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Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Amelia Meirizka Jun 20. 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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Learning Designs

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

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33 - Christmas Lessons - "The Joy of Giving"

Today's Lesson in a Can is about Christmas . See our Christmas page for a world of fun ideas.

This lesson really brings a class together and is super fun and rewarding. Students give gifts to each other (only pictures!) and use target language for saying Merry Christmas, thank you and "you shouldn't have / Why did you! / It's lovely! / It's just what I wanted...."  You might also get students making X-mas cards!   or visit ourX-mas gift giving interactive!

First, come to class with some pictures you've cut out of a newspaper or magazine. Nice gift ideas. Tell the students it's Christmas and walk around the class giving items. Stop at a student, handing them the picture and say, "Merry Christmas! Students if advanced must reply with more than "you're welcome" and should use one of the above structures (you've put on the board). Keep going around the class until students get the hang of it.....

Next, give students the gift pictures attached and put them in pairs. They must make a list of students names in the class and write down one of the gift items beside it. They may have to ask you the names of the gifts or look them up in the dictionary.

Finally, when they have decided who is getting what gift, give the signal and students will walk around the class using the target language and giving gifts.

To conclude, ask students what they got and which present they liked best (and why!). Everyone in the class will feel great. If by some chance, some students are not getting many gifts, give them some from your magazine collection. This will make them feel great.   

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