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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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85 - The POWER of Prediction. -- teaching the Future Tense.

I wrote another teacher about this lesson idea and thought this would be a good place to share it.

An excellent way to teach and give students practice with the future tense is to use a story. Reading teachers know all about this most powerful technique and it works wonders in a language classroom.

Simple get a really good story (we have hundreds of audio stories you could use in our Story area.). 

Next, start reading but stop at intervals and ask the students to predict. "What will happen next?" , "What's going to happen next"? What do you think "X" will do next? etc..... Do this whole class or allow them to brainstorm their responses and then share. After sharing ideas, then continue the story and see if they were right! Maybe even give a reward if the students are bang on!

A nice story for this is The Eyebrow Story. Probably the story I've gotten emails from teachers the most. Peter Reynold's stuff is great.

This is a very quick, no fuss, no muss way for a teacher to give students practice with the future tense and also share a damn good story!

Another good story for this, is of course, The Paperbag Princess!  

I'll also note to end - you can do prediction with videos!  It works as well and simply stop and ask students "What will happen next"?  There are even videos specifically made for thisAlso try our videos tagged "prediction".

Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM 2.0

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I may take this idea and put a different spin on it. This will take more preperation, but I want to take some sports videos and have them predict what will happen next. For instance, I will show a clip of a game and just before something exciting happens, I will pause it and ask what will happen. I have yet to try this idea, but it's something I'm working on.
Chad, great idea.

Tommy has some already made videos in our Video area that are exactly this! Try searching for "future" or next or something like that. They are great!

Actually, just clicked his face on our main page and went to his video list. here it is.
Hey Chad, do you know why the link to the eyebrow story isn't working anymore?
Actually I didn't use the eyebrow story and I never watched it. I mostly just took the concept of using video for predictions (and it worked pretty well).

Would this lesson be ok for high school, or is it too easy....future tense??



This lesson would work very well for high school.  Are you teaching in Korea?  


Korean MS students usually have to study this story as part of the curriculum (but has changed recently, now with new textbooks in schools)

You mean 'The Eyebrow Story'?  

I am in Seoul, I don't work from a text book or any book, so find it difficult sometimes to figure out what is appropriate and I just heard MS students do the future tense, so I thought  it would have been too easy for high school.  But I am glad to hear it can be used with them.  Also, I am wondering about the 'lessons in a can' and level.  Is intermediate for high school, or would it be advanced?  Thanks a million David!! :)

Sorry Carl, I thought you meant Paperbag princess. 


Yes, it would definitely work because a lot of the new vocab is contextualized. You might pre teach some of it though. Even get them retelling the story or prepare a script which they re sequence after watching. I just did a storybook session and you might get them to even rewrite the story and make a mini book. 


About Lessons in a Can.  Look at the levelon the main directory. That's what I suggest but as for "age" - it really depends on the content of that lesson. You'll have to make that decision if your students think it appropriate, interesting or not. No fast and easy answer there. 

This is a nice video showing how prediction is used in a read aloud. Great advice and technique for teachers. 

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