SCRATCH challenge: What’s the difference?

/ A1, A2, Pre-A1, Speaking and Conversation, Young Learners

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

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Explained: Sugar – an interactive worksheet for Netflix-lovers

/ Advanced, Intermediate, Listening training, Speaking and Conversation, Upper-intermediate

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 😉

LESSON PLAN: Absurd Reality and Artistic Vision in Selfies

/ B2, C1, Grammar training, Speaking and Conversation

January 2021 – In this lesson plan, you can discuss selfies from an artistic and a humorous point of view. The lesson aims at B2-C1 level students and is based on a TEDTalk (available on YouTube, not on the official TED site) and a scene from a late night TV show. It gives opportunity to revise narrative tenses and/or reported speech with your students. The exercises are suitable for online lessons.

GRAMMAR: THIRD CONDITIONAL TIPS AND IDEAS

/ B1, B2, Grammar training, Speaking and Conversation

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

/ B2, C1, Exam training, Speaking and Conversation

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!

/ A2, B1, B2, Reading Training, Speaking and Conversation

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

/ Lesson tips, Resource Bank, Speaking and Conversation

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.

LESSON PLAN – Conversation about Problems & Solutions

/ A2, B1, B2, C1, Speaking and Conversation

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+.

SPEAKING: Asking for and Giving Personal Information

/ A1, A2, Speaking and Conversation

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

/ B2, C1, Reading Training, Speaking and Conversation

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?

/ B2, C1, Listening training, Speaking and Conversation

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.