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
As the saying goes, you make your own luck in life. Is the same true of the EFL industry? Many teachers get into EFL to fund travel plans or to fill a gap period in their lives, others may fall into it by accident. While there are indeed those who enter the industry with clear … Continue reading Entrepreneurship and EFL
Although I’m not from here, Manchester has become my adopted city and definitely feels like home. With that in mind, I thought I’d share this video of Korean Billy trying the Manchester accent… great job! How do you deal with different accents of English in your classroom? Continue reading Watch “Manchester Dialect Words [Korean Billy]” on YouTube
So I originally hoped that by now I would be posting fairly regularly on this blog, as a way to interact more with the EFL community and try out ideas for my diploma course, but unfortunately life has rather got in the way. My first child was born recently, so in the last couple of … Continue reading Time poor…
Students often theorise about how difficult a language is to learn. But is it even really possible to “rank” languages in order of supposed difficulty? Voxy.com shared this infographic. What do you think? Which category would your learners put English into? Continue reading Hardest to Learn?
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