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 … Continue reading Christmas IELTS!
Hi, just a quick note to point you in the direction of a guest blog I wrote for Online English Skills, about why taking an exam in English is a good idea. Take a look and tell me what you think! 6 reasons to take an exam in English Continue reading Reasons to take an exam
This is a quick idea based around this video from Microsoft, showing a concept for living with technology in the near future. This is one of those videos that I love coming across, as there seems to be so much potential for exploitation in class. On this occasion, I wanted to set up a simple … Continue reading Future passive and Technology video (B1/B2)
Materials to download Powerpoint presentation: selfies-1(.pdf format) selfies-1 (.ppt format) Descriptions of self-portraits for the reading stage: selfie-descriptions (.docx format)selfie-descriptions (.pdf format) This is a fun EFL lesson plan I created to provide speaking and vocabulary practice to higher level students. It encourages discussion around the subject of art, modern “selfie” culture, and ends with a CAE part … Continue reading Speaking Lesson Plan (B2+): Selfies and Self-Portraits
Sometimes students find it really difficult to engage with reading texts. The mainstream textbooks have generally done a good job curating a range of texts on a wide array of subjects, but sometimes you just can’t find what you want. Sometimes, students just don’t feel motivated to pore over a text, and that’s that. So … Continue reading Easy reading skills class for almost any text
This EFL lesson plan is a recent activity that I used in an FCE class, which I found to work really well with Upper Intermediate (B2) learners. I think it could work equally well with Advanced/CAE learners as a review of the forms.
It could be a standalone lesson plan, or would supplement most courses well.
The inspiration for this comes from Lindsay Clanfield’s Global English textbook, and uses as its source SMITH Magazine‘s “Six-word memoir” feature, which you can see online here. The idea is that people distil their lives into 6 words, which throws up all kinds of interesting language in itself that you may want to exploit.
- learners to understand and use wish/if only with past simple and past perfect to discuss hypothetical desires/regrets in the present and past.
- learners to practise summarisng and reacting to short, abstract texts.
- extra controlled practise exercises (optional)
- post-it notes or similar
Most EFL textbooks have some kind of unit about daily routines and everyday activities. A good way I’ve found to liven them up is to use it as a springboard for adding an extra challenge to students’ learning. This is an activity I used to help practice modal verbs in the context of daily exercise, … Continue reading Daily routine dictation