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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

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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

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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

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#19 Gossip - "I heard it through the Grapevine"

Everyone loves to gossip. Today's lesson in a Can harnesses that energy. It is a very simple lesson which gets intermediate or advanced level students really producing creative language.

Prepare -- Write the following chunks on the board.

1. The word on the street is....
2. Don't pass this around but.....
3. Keep this quiet but.....
4. I heard it on the grapevine......
5. Just between you and me .......
6. It's said that.........
(add your own)

Start gossiping about class members but pretend it is true. Get the students reaction! Ex. "I heard that James is in love with..........!" Pretend it is all true....

Practice - Give each student a blank piece of paper. At the top, have students write.

I heard it through the grapevine that (name).....................................................!

Tell them to insert the name of the person sitting to their left and complete the gossip. Then pass their sheet to the person on their right who continues spreading the gossip by writing more information about it and using another gambit or chunk. Students continue becomes hysterical!

After the papers have made it around the classroom and got to 8-9 students. Collect them and read a few. It will be hilarious. Keep some for the beginning of the next class to read and correct for errors/feedback. Post up for students to read on their downtime....

End -- Play the song "I heard it through the Grapevine" . Students fill in the blanks.

Karaoke - Heard it Through the Grapevine  (You'll need our player - get it HERE)  GifLingua Book and Quiz -Gossiping

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Here are some cool gossip role play cards for doing the above activity in class. Also see attached a lesson plan with role play cards you can also use. 

Download Gossip Cards         Download Gossip Role Play Cards

Here are a couple more "gossip" related resources. 

A nice powerpoint outlining the main "gambits" to use when spreading gossip. 

A reading exercise and worksheets for noticing gossip. 

Rumor cards and activity.

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