Cambridge YLE preparation books scaffold vocabulary in an excellent way: they don’t only teach the words/expression, but guarantee that these lexical items are revised several times over the year. Before a progress test or before the final exam, you might find some revision lessons useful and – above all – fun. One engaging way to revise vocabulary is to play TABOO.
If you prepare kids for YL exams (Cambridge STARTERS, MOVERS, FLYERS), then you are well familiar with the official wordlist. However, it is sometimes difficult to keep track of the taught lexical items. With some textbooks, you don’t have to worry about anything: they teach and revise the requested vocabulary. On the other hand, if you teach classes without a textbook and/or with your own materials, you might find these word checkers useful.
Another Scratch app this time to use and remake. It helps your students practise to describe differences between pictures and for Scratchers it’s a nice way to practise costume-change and sprite editing. What’s the difference? Instructions: Click onto the green flag and then memorize the picture for 30 seconds.Then click the A key on your keyboard and note 5 differences.Finally, click onto SPACE and not 6 differences.Do you have a good memory? For Scrachers, SEE INSIDE, it’s a simple costume-change code, however, in some cases, you need to move the sprite away from its centre point. You might also like
For today, another Scratch app to help your students practise how to say dates in English. What’s today’s date? Instructions: Click onto the Green Flag, then onto SPACE. After some seconds, you will see a date.First question: Is it a real date? (30 February 2000 is NOT)Second question: How do you pronounce it? (e.g. the first of February nineteen – eighty four)Third question: Was it in the past or will it be in the future or maybe this is today’s date?Then press SPACE again… and again… For Scrachers, SEE INSIDE, it’s a simple costume-change code. You might also like to
Talking about clothes is always a great opportunity to revise not only vocabulary linked to fashion, colours and shades, but also to recap the word order ‘adjective + noun’. Last but not least, it is also a great opportunity to play. In this post, I’d like to show you one Scratch animation and one follow-up activity for both, online and classroom lessons. The animation (Scratch challenge): Instruction: Click onto the green flag and after a while stop the animation with the red button (or the space key). Describe what Daisy is wearing. For Teachers: You can play this game with
Today let me show you – and challenge all Scratch coders – with a Scratch animation to practise for Cambridge Movers Speaking Part 3: Which one is different and why?
September 2021 – How is this school year going to be? Face-to-face, online, locked down? Whatever the answer is, we are happy to be back to school… and back to some great playful Cambridge YL Starters, Movers, Flyers exercises. Check out these:
February 2021 – Teaching English to CHILDREN is fun. Teaching English to children ONLINE is a challenge. Preparing children for an English EXAMS online is an adventure… if you do it in a fun way. Today, I’d like to give you some quick tips how to do a great lesson with elementary school kids online using comics and preparing for Cambridge A1 Movers or A2 Flyers exams.
January 2021 – Online lessons with Young Learners are challenging for many reasons: apart from problems with internet connection, tired eyes and the demotivating fact of not being really together with their peers, it also forces kids into a very passive sitting life style. You need to consider that kids are usually not really comfortable with opening different types of documents (pdf, doc, etc.) and it is also difficult for the teacher to monitor their written work (checking for spelling mistakes, for instance). In this post, I’d like to propose a lesson plan to teach daily routines to kids online,
January 2021 – This is the last part of a three-post serie, giving suggestions on how to use Scratch codes in teaching English to Young Learners (above all in online lessons). In the first part, I describe simple animations to revise numbers and prepositions of place, while in the second post, mazes were proposed to practice giving directions and question-answer animations. This time, I invite you to adventure into the Scratch world of quizzes and stories.
