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This EFL lesson plan is designed around a moving short film commissioned by Bells and directed by Greg Gray. In the lesson students write a narrative, watch a short film and discuss literacy strategies. I would ask all teachers who use Film English to consider buying my book Film in Action as the royalties which I receive from sales help to keep the website completely free. Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2) Learner type: All ages Time: 90 minutes Activity: Writing a short story, watching a short film, and speaking Topic: Reading and literacy Language: Narrative structures Materials: Six screenshots and a short film Downloadable materials: the reader lesson instructions the reader screenshots Support Film English Film English remains ad-free and takes many hours a month to research and write, and hundreds of dollars to sustain. Step 1 Put your students into small groups. Step 2 Give them the document with the six screenshots from a short film. Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7

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Improve Your English by Watching Friends – 3 Steps on How to Actively Watch TV Shows I am delighted to introduce you to Paul Mains who has written this post. Paul approached me a couple of weeks ago offering to write a piece for my blog. He offered me a choice of topics and I was immediately drawn to the above topic. Many learners watch films and follow TV series in English. However, many often feel guilty and think that they should be doing something more worthwhile to work on their English.

Blue Bird This EFL lesson is designed around a short film inspired by a poem by Charles Bukowski. Students watch the short film and write a verse of poetry inspired by the short film. Students then listen and read the poem. For homework they find out information about the life of the poet. I would ask all teachers who use Film English to consider buying my book Film in Action as the royalties which I receive from sales help to keep the website completely free. Language level: Upper-intermediate (B2.1) – Advanced (B2.2) Speaking aids Probably you agree that these little things make a lot of difference and it is with good reason why people spend time, money and energy to get the right small objects to help them put themselves and their loved ones into the right mood. Why use speaking aids Post-it notes Walls Coloured paper Small objects To control turn-taking As metaphors Conclusion Why use speaking aids In contrast, we often expect that our students have the right mood to speak without having anything that would help them to be in the right mood to speak, or any prompt that would help the flow of ideas. These small prompts or small speaking aids get especially important when children get into the age when they want to speak about themselves more than e.g. about the little animals or fairies in a tale. In this article, I will give you some ideas what little objects to use and how to use them so that students aged 12 upwards find speaking easier and less stressful.

The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein) –[Multimedia-English videos] A story about unconditional love. Read from the original book by Shel Silverstein. THE BOY WOULD COME= The boy used to come. USED TO can express a habit or a state (a situation), but WOULD can only express a habit- I used to get up at 8 o’clock, but now I get up later = I would get up at 8 o’clock, but now I get up later.- That house used to look very old, but now they have repaired it. (a state. We can’t say: “that house would look very old”)

The Joy of Books This EFL lesson is designed around 2 short films and the theme of books. The Joy of Books by Sean Ohlenkamp is a stop-motion short film which features books joyfully coming to life at night. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. 101 Non Candy Easter Basket Ideas For Kids 101 Non Candy Easter Basket Ideas For Kids Easter is fast approaching and many people give their children an Easter Basket on Easter Sunday. Sugar overload is a real concern for many families. If you are looking for non candy Easter basket ideas for your child’s east basket, here are 101 Non Candy Easter Basket Ideas For Kids: • Activity Books • Animal Books (Happy Easter, Mouse! looks like a great choice!)

How can film help you teach or learn English? What can film and video add to the learning experience? Kieran Donaghy Opens in a new tab or window., who won the British Council’s Teaching English blog award Opens in a new tab or window. for his post I want to learn English because… Opens in a new tab or window., explains why film is such a good resource, and recommends some useful websites. Language teachers have been using films in their classes for decades, and there are a number of reasons why film is an excellent teaching and learning tool. Learning from films is motivating and enjoyable Motivation is one of the most important factors in determining successful second-language acquisition. Films and TV shows are an integral part of students’ lives so it makes perfect sense to bring them into the language classroom.

“Butter” by Erin Lange Review (Spoilers) For all the reading I do, and all the characters I fall in love with, I’ve never really found a character I could truly empathise with. That is, until I read Butter by Erin Lange. It was the character of Butter who I could really see myself in, and judging from the reviews I’ve read on it, I appear to be one of the only ones – or at least one of the only ones who admits it. Honestly, I can’t decide if that’s a good or a bad thing – on the one hand, it means people aren’t feeling how Butter himself feels, and on the other hand, it makes me feel strange saying “Yes, I can relate to this character!” Butter is about a vastly overweight teenager who is referred to throughout simply as Butter and is so fed up of it that he’s decided to kill himself – in fact, he’s decided to eat himself to death. Focussing an entire book around the contemplation of suicide can be a risky and touchy subject, but author Erin Lange handles it very well.

The Tenses - Worksheets English Grammar Online Exercises and Downloadable Worksheets Tenses All downloads are in PDF Format and consist of a worksheet and answer sheet to check your results. Levels of Difficulty : Elementary Intermediate Advanced Present Tense Past Tense Why You Should Learn English with TV Series For the majority of exceptionally fluent English speakers I meet, the most fun, enriching, and effective way to learn English is through watching TV series. In fact, it’s surprisingly common to hear that people learn significantly more English from TV, movies, and videos than all traditional methods combined (For example: English courses, textbooks, and even study abroad experiences). So why is this the case? Why is it so hard for English schools to consistently deliver on their promises, and why is it that the most fluent English learners in the world are benefiting much more from English speaking TV series, a media that was not intended to teach English? Learn 101 Common Expressions from Friends with our FREE EBook

Butter by Erin Jade Lange Butter by Erin Jade Lange ConflictButter deals with several conflicts throughout the book but one is his dads relationship with him. They never speak and usually when they do, its because he is in trouble and his dad is yelling at him. The dad can't even eat at the dinner table with him because of his weight. Not only does this just cause problems with Butter and his dad but its causing problems with his mom and his dad.

ctbaker in the acres: 14 Lovely Days: Day 2 Well, we've been living in the land of the crud all week and the last 2 days I've had all three home sick. Cabin fever is setting in! I tried really hard to keep the peace today. Video Lesson: Mr. Bean Follow me on twitter This is a video lesson based around the video “Mr. Bean packs his suitcase” thanks to British Council for bringing it to my attention in their lesson plan on making predictions but I’ve adapted it for use in different ways with different levels. Kids and lower levels The aim of this lesson plan is to practice holiday vocabulary (clothes and items that go in a suitcase) and some basic grammar structure.

Telescopic Text → Resources → How to use the writing tools Follow this tutorial if you need help using the writing tools. Type your starting text, up to 140 characters. The tools to edit and expand your Telescopic Text will now appear. Roll over any part of the interface and a hint will appear.