Recipes for May, 2012

One great recipe is to play a video with vocabulary content. Not flashcards but something real and beautiful.  Then, students either write or speak or brainstorm all the vocabulary from the video in the specific category you mention.  An example is the video Forgotten. Play and get students to list all the places in the […]

Story chains are simple ways to keep students telling a story. Start a story and then students keep adding lines to continue. They can even be done with only words, students relating words to other words through association. One higher level example is using the Zen story about the lucky farmer. Start by telling the […]

I’m sending out a call to all practicing teachers for some recipes!  Short, simple ideas that can help all teachers but especially those new to the profession and just getting their toes wet and their chalkboard dirty. I’ve simplified this site and it is now very easy to post and share.  Just add one simple […]

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Everyone loves movies! This is a great idea and a great way to have a very light but powerful lesson. 1.   Write some names of movies on the board.    Then give students 4 hints about one movie.  See if they can guess. Continue until all are off the board. 2.  Students have 2 […]

This is an excellent video to study places in a house. As the video plays, you can have students note the places in the house.  Check by replaying.  Ask the students how the place has changed, what was happening in the room and what is happening now. Lots of critical thinking embedded in this simple […]

If you have a screen and projector – using video in class brings amazing power – the power of context, into your teaching. The classroom no longer has 4 walls!  Here is one quick idea. Use the video  When I grow Up . The students watch and note all the jobs they can possible note […]

This is a very simple idea that works to help students talk about events and narrate a story.   Write many ideas / vocabulary on the board, all over the board.  ex.  A girl in pjamas,  a ball,  Thursday,  green,   Last night,  the President,  kill,  Oh, it is beautiful.  etc….  Start by telling the […]

This is a real recipe!   Students use English for a real purpose, explaining to a partner or fellow group members, how to do something.  I usually start listing numbers on the board and writing a title – How to ……………..   I ask students to explain the steps of how to do some simple […]


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