Explained: Sugar – an interactive worksheet for Netflix-lovers

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 😉

CONVERSATION: ROLE-PLAY CARDS

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.

GRAMMAR: THIRD CONDITIONAL TIPS AND IDEAS

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.

HOW TO TACKLE IELTS BAND 7 SPEAKING

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.

ONLINE REVIEW: MAKE UP YOUR MIND!

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.

SPEED UP YOUR ONE MINUTE

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.

SPEAKING: Asking for and Giving Personal Information

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.

SPEAKING OF STEREOTYPES

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.

NETFLIX: ARE YOU A TEEN BOSS?

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.