being added to stir-fried pork. The meat is red in color from the added sauce.

Stir-fry the vegetables into the meat.

Cook until the sauce is thoroughly mixed into the meat and vegetables. Remove from heat and serve onto a serving plate. Sprinkle sesame seeds for garnish.

Korean Stir-fried spicy pork dish is served on a pink ceramic plate. The meat and vegetables are redish in color. Small sesame seeds are on top for garnish.

Prepared dish of Jaeyook Bokeum. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top for garnish.

 

Let us know in the comments if you tried this recipe. Thanks for reading!

 

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How to Say ‘Heaven’ in Korean

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When you look above, what do you see? If you’re at home, you’ll probably see the ceiling. If you’re outside, it’s the sky. But what else is up there in the sky, reaching beyond the limitations of our mind? That could be heaven! Thus, today we’ll want to teach you how to say ‘heaven’ in Korean.

 

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‘Heaven’ in Korean

Faith And Prayer

There are two main words for how to say ‘heaven’ in Korean. The first word is 하늘 (haneul) – which is a way of saying ‘sky’ – and the second word is 천국 (cheonguk). Thus, you may prefer to say ‘heaven’ as 천국 and to ‘sky’ as 하늘.

In addition, there are other words you can use that have the same meaning. These words are:

천당 (cheondang)

하늘나라 (haneulnara)

낙원 (nakweon)

The meaning of each word directly corresponds to that of 천국 and can be used interchangeably. However, besides the word 하늘나라, it’s quite rare to see them in casual use.

Besides having the meaning of ‘heaven’, 천국 also means ‘paradise’.

 

A word of caution about Romanization

While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.

After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?4

 

Sample Sentences

light from heaven

Standard:

천사들이 천국에 있어요. (cheonsadeuri cheonguke isseoyo).

The angels are in heaven.

어느 날들에는 하늘에 있는 천사들이 웃고 있으면서 세상에 있는 사람들을 봐요. (eonu naldeureneun haneure inneun cheonsadeuri utgo isseumyeonseo sesange inneun saramdeureul bwayo.)

On some days the angels in heaven look at people of the world while smiling.

 

Informal:

우리 소중한 고양이가 얼마전에 천국에 갔어. (uri sojunghan goyangiga eolmajeone cheonguke kasseo.)

Not long ago, our beloved cat went to heaven.

 

그 여행은 천당을 맛본것 같았어! (geu yeohaengeun cheondangeul matbongeot kathasseo!)

That trip was like experiencing paradise!

 

나는 죽어서 하늘나라에 간 기분이야. (naneun jukeoseo haneulnarae gan gibuniya.)

I feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven.

There you go! You now know how to say ‘heaven’ in Korean. And not only that, you’ve killed three birds with one stone and learned the words for ‘sky’ and ‘paradise’ in Korean as well! What other kinds of sample sentences can you make with them? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Odd One Out: Warm-Up Game

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I always use warm-up games or activities in my classes. It can be pretty hard for our students to come in, sit down, and then just immediately get into the meat of the lesson. I like to give them time to warm-up their brains, and think, speak, read, write, and …

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Royal azaleas of Goryeo mountain

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I recently heard about a lesser-known spring flower destination: the Goryeo Mountain Azalea Festival (고려산진달래축제). A little tired of the crowds at the Yeoido Cherry Blossom Festival, I decided to check out this alternative flower fix, which is located on Ganghwa Island near to Incheon. Another plus point is that the azaleas bloom a week or two after the cherry blossoms, so you can still visit them in mid or late April, when the weather is slightly warmer (say 15 degrees in the afternoon?).

Pink azaleas blooming on Goryeo mountain in Ganghwa Island, South Korea

To get to Goryeo Mountain from Seoul, take subway line 2 to Hongdae and get out at Exit 2. Catch the big red bus 3000 from the traffic island in the middle of the road, heading southwest. You’ll want to get a seat as the ride can be more than an hour. The bus brings you across the Han River and past Seonyudo Park before hitting Gimpo Airport and finally, Ganghwa Terminal.

