Students learn English best when they are engaged and having fun.  Insights to English projects range from short-term to year-long and include topic-based projects, webquests, writing prompts, and more.  There’s a variety of individual, pair, small group, and class-wide projects available.

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Synonyms based on Emotion

In this project, we’ll look at synonyms for verbs that incorporate an emotion or attitude that the doer of the action (the subject) exhibits. Given a list of synonyms for an action, students must identify an emotion or attitude that is associated with each.

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Offbeat Colors

Students should know the standard colors pretty well, but do they know colors like chartreuse, fuchsia, mauve, or periwinkle? This project is an opportunity to describe what’s new to them using elements that are more familiar.

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Crime & Justice

Re-enact a criminal case: craft the situation around a fictional robbery, conduct an investigation, and put on a mock trial. This project works best with multiple classes.

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Surveys

Creating, administering, and reporting surveys can be a great way to practice a number of grammar points, such as question forms, expressions of preference, comparatives and superlatives, quantifiers, and reported speech.

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Story Cards

Design elements of stories on cards. You can use them as prompts later, but for now, your class can put the ideas on paper.

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Treasure Hunts

Students will write notes to help their classmates find ‘treasures’ hidden around the school. Different types of notes will require students to call upon different grammar or vocabulary skills.

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WebQuest: Gestures

We often communicate through body language. Gestures might convey certain emotions, be important in certain situations, use different body parts, and be universal or not. Let’s see what gestures we can identify.

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Story Prompts: What If?

Whether you’re doing a brief writing exercise or getting started on a full project on stories, sometimes your students’ minds need to be primed to get those creative juices flowing. Here are some what-if questions to explore.

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November: the Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month, but your students don’t have to write a whole novel all by themselves. Instead, have students write just a chapter or two. Put them all together for a class-written novel!

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Storyboarding

Students create an outline of a story they know well. But instead of just words accompanied by bullet points, they’ll have more of a visual component to it and show the flow of progression.

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Put On a Play

Students can learn a lot by putting on a play – not just reciting lines, but making a big production of it, involved in plenty of different aspects of the show.

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WebQuest: Uncommon Hobbies

Think of a hobby that’s pretty uncommon, at least where you live. Then do a webquest to find out what exactly the hobby is, what it’s special, who does it and more. Is it something you’d like to try?

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Advice Videos

Let your students consider: What is something you wish you knew a couple years ago? What’s something you’d like to tell your younger self? While reviewing a few grammar points, students can prepare a short video in which they give advice to younger students.

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Poetry Prompt: Pentina

A pentina is a poem in which the same five words are repeated (each stanza) at the end of the line. Crafting such a poem means using the same words in different ways, so this is a good way to practice using words with multiple meanings or words that can be different parts of speech.

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These articles contain ideas to get you started!  We encourage teachers to further customize these projects to best suit their learners’ level, interests, and needs.