Last term I shared a post on presentation tasks for EAL. I have a few more examples to add from this term which are slightly more subject specific. We started the term online, but have been back in the classroom… Read More ›
Timesaver: Conversation starters
Here’s a quick fix warmer while you’re waiting for all students to arrive in your online class. I googled ‘conversation starters’ the other day and found this list of questions 225 starter questions on gifts.com. I pasted these questions into… Read More ›
12 conversation strategies worth teaching
One thing my CELTA course skimmed over was how to develop learners’ conversation strategies. There seems to be a good amount of focus on conversation strategies in recent coursebooks. However, at times I find these can be problematic. Models of… Read More ›
Lesson idea: Celebrities, morals and ethics
This is a discussion task to introduce a sequence of lessons on fame and celebrities. One of the set reading texts in the sequence included some comments on celebrity ethics. I thought this was a good springboard, so after a… Read More ›
IELTS: identifying attitudes and opinions
Another ‘making things up as I go along’. This time in my IELTS Teens class. Topic: Environment and the natural world Context: We’d just done some vocabulary review / building activities. We’d also dipped into the book for some listening… Read More ›
‘so’, ‘such a’, and cheap cocktails
Another one of my ‘making things up as I go along’ reflections. This time, something that actually worked! The materials from one of our in-house, pre-int lessons the other day reviewed so/such (a) in the context of travel / holidays… Read More ›
How do you start a lesson?
Hey all, quick question here, after some ideas. I just wondered – do you have any routines or activities you use to engage learners at the start of class?
Past continuous: sporting experiences
More football! Give me more football! I heard it’s less than a month until the start of the Premier League season. Here’s more football related content for the post-World Cup/pre-PL football hungry students.