Category: Recipe

Brainstorming

Brainstorming is a great, open-ended activity that can be used for many teaching objectives.  Assessing student prior knowledge, consolidation, review or just language enjoyment and fun.

Give students an organizer or blank piece of paper and some short instructions / … Read More ....

Interview An Older Person

This is a great task and homework assignment.  Get students to use a set of questions (make them in class) and interview an older person they know. A neighbor, a grandfather, grandmother, a friend of the family …. doesn’t matter.… Read More ....

A Back To School Snowball Fight

It is back to school time and this teaching recipe is proven to work for all levels!

1. Get students to fill out on a sheet of paper some info. about themselves. You can use a prepared page like this Read More ....

What’s The Trend?

A simple teaching recipe using the website – Storyline.

Students in teams open up the game and play. They must make a graph about the data set provided by the site. Ex. Percent of internet users over time.

Students discuss, … Read More ....

Sequencing

Sequencing is a great, open way to design a lesson task. Students get lots of comprehensible input and listening for detail and it is easy to do, organize.

1. Find a good piece of audio or video with clear steps. … Read More ....

Tasks For Teaching

TBLT (Task Based Language Teaching) is a valid approach and alternative to the traditional Prepare – Practice – Produce style lessons many teachers deliver.

Simply give students a task (preferably transferable to the real world) and let them “have a … Read More ....

Last Things First

One of the problems with teaching is that there is never enough time and things almost always take more time than we’ve planned for in our lessons.

So what happens is that the real important stuff, the activities, the “giving … Read More ....

Wish I Knew Then

Your students bring such a powerful and deep view and knowledge of the world into the classroom. We should always tap into that – each n every lesson.

One cool way is to ask them about “life advice”. What do … Read More ....

Sports Vocabulary Review Games

It’s so easy to make a simple and fun game using a sport – to review a unit of study or just have fun using trivia questions.

Take a sport like baseball.  One group of students is team A.  The … Read More ....

Play. Pause. Repeat.

Video based lessons needn’t be complex.  For language learning they can be as simple as providing students with a simple task while watching and letting them “take in” and negotiate the meaning of the language in the video.

Prediction is … Read More ....