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Drop Everything And… Teach

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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There’s a child in all of us

A lesson created for adult groups. It can be used on Children’s Day but not necessarily. It includes a lot of speaking but also listening, a bit of vocabulary practice and some exercises on Reported Speech. You may always skip some slides if you feel some of the exercises are too easy or too difficult for your students. I hope you’ll enjoy this lesson.

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Grammar rocks

Mixed tenses and irregular verbs

Mixing may lead to outstanding results. Have a look at my newest short presentation on mixed tenses for lower levels. Good for the revision of the main English tenses and irregular verbs, especially for students preparing for different exams. The last part includes speaking practice and thus is more creative.

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Exam topics

This post is useful for the end-of-year lessons. If you want to revise exam vocabulary with your students, it’s enough to pick a topic using the wheel and/or one of the ideas below to have a nice warm-up or even the whole lesson. Not only will your students have to be really creative but they will also revise exam vocabulary in context and develop their speaking and writing skills.

  • Challenging writing – students work in groups. Each group gets a different topic (for example group A: Health and group B: Crime). They write down 8-10 words connected with their topics. Then we give them a writing task on a totally different topic (for example Nature) and they have to write it using all their 8-10 words. Follow-up: peer correction and identifying 8-10 words.
  • Chain stories – students work in pairs or groups. Each pair gets a different topic and writes a few words connected with their topic. Then one pair starts a story in which they use one of their words, the next pair has to continue using their word, then the other pair does the same. We can repeat it depending on how many students we have in each group or how much time we have left.
  • Small talks – I ask my students to prepare 1-2-sentence conversation starters on all exam topics. Next lesson each student picks a different exam topic. Then students work in pairs (for example student A gets Sport and student B gets House). Then I give them a conversation starter on a totally different topic (for example Culture) and they have to make a dialogue trying to change the topic into theirs in a natural way. If one of them succeeds in doing it quite quickly, they other student has to try to change it into his. I set a time limit of usually 3-5 minutes. So the students have to continue till the time is up.
  • For other ideas see the ‘Secret word’ post.
  • https://wordwall.net/resource/2421349
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Secret word

This is a vocabulary revision game for E8 and other intermediate students. Let your students try their hand in the ‘Secret word’ alphabet game. The game is obviously just a starting point. After playing the game I suggest one or two of the following follow-up tasks:

  • Give your students 2-3 minutes. They must add one more word to as many letters as possible.
  • Choose one letter. Give your students 2-3 minutes. They must write down as many words as possible beginning with this letter.
  • Ask your students to give the definitions of the words which were not the correct answers in the game.
  • Some of the words which were not the correct answers actually are fake words, they do not exist. Ask your students to identify them and then to give them meaning and write definitions.
  • Ask your students to make stories in pairs or small groups in which they’d use the ‘fake words’ in the ‘new meaning’. It will be the other group’s task to deduce the meaning of the fake words from the context.
  • Give your students one exam topic, for example, School, Social Life or Sport and 2-3 minutes to write as many words beginning with a chosen letter as possible.
  • Give your students one exam topic, for example, Work, Food or Culture and 2-3 minutes to write as many words each beginning with a different letter as possible.
  • Give your students a few exam topics, for example, Health, Nature, House, Man, Shopping, Crime and Science. Choose one letter. Let the students write one word in each category beginning with this letter.

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