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The following ESL resources are available for Ability:

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Ability - business letter
short business letter / email gapped for ability expressions


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Ability - reference sheet
Notes on use of can and could for ability in past, present and future


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Ability - anecdote - the love boat
Story with gaps - could / was able to / managed to etc


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Ability - anecdote - on the mountain
Short story gapeed for ability phrases : can / was able to / managed to etc



Photocopiable resource books

Elementary Grammar Games book cover 

Elementary Grammar Games 

Jill Hadfield   
32 - can and can't  Page 32 
Picture cards. Grouping task. Ss must arrange themselves into teams of particular types (sports, music etc,) according to the abilities each S is given on a picture card.
Grammar Activities 2 - Upper Intermediate book cover 

Grammar Activities 2 - Upper Intermediate 

Will Forsyth   Sue Lavender   
41 - 42 Modal verbs - could / be able to / managed to  Pages 41 - 42
Could, was able to and managed to for ability in the past.
35 Modal verbs - won't be able to / can't  Page 35 
Can't vs won't be able to
Intermediate Communication Games book cover 

Intermediate Communication Games 

Jill Hadfield   
19 - Sales reps  Page 19 
2 groups: reps and buyers. Buyers think of everyday problems; reps have cards with pics of (Heath-Robinson-ish) machines they must sell. ('You will be able to...')

General English adult course resource packs

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack 

Susan Kay   
20 Can you do it?  Page 20 
'Can' and 'could' for ability in the present and the past. (Mostly present)
Reward Pre-Intermediate Resource Pack  book cover 

Reward Pre-Intermediate Resource Pack  

Sue Kay   
27 Challenges  Page 27 
Teams must try out challenges and tick off statements (Student) can / can't (do challenge). Challenges include saying the alhpabet in 15 seconds and other language-related tasks

ESL lesson plans

How Donald Trump Got Rich: A Tale of Three Trumps

US Election ESL worksheet 1 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 2 Donald Trump worksheet 3 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 4 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 5 Donald Trump ESL worksheet 6
B1 / B2 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; role play Vocabulary: business and economics

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for B1/B2 (PDF)
C1 Complete lesson Skills: split reading; discussion; Grammar: participle clauses

Download A Tale of Three Trumps for C1 (PDF)

US Election Special 2016

US Election ESL worksheet 1 US Election ESL worksheet 2 US Election ESL worksheet 3 US Election ESL worksheet 4
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary: politics, elections; skills: discussing elections and issues.

Download Politics and the US Election (PDF)

Wear high heels or go home: gender discrimination at work

Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 1 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 2 Gender descrimination ESL worksheet 3
B2/C1 Complete lesson Vocabulary work clothes; skills: gender discrimination; grammar: reported speech.

Download Workplace gender discrimination (PDF)

English grammar notes

Comparison with as...as

Comprehensive grammar reference notes, illustrated.
Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 1 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 2 Grammar notes on comparison with as..as 3
Download English grammar notes: comparison with as...as (PDF)