Where’s my cheese? (IWB) lesson plan revising some prepositions of movement

Level: elementary to pre-intermediate.
Ages: kids, teens and adults.
Type: competitive games; controlled and freer practice using worksheets.
Skills: speaking; listening.
Language focus: vocabulary and grammar – revising prepositions of movement. Continue reading Where’s my cheese? (IWB) lesson plan revising some prepositions of movement

TD: screencast – simplifying texts for your learners using VocabProfile

In this post, I explain how to use a vocabulary range finder to help you minimise the number of low-frequency words in a text. I explain when and why this can be a very useful thing to do, and list a couple of alternative uses of the range finder as well. Continue reading TD: screencast – simplifying texts for your learners using VocabProfile

12 ways of creating stories with your EFL students

Embedding target vocabulary and grammar points in vivid and emotionally-engaging stories is a great way to help your students remember more from their lessons, and remember them better. Here, I share twelve ways you can create stories with your learners. Continue reading 12 ways of creating stories with your EFL students

Vocabulary diaries for language learners

In this post, I share some diary templates I’ve made, and some ideas on how your learners could use them, hopefully to enjoy themselves whilst revising vocabulary and putting new words and expressions to use. Continue reading Vocabulary diaries for language learners

Four Ways to Use a Future Forms Revision Board Game

Level: strong elementary to advanced.
Scope: teens to adults.
Type: board game.
Skills: speaking and listening (student conversations).
Language focus: “going to” and “will” future forms; any and all future forms revision. Continue reading Four Ways to Use a Future Forms Revision Board Game

Conversations from student-generated questions

Levels: intermediate to advanced.
Ages: adults.
Type: conversation/fluency practice from student-generated, written questions.
Skills: listening; speaking; reading; writing.
Language focus: grammar – question-formation; vocabulary – informal/conversational; other grammar and vocab points as they arise. Continue reading Conversations from student-generated questions

Text reconstruction activities

Levels: elementary to advanced.
Ages: older kids; teens; adults.
Type: a variety of activities to do with reconstructing texts.
Skills: listening; speaking; reading; writing.
Language focus: grammar – textual cohesion; other grammar and vocab points as they arise. Continue reading Text reconstruction activities

Language activities with Wordle and word clouds

Levels: elementary to advanced.
Ages: kids; teens; adults.
Type: quite a few uses for the famous word cloud generator, and some links to many more.
Skills: listening; speaking; reading; writing; pronunciation.
Language focus: various vocabulary and grammar points. Continue reading Language activities with Wordle and word clouds

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