I often use newspapers and online articles in lessons (some of which you can find on this website) but recently I came across a great news app called Quartz. The idea with Quartz is that it delivers the news in handy bite-sized chunks either on the website or via your phone app. Instead of just … Continue reading Quartz: Reporting the News
OK, this is a very Britain-centered lesson and I completely understand if you don’t want to use it but I came in today and found that all my students were talking about the big Brexit vote so I knocked up a quick lesson for them. If you’re interested, here it is…probably a few days too … Continue reading Brexit: Reading between the lines
In an attempt to claw back some credibility after ‘the script’ lesson, I bring you a tense review based on an article on the Rolling Stones. It is a good one to use either as a diagnostic or as a review. There are also a couple of interesting bits of lexis, should be fairly easy … Continue reading Tense review with the Rolling Stones
So this is the second and last of the “bits of the paper we ignore” series. This one is based on my personal favourite, Rush Hour Crush. If you don’t know what this is, I suggest you check it out. Each morning on the way to work lovely people hand me a copy of the … Continue reading The bits of the paper we ignore 2
This is to be part 1 of a 2 part series focusing on the bits of the newspaper we throw away. A lot of our lessons on this blog and the lessons we do in class use articles as the basis for the lesson. But what about the rest of the paper? We want to … Continue reading The bits of the paper we ignore 1!
So this lesson uses a fantastic newspaper article from the Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/27/eight-words-sexism-heart-english-language It was one of those things I read and knew I had to make a lesson about. The lesson focuses on collocation, vocab building and reading skills if you fancy going down that route, as ever, you are welcome to pick and choose … Continue reading Is the English Language sexist?
So, a good friend of mine, Kat, has started her DELTA, so I dug out some of my books and started flicking through them and had the idea that Binomials might be quite a useful thing to help my students make their informal writing seem a little more natural and give it that extra sparkle … Continue reading Binomials, dictagloss and expanding range
The idea for this one came from a teacher I used to work with, great teacher. He used wikipedia entries on the Beatles to compare Past Simple and Present Perfect. I loved the idea and so when I had to cover a class last minute the other day, I decided I’d try it out. This is … Continue reading The Beatles – Dead or Alive!
Disclaimer: This is more of an idea than a lesson (however, I am going to give you some materials at the bottom that you can use to turn it into a lesson should you so desire). It’s an answer to a question and the question is one that my students ask me over and over, … Continue reading Listening skills – making use of global knowledge
So, this lesson was something I taught yesterday to try to help my students with their writing, I only took over the class recently and in the needs analysis a few of them stated that they needed to work on their writing, two of them telling me that they hadn’t been able to join the … Continue reading How can I write it if I don’t know what it is?