There are many English textbooks meant for the English native speakers that we can also use for the purpose of teaching English as a foreign language. They have some fantastic ideas and great exercises. Here are some books that I particularly like and find useful. If you look at their covers you can get an idea what's inside. All the skills they are aimed at training are pretty much what our students need to use in their diagnostic tests.
In my future posts I will show some of the most interesting ideas from these workbooks.
The other day my younger daughter was working on paragraphs using yet another workbook I really like.
The task she was doing reminded me of a fun game that we can also use with older and more motivated students. It is called Ex Libris and can be played with any number of players over 3, even if you don't have the official game cards. Having a couple of paperback books with a synopsis or a blurb on their backs would be enough. Here's another description of this game with some real life examples - on the blog of the wonderful children's illustrator Sarah McIntyre.
My name is Elena Rafaelevna Watson, I have been teaching English as a foreign language for over 25 years now. I have also been translating and interpreting (English/Russian) for over 20 years.