Posts Tagged ‘prizes’

“Kids Want To Shout, So Let Them” – this was the best piece of advice I was given 5 minutes before walking into a class of 8 year olds. I knew that so long as the shouting was on my terms, everyone would be a winner.

I use this everytime a pronunciation issue comes up. The first one was the word “uncle”. My Spanish kids just couldn’t get their heads round it. I drilled it a few times, then we started off at a whisper “uncle, uncle, uncle” getting louder and louder until they had their hands over their ears and everyone fell about laughing. Then we would quickly take it back down to a whisper. This would get their energy back up and know when was time for shouting and when was time for quiet.

I love movement in kids lessons too, every lesson we do some sort of activity which involves them getting out of their seats, and hopefull, running about, or jumping up and down or racing each other.

Peer discipline works a treat too. The first thing I do when I walk into the classroom is write the word “GAME” on the top corner of the board. Everytime someone misbehaves, I wipe a letter off the board. The kids immediately knew what it mean – if the whole word disappears, then there is no game at the end. Make sure you keep to it though! And make sure you have a game for every lesson! The kids immedately towed the line with the naughty kids, and I didn’t have to look like the bad guy!


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There is a popular TV programme called “Come Dine With Me”, where 5 strangers throw a dinner party for each other and they score the host’s efforts in secret. The winner wins £1000.

I spent the week building up vocab and knowledge of the topic of food. We did readings, phrasal verbs, food phrases (eg. she’s as nice as pie, they’re nuts, it’s not really my cup of tea, piece of cake etc.), and the students had to write recipes for their favourite food and research food from a country I gave them.

On the Friday, we played Come Dine With Me, and it went really well.

We did a very short reading on the programme, just so they understood what we were doing. Then we watched an episode of “Come Dine With Me”, and they had to answer a few questions (what food do they make, what was the final score? etc)

This is the episode we watched, set in East London:

 They then had about half an hour to creat their own dinner party menu. they had to include all the ingredients, and how to prepare the food.

I split them into two groups and they had to then present their dinner party to their group. Everyone had a piece of paper and secretly marked the person and put it into an envelope. Once everyone had presented their menu, they added up their score to see who won.

I gave the winner a blown up photocopy of a cheque as their prize. 🙂

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