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Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27. 0 Replies

I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

Tags: prepositions, teach, verbs, phrasal

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Oct 17, 2018. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Stories to inspire and teach. Share yours.

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Jun 10, 2018. 79 Replies

 I'd like to share in this forum and would like others to share, short stories that might apply to education / teaching and that will inspire. I believe stories and a narrative are powerful, whether…Continue

Tags: hodja, tao, zen, professional_development, storytelling


This is intended to practice the use of the past simple tense and help students talk about their past experiences. Do you know that almost 70% of English conversation utilizes the past tense? We should spend more time on this, IMO.

Warm Up. Give the students some pictures and have them ask you using the target language on the board.

1. When did you last .....................?
2. When was the first time you..................?

Students can also ask their own questions but they must state two additional follow up questions. Who / What / Where / When / How ..... ? / Why.......? / Did you ........

Next, the students use the attached worksheets to interview their partners. They should also ask follow up questions.

Finally, Students can do a survey about one question and then report back to the class. I use Index cards for them to record and tabulate their survey results.

I often use many pictures to just make this lesson into a small group discussion. A student turns over the card (and I get them from many sources, see Communication Games in our media fire folder for a good source, they can be small and of any action, scene) and the other students ask - When did you last ....? Then, they also ask follow up questions.

A simple lesson but one which assures a lot of language production! Especially with intermediate level students.

Resources:  See Attached | interactive flash presentation and flashcards for more activities like this. 

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