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Hi English Teachers, great to see you here!

My name is Kinga and this is my blog for all the great teachers of teens and adults who also believe that ‘sharing is caring’. I’m going to share a couple of teaching ideas and materials with you every now and then. I’d appreciate all your comments and opinions. I do hope you’ll have as much fun using those materials in class as I usually have.

So why don’t you just Drop Everything And… Teach?

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A bit of this, a bit of that Ready, steady, go - the power of warm-ups

CHRISTMAS TIME

I’ve just gathered a few of my Christmas activities in one place for you to enjoy during your last lessons before or first lessons after Christmas. All of them can be found on wordwall. Short, quick, can be used as warm-ups, energizers or fillers. Suitable for teens and adults on different levels.

CHRISTMAS CATEGORIES

Students have to put the words and expressions into 4 different categories: Christmas decorations, traditions, food and winter time.

CHRISTMAS MATCHING

Students have to match the pictures to Christmas expressions.

CHRISTMAS QUIZ

Students have to choose the correct answer. It’s a typical vocabulary game.

CHRISTMAS PHRASAL CRAZE

This time we deal with grammar, and to be more precise with phrasal verbs. Definitely for more advanced students.

CHRISTMAS SPEAKING

And the last exercise is devoted entirely to speaking. Could be used as a typical work in pairs or speed dating activity.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

I hope you will find those activities useful, still this year or maybe in the future. I’d like to wish you all the best. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Grammar rocks Ready, steady, go - the power of warm-ups

Grammar warmers in pictures

I love using photos and pictures in class and I do it as often as possible – for everything: for revising vocabulary, speaking, writing, even for grammar. In this post you will find 2 presentations on grammar warm-ups. Not only will you revise some grammar points with your students but you will also make them use the particular structures in their creative speaking or writing. Each grammar piece starts with a photo and ‘Name as many… as possible’. Then you move on to further practice, more creative and personalised one. I guess the presentations can be suitable for different age groups and levels, both for standard and online lessons. I usually use the slides as warm-ups but sometimes they are the basis of my whole lessons. I’m sure you’ll come up with a lot of different ways of adapting them to your lessons. And I do hope you will like them too. Let me know, please.

https://bit.ly/36TgNgx_DEAL

https://bit.ly/3fjO6gA_DEAL

For those of you who prefer PDF versions, here you are. However, I do hope you will respect copyrights:-)

https://bit.ly/2J2xaQb_DEAL

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Grab it, teach it - ready lessons

Women’s Rights!

This lesson was created during The Women’s Strike when I cancelled all my lessons and at last had some time to make a lesson which I was thinking about for quite some time. It is definitely a conversational class which deals with the current situation in our country. It focuses mainly on the ways women were and are still perceived by men, by other women and by themselves. The video (the link of which is included) is quite strong so if you want to have this lesson with your teen students, you’d better skip it, especially if you teach in a public school. I tried to smuggle a little bit of grammar and vocabulary here, all wrapped in speaking activities. The topic is so universal you may use it whenever you want. You don’t have to talk about it right now (if you are fed up with all the discussions in social media). Women’s (or Human) Rights will always be a hot topic worth discussing.

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NUTS ABOUT AUTUMN

Autumn (just like spring) is definitely my favourite season. No wonder I decided to prepare a lesson entirely devoted to this topic. You will find some useful fall vocabulary here, a really fascinating listening on sometimes surprising facts connected with this time of the year, and if you are not this particular season lover, you’ll get to know 20 different ways to beat the autumn blues. And your students will have a lot of possibilities to express their opinions and enrich their vocabulary dealing with authentic language. I hope the lesson will let you look at autumn in a slightly more optimistic and favourable way. Especially during the sad pandemic period.

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COFFEE TIME

This is a lesson inspired by Sylwia Clayton’s Lesson Starters. Since autumn is coming, the days are getting colder and it’s harder to warm up a little bit, I guess coffee is a perfect lesson topic. You will find a lot of questions for discussion, an article about your personality type based on what kind of coffee you drink and some surprising facts about coffee here. Your students will practise mainly speaking but also reading, writing, listening and a little bit of vocabulary and grammar (conditionals). I hope this lesson will cheer you and your students up during the gloomy days of autumn.

https://bit.ly/2ZwiygK

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Grab it, teach it - ready lessons Grammar rocks

Present Simple – jobs, routines and time

This time I’ve created a lesson for lower levels. Although its main aim is to use Present Simple in statements, questions, and negations, it focuses mainly on speaking to make learning grammar more meaningful. Your students will talk about different jobs as well as describe other people’s and their own daily routines. They will also practice telling the time. The lesson is quite simple so it can be easily adjusted to your needs.

http://bit.ly/2RjfHUd_DEAL

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HOLIDAY PHOTO ALBUM

This is a ready lesson which can be used just after summer holidays when you want to revise summer vocabulary with your students, analyze their needs and set the goals for the next school year. The lesson consists of several pages which can be used as a whole or separately depending on your class’s level and needs. You may practice all skills here: listening, reading, writing, but mainly speaking. There’s also a vocabulary game included which you can adjust to your needs. Since the tasks are quite general you have a possibility to play with them, make them more or less difficult, expand or omit something. The material is quite specific because it’s based on my summer courses but I do hope you will be able to use it in your class as well.

http://bit.ly/3gHSGo7_DEAL

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A bit of this, a bit of that

Malaphors

This is a task for more advanced students – starting with good B1+ up. I would like to thank Monika – the author of ‘That is evil’ blog because I first came across the idea of malaphors on her blog a couple of days ago and I fell in love with the idea immediately. I had so much fun making my own malaphors that I thought my students could also enjoy it. So I prepared this presentation. It consists of 3 parts – first students have to identify the full idioms hidden behind the malaphors and their meanings and think what a new idiom might mean, then they have to coin their own malaphors and finally they are supposed to make (orally or in a written form) dialogues or stories that would illustrate the new meanings of their own malaphors. You can always ask the rest of the group to guess the brand new malaphors on the basis of their friends’ stories.

NOTE: You need to use the slide show option in order to reveal the idioms and their meanings gradually.

https://bit.ly/2Vhh3B6_DEAL

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A bit of this, a bit of that

Speaking challenge

My E8 students are kind of fed up with grammar and vocabulary revision. No wonder, it’s already mid-June. So I’ve decided to devote the last lesson to speaking mainly. All conversation questions go with the exam topics. Some of them are really challenging but I’m sure our students will manage. If you still want your students to revise vocabulary or grammar while practicing oral skills, you may always ask them to prepare a word cloud to a particular question or use a certain grammar structure while giving opinions.

https://www.baamboozle.com/game/99237

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Vocabulary with a twist

Word Hunt – E8

This is a revision vocabulary exercise for Eighth Graders based on the task found in ‘Test Your Vocabulary’ by Peter Watcyn-Jones.

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