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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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Public houses

Surprise your students and take them on a spree to some British Public Houses. Do they know how to behave there? What to say? Are they keen on learning interesting facts about those undoubtedly remarkable places? Enjoy our new quiz and… bottoms up!

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At a restaurant

This time the material is entirely in Polish so it can be used by any language teachers who are preparing their students to matura exams or just want to practice situational dialogues at a restaurant. It’s designed to make students work in pairs. I hope you’ll find it both useful and a little bit of fun.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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