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collage-rectImages are powerful materials that a teacher can use to help students learn language.

Just released is the “50 Ways To Use Images In The Classroom” list.  A great resource with loads of examples and instant recipes. Check it out. 

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This is a great way to practice the future tense and learn about each other. Adapted from Jill Hadfield’s “Communication Games”.

1. Ask students about their resolutions. Put the target language on the board – “This year, I will / I resolve to / I’m going to ……….

2.  List some of the common resolutions as you discuss.

3.  Students write down 3 resolutions and then go around the class surveying classmates. They…

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This is a pair activity for practising giving advice. Make ten problem cards. Choose ten students who will tell their partner about his/her problem. Then the partner will give them advice.  These cards  can be used for practising second conditional using “If I were you, I’d…, you should, you could…). You can find my set of cards at the following link

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alphabetTeaching the alphabet can be fun.

A great activity for YLs – learn the alphabet by making the letters with your body or hand signs. See how these YLs did it. Use this as a flash presentation.


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to-do-listA simple video that makes a powerful lesson for talking about the future, resolutions, making lists.

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I had a nice time in a teacher training session with this video chant commercial. Just play and stop between the parts of the man/woman.  Divide the class in half with the woman / men repeating the line each time you stop.

Then, play again but shut off the video audio and get students to do the same using the handout / transcript. Lots of fun!…

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Writing Activities

Paint Chip Essay Writing
I had been experiencing trouble with teaching essay writing for some reason this year. I had seen a video from “TeachingChannel” about using paint chips from the hardware store to teach suffixes, prefixes and root words. This got me to thinking about other uses for this free, colorful resource. I started brainstorming about ways to better…

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This is a fun follow-up speaking activity for practising superlatives. Make cards with superlative form of personality adjectives. The number of cards depends on the number of the students in the class. Distribute the cards so that each student has one. They should answer the question: ‘Who’s the … student in the class?’ following the format: I think/believe/hold that the … student in

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This is an easy “video” lesson.    

Ask students to brainstorm all the things / buildings that could be called “home”. Then show the video and see how many they got correct. Show again, pausing and review all the names for these things people all over the world call “home”. 

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Common Core Technical Writing for Science Class


A webpage at

called “Common Core Technical Writing for Science Class”

first gives a brief strategic overview of the important but

demanding new commitment to usability and effective nonfiction

writing in the Common Core State Standards, then summarizes

6 key implementation themes that recur throughout the standards,

then suggests (with supporting links) ways to focus writing 

activities that…

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