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Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16, 2019. 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?

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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

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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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Secrets: A Lesson Recipe

Secrets is a great concept to plan a lesson around.  This lesson idea is similar to a lesson I've done countless times about gossip - I heard it through the Grapevine. (Lesson #119 for Supporters). 


1.  Write a secret you have on a piece of paper (just make one up!).  Write a few words as hints on the board, along with the word ?secret."  

2. Ask students if they know what it means and to give you some examples of "a secret" people might have. Ask students if they think keeping a secret is a good thing?   When should you keep a secret and when should you share a secret?  Tell the students you have a secret and ask if they can guess it.  Take students guesses. 

3.  Show the video"The Secret"  It is incredible and will motivate students.

4. Give the students 3 small slips of paper each. Tell them they should write a secret on each (they can make them up).  As students are wrting / thinking - write these sentence prompts on the board:


Just between you and me

I really should keep this a secret but 

Don't pass this around but 

I really want to get this off my chest ...

I've been keeping this quiet for a long time, 

Can you keep a secret? 

Don't let anyone else know but .... 

Keep this top secret okay? 


5. Go over the phrases on the board, making sentences about students in the classroom.  

6. Tell students they now have to mingle/walk around the class and share their secrets with 3 different people. They should give the slip of paper to those they shared the secret with

7. Next, Ask students to go in groups and share with each other, the secrets they were told. Tell them they can't keep secrets!  

8. Lastly, share some of the best secrets, the funniest secrets told as a group.  If time permits, play the video on last time to reinforce the language/learning. 


It's a great lesson - please share, don't keep it a secret!

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Comment by Ramsy de Vos on August 26, 2015 at 10:44pm

Is there a way I can download the video for offline use?

Comment by ddeubel on August 26, 2015 at 11:18pm

There's a link in the comments on the video page. HERE.

Generally on any video page, you can click Download Videos and get the video in that folder after searching. 

We have  1,000s of the best videos so can't go back and link all videos directly, sorry about that. Going forward I've been adding a direct link to most that can be shared under fair use or CCs. 

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