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