If you have a Netflix account and love documentaries, you might have watched Explained (= In poche parole in Italy). In its third season, it features an episode dedicated to SUGAR. This interactive worksheet can help you talk or think about its content/message with or without a teacher. Minimum level: B1.Have a dark chocolate bar with you while you are working on it 😉
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:
December 2020 – Conversation is an important part of nearly every lesson, at least in the Warm up or the Wind down section. Sticking questions onto the classroom walls and sending students in pairs around to discuss them is one way. Giving them situations with roles is another engaging way to encourage students to use the target language. Here is a set of a great variety of situations you can use for your next role-play exercise.
November 2020 – Third conditional is a tough grammar point and it’s also difficult to make students practise it, since it is not so often used in real life situations. Doing automatized exercises seems to work for the moment, but fails on the long run. To help students memorize the structure, you might want to spend some time making them do different engaging activities over a couple of lessons. Here are some ideas how they could practice third conditional sentences.
November 2020 – Before sending your student to do any speaking exam, you should show them a video of a real oral exam and also rehearse it with them. Here is one way how you could do it. The post concentrates onto IELTS Band 7, but you can adapt it to any other exam. The lesson is designed for an online individual course.
November 2020 – Here’s a lesson idea based on Kang Lee’s TED Talk from February 2016 about if we are good at telling when a child is lying. The lesson is aimed at B1plus level (or higher) and includes listening and vocabulary training. The main target is to start and finish the lesson with an open conversation about the topic.
November 2020 – Here’s a lesson idea based on Susan Pinker’s TED Talk from April 2017 about why some people live longer than others. The lesson is aimed at B2 level (or higher) and includes listening and vocabulary training. The main target is to start and finish the lesson with an open conversation about the topic.
When we think about reading, we picture books, newspapers or magazines. However, your students probably read daily texts that are shorter, more about consumption and not (only) about entertainment or current affairs, and are more packed with information. Let me give you a simple example how to train them to find and read this type of texts in real life and some tasks to customize for your lesson, with the aim to improve reading for details.
This time, let me invite you to enjoy a great thriller with your students. In addition to the obvious benefits (improving listening skills, expanding vocabulary, etc.), this film gives plenty of opportunities to speculate about what might have happened before, since it is told in reverse.
Films offer entertainment, listening practice, exposure to different varieties of English and a real expansion of up-to-date vocabulary. Here is a film quiz for your teen students at around B2 level to think and speak about issues like university, apps, dating and love in our modern ages.
Students often need to express their opinion in 1-2 minutes, by responding to some questions, analyzing problems and/or proposing their own ideas. They don’t only need to do this, but should do it with adequate fluency and accuracy. Still, they waste time by looking for a word or try to put together a complex grammatical form. More than ever before an exam they need to understand what it means that they need to analyze and comment about a topic while the clock is clicking.
BULLETPOINTS: Topic: Aunty Emma; Level: pre-intermediate to advanced; Time: 30-60 min; Material: whiteboard and marker; Preparation time: none; Skill: speaking; Function: (dis)agreement, negotiating; Group size: min 2 students.
BULLETPOINTS: Topic: Problems and suggestions;Level: A2+;Time: 60 min;Material: whiteboard, marker;Preparation time: none;Skill: speaking;Function: Giving advice(You should/could …, Why don’t you …, You might want to consider V-ing…, etc., depending on the level of the students);Grammar/Vocab: Modals – should, might, could, I’d suggest that you …;Group size: 4+.
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: B1+; Age: adults; Group size: any; Aim: to enable students to express their point of view on national stereotypes; Skill: reading into speaking; Grammar: -; Vocabulary: stereotypes; Length: 30+; Preparation time: none; Material: websites linked to this page.
BULLETPOINTS: Level: B2+; Age: teens, adults; Group size: any; Aim: to listen and talk about teen popularity and social media issues; Skill: listening and speaking; Grammar: -; Vocabulary: -; Length: 60+; Preparation time: 30 min (watch the episode and print the worksheet); Material: worksheet attached, you also need a NETFLIX account.