Pink azaleas blooming on Goryeo mountain in Ganghwa Island, South Korea

Ganghwa Island is a fairly large place to the west of Seoul, and a great day trip nature getaway. It is sparsely populated, perhaps because it borders North Korea, and is a habitat for endangered species like the black-faced spoonbill. However, the marshes where they feed have been polluted by the reclamation and construction of Incheon Airport to the south.

Pink azaleas blooming on Goryeo mountain in Ganghwa Island, South Korea

At Ganghwa Terminal, you can pick up brochures and maps on the Azalea Festival and ask for directions from the info counter. They’ll probably tell you to catch one of the yellow buses, 38 or 49, to Goryeo Mountain itself. There should also be a fair number of middle-aged Koreans dressed in hiking gear who are heading there.

Pink azaleas blooming on Goryeo mountain in Ganghwa Island, South Korea

The first part of the hike has nothing much to see, just a steep climb through dense forest that will leave you panting and sweating. It’s only when you reach the top of the ridge that you see the beautiful pink azaleas spread across several hillsides. You then have the option of walking along the various ridges to take photos.

Pink azaleas blooming on Goryeo mountain in Ganghwa Island, South Korea

Besides azaleas, Goryeo Mountain will also feature many other colourful blooms in April, including cherry blossoms. Look out for the cow farm and also see if you can spot locals foraging along the roadside for medicinal and edible herbs.

Flowers at Goryeo Mountain

Flowers at Goryeo Mountain

Flowers at Goryeo Mountain

Koreans foraging at Goryeo Mountain

Cow farm at Goryeo Mountain

Although the travel time is pretty long – more than 2 hours one way – the azaleas are definitely worth seeing and I’d love to come back here sometime.

 

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ESL Speaking Lesson Plan

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ESL Speaking Lesson Plan

I have to confess that I didn’t really know how to plan an ESL lesson that well until I took the CELTA. I kind of knew the steps that should be in there, but I was pretty fuzzy on how they all fit together.

Sometimes even experienced teachers who’ve been using textbooks for much of their career can not really have a framework for how things should be done. By “framework,” I mean a system, on paper or inside your head from which you hang all the little pieces and parts and activities.

In case you’re in need of a bit of a primer on ESL speaking lesson planning, you’ve come to the right place! I’m going to give you the framework that I use for planning my own lessons, mostly based on the CELTA model.

It’s easy to plan lessons using this model. And the best part about it is that it actually works. Students are speaking English! People seem happy and engaged.

Warm-up

The first part of your ESL speaking lesson plan should be the warm-up.

It’s pretty hard for students to just jump right into something. That’s why I like to ask a simple question of some kind that is related in some way to the topic for the day. Then, I’ll give them a couple of minute to talk to their partner. I occasionally will show a short video or put up a picture on the projector that they’ll have to talk about.

There are plenty of other warm-up activities you can use as well. Check out the following for even more ideas:

Top 10 ESL Warm-Up Games and Activities for Teenagers and Adults

(Optional) Pre-teach: Vocab or Grammar

If there is something that will come up in the video/listening/reading that you don’t think the students will know and is important, teach that now. But, quickly!

All lessons, but speaking lessons especially should be almost entirely student-centered. What you DON’T want to do is stand at the front of the class, and drone on for more than a minute or two.

Reading/Listening/Video

The “meat” of your ESL speaking lesson plan should be a reading/listening passage or video.

I’ll usually use a short reading, quick listening exercise or a video from YouTube as a further introduction to the topic. And of course, you’ll need to set some sort of pre-listening task such as a few easy comprehension questions.

It’s helpful to listen/watch/read twice, with the first time being only very easy questions (True/False, simple matching) and then the second time being more detailed ones.

If you use a reading, give the students only a very short amount of time for the first reading with some very easy, simple questions. Then, ask some more detailed questions for the second pass through, along with some more time.

However, be sure to set a time limit for the reading, so you actually get to the speaking part of the lesson! Also make sure to choose a shorter reading so it doesn’t take too much time. Keep the focus on the speaking.

Controlled Speaking Activity

Then, I’ll have the students answer the comprehension questions, orally, with their partner. I tell them to put down their pencils because we’re working on speaking, not writing.

