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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Goat for sale. Past tense practice

Aim: students use past sentences to guess what happened according to the sounds they have previously heard.
Level: students need to know how to use basic verbs in the past simple/past continuous.

Materials: provided video. This video is the Doritos commercial for the  2013 SuperBowl

Procedure: 

A)Students listen to the Doritos  video sound but can't see the images. You may minimize the image or have students face away from the computer screen.

B) Students tell each other what they imagened as they were listening to the video.

C) Option one: Students compare their guesses with the  real video, which they watch with image and sound.
Option two: students work in pairs. One sees the video and tells the other what happened.







Thanks to Mr. Muir, speaker at the Barcelona  2015 MacMillan Teachers' Day for this idea.


Verb tense practice with silly sentences

Aim: students have fun practicing the formation of different verb tenses.

Alliteration is a stylistic literary device identified by the repeated sound of the first consonant in a series of multiple words. Using this technique students create silly sentences that could be joined together to create a fun to read poem. 

Materials: none
Level: all 
Procedure: 
Part A) Ask students to think of :
  • the name of a person 
  • something to eat 
  • an adjective 
  • a city, a place or  a country
... that start by a letter of their choice:

Using those words and adding any extra words they may  need,  students have to create a sentence in the verbal tense  you indicate.

Example:
Letter F in present perfect: Ferdinand, Fig, fantastic, Findlad .
 
Ferdinand has eaten some fantastic figs in Findland 

If students read all the sentences they have created, one after the other, the alliteradion creates the sensation of a poem. 

Part B) for higher levels. Students follow the same procedure again and add a connector to join the senteces.  Allow absurd sentences

Example:
Letter F
Fiona, french fries, forbidden, fun fair 
Ferdinand has eaten some fantastic figs in Findland but  Fiona  has preferred the forbiden french fries she had at the fun fair .


This activity was suggested by Vanessa Reis at the Barcelona,  2015 Macmillan Teachers Da and adapted by myself, Maria Zabala Peña 



Thursday, March 12, 2015

Modal verbs practice: must, should, could...

Summary: Students create a situation  they will discuss with their classmates.  The teacher provides a model  so that students know  how to proceed.
Procedure:

PART 1: The teacher creates a situation and asks the students to advise him/her on how to proceed (see example below).
Students need to use the modal verbs they have studied in class to suggest solutions or comment on the situation.   The teacher may write  the verbs students need to use on the board (must, can, could, should, have to, to be allowed, would...).  
Students are also encouraged to ask questions to clarify the situation the is teacher  is presenting. 

PART 2: Once students have understood how to proceed, teams of students create a situation and then they share it with other teams.  Students comment on the situations provided by the other teams

Materials:  No materials needed. I like to give my students some pieces of scrap paper so that they can write their scenarios on them. 

Example the teacher may provide:  
PART 1
  • Yesterday   I  was alone  at the library. I was "hiding" behind the table because I was tying my shoelace.    Our classmate, Johan,  entered the library silentlly  and he took several dictionaries with him. I am sure he was stealing. This boy is always very nice and he is always helping  me with my English  homework. 
Must I report him? 
Should I talk to him? 
  • Students discusss the case (advice, prohibition, permission...)  using the modal verbs the teacher has provided.
 PART 2
  • Groups of students create other possible scenarios. They  take turns presenting  their case to other groups and discusss the situation  according to the model in Part 1

Monday, September 15, 2014

Ideas for the first day of class. Easy English! Countries, Nationalities and Adjectives

How can we engage our students in conversation?
How can students start talking to each other?
Level: all levels
Materials: Computer and screen.  For TASK  Number 1a, you also  need soundcard

Where on earth to do they speak...? (see link in 1.b)

Task 1

1. a. The great language game.
  • Students listen to people speaking  different languages and try to identify them.This is great if you have a multicultural classrooom. Students will identify languages such as Urdu, Ucranian, Dinka etc.
  • If students do not know where a languaga is spoken, they need to write down the name of the langage on their notebook (for task 1.b) 
Click HERE to access the great language game
1.b. If students want to know where a certain language is spoken,  you can go to Where on earth do they speak that language by clicking HERE

When you click  the name of the language you  access a map that shows where the language is spoken and  provides general information about the language:
  • Number of speakers: 
  • Language code (as for Internet) : 
  • Alternate names: 
  • Where  it is spoken: 

Why not have students guess the information before you offer it?  What other languages do students know? How much do the know about them?
Tip: encourage studetns to use full sentences  
  • In ..., people speak...
  • ... is spoken in ....
  • People in... speak...  
Task 2

     On A Steel Cable. The Rio Negro River, Colombia

  • Ask students the question: How do you come to school?
    children-going-to-school-around-the-world-25

     Zhang Jiawan Village, Southern China

  • Show students pictures of the 25 Most Dangerous and Unusual Journeys to School in the World . See link next to pictures below. 
  • Encourage students to describe pictures. If their language level is very low, provide them with a list of possible adjectives. The adjectives at the end of the list are more advanced. You may want to project this list on the board for the students to copy before they start the task.
You can see these pictures and more by clicking HERE 
    This is /it is/they are:
    This isn't/ it isn't/ they aren't
    Incredible, impossible, ridiculous, ugly/beautiful, crazy, adventurous, dangerous/safe, difficult/easy, scary/fun, weak/strong,  fair/unfair, backbreaking, unprivileged/priviledged, deep,  barefoot, crowded, smelly, fit, breathtaking, wet, able, out of question, demanding...  

