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.
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!
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.
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.
Students have to put the words and expressions into 4 different categories: Christmas decorations, traditions, food and winter time.
Students have to match the pictures to Christmas expressions.
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.
And the last exercise is devoted entirely to speaking. Could be used as a typical work in pairs or speed dating activity.
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.
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 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 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.