During a peak period when my teaching hours went up to 37.5 hours a week, I have to admit that the time I spent planning went down accordingly. I just didn’t have the time. But, I didn’t want to deliver sub-standard lessons and I still wanted them to be relevant and using authentic texts. So I developed … Continue reading A quick guide to exploiting articles.
So here is another activity that can be used more as revision, or even to test knowledge of a grammar point, to see if it needs teaching. It is something I tried out a couple of weeks ago and my class responded really well to it. Since then, there has been a noticeable improvement in … Continue reading Using Articles for Articles
This lesson basically came about when I recommended that all of my students read newspapers on a regular basis. The obvious reasons being, I wanted to widen their vocabulary, improve their reading skills and increase their cultural knowledge. It seemed so simple at the time. After a week I asked them how they were getting … Continue reading Reading skills – Newspaper articles
We feel strongly that one of our jobs as teachers is to encourage discussion. For this reason, each year we write a lesson for international women’s day (9th March) in an effort to increase discussion on this topic specifically. You can find our previous lessons here, here and even here. Or, you could try our … Continue reading Invisible Women: Independent Research Skills
So, this lesson was a challenge. Literally, ‘Teaching Cat’ challenged us to make a lesson from this text so here we are. The original text is one of those fun quirky texts aimed at people in the past that is now ridiculous, you know the type. So far, so not very promising. Except, how many … Continue reading Manners, language and the importance of keeping with the times.
So you’ve got a text and it’s ridiculously interesting but it’s just that little bit too difficult for your students… If you’ve ever been in that situation, you might want to try rewordify. A colleague of mine put me onto this website a few years ago and I thought it was time to pass it … Continue reading Rewordify: website for simplifying a text
So this one is not a lesson as such but more an idea for your lessons. Coursebooks are rich resources for texts and sadly, due to completely understandable constraints (space / industry traditions / overall themes of a book / editor pressure) they are very often under-used. Listening exercises tend to test comprehension or act … Continue reading (T)ex(t)ploiting a coursebook listening text
Continuing the theme of IELTS lessons, this is another that looks to help students with their exam but also their university studies after. This looks to explore what arguments are being made and then asks students to respond to them. Stance and criticality are key elements of university study. The ability to understand a writer’s … Continue reading Responding to a Reading – Critical Reading
So, the inspiration for this came yesterday at the Pearson Amazing Minds day in London. Ken Beatty mentioned this story and as he put up one of the direct quotations, I found myself just looking at the past tenses thinking, “ooooh, lesson”. I really am that dull. The lesson itself is fairly standard textploitation. We … Continue reading Reading and tense discovery: “I caught a falling baby”.
This is going to be the first in a mini series of lessons on connotations. Why bother looking at connotations? Well, there are a few reasons, firstly, for students being able to say precisely what they mean without misunderstanding is key. Secondly, can you really know a word without understanding the implications its use has … Continue reading Connotations