As I described in my last post, I’ve recently finished the teaching practice of the DipTESOL. I wanted to share one of the lessons I created for the course, which was based around using Twitter to complain about service during a holiday. The students I was teaching were all young adults who were learning English … Continue reading Reading and Writing lesson plan: tweets, complaints and compound nouns
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