Elf on a Shelf ideas for ESL classes: The perfect way to make learning fun!


The Elf on the Shelf is a popular Christmas tradition in many homes, but did you know that it can also be a great tool for teaching English as a second language?

The Elf on the Shelf is a great way to get your students engaged in your ESL classes! 

Here are a few ideas on how to use the Elf in your lesson plans:

Use the Elf to teach vocabulary words. Have the Elf bring a new vocabulary word each day and have the students guess what it is.

Use the Elf to teach grammar rules. Have the Elf make mistakes with grammar and have the students correct him/her.

Use the Elf to teach cultural customs. Have the Elf do things that are common in your culture but might be unfamiliar to your students.

Use the Elf to teach about holidays. Have the Elf bring holiday-themed items and have the students guess what the holiday is.

Use the Elf to teach about famous people. Have the Elf bring items that are associated with famous people and have the students guess who they are.

More ideas:

Give the elf a different name each day and have students guess what the elf's name is.

Have the elf do different activities each day and have students write sentences about what the elf did.

Have the elf hide a note for the students to find with a holiday-related grammar tip.

Put the elf in charge of decorations and have him or her hang up some streamers or mistletoe.

Get the elf to play charades with the students, acting out different holiday words or phrases.

Have the elf bring a book for the students to read.

Get the students to help decorate the elf's house.

Have a competition to see who can come up with the best elf on a shelf idea.

Get the students to take turns looking after the elf and writing down what they did each day.

Get the students to create a story about the elf and what he or she did while they were away.

Have a party at the end of the elves' stay and give out prizes for the best ideas and stories.

Hide in different places around the room and have the students find it.

Have the elf write messages on the whiteboard.

Have the students dress up the elf in different outfits.

Have the elf hide behind things and pop out to surprise the students.

There are many benefits to using the Elf on the Shelf in ESL classrooms. Not only is it a fun and festive way to get students involved in the Christmas season, but it can also be used to teach a variety of important language skills. By incorporating the Elf on the Shelf into your lesson plans, you can help your students learn new vocabulary, practice their speaking skills, and even work on their writing.

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