I needed something on one sheet that we all could reference and couldn't find anything out there that worked.
Let's Talk is a series of powerpoints I made to get students talking.
They all focus on a particular topic and each slide gets students to start speaking and discussing. Purely conversational, they really work.
Sometimes simplicity is the best. I usually give a minute a slide…Continue
Funny Stories is a resource I created based on years of teaching English through the power of story retelling. Retelling is such an effective way to practice and practice language until it becomes natural. It's easy to do. Get a ppt and audio as well as the…Continue
I just blogged about all our music resources. One thing I didn't mention was this very underused resource that is stellar - Music Appreciation Sheet. Get it here. (supporters can get the full lesson and materials).…Continue
I remember my beginning days as an English teacher now 20+ years on. Dusty, cold, dirty rag, bucket and chalkboard in a cavernous top floor classroom in E. Europe. Cambridge books we had to "get through". I could only survive due to 2 things: English pub night Friday evenings and adding songs to the monotonous routine of teaching (and of course, lovely students - Vera, Petr, Karl, Zuzanna - remember…Continue
I'm continuing on until the end of the month, highlighting resources that are a little "below the radar" on the community. Get all the previous posts listed HERE.…Continue
Secrets is a great concept to plan a lesson around. This lesson idea is similar to a lesson I've done countless times about gossip - I heard it through the Grapevine. (Lesson #119 for Supporters).
1. Write a secret…Continue
1. Just share some links to my older posts with great suggestions for using authentic materials
2. Discuss the implications surrounding the decisions to "go authentic" or not. Suggest that there is now a much greater "grey" area between these two types of…Continue
I put this presentation together from various sources on the web. Exploring the 5 senses. A little dated but works wonders to base a lesson around this wonderful topic.
Makes for a complete week of lessons and activities on the 5 senses. A short video for each is included.
It is a simple powerpoint which randomly…Continue
I worked quite a few years in Korea as the head teacher trainer at SMOE, the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education.
Basically, my job was to help both Korean and foreign teachers in Seoul become more competent at teaching English. SMOE is the world's largest school board and so it was a challenging job! Lots of…Continue
This is a very valuable way for students to group vocabulary. Students in small groups write/draw all the vocabulary they can for the most alphabet letter boxes. Also handy for turning this activity into a handy game of…Continue
'Emma Whitfield sits in an airport on a typical day of fog and drizzle and wonders how she has ended up there.
Six months earlier, after two years of searching for a decent job and with only a folder of rejection letters to show for it, she makes a sudden decision to ditch her demoralising photocopying career and run away to Prague to become a teacher, thinking this might kick-start her life again.
This is a story of ex-Communist tower blocks, radioactive goulash, energetic…Continue
One thing that I've concluded after a few decades in school systems is they operate with a profound distrust of students. Distrust that left on their own students would want to learn something, even choose to learn.
It's true. Even the most well intentioned teachers I speak with have a belief that children need to be cajoled, pushed, prodded and controlled - all so they will do the work and…Continue
Teaching vocabulary can sometimes be trying. Mostly because it involves a lot of "new" stuff for students and a lot of slogging through, a lot of hard work on the part of the learner.
What The Wordle helps! They are a series of presentations, games really, that I made to "liven up" vocabulary…Continue
Continuing on with featuring very little recognized resources here. This one, is one I used a lot teaching new immigrants in Toronto years ago - The Ontario Reader.
Though some stories may be a little dated, they are excellent leveled reading material with great exercises for each to…Continue