Oops! I haven’t posted in aaaages! Will hopefully make up for that in the next few weeks.
Someone in the staff room today showed everyone a video for a new Flemmish TV channel – you may have heard of it, it’s a bit of a sensation… It’s called “A Dramatic Surprise on A Quiet Square”. Have a watch… it’s brilliant!
So how could you use this video in the classroom? It could be a more interesting, visual way to practise using narrative tenses (or present continous for lower levels).
Any other ideas? Please let me know!
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A teacher told me about this activity and I thought it would work really well in showing students that it’s not what you say, but how you say it, that the key lies in your intonation! I think she found these ideas on another website.
Give the students simple words and phrases. Start with “Hello“.
Ask the students to think:
How would you say “Hello”
- to a friend
- to a friend you haven’t seen in 4 years
- to a neighbour you don’t like
- to a baby
- to someone you discovered doing something they shouldn’t be doing
- when you answer the phone
Then get them to practice it in pairs. Then get class feedback to demonstrate how the intonation and pronunciation changes.
Some more examples:
- to a family member as you’re about to get on a plane
- to someone who has been annoying you
- to someone you’ve just had a fight with
- to a salesman on the phone
- to your boyfriend/girlfriend on the phone
- to a child starting his first day at school
“How are you“
- to someone you haven’t seen in 10 years
- to someone who’s family member had died
- to someone who didn’t sleep in their own bed last night
“I never go to pubs”
- you are a person who disapproves of drinking alcohol and you are speaking to someone who often goes to pubs
- when it is followed by “…but I sometimes go to discos”
“What have you done?“
- to someone who has tried to fix your TV but has made the situation worse
- when you hear a loud noise coming from a different room in the house
- when someone has done something very bad which will have serious consequences
Do you have any more suggestions for phrases or situations?
Like this post? Why not have a look at this other post: http://missfearnley.wordpress.com/2010/09/19/adjectives-of-manner
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I came across this blog today. This man speaks a variety of languages as he went to the country, let go of his fear of making mistakes, and just spoke the language. He dispels the common fears (and excuses we make) that hold us back from learning a language and shows that it is possible.
The video on TedTalksx is a great resource (subtitles avalible). This would be fab to use in class to inspire your students and also as a starter for a discussion. I’m sure it would inspire them to go out and make the most of the opportunities they have. As I have now become a student myself (I’m trying to learn Italian in the short 3 months that I’m teaching here), it has certainly inspired me!
Link to the video: http://speakfromday1.com/tedx/
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Just to compensate for being so rubbish at posting…. 2 in one day!
I was reminded of this idea when I posted about the magazine activity. It’s a nice little warmer/filler or even use towards the end as a competition to finish on a high.
Buy enough copies of the same magazine/newspaper so each pair of students has a copy in your class. Then create a short quiz about stories in the paper, and the students have to use scan read the article to find the answers.
If there is a story unemployment, a questions could be “how many people are unemployed?”
If there is a picture of Brad Pitt, you could ask “what is the name of Brad Pitt’s new film?”
Obviously the answer has to be in the story, it’s not a general knowledge quiz!
The students then have to flick through the paper and find where the story is (you could include page numbers if you were feeling generous) using headlines and pictures to guide them, then they have to look for specific information.
I tried a similar exercise with an IELTS class, as they were having trouble with the reading section of their exam as they would laboriously read every single word to find an answer and then ran out of time!
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I have been terrible at posting regularly! I will endeavour to improve this!
I have just started on a new adventure in my EFL path, I have come to Naples in Italy for a few months. I will be teaching mainly children, which is completely new to me, so any help, advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.
I was watching a lesson today with some very young children (6? 7?) and watched an interesting activity which was great for kids, but I imagine could work for any age level at elementary and possible pre-int.
The teacher had taught adjectives to describe people (old/young, beautiful/ugly, weak/strong, boy/girl etc….). She then handed out some magazines (ie. OK!, Hello – those kind of celebrity and real life ones) and it was a race to “find a boy” “find someone beautiful” in pairs.
It was such a lovely way to reinforce the vocab and totally change the dynamic of the lesson.
It could also be adapted to clothes vocabulary (jeans, dress, tight/loose, spotty, patterned), more appearances (blonde, tall etc.).
With thanks to Judith Kay who let me observe her lesson and steal ideas
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Someone sent me this poem.. Thought it was good fun.
We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.
If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn’t the plural of booth be called beeth?
Then one may be that, and there would be those,
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!
Let’s face it – English is a crazy language.
There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger;
Neither apple nor pine in pineapple.
English muffins weren’t invented in England.
We take English for granted, but if we explore its paradoxes,
We find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square,
And a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write, but fingers don’t fing,
Grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham?
Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend?
If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them,
What do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught?
If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
Sometimes I think all the folks who grew up speaking English
Should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.
In what other language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?
We ship by truck but send cargo by ship…
We have noses that run and feet that smell.
We park in a driveway and drive in a parkway.
And how can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same,
While a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language
In which your house can burn up as it burns down,
In which you fill in a form by filling it out,
And in which an alarm goes off by going on.
And in closing……….
If Father is Pop, how come Mother’s not Mop
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