Recipes for August, 2009

   Foldables are a great way to make your lessons “active” and also more about fostering thinking skills. They can be of all sorts. Just start with a piece (or pieces) of paper and get the students folding and labeling.  Like HERE. They can be as elaborate as Accordion Books or as simple as a 4 […]

Here’s a way to practice vocabulary and sentences related to describing facial and body features, but it can be modified to include clothing and colour vocabulary, too. First, practice the vocabulary and language: Stand at the front with a whiteboard and marker, and secretly draw a figure on the whiteboard to prompt the target language […]

Here’s an activity that’s a fun way for students to practice listening to instructions and following them. All you need is a large TV in your classroom that can play videos, and a friend or family member from “back home” willing to help out. Explain to students that you have a “special guest” who’s going […]

[youtube]bNF_P281Uu4[/youtube] These series of videos are amazingly effective for classroom instruction. They also give students a view of the world and are a great global issues primer. Matt “danced” his way around the world. Here are several ways to use these videos in the classroom … Download all the Matt videos or stream in high […]

This discussion activity really ceaches students to listen to each other. Start the activity by making statements for the class but “coughing / mumbling or saying “blablabla”. Ex. I went to the &&)))*** last night.  Students ask for clarification using the prompt on the board. Low: Excuse me, what did you say? High:  Excuse me […]

This is a nice way to get students to know each other.   Make a quick organizer for writing. Have the students fold an A4 “hamburger” like, 4 times. They will have 8 lines for writing when they unfold it. They must write 8 sentences about themselves, all beginning with “I am….”.  Teacher monitors.  Next, […]

Writing storybooks is a great way to reinforce grammar and vocabulary. It also gives students confidence and pride in “producing” something visible and tangible to measure their English language learning experience. There are several steps to making a storybook and I’ll use my own Mr. X’s incredible Day/Yesterday as an example. Get the ppt/video here […]

Using a timer in class is really something that is invaluable and maybe even a MUST for a teacher. Students need to know how long a task will take and a timer is a perfect way to let them know! Especially for writing exercises and tests. Further, I’ve even seen teachers use it as a […]

Usually the FSW (Find Someone Who ) games entail students asking questions AND writing in names to form sentences. (find a whole pile of pre made ones on EFL Classroom 2.0) ie. (name) loves dancing. However, there is another option and one that even is stronger cognitvely and pedagogically. (Go here for an explanation and […]

This is an excellent activity for students to gain awareness of pragmatical competency and pronunciation problems they may have. In pairs, students silently “mouth” very slowly, the questions from a handout. Simple questions. Go here for many lists – use the simple ones like “Favorites” or “Getting to know you”.   The other student responds with […]


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