Blank Dialog Videos

The blank dialogue is a very “natural” teaching approach. Something intuitive about it. I used it in my early days of teaching – just pausing a dialogue on cassette tape and asking students to respond. You had to get skilled Read More ....

Storybook Writing

Writing storybooks or making picture books 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.

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A Video Lesson

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. 

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Story Chains

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.

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Calling All Teacher Cooks!

cookbookI’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 … Read More ....

At The Movies

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 … Read More ....

Forgotten

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 … Read More ....

Using Video

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.

For example. Use the video  … Read More ....

Story Dominoes

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, … Read More ....

How to do something

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 ……………..… Read More ....