(Optional) Vocab or Grammar Teaching

If there is some kind of grammar or vocab that will be useful for the next activity, I’ll do a very short presentation at this point. Remember: student-centered is best! Teacher talking time is not! Keep it quick and hit only the highlights.

In-Depth Speaking Activity

A vital part of your ESL speaking lesson plan is getting the students to speak for a good chunk of it!

Once the students have answered the comprehension questions, I’ll introduce some sort of in-depth speaking or conversation activity. It could be a task-based activity such as making a short group presentation to the class, a survey of some kind, or some work on speaking fluently. Or, keep things simple and have students discuss more detailed opinion-style conversation questions.

It can be with their partner, a small group or the entire class, depending on the activity. But the key is that you, as the teacher need to step back. In a speaking lesson, you need to let the students do it on their own and that you really shouldn’t be that involved at this point.

You could do 2 or more of these in-depth speaking activities, depending on the class length.

Feedback for an ESL Speaking Lesson

Of course you should be listening for common mistakes and point out some of them to the students. You could also talk about a few strategies to help students improve their speaking.

Some examples of how students can improve their speaking is by making sure to actually listen to their partner instead of just thinking what to say next, the art of asking good questions and keeping the conversation going, or how to just say something a different way if you can’t think of the specific vocabulary word.

Need some ideas for Speaking Activities?

Okay, so now you have the framework for how to plan an ESL speaking lesson. Maybe you need some awesome activities that will get your students engaged, and happy to be learning English. If that’s the case, then you’ll need to check out: 39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities for Teenagers and Adults. 

There are almost 40 ESL speaking games and activities that you can easily put into just about any lesson. The best part is that they’re no-prep, or low-prep. If you’re short on time to plan lessons, this is the book your need on your shelf.

You can buy the book on Amazon in both print and digital formats. The (cheaper!) digital copy can be read on any device if you download the free Kindle reading app. It’s easy to have a lesson planning tool at your fingertips anywhere you go. And it’s the perfect tool to go along with this ESL speaking lesson plan template.

Check out 39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities for yourself on Amazon:

 

 

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ESL Speaking Lesson Plan

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ESL Speaking Lesson Plan

I have to confess that I didn’t really know how to plan an ESL lesson that well until I took the CELTA. I kind of knew the steps that should be in there, but I was pretty fuzzy on how they all fit together.

Sometimes even experienced teachers who’ve been using textbooks for much of their career can not really have a framework for how things should be done. By “framework,” I mean a system, on paper or inside your head from which you hang all the little pieces and parts and activities.

In case you’re in need of a bit of a primer on ESL speaking lesson planning, you’ve come to the right place! I’m going to give you the framework that I use for planning my own lessons, mostly based on the CELTA model.

It’s easy to plan lessons using this model. And the best part about it is that it actually works. Students are speaking English! People seem happy and engaged.

Warm-up

The first part of your ESL speaking lesson plan should be the warm-up.

It’s pretty hard for students to just jump right into something. That’s why I like to ask a simple question of some kind that is related in some way to the topic for the day. Then, I’ll give them a couple of minute to talk to their partner. I occasionally will show a short video or put up a picture on the projector that they’ll have to talk about.

There are plenty of other warm-up activities you can use as well. Check out the following for even more ideas:

Top 10 ESL Warm-Up Games and Activities for Teenagers and Adults

(Optional) Pre-teach: Vocab or Grammar

If there is something that will come up in the video/listening/reading that you don’t think the students will know and is important, teach that now. But, quickly!

All lessons, but speaking lessons especially should be almost entirely student-centered. What you DON’T want to do is stand at the front of the class, and drone on for more than a minute or two.

Reading/Listening/Video

The “meat” of your ESL speaking lesson plan should be a reading/listening passage or video.

I’ll usually use a short reading, quick listening exercise or a video from YouTube as a further introduction to the topic. And of course, you’ll need to set some sort of pre-listening task such as a few easy comprehension questions.

It’s helpful to listen/watch/read twice, with the first time being only very easy questions (True/False, simple matching) and then the second time being more detailed ones.

