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22 Apr 2013

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”. 

Common Core Technical Writing for Science Class   A webpage at      www.ebstc.org/TechLit/hsst/ccss.themes.prac.html 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 […]

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This is a great game to play with large classes Ideal if you are in Korea. Make teams according to rows. Tell each row to make a paper fish. You place each fish between the rows. They should all be at the back facing the front. They should also be in the same position.  Using […]

The Feather Game Make a prop (for this one I used a paper feather) and have Ss pass it around while the T closes their eyes and counts down from 20.  Then the T must find the feather with CCQs: Who, Where, Does, Do? – attributed to Nelson Beard. 

Especially for beginners – what I call “Body English” is a great technique.  Start with letters / spelling and numbers.   1. Bring a student to the front of the class.   2. “Draw” a number or spell a simple word on their back or the palm of their hand.  3.  Ask the student to […]

This video is super for teenagers especially. A Life InBTween.   Animation that has a lot of really “toally” “completely” fascinating language.  Show the video with or without subtitles. Resources here.  Divide up into the four parts and use for 4 different lessons.      Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM 2.0

 One of my all time teaching activities has been the use of Restauraunt ads and up coming events from an English language Newpaper-if not local you will have to make a simple map to help them out. -first  What kinds of food do you like? ^-language and nationalities OK. Where can I get a fish […]

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I used to play a game called Sentence Auction. Print up money from your home country and give each group of students the same ammount of money. I used to do $1000 in $10 and $20 bills. Then write a bunch of sentences on the board. Some will be correct, some will contain errors. The […]

This video is the BOMB! It is captivating, absorbing, a story par excellence but also SILENT! Yes, silent films are great for getting students to produce language — and after all is said and done, that most often is the hardest thing to do, getting the students speaking and learning language by just communicating. That […]


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