Here's a list of all the PDFs on the site, for easy downloading! (Click here to jump to the PDFs of grammar explanations) Irregular Verbs Present Simple Form (with the verb 'be'): Present Simple Form (with all verbs except 'be'): Present Continuous Form Present Simple or Present Continuous? Present Perfect Simple Form Past Simple or Present Perfect? Present Perfect Continuous Form Present Perfect Simple or Present Perfect Continuous? Past Simple Form (with the verb 'be'): Past Simple Form (with all verbs except 'be'): Past Continuous Form Past Perfect Simple Form: Past Perfect or Past Simple? Choose the Past Perfect or Past Simple Exercise 1 Future Simple Form: Future Simple or Present Simple? Choose the Future Simple or Present Simple Exercise 1 Will or be going to? Choose the Future Simple (Will) or 'Be Going To' Exercise 1
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Interactive StoriesInteractive Stories or Guided Stories is the name of an English language teaching technique developed by Mark White, a language teacher/writer. What is an Interactive Story? The technique consists of a story, which includes both sentences and questions so that as one student reads it to the other, the listener can respond to the questions and interact with the storyteller and the story itself by making it up as they go along. What are they for? The goal of an interactive story is to teach narratives in graded language (like graded readers), but orally and interactively. Learn more: Things you can do with an Interactive Story The Origin and Evolution of Interactive Stories Interactive Stories: An Interview with Mark White Examples of Interactive Stories: Advanced English The Banjo Player’s Brother Upper Intermediate English Love and Death World of Water The Story of Green WillowThe ObsessionTibetan StoryThe Children of Kenji Takeuchi Intermediate English The Secret of the Black Drink Asian Odyssey
My Favorite Vocabulary ActivitiesThat vocabulary is a basis for language learning is a given. When people travel abroad, they take dictionaries and phrase books, not grammar guides. Therefore, every course we teach should have a substantial focus on vocabulary. The more vocabulary one knows, the more families are known, and the more one can both derive and express meaning. Vocabulary is infinite; grammar is not. So, how best to teach vocabulary? Part I – Activities Taboo - Taboo is one of my go-to activities for all levels. One variation I play is that, at the end of the game, students take the cards they have won and defines them for the group, or makes sentences with them. Though this game is simple, students have always been engaged and it seems to really help them recall vocabulary and gaps in their vocabulary. Hot Seat - This is a game I have been using more of lately with my students as a vocab review and warm-up. The Popcorn Game - This is an ELT variation of the Korean “Nunchi Game” (눈치게임). Part II – Techniques
lesson plan: about jobsThe aim of this class is to talk about different jobs and compare authentic job descriptions. The idea for this lesson came to me after stumbling upon this amazing website: I found the idea really interesting and decided to introduce my students to this community. The Task The lesson consists of two parts. Part 2 involves working with the website. Personal Experience My teenage students LOVED THIS CLASS. Materials Lifetramp Like this: Like Loading...Ten Videos to Teach EnglishHere are ten videos which can help students learn English writing skills. This is a process writing project. Students will need to draft and rewrite at least two versions before a satisfactory piece of writing can be completed. These videos are appropriate for high intermediate to advanced levels students. Writing interesting and reflective pieces that summarize the content and the students’ impressions will require some ability to conceptualize abstract concepts. Most videos are about 4 minutes in length. ESL Video Lesson Instructions Explain the writing objectives. Choose a video for the lesson.Briefly review key words such as plot, character and setting.Watch the video once.Students write first draft of a summary which is factual a description of the plot, character and setting.The second part is student input. 1. Room 8 is a wonderful, clever video prompt because it can stimulate interesting and philosophical questions about the meaning of life. 2. 1. 2. 3. 1. 4. 5. Teach writing.
English Language (ESL) Learning Online - UsingEnglish.comAirport Questions and Answers in EnglishCheck-In Counter Vocabulary Going to an airport can be scary if you are learning English. Even if you know a lot of English, it can sometimes be difficult to understand all the questions and conversations in an airport. In this lesson, we will list and explain common questions and problems at the airport check-in counter. Click Here for Step-by-Step Rules, Stories and Exercises to Practice All English Tenses Going to an airport can be both fun and frightening when you are learning spoken English. In this lesson, we will cover these topics: Questions you may need to ask at an airport There are many questions you may need to ask at an airport. Questions you may hear at an airport check-in counter These are some common questions you may hear at the check-in counter. Problems at the check-in counter Sometimes, there are problems at the check-in counter. Read the other articles in this series:
Lesson Ideas | elt planningHere’s a great group task for retelling a story. I came across it during the British Council summer school here in Bangkok. My teen group were doing activities based on the movie ‘Jumanji’, but this can work for any movie, fairytale, etc. First, summarise your story in 100 words or so. Once you’ve got the text, write it out into a table so that each word is in one of 4 columns, Here’s an example for the first sentence: In 1869, two boys bury a mysterious and magical game – Jumanji. Here’s the important part. This term I’ve tried out a few different ways to introduce a lesson. Song lyric gap fill Example: 3rd conditional, regrets Do a short gap fill on part of a song related to your topic. Regrets, I’ve had a few… (1.19 – 1.30) (more…) I got so excited about this that I had to post it up! It’s really simple to do – just create your own story, type it in and click done… My students are still loving Star Wars at the moment so this got tonnes of laughs. my current chapter of Incredible English
Nomination Cards: Giving students a chance to speak – tekhnologicNomination cards can be used in discussion activities as a way to give all students a chance to speak. It can be a difficult balance trying to facilitate and maintain discussions in the classroom. You have to think about dominant students, shy students, students who don’t know each other, students who feel that they belong to different social groups, students who feel once they have said something their part in the discussion is over and students who are reluctant to talk. It’s difficult and if the teacher involves themselves in the discussion, the students will look at them to lead it. Students need to learn how to nominate each other, how to ask each other for their opinions and how to involve everyone. You can assign roles to students, or give them an activity to practice these skills. I tried a nomination activity out and it worked extremely well. The activity is based on card games, not games like poker, but games that have special cards or cards that give the player an ability.