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Revision Set

This is a huge revision set which you can use with your teenagers before different kinds of exams (E8, basic and extended matura, FCE, etc) as well as with your adult students. It consists of 14 parts, each one corresponding to a different exam topic: Man, House, School, Work, Social Life, Food, Shopping, Travelling, Culture, Sport, Health, Science and Technology, Nature, Crime and Society. In each part you will find 4 tasks: – SNAP: a picture connected with the topic, – VOCAB: eight words or expressions connected with the topic, – CREATE: a photo and a question or writing task – STORY: a topic for story telling

This is a very universal set. And because of it you can adapt it easily to the level of your students and your needs. You may use a certain part as a warm-up only or use it as the basis of your whole lesson. The SNAP and VOCAB tasks are just photos and words or phrases on different levels. So it’s totally up to you and your creativity what you decide to do with them.

I hope this will help you have very effective and enjoyable revision lessons with your students. Let me know whether you have found the ideas useful. So help yourself and bon appetit!

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The charm of spring

Here it is. The most charming season in the whole year. Maybe not in full blossom yet, but you may already see its first signs. So why don’t you go out for a stroll, listen to the birds singing, look up in the sky? I’m sure you’ll spot some returning finches or storks. Have a close look at the little buds on the tree twigs and the tiny blooming crocuses or windflowers under your feet. Breathe in the still cool but refreshing air. And simply enjoy the first spring sun rays on your cheeks. Afterwards just enjoy a cup of your favourite coffee while your students are dealing with the English spring tasks.

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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.

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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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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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Whodunnit

This is a no-prep lesson on crime. Not only does it involve a bit of writing and a lot of speaking, deduction and arguing but it also triggers students’ creativity. You just show your students a couple of pictures and they prepare the whole lesson for you. You don’t even have to know who the murderer was. Let the students decide. A small tip – don’t neglect the first stage – make sure your students develop the characters in a lot of details. The lesson is suitable for almost all levels, you just skip the debate part in case of less advanced students. My A2 class coped with it and enjoyed it a lot.

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Art

This is a ready lesson on art. Your students will match the quotations of famous artists, watch a Ted Talk and answer some questions and do some paraphrases. And most importantly they will be able to talk and talk and talk. In the form of the presentation, this lesson can be used on online lessons.

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