You can see these pictures and more by clicking HERE 



Saturday, December 14, 2013

John Lennon: Happy Christmas from ESL video


No Internet access in the classroom? Use PDF version
Special Occasion:  Christmas
Level: lower intermediate and higher
Source: ESL video. To see the task  on ESL video, click HERE

All materials I propose are from ESL VIDE.
I have added some pictures to help students with difficult vocabulary (on blog entry below and on the photocopiable version) 

  • DOWNLOAD MATERIALS (video and photocopiable worksheet if needed)  HERE

Procedure: Students read the questions before listening to the song. Students try to guess the correct answer. Students listen to the song and check their answers
OPTION A)
  • Project Video and questons on the White Board using this blog entry (you need a good internet connection)
OPTION B)
  • Download the photocopiable  pdf and video and either make photocopies or project questions on the board (you don't need to have internet access in the classroom) 
OPTION C)
  •  Go to the ESL video page  ( click HERE) and project the video and questions.Note that there is not vocabulary help with pictures if you choose this option
DOWNLOAD MATERIALS (video and photocopiable worksheet if needed) HERE 

This is the video. Questions follow








Din= big noise
Questions (taken from the ESL video webpage):


1. So this is Christmas and what have you ______?

  1. din
  2. dun
  3. done
Gun

2. Another year over, and a new one just _____

  1. begin
  2. began
  3. begun


Rear of the horse 




3. So this is Christmas, I hope you have _____

  1. sun
  2. gun
  3. fun

    4. The near and the ____ one, the old and the young


    1. dear
    2.  far
    3. rear



    Eloping in front of desperate father 






    5. A very merry Christmas and a happy New ____

    1. Beer
    2. Dear
    3. Year

    6. Let's ____ it's a good one without any fear

    1. cope
    2. elope
    3. hope
    Bomb and wick


    7. And so this is Christmas for ______ and for strong


    1.  week
    2.  wick 
    3. weak

    To pour (a sauce, a drink...)

    8. For rich and the ____ ones, the world is so wrong

    1. pour
    2. peer
    3. poor







    9. And so happy Christmas, for black and for ______

    1. white
    2.  right
    3. Freight = cargo
    4.  light

    10. For yellow and red ones, let's stop all the _____


    1. fight
    2. fright
    3. freight
     
    11. A very _____ Christmas and a happy New Year

    1.  weary
    2. teary
    3. Fear
      Very tired
    4. merry

    12. Let's hope it's a good one without any _____

    1.  beer
    2.  tear
    3.  fear


    Tear





    CHORUS SING ALONG!!
    And so this is Christmas and what have we done. another year over and a new one just begun. And so happy Christmas. I hope you have fun. the near and the dear one, the old and the young. A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Let's hope it's a good one without any fear.



    DOWNLOAD MATERIALS (video and photocopiable worksheet) HERE 

    Answer Key


    1. So this is Christmas and what have you ______?
    done
    2. Another year over, and a new one just _____
     begun
    3. So this is Christmas, I hope you have _____
    fun
    4. The near and the ____ one, the old and the young
     dear
    5. A very merry Christmas and a happy New ____
     Year
    6. Let's ____ it's a good one without any fear
     hope
    7. And so this is Christmas for ______ and for strong
     weak
    8. For rich and the ____ ones, the world is so wrong
    poor
    9. And so happy Christmas, for black and for ______
    white
    10. For yellow and red ones, let's stop all the _____
     fight
    11. A very _____ Christmas and a happy New Year
     merry
    12. Let's hope it's a good one without any _____
    fear



    SONG TRANSCRIPT
    Happy Christmas - War is Over
    So this is Christmas
    And what have you done?
    Another year over
    And a new one just begun

    And so this is Christmas
    I hope you have fun
    The near and the dear ones
    The old and the young

    A very merry Christmas
    And a happy New Year
    Let's hope it's a good one
    Without any fear

    And so this is Christmas
    For weak and for strong
    The rich and the poor ones
    The world is so wrong

    And so happy Christmas
    For black and for white
    For the yellow and red ones
    Let's stop all the fight

    A very merry Christmas
    And a happy New Year
    Let's hope it's a good one
    Without any fear

    And so this is Christmas
    And what have we done?
    Another year over
    And a new one just begun

    And so happy Christmas
    We hope you have fun
    The near and the dear ones
    The old and the young

    A very merry Christmas
    And a a happy New Year
    Let's hope it's a good one
    Without any fear

    War is over
    If you want it
    War is over
    NOW