January 2021 – In my previous post, I suggested that teachers giving online lessons to YL try out some alternative tasks using the programming language Scratch. This coding program was customized for elementary school students to introduce them to the universe of algorithms, sequencing, variables and others. So the main aim of the Scratch project is to teach coding to pupils. However, Scratch could come in really handy when giving online English lessons to Young Learners. In Part One, you can read about how to practise numbers and prepositions of places with Scratch animations. In this post, I’d like to
January 2021 – As many of my colleagues, I ended up teaching completely online nearly a year ago. With teen and adult classes, the switch to online lessons was surprisingly smooth. However, things were not as easy with Young Learners (YL). Mainly, because parents – among them myself – were worried about how much time their children spent in front of different screens and secondly, because my students were used to lessons full of movement and games. We desperately needed inspiration. It came from one of the many Future Learn courses.
December 2020 – This lesson plan introduces or revises regular verb forms in simple past. It’s target level is A1-A2. The exercises also revise vocabulary linked to ‘restaurants’, a lexical field students are often exposed to even at lower levels while traveling. The short video to watch is the end scene of the animated Disney/Pixar film ‘Ratatouille’. There are also materials included to practice pronunciation of the -ed ending and spelling.
December 2020 – This is a simple group writing task I learnt from New Headway Pre-Intermediate some years ago. I find the exercise excellent to improvise a quick group-writing session about any topic even with lower level classes/students.
December 2020 – When I started teaching online I kept going back to one website to test my students’ grammar knowledge in test-teach-test approach. At the beginning, it was a simple blog, however, it has grown up to a prodigious test bank. Today, I invite you to visit the TEST-ENGLISH website.
November 2020 – If you are teaching kids online or without a structured textbook and you might be looking for some materials how to introduce your students to simple past forms of regular verbs. Here is an idea how to:
November 2020 – Here is a lesson plan for a possible Christmas lesson online with young learners. The ideal age could be 7-12, level A2 (Flyers/Key for schools).
November 2020 – This is a lesson plan teaching and revising regular and irregular verbs in simple past. Students need to be at high A1-A2 level, but you can also use this lesson for a revision lesson at B1 level. The lesson plan is written for an online lesson.
November 2020 – It’s not easy to remember that the days of the week and months start with a capital letter and it is even harder to recall their correct spelling. These two quick quizzes aim to make the kids practise:
November 2020 – Songs are an evergreen possibility to lead into a new topic or introduce a new grammatical structure, they can be an excellent exercise to wind down a lesson and even in between two exercises, they are good for making students relax and prepare for the next task. In this post, I would like to show you some interactive worksheets to do while listening to some great classics and also some newer hits – with embedded YouTube videos.
November 2020 – Here’s a lesson plan / idea how to teach and practise daily routines and third person singular to/with kids (age 6-10). This lesson plan is suitable for online lessons.Your students should be familiar with the use of the modal verb can.
November 2020 – Charades is the name of the box-version of Pictionary games. If you don’t have it at hand, you can easily make one with a Quizlet set.
BULLETPOINTS: Level: A1-A2 (Elementary); Age: adults; Group size: any; Aim: to practice question formations – to ask questions about personal information; – to give information about personal details; Skill: speaking; Grammar: questions, to be, have got; Vocabulary: personal details; Length: 90 min; Preparation time: 5 min (print and cut student’s worksheet); Material: student’s worksheet (one sheet per two students), whiteboard + marker.
BULLETPOINTS: Level: Pre-A1, A1 (Starters, Movers); Age: Young Learners; Group size: any; Aim: to train student’s ability to listen for keyword and identify animals or the order they are mentioned; Skill: Listening; Grammar: has got, can, to be; Vocabulary: describing animals; Length: 30 min; Preparation time: 10 min (print worksheet, think of sentences); Material: worksheet attached.
BULLETPOINTS: Level: A1-A2; Age: YL, teens; Group size: any; Aim: to revise classroom vocabulary; Skill: -; Grammar: -; Vocabulary: classroom objects; Length: 10 min; Preparation time: none; Material: worksheet attached.
BULLETPOINTS: Level: Pre-A1/A1; Age: small children; Group size: any; Aim: to check understanding of winter clothing vocabulary; Skill: listening and colouring; Grammar: -; Vocabulary: winter clothes; Length: 5 min; Preparation time: none; Material: worksheet attached.