I’ve always been fascinated with the cockney rhyming slang. It is simply so much fun. And this is what learning and teaching English is actually about, isn’t it? I know cockney is not the most useful thing in the world but it’s almost the end of the school year so what about just having a little bit of relax and pure joy of playing with the language? I hope you and your students will simply enjoy this lesson. Let me know if you liked it.
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!
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.
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.
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.