Southbound – song – lesson idea and worksheets

Level: intermediate to advanced.
Ages: older teens and adults.
Type: scanning a text for vocabulary anomalies; listening and responding to a song; various writing- or performing-based follow-on tasks.
Skills: reading; listening and pronunciation; speaking; writing.
Language focus: vocabulary related to travel and moving (and missing) home. Continue reading Southbound – song – lesson idea and worksheets

“Double Date” Gavin & Stacey Lesson Plan

Level: intermediate to upper-intermediate.
Ages: teens to adults.
Type: discussion and language activities based around a Gavin & Stacey comedy clip.
Skills: speaking; listening; writing – note-taking.
Language focus: personality adjectives; sentence-level grammar; general vocabulary consolidation. Continue reading “Double Date” Gavin & Stacey Lesson Plan

“Hurt Feelings” by Flight of the Conchords – lesson plan

Level: strong pre-intermediate to intermediate.
Ages: teens or (young) adults.
Type: raising awareness of phonemes; song; gapfill.
Skills: pronunciation; listening; writing and speaking (in the follow-up).
Language focus: textual cohesion (grammar and vocabulary); informal vocabulary. Continue reading “Hurt Feelings” by Flight of the Conchords – lesson plan

“The World’s Strictest Parents” Youtube Lesson Plan

Levels: intermediate to advanced.
Ages: teens; adults.
Type: engaging and working with interesting TV excerpts; encouraging students to justify their opinions.
Skills: listening; speaking.
Language focus: vocab – parents & children, agreeing/disagreeing/giving opinions; grammar – imperatives, unreal conditionals. Continue reading “The World’s Strictest Parents” Youtube Lesson Plan

“Superstition” by Stevie Wonder – Lesson Plan

Levels: intermediate to upper intermediate.
Ages: teens; adults.
Type: conversation; song gapfill; first conditional practice/review.
Skills: listening; speaking; writing.
Language focus: vocab re superstitions and luck; first conditional practice. Continue reading “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder – Lesson Plan

“She’s Leaving Home” by the Beatles – Lesson Plan

Levels: intermediate to upper-intermediate.
Ages: teens; adults.
Type: song gapfill; letter writing based on responses to the song.
Skills: listening; speaking; reading; writing; pronunciation (rhymes).
Language focus: vocab as arises from the song and subsequent writing activity. Continue reading “She’s Leaving Home” by the Beatles – Lesson Plan

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

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