Teaching Recipes Newsletter

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Several times a week, I’ll write about a teaching material and topic.  I’ll provide a recipe for using the material and suggestions to adapt it for your own classroom.

There already is a large archive … Read More ....

Basic Reading Recipes

Basic Reading Recipes

These tried and true lesson activities will help you get your students to read and communicate in English. The recipes work with most teaching scenarios and situations. Just modify the basic recipe with your own basic ingredients … Read More ....

Who Is It – Celebrities.

A fun game to practice description and talking about people and their lives is the celebrity guessing game.

Get a photo collage of many celebrities.  A student starts talking about one celebrity and others must then guess who it is. … Read More ....

Teaching Speaking – Activities

Teaching speaking is the core of what many language teachers do.  It’s important to understand the classic activities that support teaching speaking and getting students to communicate in the language.

Here are some great recipes for activating your students’ powers … Read More ....

Guess The Price

Bringing reality into the classroom is so important.  Language is something we use in the real world and so it is incumbent that teachers link their lessons to actual use in the wider world.

One nice example is a – … Read More ....

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 ....

Instant Prompts

Teaching a language is both super difficult and super easy. That’s contradictory but if you’ve taught a number of years, I think you’ll also see the logic and sense in that statement.

One of our main jobs is to give … Read More ....

Logical Inferences. Cause and Effect.

A fun way to elicit vocabulary from students is through a First – Then activity. It’s based on a fantastic kid’s book – First The Egg.
It’s really easy to play. Prompt students with “First the X” and then students … Read More ....