As many of my fellow teachers will have experienced, whenever I ask my students what they find difficult about English, a sizeable cohort will bring up phrasal verbs. It doesn’t really matter the age, level or nationality of the students, phrasal verbs seems to be the most consistent bogeyman for learners. I can understand it: … Continue reading Going through with it: exploring polysemy
This is my third post on my experiences experiment with the “flipped classroom” approach, and so far I’ve been fairly pleased with the response I’ve had from students. I’m even thinking of ways I could extend learner autonomy with my class moving forward. Last week, the coursebook I use with my C1 class called for … Continue reading Flipped Classroom Episode 3: It’s All Relative
It’s been a while since I posted a lesson idea, and I’ve been keen to share something I’ve been experimenting with in class recently. One of my objectives for this semester is to improve how I teach listening skills – and hopefully the listening skills of my students into the bargain. I’m even giving a … Continue reading Dictogloss & Reduced Relative Clauses
Hello everyone, and Happy New Year! To celebrate the coming of 2017 I thought I’d post an idea for a twist on the New Year’s Resolution theme – great for a first class back after the Christmas break when everyone’s usually feeling a little sluggish. This lesson makes use of a clip from the ITV … Continue reading This Time Next Year: a New Year’s ESL Lesson plan
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