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Christmas Traditions, Christmas History, Christmas Around the World, The Christmas Story and Christmas Fun and Games! - whychristmas?com You’ve got to have a dream: a free downloadable lesson A free downloadable lesson, based around a Russian advertising video for shampoo. Despite what is aims to sell, the video is actually quite inspiring, with the story of a girl who succeeds against the odds through pure grit and determination. Students start by watching the video and trying to guess what it is trying to advertise (so don’t tell them!). They then try to reconstruct the story in pairs, watching the video again to check their ideas. The lesson then goes on to focus on a range of linkers used to give reasons or results, make contrasts and show when something happened. Students then work with some vocabulary to describe personality, and then put it all together by writing the story of the video, using the linkers and the vocabulary where appropriate. The lesson would be suitable from B1 upwards. Download lesson plan PDF here: ELT Resourceful – You’ve got to have a dream Like this: Like Loading... Mobile However, things are not as simple with teens. Most are very clever and insightful kids, but this is not exactly the most talkative age group. Have you ever faced a class full of blank stares where most of the replies you hear are “Yes”, “No”, or “It depends”? Have you ever felt frustrated by their lack of interest? Here are some strategies that should get your teens a bit more motivated. How To Motivate ESL Students Use as many references to pop culture as you can Consider your teens’ interests. Give them a little friendly competition Little kids like to compete, and teens are no different. Give them 60 seconds to write down as many words as they can related to a topic, like “clothes” or “foods”. Cater to their skills and exploit their talents Most teens are talented at one thing or another. Students who are artistically-inclined may draw pictures, sketches or cartoons of a story you read out loud to the class. Use pen pals to motivate writing Make reading age appropriate Have video lessons

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. Project a picture of a suitcase on to the board (or draw one) and ask “What do you put in your suitcase when you go on holiday?” toothbrushtoothpasteswimming shorts/trunkstowelunderpantscan of baked beanscloth/flannelsoapbooksuitcasetrousersshortsshoesteddy bearscissors You could also use this quizlet set to go over clothes vocabulary. If children are old enough to write, put them in pairs and hand out post-it-notes and a pencil to each pair. Mr. in his suitcase. Then stick all the post-its on the board and show the video. Higher levels – video dictations Objects: Verbs:

Telling time in English Telling the time is something I have to teach every year. And to be honest I have not been very successful. Even gifted adults struggled. And this year I faced even bigger challenge. I was supposed to teach this to a group of challenged children who cannot tell the time in their MT. We started with the following mind map. Then I demonstrated telling the time in English using one of the PAST times. Telling time – classroom activities Of course it is nice to understand something but only practise makes masters. Telling the time – bingo cards The other activity is a pair work. Telling the time – pairwork Telling time – computer activities If you want to provide home practice for your students you can use the following activities. You can find another interesting game to practice language connected with time at British Council time. Do you like the activities?

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2014 – Part One I use short, funny video clips a lot when I’m teaching ELLs, and you can read in detail about how I use them in The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them). In short, there are many ways to use them that promote speaking, listening, writing and reading. I’ve posted quite a few of them during the first six months of this year, and I thought it would be useful to readers — and to me — if I brought them together in one post. I’ve also published quite a few during the previous seven years of this blog. You can find those in these lists: The Best Videos For Educators In 2014 – So Far The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 – Part Two The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 — So Far The “All-Time” Best Videos For Educators The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2012 (Part Two) The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2012 (Part One) The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2011

Alternativ läslogg Läsloggar är ett utmärkt arbetsverktyg i läsundervisningen har varit min åsikt till jag läste en liten artikel med rubriken Rethinking Reading Logs. Artikelförfattaren Sarah Davis upptäckte en dag att – ja, visst läste hennes elever och skrev sina läsloggar – men det fanns ett MEN, upptäckte Sarah. Eleverna såg på läsningen som en uppgift och inte på något de gjorde för nöjes skull. Vi vet från senare tids forskning att tyst läsning i sig inte utvecklar våra elevers läsförmåga. Prova lässtrategin vi gick igenom.Uppmärksamma hur huvudpersonen agerar och vad som gör att hen agerar just så.Föreställ dig miljön som författaren beskriver så att du i vårt boksurr kan beskriva den.Leta efter en bra början.Lägg märke till ett kapitels tema.Använd sådant du kan för att lista ut vad nya ord betyder. Textsamtalen kan ske i par, smågrupper eller helklass. Referenser:

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