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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

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


92 -- A Lesson for New Years!

This is a great lesson idea for New Years. A perfect time to teach the future tense to students and get them to practice language that really identifies with their own lives.

I usually first start with asking some students about their hopes for the New Year. "What are you going to do this year?".  Show some examples with this cool New Year's resolution generator.

Then, I give them the attached handout and list and  I ask them to check off the ones the resolve for the New Year. The more the better. Give them about 5 min.

Next, ask them to state some of their resolutions from the list. Respond and write on the board - So will I! / I'm going to too!     Oh, I won't ./ Oh I'm not going to.

Next, ask the students to walk around the class stating their resolutions. They must reply with a qualifier from the board - in agreement or disagreement. Once they have found someone who agrees with every statement on their list, they can sit down! Task done.

Finally, I play the "Resolution Lie Game". This is a variation of a standard lie game for practicing any kind of tense/language. Write 4 resolutions on the board for yourself, the teacher. (using the example below). Ask a student to read them and then get students to vote on which they think is the lie. Reveal which ones are true and which is the lie. Who was right?

1. In 20__ I will / won't ____________________

2. This year I'm (not) going to _____________________

3. I resolve (not) to ______________________________

4. This new year I hope to ________________________

Give an index card to all the students. Have them complete it, making one "false / lie" resolution.... In small groups they read their own and guess which one is the lie. Or do this as a whole class. Lots of fun!

If you are really ambitious have the class sing the traditional New Years song - Auld Lang Syne. It might be interesting for higher level students to see if they recognize any of the "old English" words/lyrics....   

Also see this other lesson and materials about resolutions. Or these lesson materials about "bucket lists". 

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