If you use a reading, give the students only a very short amount of time for the first reading with some very easy, simple questions. Then, ask some more detailed questions for the second pass through, along with some more time.

However, be sure to set a time limit for the reading, so you actually get to the speaking part of the lesson! Also make sure to choose a shorter reading so it doesn’t take too much time. Keep the focus on the speaking.

Controlled Speaking Activity

Then, I’ll have the students answer the comprehension questions, orally, with their partner. I tell them to put down their pencils because we’re working on speaking, not writing.

(Optional) Vocab or Grammar Teaching

If there is some kind of grammar or vocab that will be useful for the next activity, I’ll do a very short presentation at this point. Remember: student-centered is best! Teacher talking time is not! Keep it quick and hit only the highlights.

In-Depth Speaking Activity

A vital part of your ESL speaking lesson plan is getting the students to speak for a good chunk of it!

Once the students have answered the comprehension questions, I’ll introduce some sort of in-depth speaking or conversation activity. It could be a task-based activity such as making a short group presentation to the class, a survey of some kind, or some work on speaking fluently. Or, keep things simple and have students discuss more detailed opinion-style conversation questions.

It can be with their partner, a small group or the entire class, depending on the activity. But the key is that you, as the teacher need to step back. In a speaking lesson, you need to let the students do it on their own and that you really shouldn’t be that involved at this point.

You could do 2 or more of these in-depth speaking activities, depending on the class length.

Feedback for an ESL Speaking Lesson

Of course you should be listening for common mistakes and point out some of them to the students. You could also talk about a few strategies to help students improve their speaking.

Some examples of how students can improve their speaking is by making sure to actually listen to their partner instead of just thinking what to say next, the art of asking good questions and keeping the conversation going, or how to just say something a different way if you can’t think of the specific vocabulary word.

Need some ideas for Speaking Activities?

Okay, so now you have the framework for how to plan an ESL speaking lesson. Maybe you need some awesome activities that will get your students engaged, and happy to be learning English. If that’s the case, then you’ll need to check out: 39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities for Teenagers and Adults. 

There are almost 40 ESL speaking games and activities that you can easily put into just about any lesson. The best part is that they’re no-prep, or low-prep. If you’re short on time to plan lessons, this is the book your need on your shelf.

You can buy the book on Amazon in both print and digital formats. The (cheaper!) digital copy can be read on any device if you download the free Kindle reading app. It’s easy to have a lesson planning tool at your fingertips anywhere you go. And it’s the perfect tool to go along with this ESL speaking lesson plan template.

Check out 39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities for yourself on Amazon:

 

 

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Play and Stay in KK: Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu

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Where to Stay in Sabah: Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort Kota Kinabalu

Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa in Kota Kinabalu (Malaysian Borneo) is the ideal place to stay in Sabah. Just outside of the city, it offers something for couples (read: adults only) and families alike!  I could live very happily at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu on the giant, private Pantai Dalit Beach.  As media taking part in their “Day in Paradise” package, I was invited to check out a couple of the calm, but still majestic, rooms on each side of the property.

Getting to Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort

Kota Kinabalu City itself isn’t very big.  Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort says it’s located about 40 minutes from Kota Kinabalu International Airport and 35 minutes from KK City’s downtown core.  Getting to the property from my first accommodations in Sabah took about half an hour, and the way back didn’t feel very long at all as I was in good company.  These estimates are surely with traffic, which I hear can get pretty bad, but was fine throughout my entire stay.

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Each Malaysian-themed room is surrounded by 400 acres of tropical forest.  Many offer a spectacular beachfront view, as well.  The resort offers an eco-friendly championship golf course and Spa at Dalit Bay which welcome you to the grounds.  I spent the morning touring the property and even got to spend some time at the Shangri-La’s private beach – which was empty since everyone was either at the pool or on an excursion.  The resort also has a Nature Interpretation Centre and Nature Reserve which I got to visit on my Day in Paradise experience.  While the only wildlife I got to visit during my stay was a little garden snake, we had a great hike and I got to see some birds of prey flying free.

