60 Kinesthetic Grammar Activities

Alphabet Publishing (2020)



This teachers’ resource, with a foreward by Scott Thornbury, turns a theory of embodied learning into a comprehensive set of activities that provide kinesthetic practice in an easy to use format. The activities are listed in alphabetical order by grammatical structure for easy reference, and each includes an overview of target grammar, warm up suggestions and an activity that involves the body in some way. Options range from games to miming, to ball-tosses to improvisation, and more. 

Trio Listening and Speaking 1

Oxford University Press (2017)
Trio Listening and Speaking creates academic success through gradual development of key listening and speaking techniques. Carefully staged speaking tasks and a focus on pronunciation builds students’ confidence in oral production, while ‘Conversation’ and ‘Academic Listening’ sections prepare learners for listening and speaking in everyday situations and academic life.

Trio Writing

Oxford University Press (2015)
A comprehensive beginning to intermediate-level writing series, Trio spirals high frequency vocabulary and grammatical structures throughout theme based units. Beginning second-language writers focus on language and process writing skills in stages. An online practice is included. To search inside the books, click on the titles below.

Trio Writing 1

Trio1coverBeginning second language writers learn key vocabulary and grammar related to the theme. Then they complete short guided paragraphs.
Alice Savage & Colin Ward



Trio Writing 2

Trio2coverHigh beginning second language writers learn key vocabulary and grammar related to the theme.  Then they complete guided two-paragraph assignments.
Alice Savage & Colin Ward


Trio Writing 3

Trio3coverIntermediate second language writers learn key vocabulary and grammar related to content area themes.  Then they complete essays based on academic assignments, and learn to write with content.
Alice Savage & Colin Ward


Effective Academic Writing 2e

Oxford University Press
Effective Academic Writing is a four-level academic writing skills course with integrated online practice and support that teaches the complete academic writing process from sentence level to researched essay.

Effective Academic Writing Intro

EAWIntroIntro focuses on developing main ideas and supporting details by taking students through a process of idea development, drafting and editing short paragraphs.  Students also practice timed-writing test-taking strategies.
Alice Savage

Effective Academic Writing 1

EAW1Level 1 focuses on the academic paragraph by taking students through a process of idea development, drafting and editing a detailed paragraph.  Students also practice timed-writing test taking strategies.
Alice Savage & Masoud Shafiei

Effective Academic Writing 2



Level 2 focuses on the academic essay by taking students through a process of idea development, drafting and editing a multi-paragraph paper.  
Alice Savage & Patricia Mayer





Q: Skills for Success, Reading and Writing 3

Q 2eOxford University Press
Q Skills for Success encourages students to think critically and succeed academically. 
Q’s question-centered approach provides a unique critical thinking framework for each unit. This develops key cognitive skills such as analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating—as well as developing the language skills essential for academic success. Learning outcomes are clearly stated at the start and end of the units, with competency self-evaluations and vocabulary check lists featuring the Academic Word List. 
Colin Ward & Margot Gramer 

Focus on Writing 3

Focus on Writing is an academic writing program that provides students with essential tools to master not only the key steps in the writing process, but also the grammatical structures, lexical knowledge, and rhetorical modes essential for academic writing.
Colin Ward

From Reading to Writing 4  

From Reading to Writing is a four level, researched-based course that provides a complete sequence of high-interest, thematically connected activities that fully integrate reading and writing.
Colin Ward




DRAMA for English Learners

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The Drama Book

This eclectic teacher-resource starts with easy-to-use ice-breakers, community builders, and pronunciation activities before moving  into the world building potential of theater.  Teachers can pick and choose from options to enhance an oral skills or public speaking class or even design a full theater course.

Short Play Series

These pocket sized plays explore contemporary topics with eye towards providing students with a culture experience and opportunities to learn vocabulary in context while building a world with lively characters and plot twists. The scripts can be read, performed as readers theater or a podcast or produced for the public. They can even be mixed and matched to suit different class sizes and purposes.

Introducing Rob is a five character play that explores modern romance with a fun twist.

Just Desserts is a six-character play set in a hotel restaurant run by a villianous chef.


Colorado Ghost Story is a four character play that sends two international students hunting for a ghost in the mountains.

Integrated Skills through Theater

A new series for teaching English through theatre

Each book contains background readings, a play, classroom activities for pronunciation, pragmatics and ancillary skills as well as instructions for doing readers’ theatre or staging a performance. Also included are assessment tools and suggestins for exploring the theme beond the classroom.

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Her Own Worst Enemy

This first play in the series Integrated Skills through Drama published by Alphabet Press is a light comedy about science vs art. Everyone thinks Aida has a talent for acting but Aida is not so sure.

PODCAST of Her Own Worst Enemy also available at Alphabet Publishing.

Only the Best Intentions

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When Gigi decides to break off her engagement with a computer gamer, things only get more complicated. Oscar isn’t ready to give up on love, but he’s also got the chance of a lifetime in the growing world of esports.

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Rising Water

This drama is loosely based on the real events of the fall of 2017 when Hurricane Harvey dumped a trillion gallons of water onto an unprepared city. The plot follows a young man into the storm and tests him both physically and mentally. In difficult times, traditional rules for behavior may not be the wisest choice

READ THIS! Cambridge University Press

Read This! is a four-book reading series designed for adult and young adult ESL students at the high beginning to intermediate levels. The series helps students develop reading fluency by having them read and interact with high interest, content-rich texts containing fascinating information written in an accessible narrative style. Each text includes a Webquest that supports students in doing additional research online.

Read This! 2

ReadThis2Level 2 includes cross disciplinary readings clustered around academic themes designed for low-intermediate level learners. Vocabulary and skills activities provide an accessible introduction to academic work.
Alice Savage & Daphne Mackey

Read This! 3


Level 3 includes cross disciplinary readings clustered around academic themes designed for intermediate level learners. Vocabulary and skills activities provide an accessible introduction to academic work.
Alice Savage





 Big Ideas: Easy Readers for English Learners

This three level series provides collections of short stories and content based articles. The magazine-style texts are ideal for pleasure reading, as course readers, or for content based lessons. The texts are grouped into units to recycle vocabulary and provide multiple perspectives on current issues.

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Grammar Sense 4 

GrammarSense4Oxford University Press
Grammar Sense is comprehensive, four-level American English grammar practice series that gives learners a true understanding of how grammar is used in authentic contexts.
Susan Kesner Bland, Alice Savage & Patricia Mayer

Grammar and Beyond 3

GaB3Cambridge University Press
Grammar and Beyond ensures success in the classroom and beyond with its unique combination of corpus-based charts, direct application of grammar in all four skills, and ample opportunities for writing.
Laurie Blass, Susan Iannuzzi, Alice Savage & Randi Reppen

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