Presentations and group feedback for intonation practice, Chindogu-style

Levels: strong pre-intermediate to advanced.
Scope: teens; adults.
Type: working with unusual inventions; giving presentations.
Skills: listening; speaking; reading; writing; pronunciation (showing positivity through intonation patterns); public speaking.
Language focus: vocabulary – register for public presentations; all other vocab and grammar points as they arise. Continue reading Presentations and group feedback for intonation practice, Chindogu-style

Describing Body Language – IWB lesson

Levels: strong intermediate to advanced.
Ages: teens; adults.
Type: matching exercise; watching and listening to a video of tight-rope walker Philippe Petit to discuss ideas about body language and how status and feelings are conveyed by native and non-native language users; interactive whiteboard lesson.
Skills: speaking; listening; reading; writing.
Language focus: vocab – parts of the body/ describing body language. Continue reading Describing Body Language – IWB lesson

May Day (England) Webquest

Levels: intermediate to advanced.
Ages: older teens; adults.
Type: competitive reading lesson using a decent internet connection.
Skills: reading; listening and speaking.
Language focus: vocab and grammar as they arise, especially vocab re holidays, May Day and history. Continue reading May Day (England) Webquest

2012 London Olympics Questweb

Levels: upper-intermediate to advanced.
Ages: teens; adults.
Type: practising searches of the internet in English to find information; practising skim- and scan-reading skills; practising reading for detail.
Skills: listening; speaking; reading; writing (notes).
Language focus: any vocab and grammar as arise. Continue reading 2012 London Olympics Questweb

Sentence Stress through Obama’s inauguration speech

Levels: intermediate to advanced.
Ages: older teens; adults
Type: listening for key/ prominent words in a real speech
Skills: listening; pronunciation (intonation and stress patterns in spoken English, mimicking an accomplished orator).
Language focus: any vocab as it arises. Continue reading Sentence Stress through Obama’s inauguration speech

Generating Quick Stories to Practise Narrative Forms

Levels: intermediate.
Ages: older kids; teens; young adults.
Type: story discovery; games/competitions.
Skills: discovering stories; free writing; revising narrative forms.
Language focus: grammar – narrative tenses; any vocab necessary for students’ stories. Continue reading Generating Quick Stories to Practise Narrative Forms

Adverb placement practise (1hr 30 minutes)

Levels: upper-intermediate to advanced.
Ages: teens; adults.
Aims: to revise adverbial placement in written and spoken English discourse via a competitive game; to practise attentive listening; to focus on English sentence coherence and discourse markers; to focus on how different vocal qualities affect an audience’s perception of a spoken text; to practise producing these different vocal qualities; to learn how easy it can be to be creative in the classroom.
Skills: listening; speaking; pronunciation (sentence stress, intonation, emphasis).
Language focus: grammar – adverb placement; any vocab as arises. Continue reading Adverb placement practise (1hr 30 minutes)

Newspaper Headlines lesson (50 minutes to 1 hour)

Level: intermediate.
Ages: older teens; adults.
Type: introducing and uncovering the grammar of newspaper headlines; summarising information.
Skills: reading (gist and detail), speaking, listening.
Language focus: grammar – newspaper headlines; all vocab as arises from the lesson. Continue reading Newspaper Headlines lesson (50 minutes to 1 hour)

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