Teaching IELTS isn’t always fun, especially at Christmas time: when everyone else in the school is having a class party and watching Christmas specials of Mr Bean, you’re still slaving away at the coalface of academic English.
So this year, I’ve tried to plan something that will satisfy the need to bring some of the season’s cheer into the classroom at the same time as making sure that your super-serious IELTS students have something to get stuck into.
I’ve found four infographics that I think replicate reasonably well the type of pie chart or table task that might be found in task 1 of the writing paper. As part of my review of the term, we’re going to have a look at the kind of language suited to this part of the exam, then practise describing the Christmas-themed material.
My plan is something like this:
- Put students in groups and have them look at an infographic, identifying the most important features that they can analyse.
- Brainstorm different ways to talk about numbers and percentages: account for, make up, represent, a major proportion, a tiny percentage, etc.
- Get the students to write sentences describing the Christmas facts shown by the infographics.
Let me know if it works for you!