Shakespeare – Julius Caesar lesson

Level: advanced.
Ages: older teens; adults.
Type: encouraging imaginative responses to and engagement with two speeches from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
Skills: listening; speaking; reading; writing; pronunciation (individual words, sentence stress & chunking, conveying emotion through pauses and intonation patterns).
Language focus: grammar and vocab as it arises. Continue reading Shakespeare – Julius Caesar lesson

Using Poems to Practise Pronunciation

Levels: upper-intermediate to advanced.
Ages: older teens; adults.
Type: focussing on pronunciation through a recorded poem and work with the Sound Foundations phonetic chart.
Skills: listening; pronunciation (phonemes and sentence stress).
Language focus: vocabulary from the poem; metaphor. Continue reading Using Poems to Practise Pronunciation

The Great British Laws Quiz

Levels: upper-intermediate to advanced.
Scope: teens; adults.
Aims: to practise law-related vocabulary; to practise modals of speculation by answering a multi-choice quiz.
Skills: listening; speaking; writing (notes).
Language focus: vocab – law-related. Continue reading The Great British Laws Quiz

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