Playing at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort

There are a plethora of ways to keep busy at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort.  The wall of activities was full of exciting events the day I spent there, and I could have played for a week and still never have experienced it all!  The wide variety of recreation facilities include:

• The Spa at Dalit Bay
• 18-hole championship golf course, club house, putting green and driving range
• Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort’s own nature reserve featuring native animals and plants
• Free-form swimming pool with children’s pool
• Water sport activities, fishing, and river boat tours
• Health club with gymnasium and reflexology treatments
• Horseback riding, cycling, nature walks and tree-top canopy
• A floodlit tennis court
• Tours to Mount Kinabalu, jungle treks, and wildlife reserves
• White-water rafting (seasonal)
• Summit breakfast
• Wall climbing
• Archery

“You decide to go horse riding today. Don’t forget about deep sea fishing tomorrow.  Even the kids have their own fun club. And the more adventurous ones get to help the rangers look after the animals in the resort’s care.  Twilight happens all too soon. But with sunset cocktails and dinner in a beach-side gazebo served by your own private butler, you don’t really mind.” 

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Dining at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort

Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort has a mix of 9 cafes, lounges, bars, and restaurants each with a different theme and atmosphere.  You could feel like you’re dining at a different place on the island for every meal without ever leaving the property.  I was on the go throughout my whole day in paradise and still managed to enjoy some amazing eats!

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I enjoyed and incredible beef rendang at Tepi Laut Makan Street – a 220 seat restaurant in the Garden Wing serving local hawker specialties.  I had a rum cocktail in  a coconut at the Sampan Bar – a 60 seat Beachfront bar serving cocktails and other beverages.

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We ordered the entire menu and got curried away at Naan, Flavours of India – a 95 seat modern Indian restaurant in the Garden Wing boasting plenty of awards for its North Indian cuisine.  More on how I indulged in my next article on Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort and my experiences on my Day in Paradise – stay tuned!

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Garden Wing Rooms at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort

Since the Garden Wing is closer to the lobby and activities at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort, it tends to be a little more popular with families.  There are 326 guestrooms in the Garden Wing each overlooking the forest, garden or sea.  Garden Wing rooms include complimentary breakfast at Coffee Terrace, too!

Ocean Wing Rooms at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort

The Ocean Wing rooms at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort in Kota Kinabalu are absolutely worth the little extra spend.  The rooms are removed from the hustle and bustle of the lobby and the bars and lounges.  There’s a pool right outside your balcony and the sprawling private beach not far away.  The rooms are larger and far more impressive for a number of reasons.

My primary reason for loving the Ocean Wing was the massive balcony with Jacuzzi.  Rumour has it they’ll do it up as a “bath indulgence” with epsom salts, bubble bath, or even rose petals once throughout your stay.  The walk-in closet, mammoth bathroom (with L’Occitane en Provence toiletries), and complimentary mini-bar didn’t hurt!

From arrival to departure, guests of the Ocean Wing will enjoy an elevated holiday experience with special privileges and personalised services, including: 

  • Complimentary breakfast at Oceano
  • Exclusive invitation for pre-dinner drinks and canapes in the Sunset Pavilion
  • Complimentary minibar, replenished daily
  • Complimentary bath indulgence
  • Extensive pillow menu
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and broadband Internet access

All Guestrooms at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort feature:
• 24-hour in-room dining
• Complimentary broadband Internet access
• IDD telephone and voice mail
• Cable TV and in-house movies
• Tea / coffee making facilities
• Mini-bar
• In-room safe
• Hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers

Contact Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

  • Phone: (60 88) 797 888
  • Fax: (60 88) 792 777
  • Email: rrr@shangri-la.com
  • Website: http://www.shangri-la.com/kotakinabalu/rasariaresort/
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShangriLaRasaRiaResort/
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shangrilarasaria
  • Location: Pantai Dalit, PO Box 600, Tuaran, Sabah, 89208, Malaysia, 89208, Malaysia
  • Check-in: 2 PM / Check-out : 12 NOON
  • Payment: American Express, JCB, MasterCard, Visa, and China UnionPay.  Please note that payment by traveler’s check is not accepted at this resort.

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