Recipes Tagged ‘vocabulary

Here is how I help my students learn their vocabulary! It has improved my students’ ability to recognize vocabulary and teaches them a way to learn vocabulary independently! It’s called Six Steps! We do them as an introductory lesson for new vocabulary. The Six Steps: 1. Look at the word 2. Hear the word 3. […]

PASS THE CHICKEN! The prop is the most important element to this game : ) To begin, all students sit in a circle. Select one person to be IT. That person holds the rubber chicken. The teacher or a “caller” says to the person holding the chicken, “Name five animals. Pass the chicken!” As soon […]

   I learned this just recently in a staff workshop (shows the power of peer learning/sharing!). thanks Rona!   Whatever vocabulary list / word bank you have – you can map it! Yes, just ask the students to draw a local map or a floor plan of a house or even a zoo layout. Next, […]

  This is a very simple way to brainstorm and practice    vocabulary. Alphabet organizing!   Simply use this handy organizer and get the students to list all the vocab for a certain topic (at the beach, at the restaurant, animals, jobs etc…). Afterwards, you can use this for assessment or simply play a game of […]

              The weather is a standard topic and beyond reviewing the vocabulary (which you can do with this powerpoint I made ) , you can really do it communicatively by getting students to do / practice weather reports! After going through the vocabulary and asking students “What’s the weather […]

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 […]

Kids love to draw! Use that interest to develop their English. This lesson recipe is my “go to” lesson. An idea which you can use at the last minute for almost any children’s class. Also a good lesson when unprepared or just plain tired/hungover! (it happens). Give each student a blank A4 piece of paper. […]

Guessing games are a standard way to play and practice/learn vocabulary. Simply generate with the class your vocabulary list. It can be recent vocabulary from your book/lesson/unit. Then, the teacher describes one thing/place/person on the board and students try to guess. Only one guess / student or team ( or you will have some students […]

This generates a lot of talk and students are always very interested in each other’s lives. Write down on the board some of your own (the teacher) family names. Underneath write; A. Who is …………………..? B. …….. is ………..’s ……………. A. ……………………………? Students ask the teacher about the family members on the board. The teacher […]

Wordle is a wonderful tool for teaching English! You can put in groups of words and then display them in a “cool” fashion. Your teenagers especially will love this personalization. I designed a quick game of random wordles – What The Wordle?!. Students make guesses and if correct get points. If they add more words […]


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